Xabi Alonso debut: ’99 vintage


Among the various stories that have preceded the next round of 32, there is one whose protagonist is one of the best homegrown players cultivated in Zubieta: Xabi Alonso. The official debut of the native of Tolosa in the first team of Real was in a Cup match between Real and Logroñés. This Rioja is a 1999 vintage, on December 1st in Anoeta. La Real was eliminated by the people of La Rioja in a two-legged tie that, however, left for records the discovery of Xabi Alonso, whose record has become legendary over the years. The former Sanse coach, who now leads Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, had a mentor who did not leave anyone indifferent: Javier Clemente. That game, in which Alonso started and was replaced by Argentine Juan Gómez in the 77th minute, had other circumstances: the coach of Logroñés was Boronat and the father of Pablo Marín, a youth player who was starting stood at Real, played in his ranks..

Source: La Verdad


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