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Name: Norberto Osvaldo Alonso
Nickname: ''Beto''


Country: :ARG: Argentina
Club: River Plate
Position: AMF
Side: LF/BS
Age: 23-27 years (04/01/1953)

Height: 176 cm
Weight: 68 kg

Attack: 87
Defence: 40
Balance: 75
Stamina: 78
Top Speed: 78
Acceleration: 81
Response: 77
Agility: 78
Dribble Accuracy: 91
Dribble Speed: 82
Short Pass Accuracy: 86
Short Pass Speed: 81
Long Pass Accuracy: 85
Long Pass Speed: 80
Shot Accuracy: 85
Shot Power: 86
Shot Technique: 85
Free Kick Accuracy: 92
Curling: 91
Header: 83
Jump: 80
Technique: 90
Aggression: 86
Mentality: 75
Goalkeeper Skills: 50
Teamwork: 78

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition: 5
Weak Foot Accuracy: 5
Weak Foot Frequency: 5
Consistency: 5
Growth Type: Standard/Lasting

Freekick Style: 2 | 810

P05 - Trickster
S02 - Passer
S04 - PK Taker
S05 - 1-Touch Play
S06 - Outside Curve

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Tactical Dribbling - Passing - Penalties - 1-Touch Pass - Outside

Attack/Defence Awareness: Attack-Minded


Norberto Osvaldo Alonso (born 4 January 1953), known colloquially as "Beto" Alonso, is a former Argentine football midfielder, who played the majority of his career for the Argentine club River Plate. He remains one of their most iconic players. He stands in fifth place in River Plate's all time goalscoring records with 149 goals and in 7th place in their all time appearances record with 374 matches played.

Club career

Alonso was born in Vicente López, Buenos Aires province, but grew up in the poor suburb of Los Polvorines. An attacking midfielder, he rose through the ranks of River's youth divisions as the team was undergoing its infamous dry spell (18 years, 1957 to 1975, without a championship title). When Angel Labruna took the reins in 1975, Alonso was the team's anchor and holder of the No. 10 jersey.
With reinforcements Roberto Perfumo and Ubaldo Fillol, and the maturing of players like Daniel Passarella, Carlos Morete, J. J. López and Reinaldo Merlo, Alonso led the squad that won both the Metropolitano and the Nacional tournaments of 1975, ushering in a series of seven local titles in the period 1975-1981.
In 1976, Alonso was transferred to Olympique Marseille, but he was unsuccessful and appeared unhappy away from his adoring fans. River Plate arranged for his return in 1977.
Between the years 1979-1981, River won four local titles, and became one of the most expensive teams in the world, with a first team (Alonso-Luque) playing in league games and an equally prestigious second team (Carrasco-Ramón Díaz) used mostly in Copa Libertadores matches.
During the 1981 "Nacional" tournament (which River would eventually win), Alonso often clashed with then coach Alfredo Di Stéfano (who seldom selected him for the first team and instead put younger players such as Carlos Daniel Tapia and Jose Maria Vieta in his position). After the Nacional, Alonso was put on the transfer list and was sold to Vélez Sársfield on 1982. After playing alongside veteran Carlos Bianchi, he returned to River Plate once again for the 1984 season.
Many talented midfielders emerged from River Plate's youth system during Alonso's reign, including Tapia, Alejandro Sabella, Néstor Gorosito and Pedro Troglio.
Alonso was a key player of the successful team of 1985-1986 that won River Plate's first Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup. In 1985, his main partner was Enzo Francescoli. By the time he retired, he had scored 166 goals in 464 matches.

National team

Alonso was not in the plans of coach César Luis Menotti for the 1978 FIFA World Cup, but he got in the squad anyway, allegedly as a result of pressure by Admiral Lacoste, an influential member of the military government. Menotti gave Alonso only a few minutes of play during the tournament. (Other talented midfielders such as Ricardo Bochini were even more unlucky, as they did not have a top-ranking military connection.) Menotti used Daniel Valencia and later Mario Kempes in his position; Argentina won the world title with Kempes as top scorer.
In 1983, national coach Carlos Bilardo gave Alonso some playing time, but eventually used younger players Diego Maradona, Jorge Burruchaga, and Carlos Tapia in his position.

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