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Xavi
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Personal information
Full name Xavier Hernández i Creus
Date of birth January 25, 1980 (1980-01-25) (age 30)
Place of birth Terrassa, Spain
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Barcelona
Number 6
Youth career
1991–1997 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 Barcelona B 55 (3)
1998– Barcelona 343 (34)
National team
1997 Spain U17 10 (2)
1997–1998 Spain U18 10 (0)
1999 Spain U20 6 (2)
1998–2001 Spain U21 25 (7)
2000– Spain 84 (8)
2000– Catalonia 8 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 March 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 March 2010

Xavier Hernández i Creus (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈʧabi erˈnandeθ]; born 25 January 1980 in Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain), commonly known as Xavi, is a Spanish footballer who currently plays as a central midfielder for La Liga club Barcelona. Widely considered among the finest playmakers in world football, Xavi was named the official Man of the match of the 2009 Champions League Final as he helped Barcelona defeat Manchester United to win their third Champions League-title. He was named Player of the Tournament by UEFA at UEFA Euro 2008[2] and was one of the five finalists for the 2007-08 FIFA World Player of the Year. In all he has been capped 84 times for the Spanish national team and has played for his country in the 2000 Summer Olympics, 2002 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2004, 2006 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2008, and the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

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Club career

Xavi with FC Barcelona

Xavi is a product of Barcelona's youth system and has spent all of his footballing life at the Camp Nou since the age of 11. He quickly made his way through the youth and reserve teams and was a key member of Jordi Gonzalvo's Barcelona B team that won promotion to the Segunda División.

His progression through the teams earned him a first team debut on 18 August 1998 in the Super Cup final, in which he scored against Mallorca. He quickly went on to become a key member of Louis van Gaal's title winning team.

Xavi is considered the successor of Josep Guardiola in the Barça engine room and after Guardiola left the club, Xavi became the chief play-maker in the side. Since the title-winning season of 2004–05, he has been a vice-captain of the team. In the 2005–06 season, Xavi tore the ligaments in his left knee in training; he was out of action for five months, missing the majority of the playing season, but returned in April and was on the substitutes bench for the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final.

The 2008–09 season was Xavi's best season so far, by performances and achievements. He was a main part of Barcelona's treble, performing with excellence in all three competitions: He scored the 4th goal in the 4-1 win in the Copa del Rey 2008–09 final against Athletic Bilbao , with a free kick. In La Liga, among many fine performances, perhaps the most significant one is the 6-2 El Clásico victory vs Real Madrid on 2 May. He assisted 4 out of 6 goals (once to Puyol, once to Henry and twice to Messi), and this performance and this win definitively led to Barcelona winning the 2009 title. Finally, Xavi helped Barcelona win the 2009 Champions League Final versus Manchester United, which ended 2-0, assisting the second goal by passing the ball to Leo Messi's header after 69 minutes and also nearly scored as his shot from just outside the penalty box hit the post. Xavi was recently voted "UEFA Champions League best midfielder" for his contribution during Barcelona's victorious 2008-09 UEFA Champions League campaign. Xavi was La Liga's highest assisting player with 20 assists. He was also the highest assisting player in the champions league with 7 assists.

Xavi is under contract to Barça until 2014 after extending his contract during the 2008–09 season. The new contract will make him one of the club's biggest earners, and entitle him to €7.5 million a year.

Xavi equalled Carles Rexach in the all-time appearances list for Barcelona when he made his 452th appearance in his 11th season at the club on 14 February 2009. He is now second only to Migueli, who made 548 appearances.

International career

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Xavi vs England

During UEFA Euro 2008, Xavi played a vital role in Spain's successful campaign. Partnering with fellow Barça teammate Andrés Iniesta in the midfield, he was the fulcrum between the defense and the forward line regularly supplying the strikers with vital passes and crucial assists. He scored the opening goal in the 50th minute in the semi-final against Russia which was the 500th goal ever scored in the European Championships.[4] In the final against Germany, he slid a well-timed pass to Fernando Torres who slotted in the winning goal. He was selected as the Player of the Tournament by UEFA officials.[5]

Xavi was called up again for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers by the new manager Vicente del Bosque and continued his good form from Euro 2008. In their 3-0 win over Estonia, two of the goals were scored from his free kicks. He was selected in the 23-man squad for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and started all three of Spain's group games.

