Xabi Alonso

  • Xabi Alonso retires from international football 5 hours 10 minutes ago

    Madrid: Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso, one of the key figures in Spain's dominant era that included two European championships and a World Cup title, said he is retiring from international football. The 32-year-old Alonso announced the decision on Twitter on Wednesday, saying it had been "an enormous honor" to play...
  • FIFA World Cup history: The beautiful game has had its ugly moments July 7, 2014

    The whole world felt the agony when Brazil star Neymar was stretchered out of the ground after a ghastly foul by Colombia's Juan Camilo Zuniga in the quarter-final of FIFA 2014, which left the 22-year-old with a broken vertebra, while ending his World Cup and putting Brazil's chances of another...
  • World Cup 2014: Xabi Alonso quits international football, says report June 21, 2014

    Madrid: Sports daily Marca has reported that Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso has retired from international football after Spain's elimination from the FIFA World Cup. Marca says the 32-year-old planned this move for some time and the decision was not a "knee-jerk reaction to the event in Brazil. Far from it, he...
  • World Cup 2014: Our generation not finished yet, says Xabi Alonso June 16, 2014

    Curitiba: Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso said the current generation of Spanish players should not be considered as "finished" after their 1-5 loss to the Netherlands in their World Cup Group B opener. "We are still alive. We want to show that we still have much and that we want to compete....
  • World Cup 2014: Spain not looking to change the guard just yet June 15, 2014

    Curitiba: The Netherlands' crushing win over Spain has precipitated a question that wasn't expected to come up until after the World Cup - when do Spain's veterans give way to their rising crop of talented youngsters? Coach Vicente del Bosque said changes would be made for the must-win match against Chile...
  • La Liga: Xabi Alonso blames Real Madrid's attitude for title collapse May 8, 2014

    Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso has blamed Real Madrid's attitude after his team appeared to blow their La Liga title hopes, putting leaders Atletico Madrid in pole position with two games to go. After Atletico's defeat at Levante last weekend, third-placed Real Madrid could only muster a draw at home to Valencia...
  • UEFA rejects Madrid protest over Xabi Alonso ban May 7, 2014

    Nyon, Switzerland: UEFA has dismissed a protest lodged by Real Madrid over midfielder Xabi Alonso's suspension for the Champions League final. UEFA disciplinary rules do not allow appeals against automatic one-match bans. Xabi Alonso was shown a yellow card for fouling Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger in the semifinal, second-leg match...
  • Xabi Alonso always committed to staying at Real Madrid January 10, 2014

    Barcelona: Xabi Alonso was never tempted to leave Real Madrid and his main consideration before signing a new contract was whether he could play at his best after an injury-plagued start to the season, he said on Friday. The former-Liverpool midfielder's previous deal was due to finish at the end of...
  • Real Madrid's Alonso agrees contract extension: reports January 9, 2014

    Madrid: Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso has agreed a two-year contract extension with Real Madrid, local media reported on Wednesday, without identifying their sources. The 32-year-old's current deal expires at the end of the season and the lack of an announcement of a new contract had prompted speculation Alonso might accept a...
  • Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has burst eardrum December 23, 2013

    Madrid: Real Madrid say midfielder Xabi Alonso has a burst left eardrum and that his availability will depend on the speed of his recovery. The club says the injury is the result of a knock received during Sunday's 3-2 win at Valencia. The 32-year-old Alonso was sidelined several months from the end...
  • Ancelotti wants Alonso deal signed for Christmas gift December 6, 2013

    Madrid: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti admits there is one present he would like for Christmas and that is for veteran midfielder, Xabi Alonso to put pen to paper on a new contract. It is no coincidence that Real Madrid's excellent recent form coincided with Alonso's return to the side after...
  • Spain heavyweights upbeat on FIFA World Cup defence November 13, 2013

    Madrid: Spain have what it takes to defend their title at next year's World Cup in Brazil, four of the team's key players said on Wednesday. Captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas, centre back Sergio Ramos, midfielder Xabi Alonso and forward David Villa all sounded an upbeat note at the unveiling of...
  • Xabi Alonso to play first game of season against Sevilla October 29, 2013

    Madrid: Xabi Alonso is set to play his first game since last season when his Real Madrid host Sevilla on Wednesday in the Spanish league. The 31-year-old Spain midfielder hasn't played since Madrid lost in the Copa del Rey final to Atletico Madrid in May due to back and foot injuries. Madrid...
  • Leave Bale alone and let him settle, Ronaldo urges October 22, 2013

    Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo knows a thing or two about high expectations and the Portuguese forward has urged people not to put excessive pressure on his new Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale and allow him time to settle in. Bale succeeded Ronaldo as the world's most expensive player when he joined Real...
  • Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso says return from injury in sight October 15, 2013

    Madrid: Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso expects to return to the field soon as his recovery from foot surgery nears its end. The Spain international has yet to play this season after undergoing surgery on a broken bone in his right foot. Alonso says he's started to kick the ball around but...
  • Injury problems for Ancelotti as Real Madrid face Granada August 25, 2013

