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LaLiga: Barcelona confirm return of club icon Xavi Hernandez as coach
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LaLiga: Barcelona confirm return of club icon Xavi Hernandez as coach

Barcelona said in a statement it had reached an agreement with Xavi to become first team coach for the rest of the current season and two more seasons.

Xavi Hernandez's potential appointment as manager delayed with Barcelona reluctant to pay release clause
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Xavi Hernandez's potential appointment as manager delayed with Barcelona reluctant to pay release clause

A source close to negotiations told AFP on Friday discussions were still ongoing over the clause and one possibility was Xavi and Barcelona would each contribute to the payment.

Al Sadd say deal agreed with Barcelona for Xavi
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Al Sadd say deal agreed with Barcelona for Xavi

The Qatari club said in a statement Barca had paid the release clause for Xavi, who has been coaching in Qatar since 2019 and now rejoins the club where he enjoyed huge success as a player

LaLiga: Barcelona in negotiation with Qatari club Al-Sadd for Xavi Hernandez's release
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LaLiga: Barcelona in negotiation with Qatari club Al-Sadd for Xavi Hernandez's release

“The two clubs are in conversations and we don’t know how it will end," Xavi told a crew of Catalan public television station TV3 that had deployed to Qatar on Wednesday. “It is very exciting, I don’t know what will happen.”

Qatar's Al Sadd play down talk of imminent Barcelona swoop for Xavi
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Qatar's Al Sadd play down talk of imminent Barcelona swoop for Xavi

Xavi has been tipped to return to the club where he starred as a player and take over as coach following the sacking earlier this week of Ronald Koeman.

Qatar Football Association fines former Barcelona star Xavi Hernandez $2,700 for breaching COVID-19 protocol
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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 tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Qatar league restart, to self-isolate until 'all clear'
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Xavi tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Qatar league restart, to self-isolate until 'all clear'

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.

Qatari club Al-Saad sign former Spanish international, Villarreal legend Santi Cazorla
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Qatari club Al-Saad sign former Spanish international, Villarreal legend Santi Cazorla

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
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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
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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
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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 admits it would be a 'dream' to coach Barcelona as pressure mounts on Ernesto Valverde
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Xavi admits it would be a 'dream' to coach Barcelona as pressure mounts on Ernesto Valverde

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
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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
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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

India women's football captain Loitongbam Ashalata Devi nominated for AFC Player of the Year award
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India women's football captain Loitongbam Ashalata Devi nominated for AFC Player of the Year award

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
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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

Club World Cup: Liverpool discover potential opponents for tournament in Qatar
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Club World Cup: Liverpool discover potential opponents for tournament in Qatar

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.

Barcelona legend Xavi appointed head coach of Qatari champions Al-Sadd on two-year contract
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Barcelona legend Xavi appointed head coach of Qatari champions Al-Sadd on two-year contract

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
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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
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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.