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David Alaba-Austrian Footballer

David Olatukunbo Alaba was born   June 24, 1992. He is an Austrian professional footballer who plays for German club Bayern Munich and the Austria national team. He holds Austria’s record as the youngest player to play for their senior national team, debuting for them in 2009 as an 18-year-old.

As a very versatile player, Alaba has played a multitude of roles, including central midfield, central defence, right and left wing. Interestingly,  the footballer has been blossoming as a left-back.

 

Early career:

Alaba  who was born in Vienna 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 the age of ten

This star rose through the ranks quickly, and in an usual manner, in April 2008 he was named on the first-team substitutes’ bench for a Bundesliga match. He also played five times for Austria Wien’s reserve team, before leaving in summer 2008 to join German Bundesliga side Bayern Munich.

 

Bayern Munich:

The footballer icon 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.

He made his debut in a 3. Liga match against Dynamo Dresden in August 2009 where he scored his first professional goal for FC Bayern Munich II on August  29, 2009. Alaba was named in Bayern Munich’s squad for the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League, where he was assigned the shirt number 27.

Impressively , in January 2010,  Alaba was picked to train with the first team for the rest of the 2009–10 season, along with reserve teammates Diego Contento and Mehmet Ekici.

The trio were named on the first-team substitutes’ bench for the first time on February  10, 2010, for a DFB-Pokal game against SpVgg Greuther Fürth, where Alaba came on in the 59th minute to  replace Christian Lell.

Records has it that barely one minute on the pitch, only  with his second touch of the gamethe skilled footballer  set up Franck Ribéry to give Bayern a 3–2 lead, in a match they went on to win 6–2.

At seventeen, Alaba also became Bayern’s youngest ever player in a competitive fixture,, seven months and eight days old. He later made his UEFA Champions League debut against ACF Fiorentina on 9 March 2010.

 

Loan to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim:

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

 

Return to Bayern Munich:

2011–12 season

Alaba returned to Bayern at the start of the 2011–12 season, where he became a regular member of the first team squad. Again, on October 23,  2011, he 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 April 25, 2012, Alaba 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.

 

2012–13 season:

Records indicates that on April 2 , 2013, Alaba scored the seventh-fastest goal (recorded to be scored under 25.02 seconds) in the Champions League history to set Bayern on their way to a 2–0 win over Juventus.

Also on May 25,  2013, he played full 90 minutes at left-back as Bayern beat Borussia Dortmund 2–1 in the 2013 UEFA Champions League final. On  December 2, 2013, he again signed a new contract with Bayern Munich, which expired in 2018

 

2013–14 season:

During the 2013–14 season, he played in the German Super Cup against Borussia Dortmund, UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea and two matches in the FIFA Club World Cup; the first against Guangzhou Evergrande and the second against Raja Casablanca.

 

2015–16 season

This Nigerian son  made his 2015–16 season debut in the German Super Cup on August 1, where again left maby marvel with  a penalty shootout defeat to VfL Wolfsburg. Three weeks later against his former club 1899 Hoffenheim, Alaba’s misplaced pass resulted in Kevin Volland scoring in nine seconds, the quickest Bundesliga goal of all time. On March 18,  2016,, Alaba extended his contract until 2021.

International career:

Alaba played for Austria while in  under-17, under-19 and under-21 level. In October 2009, he was called up to the senior Austria national team for a match against France. He made his debut in this game, making him the youngest player in the history of the Austrian national team

He scored his first goal for Austria on October 16,  2012 in a World Cup qualifying game at home to Kazakhstan where Austria won 4–0.

At nineteen (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. On September 10,  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

Alaba ended the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign as Austria’s top scorer with six goals.

This successful Yoruba footballer also scored a nineth-minute Panenka-style penalty kick on September 8 ,2015 to open a 4–1 away win over Sweden at the Friends Arena in Solna. The result qualified Austria for UEFA Euro 2016, their first successful qualification campaign for the continental championship.

On March 24, 2017, he captained Austria for the first time in a World Cup 2018 Qualification game against Moldova in a 2–0 victory, while deputising Julian Baumgartlinger his club’s Suspeneded captain.

Coaching career:

He assisted with the coaching of Bayern Munich’s under-11 team in 2008–09.

Personal life:

Alaba was born in Vienna to Gina and George Alaba. He just  one sister, Rose. His Visayan mother emigrated from the Philippines to work as a nurse. His Yoruba Nigerian father is a prince from Ogere who is also a rapper and works as a DJ. He is a Christian and a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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