Xabi Alonso: A street named after him in Leverkusen?

Xabi Alonso’s popularity in Leverkusen is skyrocketing after leading the club to their first-ever Bundesliga title. The Spanish manager has been hailed as a hero by the fans, and there are even calls to name a street after him.

After Bayer Leverkusen’s emphatic 5-0 victory over Werder Bremen on Sunday, securing their Bundesliga title triumph, the city council of Leverkusen announced plans to grant honorary citizenship to the players, staff, and management of the club. The fans, on their part, have already taken matters into their own hands, renaming one of the streets leading to the BayArena “Xabi-Alonso Allee.”

Official Recognition Under Consideration

While the fan-led initiative has gained traction, it could soon become an official reality. According to German media outlet Spiegel, the city administration is currently examining “the requirements for an official designation.” However, as explained by the Rheinische Post, there is a binding decision by the city council that prevents streets in Leverkusen from being named after people.

“It’s worth discussing and considering, because it captures the imagination of the people,” said Stefan Hebbel, the CDU leader in Leverkusen’s city hall.

Alonso’s impact on Leverkusen has been nothing short of remarkable. Since taking over as manager in 2023, he has transformed the club from perennial underachievers into Bundesliga champions. His tactical acumen, man-management skills, and winning mentality have made him a beloved figure among the fans.

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A Triple Crown on the Horizon?

Alonso’s achievements could extend even further this season. Leverkusen is still in contention for a historic treble, as they are also in the final of the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) against Kaiserslautern on May 25th. Additionally, they face West Ham in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final on Thursday, holding a 2-0 advantage from the first leg.

With the possibility of a treble looming, Alonso’s legend in Leverkusen is only growing stronger. The calls for a street named after him are not just a tribute to his on-field success, but also to the joy and pride he has brought to the city. It remains to be seen whether the official designation will happen, but one thing is for sure: Xabi Alonso has etched his name into the hearts of Leverkusen fans forever.

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