24 January 2012

Xavi a Clásico away from Segarra’s record

The Catalan midfielder will equal the record of 31 games against Real Madrid held by the legendary Joan Segarra if he plays this Wednesday.

Last week's 1-2 win was Xavi's 30th appearance in a Clásico - the same number as Migueli during his career at the Club- and if the midfield maestro figures this week in the second leg of the Cup quarter final at the Camp Nou, he will equal Joan Segarra's 31 games played between 1949 and 1964

Joan Segarra played in 21 league games against Real Madrid, 8 in the Spanish Cup and twice in the European Cup. One of the most charismatic players in the Club's history, Segarra was known as El Gran Capità and in all he made 528 appearances for the Club over his 15 year career. A midfielder, he was famed for his strength, technical skill and above all for his fair play on the pitch.

Xavi's appearances against Madrid have been spread over four competitions: 23 in La Lliga, 3 in the Champions League, 2 in the Spanish Cup and 2 in the Spanish Super Cup. He's also scored some memorable goals, such as the chip in the 1-2 win in the 2003/04 season after an unbelievable assist from Ronaldinho, or the first goal in the 0-5 rout last season. He has also made his mark against the eternal rivals with a series of assists, including four in the 2-6 win in 2009 and setting up both in the 0-2 win the following season. (via FCBarcelona.cat)