23 June 2012
Javier Garcia & Margarita Perez / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell
Xabi Alonso made his 100th appearance with Spain in the Euro 2012 semifinals clash with France and scored the two goals that gave them a ticket to the semifinals, where they will face Portugal. In his nine years as an international, the player has won both the Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup and is the fifth Spaniard to earn 100 caps behind Zubizarreta, Raul, Casillas and Xavi.
Alonso made his international debut on 30 April 2003 in Spain's 4-0 over Ecuador and has gone on to become a fixture in the team's starting eleven under coaches Iñaki Saez, Luis Aragones and Vicente del Bosque.
"I feel very proud to earn my 100th cap," said the player, "I never imagined I'd manage it; I'll be able to celebrate now."
Alonso is now a member of the prestigious FIFA 100 Club, which features internationals to earn 100 caps with their national teams, such as Lothar Matthaus, Cafu, Thuram, Figo, Maldini, Roberto Carlos, Zinedine Zidane and Iker Casillas.
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