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Mikel Alonso
Personal information
Full name Mikel Alonso Olano
Date of birth 16 May 1980 (1980-05-16) (age 29)
Place of birth Tolosa, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Tenerife
Number 23
Youth career
Antiguoko
Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Real Sociedad B
2001–2008 Real Sociedad 104 (2)
2003–2004 Numancia (loan) 10 (1)
2007–2008 Bolton Wanderers (loan) 7 (0)
2009– Tenerife 30 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 March 2010.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mikel Alonso Olano (born 16 May 1980 in Tolosa, Basque Country) is a Spanish footballer who currently plays for CD Tenerife, as a midfielder.

The first son of former Real Sociedad and FC Barcelona player Periko Alonso, Alonso grew up surrounded by football; he and his younger brother, Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso, who also played with Real Sociedad, would go training with their father when he was playing for CE Sabadell FC. Influenced by his father, Alonso followed his example and became a professional footballer at the Basque side.[1]

Football career

A product of Real Sociedad's youth ranks, as younger brother Xabi, Alonso made his debut in the first division on 22 April 2001, against Real Valladolid. However, the presence of his sibling and Mikel Aranburu in central midfield meant that he was restricted to a supporting role. Alonso was sent on loan to second level's CD Numancia for the 2003–04 season but, while he was dedicated to the Soria team's bid for promotion, he remained keen to establish himself at Real Sociedad, returning at the end of the season.[2] Under the management of José Mari Bakero, Alonso's importance to the team was demonstrated in 2005–06, when he was the club's most used footballer, playing in 37 matches.

After brother Xabi had already settled in England with Liverpool FC (having arrived during the summer of 2004), Alonso also decided to move to the Premier League. He joined Bolton Wanderers, another team in north-west England, on a loan deal on 10 July 2007 with the option of a permanent deal at the end of the season.[3] However, a change of club management meant Alonso fell out of favour and, under new coach Gary Megson, he only made two first team appearances. At the end of the season Bolton opted not to make the loan deal a permanent one.

Alonso went back to Spain for 2008–09 but, upon his return to San Sebastián, discovered he was not a part of coach Juan Manuel Lillo's plans and was sent on trial to Olympiacos FC. The trial was unsuccessful, however, and Real Sociedad exercised their right to buy the remainder of his contract, releasing him as a free agent.[4]

Following his release from Real Sociedad, Swansea City boss Roberto Martínez offered the fellow Spaniard a chance to regain fitness.[5] After his brother highly recommended both coach Martínez and the move to Swansea, Alonso accepted the offer and joined the squad in training.[6]

However, Alonso would not remain in Wales and, in late January 2009, moved to second division outfit CD Tenerife, after being contacted regarding a season-long contract.[7] He accepted the offer and stated that he had "heard good things" about Tenerife. However, he remained a fan of his former club Real Sociedad, stating that, although the team were rivals to Tenerife, he hoped they gained promotion.[8] He contributed with 11 matches as the Canary Islands side returned to the top level after a seven-year absence.

References

  1. ^ Balague, Guillem (2008-05-18). "Dads and Lads: Periko and Xabi Alonso". Liverpool FC. http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/drilldown/N159927080518-0840.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  2. ^ "Mikel Alonso: "A la Real y a mí nos interesa que juegue cada Domingo" (Mikel Alonso: "Real and myself are interested in me playing every Sunday")" (in Spanish). Noticias.info. 16 January 2004. http://www.noticias.info/archivo/2004/200401/20040116/20040116_17275.shtm. Retrieved 13 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "Alonso joins Bolton from Sociedad". BBC Sport. 10 July 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/bolton_wanderers/6290040.stm. Retrieved 10 July 2007. 
  4. ^ "El club presentará mañana el ERE con Alonso y Stevanovic (The club will release Alonso and Stefanovic tomorrow under ERE legislation)" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 3 September 2008. http://www.elmundodeportivo.es/web/gen/20080903/noticia_53530989163.html. Retrieved 4 November 2008. 
  5. ^ Alonso enjoying his Swansea City stint; The Western Mail, 11 December 2008
  6. ^ "Alonso: My brother Xabi told me to link up with Swans". Wales on Sunday. 14 December 2008. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/footballnation/swansea-city-fc/2008/12/14/alonso-my-brother-xabi-told-me-to-link-up-with-swans-91466-22470921/. Retrieved 15 December 2008. 
  7. ^ El Tenerife confirma el fichaje de Mikel Alonso (Tenerife confirms Mikel Alonso's signing); Diario Marca, 28 January 2009 (Spanish)
  8. ^ Mikel Alonso: "Tenía varias opciones y Tenerife me pareció la más atractiva" (Mikel Alonso: "I had several options and Tenerife seemed the right choice"); Diario AS, 29 January 2009 (Spanish)

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Simple English

Mikel Alonso
Personal information
Full name Mikel Alonso Olano
Date of birth 16 May 1980 (1980-05-16) (age 30)
Place of birth    Tolosa, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Tenerife
Number 23
Senior clubs
Years Club
2000-2008
2004
2007-2008
2009-
Real Sociedad
Numancia Soria (loan)
Bolton Wanderers (loan)
Tenerife

Mikel Alonso (born 16 May 1980) is a Spanish football player. He plays for Tenerife.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
SpainLeague
2000/01Real SociedadLa Liga10
2001/0210
2002/0391
2003/0430
2003/04Numancia SoriaSegunda División101
2004/05Real SociedadLa Liga350
2005/06371
2006/07180
EnglandLeague
2007/08Bolton WanderersPremier League70
SpainLeague
2008/09Real SociedadSegunda División00
2008/09TenerifeSegunda División110
2009/10La Liga
CountrySpain 1253
England 70
Total 1323

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