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Post by Winter is Coming on Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:48 pm

http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2014/mar/14/xavi-barcelona-champions-league-spain

http://www.sbnation.com/soccer/2015/5/20/8629965/fc-barcelona-xavi-final-game

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=2249771.html

https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/xavi-and-the-end

These are some.

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Post by messixaviesta on Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:24 pm

@Winter is Coming wrote:http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2014/mar/14/xavi-barcelona-champions-league-spain

http://www.sbnation.com/soccer/2015/5/20/8629965/fc-barcelona-xavi-final-game

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=2249771.html

https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/xavi-and-the-end

These are some.


Thanks.

An article by Graham Hunter is always nice, even though what he says in this one I have read before.

I really liked these lines from the Guardian article.

"in an age when all elite-level football is unavoidably Xavi-tinged, where every variation is on some level a Xavi-variation"

This is probably one of the best ways to sum up the achievements of the maestro in one line.


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Post by The Franchise on Tue Jul 07, 2015 12:21 pm

Over long distance, Pirlo is the man for the ball over the top. From shorter distance, 40m and in, I would go with Cesc.

Xavi can do both, but his choice of pass is very different.

In terms of final passes, what sets Xavi apart is he can and has done all kinds of passes, nobody has shown his variety.

1 touch passes, balls over the top from long or short, scoop passes, reverse passes and more.

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Post by messixaviesta on Tue Jul 07, 2015 8:32 pm

@The Franchise wrote:Over long distance, Pirlo is the man for the ball over the top. From shorter distance, 40m and in, I would go with Cesc.

Xavi can do both, but his choice of pass is very different.

In terms of final passes, what sets Xavi apart is he can and has done all kinds of passes, nobody has shown his variety.

1 touch passes, balls over the top from long or short, scoop passes, reverse passes and more.



Great comments dani. I also think nobody has shown Xavi's variety.

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Post by messixaviesta on Thu Jul 09, 2015 6:46 pm

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Post by BarrileteCosmico on Thu Jul 09, 2015 11:02 pm

How do they choose those players? Pretty sure Cambiasso has over 20 as well

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Post by windkick on Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:45 am

Still find it wild Xavi has won more Champions League titles than Copa del Reys

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Post by The Franchise on Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:35 pm

@BarrileteCosmico wrote:How do they choose those players? Pretty sure Cambiasso has over 20 as well

You know I always rated Cambiasso very highly, but there is a big gap between him and the other players there.

I think that table is just among all time great players.
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Post by BarrileteCosmico on Fri Jul 10, 2015 5:59 pm

Ah okay, I thought it was supposed to be a list of most itle winning players

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Post by alexjanosik on Sat Jul 11, 2015 5:33 pm

@messixaviesta wrote:Xavi and Pirlo are both leaving the world of top level football in the same summer

I just read a wonderful article on Pirlo and his exit.

Has anyone seen any truly outstanding article on Xavi and his exit?

In this article on Pirlo I read this comment which I found worth highlighting.

"Perhaps no one since Michel Platini has been so accurate and effective when it comes to the lofted chipped ball over the top of the defence."

What are your thoughts? Was Xavi equally good at this? Better? Any other names you can think of?


As dani wonderfully explained,Xavi's choice of pass is different.Pirlo and Fabregas pull the trigger on every 50-50 opportunity.Xavi wont.
If Xavi was as trigger happy as Pirlo or Fabregas,I am sure he would have just as many successful attempts if not more.
It's the ability to execute all types of passes to a high degree of excellence that set Xavi apart.Even the elite passers struggle under pressure.Xavi maintains his pin point accuracy even under extreme pressure.As I mentioned previously,I rate Laudrup as a more genius passer.But overall,Xavi is the man.

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Post by messixaviesta on Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:13 pm

@The Franchise wrote:
@BarrileteCosmico wrote:How do they choose those players? Pretty sure Cambiasso has over 20 as well

You know I always rated Cambiasso very highly, but there is a big gap between him and the other players there.

I think that table is just among all time great players.


Agree completely. I also rate Cambiasso very highly. As you said it's basically our original golden trinity visavis the greatest legends of the game.

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Post by messixaviesta on Fri Jul 22, 2016 7:30 pm

An interview with the maestro. I read every word of it religiously and hope I can remember all of it.

http://www.totalbarca.com/2016/07/interview-maestro-speaks-barca-coaching/?utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral

Reading the maestro's thoughts is a close second to watching him on the pitch. Do not miss this one.

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Post by alexjanosik on Sat Jul 23, 2016 5:23 am

Thanks for the share jd. Wonderful read. I especially liked the part where he mentioned Alves.

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Post by messixaviesta on Sun Jul 24, 2016 9:06 am

@alexjanosik wrote:Thanks for the share jd. Wonderful read. I especially liked the part where he mentioned Alves.


Most welcome. I also really liked that part. What struck me most was how much affection he retains for his former team mates and how he encourages and stands by every one of them.

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Post by messixaviesta on Fri Jul 29, 2016 8:08 pm

Iniesta's comments on Xavi when the maestro was leaving us :-

"I am out of compliments. I will not find anyone at the stature of what he represents as a person and a player.
"The figures, the years, the feelings, his way of doing things are beyond any words. He is a unique player, unrepeatable and has been fundamental at the club and with the national team.
"It is a true pleasure and privilege to have had my entire career at his side."



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Re: El Maestro: Xavier Hernández Creus

Post by messixaviesta on Fri May 25, 2018 10:19 pm



Xavi has extended his time as a player with Al Sadd for two more years. He is happy to continue being part of what he considers a family atmosphere and the club are delighted that the maestro is staying with them.

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