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Barcelona name Xavi as new head coach

Barcelona have named their former midfielder Xavi Hernandez as head coach following the sacking of Ronald Koeman.

The Spanish giants, who are languishing in ninth spot in the league, made the announcement on Saturday.

“FC Barcelona have reached an agreement with Xavi Hernandez for him to become first team coach for the rest of the current season and two more seasons,” the statement said.

“Xavi Hernandez, a youth team product at Barca, has left his current club, Al-Sadd of Qatar, after talks held over the last few days with the owners of the club.”

The 41-year-old Xavi made 767 appearances for Barca as a player and won 25 trophies, including four Champions Leagues titles.

Xavi left Barcelona in 2015 to conclude his playing career with Al Sadd and has coached the team since 2019. He won the Qatari league last season and has also claimed various cup competitions.

As a player Xavi was renowned as an outstanding passer of the ball in midfield and with Spain won the European Championships of 2008 and 2012 either side of the 2010 World Cup.

He has now been tasked with turning around the fortunes of Barcelona, who have been disappointing as they battle financial difficulties which led to the recent departure of his former teammate Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain.

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