|Full name||Xavier Hernández Creus|
|Date of birth||25 January 1980|
|Place of birth||Terrassa, Spain|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
Xavier Hernández Creus (born 25 January 1980) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Qatari club Al Sadd SC. He is known for playing for the Spain national teamand Barcelona.
Xavi came through La Masia, the Barcelona youth academy, at age 11 and made his first-team debut against Mallorca in August 1998. Since then, he has played 700 matches, scored 82 goals and made more than 180 assists for over 50 players. Xavi is the first player in Barcelona’s history to play 150 international matches. Highly regarded for his humble persona and team ethos, Xavi is viewed as being the embodiment of the tiki-taka passing style of play, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest central midfielders of all time.He is also considered by many to be the greatest Spanish player ever.
Xavi won the U-20 World Cup for Spain in 1999, and the Olympic Silver Medal at the 2000 Olympics. Since making his senior team debut in 2000, he has been capped 133 times for the Spain national team, and has been seen as an influential figure in the team’s tremendous success. He played an integral role in Spain’s victory at the 2010 World Cup, as well as their successes at both Euro 2008and Euro 2012. He had a 91% passing success rate at the 2010 World Cup and was named in the World Cup All-Star Team. He was named Player of the Tournament by UEFA at Euro 2008.He was also named in the UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament in 2008 as well as 2012. After the 2014 World Cup, Xavi announced his retirement from international football.
With Barcelona, Xavi won eight La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League titles. He has won 31 trophies for Barcelona and Spain, a total only surpassed by Andrés Iniesta as the most successful Spanish player in history.He came third in the 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year, followed by third place for its successor award, the FIFA Ballon d’Or, in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, he was runner up to Lionel Messi for the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. He has been awarded the IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker award for four years: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. Xavi has been included in the UEFA Team of the Year for five years (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), and has been voted into the FIFA World XI on six occasions: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. At Euro 2012, with his two assists in the final, Xavi became the first player to register assists in two separate Euro finals, having set up the lone goal in the finalfour years earlier.He was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports in 2012.
—Xavi on learning the team ethos of Barcelona while at the club’s youth system, La Masia.
Born in Terrassa, Barcelona, Catalonia,Xavi is a product of FC Barcelona’s La Masia youth system, which he joined at the age of 11. His father, Joaquim, was a former player for Sabadell in the first division.Xavi made his way through the youth and reserve teams and was a key member of Josep Maria Gonzalvo’s Barcelona B team that won promotion to the Second Division.
Although he was initially inspired by compatriot playmaker Pep Guardiola at Barcelona,as a child Xavi also watched a lot of English football, and held midfielders John Barnes, Paul Gascoigne and Matt Le Tissier in high regard,as well as high praise especially for Paul Scholes.
Style of play
Xavi on his own style of play, November 2014.
The claim that Xavi is one of the best central midfielders of all-time relies largely on his ability to find and exploit space as a playmaker. As he said, “That’s what I do: look for spaces. All day. I’m always looking.”Finding space, he would appear for a teammate to receive and then move the ball on, with his coach Pep Guardiola putting it. “I get the ball, I give the ball, I get the ball, I give the ball.”Xavi’s signature move when in possession is performing a 360 degree turn, known as la pelopina, that allowed him to move away from the opposing player, giving him space and time to think about his next pass.
Xavi’s vision, pinpoint accurate passing and world-class ball control allowed him to dictate the flow of play while rarely relinquishing possession, most notably displayed during Spain’s 2010 World Cup victory where he had a 91% passing success rate for the tournament.His ability to control some matches has earned him the sobriquet, “The Puppet Master“.A style introduced to the club by former coach Johan Cruyff, Barcelona president Sandro Rosell believed Xavi, together with Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta and Sergio Busquets, perfected the club’s tiki-taka style of play.
Xavi has a sponsorship deal with German sportswear and equipment supplier Adidas and has appeared in Adidas commercials alongside Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Robin van Persie. Xavi features in EA Sports’ FIFA video game series, and was the top passer in FIFA 15 with a 91 rating.
