Wednesday, December 7, 2022



Alphonso Davies – Civil war to Champions League



The Bayern Munich player was born in a refugee camp and became the best left-back in the world. How was his path, where he was trained and what obstacles he had to overcome to become European champion?

The Bayern Munich player, Alphonso Boyle Davies was born on November 2, 2000 in Buduburam, Ghana, but his origins are Liberians. The Republic of Liberia is a country located on the west coast of Africa bordering Sierra Leone to the west, the Ivory Coast to the east, and Guinea to the north.

Samuel Kanyon Doe, President of Liberia, came to power after a popular uprising in 1980, but opposition abroad to his dictatorial regime led to the country’s economic collapse. At first, he was able to fight the opposition. But when his tribe, Krahn, attacked other tribes, especially the Nimba, conflict was inevitable. Charles Taylor, prior to the Doe government, assembled a group of rebels and created the National Patriotic Front of Liberia.

They invaded Nimba County on December 24, 1989. The Liberian army responded against the entire population of the region, burning entire villages. In 1990 the Civil War was already a fact. The three tribes were facing each other: Nimba, Krahn, and Gio.

The civil war claimed more than 250.000 victims. One million fled, including Davies’ parents, Debeah and Victoria. They confessed to having to search for food among the corpses to survive.

Alphonso Boyle Davies was born on the run. His mother still cries when she watches him play on television because she shows him what has happened and what she has achieved for her son. She still calls him “my refugee baby.” The Bayern Munich player said:

“It was not an easy life back then, but my parents took our family to a safe land. If they hadn’t had the courage to leave Africa, I would never have been a professional footballer in my life.”

The house where Davies spent the first five years of his life still stands today. It is not much bigger than a van. The walls are made of pressed chipboard, on the corrugated sheet roof there are stones, as protection against gusts of wind.

The 21-year-old took his first steps as a footballer in “Children Better Way Park” in the Buduburam refugee camp, and played in “Parque Pupu”, a rectangle of ash with two goals without nets.

In 2019, Martin Gyambrah, a professor at the Accra Sports Academy, sent a team to Buduburam to rebuild Davies’s life. “It’s an incredible inspiration to people”, he explained. The work was not so easy, because in the year 2000 several children were born with the same name.

At the age of five, his family was authorized to emigrate to Canada. To Windsor first and then to Edmonton. Life was not easy in that new country. After training, he would go directly to his house to change the diapers of his brother and his sister, when they were barely ten years old.

“My father got up at four in the morning and my mother worked from 22:00 to 08:00 in the morning. It was hard, but we were happy.”

On the Edmonton Strikers, Davies quickly became the leader, playing three years at the Nicholas Junior High Soccer Academy and becoming champion each year.

When the Vancouver Whitecaps tempted him in 2015, his parents didn’t want to let him go at first. The coastal city was more than 1,000 kilometers away and his mother was afraid that he would drop out of school. His father made him promise to remain a good boy.

His progress was so rapid that at age 15 he was promoted to the professional roster, being the first player born in the 21st century to debut in the North American MLS.

The Canadian Federation saw in Davies a luxury reinforcement to contest the Concacaf Gold Cup. However, despite being a member of the Youth Team, Alphonso Boyle Davies had not yet received citizenship, a document that he finally obtained a month before the tournament began.

2018 was the year of the explosion. He established himself in the starting eleven and scored several goals, to the point of being considered the player of the year and receiving an award for having scored the best goal of the team. Vancouver found it impossible to retain such a diamond in the rough.

Bayern Munich, Barcelona, ​​Manchester United, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain wanted to take the talented forward. Finally, the Bavarian team took it in exchange for 11.5 million euros to break another record: second most expensive sale in MLS history.

In his first year at the German club, he played very little, but in the following season he found his place and in a position that is not the usual but that does not elude him: the left back.

Faced with the poor performance of Frenchman Lucas Hernández, the coach at the time Hans Flick, was forced to try Davies in the left lane. Flick found in Alphonso a fierce defender and a lethal attacker. Spectacular combo.

In the 2019/20 Champions League he was crowned with Bayern Munich as the undisputed starter. He entered the award for the Golden Boy and today he is positioned as the best in the world in his position. With the Canadian National Team, he has the ticket to FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 almost guaranteed.

Alphonso Davies overcame all the adversities he had in front of, but he never forgot his past. During the interruption of competitions due to the coronavirus pandemic, Davies participated in an operation to raise funds for UNHCR, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and said:

“The UNHCR supported me for a long time, now it’s time to give it back.”




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