Born into a family known for its football prowess, Xabi Alonso came into this world on 25 November 1981 in the Basque town of Tolosa. Following in the footsteps of his father, Periko Alonso, Xabi lived in Barcelona until he was six before moving to San Sebastian, where he began his career as a footballer.
Xabi Alonso’s youth career began at Antiguoko, where he quickly stood out for his football prowess. Real Sociedad soon came calling, and his progress through the ranks culminated in his first team debut in Copa del Rey action against Logroñes. He debuted in Spain’s top flight in 1998.
Prior to the 2004/05 season, Alonso completed a switch to Liverpool, where he dazzled Kopites with his incredible vision and knack for the pass. His powerful long-range shot converted him into one of Europe’s best centre midfielders.
Xabi Alonso has featured for Spain since debuting in 2003, but his career highs were no doubt the 2008 Euro and 2010 World Cup won by Spain.
An eye for the pass, speed in distributing, vision for the game, a powerful shot… just some of the attributes of the Basque footballer who is a mainstay in the Real Madrid midfield.
- Place of Birth: Tolosa, Spain
- Date of Birth: 11/25/1981
- Position: Midfielder
- Weight: 79 kg
- Height: 182.7 cm
- Nationality: Spanish
- La Liga (Spanish League): 2011/12
- Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup): 2010/11
- Spanish Super Cup: 2012
- UEFA Champions League: 2005
- European Super Cup: 2005
- FA Cup: 2006
- Community Shield: 2006
- European Championship: 2008, 2012
- Bronze Medal, Confederations Cup: 2009
- World Cup: 2010