Barcelona confirm Xavi as head coach

On Saturday, Barcelona announced the return of legendary midfielder Xavi Hernandez as coach, with the legendary midfielder facing a monumental task in restoring the Spanish giants to their former glory.

After 767 appearances for the Catalan club, which included winning eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues, the Spaniard moved to Al Sadd in 2015.

"It’s time to come home. Welcome, Xavi,” Barca tweeted. 

Barcelona announced in a statement that it had reached an agreement with Xavi to take over as first-team coach for the remainder of this season and two more seasons, succeeding Ronald Koeman, who had been fired.

"It is expected that Xavi Hernandez will arrive in Barcelona this weekend and that on Monday 8 November his presentation as new FC Barcelona first team coach will take place in an event open to the public at Camp Nou," it said.

His passing style was seen as the embodiment of Guardiola’s “tiki-taka” team that won the treble in 2009.

“One of the greatest midfield maestros of all time, he helped redefine the art with his creative mind, pinpoint passing and sublime ability to read the game,” Barca said in their statement, heralding the return of “an absolute legend”.

Qatari club Al Sadd, which Xavi had coached since 2019, hours earlier said they had reached an agreement with Barca and posted photos on social media of the Spaniard saying goodbye to the players and staff.

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