From refugee camp to world-class

on Tuesday night against Chelsea, he did it again. Dominated venstreflanken and delivered a performance in the international top class with a presentation to th

From refugee camp to world-class

on Tuesday night against Chelsea, he did it again. Dominated venstreflanken and delivered a performance in the international top class with a presentation to th

Ann McDonald
Ann McDonald
04 mart 2020 Wednesday 06:00
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From refugee camp to world-class

on Tuesday night against Chelsea, he did it again. Dominated venstreflanken and delivered a performance in the international top class with a presentation to the Robert Lewandowski as granules on the cake, when Bayern Munich humbled the hosts with 3-0.

Alphonso Davies is only 19 years old and personifies a rather adventurous journey. The first five of them he spent in a refugee camp.

He is born of parents from Liberia, during the civil war and fled to Ghana, where Alphonso was born in a refugee camp shortly after the turn of the millennium.

- We were very concerned, hunger can kill you in such a place, his father Debeah told Sky Sports.

- People do not die only in the war zone but also in the camps, and every day we had to secure him something to eat.

To the family's luck took Canada against them, and they beat themselves in the first place down in Windsor, Ontario, before the trip went on to the Edmonton.

Here his talent was spotted as a participant in the Free Footie initiative, which brought the poor boys, who could not afford to join a club, up. He was brought to the Vancouver Whitecaps at the age of 14.

Alphonso Davies as a 16-year-old with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Photo: Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP/Ritzau Scanpix
Already the year after, he became the youngest ever, who signed a professional contract in the United Soccer League (USL). He made his debut in may 2016, and made himself the youngest scorer in the league's history.

Jump up to the first team in Major League Soccer (MLS) came to pass quite naturally, the season after, and yet a year later he got citizenship and made his debut in landsholdstrøjen.

There is never very long, before a fast and boldbegavet winger comes in storklubbernes eye, and Bayern won the race for his signature in July 2018.

Despite his only 17 years of age was overgangssummen on the well 140 million new MLS record.

the Story of Alphonso Davies is the interim an adventure as a former refugee, who is close to becoming a world star. Photo: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP/Ritzau Scanpix

First, in January last year he arrived, however, to Munich, where you will gradually omskolede him from the wing to the back, and it has mildly been shown to be a successful exercise.

since then he has established himself at the position and played 26 matches in this season.

After the performance on Tuesday night said the veteran Thomas Müller on him:

- He has learned much in his time with us, and in the evening he delivered a performance in world-class.

the former Bayern star Owen Hargreaves storroste from its kommentatorplads, wrote The Sun:

- What an athlete. He is retrained from the wing to the back and has made it absolutely incredible.

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Updated: 04.03.2020 06:00
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