Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Xabi Alonso

Xabier "Xabi" Alonso Olano (born 25 November 1981 in Tolosa, Basque Country) is a Spanish World Cup-winning footballer who currently plays for La Liga club Real Madrid and the Spanish national team. He plays as a midfielder.

Xabi Alonso Straight Face

Alonso began his career at Real Sociedad,the main team of his home region: Gipuzkoa. After a brief loan period at SD Eibar returned to the La Liga club. John Toshack appointed Alonso as his team captain and 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. The following season he won the FA Cup, and subsequently also the FA Community Shield. He moved to Real Madrid for the start of the 2009–10 season, in a deal worth around £30 million.

Xabi Alonso with His Wife

Internationally, Alonso has represented Spain in the Euro 2004, Euro 2008 tournaments and in the 2006 World Cup and 2010 World Cup. He made his international debut in April 2003 in a 4–0 victory against Ecuador. He won the Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup with Spain.

Xabi Alonso Red Costume

He holds the record for the longest-range goal ever scored in open play in the Premier League, being some 61 yards away from Steve Harper's line when he netted against Newcastle United in 2006. The season before, he scored from 78 yards with an effort against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road in the FA Cup.

Xabi Alonso on the Yard
Xabi Alonso White Jacket
Match Couple in Black Costume

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