Xabi Alonso Is Now A Coach At Real Madrid

Imagine turning up to training one day to find Xabi Alonso, the coolest bloke in world football, as your new manager.

Alonso finished his UEFA's Elite coaching course at the Ciudad de Futbol de Las Rozas this year alongside Xavi Hernandez, Victor Valdes and Raul, which means he is eligible to take a coaching role.

In fact, according to Marca, Alonso has already started his managerial career in Valdebebas with Real Madrid's Infantil A Under 14's.

He will join a number of other former Real Madrid players managing Madrid's youth as he embarks on his new role.

Back in April, it was reported that Spain's 2010 World Cup winning heroes Xabi Alonso, Victor Valdes, Xavi and Joan Capdevila were all working towards their UEFA A and B licenses together so they can kick-start their coaching careers in the game.

Marcos Senna, instrumental in La Roja's 2008 European Championship win under Luis Aragones, has also taken the necessary steps to become a coach.

The main man on the course is unquestionably Real Madrid and Spain icon Raul. The 40-year old, Spain's second highest-goal scorer, netted over 400 goals in a glittering career at the top level and is now embarking on the next phase in his career.

Liverpool favourite, Luis Garcia, Brazilian ace Julio Baptista, Mikel Alonso (Xabi's brother), Albert Riera, Lopez Rekarte, David Fuster, Iago Bouzon and Ivan Amaya are also among the former players vying for their coaching badges, as are female players Eli Ibarra and Saray Garcia.

Should they have passed the course, the players will now have the opportunity to manage youth teams and gain vital experience, with Xabi Alonso being a prime example.

Image: Carmelo Rubio/ AS
Image: Carmelo Rubio/ AS

A year fulling that role will enable them take the big leap into first-team coaching once they receive their UEFA pro licence.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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