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Xabi Alonso

Alonso, playing for Liverpool
Personal information
Full name Xabier Alonso Olano
Date of birth 25 November 1981 (1981-11-25) (age 26)
Place of birth    Tolosa, Basque Country
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Liverpool
Number 14
Youth clubs
Antiguoko
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1999–2004
2000–2001
2004–
Real Sociedad
SD Eibar (loan)
Liverpool
094 0(9)
014 0(0)
110 (11)   
National team2
2003– Spain 040 0(1)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 22:16, 12 May 2008 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 27 June 2007.
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Xabier Alonso Olano, commonly known as Xabi Alonso (born 25 November 1981 in Tolosa, Basque Region, Spain) is a Basque footballer who plays for Liverpool F.C.. He wears the number 14 shirt at Liverpool and is a central midfielder, often playing as a deep-lying playmaker. He is regarded as one of the best passers of the football in the world today. He spreads the play with sensational accuracy, thus creating countless chances for his team mates. is the 329th day of the year (330th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... AUGUST 25 1981 US Marine Sean Vance is Born on the 25th of August {ear nav|1981}} Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Tolosa is a town and municipality to the south of San Sebastian in the Basque province of Gipuzkoa, Spain. ... Pays Basque) see Northern Basque Country. ... Language(s) Basque - few monoglots Spanish - 1,525,000 monoglots French - 150,000 monoglots Basque-Spanish - 600,000 speakers Basque-French - 76,000 speakers other native languages Religion(s) Traditionally Roman Catholic The Basques (Basque: ) are an ethnic group who inhabit parts of north-central Spain and southwestern France. ... Soccer redirects here. ... Liverpool Football Club are an English professional football club based in Liverpool, Merseyside, who play in the Premier League; they are historically the most successful club in the history of English football, having won more trophies than any other English club. ... In association football a midfielder is a player whose position of play is midway between the attacking strikers and the defenders. ... For the Australian Rules position, see Midfielder (Australian Rules). ...


He was signed by Rafael Benítez, the then newly appointed manager of Liverpool, from Real Sociedad for a fee of £10.5m. Alonso has played for Spain at Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup. Rafael (Rafa) Benítez Maudes (born 16 April 1960, Madrid, Spain) has been the manager of Liverpool F.C. since June 2004. ... Real Sociedad is a Spanish football club from the Basque city of San Sebastián/Donostia in Guipúzcoa/Gipuzkoa. ... The 2004 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly called Euro 2004, was held in Portugal between June 12 and July 4, 2004. ... 2006 World Cup redirects here. ...

Contents

Playing career

Growing up

Alonso was born into a famous footballing family. His father 'Periko' Alonso was a star for FC Barcelona, with which he won the league in 1985, after joining from Real Sociedad with which he won the Spanish league twice. Xabi's brother Mikel Alonso.also plays in the Midfield position and is currently on loan at Bolton Wanderers from Real Sociedad. He also has 2 other brothers including Jon Alonso, who is a referee. He grew up in the same street as Mikel Arteta and he went to the same school as well. When Xabi was 15, he spent time in Co.Meath in Ireland to learn English. During this time he won an All Ireland schools medal playing Gaelic Football. He is the only current premiership player to have an all ireland and a champions league winners medal. Miguel Ángel Alonso Oyarbide, known as Periko or Perico Alonso (born 1 February 1953 in Tolosa) is a former Spanish (Basque) footballer and a former football coach. ... Futbol Club Barcelona (Spanish IPA: , Catalan IPA: ), known familiarly as Barça (Spanish IPA: , Catalan IPA: ), is a sports club based in Barcelona, Spain. ... Real Sociedad is a Spanish football club from the Basque city of San Sebastián/Donostia in Guipúzcoa/Gipuzkoa. ... Mikel Alonso Olano, commonly knwon as Mikel Alonso (born May 16, 1980 in Tolosa, Spain) is a Spanish (Basque) footballer who currently plays for Real Sociedad in Spain. ... In association football a midfielder is a player whose position of play is midway between the attacking strikers and the defenders. ... Bolton Wanderers Football Club is an English professional football club based in Lostock, in the Borough of Bolton, England. ... Real Sociedad is a Spanish football club from the Basque city of San Sebastián/Donostia in Guipúzcoa/Gipuzkoa. ...


Alonso came through the youth ranks at Real Sociedad and made his debut for the San Sebastian outfit in the 1999–00 season. His first match was against Logroñes on 1 December 1999 in a Copa del Rey game. He made 14 further appearances that season. Real Sociedad is a Spanish football club from the Basque city of San Sebastián/Donostia in Guipúzcoa/Gipuzkoa. ... is the 335th day of the year (336th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ...


