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Xabi Alonso
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Real Madrid


Xabi Alonso

Midfielder

Date of Birth
Nov 25, 1981
Place of Birth
Tolosa, Spain
Nationality
Spain
Height
183 cm
Weight
79 kg
Debut
29 August 2009

Bio

Xabier Alonso Olano, commonly known as Xabi Alonso, was born in Tolosa, Spain on 25 November 1981. A central midfielder, who is usually deployed as a deep-lying playmaker, he is noted for his technique, vision and range of passing. 

A product of the Real Sociedad youth academy, Alonso graduated and made his senior debut in 1999, quickly emerging as a hot prospect. At the age of just 20, the club's manager, John Toshack, awarded Alonso the captain's armband and he thrived in the role, helping the team to finish as La Liga runners up for 2002–03 and being named as the 2003 Spanish Player of the Year. Ahead of the 2004-05 season, he completed a move to the English Premier League, joining Liverpool for a fee in excess of £10 million.

His first season in England brought about huge success, as Liverpool won the UEFA Champions League. The team completed a dramatic comeback from 3-0 down in the final against AC Milan, with Alonso scoring the equalising goal. Further major success came in 2006, as the club collected the FA Cup. During his time with Liverpool, he also achieved a unique feat by scoring two goals from inside his own half, the first against Luton and the second against Newcastle United. Prior to the 2009-10 season, Alonso transferred to Real Madrid for £30 million. Since returning to La Liga, he has helped the team to win the Copa Del Rey in 2010–11 and the league title in 2011-12.

At international level, Alonso has frequently played for Spain's senior national team since 2003 and was involved in their 2010 World Cup win, as well as their successes at the 2008 and 2012 European Championships. During Euro 2012, he earned his 100th cap and was eventually named in the Team of the Tournament. In addition to playing for Spain, Alonso has also played friendly matches for the Basque Country regional team.

Headlines

Agent: Alonso will not join Napoli

Agent: Alonso will not join Napoli

by Football News

Xabi Alonso has held no discussions with Napoli and will remain at Real Madrid, according to his agent. The Spain international midfielder penned a new two-year deal at the Santiago Bernabeu in January... Read more

Alonso to consider international future

Alonso to consider international future

by Football News

Xabi Alonso has refuted talk that he will retire from international football imminently after Spain's shock exit from the FIFA World Cup... Read more

Career

Season Team Comp
2014/2015
Primera Division
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013/2014
Primera Division
2023 26 23 3 5 4 0 5 0 0
2012/2013
Primera Division
2145 28 22 6 3 8 0 11 0 0
2011/2012
Primera Division
3141 36 35 1 3 1 1 13 0 0
2010/2011
Primera Division
2663 34 29 5 3 6 0 12 0 0
2009/2010
Primera Division
3018 34 34 0 6 0 3 12 0 0
2008/2009
Premier League
2562 33 27 6 4 7 4 5 0 0
2007/2008
Premier League
1469 19 16 3 3 5 2 3 0 0
2006/2007
Premier League
2660 32 29 3 2 3 4 9 0 0
2005/2006
Premier League
2559 34 29 5 4 7 3 6 0 0
2004/2005
Premier League
1800 24 20 4 5 4 2 1 0 0
2003/2004
Primera Division
2747 34 33 1 12 1 3 10 0 0
2002/2003
Primera Division
0 33 33 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
2001/2002
Primera Division
0 30 30 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
2000/2001
Primera Division
0 18 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000/2001
Segunda División
0 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999/2000
Primera Division
0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998/1999
Primera Division
0 22 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 26787 456 419 37 50 46 28 87 0 0

Transfers & Loans

2009
4 Aug
€ 35,400,000
2004
19 Aug
€ 16,000,000
2000
30 Jun
Loan

Games Played