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Xavi Begins Coaching Career at Qatar Champion Al-Sadd

Xavi Hernandez is moving from the midfield to the coach's dugout for Qatar's Al-Sadd.

DOHA, Qatar (AP) – Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez will begin his coaching career with Qatari club Al-Sadd.

Al-Sadd says Xavi is taking charge of the team he helped become Qatari league champion this season.

The 39-year-old midfielder played four seasons with Al-Sadd after a storied 17-year career with Barcelona.

Xavi played a club record 767 games for Barcelona and helped the club win four Champions Leagues and eight Spanish leagues. He also played in Spain's title-winning teams at the 2010 World Cup and 2008 and 2012 European Championships.

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Al-Sadd says Xavi's squad will gather in Barcelona in July for a pre-season training camp in the Catalonia region.