Miguel Ángel Alonso

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Periko Alonso
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Personal information
Full name Miguel Ángel Alonso Oyarbide
Date of birth (1953-02-01) 1 February 1953 (age 61)
Place of birth Tolosa, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Tolosa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1977 San Sebastián
1977–1982 Real Sociedad 154 (25)
1982–1985 Barcelona 52 (4)
1985–1988 Sabadell 103 (17)
National team
1981 Spain B 2 (1)
1980–1982 Spain 20 (1)
Teams managed
1988–1989 Tolosa
1989–1992 San Sebastián
1993–1995 Beasain
1995–1998 Eibar
1998–1999 Hércules
2000 Real Sociedad
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Alonso and the second or maternal family name is Oyarbide.

Miguel Ángel Alonso Oyarbide, known as Periko (born 1 February 1953) is a Spanish former football midfielder and manager.

In his professional career he played mainly for Real Sociedad (five years) and Barcelona (three), amassing La Liga totals of 273 games and 42 goals over the course of ten seasons.

A Spanish international for two years, Alonso represented the country at the 1982 World Cup.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Tolosa, Gipuzkoa, Alonso played professionally for Real Sociedad, FC Barcelona and CE Sabadell FC. With the first, he was instrumental in back-to-back La Liga conquests (averaging 32 games and five goals in those seasons and not starting only once), and gained 19 of his 20 caps for Spain in the process; his debut came on 24 September 1980 in a friendly match with Hungary (2–2), in Budapest.

In 1982–83, having retired from the national team after the unsuccessful home World Cup campaign, Alonso joined Barcelona, being relatively used in two of his three seasons. He won the league in his final year, but only appeared twice, eventually retiring in 1988 with Barça neighbours Sabadell, helping it achieve promotion from Segunda División in his first year and scoring 12 goals – a career-best – in his second, as the modest Catalans ranked 17th after the first 34 matches, but eventually managed to avoid a drop after finishing third in their relegation group in the second stage.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 18 November 1981 Stadion ŁKS, Łódź, Poland  Poland 2–3 2–3 Friendly

Managerial career[edit]

Alonso started his coaching career immediately after retiring, mainly in the Basque Country. In 2000, after an unsuccessful spell at Hércules CF (second division, relegation), he had a chance to coach Real Sociedad, but only lasted ten games, after which he retired from management.

Honours[edit]

Real Sociedad
Barcelona

Personal[edit]

Alonso's sons, Mikel and Xabi, are also footballers and midfielders. Both followed in their father's footsteps representing Real Sociedad, and the latter also played with great success for Liverpool, Real Madrid and the Spanish national team.[1][2]

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