It’s Official: Xabi Alonso Retires From International Football

27 Aug

Not surprising, but it’s still a bit of an ache to think we won’t see him wearing the La Roja kit again.

BwD48qYIgAE6NVRHere’s his farewell letter:

I quit the Spanish National Team. The hardest thing is knowing when to say goodbye, and after thinking about it, I think that my time with the National squad has come to an end.

It has been a glorious period with the Spanish team that started more than 11 years ago, I have formed part of an historical generation that has fulfilled the dreams of millions of fans, achieving something as unique as winning a World Cup and two European Championships in a row.

Since that April 30th, 2003 when I made my debut aged 21, I have only lived great moments, so I only have words of gratitude for all those with whom I have shared more than one decade.

I want to thank all of my coaches, teammates, employees of this house and the millions of fans who have always shown me their love and respect.

Iñaki Sáez, the unforgettable Luis Aragonés and Vicente del Bosque are figures that I will always carry with me because they have made me grow professionally and personally.

I could not enumerate all the teammates with whom I’ve shared this jersey, but from here I want to thank each and every one of them all that they have shown and taught me during this unforgettable part of my life.

All the professionals who work for the RFEF have shown me their love and dedication making me feel like home. Theirs are also all the successes we have achieved.

Thanks to Real Sociedad, Liverpool and Real Madrid for letting me be part of a dream. In all my clubs they have always supported me to make my dream come true.

To conclude, I wish to convey my sincere thanks to the fans. We dream together and share the glory. I have lived many unforgettable moments in which you were the main protagonists.

I wish good luck to all those who will continue working and fighting for this jersey. You will all reach new successes.

Thank you all and goodbye.

Xabi Alonso

Sefutbol also had a video of some of his best moments for Spain.

Thank you, Xabi, just thank you.

– Lozil

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10 Responses to “It’s Official: Xabi Alonso Retires From International Football”

  1. hopechaser August 27, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    I’m all confused. He retired from international football, yet my twitter feed is clogged with ppl freaking out about him leaving RM for Bayern. Knew it was a mistake to take a work break.

    • headbandsandheartbreak August 27, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

      Yeah, I’ve been up to my neck in work today so I’m just seeing all this shit and having a minor freak out. IT’S ALL MY FAULT BECAUSE I BOUGHT A SHIRT WITH HIS NAME ON IT LAST SEASON. EVER YTIME I BUY A SHIRT WITH SOMEONE’S NAME ON IT, THEY LEAVE!

      • mygypsyspirit August 27, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

        So… It was first reported by La Sexta, then picked up by Marca Radio and someone else (I can’t remember). Now Sid Lowe is reporting it in the Guardian. And I’m losing my mind. I’d rather he went to fucking Liverpool! UGH!

        I was JUST asking Mandi whether I should get a Xabi jersey or a Marcelo jersey…

        • hopechaser August 27, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

          If it’s true he sure knows how to bury the lead and create drama at the same time. This all seems too ridiculous to me. Bayern. Really?

      • hkreizinger August 27, 2014 at 9:57 pm #

        I have a regular display of football shirts. First, Mexico. 2. Diego Forlan when he was with the Yellow Submarine. 3. Kun Aguero when he was with Atleti. I have a Barca shirt but don’t remember who. Oh I also have an Liverpool shirt. Come to think of it, I too could be a curse.

      • jellyace August 28, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

        So it’s your fault! Maybe you should buy a Messi shirt. 😉

  2. mygypsyspirit August 27, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    Best memory was watching the Euro 2012 match against France on big screens set up outside the Bernabeu. Xabi scored two. I captured the reaction to his penalty on video. I’ll always have Madrid 2012…

  3. Natalie August 28, 2014 at 10:05 am #

    I was surprised by this as i could still see him playing in next Euros. And now this Bayern rumour, just to much. Breaking my heart

  4. Anonymous August 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    Not a rumor anymore. # crying
    I don’t care where he goes I want him to stay.

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