Spain were again amongst the favourites for cup victory in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but had a very disappointing campaign that ended in the first round. Nagore Aranburu, Actress: Loreak. "[137] His decision to place his family ahead of a Champions League tie caused much friction with former manager Rafael Benítez. Alonso appeared in all of Liverpool's games in the Champions League but the dominance shown in the previous season had gone as the team lost to Benfica in the knockout stage. Nagore Aranburu was born in Azpeitia, País Vasco, Spain. [67][68] However, the club's fans did much to restore his spirits, supporting him on and off the pitch, and Alonso responded to this, saying: Despite the events of the summer, Alonso made a confident start to the season and both his peers and the press praised his strength of character, citing his influence as a factor in the team's strong opening to the season. PETER CROUCH has lifted the lid on the awkward time he thought he had a shot with Xabi Alonso’s wife upon signing for Liverpool. While Dida, Milan's acclaimed Brazilian goalkeeper, managed to save the penalty Alonso fired the rebound into the roof of the net, bringing the score to 3–3. Alonso, still affected by the injury, could not manage the entire 90 minutes and was substituted in the second half. [4] Xabi Alonso lived in the city of Barcelona for the first six years of his life and moved to San Sebastián (Donostia) thereafter. It's incredible and we're all walking around in a dream. On 7 January 2006, in an 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. He moved to Real Madrid for the start of the 2009–10 season in a deal worth around £30 million. [10] Their performances attracted the attention of scouts from top Spanish sides and the young Donostiarras separated ways, ending nine years of friendly rivalry, as Alonso went to Real Sociedad and Arteta moved to Catalan giants Barcelona. Alonso appeared consistently in La Liga with 30 appearances over the course of the season and also scored his first league goal, finishing with a season total of three. [12] Alonso failed to make another appearance in the season but the following year brought more opportunities. [144], Alonso's brother Mikel played for Spanish club Real Unión. The match ultimately ended with a resounding 5–1 win for the Netherlands. Xabi Alonso is a member of the following lists: 1981 births, Premier League players and 2006 FIFA World Cup players. Alonso was nominated in the Best Midfielder category, alongside Xavi and Javi Martínez. [32] Kevin McCarra of The Guardian paid testament to Alonso's skill and dedication to the game, saying, "This marvellously accomplished footballer testified in the Stadio delle Alpi that technique can overcome a serious physical disadvantage. On 21 September 2011, he played his 100th official game for Real Madrid in the 0–0 draw against Racing de Santander. [4], At age 15, Alonso went to the Irish town of Kells, County Meath, on a school exchange programme to learn English. He was substituted off in the 82nd minute for Franck Ribéry. [116] Alonso's penalty in the semi-final shoot-out against Portugal was saved by Rui Patrício in which Spain went on to win 4–2 after a 0–0 draw in the game itself. Liverpool won on penalties without his help but Alonso still earned his first FA Cup winners' medal. [101], On 18 December 2015, Alonso signed a new contract with Bayern, keeping him at the club until 2017. Alonso was ever-present in the first team in the 2005–06 season, largely avoiding injuries that had marred his first season at the club. [66] By the start of the 2008–09 season, neither Alonso or Barry had moved club but the drawn-out transfer saga had left the Spaniard feeling unsettled at Liverpool and unsure of his position in the team. [61][62] His role in Liverpool's five-man midfield role was assured, however, as Rafael Benítez regarded him as "a top class player", stating that Alonso had the ability to change games and break down the opposition's defence. It is such a special club and I just didn't want to leave. [122] Gifted with good technique, excellent vision, and varied passing range, he excelled in the centre in a deep-lying playmaking role, where he utilized his accurate long passing ability to create goal scoring chances for teammates;[123] he also utilized a powerful and accurate shot from distance, and he was an effective set-piece and penalty kick taker. [145][146] However, the team opted not to extend the loan deal and he returned to Spain to train with Xabi Alonso's former club, Real Sociedad. Xabier Alonso Olano (Basque: [ˈʃaβi aˈlons̺o oˈlano], Spanish: [ˈ(t)ʃaβj aˈlonso oˈlano]; born 25 November 1981) is a Spanish football manager and former professional player who played as a central midfielder. [85] Several members of the Spanish press, as well as a number of Real Madrid supporters, gave Alonso a new nickname during the season: La Barba Roja ("The Red Beard").[86]. Alonso was born in the small town of Tolosa, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, into a family known for its footballing prowess. Xabi Alonso. [34] Alonso was distraught that he would miss the game and vehemently contested the referee's decision to no avail. Alonso was not at full fitness but, as Steven Gerrard was injured, he played for the full 90 minutes and Liverpool held the score at 0–0 in Italy, defeating the eventual Italian champions on aggregate. 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