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)
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
The league leaders entertain the team bottom of the table: SV Darmstadt 98 face Bayer 04 at the BayArena on Saturday 3 February (kick-off: 15.30 CET/live on Sky and on Werkself Radio) on Bundesliga Matchday 20. Ahead of the game, head coach Xabi Alonso sounded a warning about the battling approach of the newly promoted team currently involved in a relegation battle.Show more
Bayer 04 return to the BayArena on Bundesliga matchday 19 for the visit of Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday 27 January (kick-off: 18.30 CET/live on Sky and on Werkself Radio). In front of a full house, the Werkself will look to build on the two wins at the start of 2024. Ahead of the game, head coach Xabi Alonso talked about the Foals, his opposite number Gerardo Seoane, and his own position.Show more