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#Xabi Alonso

# xabi-alonso - Friday 29 November, 2019

'It’s like an itch and then you say: ‘F***, I like this' - Ex-Liverpool star Alonso
# Next Chapter
# Next Chapter

'It’s like an itch and then you say: ‘F***, I like this' - Ex-Liverpool star Alonso

Nov 29th 2019, 10:29 PM 15,626 Views 4 Comments

The 38-year-old says he has caught the coaching bug.

# xabi-alonso - Tuesday 26 November, 2019

Former Liverpool midfielder Alonso acquitted of tax fraud
# Innocent
# Innocent

Former Liverpool midfielder Alonso acquitted of tax fraud

Nov 26th 2019, 4:59 PM 4,773 Views 4 Comments

The Spaniard is one of a string of high-profile footballers to face scrutiny by authorities in recent years.

# xabi-alonso - Friday 23 August, 2019

‘Once a red always a red’ – Liverpool legend Alonso not ruling out return as coach
# Looking Back
# Looking Back

‘Once a red always a red’ – Liverpool legend Alonso not ruling out return as coach

Aug 23rd 2019, 9:45 AM 7,111 Views 12 Comments

The World Cup winner is taking his first steps into senior coaching with Real Sociedad’s B side.

# xabi-alonso - Wednesday 8 May, 2019

Xabi Alonso tipped for Bayern role having snubbed RB Leipzig offer
# Not Too Xabi
# Not Too Xabi

Xabi Alonso tipped for Bayern role having snubbed RB Leipzig offer

May 8th 2019, 7:38 PM 11,917 Views 5 Comments

The ex-Liverpool midfielder is now coaching at Real Madrid.

# xabi-alonso - Tuesday 22 January, 2019

Alonso refuses to make deal on tax fraud case as he vows to clear his name
# Football
# Football

Alonso refuses to make deal on tax fraud case as he vows to clear his name

Jan 22nd 2019, 2:06 PM 7,513 Views 1 Comment

Having refused to enter into a plea bargain, the former Real Madrid star is determined to prove his innocence after being accused of tax fraud.

# xabi-alonso - Wednesday 21 March, 2018

Spanish prosecutors seeking five-year jail term for Xabi Alonso over tax fraud allegations
# Not Looking Good
# Not Looking Good

Spanish prosecutors seeking five-year jail term for Xabi Alonso over tax fraud allegations

Mar 21st 2018, 2:10 PM 6,454 Views 4 Comments

As well as the call for imprisonment, a fine of €4 million is also held against Alonso.

# xabi-alonso - Thursday 5 October, 2017

'He could be a big manager' - Xabi Alonso tips Gerrard to take over at Liverpool
# Football Friends
# Football Friends

'He could be a big manager' - Xabi Alonso tips Gerrard to take over at Liverpool

Oct 5th 2017, 5:25 PM 3,672 Views 11 Comments

The former England midfielder has made an instant impact with the Reds’ Under-18s, leading an old team-mate to predict great things from him.

# xabi-alonso - Saturday 20 May, 2017

Ancelotti pays tribute after Bayern's beery farewell to Alonso and Lahm
# Not Too Xabi
# Not Too Xabi

Ancelotti pays tribute after Bayern's beery farewell to Alonso and Lahm

May 20th 2017, 7:43 PM 8,287 Views 12 Comments

“I want to thank both players, they have played a fantastic season in fantastic careers.”

# xabi-alonso - Thursday 23 March, 2017

'I was close to Arsenal': Xabi Alonso on Benitez, Gareth Barry and his unexpected Liverpool exit
# RED
# RED

'I was close to Arsenal': Xabi Alonso on Benitez, Gareth Barry and his unexpected Liverpool exit

Mar 23rd 2017, 10:45 PM 9,842 Views 19 Comments

The midfielder spent five years at Anfield but his departure in 2009 had been simmering for twelve months.

# xabi-alonso - Thursday 9 March, 2017

Liverpool and Real Madrid legend Xabi Alonso confirms he's retiring in the summer
# Xabi Alonso
# Xabi Alonso

Liverpool and Real Madrid legend Xabi Alonso confirms he's retiring in the summer

Mar 9th 2017, 10:23 AM 5,862 Views 21 Comments

The 35-year-old enjoyed a decorated career at club and international level,

# xabi-alonso - Wednesday 18 January, 2017

Bayern Munich's Alonso set to retire at end of this season - report
# Bring The Curtain Down
# Bring The Curtain Down

Bayern Munich's Alonso set to retire at end of this season - report

Jan 18th 2017, 6:08 PM 7,319 Views 11 Comments

The 35-year-old is bidding to help Bayern Munich land their fifth straight German League title.

