Xavier Hernández: Legend

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  1. unclesox

    unclesox BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 8, 2003
    209, California
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    An appreciation thread for the man who gets the job done without bringing attention to himself.

    Monday he turned 30.
    Appreciate him while he's still lacing them up because you'll miss him once he's gone.



    How old is he here? Note the Meyba shirt (!)

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    Scoring in his 1998 debut, Supercopa against Mallorca.

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    WINNERS MEDALS
    1998–99: La Liga Champion
    1999: FIFA U-20 World Cup Champion
    2000: Olympic Games, Silver Medal
    2004–05: La Liga Champion
    2005: Supercopa de España winner
    2005–06: La Liga Champion
    2005–06: UEFA Champions League winner
    2006: Supercopa de España winner
    2008: UEFA European Football Championship winner
    2008–09: Copa del Rey winner
    2008–09: La Liga Champion
    2008–09: UEFA Champions League winner
    2009: Supercopa de España winner
    2009: UEFA Super Cup winner
    2009: FIFA Club World Cup winner

    INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
    1999: Don Balón Award for Breakthrough Player of the Year
    2005: Don Balón Award for Spanish Player of the Year in La Liga
    2007-08: FIFPro World XI
    2008: EURO 2008 Player of the Tournament
    2008: IFFHS World's best playmaker
    2008: UEFA Team of the Year
    2008: FIFA.com Team of the Year
    2008-09: Most assists in La Liga (20)
    2008-09: Most assists in UEFA Champions League (7)
    2008-09: Man of the Match, UEFA Champions League Final
    2008-09: UEFA Club Best Midfielder
    2008-09: LFP Best Midfielder
    2008-09: FIFPro World XI
    2009: 3rd Place, Ballon d'Or
    2009: FIFA Club World Cup, Bronze Ball
    2009: 3rd Place, FIFA World Player of the Year
    2009: UEFA Team of the Year
    2009: IFFHS World's best playmaker

    MOST APPEARANCES ALL-TIME, FC BARCELONA
    Migueli (548 matches)
    *Xavi (472)
    Carles Rexach (452)
    Guillermo Amor (421)

    * Could be wrong but entering the 2009/10 season I had him at 472.
    As of this posting I have him in 33 matches this season for a current total of 505.



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  2. Hendrixforpope

    Hendrixforpope Member+

    Barcelona
    Dec 15, 2007
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    We are all witnesses.
     
  3. jcvf90

    jcvf90 Member

    Dec 12, 2006
    Boca Raton, FL
    He is my all time favorite Barcelona player. I remember that supercopa game, cause it was one of the last ones i saw with my grandpa. The game wasnt shown live so we had to watch it at night.

    Xavi is a football legend, he has only the WC to win. Should be somewhere in the top 30 or 40 players of all time.

    Visca Xavi! i Visca el BarÇa!
     
  4. El Guero Sin Fe

    Sep 27, 2006
    San Francisco
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    I like his 1998 haircut - amazing photos!
     
  5. PhiloBarca

    PhiloBarca Member

    Oct 5, 2008
    Austin, Texas
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I've think he's a lock to be a future coach as well.
     
  6. os_mutante

    os_mutante Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 8, 2003
    City of Bad Carls
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Forget the economic recovery, Xavi is the economical miracle. Never takes too many touches. Never holds the ball too long. Always finds a decent pass and more often than not, a perfect pass.

    My 2008/2009 Barça jersey has his name on the back. Best shirt I own.
     
  7. Juanele

    Juanele Member+

    Aug 4, 1999
    Colorado, US
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  8. MavadoDribblez

    MavadoDribblez Member+

    Feb 7, 2008
    Ontario
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Thanks for all the photos everyone. I must say that the weight he puts on some of his through balls is absolutely brilliant. I don't think anyone does that nearly as much as he does. A fantastic footballer.

    By the way, does anyone think that Xavi could be (if you glanced and looked away) a cousin of the character "Ted" from the tv show "How I Met Your Mother"?
     
  9. jfcule

    jfcule Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 4, 2005
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nicely done, Ron. A true legend, an amazing passer, a midfield brain, a clinical finisher. And to top it all, a gentleman on and off the field. All those honors and still he's very underrated.

    A whole life as a blaugrana. He's been, by far the most important player for Barca player these past 10 years. Another picture of him, from 1991:
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  10. inswinger

    inswinger Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 17, 2001
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nice, Ron. Now unleash the compilation fest, awful soundtracks and all...

