Earlier this year, Marcos Alonso made his Spain debut in a big friendly win over Argentina, as the 27-year-old followed in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps by representing La Roja at senior level.
The Alonso’s family has a great footballing heritage – spanning seven decades – which is unparalleled in their homeland. Marcos Imaz, Marcos Pena, and now Marcos Mendoza: three generations of Alonsos playing for La Roja. They are the first Spanish family to achieve such a momentous feat, and only the seventh in the history of the sport.
All three of the Alonso’s have a relationship with the Wembley Stadium. Back in 1960, under the old Twin Towers, Marcos Alonso’s grandfather Marquitos won his second and final cap in a 4-2 defeat to England, for whom our own Jimmy Greaves scored one of the goals. Twenty-one years later, the same stadium was the setting for another landmark moment for the Alonso family as Marcos Alonso’s dad played his first game as well for the national team.
“My dad’s first game for the national team was at Wembley,” he tells the official Chelsea website. Spain won 2-1.
“He told me all the stories about it when I first played there, and it is special for the family as well. They will be there watching, and it’s always nice to have them around and supporting me. That’s important for me and makes me proud.
“It’s an amazing stadium. I have always loved it, even if at the beginning the memories were not so good for me. I’ve always wanted to do well there, and when we played against Tottenham there earlier this season it was a great game, and I could change the dynamic. Hopefully it will be another good game there.”
Alonso who will feature this evening in the FA Cup final against Manchester United is also hoping to end the season with this trophy.
In his analysis ahead of the game, Alonso said: “It’s clear from the way they play they are not a team like Manchester City or Liverpool that like to have possession of the ball. They focus more on counter-attacks and having quality, quick players up top.
“They are a very dangerous team because even if you are controlling the game, they can cause problems at any time. We will have to be very focused during the whole game, and most importantly take the chances we have.
“I will be focused mainly on defence and trying not to concede, and then trying to help the team in attack as well. Preparations have gone very well and the team is ready.
“After not a very good season in the Premier League, it’s very important for us to go on holidays with a trophy.”