# xabi-alonso - Friday 18 December, 2015

Rumours of Müller to Man United can finally be put to bed as he signs new Bayern deal
# Red Letter Day
# Red Letter Day

Rumours of Müller to Man United can finally be put to bed as he signs new Bayern deal

Dec 18th 2015, 12:04 PM 3,269 Views 13 Comments

Jerome Boateng, Javi Martinez and Xabi Alonso have all committed their futures to the club too.

# xabi-alonso - Tuesday 15 December, 2015

Xabi Alonso scored a stunning goal in the German Cup tonight
# Take A Bow
# Take A Bow

Xabi Alonso scored a stunning goal in the German Cup tonight

Dec 15th 2015, 10:06 PM 8,334 Views 12 Comments

The Spanish midfielder’s half-volley shortly before half-time broke down a stern away resistance.

# xabi-alonso - Wednesday 4 November, 2015

Xabi Alonso lost a fight with a corner flag in Munich tonight
# Cynical
# Cynical

Xabi Alonso lost a fight with a corner flag in Munich tonight

Nov 4th 2015, 11:00 PM 10,460 Views 11 Comments

The Spaniard was humbled early on in Bayern’s big win over Arsenal.

# xabi-alonso - Sunday 5 April, 2015

Where does Charlie Adam's goal rank in the pantheon of long-range Premier League strikes?
# Competitive
# Competitive

Where does Charlie Adam's goal rank in the pantheon of long-range Premier League strikes?

Apr 5th 2015, 12:06 PM 10,259 Views 18 Comments

The Stoke City midfielder conjured a moment of brilliance against Chelsea yesterday.

# xabi-alonso - Tuesday 17 February, 2015

Xabi Alonso harshly sent off on 100th CL appearance as Bayern frustrated
# Stalemate
# Stalemate

Xabi Alonso harshly sent off on 100th CL appearance as Bayern frustrated

Feb 17th 2015, 10:20 PM 5,403 Views 2 Comments

Chances were at a premium in Lviv.

# xabi-alonso - Friday 2 January, 2015

Where does Gerrard rank in the pantheon of great Premier League midfielders?
# Open Thread
# Open Thread

Where does Gerrard rank in the pantheon of great Premier League midfielders?

Jan 2nd 2015, 6:00 PM 11,220 Views 86 Comments

How does he rank when compared with the likes of Keane and Vieira?

# xabi-alonso - Thursday 11 December, 2014

You may be surprised by who completed the most passes in the Champions League group stages
# Accuracy
# Accuracy

You may be surprised by who completed the most passes in the Champions League group stages

Dec 11th 2014, 9:19 PM 5,625 Views 5 Comments

It is the first time in six years that no Barcelona player has made the top five.

# xabi-alonso - Friday 28 November, 2014

Which 3 midfielders would you select from the FIFPro/FIFA shortlist?
# Decisions
# Decisions

Which 3 midfielders would you select from the FIFPro/FIFA shortlist?

Nov 28th 2014, 1:43 PM 4,802 Views 17 Comments

The World XI will be announced in January.

# xabi-alonso - Thursday 28 August, 2014

As if Bayern Munich didn't have enough midfielders already, they're signing Xabi Alonso
# Spoilt For Choice
# Spoilt For Choice

As if Bayern Munich didn't have enough midfielders already, they're signing Xabi Alonso

Aug 28th 2014, 10:18 AM 6,944 Views 11 Comments

The 32-year-old Spaniard will become part of an elite group who have been managed by both Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.

# xabi-alonso - Wednesday 27 August, 2014

Xabi Alonso has retired from international football and the world is a poorer place tonight
# Game Over
# Game Over

Xabi Alonso has retired from international football and the world is a poorer place tonight

Aug 27th 2014, 6:36 PM 5,396 Views 12 Comments

“I have formed part of an historical generation that has fulfilled the dreams of millions of fans.”

# xabi-alonso - Tuesday 24 June, 2014

VIDEO: Spain's David Villa breaks down in tears after being substituted
# Awwww
# Awwww

VIDEO: Spain's David Villa breaks down in tears after being substituted

Jun 24th 2014, 8:45 AM 9,948 Views 3 Comments

The 32-year-old striker was making his last appearance at international level.

# xabi-alonso - Monday 23 June, 2014

Xabi Alonso denies reports he is retiring from Spanish team
# Stay Classy
# Stay Classy

Xabi Alonso denies reports he is retiring from Spanish team

Jun 23rd 2014, 2:27 PM 1,898 Views 1 Comment

The Real Madrid midfielder was widely reported to be stepping away from international football after the World Cup.

# xabi-alonso - Wednesday 30 October, 2013

Video: Xabi Alonso nutmegs the great Zinedine Zidane
# Zizou
# Zizou

Video: Xabi Alonso nutmegs the great Zinedine Zidane

Oct 30th 2013, 10:00 AM 5,282 Views 9 Comments

The French legend won’t have been happy to be the butt of the joke for a change.

