Sibset of the Week: The Albiols, Alonsos, Arbeloas, Iniestas, Reina & Torreses

Fernando Torres with (l-r) Nora, Alma, Leo, Grecia and Luca during post-match celebrations, from fifa.com

The Spanish National Football made history yesterday with their 4-0 thrashing of Italy in the Euros 2012 final, making it their third consecutive major tournament win, and helping them retain their world ranking of #1. Since I don’t talk Spanish names particularly often, it seems a good time to talk about the name of the children of some of the current members of the squad.

I picked out 6 players to focus on, and the first (we’re going in alphabetical order) is Raúl Albiol. He’s a versatile player, as he can play in central defence, defensive midfield and right back. He was first called up to play for Spain’s senior team in 2007, and has so far made 34 appearances. Domestically, he plays for Real Madrid – fun fact, the stadium for Real Madrid is called Santiago Bernabéu. With partner Alicia, the footballer has two daughters, named Azahara and Alma.

The next Dad is Xabi Alonso, who also plays for Real Madrid but as a predominantly midfield player. He has a son named Jontxu and a daughter named Ane.

Then we have Álvaro Arbeloa, another Real Madrid player (beginning to see a pattern?). He plays in defence and with childhod sweetheart Carlota welcomed a daughter called Alba back in 2010.

The man of the match for the final was Andrés Iniesta, this posts’s first non-Real Madrid player as he plays for Spain’s other major footballing team – Barcelona. Together with partner Anna he welcomed little Valeria in 2011.

One of Spain’s reserve goalkeepers is Pepe Reina, and since 2005 has played for English team Liverpool. With wife Yolanda he has three lovely little ‘uns named Grecia, Alma and Luca. All three joined him on pitch on Sunday following the game for post-match celebrations.

Finally we have Fernando Torres, the famed striker who currently wears a Chelsea shirt. The Spanish nickname him El Niño, or the kid. He’s married to Olalla and they have two children, Nora and Leo.

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  1. Do you know, when I saw Torres with the children I thought they were his cousins or maybe niece and nephew. He just looks too young to have children! It’s interesting that two team mates have gone for Alma… it makes me wonder if it’s a popular name in Spain. Grecia is a cool choice as well. I think it’s the Spanish for Greece, so maybe that was one of those ‘celebrity’ names there.

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