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Xavi: I hope to leave as big a mark on Egypt as King Tut
An agreement had been made between Xavi and Egyptian real estate company Palm Hills Developments that the Barca icon would come to Egypt in December to train over 500 youngsters in the FCBEscola, the Barcelona football school in Egypt.
Xavi held a press conference at the Camp Nou today to announce the details of the project and his trip to Egypt, where he stated how honoured he was that the Egyptian people wanted him to come to Egypt, and that he believes the Pharaohs could soon be a big player on the international stage.
“I’m honoured that the Egyptian people asked me to come to Egypt! It’s an honour for me and my family,” Spain’s most capped outfield player said.
Xavi spoke about the goal of the football development project and the values the youngsters would learn: “I want to transfer the values I’ve learned here to kids all around the world.”
“I’m extremely proud that I can transfer our work to a country with a culture like Egypt.
“We want kids to have fun with sports but to also learn important human values,” he added.
The Barcelona star also discussed the Egyptian national football team and singled out Mohamed Abou-Treika and Zidan for their performances at the 2009 Confederations Cup, and believes the future is bright for the Pharaohs: “The Egyptian team at CAF had a lot of talent and I think in the future it could become a big player on the world stage.”
“I remember the days of the Confederations Cup where Egypt played a great match against Brazil. I remember [Mohamed] Abou-Treika and [Mohamed] Zidan.”
Xavi also stated that this project could open doors for Egyptian youngsters to play abroad, saying “We want to teach kids the values of Barca and if they show potential Barca will be aware, and who knows!”
He concluded the press conference with a very big statement as he said, “I hope to leave as big a mark on Egypt as Tutankhamoun did.”
This will be Xavi’s second visit to Egypt after coming once in 2007 with Barcelona to play Al Ahly as part of the Red Devils’ centennial celebrations. He will spend five days in Egypt between the 19th and the 23rd of December working on this project.