Xabi Alonso

Xabi Alonso, June 2012

Xabier " Xabi " Alonso Olano ( born November 25, 1981 in Tolosa, Basque Country ) is a Spanish footballer who plays for Real Madrid and the Spanish national team.

  • 5.1 associations
  • 5.2 national team
  • 5.3 Personal Awards

Family

Xabi Alonso comes from a family footballers. His father Periko Alonso played for FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad won with two Spanish league titles. His older brother Mikel Alonso plays in midfield for Charlton Athletic, and his younger brother Jon is an arbitrator.

Association

Real Sociedad

The defensive midfielder Xabi Alonso began his career at the young Real Sociedad. His debut in the first team took place on 1 December 1999 in a cup match. It was a turbulent time at Real Sociedad. In one year, three coaches took turns, and Xabi was awarded at the beginning of the season 2000/ 01 at SD Eibar. In Éibar he completed 14 games before in January 2001, John Toshack, the new coach of Real Sociedad was. This brought him back to the team.

Alonso matured into a regular player and has been a mainstay of the team. With the club he reached in the 2002/03 season the runner-up title in the Spanish League and contributed eight goals in 34 games at. The following year he came with Real Sociedad to the knockout stages of the Champions League before.

Liverpool FC

Then joined Alonso in August 2004 for Liverpool FC. With the English, he celebrated the biggest success of his club career, winning the UEFA Champions League 2004 /05 in the first year. At the final victory against AC Milan, he scored the equalizing goal to 3:3 and thus the extension. A year later he also won with Liverpool the FA Cup. For Liverpool he also scored his goal so far, probably most unusual career: Against Newcastle United he scored from about 55 yards away.

Real Madrid

In August 2009 he moved to Real Madrid. The transfer fee was approximately £ 30 million according to Spanish media reports. He signed a doped with about 4.5 million euros annually four-year contract with the people of Madrid. Alonso developed immediately for ordering midfield strategist of the team and won with Real Madrid 2011 Spanish Cup and in the 2011/12 season his first national title. In January 2014 he extended his contract with the Royal for another two years until June 2016.

National

His first game for the Spanish national team completed the 21 -year-old Xabi Alonso on 30 April 2003 in a 4-0 victory against Ecuador. He took with Spain at the 2004 European Championships, the 2006 World Cup, Euro 2008, which won the Spanish team with a 1-0 final victory over Germany, as well as at the European Championship in 2012, when he with the Spanish national team to the title by a 4: could defend 0 Final victory over Italy, part. He celebrated his biggest success on 11 July 2010, winning the 2010 World Cup, with a 1-0 final win against the Netherlands.

Private

Xabi Alonso is married to his childhood sweetheart Nagore since July 2009. Alonso and Nagore together have a son and a daughter.

Achievements

Clubs

  • UEFA Champions League: 2005
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2005
  • FA Cup: 2006
  • FA Community Shield: 2006
  • Copa del Rey: 2011
  • Spanish Champion: 2012
  • Supercopa de España: 2012

National

  • European Champions: 2008, 2012
  • World Champion: 2010

Personal Awards

  • Best Spanish player of La Liga: 2003
  • FIFA / FIFPro World XI: 2011, 2012
  • UEFA all-star team of Euro 2012
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