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Xabi Alonso

32-Year-Old Midfielder     Bayern Munich  Bundesliga


Birthdate:  November 25, 1981    Birthplace:  Tolosa, Spain    Nationality:  Spain    Height:  6' 0"    

September 29, 2014    Xabi Alonso News

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Alonso set a Bundesliga record with 204 touches in Bayern Munich's 2-0 win over FC Cologne on Saturday, ESPN FC reports.

The statistic, which began in the Bundesliga in 1999, has five Bayern players atop the list, with Alonso passing Thiago Alcantara's record of 177, which he set last season against Eintract Frankfurt. Alonso is a very important part of the Bayern team, but his fantasy value is limited in most leagues given his role as a defensive midfielder.

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September 1, 2014

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Alonso made his Bayern Munich debut Saturday against Schalke 04, starting the match and playing 68 minutes before being subbed off for Pierre Hojbjerg.

Alonso officially joined the Bundesliga giants Tuesday and was immediately inserted into the starting XI, likely due to manager Pep Guardiola's familiarity with him from their respective times in La Liga. Alonso is a defensive midfielder, so his fantasy value is tied to clean sheets, something that doesn't pay off much for midfielders.

August 29, 2014

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Alonso has officially joined Bayern Munich after agreeing a deal to transfer from Real Madrid.

Alonso should immediately step into Bayern's strong starting XI, playing the role of an anchor behind the likes of Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller, Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and even Franck Ribery (when fully fit) as well. Alonso made 158 league appearances for Real Madrid in five very successful seasons.

August 27, 2014

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Alonso is close to joining Bayern Munich from Real Madrid, according to The Guardian.

Following the departure of Toni Kroos to Real Madrid and an injury to Javi Martinez, Bayern manager Pep Guardiola has apparently been on the lookout for a replacement holding midfielder. With Real Madrid adding a number of midfield options over the summer, it looks like they won't stand in the way of a move. Either way, should the transfer go through, it would be a shocking piece of business and one that would immediately strengthen Bayern's already formidable squad.

August 27, 2014

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Alonso has announced his international retirement.

Alonso, who's being heavily linked to a shock move to Bayern Munich, made 114 appearances for Spain over his international career and scored 16 times. At 33 years old, it's not too surprising to see the central midfielder call it quits, especially after Spain's woeful showing at this summer's World Cup.

June 13, 2014

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Alonso scored from the penalty spot in the 27th minute, but that was all Spain could muster in a 1-5 loss to Netherlands in their World Cup opener Friday.

Spain seemed to be in control of the match for the first half-hour, but the Dutch simply blitzed them after that. Alonso eventually came off in the second half, but the damage was already done. They'll look to turn it around Wednesday against Chile, as they try to get themselves back in a position to get out of the group.

January 8, 2014

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Alonso signed a two-year contract extension with Real Madrid on Wednesday, reports.

Alonso will now be with Madrid until the summer of 2016, extending a contract that was set to expire at the end of this season. He's made only eight Liga appearances this season, failing to score a goal or record an assist.

August 22, 2013

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Alonso underwent surgery Thursday to repair his fractured metatarsal, Football Espana reports. He is expected to be out for at least three months.

Alonso's injury is a huge blow to Real Madrid, although because it occurred so early in the season, he is likely expected back for a late season Liga and Champions League run.