Midfielder Xavi Hernandez confirmed to join Al Sadd after 17 years with Barcelona.
Together Bob Marley and the Wailers brought reggae to the global stage and continue to influence its evolution. The last surviving member of the original band, Aston "Family Man" Barrett, now anchors the Wailers band, who performed in Doha for one night only last month at the Sheraton. They performed their Legends album in its entirety including hits like No Woman No Cry, Buffalo Soldier, Jamming and One Love. It was the worst-kept secret in the history of Qatari football. With Xavi's contract with Barcelona at an end, rumours were rife about his future. Till recently, the bet was that he'll be going the David Beckham way with Major League Soccer's New York City F.C. But it turns out he has set his sights eastward. Xavi was reportedly touring Doha with his family to check out the facilities earlier this year. Analysts speculated that Qatar might be strategically the best move for Xavi as, along with playing for Al Sadd, he could train to be a coach at Aspire and potentially coach Qatar's national team in 2022. This was all pure speculation at that point until an Al Sadd official prematurely tweeted about Xavi's signing (though the club retracted the news). Last month, the announcement was made official though the details of the transfer haven't been made public. Media reports mentioned that the initial two-year deal might be worth €10 million (QR40.5) a year to Xavi, though there has been no confirmation regarding this. Meanwhile, this is just more good news for the Al Sadd team, the newly crowned Emir Cup champions. The now 15-time winner defeated El Jaish 2-1 during the finals at Khalifa Stadium.