Germany captain and fullback PHILIPP LAHM (16) of Bayern Munich slide tackles the ball away from Austria winger DAVID ALABA (8), at the time still out on loan from Bayern Munich to German Bundesliga club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, during the 2012 UEFA European Championships qualification match in Vienna this past July; Germany defeated Austria 2-1 but Alaba did account for the home side’s only goal when his cross was put into the net by a visiting defender to equalize early in the second half at the Ernst Happel Stadion. ================================================================
The talented and teenaged Austria international midfielder DAVID ALABA certainly distinguished himself in BAYERN MUNICH’s first Testspiel of the summer training session.
The inclusion by Trainer JUPP HEYNCKES of the 19-year-old in the Startelf of Bayern Munich was noteworthy in itself. Alaba immediately justified his selection by setting up the first goal against the Trentino Regional XI after just six minutes and smacked a shot off the post shortly thereafter. The young Austrian was substituted in favor of France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY at the halftime break, but not before registering the assist on three of the Bavarian’s seven goals in the opening forty-five minutes.
Heynckes, the trainer who made Alaba the youngest player to ever appear for Bayern Munich in any competitive match more than two years ago now, has stated he would like to see the versatile left-sided midfielder remain in Bavaria this coming 2011-12 season but whether or not that materializes remains to be seen.
Alaba, who can operate in a defensive midfield capacity or up on the wing in attack with equal ability, spent the second half of last season out on loan at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. There in Sinsheim, the teenager was able to secure a regular place in the first team and scored two goals in 17 games at the Bundesliga level. With Bayern Munich, however, Alaba still must contend with many other older and more-experienced international class players for a spot on the field.
Alaba already had five games with the reserve side of Austrian Bundesliga club FK Austria Vienna under his belt before crossing the border into Germany and joining the youth setup with Bayern Munich in the summer of 2008.
In February of 2010, the developing Austrian made Bayern Munich history by coming on as a substitute in the DFB Pokal match against SpVgg Gruether Fuerth; later that spring, Alaba earned a pair of starts for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and was also in the first team against Italian Serie A side AC Fiorentina at the quarterfinal stage of the UEFA Champions League.
19-year-old Austria international winger DAVID ALABA, who has already collected ten full caps at the senior level for his country and made 22 career appearances in the Bundesliga, on the ball for Bayern Munich during the recent Testspiel against the Trentino Regional XI at the miniscule Stadio Arco in the picturesque northern Italian Alps.