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Barcelona announce Xavi's return as a new coach

The former midfielder won 25 trophies at Nou Camp during his 17-year tenure on the first-team squad. (Author: Gardener)

The former midfielder, who spent 17 years with the Barcelona first team between 1998 and 2015, is leaving Qatar's Al Sadd after the two clubs agreed to pay a release clause in his contract. "FC Barcelona have reached an agreement with Xavi Hernandez that he will coach the first team for the remainder of the current season and two more seasons," the Catalan club said on their official website. "Xavi Hernandez, a product of the youth team at Barca, has left his current club, Qatar's Al Sadd, after talks with the club's owners over the past few days." Xavi, world champion with Spain and two-time European champions, is one of the most decorated players in the history of Barcelona. He won 25 major trophies at Nou Camp, including eight LaLiga titles and four Champions League titles. He joined Al Sadd in 2015, initially as a player, and coached the team to seven different trophies. Barcelona sacked Ronald Koeman last month and are currently ninth in LaLiga after winning just four of their 11 games.

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Barcelona announce the club legend's return as a new coach

The former midfielder won 25 trophies at Nou Camp during his 17-year tenure on the first-team squad (Author: Gardener)

Barcelona have appointed Xavi as their new coach on a two and a half year contract. The former midfielder, who spent 17 years with the Barcelona first team between 1998 and 2015, is leaving Qatar's Al Sadd after the two clubs agreed to pay a release clause in his contract. "FC Barcelona have reached an agreement with Xavi Hernandez that he will coach the first team for the remainder of the current season and two more seasons," the Catalan club said on their official website. "Xavi Hernandez, a product of the youth team at Barca, has left his current club, Qatar's Al Sadd, after talks with the club's owners over the past few days." Xavi, world champion with Spain and two-time European champions, is one of the most decorated players in the history of Barcelona. He won 25 major trophies at Nou Camp, including eight LaLiga titles and four Champions League titles. Xavi made 767 appearances for Barcelona, ​​a club record until the mark was beaten by Lionel Messi. He joined Al Sadd in 2015, initially as a player, and coached the team to seven different trophies. Barcelona sacked Ronald Koeman last month and are currently ninth in LaLiga after winning just four of their 11 games.

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Barcelona legend will bring back the glory days - Okunowo

The Nigerian icon believes his former teammate will bring the Blaugrana back to the top and claims he knows the club so well (Author: Gardener)

Gbenga Okunowo claim Xavi will do whatever it takes to return Barcelona to their "glorious days" following his announcement as the Catalans' new coach. The Spaniard will now take over Blaugrana after the sacking of Ronald Koeman, whose 14-month term at Camp Nou came to an end after Barca lost 1-0 to Rayo Vallecano. During his season for the La Liga giants, the former Al Sadd boss enjoyed a trophy-filled career that spanned eight La Liga, four Champions League and six Spanish Supercup tiaras. With his appointment, Barcelona players would look to the club's icon for inspiration to revive their stuttering 2021-22 season. And Okunowo, who played alongside the 41-year-old at Camp Nou, claims the legend could help turn Barca's fortunes. He knows the club inside out, ”the former Nigerian international told Goal. “He could read the game when he played for Barcelona and he can still read the game very well. “He was always rated as Pep [Guardiola] was rated at Barca. Barca just have to give him all the support. "Xavi is one of the most decorated players in Barca's history, having won 25 trophies between 1997 and 2015, including eight league titles and the Champions League. Okunowo says that his personality and experience out of the field would help him succeed in his new role. "He is Barca through and through so he knows he has to use his experience and all of the skills he has acquired over the years to achieve his Making coaching time successful, "he continued." He knows what needs to be done to ensure that Barcelona are at their peak. I know him as a calm person. "He will set up his management and team in the back room so that all hands are on deck to get good football results for Barca. "Everyone is waiting for him to take up his coaching job and get started right away and he will do whatever it takes to bring Barcelona to their glory days bring back. "

