But as he begins his career in management, Alonso is taking things step-by-step.
“I think my move is here because I’m not in a hurry to reach the top level. I know that at some stage, if I keep doing well, it will come.”
It has certainly been good as a player – and then some – for Alonso.
When he decided to retire in the summer of 2017, Alonso quit the sport, winning every major trophy in world football that he could possibly win.
And with Spain, the national team had its 2010 World Cup success as well as two European Championship victories.
As a player, Alonso was always the conductor of the team. Renowned for his technical prowess, precise passing and tactical play, Alonso set the rhythm and tempo of games almost like a human metronome.
“He was already coaching when he was playing,” says former Spanish and Liverpool teammate Luis García.
Speaking from San Sebastian in Spain, where he now lives and works, Alonso describes himself as a player who was like a manager on the pitch.
“Sometimes the manager doesn’t have time to give instructions on the pitch. So you have to be able to let the players make those decisions when you’re playing so quickly. And that was my job, and so it became natural.” That process of trying to be me, for me, the manager.”
To start his new career, Alonso began coaching at the youth level at Real Madrid, where he guided the under-13s to a championship, and is now back where it all started for him at Real Sociedad. happened.
While he has graced the world’s finest football theaters and made loves in Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, Alonso’s roots are firmly in the Basque region of northern Spain.
His father won the league with Los Tuxuri-Urdin (The White and Blues) and also coached the team, so the club is in Alonso’s DNA.
“I started here, so for me, it makes total sense to go back to my roots,” he says.
“So far, I’m really learning and the project we have at Real Sociedad is fantastic. And for me, it’s a great privilege and pleasure to work with and develop young players here.”
Alonso’s Midas touch continues at Sociedad, as he has helped B team, Sens, win promotion to the Spanish Second Division, but he says his objectives at the club are two-fold as the production of first-team players is also important. Real Sociedad are currently third in La Liga, level on points with leaders Real Madrid.
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“I was a midfielder, so I like control and I like my teams to control the game, play good football, be able to be active with the ball and not wait for the opening,” says Alonso of his own coaching. Visit. “They have to be brave, active, to find things.”
Even though he is still in the early stages of his career, many experts are already predicting a bright future for Alonso.
“I think he could potentially be as good as Guardiola,” says Spanish football specialist Ernest Macia, who has spent years watching Alonso play for the club and country.
“Why? Because I think he’s more resilient than Guardiola.”
“Guardiola tried to persuade Bayern Munich or Manchester City players in his style. I think he is a more mature coach now, but I think Xabi Alonso will be a mature coach from the start.
“Guardiola is privileged to have the best generation of all time together at Barcelona. Xabi Alonso won’t have that luck, but he would be wise from the start to adapt to the kind of team that he has. And he knows it ”
Macia says Alonso will “definitely coach the national team” and that it would be a “very natural move”, but we are likely to see him coach at one of the European powerhouses before that.
Apart from excelling in football and coaching, Alonso is equally talented in speaking several languages. He is fluent in Spanish, English and German and this will certainly open many doors. And earlier this year, it was widely reported that Alonso was set to coach Borussia Monchengladbach.
“In international football, it’s helpful to speak several languages,” says former Liverpool defender John Scales.
“There is no divine right that a great player makes a great manager, but Alonso is going about it in a slow, methodical way, learning the trade.”
“And as a former player possibly returning to Liverpool, I think that would be fantastic. If you’ve played for the club, you understand the culture, the history and the connection with the fans. You’re a great addition to the team. There’s affinity. It all points to great things,” says Scales.
Alonso, however, is quick to play down any talk of a potential Anfield return.
“I’m here in San Sebastian and Liverpool fans, they salute me and I still feel that support. For me, that feeling in life is great. Right now, Jurgen [Klopp] Doing a great job, so I think the job is done, but of course Liverpool being on top, the top club for me, is very, very special.”
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