Miguel %C3%81ngel Alonso
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Miguel %C3%81ngel Alonso

Periko Alonso
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Alonso in 1981
Personal information
Full name Miguel Ángel Alonso Oyarbide
Date of birth (1953-02-01) 1 February 1953 (age 67)
Place of birth Tolosa, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974-1977 San Sebastián 86 (40)
1977-1982 Real Sociedad 152 (25)
1982-1985 Barcelona 54 (5)
1985-1988 Sabadell 103 (17)
Total 395 (87)
National team
1981 Spain B 2 (1)
1980-1982 Spain 20 (1)
1979 Basque Country 1 (0)
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

Miguel Ángel 'Periko' Alonso Oyarbide (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 matches and 42 goals during ten seasons.[1]

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

Playing career

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 won 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.[2]

In 1982-83, having retired from the national team after the unsuccessful home World Cup campaign, Alonso joined Barcelona,[3] being used relatively little during most of his spell. He won the league in his final year but only appeared twice, eventually retiring in 1988 with Barça neighbours Sabadell, helping the club achieve promotion from Segunda División in his first season 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.[4]

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 18 November 1981 Stadion ?KS, ?ód?, Poland  Poland 2-3 2-3 Friendly[5]

Coaching career

Alonso started working as a manager 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.[6]

Personal life

Alonso's sons, Mikel and Xabi, were 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, FC Bayern Munich and the Spain national team.[7][8]


Real Sociedad



  1. ^ "Leyendas de la Real Sociedad - Periko Alonso" [Real Sociedad legends - Periko Alonso]. El Diario Vasco (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ Castillo, J. J. (25 September 1980). "2-2: Empate justo en partido versallesco" [2-2: Fair draw in versaillescque match]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ Alonso, Ignacio (25 May 1982). "A 'Perico' Alonso le llegó un poco tarde la fama" [Fame came to 'Perico' Alonso a little late]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ Batista Rodríguez, Giovanni (26 January 2016). "Periko Alonso, el éxito tardío" [Periko Alonso, a late success] (in Spanish). Vavel. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ Stanski, Gzregorz (19 November 1981). "2-3: España remontó a Polonia en un final alucinante" [2-3: Spain came back from behind against Poland in mind-blowing finale] (PDF). Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ Ortiz de Arri, Eduardo (23 December 2000). "Periko Alonso abandona la Real Sociedad y el oficio de entrenador" [Periko Alonso quits Real Sociedad and coaching]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ Varona, Alfredo (2 September 2009). "El pasado azulgrana de Alonso" [Alonso's azulgrana past]. Público (in Spanish). Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ Astrain, Jon (27 February 2010). "Mikel versus Xabi en Tenerife" [Mikel versus Xabi in Tenerife]. El Diario Vasco (in Spanish). Retrieved 2012.

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