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Xavi Hernandez is leaving Al Sadd to become the new Barcelona head coach

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez will be the new head coach at Nou Camp; Al Sadd agrees to step down Xavi from leadership after Barca paid a Qatari club release clause; Xavi replaces Ronald Koeman, who was sacked last week (Author: Gardener)

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez will become the club's new head coach after Al Sadd agreed to allow him to return to Nou Camp. The Qatari club have allowed Xavi to return to Spain after Barcelona paid a release clause to purchase the services of their former captain. Turki Al-Ali, Al Sadd's chief executive officer, said: "Xavi informed us a few days ago of his wish to go to Barcelona at this special time as his home club is in critical phase and we understand this and we have each other decided not to. " stand in his way. ”The Al Sadd administration has approved the move from Xavi to Barcelona after paying the contractually agreed release clause. "Xavi is an important part of Al Sadd's story and we wish him every success." Xavi left Barcelona in 2015 after helping the club win 25 trophies in 17 seasons, including four Champions League and eight La Liga titles. The former Spain international joined Al Sadd as a player in 2015 and became their head coach after hanging up his boots in 2019. In April he led his team to the Qatari championship title, with the team remaining undefeated. Xavi Hernandez's return to Barcelona is a momentous moment. For a club that seems to have lost its identity, the return of the man who shaped the style of play of one of the world's greatest teams is undeniably symbolic. Lionel Messi may have been a god at Nou Camp, but Xavi was the defender of the faith, always the vocal advocate of the Barcelona path. Everyone in Barcelona knows how Xavi sees the game. Fewer fans know what a Xavi team actually looks like - but he has been running Al Sadd in Qatar for two years. Remove the emotion and the feeling and who is Xavi, the trainer? Bjarki Mar Olafsson knows Xavi's methods better than most. He leads the scouting and match analysis of Al Arabi in the Qatar Stars League. In December, Xavi's side narrowly defeated Al Arabi in the final of the Emir of Qatar Cup. Olafsson did the analysis. "I spent many hours watching his teams and his style of play.

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Hot Nigerian striker face Barcelona against Eibar

The Nigerian international has now scored 11 league goals in nine games as Blaugranes beat Ana Junyent's women (Author: Gardener)

Asisat Oshoala found the net when Barcelona secured a 3-0 away win over Eibar in the Spanish first division game on Saturday. The Nigerian international was at his best for the Blaugranes in the 2021/22 season - he scored 10 goals in eight league games. Still in the frenzy of the 3-1 away win over Madrid last time, Eibar started the game on an impressive note and had the first chance to score, but Cata Coll parried a threatening free kick. They took the lead in the 19th minute when Swiss star Ana Crnogorcevic headed past goalkeeper Noelia Garcia after a Lieke Martens cross. Five minutes later, Oshoala doubled the visiting side's advantage after tucking the ball into an empty net after a scramble in the goal in Eibar's penalty area. In the first half, which was full of goals, Jonatan Giraldez scored three goals in the lead six minutes before half-time, thanks to Jenni Hermoso, who was called up by the Dutch star Maertens. Barca almost scored more goals before half-time but they wasted those opportunities. While Maria Leon shot over the bar, Claudia Pina's powerful shot was blocked by goalkeeper Noelia Garcia. Many would have predicted a ton of goals in the second half, but Eibar showed a solid defensive to keep the result decent. The four-time African of the Year Oshoala was replaced by Norwegian midfielder Ingrid Engen after 59 minutes. On the flip side, Zambia international Racheal Kundananji was introduced a minute before the hour for Ana de Teresa. Blaugranes remains at the top of the Spanish top division with 27 points from the first nine league games played so far. Unbeaten in their last 12 games in all competitions, Barcelona will host Levante in their next league game on November 13 at the Estadi Johan Cruyff.

