Xabi Alonso decided to call it quits on a glorious footballing career at the end of the on-going season with Bayern Munich.
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Mario Gotze gets his first start in a Bayern Munich shirt since October last year, as Pep Guardiola makes five changes to his starting XI. Gotze has been injured for the majority of the season, and has had just 12 appearances for Bayern so far. However it seems like it is 13th time lucky for him, as he is finally set to get his first start in almost six months. Incidentally, Xabi Alonso will also get a start as he prepares for his 50th appearance for Bayern in the Bundesliga. Here is the confirmed starting eleven for Bayern Munich. #FCBayern line-up: Neuer – Thiago, Ribéry, Martínez, Lewandowski, Alonso, Bernat, Götze, Lahm (c), Müller, Alaba | #FCBSGE — FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) April 2, 2016 Einwechselspieler #FCBayern: Ulreich – Tasci, Costa, Rafinha, Rode, Vidal, Kimmich | Anstoß: 15.30 Uhr. TV: live auf sky. #FCBSGE — FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 2, 2016
Bayern Munich stars Franck Ribéry and Mario Götze are among those closing in on a return to first-team action, but it remains to be seen if Pep Guardiola includes the duo in his match-day squad against Augsburg on Sunday.
In a match where Bayern Munich were far from their dominating best, Xabi Alonso scored a wonder goal to break the deadlock against Bundesliga newcomers Darmstadt 98.
Age might not be on Xabi Alonso's side any more, but his football skills certainly are.
The Spain international is out of contract at the end of this season and with Bayern Munich reportedly reluctant to offer him the two to three year deal that he wants, Liverpool FC have been linked as his next destination
On a night where not much went wrong for Bayern Munich, midfielder Xabi Alonso provided a moment of comedy gold, taking one of the worst corners you are ever likely to see
Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has opened up about decision to leave Real Madrid for Bayern Munich, and admits facing either of his former teams would be very emotional indeed.
Liverpool FC legend Steven Gerrard in his autobiography, My Story, has labelled Xabi Alonso as the best central midfielder he has ever played alongside and branded Rafa Benitez' decision to sell Alonso as 'Stupid'.