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Marcos Alonso scored a great free kick against Bournemouth.

Marcos Alonso

Marcos Alonso

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Alonso keeps the blue flag flying high!

Chelsea maintained their advantage at the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 away win at Bournemouth. Chelsea took the lead in the 17th-minute when Bournemouth defender, Adam Smith, headed into his own net. Eden Hazard extended Chelsea's lead in more traditional fashion, just two minutes later. N'Golo Kante played a fantastic through ball and Hazard went round the goalkeeper with ease. Bournemouth, however, fought back, and scored a goal just before the break. Joshua King scored his 11th goal of the season and only Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku have scored more goals than King in 2017. But, Chelsea extended their lead in the second half when Marcos Alonso scored a wonderful free kick. The Chelsea defender hit the free kick with power and accuracy. The ball went over the wall and into the very top corner of the goal. Has there been a better free kick scored this season?

Well done, my friend. What a free kick! Congratulations!

Eden Hazard, talking to Alonso on TV after the match.

What do we know about Marcos Alonso?

Alonso has scored five Premier League goals this season.

Marcos Alonso Mendoza was born on 28 December 1990 in Madrid, the capital of Spain. He joined Real Madrid's youth team when he was just nine years old and represented the famous Spanish team at every level of youth football. When he was 18, Alonso started to play for Real Madrid Castilla, which is Real Madrid's reserve team. He played 39 times for Castilla and during this time also played for the Spanish team at under-19 level. He made his way into the first team squad in 2009/10, under the management of Manuel Pelligrini, the ex-Manchester City manager. In April 2010, Alonso made his debut for Real Madrid when he came on as a 90th minute substitute. Unfortunately, this was the only appearance Alonso made for Real Madrid and in the summer of 2010 Alonso started his Premier League journey.

We have seven games to play and we will be ready for the seven games.

Marcos Alonso. 

Is Alonso new to the Premier League?

Alonso signed from Fiorentina in Italy.

Alonso's first Premier League club was Bolton Wanderers, who are now in League One (the third level of English football). He made nine appearances for Bolton in 2010/11 and 2011/12, and could do nothing to stop Bolton from being relegated. The following season, in the Championship, Alonso became a regular starter and was voted Player of the Season by Bolton fans. His impressive performances for Bolton earned Alonso a move to Florence, Italy to play for Fiorentina in Serie A. But, Alonso couldn't stay away from the Premier League and during his first season in Italy he was sent out on loan to play for Sunderland, which became his second Premier League club. He played only 16 times for the Black Cats but was very successful. He helped Sunderland win their relegtion fight, he helped the team reach the League Cup Final (after beating Man Utd in the semi-finals) and helped Sunderland beat Newcastle 3-0 in the Tyne-Wear Derby. At the end of the season, however, Alonso returned to Italy. He had played over 80 times for Fiorentina when, in September 2016, Chelsea paid a reported fee of £24 million to bring Alonso back to the Premier League for a third time. 

I think this is the perfect place for me to continue developing. It's time for me to win some titles!

Marcos Alonso, speaking about signing for Chelsea in Sptember 2016.

What did his dad (and grandad) do?

Alonso (right) has played for three Premier League clubs.

Marcos Alonso is not the first successful footballer from his family. Alonso's father, also called Marcos, was a winger for both Athletico Madrid and Barcelona in the 1980s. He played over 100 times for both clubs. He won La Liga with Barcelona in 1984/85 and reached the Final of the European Cup with Barcelona in 1986. He also helped Spain reach the final of the 1984 European Championships in France. Marcos Alonso's grandfather, like his father also called Marcos, was a professional footballer, too. His nickname was Marquitos and he was part of possibly the most successful club team in football history. He played for Real Madrid in the 1950s and Marquitos won La Liga six times and was part of the Real Madrid team that won the European Cup five times in a row from 1955 to 1960. Marcos Alonso 'junior' could win his first title with Chelsea this season but he needs to win a few more if he wants to catch up with his grandad! Football certainly runs in the family! 

What's the Premier League and family connection?

Player Family
Kasper Schmeichel Peter Schmeichel
Eniola Aluko  Sone Aluko 
Andre Ayew  Jordan Ayew 
Yaya Toure Kolo Toure
Chícharito Chícharo

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What do you think?

Did you see Marcos Alonso's free kick? How good are Chelsea this season?  

Alonso only played one minute for Real Madrid. Do you think this is the shortest ever club career?

Alonso comes from a famous football family. Do you know any other football families?

