David Alaba plays for Austria though he has Nigerian and Filipino parents
David Alaba plays for Austria though he has Nigerian and Filipino parents. His father is a Nigerian and his mother is Filipino but he plays for Austria to help them reach Euro 2020.
David Alaba is assisting Austria in their bid to reach the Euro 2020 knockout stages this summer despite the fact that he has Nigerian and Filipino parents.
Alaba who is 28, is set to earn his 83rd cup for Austria when they play against Holland in their second group outing on Thursday night, the 24th of June, 2021.
Recently, the defender secured a move to Real Madrid ahead of his departure from Bayern Munich, made his international debut for the country back in 2009 having played for them at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level.
His mother, Gina , gave birth to him in Vienna back in June 1992, but neither of his parents are Austrian by descent.
His father George, Austria’s first ever black guard soldier and a musical legend in the country, happens to be a prince in Nigeria, while Gina, who works as a nurse, is from the Philippine’s.
After he studied economics at Vienna University, Alaba’s father eventually dropped out in order to focus on his career as a musician.
Due to his fathers fame, who was even awarded Austrian citizenship as a result, Alaba and his sister, Rose May enjoyed their fair share of celebrity status at a young age.
In the late 1990s, George was focused on both of his children carving out their own self-sustainable careers.
It was a bold choice from the youngster because Alaba paid little attention to football in general at that time, but after spending a year with local side SV Aspern, George recognised his son’s potential and didn’t hesitate in arranging for him to join Austria Vienna – the country’s most successful club – at the young age of 10.
Alaba quickly climbed Vienna’s ranks and, at the age of 16, Bayern Munich scouts touring Austria at the time were impressed with what they saw.
It was at that point that he was invited to play for Bayern’s youth academy, a move which would prove highly significant in his career as a footballer.
After working his way up to the club’s reserves and then making nine first-team appearances, Alaba spent the 2010/11 season on loan at Hoffenheim before returning to become a key member of Jupp Heynckes’ side in Munich.
In the past decade, he has proved himself to be an invaluable member of the Bayern squad: racking up 431 appearances, scoring 33 goals, winning 10 Bundesliga titles, six DFP-Pokals and two Champions Leagues.
His sister, Rose May, on the other hand, is a renowned singer and songwriter who secured top spot in the Austrian iTunes chart for over four weeks in 2016.
The Alaba family is truly a talented bunch.