Xavi Hernández has played his penultimate match as a professional soccer player, the final of the Emirates Cup of Qatar, a match that his team, Al-Sadd, lost against Al-Duhail (1-4) . The final was an opportunity to allow the Vallès to win his 36th title as a professional soccer player, 40 if there were four Cups of Catalonia with Barça. At age 39, Xavi will play his last game as a soccer player at Azadi Stadium in Teheran next Monday, May 20, when his team, in case of winning or tying, will certify the first position in the phase of Champions League groups, a competition that Xavi will be able to win once he has retired, both as a player, for having participated in the matches of the first phase, as well as a coach, since after this match the Al-Sadd will do official that Xavi happens to be the team's coach in which he has played these last seasons.
Xavi's team already scored five minutes of play thanks to Akram Afif, former Villarreal player, but before the break, Al-Duhail has tied it thanks to Afif. In the second half, with both teams playing with 10 men for two reds, Al-Sadd failed in defense, finishing in a 1-4 goal with two goals from Brazilian Edmilson Junior and one from El-Arabi, the former player from Granada. At the end of the game Al-Sadd finished with eight players for two more reds.
In recent years Al-Sadd has led the Portuguese coach Jesualdo Ferreira, a coach with a defensive mind that has not finished fit with the game of Xavi. Al-Sadd has already announced that the Portuguese will not continue on the bench next season. In Qatar the sports season ends with the Cup final, although the Asian Champions League is in the middle of the competition, which is why Xavi will start his international participation as a coach in a competition that began the same season as a player After the final, Al-Sadd will make official that Xavi has been the chosen one to be the team's coach. Last summer, Xavi already made the coaching course in Madrid to obtain the UEFA B and A license. This June he will return to Madrid to take out the FIFA license and have all the documentation for being a coach. His dream is to direct the Al-Sadd for a few years and, in time, return to Barça.
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