Biography of Xabi Alonso (1981-VVVV)

Xabi Alonso with the equipping of the selection. Photo: rfef.es

Player of Spanish football, born 25 November 1981 in Tolosa, Spain. He/She is currently a member of the first team of Real Madrid, and the Spanish team, which won for their country, for the first time the FIFA World Cup in 2010.

Xabi Alonso was born into a family known in Spanish football, his father "perico" Alonso had won the League 2 times with Real Sociedad and Barcelona again. He/She also played for the selected Spanish being captain in 20 opportunities. Xabi lived the first 6 years of his life in a small Basque village and then moved to San Sebastián, where he/she became close friend of Mikel Arteta, with which vying, challenge themselves amicably in displays of technique. Thus began his passion for soccer, and his father wore next to its brother greater Mikel Sabadell Club so that they practiced together. There he/she trained in the style that was characteristic of his father, who preferred to make long accurate passes, before you shoot towards the goals. It was his decision to want to play in defensive functions of the center of the field, which taught him to evenly distribute the ball. This condition earned him to be summoned to most relevant clubs and helped him in his international DT.

Alonso and Arteta lived in a climate of ambition and dreamed of playing together for the Royal Society of older, and although they may be pursuing their studies in different schools, gathered in the club Antiguoko, where observers discovered them for their talent, and friends partieroin with different destination, interrupting 9 years together.

When he/she was 15, Xabi traveled to the Irish village of Kells to learn English and became interested in the traditional game of Gaelic football in the Meath GAA club.

It was progressing through the ranks of the reserve team as a defensive midfielder in the Royal until he/she made his debut in the first at the age of 18, against Logroñés in December 1999, in a match of the Copa del Rey. Not repeated appearance in that category, but the following year, season 2000-0, coach Javier Clemente sent him on loan to the Eibar so you gain experience. However, the plight of the club, relegated to the last positions, made the new coach John Toshack to call him and give him the captaincy of the Royal Society, with only 19 years. At the end of the season, the team was 14th.

Under the orders of the Welsh coach, who managed to recognize the potential of the young player, Alonso improved qualities of touch and ball control designing a specific training for this player. In 2001-02 the team finished 13. That year marked his first goals, 3 in 30 appearances. The directors of the club authorities changed, but Alonso continued to maintain its ownership.

The 2002-03 season marked the club's best campaign so far (since in 1981-82 to win the League), finishing in 2nd place, only 2 points of Real Madrid. The magazine Don Balón best Spanish player of the year appointed. Iñaki Sáez, the Spanish coach, called the largest selection. Equipped with red shirt, Alonso made his debut against Ecuador, in a friendly match that ended 4-0, he/she Saez said... "Xabi has a wide variety of precision passing and sees the football with extraordinary clarity".

In 2003-04, the season brought results contrdictorios to the San Sebastian player, on the one hand, on the international aspect, led his team to the Champions League K.O. area, although they lost against Lyon, and in the League, Real Sociedad ended 15 °. The combination of Alonso big performance in matches, but a mediocre result for the team, they made the club to think about selling it, but Real Madrid didn't reach the millions calling for the owners of Anoeta Stadium. At Euro 2004, Spain could not move from the knockout phase, but Alonso was able to attract the attention of Jan Mølby, player now retired, that would establish future contacts with the player. In the summer of that year returned Mikel Arteta Club, marking an important encounter for both, but short-lived, since the English club Liverpool had made offers for him, which finally resulted in his transfer by 15 million euros, under the orders of the Spanish coach Rafael Benítez. Their performance was in constant progress and adaptation to the type of play fast and abrupt Englishmen, scoring important goals, until an ankle injury, caused by Frank Lampard 3 months left out of the fields. The team reached the final of the Champions League, played against Milan, and at the premiere, ended up 5. Still needed to play the final of the Champions League, in which the Italian club went ahead scoring 3 goals, but in the second half they came to tie with the auction of the eleven steps from Alonso, which goalkeeper Dida reached to reject, but could not prevent it then crash it against the nets. The penaltys, Liverpool won 3-2, scoring a fabulous first season to the player who declared: "This is the best moment of my career".

In 2005-06 Alonso concentrated on trying to prevent injury. The incorporation of Sissoko raised him some competition for the place in the field, and high Peter Crouch transfer made to assume that his style of play could vary in height, but Benitez reaffirmed it in its position and natural play. Against Luton Town he/she scored a historic goal, of more than 55 metres, i.e. behind the center line, and his next goal was equal to, or even better, against Newcastle, also from the other camp. Liverpool won that year, also by penaltys, the FA Cup.

Alonso was called to play in the 2006 World Cup, and he/she scored the first goal against Ukraine, June 14, 2006, although Spain was then eliminated by France in this competition. In June 2007 there was abundant rumors of passes, but Alonso renewed contract for another 5 years, demonstrating to be happy with the club and his followers. In the initial game of that season he/she scored 2 goals, but in the following withdrew injured. At 6 weeks it rush his return, and turned to resent his injury. He/She returned to play in late 2007, mating with Javier Mascherano and Lucas Leiva in the midfield. Vitrines of Liverpool did not receive any Cup that year, but Alonso could compensate in the European Championship, in which the Spanish team went on to win the final.

The transfers window seemed to enlarge this summer with the purchase of part of the Liverpool player Gareth Barry, who could replace him, but continued printing character to the team, and scored the only goal against Chelsea, being the first team to beat visitors in more than 4 years, among other merits.

In the following summer, Real Madrid paid for their services to take care of the player for an amount of EUR 35 million, in which a misunderstanding with Benitez appeared to outweigh their desire to change the institution. Manuel Pellegrini gave him the chance to play ever since the beginning, both in the Champions League, where he/she helped the white team finished 2nd, with 96 points, - points record - only 3 of Barcelona, scoring 3 goals in the season.

After the League, came the turn of the commitment of the World Cup, where they fought along with his companions to win the Cup for the first time in the history of the Spanish club. In the final against the Netherlands, he/she received a kick from Jong player in the middle of the chest and Alonso continued playing, and endured the pain for one hour more to finish the match with the historical Spanish victory.

The euro, world champion, champion but Xabi had never won a League, either in England or in Spain, until the 2011-12 season, which won its first League with Real Madrid, in an exceptional season, culminating in the conquest of the second European Cup of Nations tournament held in Poland and Ukraine.