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Xavi

Position:
Midfielder
Height:
5'6" (1.68m)
Weight:
146 lbs (66 kg)
age:
35
DOB:
January 25, 1980
POB:
Barcelona, Spain

2014 / 2015 Spanish Primera División

  • 21Games
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  • 1Goals
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  • 5Assists
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  • 21Shots

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The heartbeat of perhaps the most stylish side for many a year, Xavi is the conductor that sets the tempo for Barcelona's orchestra of attacking talent. Having captained Spain at youth level, the midfielder has not missed a major tournament since making his senior debut in November 2000 and is the shining light in a Spain midfield already overflowing with world-class talent.

Having been at the Nou Camp since the age of 11, Xavi is the living embodiment of Barcelona's philosophy of artful and aesthetically-pleasing football and is undoubtedly one of the globe's leading playmakers. After taking up the mantle of dictating Barca's midfield following the departure of Josep Guardiola, now his coach, in 2001, Xavi has become the central cog in Europe's finest club side and enjoys an intuitive understanding with Barca and Spain team-mate Andres Iniesta, constructing what Sir Alex Ferguson has described as the Catalans' "passing carousel".

After being named player of the tournament as Spain triumphed at Euro 2008, Xavi enjoyed a remarkable season at Barca when winning six titles in 2008-09. He has won everything there is to win in the game - including the 2010 World Cup - and is one of the best playmakers of his generation.

Strengths: A sublime technician, Xavi rarely wastes possession and, with his visionary passing and ability to hold onto the ball in tight situations is the perfect man to dictate play from deep. A danger from set-pieces, the midfielder also boasts a tremendous work-rate.

Weaknesses: His lack of height and pace would restrict a more limited player but that would be nitpicking.

Career high: Winning the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with Spain.

Career low: Remaining an unused substitute in the 2006 Champions League final victory over Arsenal having spent a large portion of the season sidelined with a knee problem.

Style: Cunning, composed, creative, the ultimate playmaker.

Quotes: "Xavi is a player who has the Barcelona DNA: someone who has the taste for good football, someone who is humble and someone who has loyalty to this club. From the first moment I saw him play, I knew he would become the brain behind Barcelona for many years to come. He plays very, very well... much better than I ever played even when I was at my best." Pep Guardiola, September 2008.

Trivia: Only Migueli has played more La Liga games (391) for Barcelona than Xavi.

Career

Team Comp GS SB G A SH SG FC FS YC RC
Spain WC 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona La Liga 14 7 1 5 21 8 7 15 1 0
Barcelona UCL 2 3 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0
Barcelona Esp Cup 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0
Season Totals   17 13 1 6 23 9 7 18 1 0

Appearances

Team Oppo Date Comp Res Appear g a sh sg fc fs yc rc
Barcelona H - Real Madrid Mar 22, 2015 La Liga W 2-1 Substitute 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Man City Mar 18, 2015 UCL W 1-0 Unused Substitute
Barcelona A - Eibar Mar 14, 2015 La Liga W 0-2 Substitute 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Rayo Mar 8, 2015 La Liga W 6-1 Started 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Villarreal Mar 4, 2015 Esp Cup W 1-3 Substitute 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Granada Feb 28, 2015 La Liga W 1-3 Sub-Off 65 min 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Man City Feb 24, 2015 UCL W 1-2 Unused Substitute
Barcelona H - Malaga Feb 21, 2015 La Liga L 0-1 Unused Substitute
Barcelona H - Levante Feb 15, 2015 La Liga W 5-0 Started 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Villarreal Feb 11, 2015 Esp Cup W 3-1 Unused Substitute
Barcelona A - Athletic Feb 8, 2015 La Liga W 2-5 Started 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Villarreal Feb 1, 2015 La Liga W 3-2 Unused Substitute
Barcelona A - Atletico Jan 28, 2015 Esp Cup W 2-3 Unused Substitute
Barcelona A - Atletico Jan 28, 2015 Esp Cup W 2-3 Unused Substitute
Barcelona A - Elche Jan 24, 2015 La Liga W 0-6 Started 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0
Barcelona H - Atletico Jan 21, 2015 Esp Cup W 1-0 Substitute 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Atletico Jan 21, 2015 Esp Cup W 1-0 Substitute 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Barcelona A - R Sociedad Jan 4, 2015 La Liga L 1-0 Started 0 0 2 1 1 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Cordoba Dec 20, 2014 La Liga W 5-0 Sub-On 64 min 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Getafe Dec 13, 2014 La Liga D 0-0 Started 0 0 3 0 0 4 0 0
Barcelona H - PSG Dec 10, 2014 UCL W 3-1 Substitute 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Espanyol Dec 7, 2014 La Liga W 5-1 Started 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Valencia Nov 30, 2014 La Liga W 0-1 Sub-Off 79 min 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Apoel Nov 25, 2014 UCL W 0-4 Sub-On 61 min 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Sevilla Nov 22, 2014 La Liga W 5-1 Sub-Off 76 min 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Almeria Nov 8, 2014 La Liga W 1-2 Sub-On 65 min 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Ajax Nov 5, 2014 UCL W 0-2 Started 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Celta Vigo Nov 1, 2014 La Liga L 0-1 Sub-On 65 min 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Real Madrid Oct 25, 2014 La Liga L 3-1 Sub-Off 59 min 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Ajax Oct 21, 2014 UCL W 3-1 Unused Substitute
Barcelona H - Eibar Oct 18, 2014 La Liga W 3-0 Started 1 0 2 2 0 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Rayo Oct 4, 2014 La Liga W 0-2 Started 0 0 1 0 2 1 1 0
Barcelona A - PSG Sep 30, 2014 UCL L 3-2 Sub-On 68 min 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Granada Sep 27, 2014 La Liga W 6-0 Started 0 0 3 3 0 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Malaga Sep 24, 2014 La Liga D 0-0 Unused Substitute
Barcelona A - Levante Sep 21, 2014 La Liga W 0-5 Sub-On 61 min 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Apoel Sep 17, 2014 UCL W 1-0 Sub-Off 60 min 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Athletic Sep 13, 2014 La Liga W 2-0 Unused Substitute
Barcelona A - Villarreal Aug 31, 2014 La Liga W 0-1 Sub-On 74 min 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Elche Aug 24, 2014 La Liga W 3-0 Unused Substitute
Spain A - Australia Jun 23, 2014 WC W 0-3 Unused Substitute
Spain H - Chile Jun 18, 2014 WC L 0-2 Unused Substitute
Spain H - Netherlands Jun 13, 2014 WC L 1-5 Started 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  • A: GoalAssists
  • Appear: Appearance
  • Comp: Competition
  • FC: Fouls Committed
  • FS: Fouls Suffered
  • G: TotalGoals
  • Oppo: Opponent
  • RC: Red Cards
  • Res: Result
  • SG: Shots On Target
  • SH: Total Shots
  • YC: Yellow Cards