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Xabi Alonso
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Personal information
Full name Xabier Alonso Olano
Date of birth 25 November 1981 (1981-11-25) (age 38)
Place of birth    Tolosa, Flag of Spain Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth clubs
Flag of Spain Antiguoko
Flag of Spain Real Sociedad
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
1999–2001
1999–2004
2000–2001
2004–2009
2009–2014
2014–2017
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Flag of SpainEibar (loan)
England Liverpool
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Germany Bayern Munich
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National team
2000
2002-2003
2003-2014
2001-2012
Flag of Spain Spain U18
Flag of Spain Spain U21
Flag of Spain Spain
Flag of the Basque Country Basque Country
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114 0(16)
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Xabier "Xabi" Alonso Olano (born 25 November 1981) is a Spanish former footballer who played as a central midfielder.

Alonso began his career at Real Sociedad, the main team of his home province Gipuzkoa. After a brief loan period at Eibar, he returned to Sociedad where then-manager John Toshack appointed Alonso as his team captain. Alonso succeeded in the role, taking Real Sociedad to second place in the 2002–03 season. He moved to Liverpool in August 2004 for £10.5 million. He won the UEFA Champions League in his first season at the club, under manager Rafael Benítez, scoring the equalising goal in the Final against Milan. The following season, he won the FA Cup and the FA Community Shield. He moved to Real Madrid for the start of the 2009–10 season in a deal worth around £30 million. After five seasons at the club, winning honours including a league title in 2012 and the Champions League in 2014, he was signed by German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich on a two-year contract.

He made his international debut for Spain in April 2003 in a 4–0 victory against Ecuador. While playing for Spain, Alonso has won Euro 2008, Euro 2012 and the 2010 World Cup, and he has also represented his country at Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup. On 23 June 2012, Alonso won his 100th cap for Spain in the quarter-final of Euro 2012 against France; he celebrated the occasion by scoring both of Spain's goals to send them into the semi-finals. Following Spain's failure to progress out of the group stages at the 2014 World Cup, Alonso retired from international football on 27 August 2014. His 114 caps make him the fifth-most capped player in the nation's history.

Honours

Clubs

Liverpool
Real Madrid
Bayern Munich

Country

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Bayern München squad - 2020–21

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Spain – UEFA Euro 2004


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Spain – 2006 FIFA World Cup - Round of 16

1. Casillas 2. Salgado 3. Pernía 4. Marchena 5. Puyol 6. Albelda 7. Raúl (c) 8. Xavi 9. F. Torres 10. Reyes 11. Luis García 12. A. López 13. Iniesta 14. Alonso 15. Ramos 16. Senna 17. Joaquín 18. Fàbregas 19. Cañizares 20. Juanito 21. Villa 22. Ibáñez 23. Reina

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Spain – UEFA Euro 2008 - Winners (2nd Title)


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Spain – 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup


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Spain – 2010 FIFA World Cup - Winners (1st title)

1. Casillas 2. Albiol 3. Piqué 4. Marchena 5. Puyol 6. Iniesta 7. Villa 8. Xavi 9. F. Torres 10. Fàbregas 11. Capdevila 12. Valdés 13. Mata 14. Alonso 15. Ramos 16. Busquets 17. Arbeloa 18. Pedro 19. Llorente 20. Martínez 21. Silva 22. Navas 23. Reina

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Spain – UEFA Euro 2012 - Winners (3rd title)

1. Casillas (c) 2. Albiol 3. Piqué 4. Martínez 5. Juanfran 6. Iniesta 7. Pedro 8. Xavi 9. Torres 10. Fàbregas 11. Negredo 12. Valdés 13. Mata 14. Alonso 15. Ramos 16. Busquets 17. Arbeloa 18. Alba 19. Llorente 20. Cazorla 21. Silva 22. Navas 23. Reina

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Spain – 2014 FIFA World Cup - Group stage

1. I. Casillas (c) 2. R. Albiol 3. Piqué 4. Javi Martínez 5. Juanfran 6. A. Iniesta 7. David Villa 8. Xavi 9. Torres 10. Fàbregas 11. Pedro 12. De Gea 13. Mata 14. Alonso 15. Ramos 16. Busquets 17. Koke 18. Alba 19. Diego Costa 20. S. Cazorla 21. Silva 22. Azpilicueta 23. Reina

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