Real Sociedad

The following season, in 2000–01, Alonso spent the first part of the campaign on loan at SD Eibar before returning to Real Sociedad later that season to break into the first team. He would come to prominence as a key performer in Real Sociedad's second-place La Liga finish (behind Real Madrid) in the 2002–03 footballing season. He scored 3 goals in 33 games. Sociedad Deportiva Eibar are a Spanish football team from Eibar in Guipúzcoa. ... (Professional Football League), commonly known as the Primera División or simply La Liga, is the top professional football league in Spain. ... Real Madrid Club de Fútbol is a Spanish sports club most widely known for its professional football team based in Madrid. ...


Alonso was called up to the Spanish national team for the first time in 2003 and made his debut on April 30, 2003 aged 21 in a 4-0 friendly win over Ecuador. is the 120th day of the year (121st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Liverpool

Alonso arrived at Liverpool from Real Sociedad in August 2004. He made his Premiership debut for the Merseysiders against Bolton Wanderers at The Reebok Stadium on 29 August 2004, a game that Liverpool lost 1-0. His first goal for Liverpool came from a free kick against Fulham on 16 October 2004. Liverpool were losing 2-0 at half-time, but Alonso's arrival as a substitute inspired a revival and an eventual 4-2 win.[1] For the Scottish equivalent see Scottish Premier League The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system... Bolton Wanderers F.C. is an English professional football club. ... The Reebok Stadium is the home stadium of English Premier League football club Bolton Wanderers, and is located on the Middlebrook retail park in Horwich, near Bolton. ... is the 241st day of the year (242nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Goal (disambiguation). ... A free-kick in football describes the situation where a player on the opposing team has committed a foul, and you are given the ball to play from the position where the offence took place. ... Current season For details on the current season, see Fulham F.C. season 2007-08 Fulham Football Club are an English football team based in Fulham, in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. ... is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In electronics (specifically, signal processing), half time usually refers to the time it takes for the amplitude of a pulse to drop from 100% to 50% of its peak value. ... Look up substitute in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Although a newcomer to the English league, Alonso has impressed with his vision and an exceptional range of passing. After an initial settling-in period, he established himself as one of the mainstays of Liverpool's midfield. He has become a permanent fixture of Benitez' sides and has endeared many fans with his long-range passing ability and deft touches to open opposition teams up, plus his commitment in defending. These, coupled with his steady composure and the ability to shoot with confidence, qualify him as one of the best in Europe to play in the central-midfield role.


After breaking his ankle following a tackle from Frank Lampard in Liverpool's 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on New Year's Day 2005, Alonso was ruled out of action for more than three months. He made his return earlier than expected in the second leg of the Champions League quarter final against Juventus. In the absence of skipper Steven Gerrard through injury, Alonso played for all 90 minutes, as Liverpool gained an improbable 0-0 draw in Italy to defeat the eventual Italian Champions on aggregate. Gerrard would later repay the favour to Alonso in the very next round, when Alonso was suspended from the second leg of the semi-final against Chelsea. Gerrard steered Liverpool to a 1-0 win with the help of a Luis García goal, putting Liverpool in the final against A.C. Milan. For Frank Lampard Jr. ... Chelsea Football Club (also known as The Blues or previously The Pensioners) are an English professional football club based in west London. ... UEFA Champions League, which replaced the European Champions Cup, is a seasonal club football competition organised by UEFA since 1992 for the most successful football clubs in Europe. ... Juventus redirects here. ... Steven George Gerrard MBE (IPA: []) (born 30 May 1980, Whiston, Merseyside) is an English football player. ... Chelsea Football Club (also known as The Blues or previously The Pensioners) are an English professional football club based in west London. ... Luis Javier García Sanz (born June 24, 1978 in Badalona, Spain), commonly known as Luis García, is a Spanish football player. ... Associazione Calcio Milan, commonly referred to by the abbreviation AC Milan or simply Milan, is an Italian professional football club based in Milan, Lombardy. ...


In the Champions League final, Alonso played a crucial role as Liverpool completed an incredible comeback from 3-0 down at half-time to level the scores at 3-3. At 3-2, Liverpool were awarded a penalty, which Alonso stepped up to take. While Dida, Milan's acclaimed Brazilian goalkeeper, managed to save the penalty, Alonso fired the rebound into the roof of the net, making it 3-3. Liverpool went on to win the European Cup on penalties, capping off a very successful first year for Xabi Alonso in England. Champions League Logo The UEFA Champions League is an annual international inter-club football competition between Europes most successful clubs, regarded as the most prestigious club trophy in the sport. ...


