David Alaba is an Austrian footballer who plays for 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.
Born in Vienna, Alaba began his career with SV Aspern, his local club in Aspern. He played five times for Austria Wien's reserve team, before leaving in summer 2008 to join German Bundesliga side Bayern Munich. He started out in Bayern's youth system, playing for the U-17 and U-19 teams, before being promoted to the reserve team for the 2009Ã¢â‚¬â€œ10 season.
He made his debut in a 3. Liga match against Dynamo Dresden in August 2009 and scored his first professional goal for FC Bayern Munich II on 29 August 2009. He was named in Bayern Munich's squad for the 2009Ã¢â‚¬â€œ10 UEFA Champions League, where he was assigned the shirt number 27. 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. In January 2011, Alaba joined TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on loan until the end of the 2010Ã¢â‚¬â€œ11 season. Alaba returned to Bayern at the start of the 2011Ã¢â‚¬â€œ12 season, where he became a regular member of the first team squad helping the side to the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal titles.
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. 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 16 October 2012 in a World Cup Qualifying game at home to Kazakhstan where Austria ran out 4Ã¢â‚¬â€œ0 winners.