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#Brazinga2014:Player Profile - Xavi

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 - 11:11pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: AFP

Xavi, the master of midfield, holds the key to Spain's success. His accurate passing and excellent ball control enables him to control the midfield. He has been an instrumental for FC Barcelona's success over the years. His technique and incomparable experience make him one of the greatest central midfielders of the beautiful game.

Personal Data:

Known as: Xavi
Surname: Hernandez Creus
Firstname: Xavier
Country: Spain
Date of birth: 1980-01-25
Birthplace: Terrasa
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 68.0 kg

 

Playing Career:

Position: Midfielder

Club:  Barcelona (since 1998)

International appearances: 131

International goals: 13

International debut: 15/11/2000, Spain-Netherlands (1-2)

 

Playing Honours:

International

1 World Cup (2010), second round (2006), quarter-finalist (2002),  14 matches, 0 goals

2 European Championships (2008, 2012), first round (2004),  11 matches, 1 goal

Confederations Cup: final (2013), 3rd (2009), 7 matches, 4 goals

Club

3 Champions Leagues (2006, 2009, 2011)

2 FIFA Club World Cups (2009, 2011)

2 European Supercups (2009, 2011)

7 Spanish Championships (1999, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)

2 Spanish Cups (2009, 2012)

6 Spanish Supercups (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)

 

Other honours

1 Under-20 World Championships (1999)

1 Olympic silver medal (2000)

Best player at European Championships (2008)

Biography:

Beautiful lessons, beautiful game - They call him the mastermind, the professor, the machine and many other things too, and Xavi is without doubt the instigator of a golden age for Barcelona and Spain, who he has led to unprecedented honors. With a World Cup, two Euros, three Champions Leagues and seven Spanish titles he is the passing virtuoso that grinds the opposition down and is so slick ex-Spain coach Luis Aragones said it almost looked like he was playing in a tuxedo. Diego Maradona once said each of his games was a beautiful football lesson. He has made over 700 of those lessons for Barcelona and over 130 for Spain.


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