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSCjTSgofmY"]Xavi Hernandez per sempre[/ame]
     
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  11. sukhy

    sukhy New Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    Argentina
    A Legend & A Genius..........it's as simple as :D
     
  12. USCule

    USCule Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    I approve this message.

    I think people (and sometimes us) take Xavi's unbelievable consistency for granted. It's the rare rare rare game when he isn't playing at a World Class level.
     
  13. MLisinPA

    MLisinPA Member

    Sep 16, 2007
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Xavi is the reason I fell in love with FC Barcelona. His poise and vision can not be touched by any other midfielder in the game right now. My only regret is not following Barcelona earlier so I could have seen more of Xavi and his unbelievable ability. My favorite jersey I own is the #6 from last year's team.

    I feel like I have convinced several people of the beauty that lies in soccer by just having them watch how he plays the game.
     
  14. skalomax

    skalomax Member

    Oct 18, 2007
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Ol' chameleon eyes, the best.
     
  15. PhiloBarca

    PhiloBarca Member

    Oct 5, 2008
    Austin, Texas
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Classic Xavi: the pass to Messi in the CL final. A quick look up and flicks it up over Rio's head with the right bend to bring it back down to Messi:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMtEF6WCvAA"]YouTube- FC Barcelona 2-0 Manchester United Final 27-05-2009 HD Champions League 2009 Messi's Goal[/ame]
     
  16. Snake777

    Snake777 New Member

    Feb 15, 2010
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Wow. We will be without Xavi for the next 2 weeks, am I right?
     
  17. os_mutante

    os_mutante Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 8, 2003
    City of Bad Carls
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yup.

    It's time for INIESTA to step up.
     
  18. 35mmMessiah

    35mmMessiah Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Canuckville
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    Montserrat
  19. Chicken Wings

    Chicken Wings Member

    Dec 3, 2008
    Xavi has always been fundamental to Barca. The midfield belongs to Xavi. Ive said that a million times, wrote it here maybe a few times too. When Xavi is on, Barca is unstopable, if you neutralize Xavi, you can beat Barca, it's that simple.

    Xavi has this one move, I call it the "Xavi turn". He'll take the ball with his left or right, whatever suits him at the time, and turn all the way around in a 360 in 2 steps. He's been doing it for years. Lately Iv'e seen it in other players, but it's Xavi's move, when I see another player do it, even a Barca player (Iv'e seen Iniesta do it alot lately), I know they copied Xavi. Watch him next game. Look for the Xavi turn, you'll see what I mean. ;)
     
  20. MavadoDribblez

    MavadoDribblez Member+

    Feb 7, 2008
    Ontario
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Ah, nothing I can post but at the bookstore there was a "New Year 2010" edition of football magazine fourfourtwo that had an article with none other that Xavi. It's a really good article, and shows how humble he is, and how Barcelona is more than a club.

    He even schooled Hleb on some of the principles. Check it out if you can.
     
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  21. santos6

    santos6 New Member

    Feb 25, 2007
    Toronto
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1ZMePAJXLQ"]YouTube- Xavi e Iniesta en 'Informe Robinson' VOL 1/3 (22.02.10) FULL[/ame]
     
  22. b4rcelona

    b4rcelona Member

    May 9, 2009
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    probably really old, but still i found it funny.
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn1mq73iy-w&feature=related"]Xavi and Iker[/ame]
     
  23. unclesox

    unclesox BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 8, 2003
    209, California
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    The Legend becomes more Legendary.

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    Sunday's 3-0 victory over Valencia marked Xavi's 195th win in La Liga, which equals the club record held by that other legend, Migueli.
    Xavi equalled the mark having played in 49 fewer matches, which means he's won 57% of the league games he's played in.

    Most La Liga victories in club history
    195 - Xavi Hernández (342 matches, 57%)
    195 - Migueli (391, 49.9%)
    190 - Guillermo Amor (311, 61%)
    185 - Carles Puyol (320, 57.8%)
     
  24. PhiloBarca

    PhiloBarca Member

    Oct 5, 2008
    Austin, Texas
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: The Legend becomes more Legendary.

    Impressive, given that he got started playing a lot of games during the most recent dark years (2000-2003).
     
  25. unclesox

    unclesox BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 8, 2003
    209, California
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Re: The Legend becomes more Legendary.

    As did Puyol, whose numbers aren't too shabby either.
    Caveman deserves his own "Legend" thread too. :)
     

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