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Barcelona lose three goals ahead and superstar Ansu Fati as new coach Xavi remembers the gigantic task he has taken on

Upcoming Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez was clearly reminded of the challenge he faced when his new side gave up a three-goal lead against Celta Vigo (Author: Gardener)

New Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez was clearly reminded of the challenge he faced when his new side gave up a three-goal lead against Celta Vigo and lost Ansu Fati to injury. Club legend Xavi was named Barca's new coach ahead of the Celta draw but was unavailable to direct the game as he had just arrived in Qatar from Al Sadd. Instead of traveling to Vigo to see the draw, Xavi instead attended the clash between Barcelona B and Sevilla B at home at the Estadi Johan Cruyff, with the academy team running away with a 4-0 half-time lead. Barca B were without head coach Sergi Barjuan, who led the first team game against Celta, his second game as interim boss after the sacking of Ronald Koeman. His first Champions League win 1-0 against Dynamo Kiev came in the middle of the week and the good mood seemed to linger as Barca took a 3-0 lead over Celta at halftime. Superstar youngster Fati proudly flaunted his new number 10 jersey with a Lionel Messi-esque curler to score the fifth-minute goal before a rare goal from captain Sergio Busquets lifted the mood even further. Memphis Depay appeared to have put the game to bed in the 34th minute when he headed a Jordi Alba cross, but it quickly spun at halftime. Fati went down injured before the break and was substituted off at half time with a thigh injury, with Celta quickly kicking off in the second period. Former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas hit a failed clearance seven minutes after the break to close the gap and then another former Premier League striker decided to interfere. Another weak Barca defense allowed ex-Manchester City man Nolito to head home, with Barcelona looking increasingly shaky, leaving Aspas to equalize in the 96th minute of stoppage time. The result leaves Barcelona in ninth place in LaLiga, far from the title race and looks in serious trouble. However, Xavi remains optimistic and speaks about the size of the challenge and the club ahead of his return. "I'm very excited to return to Barca," he said. I'm going back home, I'm going back to Barca. It's a big challenge, but very satisfying. “We will work hard. In the end we are Barca. “I repeat, work hard and with clear goals to turn the situation around.

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Barcelona ditch their 3-0 lead and lose Ansu Fati when Xavi's task becomes clear

Barcelona confirmed former club captain Xavi as their new coach this week, but frustrations on the field lingered during what remained a difficult season (Author: Gardener)

Barcelona confirmed former club captain Xavi as their new coach this week, but frustrations on the pitch lingered on what remained a difficult season for 45 minutes, it seemed that Barcelona's new era under Xavi seemed to begin perfectly. With goals from Ansu Fati, Sergio Busquets and Memphis Depay, the Catalan club took the 3-0 lead, which seemed to put an end to the long wait for an away win in La Liga. Opponent Celta Vigo came back into the game after the break, however, pulling back goals through Jago Aspas and Nolito before former Liverpool striker Aspas equalized in added time. In addition, young front man Fati went down injured at the end of the first half and is expected to be out of action for some time. The match shows how big the task is for Xavi as caretaker Sergi Barjuan took over his last game before handing over the reins. Can Xavi save Barcelona's season? Barcelona conceded three goals in the second half to prevent victory against Celta. Vigo Fati gave the visitors an early lead before Busquets doubled the lead from the edge of the box and Depay headed past Matias Dituro to make the three. The first worrying sign, however, came seconds before the break when Barca's teenage striker pulled up on his hamstring, making it clear he couldn't continue. It still looked like the guests were holding on, even though Celta withdrew two. But after Frenkie de Jong hit the crossbar to make it 3-2, Aspas equalized well into stoppage time. Fati's hamstring problem is a potentially heavy blow to Barcelona that only welcomed the 19-year-old in September after a long-term injury. Barcelona are still without an away win in the league this season despite taking a Champions League win at Dynamo Kiev. With that point they are ninth in La Liga, level on points with neighbors Espanyol before the game between the teams after the international break. The derby will be Xavi's first game in the Barcelona dugout. A decisive Champions League game at home against Benfica follows days later. Ansu Fati must have more time on the sidelines after his recent injury When he took office in Barcelona, ​​Xavi said: "We have to compete, we have to fight for everything, we can't give anything away." The Celta Vigo draw left Barcelona nine points behind leaders Real Sociedad when the full-time whistle sounded, well behind rivals Real Madrid and champions Atletico Madrid.

