Abel Xavier

Where is Abel Xavier now?

Renowned for his flamboyant and extravagant hairstyles as much as his footballing ability, Abel Xavier retired from playing in 2009 after a spell in the US playing with David Beckham at LA Galaxy.

Playing for 18 seasons, he turned out for 10 clubs across the globe in countries such as Italy, Portugal, Turkey, Germany and Holland.

He also played for the Portugal national side between 1993 and 2002 winning 20 caps and 2000 UEFA European Championships as well as the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals.
 
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Upon retiring, he took some time out of the game and converted to Islam, changing his name to Faisal Xavier.

He made a return to football in 2013 when he joined Portuguese side Olhanense but his time at the club was very brief and he left just three months into his tenure after mixed results on the field left his team in 11th place in the league.

Xavier’s next managerial appointment came the following year at Portuguese second division side Farese but he left the at the end of the season in July 2015 when his team finished in 11th place in the league.

A two month spell at Portuguese side CD Aves preceded his appointment as manager of the Mozambique national team with whom he managed for three years before leaving in 2019 after the Mozambican Football Federation decided against renewing his contract.

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Abel Xavier: Premier League Statistics

NationalityPortuguese
PositionDefender
Appearances75
Goals2
Yellow Cards5
Red Cards1
Premier League Teams Played forEverton, Liverpool, Middlesbrough

Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com