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Xavi : biography

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Xavier "Xavi" Hernández i Creus ( ; born 25 January 1980), is a Spanish footballer who plays as a central midfielder for FC Barcelona and the Spanish national football team.

Xavi came through La Masia, the Barcelona youth academy, at the age of 11. He made his first-team debut against RCD Mallorca on 18 August 1998. Since then he has played 673 matches, scored 80 goals and made more than 180 assists for over 50 players. Xavi is the first player in the FC Barcelona's history to play 150 international matches.

Since making his international debut in 2000, he has been capped 123 times for the Spanish national team, with whom he won the 2010 World Cup, as well as both the 2008 and the 2012 UEFA Euro. He was named Player of the Tournament by UEFA at UEFA Euro 2008. Xavi has won more trophies than any other Spanish player. Xavi has received five Ballon d'Or nominations, and finished in third place in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Xavi has been awarded the IFFHS World's Best Playmaker for 4 years: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and he was runner-up to Iniesta in 2012. Xavi has been voted into the UEFA Team of the Year 5 times: 2008, 09, 10, 11, 2012. In 2011, Xavi was runner up to Lionel Messi for the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

International career

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.

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, 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012.

UEFA Euro 2008

Xavi was named Euro 2008's player of the tournament after Spain defeated Germany 1–0 in the final. Xavi was dominant in midfield, making tackles, shaping attacks and driving Spain to their first silverware since the 1964 European Championships.

"We have chosen Xavi because he epitomizes the Spanish style of play. He was influential in the whole possession, passing and penetrating kind of game that Spain played," said Andy Roxburgh head of UEFA's technical committee.

  • Semi-finals – Russia v Spain (0–3)

Xavi scored the first goal of Spain in the semi-final against Russia. His goal had stunned the Russians.

  • Final – Germany v Spain (0–1)

Xavi made a perfectly weighted ball, rolled towards the German area, from which Torres scored the final winning goal.

Xavi is the conductor

2010 World Cup

Xavi was named to Spain's squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, with the team winning the World Cup title.

He was able to provide the most number of passes and he crossed the ball inside the 18 yard box more than any other player performing in that tournament. For example, in the final he made 57 accurate forward half passes.

Xavi also covered a lot of distance on the pitch – 80.20 kilometres throughout the competitions, which average at approximately 11.5 kilometres per game. In the final he covered a distance of almost 15 kilometres.

  • Round of 16 – Spain v Portugal (1–0)

After a backheel pass from Xavi Hernandez in the 63rd minute, David Villa had his shot with his left foot blocked by Eduardo, but then he put in the rebound with his right foot for the winning goal.

  • Semi-finals – Germany v Spain (0–1)

Xavi snaps the corner out to the edge of the six-yard box, where Puyol makes a header into the top-right corner.

UEFA Euro 2012

"Pum, pum, pum" – Xavi describes the sound of the ball moving between him and Iniesta.

  • Group C – Spain v Republic of Ireland (4–0)

Xavi made most passes attempted in a European Championship match: 136 (127 completed, 94% success rate). Previous record for most passes attempted had been set by Ronald Koeman at 117 in Euro 1992 match between Holland and Denmark. Xavi and Iniesta made 229 passes in this match, more than the combined Irish 11 managed.

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