Cool Soccer Tricks: Xavi Spin
Xavier Hernandez Creus was the playmaker who provided the glue to Barcelona's golden talents alongside his pal Andres Aniesta and the perfect complement to the extraordinary talents of Lionel Messi.
The world knows him better as Xavi, who played more than 700 games for Barca after coming through La Masia, the club's famous youth academy, at the age of 11.
Now 35 and playing for Qatari club Al Sadd SC, presumably for a bucketload of cash, he still uses this signature move to get himself out of trouble in a crowded midfield. It pretty much sums up his style of play - simple, neat - and devastatingly effective.
Learn it for yourself with top SoCal soccer trainer Paul Spacey.
The Player Behind the Move
Barcelona may still have Messi, Neymar and Suarez giving opposing defenders nightmares, but many still believe the team lost its true heart when captain Xavi departed earlier this year.
The king of the tiki-taka scored 82 goals and made more than 180 assists for over 50 players during his record-breaking years with the club. Humble and self-effacing he nevertheless had much to boast about in a long career for club and country.
Considered one of Spain's all time greats, he had an astonishing 91% pass completion rate during his nation's 2010 World Cup triumph and was hugely influential in Spain's Euro 2008 and 2012 triumphs.
Xavi has won more trophies (28) than any other Spanish player in history. He won the 2010 World Soccer Player of the Year and has received five Ballon d'Or nominations. He finished in third place in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
His talent helped him find space on the most crowded of pitches and exploit it with speed and accuracy. "The Puppet Master" pulled the strings with skills like this.
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About the Video
Paul Spacey is well known and highly respected within the Los Angeles area as a youth soccer coach, ex-player and also as a referee. His coaching approach focuses heavily on developing individual technical skills while simultaneously improving tactical awareness and understanding responsibilities within the team.
His experience as a player, referee and coach gives him a pretty unique perspective on the game which he passes onto players in the form of a fun but intense coaching style which definitely brings the best out of everyone he works with.
Background and Experience
- Youth Soccer Player – England (Stoke City FC)
- Semi Professional Soccer Player – England (Nuneaton Town, Brackley Town)
- Qualified and experienced FA (England) and USSF (United States) Referee
- Founder of PaulSpacey.com – Online professional soccer coaching program worldwide
- Author of 4 eBooks for coaches and referees – books translated into a number of different languages