Barcelona icon Xavi appointed manager of Qatari club Al Sadd

Xavi, the Barcelona and Spain great, has been appointed the coach of Al Sadd in Qatar.

Xavi Hernandez in action for Qatari club Al Sadd.   -  Getty Images

Barcelona great Xavi has made his first move into coaching, taking over at Qatari side Al Sadd, where he spent the last four seasons of his playing career.

Xavi announced his retirement on May 2, and the 39-year-old played his final match on May 20, in an AFC Champions League defeat to Persepolis.

And having outlined his plans to become a coach, it has now been confirmed that the former Spain midfielder shall take charge of Al Sadd.

Xavi will officially take over for the 2019-20 campaign, with Al Sadd set to travel to Girona for a pre-season training camp.

Xavi has been in Qatar since 2015, the year he ended his 17-year-long association with Barcelona. He signed a lucrative deal with Al Sadd in the Qatar Stars League and lent a helping hand to the Qatar national football team, which bagged its maiden AFC Asian Cup title in January this year.

He led Al Sadd to Amir Cup triumph in 2017 and the Qatar Stars League title this year.

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Xavi moved to Al Sadd in 2015, after bringing the curtain down on his Barca career, and counts eight La Liga titles, three Copas del Rey and four Champions Leagues among his honours from his time in Catalonia.