Qatar Football Association fines former Barcelona star Xavi Hernandez $2,700 for breaching COVID-19 protocol
Xavi, head coach of Qatari side Al-Sadd, revealed at the end of July that he had contracted the virus but just days later he said he had returned home and to work.
Xavi, who renewed his contract with Al-Sadd, said he will self-isolate as his team prepare for their first match on Saturday after the Qatar Stars League (QSL) was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 35-year-old Cazorla had been playing with Villarreal, which finished fifth in this year's Spanish league.
LaLiga: Former Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta believes Spanish champions treating coach Ernesto Valverde unfairly
Barca approached Iniesta’s former team mate Xavi Hernandez to replace the under-pressure Valverde who they wanted to sack after defeat by Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final last week, reports in the Spanish media said.
LaLiga: Xavi declines Barcelona coaching offer, but Ernesto Valverde's position as head coach still unsafe, claim reports
Latest developments suggest that Xavi has put the plan on hold, at least for a season. As per reports, Al Sadd manager told Abidal and Grau on Sunday that the former midfielder was open to the possibility of joining the club next season but not right now.
La Liga: Xavi focussed on Al Sadd's Qatar Cup final, still undecided on taking up offer to coach Barcelona, says club source
The source said Xavi, coach of Qatari club Al Sadd, is focused on Friday’s Cup final against Al Duhail and has decided against accepting or declining Barca’s offer.
Xavi Hernandez has said it is his dream to coach his former side Barcelona after his current club, Qatari outfit Al Sadd, confirmed that the ex-Spain midfielder has been in negotiations with the Catalans
FIFA Club World Cup 2019: Brazilian champions Flamengo fight back to beat Al Hilal, book spot in final
Brazilian champions Flamengo came from behind to beat Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal 3-1 on Tuesday and book their place in the final of the Club World Cup.
Club World Cup 2019: Liverpool matches to be moved from Education City to Khalifa International Stadium after construction delays
The newly built, 40,000-capacity Education City Stadium has not been fully tested, so the semi-final involving Liverpool plus the final and third-place game will be played at Khalifa International Stadium, FIFA said in a statement
The AIFF also earned a nomination after being named among three federations for AFC President Recognition Awards in Grassroots Football Developing category
FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar to inaugurate third stadium for marquee tournament during 2019 Club World Cup
'The FIFA Club World Cup 2019 will provide a glimpse of Qatar's compact nature ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022,' FIFA said in a statement
As European champions, Liverpool will enter the competition in the semi-finals with a match against CONCACAF Champions League winners Monterrey, Al Sadd or minnows Hienghene Sport of New Caledonia.
Xavi Hernandez has been appointed the head coach for Qatari champions Al-Sadd for whom the Spaniard has been playing since 2015.
Doha's $575-million Al Wakrah stadium hosts domestic cup final ahead of FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar
Qatar inaugurated its first purpose-built stadium for the 2022 World Cup on Thursday, staging a prestigious domestic cup final in the $575 million, 40,000-capacity Al-Wakrah venue.
Spain and Barcelona football legend Xavi Hernandez retires from football; eyes coaching role in future
Xavi Hernandez will retire from football this season, ending a career in which he became one of the best midfielders to ever play for Barcelona and Spain's national team.
Long-time Atletico Madrid captain Gabi on Tuesday announced his departure for Al Sadd in Qatar where he will link up with former Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez.
Xavi Hernandez eyes playing till 40 as former Barcelona star extends deal with Qatar's Al Sadd till 2020
Xavi Hernandez could play on until the age of 40 after it was announced on Thursday he has signed a two-year extension to his contract with Qatari club Al Sadd.
The decision is unexpected as Xavi had signalled that the current season would be his last before he focuses on earning his coaching badges.
Former World Cup winner Xavi Hernandez was named as a global ambassador for the 2022 World Cup local organising committee in Qatar on Sunday.
Xavi collected 133 caps for Spain during a 14-year international career, winning the 2010 World Cup and the European Championship in 2008 and 2012.