Filipino is youngest football player in Austrian Team

By Hector Pascua, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau, Austria

Posted at Oct 17 2009 03:59 PM | Updated as of Oct 17 2009 11:59 PM

AUSTRIA – David Alaba has been given the nickname “Wunderknaben” or “wonderboy” in Austrian Football.

 
Alaba has been in the center of discussions in almost all sports newspapers in the country for being the youngest football player in the national team.
 
The midfielder player of Bayern Amateur in Germany was successful last Saturday for Austria’s Under-21 team against Azerbaijan.
 
“Bata pa si David ay talagang nararamdaman na namin ang kanyang hilig at galing sa football. We hope that he will really do his best sa mga laro ng national team,” said his cousin, Maria Bauer.
 
Alaba was born in Vienna in 1992 to a Nigerian father and a Filipino mother. He moved to Munich in Germany in the summer of 2008 as a 15-year-old player of Bayern Amateur Team.
 
“For me, David is not a Wonderboy but he is simply a young boy with strong sense of appeal. He is a young boy, who can really kick the ball with precision,” Didi Constantini, chief of the Austrian National Football Team.
 
Constantini knows Alaba very well. He was coaching the FC-Austria early 2008 when he got the 15-year-old Alaba in the team.
 
Filipinos in Austria are very proud to have a Filipino in the Austrian sports limelight.
 
Majority of them are very optimistic that Alaba’s talent in football will help the Austrian National Football team improve its rank in the world’s football arena.