Al Sadd & El Jaish’s captains will certainly be no strangers when they face-off on Saturday evening with Qatar Cup glory on the line.
Both Xavi of Al Sadd and Seydou Keita of El Jaish enjoyed four seasons together at FC Barcelona during one of the most successful periods of the Spanish clubs history. Both players now enjoying starring roles for their new sides, and will be targeting their first piece of silverware in Qatar in the form of the Qatar Cup trophy.
Xavi joined QSL side Al Sadd to much fan-fare in the summer of 2015. Since then the European Champion & World Cup winner has been putting on impressive performances in the center of midfield for the Wolves. Xavi was immediately handed the captain’s armband and the 37 year old has been leading by example in this relatively young Al Sadd side.
This season in particular the former Spanish international has flourished in his role as the Wolves playmaker, registering the most assists in the QSL for his side. Whilst Xavi’s tally of ten goals this season represents his highest ever league total in his fourteen year career to date. Xavi has certainly enjoyed his time with Al Sadd, and only in January signed a one season contact extension which will see the midfielder stay with the Wolves to the end of the 2017/2018 season.
During his time in Qatar, the midfield maestro has aided Al Sadd to third and second place finishes in the QSL, whilst missing out in the semi-finals of both the Qatar Cup and Emir Cup competitions. Now in the final of the Qatar Cup, Xavi will be hoping to add to impressive haul of 31 winner’s medals during his club and international career.