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Name Xabi Alonso
Gender Male
Ethnic Spanish
Job Spanish Footballer
Desc A key part of the Liverpool team which won the most thrilling Champions League final in history. Helped usher in Rafa Benitez’s Anfield revolution, forming a wonderful midfield partnership with Steven Gerrard before departing after five seasons for Real Madrid


Org Spain National Team
Club as Coach Real Sociedad B
Club as Player Bayern Munich
  Real Madrid
  Liverpool FC
2005 05 25
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - Liverpool’s Xabi Alonso celebrates scoring the equaliser from the re-bounded penalty kick with Milan Baros during the UEFA Champions League Final at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul

2011 04 03 Retrieve

[Real Madrid Midfielder Xabi Alonso on his new teammate Mesut Ozil] the kind of player you don’t find these days. He understands the game, sees things, combines and thrives between the lines, unlocking teams

2011 11 27 Retrieve

[former Liverpool man Xabi Alonso on Gary Speed’s death] My first PL game was against him, he showed me in that game what is British football about

2013 08 17 Retrieve

[Xabi Alonso, who helped Liverpool recover a three-goal deficit and beat Carlo Ancelotti’s AC Milan in the 2005 UEFA Champions League final, on his first conversation with his new Real Madrid boss] As I went to shake Ancelotti’s hand the first thing he said to me was, ‘Xabi, you owe me the Champions League trophy!’

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Xabi Alonso on Paul Scholes] Fans in Spain rate him very highly and I admire him a huge amount. To me Paul [Scholes] is a role model. He is the best midfielder I’ve seen in the last 15 or 20 years

2016 02 13 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] Apart from the knowledge of the game he has, he masters many elements in terms of tactical variations, facing games, and he does that very well. But above all, he talks about teaching yourself when facing matches, preparing psychologically to be able to play any game. When you are at the top level, you are automatically ready to approach any game accordingly. He has said that since he came here (Real Madrid), and it is something that has stayed with me, because it is very important at this level of football. Every game is practically an obligation for us to win

2016 08 05 Retrieve

[Xabi Alonso reflects on his time with the Spain national team] I think winning the first Euro was the key. It gave all of us self-belief, self-esteem. The confidence that we had from that moment led us to win the World Cup and the Euro again. Looking back four years later, that’s impressive what we achieved. To win two, three times in a row is unbelievable

2017 03 09 Tweet

[Xabi Alonso confirms he will retire at the end of the season] Lived it. Loved it. Farewell beautiful game

2017 09 30 Retrieve

[Xabi Alonso shares about the next step in his career] After 17 years in the game, I have considered the next step in my career. I have decided to go into management

2019 11 30 Retrieve

[Xabi Alonso tells about how he is enjoying his new life on the sidelines with Real Sociedad B] At first you don’t know how it’s going to be. But then I got caught up in the match. It’s like an itch and then you say: ‘I like this!’ You see that day after day, with the repletion, the explanation, the corrections, everything you tell them, they begin to understand little by little. That’s it, being a coach