Xavi Hernández

Profile Football Stars | Xavi Hernández | Xavi CAME through La Masia, the Barcelona youth academy, at the age of 11. He made his first-team debut in 18 August 1998. Xavi played for Spain at the young levels, before making his international debut in 2000. Xavier Hernández i Creus, commonly known as  Xavi Hernández or simply, is a Spanish footballer WHO plays as a central midfielder for La Liga club FC Barcelona, where he has spent his entire 15-year career. Born in Terrassa, Barcelona, Catalonia, Xavi is a product of Barcelona's La Masia youth system and has been a regular at the Camp Nou since the age of 11.

Initially featuring intermittently both for the reserve and senior teams, Xavi scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid when Barcelona were 10th in the league. Sustained impressive performance he Meant That Became a key member of Louis van Gaal's title-winning team. Xavi finished his debut season with 26 matches played and winning Spanish League. Barcelona's Xavi Became principal playmaker, after an injury to Pep Guardiola in the 1999-00 season.

Xavi's Abilities on the football pitch have led his teams to Numerous titles and placed him Among the most decorated footballers of all time. The playmaker has won major international titles with Spain and FC Barcelona in the FIFA U-20 World Cup, the FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. His successes on the European stage include winning the UEFA European Football Championship and the UEFA Champions League (three times). On 25 March 2011, Xavi earned his 100th cap for Spain in the 2-1 home win against the Czech Republic in a Euro 2012 qualifier. He played for the nation at the 2000 Olympics, 2002 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2004, 2006 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2008, 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Xavi's abnormally good vision, pinpoint accurate passing and ball control world class allow him to dictate the flow of play whilst rarely relinquishing possession.

Personal information
Full name Xavier Hernández i Creus
Date of birth 25 January 1980 (age 32)
Place of birth Terrassa, Spain
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder

Club information
Current club Barcelona
Number 6

Youth career
Barcelona 1991-1997

Senior career
years Team
1997-2000 Barcelona B 61 (4)
1998 - Barcelona 402 (45)

National team
Spain U17 1997 10 (2)
1997-1998 Spain U18 10 (0)
1999 Spain U20 6 (2)
1998-2001 Spain U21 25 (7)
2000 Spain U23 6 (2)
2000 - Spain 107 (10)
1998 - Catalonia 9 (2)


     La Liga (6): 1998-99, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11
     Copa del Rey (1): 2008-09: Runner-up 2010-11
     Supercopa de España (5): 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011
     UEFA Champions League (3): 2005-06, 2008-09, 2010-11
     UEFA Super Cup (2): 2009, 2011; Runner-up 2006
     FIFA Club World Cup (2): 2009, 2011; Runner-up 2006

     FIFA World Cup: 2010
     UEFA European Football Championship: 2008
     FIFA World Youth Championship: 1999
     Summer Olympics: Silver medal 2000
     FIFA Confederations Cup: Third-place 2009

     FIFA Ballon d'Or Third place: 2010, 2011
     Ballon d'Or Third place: 2009
     FIFA World Player of the Year Third place: 2009
     UEFA Best Player in Europe Award Second place: 2011
     World Soccer Player of the Year: 2010
     UEFA Champions League Midfielder of the Year: 2008-09
     IFFHS World's Best Playmaker: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
     La Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year: 1999
     Spanish La Liga Player of the Year: 2005
     La Liga Midfielder of the Year: 2009, 2011
     Trofeo Alfredo Di Stefano Second place: 2010
     UEFA Euro Player of the Tournament: 2008
     UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament: 2008
     FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2010
     FIFA / FIFPro World XI: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
     UEFA Team of the Year: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
     ESM Team of the Year: 2008-09, 2010-11
     UEFA Champions League Final Man of the Match: 2009
     FIFA Club World Cup Bronze Ball: 2009
     FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball: 2011

     Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit: 2010 [35]
     Prince of Asturias Awards: 2010


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