All-time club statistics

As of 14 March 2010[6][7]

Club Season League Cup Europe Other [8] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 1997–98 33 2 - - - - - - 33 2
1998–99 18 0 - - - - - - 18 0
1999–00 4 1 - - - - - - 4 1
Total 55 3 - - - - - - 55 3
Barcelona 1998–99 17 1 2 0 6 0 1 1 26 2
1999–00 24 0 4 1 10 1 0 0 38 2
2000–01 20 2 7 0 9 0 - - 36 2
2001–02 35 4 1 0 16 0 - - 52 4
2002–03 29 2 1 0 14 1 - - 44 3
2003–04 36 4 6 0 7 1 - - 49 5
2004–05 36 3 1 0 8 0 - - 45 3
2005–06 16 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 22 0
2006–07 35 3 7 2 7 0 5 1 54 6
2007–08 35 7 7 1 12 1 - - 54 9
2008–09 35 6 5 1 14 3 - - 54 10
2009–10 25 2 3 2 7 1 5 1 40 6
Total 343 34 44 7 114 8 13 3 514 52
Career totals 398 37 44 7 114 8 13 3 569 55
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International appearances

As of November 22, 2009.[9]
National team Season Apps Goals
Spain 2000–01 1 0
2001–02 5 0
2002–03 8 0
2003–04 5 0
2004–05 8 1
2005–06 13 0
2006–07 7 2
2007–08 16 4
2008–09 14 1
2009–10 6 0
Total 83 8

International goals

As of August 12, 2009.[9]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 March 2005 Estadio El Helmántico, Salamanca, Spain  China PR 2–0 3–0 Friendly
2. 6 September 2006 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 0–1 3–2 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying
3. 11 October 2006 Nueva Condomina, Murcia, Spain  Argentina 1–0 2–1 Friendly
4. 12 September 2007 Estadio Carlos Tartiere, Oviedo, Spain  Latvia 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying
5. 21 November 2007 Estadio Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain  Northern Ireland 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying
6. 4 June 2008 Estadio El Sardinero, Santander, Spain  United States 1–0 1–0 Friendly
7. 26 June 2008 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria  Russia 0–1 0–3 UEFA Euro 2008
8. 20 August 2008 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark  Denmark 0–2 0–3 Friendly

Honours

Barcelona

Spain U20

Spain U23

Spain

Individual

References

Source national teams caps and goals: HISTORIA DEL FÚTBOL ESPAÑOL, SELECCIONES ESPAÑOLAS (Spanish) ISBN 978-84-8229-12-3-9

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Simple English

Xavi
File:Xavi Hernández -
Personal information
Full name Xavier Hernández Creus
Date of birth 25 January 1980 (1980-01-25) (age 31)
Place of birth    Terrassa, Spain
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Barcelona
Number 6
Senior clubs
Years Club
1998- Barcelona
National team
2000- Spain

Xavi (born 25 January 1980) is a Spanish football player. He plays for Barcelona and Spain national team. On Euro 2008 Xavi won the UEFA player of the tournament, a prize that the best player of the Euro Tournament gains.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
SpainLeague Copa del Rey EuropeTotal
1998/99BarcelonaLa Liga1713160262
1999/0024041101382
2000/012027090362
2001/0235410160524
2002/0329210141443
2003/043646071495
2004/053631080453
2005/061602040220
2006/073539380526
2007/0835771121549
2008/092754093408
2009/10
CountrySpain 31031456103745844
Total 31031456103745844

International career statistics

[1]

Spain national team
YearAppsGoals
200010
200110
200280
200350
200460
2005111
2006102
2007112
2008153
2009140
2010
Total828

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