Xabi Alonso

by Check7t on November 17, 2014

2011 Soccer - Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur European Cup Press Conference - April 12, 2011

Birth Name: Xabier Alonso Olano

Place of Birth: Tolosa, Spain

Date of Birth: November 25, 1981

Ethnicity: Spanish Basque

Xabi Alonso is a Spanish football player. He is of Basque ethnicity.

Xabi is the son of Periko Alonso (Miguel Ángel Alonso Oyarbide) and Isabel Olano. Periko is a former footballer who represented Spain as Internationa level, and who was born in Tolosa, Basque Country, Spain.

Xabi has stated, “Mi madre es la representación típica del matriarcado vasco” (my mother is the typical representation of Basque matriarchy).

Xabi is married to Nagore Aranburu, with whom he has three children.

Source: http://www.bbc.com

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alberto.r7 September 19, 2017 at 8:52 am

“CORRECTION” Even considering basque like a different ethnicity you should put Spanish Basque because Spanish it´s his nationality (like when you put Mexican Spanish or African American). Appart from that,Alonso, his first surname it´s not basque at all, so his ethniticity should be Spanish Basque and Spanish.

phaedra May 14, 2016 at 7:03 pm

Looks typical British to me (a la, Sam Worthington).

But then again, Basque is located towards the north side of Spain, near France. So his looks wouldn’t be out of the ordinary.

neiltennant June 28, 2016 at 7:38 am

yes he could easily pass for brit or irish

he has the same shape of eyes like BEN AFFLICT

lelo4 August 15, 2016 at 4:53 pm

Spain is not Italy where people dramatically change from north to south. They are all genetically similar and have the same ancestors, the ancient Iberians, who were probably related to the Basques, and the Celts.

andrew August 16, 2016 at 5:56 am

Even Spain has regional differences. Basques and Catalans (also the Aragonese) have lighter pigmentation on average than all Iberians, both have their own language and culture (ever heard Basque and Catalan separatist movements?). In Catalonia some common surnames like “Bosch” and others reveal a Germanic influence too. Being the richest Spanish regions, Basques Country and expecially Catalonia have attracted people from other parts of Spain, therefore these phenotypical difference is less visible. About Italy, Southerners look more Mediterranean, but if you go south of Rome people don’t “dramatically” change appareance and starts looking Lebanese as you wish.

MadBadDog August 16, 2016 at 11:50 am

Average northerns have lighter pigmentation than the rest of the iberians, not only basques and catalans. In fact, the highest proportion of light eyes are always found in Asturias and Galicia.

Everybody focus on the basques and the catalans (and these ones only because of their newly-made separatism based on historical delusions), but oddly enough, the true represent of the iberians, the real iberians, are the asturians. Like the ancient saying goes: “Spain is Asturias, the rest is conquered land”.

caligurl2 November 20, 2016 at 11:11 am

Course he does, he’s attractive and light. Just like Claudio Marchisio right? Sorry. Even the light southern europeans look drastically different from light Northern. They have better coloring, better skintones and more harmonious features. Most light British people who can pass as light southern people are mixed just like Beckham. No compare Beckham to the rest of the English football players lmao night and day difference. They’re pasty and rough looking featurise.

caligurl2 November 20, 2016 at 11:18 am

It’s like when people claim Northern Italians look like Nordics or Germans. Nah sorry, this is what the MAJORITY of nordics look like.


Can you spot any Claudio Marchisios? No they look very neotenous, pseudo asiatic, and generally have less harmonious features than latins. The difference between latin lights and germanic lights, the germanics have clear harsher features and less gracile. No doubt due to the climate they evolved in. These features in British people more than likely came from the French when they conquered the place.

And I lol’d at “typical british” I guess you’ve never been to Britain. Nothing typical British about Sam. Want to see real pictures of average British people? LOL They don’t have the ugly reputation for nothing.

caligurl2 November 20, 2016 at 11:22 am

Check the “What happens in kavos” videos for real average British youth lol

Kimmel March 6, 2016 at 7:25 am

Brilliant footballer. Please come back to Liverpool.

Man from Leblon October 29, 2015 at 7:39 pm

Bretons and Welsh share great part of their DNA with the Portuguese, Galician, and Nothern Spaniards, as well as with the Irish, like Colin Farrell for example

Basques have been in Europe for a long long time. Their language is pre-Indo-European. As Europeans, they can look like any other European – depending on the person.

Alice December 6, 2015 at 7:45 pm

I wish people would stop posting this because it is not correct. Basque’s form their own cluster but are closer to Spanish and Southern French. They are really distant to the Irish and Scots.


Here is a map of Europe showing where populations cluster. There are plenty of these on the net.


Alice December 6, 2015 at 7:51 pm

Just to reiterate that whether someone is dark haired and dark eyed or blond and blue eyed they will cluster with people of the same nationality. People appear to think that if someone is dark haired and dark eyed they must have a different origin than someone of the same nationality with lighter colouring. This is not correct.

Someone like Colin Farrell will cluster with other Irish people.


athelya December 7, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Yes!! Spaniars can have light pigmentation as well as dark, same goes for all southern europe. That diesn’t make them more or less spanish..

sebastianvalladolid December 7, 2015 at 2:45 pm

Actually he was right .

athelya December 7, 2015 at 3:04 pm
Alice December 7, 2015 at 7:36 pm

He isn’t right and anyone that is familiar with population genetics would know that it is inaccurate.

