The official website for European football

Home comforts tempt Alfonso

Published: Friday 5 July 2002, 14.31CET
Striker Alfonso Pérez had "no hesitation" in returning to Real Betis Balompié from FC Barcelona. features

2018 European football calendar
  • 2018 European football calendar
  • UEFA ASSIST: Putting football first around the world
  • “It shouldn't be a problem for any gay person to play football"
  • UEFA and the United Nations team up for humanitarian causes
  • 2016/17 FFP fines redistributed to clubs
  • ‘When I play football, I feel like everyone else’
  • UEFA President joins Common Goal
  • #EqualGame: SSC Napoli and Kalidou Koulibaly support inclusion
  • UEFA Executive Committee agenda for Nyon meeting
  • KSÍ and UEFA GROW nurturing further development in Iceland
1 of 10
Published: Friday 5 July 2002, 14.31CET

Home comforts tempt Alfonso

Striker Alfonso Pérez had "no hesitation" in returning to Real Betis Balompié from FC Barcelona.

Real Betis Balompié today confirmed that they have signed Alfonso Pérez on a one-year loan from FC Barcelona with an option to buy the former Spanish international striker at the end of next season.

'Returning home'
"I am very happy to be returning to my home," the 29-year-old Alfonso said. "The Betis fans have always treated me brilliantly and when the chance to return came up I had absolutely no hesitation."

Started at Madrid
Alfonso, who has won 38 caps for Spain, started out at Real Madrid CF, but moved to Betis in 1995 where he played some of the best football of his career to date. He signed for Barcelona shortly after EURO 2000™, but never managed to hold down a regular place and dropped down the pecking order at the Catalan club after the arrival of young Argentinian striker Javier Saviola at the start of last season.

Skilful striker
Alfonso was loaned out to Olympique de Marseille midway through last season and it has since become clear that the skilful striker would not have featured in the plans of new Barça coach Louis van Gaal.

Last updated: 05/07/02 14.43CET

Related information

Team profiles