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Barcelona's ter Stegen scores 4/10 as the Catalans miss a three-goal lead

Barcelona coughed with a three-goal lead in the home game against Celta Vigo, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen mainly to blame for the rally of the guests. (Author: Gardener)

Stewart Robson explains what Xavi can do to ensure Barcelona don't lose more points in LaLiga. What can Xavi do to prevent Barca from collapsing again in the future? What can Xavi do to prevent Barca from collapsing again in the future? Iago Aspas scored a remarkable equalizer in the 96th minute when Celta Vigo drew 3-2 against Barcelona, ​​three goals down, in a four-game winless run in LaLiga. With Xavi Hernandez to take over as Barca’s new manager next week, interim boss Sergi Barjuan seemed to grab a win thanks to goals from Ansu Fati, Sergio Busquets and Memphis Depay in the first half. Injuries to Ansu, Eric Garcia and Nico Gonzalez, however, sparked a Celta comeback, with Aspas and Nolito reducing Barca's lead to just one 15 minutes before the end of the game. Frenkie de Jong hit the crossbar late and Barca looked on course for three points until Aspas put in a brilliant performance from the edge of the box in the last minute of the game. - ESPN + guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more (U. Nico was sensational in midfield before he was injured. The injuries and the collapse. Barca were already missing Neto, Gerard Pique, Sergino Dest, Sergi Roberto, Pedri , Ousmane Dembele, Martin Braithwaite and Sergio Aguero for the game. Ansu, Garcia and Nico have all joined them in the treatment room, with Ansu injuring his thigh and Garcia's calf while Nico appears to have sustained a muscle injury. Barca still had a center-back pairing of Ronald Araujo and Clement Lenglet on the pitch, with experience from players like De Jong, Busquets and Jordi Alba having passed a side with serious injury problems in half, with Mingueza lucky enough not to even score a penalty DF Eric Garcia, 6 - Booked in the first half before leaving the pitch with a calf problem which could force him to leave the Spanish squad th. DF Clement Lenglet, 5 - Produced a great block to keep Renato Tapia out but got lost when Celta poured forward. Lost sight of Nolito for the second goal. DF Jordi Alba, 6 - Brilliant cross to set up the Memphis goal but struggled defensive in the second period. MF Sergio Busquets, 5 - scored well from 18 yards. Lost the ball in the build-up to Celta's second goal. MF Nico Gonzalez, 8 - Was brilliant which made his injury even more gruesome. Strong and technical, he prepared the second goal and played a key role in the third. MF Frenkie de Jong, 6 - Had good moments driving the ball forward, one creating a chance for Ansu and another when he smashed the bar late. FW Gavi, 6 - Has worked hard and was particularly effective on defense, despite playing on the right rather than his preferred central role in the second game in a row. FW Memphis Depay, 6 - Headed in Barca's third, his sixth of the season, but didn't hold the ball well enough in the second half as the Blaugrana tried to keep their lead. FW Ansu Fati, 7 - Has a knack for opening scoring. Of his 17 goals for Barca, 11 were the first of the game. FW Alejandro Balde, 5 - The teen was thrown for Ansu but looked his age when Celta yelled back. DF Ronald Araujo, 5 - Couldn't clear the ball after Ter Stegen's fumble or prevent Celta's comeback after replacing Garcia at break. MF Riqui Puig, 5 - Lost the ball too much after coming on for Nico. FW Abde Ezzalzouli, NR - The B-team winger looked dangerous with the ball but didn't produce too much in the final third.

