|FULL NAME||Xabier Alonso Olano|
|BORN||November 25, 1981|
|HEIGHT||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
Xabi Alonso is a former professional Spanish footballer who was born in Tolosa, Spain, on November 25, 1981. In club football, Xabi has represented Real Sociedad, Liverpool, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich. He also played for the Spanish national team.
Alonso is widely regarded as one of the finest midfielders of his generation. He was a centre midfielder, although his abilities are not restricted to that position. He can be a terrific creator from deep in the middle, but he can also play high up the field and still be dangerous with his short passing and link up play.
His opponents dread Alonso’s long-range passing to start the play; he is clinical and deadly from long ranges with his superb shooting skills, and he is also a terrific dead ball specialist.
Alonso is a very aggressive defender in addition to being incredibly inventive on the attacking side of the game.
He’s a fearless tackler who doesn’t hold back when it comes to slipping in for a battle. Alonso has excellent game awareness and is capable of making crucial interceptions on the pitch.
He is a complete midfielder and, more importantly, a complete footballer because of his offensive and defensive talents.
It’s no surprise that Alonso was born to Periko Alonso, a legendary player who won the La Liga not once, but twice with Real Sociedad in a row and once with Barcelona.
Alonso was heavily affected by his father’s playing and began playing on the beaches as a child. He also went to CE Sabadell’s training field with his brother.
He aspired to be a defensive midfielder and began learning the playmaking aspect of the game at an early age.
The success of Alonso at the local youth team Antiguoko, where he played on weekends, drew the attention of Spanish scouts. Xabi joined Real Sociedad’s youth team shortly after.
Alonso made his professional club debut for Real Sociedad against Logroés in a Copa del Rey match in December 1999.
Alonso made his international debut for Spain against Ecuador on April 30, 2003, and the team won by a score of four goals to nil.
Ascend to Glory
Alonso was a key component of Real Sociedad’s league-winning season in 2002-03, and he was praised for his performances as their youthful captain. In total, he scored 12 goals in all competitions.
The following season had a different outcome; his contributions were excellent, but the club as a whole struggled, and his enthusiasm in the team waned.
Real Madrid and other Spanish clubs made enticing offers to the young Spaniard, but he chose to join Liverpool, who were managed by Rafael Benitez. Alonso joined Liverpool for £10.7 million in August 2004.
Alonso’s passing abilities and top-notch technique catapulted him into the limelight in Liverpool almost immediately. Despite a shaky start, he was an integral component of the Champions League win. Alonso’s courageous performance in the final versus Milan, when they came back from a three-goal deficit, was a historic event. When Liverpool was losing 3-2, he took the penalty, failing to score on the first try but slamming the rebound into the top of the net. Alonso tied the game at 3-3, and the English team went on to win the finals in a penalty shootout.
The Spaniard also played a key role in the FA Cup win, with assists and long-range strikes. He came back from a 3-1 deficit in the FA Cup third round against Luton Town by scoring two monster goals, one from 45 yards and the other from 65 yards.
One of Alonso’s most memorable goals was a 70-yard shot against Newcastle United, when he surprised everyone with his tremendous strength and precision from such a great distance.
Alonso made a total of 143 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions during his tenure there.
On August 5, 2009, Xabi opted to join Real Madrid for a fee of £30 million. For the Spanish squad, he was mostly used in a deep midfield role. Despite not scoring many goals or making headlines, Alonso was a key element of the midfield and was used on a regular basis unless he was injured.
His first league championship came with Real Madrid in the 2011-12 season, and he earned his second Champions League trophy with Barcelona in the 2013-14 season.
During his tenure at Real, he made a total of 158 appearances.
On August 29, 2014, Alonso joined Bayern Munich. For them, he was a deep-lying playmaker.
For the German club, he made 79 appearances and scored 5 goals.
In Euro 2008, Alonso appeared in four of Spain’s six matches, and the team went on to win the tournament.
He was an important member of the 2010 World Cup team. He also represented Spain at Euro 2012, when he won his third championship.
Alonso also played in the 2014 World Cup for Spain, however the team was eliminated after placing third in their group.
The Spaniard has 114 caps for his country and has 16 goals to his name.
On August 27, 2014, Alonso announced his retirement from international football.
On March 9, 2017, he declared his retirement from the game, and he played his final game against Freiburg, assisting on the first goal and leading Freiburg to a 4-1 victory.