From the refugee camp up to the base of Bavaria. The Story Of Alfonso Davis

When Bayern last winter I bought “Vancouver whitecaps” 18-year-old winger striker Alfonso Davis, many didn’t care for this particular transfer value. First, the transfer amount of 10 million euros, by modern standards, no surprise. Second, no one believed that the canadian teenager is able to win the competition with Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry.

Many expected that Davis will become a good investment in the future. But nobody could not have imagined that that future would come so soon. Now Fonzie as his laskovo call in Munich, is a strong player in the starting lineup, and a contender for the title of the main opening of the season in the Bundesliga. The day before yesterday, despite the quarantine, Bayern extended his contract until the summer of 2025. Of course, at improved conditions.

But before reaching such heights, Davis family was very difficult and thorny path.

The refugee camp, and immigration to Canada

Parents Alfonso is originally from Liberia, but he had never been the historic homeland. All because of the civil war, which lasted from 1999 to 2003. Victoria and Debea the Davises were forced to flee to Ghana, where in the buduburam refugee camp and birthplace of the main player of “Bavaria”.

Fonzie’s mother remembers with horror those days in Liberia. According to her, once she was in the store, where he ran the armed people, grabbed several people from the queue and executed in front of everyone. Every day was a struggle for life, and the streets were full of corpses.

Conditions Buduburam was not much better but at least there no one was shot. In the end the only solution was emigration beyond the borders of Africa. The Davises became participants of the program “Resettlement”, launched by the United Nations. Thanks to her, tens of millions of refugees to regain their homes in the US, Australia, UK, Sweden, Norway or Canada.

So, when the Davis family was in North America, Alfonso was only five years old. His mother was able to get a guard in school, and dad went to the farm. Life began to improve.

Davis dabbled in hockey, but football is liked more

Any physically strong and hardy guy in Canada will definitely try to make a hockey player. It is an axiom. But Davis stood exactly three sessions. The boy did not have time to monitor the movement of a puck that struck him the sick beats. Fonzie later admitted that he does not understand, but a lot of respect for hockey goalies, who agree voluntarily to go under fire these shells.

Fortunately, Canada has a system of Free Footie, allowing free sports to children from poor and disadvantaged families. To choose from, in addition to hockey are basketball, American football, Rugby and soccer. Fonzie’s parents decided to send their son to football. And this determined their future life.

Getting into the “Vancouver whitecaps” and the debut in the MLS

With 11 years Fonzie worked in the Academy “Edmonton”, but even then, his first coach Marco Bossio seen what talent the boy has. In one of the matches against the Academy “Vancouver”, he asked the Director of the opponents to wait for the match between eighth grade. He waited and was shocked.

Bossio compared Davis with Arjen Robben, and even then he said he wants to see him in Bayern.

A year later, Davis moved to Vancouver, and then everything moved too quickly.

August 17, 2016, Alfonso made his debut for the first team, “Whitecaps” in the match against “Orlando”. At that time the winger was only 15 years, 8 months and 15 days! Thus Canada became the second youngest player in MLS history. The record still belongs to the most legendary Freddy ADU, who began to play for “DC United” in 14 years.

Almost a year later, at the age of 16 years, 7 months and 2 days, Davis first played for team Canada. It is a record in the history of football! Now he has had 17 matches and 5 goals for the national team, but in the country it is called “football Sidney Crosby”. Many believe that having such a player in the squad can help the “red” to qualify for the world Cup in 2022. Prior to this, the Canadians have qualified for the world Cup only once – in 1986.

Two years ago, Fonzie has represented Canada at the FIFA Congress, during which his country, together with USA and Mexico, won the right to host the world Cup 2026.

A breakthrough for a teenager was the 2018 season when Davis scored 8 goals and 10 assists in the MLS. The fight for talent has joined Liverpool, Manchester United and Bayern Munich, but Fonzie decided that in Bundesliga he will have more opportunities to Express themselves. And he made the right decision.

The advent of the flick and the changing role

Niko Kovac not really trust the Davis. Not to say that it is not trusted at all. When the Croatian coach for the entire second half of last season Fonzie played in the Bundesliga only 74 minutes. As a rule, he occasionally substituted in the end of matches Serge Gnabry, Franck Ribery and Kingsley Coman.

The current season, the teenager did start in the second team which plays in the third League. There were even rumors that Bayern may give Davis to rent in one of the middle of the Bundesliga to gain experience. But Kovac was a little more trust Fonzie, and left him in the main cage. And then came Hansi flick.

New coach “rekordmeister” was in a very difficult situation before the home match with “Borussia” D. the Main center back Niklas Sule and Lucas Hernandez dropped out due to injury and Jerome Boateng missed the game due to suspension. The nominal centre-back not left on the roster in principle.

Flick found the original decision. Along with Javi Martinez in Central defence left David Alaba, who had previously had little experience of playing in that position. Place the Austrians on the left flank of defence has taken Davis. When Kovacs canadian played on this position only in matches with the “Paderborn” and “Union” where the work on their half of the field was low. And then just Dortmund.

Davis was so good that Lucien Favre replaced Jadon Sancho already in the 36th minute. Canadian just ate stellar teenager of Dortmund. That evening the canadian made 7 selections and 3 successful stroke, and its precision gear was 94%!

Since Davis never left the basic structure “Bavaria” in this season Bundesliga. Moreover, in the course of only two games flick changed Fonzie: against the “Herta” (4:0) in the 80th minute and with Hoffenheim (6:0) on 63rd. Only in two games under new coach Davis, according to WhoScored, getting a rating below 7 points. Its average rating from the most authoritative edition of Germany’s Kicker is very high of 3.11. Better at Bayern, Lewandowski only, Kimmich, Neuer, Muller and Alaba.

In his 19 years, Davis has become one of the best left-backs in the world, though, and plays in this position in a few months. And this is only the beginning of his promising football journey.

And he’s the star of the TikTok

In addition to football, as a child, Davis visited a theatrical circle. Now these skills really help him to conquer the audience in a new fashion social network TikTok.

Davis regularly creative and creates the most viral videos. At the moment his profile was signed by 685 thousand, and the number of likes is about to reach 12 million.
 
Ilya QUICKEN

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