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Xavi will be named Barcelona First Team Manager until 2024 following the sacking of Ronald Koeman

Spanish legend Xavi played for Barcelona for 17 years, played 767 games and won 25 trophies, including four Champions League wins and eight league titles; La Liga club got the green light to sign the 41-year-old after paying for the release in his contract with Qatari club Al-Sadd. (Author: Gardener)

Barcelona have named former midfielder and captain Xavi Hernandez as their first-team coach with a contract until 2024 following the sacking of Ronald Koeman. La Liga club received the green light on Friday to sign the 41-year-old after paying for the release in his contract with Qatari club Al-Sadd. Xavi played for Barcelona for 17 years, played 767 games and won 25 trophies, including four Champions League wins and eight league titles. "FC Barcelona have reached an agreement with Xavi Hernandez that he will coach the first team for the remainder of the current season and two more seasons," said a statement from the club, welcoming the legend back to the club. Dutch coach Koeman was sacked after losing 1-0 to Rayo Vallecano last month, placing Barca ninth in LaLiga. The club are still in ninth place following the appointment of Sergi Barjuan as caretaker coach, nine points behind leaders Real Sociedad with one game in hand. Barjuan will remain in charge of the league game at Celta Vigo on Saturday, with Xavi arriving in Barcelona this weekend before his presentation on Monday. Camp Nou has always been my home, "Xavi said in a video to fans. As a former Spain international, Xavi joined Al-Sadd as a player in 2015 and became head coach after hanging up his boots in 2019. He led his Side with the undefeated side to the league title in Qatar, turned down the chance to coach Barca in January 2020 after Ernesto Valverde was fired, but remained tied to the job even after Koeman's successor to Quique Setien in August last year, the return of Hernandez to Barcelona is a moment full of meaning: for a club that seems to have lost its identity, the return of the man who shaped the style of play for one of the greatest teams in the world is undeniably symbolic Messi may have been a god at the Nou Camp, but Xavi was the defender of the faith, always the loudest advocate of the Barcelona style. Even as a player he represented the virtues of passing game, the under Pep. Sharpened possession football Guardiola e in Barcelona knows how Xavi sees the game. Fewer fans know what a Xavi team actually looks like - but he has been running Al Sadd in Qatar for two years. Talk to those who have studied his teams more closely than anyone and it seems the 41-year-old Catalan spent his time practicing exactly what he has long preached. He leads the scouting and match analysis of Al Arabi in the Qatar Stars League. In December, Xavi's side narrowly defeated Al Arabi in the final of the Emir of Qatar Cup. Olafsson did the analysis. “I've spent many hours watching his teams and his style of play.” Just following his approach from the beginning to where he is now has been really interesting because people don't really see what work he's done. "Al Sadd, "I think it's a huge oversimplification just to talk about Barcelona and this tiki-taka football because what he's doing is quite innovative and really exciting in terms of his style of play." Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes that his former Barcelona team-mate is ready to become head coach at Nou Camp. Guardiola expressed his condolences to Koeman after his release but said he has no doubts about Xavi's ability to run the Catalan club. "Ronald and I know full well that we are dependent and live and there for the results, "said former Barcelona coach Guardiola." Nobody can survive without good results, neither Koeman n oh pep. All I can say is he's a friend of mine, I wish him all the best, we can talk soon ... "Xavi - I don't know what's going to happen." He knows the game, he has passion and I am myself pretty sure he has more experience now than I did when I took office. "

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Don't blame Benítez for Everton's discomfort - the answer is above

