Xabi Alonso was appointed to the position of head coach at Bayer 04 Leverkusen in October 2022. The Spaniard had performed the same function for his homeland club of Real Sociedad in the Basque city of San Sebastian with the second team. Alonso took his first steps in coaching with the youth teams at Real Madrid where he met his assistant coach Sebastian Parrilla.
Alonso won a large number of trophies as a player. In 2004 he moved from northern Spain to to play for Liverpool for five years and that was followed by five years at Real Madrid. Alonso spent the last three years of his playing career at Bayern Munich. The world class midfielder has won the World Cup once, the European Championships twice, two Champions League titles as well as numerous national titles.
Date of birth: 25.11.1981
At club since: 10/2022
Previous coaching positions: Real Madrid (Spain), Real Sociedad (Spain)
Ahead of the forthcoming intense phase with the Round of 16 games in the UEFA Europa League, Bayer 04 are away to FC Köln on Bundesliga Matchday 24 at the weekend. The derby away at the RheinEnergieSTADION is on Sunday, 3 March (kick-off: 15.30 CET). At the pre-match press conference, head coach Xabi Alonso talked about the requirements for a successful performance in Cologne. The Spaniard also had good news on the personnel front.Show more
The Werkself entertain FSV Mainz 05 on Bundesliga Matchday 23. The game on Friday night 23 February (kick-off: 20.30 CET/live on DAZN and on Werkself Radio) will be played in front of a full house at the BayArena. Ahead of the game, head coach Xabi Alonso talked about the new Mainz coach and sounded a warning about the high intensity of the visitors. In addition, the Spaniard responded to questions about his future.Show more
This is only the second time the Werkself have played in Heidenheim. The match between Bayer 04 and FC Heidenheim on Saturday 17 February (kick-off: 15.30 CET) pitches the two teams with the longest unbeaten runs in the league against each other. The league leaders from Leverkusen are unbeaten in 21 Bundesliga matches, FCH are on a run of eight league games without defeat. Head coach Xabi Alonso praised the newly promoted club in advance of the game but he also outlined a clear aim.Show more
The big cup tie is here: The Werkself entertain VfB Stuttgart on Tuesday 6 February (kick-off: 20.45 CET) in the quarter-final of the DFB Pokal. Ahead of the only all Bundesliga clash in the round of the last eight, head coach Xabi Alonso talked about great anticipation, the opponents from Stuttgart and the support of the fans in a full house at the BayArena.Show more