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Xabi Alonso is going back to where it all began, having signed a two-year deal to return to his beloved Real Sociedad as manager of the club's B team.
The legendary midfielder had been working as an Under 13's coach at Real Madrid, another of his former clubs, but he has now stepped up to professional management with the Segunda B Group 2 side.
Alonso came through the ranks at Sociedad as a player, turning out for the reserve side before making 124 appearances and captaining his boyhood club.
The 37-year old signed for Liverpool in 2004 and won the Champions League in his first season under Rafa Benitez, notching the equaliser in that dramatic night in Istanbul.
Alonso won the FA Cup the following season and made a total of 210 appearances in all competitions for the Reds before Real Madrid snapped him up for a fee of £30 million in 2009.
Back in Spain the midfielder lifted one La Liga title, one Champions League and two Copa Del Reys before going on to finish his career in Germany with Bayern Munich, where he won three consecutive Bundesliga titles.
Having gained experience in working with the youngsters at Real, the 37-year old returns to Sociedad as he looks to further his managerial career.
In April 2018 Alonso enrolled on the same coaching course as his former teammates Victor Valdes, Xavi and Joan Capdevila so that he could take up a role as a youth team coach.
He did just that and guided his Real Madrid Infantil A to the Division de Honor Juvenil courtesy of 22 wins and one draw.
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