The manager spent £ 1.7million in the summer and is doing his best but structural flaws overseen by Farhad Moshiri and Marcel Brands are at the root of the club's problems (Author: Gardener)

he reaction to Everton's 13-minute collapse versus Watford was instructive. After a 2-1 lead in the 78th minute, a 5-2 loss against the 91st minute rained down on players and managers, but a sizable number of fans in the main stand at Goodison Park went to the directors' box the major shareholder Farhad Moshiri and football director Marcel Brands of deeply rooted mismanagement. After three straight Premier League defeats, a seven-game win and a sad reaction to the Wolves' Watford debacle on Monday, it is Rafael Benítez's turn to be in the limelight who has played Manchester United for the past fortnight moved to Everton via Tottenham. So far, it's just his luck at Goodison to come across a Spurs team with extra motivation to impress Antonio Conte rather than the sterile version it did for Nuno Espírito Santo. It also spectacularly misses the point and does nothing to attribute Everton's recurring malaise to the fifth permanent manager Moshiri appointed in five years. In the event of a fourth straight league defeat on Sunday, the dissent will inevitably increase, and not only among those who stood off-screen against Benítez because of his Liverpool connection. A brilliant start to the reign of the Everton coach with newcomers Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend in the foreground has given way to alarming performances that invite criticism - broadcast by several of his predecessors - of the character within the roster. Inherited weaknesses and a long list of injuries that affect the team's entire spine do not give Benítez a free pass. Everton was depressed in the first half at Molineux and needed the introduction of Fabian Delph at half time, who was out of shape with a shoulder injury after a nearly three month hiatus, in order to avoid another heavy defeat. However, these are teething troubles compared to the structural flaws that led fans to seek out Moshiri and Brands after the last game at Goodison. The team against Wolves provided a perfect example of the problems faced by the club under an owner who seems to be easily swayed by the advice of a select agent or Alisher Usmanov, undermining the football director's role in the process. The starting XI was signed under six different Everton managers - David Moyes (Séamus Coleman), Roberto Martínez (Mason Holgate), Ronald Koeman (Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane), Marco Silva (Richarlison, Iwobi and Jean-Philippe Gbamin), Carlo Ancelotti (Allan and Ben Godfrey) plus Benítez (Townsend and Gray). Lucas Digne was injured and Godfrey, a right-footed central defender who missed the start of the season with Covid and has been struggling since his return, was represented as a left-back with damaging consequences. There are no other left-backs at the club who could offer Digne real competition and his form has also deteriorated significantly. Niels Nkounkou was loaned to Standard Liège in the summer for more first-team experience, while Thierry Small, who holds the record as the youngest Everton first-team player, signed for Southampton after turning down a first professional contract with Goodison. Another blow for an academy that has delivered little to the professional team in recent years and also falls within the remit of Brands. In place of Abdoulaye Doucouré, who had dynamic influence right up to the fatigue fracture of the foot, Gbamin made his first Premier League start in more than two years after suffering serious injuries since his £ 25m transfer from Mainz. The midfielder was unceremoniously removed from the field after a 45-minute performance that reflected his condition and the dilemma of how to rebuild the games necessary to rebuild a stalled career. Despite Ancelotti prioritizing a new right-back and Benítez agreeing before the summer, none came and so Coleman continues to plow the cross at the age of 33. He was one of the few in the royal blue who showed every fight or accountability for the full 90 minutes on Monday. They are hallmarks of a Moyes signature and qualities that have been lacking in too many of those who have followed under Moshiri. More than £ 500 million has been spent on new players since the billionaire's arrival in February 2016. Benítez, who worked within the constraints of the Premier League's profit and sustainability rules this summer, had £ 1.7 million off it. "I am convinced that the players who were on the field the other day are just like Coleman," said the Everton manager, who recently called for improvements in all departments of the club. “We know how important it is to give everything because we are professionals, but also because the fans demand that at this club. “I can talk about Spain or other countries where they just want to see the team play well, nice football, passing and they are happy with it, but it's not like that here. The fans want to see the players give it their all and I think this group of players give it their all. “There are two ways to improve players: firstly, you train them and, secondly, you go to the transfer window and take players with you. In this case we coach them and we are very happy with the way they train and work. I wasn't happy in the first half the other day because we weren't competing the way we needed to, but it can happen. “With a group of players like this, important players can be missing.

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