David Alaba

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David Alaba
David Alaba at Exhibition game of Austria vs. Romania, June 2012.jpg
Alaba with Austria in 2012.
Personal information
Full name David Olatokunbo Alaba[1][2][3]
Date of birth (1992-06-24) 24 June 1992 (age 21)
Place of birth Vienna, Austria
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[4]
Playing position Left back/Midfielder
Club information
Current club Bayern Munich
Number 27
Youth career
2001–2002 SV Aspern
2002–2008 Austria Wien
2008–2009 Bayern Munich
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Bayern Munich II 33 (1)
2010– Bayern Munich 82 (7)
2011 1899 Hoffenheim (loan) 17 (2)
National team
2007–2009 Austria U17 20 (5)
2009– Austria U21 4 (0)
2009– Austria 31 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:12, 12 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2013

David Alaba (born 24 June 1992) is an Austrian footballer who plays for German club Bayern Munich and the Austria national football team. He holds Austria's record as the youngest player to play for the team, debuting for them as a 17-year-old.[5] He has played in a multitude of roles, including central midfield, right and left wing, but as of spring 2012 has blossomed as a left-back, a role that-then Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes stated he sees Alaba continuing in.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Vienna, Alaba began his career with SV Aspern, his local club in Aspern, in the 22nd district, Donaustadt, before joining the youth setup of FK Austria Wien at age 10. He rose through the ranks quickly, and in April 2008 he was named on the first-team substitutes' bench for a Bundesliga match.[6] He also played five times for Austria Wien's reserve team,[7] before leaving in summer 2008 to join German Bundesliga side Bayern Munich.[8]

Bayern Munich[edit]

He started out in Bayern's youth system, playing for the under-17 and under-19 teams, before being promoted to the reserve team for the 2009–10 season.[5] He made his debut in a 3. Liga match against Dynamo Dresden in August 2009[9] and scored his first professional goal for FC Bayern Munich II on 29 August 2009.[10] He was named in Bayern Munich's squad for the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League,[11] where he was assigned the shirt number 27. In January 2010, it was announced that Alaba would train with the first team for the rest of the 2009–10 season,[12] along with reserve team-mates Diego Contento and Mehmet Ekici.[13]

The trio were named on the first-team substitutes' bench for the first time on 10 February 2010, for a DFB-Pokal game against SpVgg Greuther Fürth, and Alaba came on in the 59th minute, replacing Christian Lell.[14] After one minute on the pitch, and with his second touch of the game, he set up Franck Ribéry to give Bayern a 3–2 lead, in a match they went on to win 6–2. He also became Bayern's youngest ever player in a competitive fixture, at 17 years, 7 months and 8 days old.[15] At age 17 years, 8 months and 13 days, he made his UEFA Champions League debut against ACF Fiorentina on 9 March 2010.[16]

In January 2011, Alaba joined TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on loan until the end of the 2010–11 season. Later that month he scored his first ever goal in the Bundesliga in a 2–2 draw with FC St. Pauli.

Alaba returned to Bayern at the start of the 2011–12 season, where he became a regular member of the first team squad. On 23 October 2011, Alaba scored his first league goal for Bayern in the 1–2 away loss against Hannover 96. During the second half of the 2011–12 Bundesliga season, he established himself as a starter for Bayern. On 25 April 2012, he played in the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid, and scored Bayern's first kick of the shootout as they won 3–1 on penalties. However, due to being booked in the semi-final, Alaba was unable to play in the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final through suspension.[17]

On 2 April 2013, Alaba scored the seventh-fastest goal (25.02 seconds) in the Champions League history to set Bayern on their way to a 2–0 win over Juventus.[18] On 25 May 2013, he played the full 90 minutes at left-back as Bayern beat Borussia Dortmund 2–1 in the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final. On 2 December 2013, Alaba signed a new contract with Bayern Munich, which will keep him at the club until 2018.[19]

International career[edit]

Alaba (right) challenges Sami Khedira of Germany in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match.

Alaba played for Austria at under-17 and under-21 level. In October 2009, he was called up to the senior Austria national team for a match against France.[20] He made his debut in this game, making him the youngest player in the history of the Austrian national team.[21] He scored his first goal for Austria on 16 October 2012 in a World Cup Qualifying game at home to Kazakhstan where Austria ran out 4–0 winners.

At the age of just 19, Alaba won the prestigious vote for Austrian Footballer of the Year in 2011. In the poll organised by APA (Austrian press agency) among the coaches of the ten Austrian Bundesliga clubs, Alaba finished top on 21 points, just ahead of Austria Wien's Dutch star Nacer Barazite (20 points) and VfB Stuttgart's Martin Harnik. In December 2012, he received the award for the second consecutive year.[22] On 10 September 2013, Alaba scored the only goal of the game against Ireland in the 84 minute to give Austria a 1–0. He scored the final goal in Austria's 3–0 win in the final qualification match against Faroe Islands.

Alaba ended the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign as Austria's top scorer in with six goals.[23] During the same year it was revealed that Alaba is a fan of David Beckham's and Cristiano Ronaldo free kicks.[24]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Austria's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 16 October 2012 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria  Kazakhstan 3–0 4–0 2014 World Cup qualification
2 22 March 2013 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria  Faroe Islands 5–0 6–0 2014 World Cup qualification
3 26 March 2013 Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland  Republic of Ireland 2–2 2–2 2014 World Cup qualification
4 7 June 2013 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria  Sweden 1–0 2–1 2014 World Cup qualification
5 10 September 2013 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria  Republic of Ireland 1–0 1–0 2014 World Cup qualification
6 15 October 2013 Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands  Faroe Islands 3–0 3–0 2014 World Cup qualification

Coaching career[edit]

He also assisted with the coaching of Bayern Munich's under-11 team in 2008–09.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Alaba was born in Vienna to Gina and George Alaba and has one sister.[4] His mother emigrated from the Philippines to work as a nurse, his Nigerian father is a prince from Ogere[26] who is also a rapper and works as a DJ.[27] He is a Christian and a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.[28]

Style of play[edit]

Alaba is known for his attacking prowess.[citation needed] He frequently makes overlapping runs with Franck Ribéry, which often end in a cross, as is seen in the fourth goal for Bayern in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.[citation needed] Because Alaba also possesses tremendous pace, he is able to aid on attack and still provide for defense.[citation needed] Alaba also takes penalties for Bayern on occasion.[citation needed] For example, he took the first penalty in the shoot-out against Real Madrid in the 2011–12 Champions League semi-final, among other instances.[citation needed]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 17 April 2014.[29]
Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Club Division Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bayern Munich Bundesliga 2009–10 3 0 1 0 2 0 6 0
Bayern Munich II 3. Liga 23 1 23 1
Bayern Munich Bundesliga 2010–11 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Bayern Munich II 3. Liga 10 0 10 0
1899 Hoffenheim Bundesliga 17 2 1 0 18 2
Bayern Munich 2011–12 30 2 6 1 11 0 47 3
2012–13 23 3 4 0 11 2 0 0 38 5
2013–14 24 2 5 0 10 2 4 0 43 4
Career statistics 132 10 18 1 32 4 4 0 186 15



Bayern Munich



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Preceded by
Thomas Morgenstern
Austria Austrian Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by