On 7 January 2006, in a thrilling FA Cup third-round tie against Luton Town, Alonso assisted Liverpool to a 5-3 comeback victory after being down 3-1 early in the second half, by scoring two amazing goals: one from 40 yards, and the other from well inside his own half (65 yards from goal), as the opposition keeper had gone to the Liverpool penalty area to attack a corner kick. Astonishingly, it later transpired that a Liverpool fan had earlier placed a £200 bet on Alonso scoring from within his own half at some point in the 2005-06 season, and won £25,000 as a result.[2] is the 7th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the English FA Cup. ... Luton Town Football Club are an English football team based in the town of Luton in Bedfordshire. ... Liverpool Football Club are an English professional football club based in Liverpool, Merseyside, who play in the Premier League; they are historically the most successful club in the history of English football, having won more trophies than any other English club. ... In association football a corner kick is awarded if the defensive team is the last to touch the ball before it crosses its own goal line (goal line of the end of the field it is defending) outside of the goal itself (whether by kicking or off the hands of...


During a 3-1 victory over Portsmouth on 7 May 2006, Alonso suffered an injury to his ankle in the 41st minute, which put his participation in the FA Cup Final in doubt. He recovered sufficiently to start the game, however, and, despite having to be taken off during the second half, he ended the day with a winners' medal against West Ham United . is the 127th day of the year (128th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The FA Cup 2005-06 is the 125th staging of the worlds oldest football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup. ...


Alonso was named in the Spanish squad for the 2006 World Cup. He scored Spain's first World Cup 2006 goal (his first international goal) against Ukraine on 14 June 2006. 2006 World Cup redirects here. ... is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On 20 September 2006 Alonso scored what the BBC described as "an outrageous strike" from his own half against Newcastle in a midweek Premiership fixture.[3] In an interview on Sky News television, Alonso claimed he practises such long-range goals in training. Both goals were very similar, struck from inside his own half, but Alonso was in no doubt which was the best. He said, "I think this was better. The Luton goal bounced a few times, this one went quite straight. The Luton one was left-footed - it was different - but I am quite happy to score the goal." It was his first goal for Liverpool since the goal against Luton, making him the only outfield player in the modern professional game to score two consecutive goals for his club from inside his own half of the pitch.[citation needed] Liverpool went on to win the game 3-0. is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... For the Australian club, see Newcastle United Jets. ... Sky News is a 24-hour British domestic and international television news channel that started broadcasting on 5 February 1989 as part of the then four-channel Sky Television service, as well as a hourly news radio service in the UK. Broadcast of a 24-hour radio service is due...


Friday, June 8th, 2007 Xabi Alonso became the 4th player of June to re-sign with Liverpool. Signing a 5-year contract, which will last until 2012, Xabi Alonso has silenced a flurry of transfer rumours. For other uses, see June (disambiguation). ... 8 (eight) is the natural number following 7 and preceding 9. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... For other uses, see June (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Liverpool (disambiguation). ...


In early 2008, Alonso lost his place to Javier Mascherano, but then Liverpool boss Rafael Benítez changed his formation by moving Steven Gerrard further forward as a second striker, which meant Xabi has been recalled back to the team since by putting in some decent performances. 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... Javier Alejandro Mascherano (pronounced IPA: ) (born 7 June 1984 in San Lorenzo, Santa Fe) is an Argentine football player who currently plays for Liverpool. ... For other uses, see Liverpool (disambiguation). ... Rafael (Rafa) Benítez Maudes (born 16 April 1960, Madrid, Spain) has been the manager of Liverpool F.C. since June 2004. ... Steven George Gerrard MBE (IPA: []) (born 30 May 1980, Whiston, Merseyside) is an English football player. ...


Personal

Xabi Alonso and Everton-player Mikel Arteta were neighbours on the same street while growing up in San Sebastián and now live next door to each other in Liverpool. Although Xabi is a regular player for the Spanish national squad, Arteta has never had a call up. [4][5] Alonso also helped persuade former Real Sociedad team mate Juan Ugarte to make a move to Wales by joining Wrexham in 2004. Mikel Amatriain Arteta (born March 28, 1982 in San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) is a professional Spanish footballer. ... Location Image:Donostia (San Sebastian), Euskadi location. ... For other uses, see Liverpool (disambiguation). ... Real Sociedad is a Spanish football club from the Basque city of San Sebastián/Donostia in Guipúzcoa/Gipuzkoa. ... Juan Ugarte is a professional footballer currently playing for Wrexham A.F.C.. Juans claim-to-fame is scoring five times one game in a 6-4 thriller against Hartlepool United and scoring in the LDV vans final which Wrexham won 2-0 against Southend United. ... Wrexham Football Club (nicknamed The Red Dragons, or more traditionally, The Robins) are a football team based in Wrexham in north-east Wales. ...