All Spanish and Portuguese people form their own cluster but they are closest to Southern French and Northern Italians. Populations like the Irish, Scots, Welsh, English are in a cluster with North West Europeans like the Dutch, Norwegians etc.

The most recent study dna study on Britain was the People of the British Isles which was a very finescale study. Here is what it says about any Spanish contribution to Britain.

“There is evidence for only a very small Spanish contribution to the PoBI samples, in contrast to what has been claimed by some authors.”


rafe March 5, 2016 at 3:12 pm

No, they don’t. You’re referencing early 2000s hypotheses that were totally refuted from the late 2000s onwards. More modern research confirms that Brits are what they are, Northern Europeans, and they have more to do with Scandinavians and Germans than they do with Iberians. The conflation between Iberians and Brits is due to the fact that both groups have high levels of the R1b paternal haplotype, which many researchers assumed incorrectly originated in the Iberian peninsula, though nowadays it is known to have expanded to Western Europe from Eastern Europe.

caligurl2 November 20, 2016 at 11:31 am

I don’t think that’s true, but the British are certainly more celtic than they like to think. For some reason a lot of British people are wannabe nordics and viking worshippers which is quite strange considering Germans as well as Scandinavian not only often consider the British ugly but they often try to distance themselves from them by saying they’re not real germanics. British people are like that though. They fetishize everything but their own culture. They romaticize Romans, they romanticize vikings. Now they romanticize all the different ethnicities living in London. Britain should be renamed Cuckhold, The nation.

gel August 14, 2015 at 12:05 pm

i always thought this guy had an Irish look!

Plenty look like that – but usually with blue eyes.

andrew July 6, 2015 at 6:54 pm

Xabi’s parents are Periko Alonso (Miguel Ángel Alonso Oyarbide) and Isabel Olano. Periko is a former footballer who represented Spain as Internationa level, and he was born in Tolosa, Basque Country, Spain.

http://www.revistavanityfair.es/la-revista/articulos/tercer-grado-con-e-xito-a-xabi-alonso-el-futbolista-ma-s-sexy-del-mundo/17435 (spanish)

Xabi’s has stated: “Mi madre es la representación típica del matriarcado vasco” (my mother is the typical representation of Basque matriarchy). His family background is very Basque.

SpaniardIam April 10, 2015 at 8:24 am

Information on Alonso’s wrong. · “Alonso” is a Spanish surname, not a Basque surname. His ethnicity is therefore Spanish and Basque. Rectify this please

andrew April 10, 2015 at 9:02 am

but he is from Basque Country

SpaniardIam April 10, 2015 at 11:37 pm

The Basque Country is a region of Spain therefore Alonso is also Spanish . Alonso is Spanish by ethnicity and nationality.

Jordan April 15, 2015 at 11:08 am

No, spanish by nationality but basque by ethnicity.

alberto.r7 September 19, 2017 at 8:58 am

His ethnicity should be Spanish Basque and Spanish.
Spanish is his nationality so he isn´t Mexican Basque or French Basque, and besides he is Spanish in the sense that his first surname is Alonso, which is an Spanish surname.

Rekta April 8, 2015 at 5:12 am

He looks German, Swiss, Austrian, not Mediterranean. He must have Germanic ancestors.

andrew April 8, 2015 at 2:34 pm

do you really think all Southern Europeans must look Mediterranean?

Rekta April 9, 2015 at 12:43 pm

No but some Southern Europeans have Celtic/German roots and looks partially Nordic (a mix between Mediterranean and Nordic types), like Thierry Amiel, a Southern French singer :


andrew April 10, 2015 at 1:55 am

wow..what a big deal

thomas1987 April 19, 2015 at 7:11 am

Haha “he looks German “.
You should see my family.I am like 85% Mediterranean and I’m pale with green eyes and light hair.
U fit in in northern europe
You should get out more
And stop thinking everyone has to look like Antonio banderez to be Spanish!!! There are more looks than that.

thomas1987 April 19, 2015 at 7:12 am

I meant i and my family fits in in northern Europe. Please stop the stereotypes

Capricious April 8, 2015 at 2:02 am

He’s kinda cute. Has that Spanish look, with dark features (eyes).

Can still pass a full English or Irish though.

andrew November 18, 2014 at 3:25 am

he’s a ginger with brown eyes

J.J. November 18, 2014 at 4:19 am

his hair is dark, his beard is ginger and his hair has a slight tinge, his eyes are not brown. There are actual gingers with actual brown eyes, he is not one of them

Check7t November 18, 2014 at 5:39 am

He’s probably considered a “ginger” by Spain’s standards.

Check7t November 18, 2014 at 5:44 am
MadBadDog September 21, 2015 at 12:09 pm

“Spain’s standards”??? -__- He’s not a ginger at all, he looks fully basque.

Check this spanish youtuber. He’s annoying as f…, but that’s how an average spanish redhead looks like:


andrew November 18, 2014 at 8:44 am

well, he’s not a “pure” ginger. He has brown-auburn hair


A Spanish ginger is Maria Castro

J.J. November 17, 2014 at 5:47 pm
Check7t November 17, 2014 at 6:26 pm

They’re like a very light green, can possibly be mistaken for hazel.

J.J. November 17, 2014 at 6:38 pm

agreed, but they’re not brown

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