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Happy in Qatar but dreaming of one day coaching Barca, says Xavi******
MADRID, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Former FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has once again said that his ambition is to one day coach the club.
The 41-year-old who was one of the architects of Barca's passing game under Frank Rijkaard and Pep Guardiola is currently coaching Al-Sadd in Qatar and is thought to have already turned down offers to return to the Camp Nou.
However, speaking to Spanish newspaper '20 Minutos' on Friday, the former player insisted that his ambition was to lead his former club.
"My idea is to coach Barcelona. I have never hidden that it is my objective and my dream," said Xavi, who has admitted turning down the job at the end of the 2019-20 season, before the incumbent Ronald Koeman was appointed.
"I don't know if it will happen, or if they will need me or not, but at the moment I am happy at Al-Sadd and very proud of that," continued Xavi.
Xavi has guided his current club to the Qatar Stars League in the 2020-21 season, while winning the Qatar Cup twice, as well as the Supercup and the Emir of Qatar Cup, winning 62 of his 93 games in charge.
"If an offer comes (from Barcelona), we would evaluate it and then try to come to a decision, but for the moment, I am happy here," he explained. Enditem
Mixed days for Chinese competitors in Badminton World Championships******
MADRID, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- There were mixed results for the Chinese players in the TotalEnergies BWF Badminton World Championships in Huelva, Spain on Wednesday.。
14th seed Wang Zhiyi progressed to the third round thanks to a 21-7, 2-17 win over Germany's Yvonne Li in women's singles, but the results were less good in the various doubles tournaments.。
The men's pairing of Hi Jiting and Tan Qiang fought their way back from a set down to overcome the English duo of Callum Hemming and Steven Stallwood. After losing the first set 21-16, the Chinese pair recovered their form and composure and move into the last 16 thanks to winning the last two sets 21-12 each.。
Ou Xuanyi and Zhang Nan couldn't follow their compatriots into the next round and went out of the competition after a mammoth battle against the number four seeds, Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik from Malaysia.。
The Malaysian duo sneaked the first set 21-18, before the Chinese duo fought back to take a tense second set 22-20, before Chia and Yik showed their experience to win the final set 21-16.。
Guo Win Wa and Zhang Shuxian also went out in the mixed doubles after they were beaten by the Danish pairing of Mathias Christiansen and Alejandra Boje, 21-16, 17-21, 21-14, in a match where an improved second set gave the Chinese duo hope of winning through, only for their rivals to come back strongly to qualify.。
In women's doubles, China's 10th seeds, Li Wenmei and Zheng Yu moved into the last 16 with a 21-9, 21-14 triumph over the Thai pairing of Benyapa Aimsaard and Nuntakarn Aimsaard.。
However, the other Chinese pairing of Lui Xuanxuan and Xia Yuting had less fortune as the number 14 seeds were knocked out of the tournament 21-11, 9-21, 21-13 in an entertaining match against India's Ashwini Ponnappa and Reddy N Sikki. Enditem。
Feature: Swiss absinthe brand knocks on door of Chinese market via CIIE******
GENEVA, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- By participating for the first time in the China International Import Expo (CIIE), Swiss absinthe brand Kubler pinned hopes on the gigantic Chinese market.。
Yves Kubler, owner of Swiss absinthe "Kubler" and heir of the family distillery, told Xinhua during a recent interview that the brand would like to explore the Chinese market and understand the preferences of Chinese drinkers.。
Kubler Absinthe was first produced in 1863 in the Val-de-Travers region of Switzerland, also known as the "birthplace of absinthe."
Kubler visited Shanghai three years ago, with an "excellent" impression of the modern city, making him realize that China is a market with great potential for absinthe.。
Kubler tried to promote absinthe independently in China but barely made any progress. But at the CIIE, Kubler Absinthe will be presented together with other well-known Swiss products, which will help impress Chinese entrepreneurs and consumers, and "break fresh ground," he explained.。
Absinthe is an anise-flavored spirit derived from several plants, including the flowers and leaves of Artemisia absinthium, together with green anise, sweet fennel, and other medicinal and culinary herbs. It is commonly referred to in historical literature as "the green fairy," and is normally diluted with ice water before being consumed.。
Absinthe originated in the canton of Neuchatel in Switzerland in the late 18th century. It rose to great popularity as an alcoholic drink in the late 19th and early 20th century in Europe and America.。
Ernest Hemingway, Charles Baudelaire, Vincent van Gogh, and many other writers and artists are said to have been fans of absinthe.。
"Drinking absinthe is not simply drinking, but to get a taste of that period of history," said Kubler, voicing his hope of introducing to Chinese drinkers the culture and tradition related to absinthe.。
During the interview, Kubler showed a way to drink absinthe: pour some absinthe in a glass, lay a special spoon with holes on top of the glass, put a sugar cube on the spoon, and pour ice water slowly on the cube until it dissolves, stir well and then the drink is ready.。
"Drinking absinthe can be ceremonial," he said.。
Kubler has high expectations for his first CIIE experience, hoping to open the Chinese market through the trade fair.。
"Maybe China will become our biggest export market in the future," he added. Enditem。