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Soccer News of Tuesday, 24 March 2020

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How I dislocated Xavi Hernandez's shoulder at Barcelona - Zenden

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Former Netherland international, Bolo Zenden has revealed how he dislocated Xavi Hernandez's shoulder with judo during his time at Barcelona.

Zenden had his black belt in Judo at the age of 14 but later pursued a career in football.

His 18-year career saw him play for the likes of PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Chelsea and Liverpool.

“My father was talented in the sport – a knee injury forced him to retire early, but he teamed up with the Dutch world and Olympic champion Anton Geesink to promote a judo programme around the world,” Zenden told FourFourTwo.

“He was a judo commentator for Dutch TV too, and opened a sports school at home.

“As a kid, I only had to walk downstairs to enter the school, and I would automatically join the judo classes taught there. It was set up as a family business and remains today.

“My dad is 80 now but he’s still involved.”

Zenden who use to show his judo skills during his time at Barcelona had it bad at a certain time with Xavi.

“It went a bit wrong once at Barcelona,” Zenden said.

“I had a little [judo] challenge with Xavi, who was leaning with one hand on a bed. The bed had wheels, though, which made him slip and he dislocated a shoulder. He was out for a few weeks!”