Biography of Xavier "Xavi" Hernández Creus (1980-VVVV)

Xavi Hernández

Spanish footballer, born 25 January 1980 in Terrassa, Barcelona. He/She began his career with 11 years, when he/she entered in the lower categories of FC Barcelona. In the season 1997-1998 became play in Barcelona B from the juvenile category, showing great progression as a player. Barcelona b was where he/she began to demonstrate his intelligence with the ball and with his companions, being the "brain" of the team trained by Jordi Gonzalvo that season and that it achieved promotion to the second Division A national.

His game is characterized by its sobriety, his great vision of the game as well as its ability to take the pressure off. It also highlights a great efficiency when connecting long deep passes and to protect the ball with great skill, qualities that are the result of the work developed from its stage in the lower categories of Barcelona. Besides its adaptation to different positions in the middle of the field have served you also to show your quality plenty. A settled and powerful shot, its arrival to the area capacity and skills when it comes to retrieve the ball completes the range of qualities of the player.

In the summer of 1998, he/she made his debut in the first team of the club in an official way to the Mallorca during the meeting of the Supercopa of Spain. His debut couldn't have been better, since it came out in the starting eleven and also scored a goal. Already integrated in the template during the 1998-1999 season, with Louis Van Gaal as coach, Xavi José Zorrilla prompted the reaction of FC Barcelona thanks to a goal against Valladolid in the stadium.

The following campaign was marked by long injury of Pep Guardiola, who favored that Xavi started enough games as holder, as a natural replacement for Pep. Subsequently, Guardiola moved to Italian soccer, and Xavi was consolidated as the FC Barcelona play Organizer and continued showing his progression and quality.

All the coaches who took their orders in the boat (Van Gaal, Reixach, Antic or Rijkaard) consider it one of the pillars of the team, and as proof of this is the fact that with 25 years it came to having 300 official matches with FC Barcelona shirt. In addition, Terrassa player was one of the selected to contest the World Cup in Japan and Korea in 2002 and the Euro 2004 with the combo of Spain, which became you a regular of the international events with the selection.

In the season 2004-2005, marked by the arrival at the dock of Frank Rijkaard as coach, Xavi combined his position as central with other posts in the spinal cord while your game is resented. In fact, it was one of the players of the team that more parties enjoyed a total of 36, helping to win the League Championship that season.

On December 2, 2005 he/she suffered an injury of rupture of ligaments in the left knee during training at the facilities of the farmhouse. His recovery was quick and after only five months was able to return to play on April 29, 2006 against the Cadiz. That season Xavi could celebrate with their colleagues achieving the title of champions of the Spanish League and Champions League.

The season 2010 / 2011 was spectacular for the player and his club. FC Barcelona as Xavi, Andrés Iniesta together with Leo Messi, won 6 titles, including League Champion and Copa del Rey. A season that was the bet by touch, against the direct or defensive attack football.

At the 2006 World Cup in Germany was in the starting eleven chosen by Luis Aragonés, although selection could not overcome the second round against the thrust of the then powerful selection of France. In 2008 he/she returned to being called to be part of the Spanish team which was proclaimed champion of the European Championship in Switzerland and Austria, by deploying an effective and lively game which was responsible in large part. Xavi was also chosen best player of the tournament as individual recognition.

In the World Cup in South Africa, Xavi played 7 matches, and although not marked any goal, distinction and style that his game to all players allowed the selected Spanish raise, for the first time in its history, the World Cup. Conquered in Euro 2008, success was repeated in the Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. Xavi returned to be convened by Vicente de Bosque and along with fellow they regained the title of champions of Europe, with a brilliant performance of the player from Terrassa, winning 4-0 in the final against Italy.

In September 2012 shared with Iker Casillas the prize Prince of Asturias sports, according to the jury, both players, "... are an example of fair play that is admired by all." Together they have shown a conciliatory attitude that has filed the traditional differences between players and interests."