The Legend Returns! Xavi Hernandez has returned to Barcelona as the new head coach on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
Xavi replaces Ronald Koeman who was axed earlier this week following Barcelona’s 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano. The Spaniard is expected to arrive in Barcelona this weekend and will be presented as the new coach on Monday in an event open to the public at Camp Nou.
Xavi made 767 appearances for Barcelona senior team, a record that was surpassed recently by Lionel Messi (778).
In his 17 years in the first team (1998 to 2015), he won 25 major trophies:
- Liga: 8 (1998/99, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2012/13 & 2014/15)
- Champions League: 4 (2005/06, 2008/09, 2010/11 & 2014/15)
- Copa del Rey: 3 (2008/09, 2011/12 & 2014/15)
- Club World Cup: 2 (2009/10 & 2011/12)
- European Super Cups: 2 (2009/10 & 2011/12)
- Spanish Super Cups: 6 (2005/06, 2006/07, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12 & 2013/14).
Xavi played out the final years of his career at Al-Sadd in Qatar, and after hanging up his boots in 2019, he became the team coach. He’d only been in the position for a few months when he won the Qatari Super Cup, and also led the team to the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League.
In total, he coached the team to seven different trophies, three of them in 2021