Xavi with the Barça U14 A side / FCB

The FC Barcelona U14A side, coached by Carles Martínez, received a special visit on Tuesday during their stay in Qatar. Former Barça captain Xavi Hernández, now in the country with Al Sadd, made the trip to see the squad at the Aspire Academy in their first friendly against an Aspire Football Dreams XI. The blaugranes were unlucky to lose, an own goal in the last minute of the first half giving the Qatari side a 1-0 win.

Xavi stayed on to have his photo taken with both sets of players after the game, congratulating the U14A side’s on their performance, very much in keeping with the Barça style despite the strong winds. “It has been a very positive experience. They have a very strong side, very physical and are one of the best sides in the world in the age group. Like Xavi said, we competed very well and I am very happy,” revealed Martínez, adding that the players welcomed the opportunity to congratulate Xavi for his 36th birthday which was on Monday.

The U14A side will play their second friendly against Aspire Football Dreams on Thursday.

Xavi Hernández watches the FC Barcelona U14... por fcbarcelona
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