# xabi-alonso - Wednesday 21 August, 2013

Bearded gent Xabi Alonso breaks his foot in training
# Injury
# Injury

Bearded gent Xabi Alonso breaks his foot in training

Aug 21st 2013, 1:10 PM 2,886 Views 3 Comments

Alonso set to miss the remainder of Spain’s World Cup qualifers and the start of the Champions League group stages.

# xabi-alonso - Tuesday 21 May, 2013

4 flashpoints that marked Jose Mourinho's time as Real Madrid coach
# Controversies
# Controversies

4 flashpoints that marked Jose Mourinho's time as Real Madrid coach

May 21st 2013, 8:00 AM 1,882 Views 2 Comments

We look back on some of the more fiery moments of the Portuguese’s tenure as boss.

# xabi-alonso - Thursday 29 November, 2012

File under obvious: Messi favourite for record fourth Ballon d'Or
# Top Man
# Top Man

File under obvious: Messi favourite for record fourth Ballon d'Or

Nov 29th 2012, 6:35 AM 874 Views 2 Comments

FIFA and France Football announce the three finalists for the prestigious award in Sao Paulo today.

# xabi-alonso - Wednesday 27 June, 2012

As it happened: Portugal v Spain, Euro 2012 semi-final
# Tense
# Tense

As it happened: Portugal v Spain, Euro 2012 semi-final

Jun 27th 2012, 7:23 PM 8,633 Views 40 Comments

We went minute-by-minute Portugal and Spain pushed each other every step of the way.

# xabi-alonso - Tuesday 26 June, 2012

Spain are not boring to watch, insists Iniesta
# RETORT
# RETORT

Spain are not boring to watch, insists Iniesta

Jun 26th 2012, 6:44 PM 573 Views 3 Comments

The Spanish midfielder says he is happy with the team’s style of play.

# xabi-alonso - Monday 25 June, 2012

Spain won't be giving Ronaldo any special attention
# Euro 2012
# Euro 2012

Spain won't be giving Ronaldo any special attention

Jun 25th 2012, 4:49 PM 506 Views 0 Comments

Xabi Alonso insists the world champions will play their normal game when they come up against Portugal and his Real Madrid team-mate.

# xabi-alonso - Sunday 24 June, 2012

Non, je ne regrette rien: Blanc defends negative tactics
# Euro 2012
# Euro 2012

Non, je ne regrette rien: Blanc defends negative tactics

Jun 24th 2012, 5:47 PM 470 Views 0 Comments

The French boss also rued Xabi Alonso’s early goal in Donetsk last night.

# xabi-alonso - Wednesday 13 June, 2012

Ireland will 'fight from first moment to last,' says Alonso
# Ready To Go
# Ready To Go

Ireland will 'fight from first moment to last,' says Alonso

Jun 13th 2012, 9:33 PM 5,479 Views 13 Comments

The Real Madrid midfielder says he has a “special appreciation” for the Irish.

# xabi-alonso - Tuesday 8 May, 2012

WATCH: Xabi Alonso keeps Jose Mourinho updated on the FA Cup final
# Old Loyalties
# Old Loyalties

WATCH: Xabi Alonso keeps Jose Mourinho updated on the FA Cup final

May 8th 2012, 10:30 PM 1,000 Views 2 Comments

Liverpool’s encounter with Chelsea clashed with the Portuguese man’s managerial duties, yet he still found a way around this dilemma.

# xabi-alonso - Tuesday 24 April, 2012

Off The Record: sport stories you might have missed this weekend
# Looking Back
# Looking Back

Off The Record: sport stories you might have missed this weekend

Apr 24th 2012, 10:14 AM 756 Views 0 Comments

Tennis balls, Belle and Sebastian and Paul O’Connell all feature this week.

# xabi-alonso - Friday 14 October, 2011

Retrospective: Jamie Redknapp's adventures in punditry
# Gaffes
# Gaffes

Retrospective: Jamie Redknapp's adventures in punditry

Oct 14th 2011, 4:51 PM 1,211 Views 2 Comments

The pundit will literally [sic] be all over tomorrow’s Premier League clash between Liverpool and Manchester United, so what sort of penetrating analysis can we expect?

# xabi-alonso - Wednesday 24 November, 2010

Did Mourinho orchestrate dirty tricks in Amsterdam?
# No Way Jose!
# No Way Jose!

Did Mourinho orchestrate dirty tricks in Amsterdam?

Nov 24th 2010, 2:52 PM 192 Views 0 Comments

Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos sent off in bizarre late stages of comfortable 4-o win over Ajax.