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Xavi leads Al Sadd to Qatar Cup win week after turning down Barcelona

Steve Nicol explains why Quique Setien needs to make some big tactical changes to find success at Barcelona.
Sid Lowe says Quique Setien will be embraced by Barcelona purists because of his style of play.

One day after confirming he turned down an offer to coach Barcelona, Xavi Hernandez earned his second trophy as a manager, leading Al Sadd to victory in the Qatar Cup on Friday.

Al Sadd beat Al Duhail 4-0 in the final as the club won their seventh title in the competition, which was established in 1995.

Al Sadd's nearest competitor, Al-Rayyan has won four titles.

Sources told ESPN last week that the the 39-year-old had turned down an offer from Barcelona to replace Ernesto Valverde as manager,...

Asian player of the year Abdelkarim Hassan banned 5 months for ref spat

Abdelkarim Hassan led Al Sadd to a Qatari title last season.

Asia's reigning player of the year has been banned for five months for confronting a referee in the Asian Champions League semifinals.

The Asian Football Confederation banned Abdelkarim Hassan, the left-back of Qatari champion Al Sadd, from all their club competitions until March 20 -- a punishment of just three matches overall.

FIFA said Hassan will be able to play at the Club World Cup in Qatar in December, which will include Al Sadd. He can also play in domestic games.

Hassan reacted aggressively,...

Xavi Hernandez: I'm not ready to coach Barcelona yet despite Pep Guardiola comparisons

With Lionel Messi often lauded as being the best to play the game, Shaka Hislop and the FC crew resume the debate on his greatest-of-all-time credentials.

Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has told TV3 he is not ready to become the club's coach despite comparisons to Pep Guardiola.

Xavi, 38, joined Al-Sadd in 2015 after ending a Barcelona career in which he won 25 major trophies, including eight La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues.

He is still with the Qatari side, but many in Spain have tipped him to follow in Guardiola's footsteps and return to the Camp Nou as manager.

"I have a part [of the coaching licenses to be a manager]," he said. "I...