Then other players like Jérôme Leroy (2002-2003) trained at PSG who returned to the capital club, the Nigerian international Jay-Jay Okocha (1998-2002), the Argentine internationals Mauricio Pochettino (2001-2003), Gabriel Heinze (2001-2004) and Juan Pablo Sorin (2003-2004), the Spanish hope Mikel Arteta (2001-2002) or the Brazilian international Ronaldinho (2001-2003). The case of French international Nicolas Anelka is slightly different. At the end of his contract with Al Sadd and on the shelves of his former club Barcelona, the Spanish coach decided to continue the adventure with Bounedjah's teammates. Helmed by André Santos, he did not play a match until the latter was injured on February 3, 2013. Showing his quality, he gained the trust of his coach and became an indisputable starter. On June 28, 2010, Spain defeated Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal 1-0 in the round of 16, a goal scored by neo-Barcelona winger David Villa thanks to an assist from Xavi. In the Champions League final, in Rome on May 27, 2009, led by Xavi, elected player of the match by UEFA thanks to a great performance and an assist for Lionel Messi in the 70th minute, FC Barcelona beat Manchester United 2 at 0. Xavi finished as the tournament's best passer with seven assists.
Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring with a penalty before Ángel Di María and Gabriel Mercado put Argentina in front, France then scored the next three goals thanks to Benjamin Pavard's volley from outside the area (goal elected as the best of the tournament) and then Kylian Mbappé twice. He was voted the best left back in the Brazilian championship and is followed by big clubs like FC Porto, AC Milan and Galatasaray. Sadio Mané, born April 10, 1992 in Bambali (Senegal), is a Senegalese international footballer who plays as a winger and center forward for Al-Nassr. The arrival of Tito Vilanova as coach in place of Pep Guardiola does not change Xavi's status in the team: he continues to be a centerpiece. Álvaro González Soberón, known as Álvaro, born January 8, 1990 in Potes, Spain, is a Spanish footballer who plays as a central defender for Al-Qadisiyah FC. He was also voted Spanish Playmaker and Athlete of the Year. The 2008-2009 season of FC Barcelona is the most accomplished in the history of Spanish football because “Barça” is the first to win La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League during the same season.
During the fifth day of the championship, he scored a decisive goal in the 87th minute against Granada, which allowed Barça to win their fifth consecutive match in La Liga, thus signing one of the best starts to a season in the club's history. In May 2012, Barcelona won the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao. In the final of the Club World Cup, FC Barcelona defeated the Argentinian Estudiantes de La Plata (2-1) and won a sixth title. ↑ The 2019-2020 French championship is marked by the Covid-19 pandemic in France and around the world. Xavi is once again voted playmaker of the year and is part of the FIFA-FIFPro and UEFA typical teams in 2011. On January 4, FC Barcelona started the year in a pleasant way with a 4-0 victory against Osasuna, in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey. He took a starting place in his first season at the club and took his club to the semi-final of the King's Cup. He remained at the club but the season ended with a sad fourteenth place in Liga Adelante. Inserting an infobox (information frame on the right) is not obligatory to complete the layout.
Xavi assures that he rested well during his vacation but that he is not yet in good shape physically and prefers to stay in Barcelona this week to work. For the player, who is aiming for an eighth Spanish championship title, there are no alternatives, "it's important to start La Liga well, that's the basis." Indeed, his performances both with the Blues and at PSG are disappointing, due in particular to his lack of playing time. Inseparable from his friend Iniesta, he is like him a very technical player with a small size. Xavi is selected by coach Luis Aragonés for Euro 2008 in Switzerland and Austria. World Cup. Voted “player of the match” against Portugal and Germany, Xavi is included in the ideal eleven for the competition, established by FIFA. 37. October 11, 2020 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France Portugal 0 – 0 Nations League 2020-2021 Starter, replaced by Kingsley Coman in the 84th minute of play.