    Madrid: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has a selection headache as his side prepares for Monday night's game away to Granada. Real Madrid go to the game without midfield duo of Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira through injury. Alonso broke his little toe during the week and will be out of...
  • Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso has surgery on broken foot August 22, 2013

    Madrid: Real Madrid say midfielder Xabi Alonso has undergone surgery on a broken bone in his right foot. Madrid did not indicate how long the Spanish international is expected to be out. Alonso's backup, new signing Asier Illarramendi, is also injured. The 31-year-old Alonso underwent surgery in the offseason on his...
  • Real's Xabi Alonso breaks bone in right foot August 21, 2013

    Madrid: Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has broken the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot during training, the nine-times European champions said on their official website (www.realmadrid.com) on Wednesday. Local media reported that the Spain international, who was close to a return to action after surgery on a nagging groin...
  • Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso out for up to three months August 21, 2013

    Madrid: Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has broken the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot during training, the nine-times European champions said on their official website (www.realmadrid.com) on Wednesday. Local media reported that the Spain international, who was close to a return to action after surgery on a nagging groin...
  • Football Transfers: Latest news and rumours on Monday July 1, 2013

    IBNLive Sports gives you Monday's round-up of all the latest transfer news and gossip from the leading clubs and top players around the world. Arsenal interested in signing Fernando Torres? After letting the likes of Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie go, Arsene Wenger is hunting for a superstar and...
  • Amid Chelsea interest, Alonso's contract talks on hold at Real June 19, 2013

    Spain international Xabi Alonso is yet to extend his contract at Real Madrid. Chelsea have reportedly shown their interest in Alonso, who will be out of contract at the Bernabeu at the end of next season. The reports in the Spanish media claim that Real management had a talk with Alonso...
  • Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has back surgery June 7, 2013

    Madrid: Real Madrid say midfielder Xabi Alonso has undergone surgery after missing several games at the end of last season because of back pain. The 31-year-old Alonso was left out of Spain's squad for the Confederations Cup in June in Brazil because of the problem. Madrid say Alonso was operated on by...
  • Xabi Alonso dropped from Spain for Confed Cup June 3, 2013

    Madrid: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque dropped midfielders Xabi Alonso, Javi Garcia and Benat Etxebarria from his final squad on Sunday for the Confederations Cup in June in Brazil. Alonso missed several games at the end of the season for Real Madrid with back problems. Del Bosque released his final 23-man...
  • Alonso, Benzema out of Real Madrid match at Deportivo February 22, 2013

    Madrid: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has left midfielder Xabi Alonso and forward Karim Benzema out of his squad for Saturday's La Liga game at bottom side Deportivo La Coruna as they continue their recuperation from minor injuries. Alonso started Friday's training session with the rest of the squad but later...
  • Injury to Khedira leaves Real in a spot of bother October 25, 2012

    Madrid: The latest injury to Real Madrid's German midfielder Sami Khedira comes at a tricky time for the La Liga champions with a potential banana skin awaiting at Real Mallorca on Sunday. Khedira was forced off in the 20th minute of Wednesday's 2-1 Champions League defeat at Borussia Dortmund when...
  • Alonso surprised by Real Madrid's left back crisis October 18, 2012

    Madrid: Real Madrid and Spain international midfielder Xabi Alonso said he was surprised by the injuries which have affected defenders Marcelo, Fabio Coentrao and Alvaro Arbeloa to leave the club struggling to find a left back for the next whole month. Arbeloa injured his hamstring playing in Spain's 1-1 draw...
  • Expectations from Spain are too high: Xabi Alonso June 4, 2012

    Madrid: Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso feels that his side face a tough task to win Euro 2012 due to the high expectations, but insisted that they are determined to successfully defend their title. The title-holders are seen as the favourites to win this summer's tournament, but the Real Madrid star believes...
  • Liverpool agree on Alonso deal with Real Madrid August 5, 2009

    New Delhi: Liverpool on Tuesday afternoon confirmed that they have reached agreement with Real Madrid over a deal to take Xabi Alonso from Anfield to the Spanish giants. The player will now move to Los Merengues as soon as he successfully completes a medical, for which he will, according to Goal.com...
  • Real Madrid lower bid Xabi Alonso: Report July 14, 2009

    New Delhi: Spanish sports daily Marca claims that Real Madrid have decreased their offer for Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso by €3m in the face of a lack of response from the English club. According to the Sunday edition of the Madrid-based paper, the Merengues' original offer of €27m expired on July...
  • Real offer Liverpool Negredo in Alonso deal: Report July 4, 2009

    New Delhi: Real Madrid have reportedly offered Alvaro Negredo and cash to Liverpool in exchange for midfielder Xabi Alonso. The Spanish club have already had a couple of bids for the Spaniard turned down and this is thought to be the last option in their pursuit of him. Marca reports...