“Our return to Brazil is important for female football in Brazil,” said Cristiane. “The first Copa Libertadores Femenina is also very important. It will help female football a lot in Brazil, because our country will be behind us.”
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Some friends took a flight from Barcelona to Switzerland recently. They realised that the diminutive figure standing behind them in the queue was Xavi, with friends. He didn’t sit in business class, but row 27.
Most of the passengers asked him for autographs, with my friend saying “He was brilliant and had time for everyone. His girlfriend was friendly and was happy to take photos of fans with him.
"It was very funny when everyone started reading the free newspapers because he was on the front page. He was reading one too.”
There was turbulence and the pilot took two attempts to land the plane. Worried wife said to husband, in all seriousness: “It can’t crash, can it? Xavi’s on board.”
It didn’t crash and at immigration, Xavi refused to be fast-tracked, preferring to wait with his friends who were from South America and needed to queue to have their visas checked.
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