Xabi Alonso



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...

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