In November 2014, Xavi appeared in FIFA’s “11 against Ebola” campaign with a selection of top football players from around the world, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Gareth Bale and Didier Drogba. Under the slogan “Together, we can beat Ebola”, FIFA’s campaign was done in conjunction with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and health experts, with the players holding up 11 messages to raise awareness of the disease and ways to combat it.
Since July 2013, Xavi has been married to Nuria Cunillera. Their daughter, Asia, was born on 3 January 2016.
- As of 7 October 2018.
|Barcelona B||1997–98||Segunda División B||33||2||–||–||6||0||39||2|
|1999–2000||Segunda División B||4||1||–||–||–||4||1|
|Al Sadd||2015–16||Qatar Stars League||24||3||3||0||1||0||2||0||30||3|
- Scores and results list Spain’s goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Xavi goal.
|1.||26 March 2005||Helmántico Stadium, Salamanca, Spain||China PR||2–0||3–0||Friendly|
|2.||6 September 2006||Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland||Northern Ireland||1–0||2–3||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|3.||11 October 2006||La Condomina Stadium, Murcia, Spain||Argentina||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|4.||2 June 2007||Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia||Latvia||2–0||2–0||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|5.||12 September 2007||Carlos Tartiere Stadium, Oviedo, Spain||Latvia||1–0||2–0|
|6.||21 November 2007||Gran Canaria Stadium, Las Palmas, Spain||Northern Ireland||1–0||1–0|
|7.||4 June 2008||El Sardinero Stadium, Santander, Spain||United States||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|8.||26 June 2008||Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria||Russia||1–0||3–0||UEFA Euro 2008|
|9.||20 August 2008||Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark||Denmark||2–0||3–0||Friendly|
|10.||29 March 2011||Darius and Girėnas Stadium, Kaunas, Lithuania||Lithuania||1–0||3–1||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|11.||6 September 2011||Las Gaunas Stadium, Logroño, Spain||Liechtenstein||3–0||6–0|
|12.||7 September 2012||Pasarón Stadium, Pontevedra, Spain||Saudi Arabia||3–0||5–0||Friendly|
|13.||11 October 2013||Iberostar Stadium, Palma, Spain||Belarus||1–0||2–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying|
- La Liga: 1998–99, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2014–15
- Copa del Rey: 2008–09, 2011–12, 2014–15
- Supercopa de España: 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
- UEFA Champions League: 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2014–15
- UEFA Super Cup: 2009, 2011
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2009, 2011
- Al Sadd
- Qatar Emir Cup: 2017
- Qatar Crown Prince Cup: 2017
- Sheikh Jassim Cup: 2017
- FIFA World Cup: 2010
- UEFA European Championship: 2008, 2012
- Spain Youth
- Summer Olympics Silver Medal: 2000
- FIFA World Youth Championship: 1999
- La Liga top assist provider: 2008–09, 2009–10
- World Soccer Player of the Year: 2010
- UEFA European Championship Player of the Tournament: 2008
- UEFA Best Player in Europe Award Second place: 2011
- Ballon d’Or/FIFA Ballon d’Or Third place: 2009, 2010, 2011
- FIFA World Player of the Year Third place: 2009
- UEFA Champions League top assist provider: 2008–09
- UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year: 2008–09
- IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
- La Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year: 1999
- La Liga Spanish Player of the Year: 2005
- Trofeo Alfredo Di Stéfano: 2nd place 2010, 3rd place 2011
- La Liga Midfielder of the Year: 2009, 2010, 2011
- FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2010
- UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 2008, 2012
- FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
- FIFA FIFPro World XI 3rd team: 2014
- UEFA Team of the Year: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
- ESM Team of the Year: 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12
- Don Balón Team of the Decade: 2010
- FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball: 2011
- FIFA Club World Cup Bronze Ball: 2009
- Globe Soccer Awards Player Career Award: 2013
- UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year (published 2015)
- Marca Legend Award: 2015
- Spanish Sportsman of the Year: 2009
- Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit: 2010
- Prince of Asturias Award for Sports: 2010 1, 2012 2
- Xavi at BDFutbol
- National team data at BDFutbol
- Xavi at National-Football-Teams.com
- Xavi – UEFA competition record
- Xavi – FIFA competition record (archive)
- 2010 FIFA World Cup profile (fifa.com) at the Wayback Machine (archived 1 March 2011)