Xabi's girlfriend, Nagore Aranburu, gave birth to a boy on the day of Liverpool's vital game against Inter Milan. The baby is the couples first, and although Xabi stayed in Merseyside to be with her while she gave birth, Rafa congratulated them after the match which Liverpool won 1-0, to progress to the last 8 of the Champions League. In an interview with Liverpool's News Programme LFC Now on LFC TV it was revealed that Xabi and Nagore had named their little boy Jon Alonso. Football Club Internazionale Milano (commonly, but incorrectly, known as Inter Milan) is an Italian football club, playing in the Serie A (first division). ... Merseyside is a metropolitan county in North West England, with a population of 1,365,900. ... UEFA Champions League, which replaced the European Champions Cup, is a seasonal club football competition organised by UEFA since 1992 for the most successful football clubs in Europe. ...


Statistics

Correct as of 18 May 2007 is the 138th day of the year (139th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...

Club Performance
Club Season Premiership FA Cup League Cup Europe Others Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Liverpool FC 2006-07 32 4 1 0 2 0 15 0 1 0 51 4
2005-06 35 3 5 2 0 0 11 0 2 0 53 5
2004-05 24 2 0 0 0 0 8 1 0 0 32 3
Total 91 9 6 2 2 0 34 1 3 0 136 12
Club Season La Liga Spanish Cup - Europe Others Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Real Sociedad 2003-04 35 3 0 0 - - 8 1 0 0 43 4
2002-03 33 3 1 0 - - 0 0 0 0 34 3
2001-02 30 3 0 0 - - 0 0 0 0 30 3
Eibar (Loan) 2000-01 14 0 0 0 - - 0 0 0 0 14 0
Real Sociedad 2000-01 18 0 0 0 - - 0 0 0 0 18 0
1999-00 0 0 1 0 - - 0 0 0 0 1 0
Sociedad Total 116 9 2 0 - - 8 1 0 0 126 10
Overall Total 221 18 8 2 2 0 42 2 3 0 276 22

For the Scottish equivalent see Scottish Premier League The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system... This article is about the English FA Cup. ... The Carling Cup Trophy The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... {{Football club infobox | clubname = Liverpool FC | image = fullname = Liverpool FC | nickname = The Reds | founded = 1892 | ground = Anfield | capacity = 45,000 | chairman = D.R.Moores | Chief Executive Officer = R.N.Parry | manager = Rafael Benitez | league = FA Premiership | season = 2005-06 | position = FA premiership, 5th | pattern_la1=|pattern_b1=|pattern_ra1=| leftarm1=FFFFFF|body1=FF0000... The new Wembley Stadium was completed in time for the 2006-07 seasons FA Cup Final. ... The 2005–06 season was the 126th season of competitive football in England. ... The 2004-2005 season was the 125th season of competitive football in England. ... (Professional Football League), commonly known as the Primera División or simply La Liga, is the top professional football league in Spain. ... Copa del Rey won by FC Barcelona in 1978. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... Real Sociedad is a Spanish football club from the Basque city of San Sebastián/Donostia in Guipúzcoa/Gipuzkoa. ... Geography > Europe > Spain > Basque Country > Guipúzcoa Eibar is a city within the province of Guipúzcoa, in the Basque Country. ... Real Sociedad is a Spanish football club from the Basque city of San Sebastián/Donostia in Guipúzcoa/Gipuzkoa. ...

Career honours

Liverpool

The 2004-05 UEFA Champions League was the 50th season of UEFAs premier European club football tournament, and the 13th since it was rebranded as the UEFA Champions League in 1992. ... UEFA Champions League, which replaced the European Champions Cup, is a seasonal club football competition organised by UEFA since 1992 for the most successful football clubs in Europe. ... The European Super Cup (UEFA Super Cup) is at stake in an annual football game between the reigning champions of the UEFA Cup(formally UEFA Cup Winners Cup) and the Champions League. ... This article is about the English FA Cup. ... The FA Community Shield (formerly the Charity Shield) is an English association football trophy. ...

References

  1. ^ Fulham 2-4 Liverpool. Retrieved on 18 May, 2007.
  2. ^ Fan makes £25,000 on dream goal. Retrieved on 21 September, 2006.
  3. ^ Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle. Retrieved on 20 September, 2006.
  4. ^ Arteta Aims To Reign For Spain. Retrieved on 28 November, 2006.
  5. ^ Arteta puts friendship on hold as Everton eye Europe. Retrieved on 28 November, 2006.

External links

Persondata
NAME Olano, Xabier Alonso
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Alonso, Xabi
SHORT DESCRIPTION footballer
DATE OF BIRTH 1981-11-25
PLACE OF BIRTH Tolosa , Spain
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH
Tolosa is a town and municipality to the south of San Sebastian in the Basque province of Gipuzkoa, Spain. ...

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