Alphonso Davies caps breakthrough 2020 season with Champions League title

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The victory capped a remarkable season for the Canadian, who was named the Bundesliga’s top rookie

Bayern Munich's Canadian midfielder Alphonso Davies celebrates with the Champions League trophy at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on Aug. 23, 2020.Talal Al-Awaid isn’t surprised to see Alphonso Davies starring on soccer’s world stage, but even the Edmonton soccer coach is somewhat taken aback by the 19-year-old Canadian’s meteoric rise with Bayern Munich.

Davies became the first member of Canada’s national team to play for — and win — the coveted Champions League. He’s only the second Canadian to play in soccer’s most prestigious club match as Calgary-born-and-raised Owen Hargreaves won the Champions League title with Bayern in 2001 and Manchester United in ’08, but never played for Canada internationally.“I think he’s changed the game in Canada,” Al-Awaid said. “I think he’s made it a reality that kids can achieve a successful pathway.

Davies’ accomplishments are all the more remarkable considering he was born in a refugee camp in Ghana after his parents fled the second Liberian civil war. The family moved to Canada when Davies was five and he played for various Canadian youth national teams before getting his Canadian citizenship and almost immediately making his senior national-team debut at age 16.

Despite Davies’ dominance in Edmonton, Al-Awaid said the youngster put team accomplishments ahead of personal exploits. In Edmonton, Davies often played against older competition but Al-Awaid said all that did was strengthen the youngster’s resolve to succeed.“He was one of those players who probably could’ve played two and three years up his entire life if he wanted to,” Al-Awaid said. “Once he got with older kids to where they were physically more dominant than him, he just worked twice as hard and found a way to make it work.

 

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