Can you guess the Premier League and family connections in the table in the article?

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aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
12/04/2017
ME
15249
points

I've never heard for any player with the shortest club appereance in one club. Peter and Casper Schmeichel, Ian Wright and S.W.Philips, Cesare and Paolo Maldini and even his son etc.


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aragorn1986
12/04/2017 15:49
Montenegro
Arsenal
15249

I've never heard for any player with the shortest club appereance in one club. Peter and Casper Schmeichel, Ian Wright and S.W.Philips, Cesare and Paolo Maldini and even his son etc.

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elghoul
12/04/2017
DZ
9059
points

Chelsea are really the best this season.

Some players had shorter club career than Marcos Alonso with no play at all. 

Schmeichel the Leicester keeper is the son of Karl who was also in the goal.

Ayew is also a big family with the father and the two sons. The Algerian Guedioura  played for Watford and others club while his father played for Usma Algiers.


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elghoul
12/04/2017 16:44
Algeria
Arsenal
9059

Chelsea are really the best this season.

Some players had shorter club career than Marcos Alonso with no play at all. 

Schmeichel the Leicester keeper is the son of Karl who was also in the goal.

Ayew is also a big family with the father and the two sons. The Algerian Guedioura  played for Watford and others club while his father played for Usma Algiers.

Sadulla's picture
Sadulla
13/04/2017
UZ
110
points

Chelsea are number one.Hope to get more comic lessons about football 


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Sadulla
13/04/2017 17:12
Uzbekistan
Chelsea
110

Chelsea are number one.Hope to get more comic lessons about football 

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Rich
13/04/2017
ES
805
points

Hi Sadulla 

Good to hear from you and we're happy that you find the comics useful. Have you used all of them?

http://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/skills/read/goal

http://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/skills/read/five-united

http://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/skills/read/beautiful-game

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
13/04/2017 17:59
Spain
Liverpool
805

Hi Sadulla 

Good to hear from you and we're happy that you find the comics useful. Have you used all of them?

http://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/skills/read/goal

http://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/skills/read/five-united

http://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/skills/read/beautiful-game

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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RafaelRC
14/04/2017
BR
7894
points

Chelsea are very well this season.
Really was an amazing goal of Marcos Alonso.
I remember the brothers Laudrup, Neville and Veron's father was also an important Estudiantes player, the twice won the Libertadores das Americas Cup.


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RafaelRC
14/04/2017 10:55
Brazil
Leicester City
7894

Chelsea are very well this season.
Really was an amazing goal of Marcos Alonso.
I remember the brothers Laudrup, Neville and Veron's father was also an important Estudiantes player, the twice won the Libertadores das Americas Cup.

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Ahmed Adam Mamado
16/04/2017
SD
1890
points

2- The central midfielder Marcos Llorente plays for Deportivo Alavés on loan from Real Madrid, His father Paco was a winger, his grandfather Ramón Grosso was a forward, and the most famous of all his uncle Francisco Gento the only footballer to win 6 Champions leagues - with Real Madrid

Another player from a sporty family is Enzo Zidane who scored on his debut for Real Madrid

I knew that Eden Hazard is also from a sporty family, after I had read his article in this website

3 The (Ayew)s are brothers as well as the (Toure)s, Peter is Kasper's dad, The rest i dont know


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
16/04/2017 09:46
Sudan
Liverpool
1890

2- The central midfielder Marcos Llorente plays for Deportivo Alavés on loan from Real Madrid, His father Paco was a winger, his grandfather Ramón Grosso was a forward, and the most famous of all his uncle Francisco Gento the only footballer to win 6 Champions leagues - with Real Madrid

Another player from a sporty family is Enzo Zidane who scored on his debut for Real Madrid

I knew that Eden Hazard is also from a sporty family, after I had read his article in this website

3 The (Ayew)s are brothers as well as the (Toure)s, Peter is Kasper's dad, The rest i dont know

Emil
16/04/2017
RU
1582
points

Correct me
I have seen his goal. It was really stunning goal. Beautiful free kick! I think he is very good in this year.

I have never heard about him and Real, but I think he deserve more than 1 minute. He is one of the best player on this position nowadays.


Emil
16/04/2017 16:58
Russia
Chelsea
1582

Correct me
I have seen his goal. It was really stunning goal. Beautiful free kick! I think he is very good in this year.

I have never heard about him and Real, but I think he deserve more than 1 minute. He is one of the best player on this position nowadays.

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