FC Köln vs Bayern Munich: Xabi Alonso was Man of the Match
Xabi Alonso was, once again, a master class in the Bayern Munich midfield. It's once again my honor to pick the Man of the Match from Bayern Munich's 2-0 victory over Köln on Saturday. Today, the award goes to Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso.
Xabi Alonso is already wearing lederhosen
Xabi Alonso started for Bayern in their 1-1 draw with Schalke on Saturday after making his surprise move from Real Madrid on Friday and now, to properly complete the whirlwind weekend, he's taken part in the club's annual beer and lederhosen photoshoot.
Is there anything wrong with Illarramendi?
Last summer Real Madrid signed the most obvious prospect to become Xabi Alonso's replacement in the medium and long term. In a pretty offensive lineup that usually featured Griezmann, Xabi Prieto, Carlos Vela or Agirretxe, a balanced display by the midfielders was obviously needed, and Illarramendi was the most prominent in this area. Although Isco was proclaimed the best player in the ...
"Xabi Alonso is our most important signing"
Bayern Munich honorary president Franz Beckenbauer has described Xabi Alonso as the club's "most important signing of the summer". "I've been saying that Alonso was our most important signing for weeks", he said. "His new record didn't surprise me", he ...
Bayern Munich vs. FC Köln: Community Ratings and Man of the Match
As it turns out, Xabi Alonso wasn't even in your top three selections grades as Manuel Neuer and Arjen Robben both graded out higher then Xabi Alonso. It's not hard to figure out why though, as Arjen Robben has proven to be a dramatic catalyst with his ...
Bayern Munich newcomer Xabi Alonso sets record with 204 touches in a game
Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso set a new Bundesliga record Saturday after touching the ball 204 times in his team’s 2-0 win over Cologne. Yes, 204 times.. and that’s not “touches” as in it counts a 4 if he touched it 4 times on a single ...
Euro Team of the Week: Milestones for Messi and Xabi
Lionel Messi and Xabi Alonso were smashing the stats at the weekend, and thus are front and centre of our latest Opta European XI.
The rise and rise of Xabi Alonso
Xabi Alonso has been one of the best midfield players in the world for some time now, and his biggest facet is his consistency.
Bayern Munich sporting director explains Xabi Alonso signing
Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer believes Xabi Alonso is just the type of player the club needed.
La Liga Team of the Week After Weekend September 26-28
Into the centre of midfield and we'll begin with a veteran who is performing superbly this season, La Real's Xabi Prieto. Playing as the most advanced of the three in the centre, Prieto was once more instrumental in his side's attacking play, shifting the ...
Real Madrid must unlock the midfield against Atlético
Despite a thin squad relative to recent years, Carlo Ancelotti still has to figure out which midfield lineup will do best against in this weekend's Derbi. Just like most, I was appalled at Xabi's sudden departure. It wouldn't be so problematic if Ancelotti had time to experiment with new lineups through the preseason, but the reality is Xabi's in Munich, and Ancelotti has a wealth of youngsters ...
Beckenbauer: Alonso is Bayern’s most important signing
Bayern Munich and German football legend Franz Beckenbauer has been the next man to heap more praise on Xabi Alonso – calling the Spaniard ‘Bayern’s most important signing’. “It’s been a few weeks since I told some people that Alonso was our ...
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