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Canadian soccer player

Alphonso Davies

Davies with Bayern Munich in 2019
Personal information
Full name Alphonso Boyle Davies
Date of birth (2000-11-02) November 2, 2000 (age 22)
Place of birth Buduburam, Ghana
Height 183 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Left-back, winger
Club information
Current team
Bayern Munich
Number 19
Youth career
2005 Edmonton Internationals
2006–2014 Edmonton Strikers
2015–2016 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016 Whitecaps FC 2 11 (2)
2016–2018 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 65 (8)
2018–2019 Bayern Munich II 6 (0)
2019– Bayern Munich 92 (5)
National team
2016 Canada U17 2 (1)
2016 Canada U20 1 (0)
2017– Canada 35 (12)
Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 16:27, November 5, 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of November 23, 2022

Alphonso Boyle Davies (born November 2, 2000) is a Canadian professional soccer player who plays as a left-back or winger for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the Canada national team He is regarded as one of the best full-backs in the world due to his pace, dribbling and creativity

Davies was the first player born in the 2000s to play in a Major League Soccer match He joined Bayern in January 2019 from MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps FC on a contract lasting until 2023 for a then-record MLS transfer fee Davies was named the Bundesliga Rookie of the Season for 2019–20 In that season he also was part of the team winning the continental treble after Bayern won the Bundesliga, the UEFA Champions League and the DFB-Pokal

In June 2017, Davies became the youngest player to appear for the Canadian men’s national team By scoring two goals in a 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup match against French Guiana, he became the youngest player to score for the Canadian men’s national team, the youngest to score at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and first player born in the 2000s to score at a top level international tournament He would go on to be named the 2021 CONCACAF Men’s Player of the Year He is widely considered both the best player on and the face of the Canadian national team

Davies is the first soccer player, and first Canadian, to become an ambassador for the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR

Early life

Davies was born to Liberian parents in Buduburam, a refugee camp in Ghana, the fourth youngest of six siblings His father, Debeah Davies, and his mother, Victoria Davies, originally lived in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia They fled during the Second Liberian Civil War, which displaced more than 450,000 Liberians In 2005, the family emigrated to Canada, eventually settling in Edmonton At the age of 15, Davies relocated alone to Vancouver to join the Whitecaps FC Residency program As part of the program, he attended Burnaby Central Secondary School On June 6, 2017, he received Canadian citizenship; until then he had been a Liberian national

Davies attended St Nicholas Catholic Junior High in the Edmonton Catholic School District His school soccer teammate, Onesphore Hamis recalled, “Soccer was the thing he wanted to get into, but language was a problem” His classmate and fellow Liberian immigrant, Chernoh Fahnbulleh recalled of Davies, “He spoke English but it was, like, broken English”

As a child in Edmonton, Davies first played organized soccer with Free Footie, an after-school soccer league for inner-city elementary school students who cannot afford registration fees and equipment, or who lack transportation to games

After playing for Edmonton Internationals, and Edmonton Strikers, Davies joined the Whitecaps FC Residency in 2015 at the age of 14

Club career

Whitecaps FC 2

After joining Vancouver Whitecaps FC during their 2016 MLS preseason tour, Davies signed with Whitecaps FC 2 in the USL on February 23, 2016 At the time of his signing, he became the youngest player signed to a USL contract at 15 years, 3 months Davies made his professional debut for Whitecaps FC 2 at the age of 15 years, 5 months in April 2016 On May 15, 2016, he scored his first professional goal, making him the youngest goal scorer in USL history at 15 years, 6 months, a record held by Davies until 2020 He scored two goals in 11 games played during the 2016 season

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Davies was named to the Whitecaps roster for the 2016 Canadian Championship on a short-term contract On June 1, 2016, he made his first team debut in the first leg of the Canadian Championship against Ottawa Fury FC and started the second leg in Vancouver

On July 15, 2016, Davies signed a first team contract with the Whitecaps through 2018, with options for the 2019 and 2020 seasons At the time of his signing, he was the youngest active player in Major League Soccer, and the third youngest player to have signed an MLS contract Davies made his MLS debut on July 16, 2016, becoming the second youngest player to play in MLS, behind Freddy Adu In September 2016, he scored his first goal for the first team in the 2016–17 CONCACAF Champions League against Sporting Kansas City in injury time to send the club through to the knockout round In September 2016, Davies became the second youngest starter in MLS history when he started a game against the Colorado Rapids On October 2, 2016, he started against rival club Seattle Sounders FC earning a penalty kick During the 2016 season, Davies played in eight MLS games, four Canadian Championship games, and three games in the CONCACAF Champions League In the 2017 season, he played in both legs against New York Red Bulls and Tigres UANL in the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively, in which he scored in a 2–0 win over New York Red Bulls

Following his impressive early MLS appearances, Davies attracted interest and was scouted by European clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool, and was also named one of the 60 best young soccer talents in the world in 2017 In the 2018 season opener against the Montreal Impact, Davies scored his first goal in MLS action, and assisted on a Kei Kamara goal On June 10, 2018, he scored a goal and got three assists in a 5–2 win over Orlando City Davies scored two goals and provided two assists to help his side defeat Minnesota United with a 4–2 victory on July 29 On June 29, 2018, Davies was included in the MLS All-Star roster for the 2018 MLS All-Star Game on August 1 against Juventus Davies made an appearance during the match, which finished as a 3–5 penalty shoot-out loss following a 1–1 draw Davies was named the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Player of the Year on October 24, and also received the Whitecaps’ Goal of the Year award In Davies’ final game for Vancouver on October 28, he scored both goals in a 2–1 victory over the Portland Timbers

Bayern Munich

2018–19: Vancouver to Munich

On July 25, 2018, Vancouver announced that it had agreed to a multi-million-dollar transfer of Davies to Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, with Davies seeing out the 2018 MLS season with Vancouver, before joining Bayern in January 2019 The base fee for the transfer was US$135 million, with performance-related bonuses that total $22 million, a then-record for MLS, later eclipsed by the transfer of Miguel Almirón to Newcastle United Davies had his first training session with Bayern on November 21, 2018, and debuted on January 12, 2019, against Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Telekom Cup championship finale, which Bayern won on penalties following a scoreless draw Davies made his Bundesliga debut on January 27 against VfB Stuttgart, appearing as a late substitute for Kingsley Coman in a 3–1 victory He scored his first goal for Bayern on March 17, netting the final goal in a 6–0 rout of Mainz 05 In doing so, and at the age of 18 years, 4 months and 15 days, he became the youngest player since Roque Santa Cruz, twenty years prior, to score for the club He is the first Canadian international to score for Bayern On May 18, 2019, Davies won his first Bundesliga title as Bayern finished two points above Dortmund with 78 points A week later, Davies won his first DFB-Pokal as Bayern defeated RB Leipzig 3–0 in the 2019 DFB-Pokal Final Davies was not selected for the match day squad

2019–present: First team breakthrough and Champions League triumph

Davies playing for Bayern Munich in 2019

Davies made his first Bundesliga start with Bayern on matchday nine of the 2019–20 Bundesliga season, going the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 home victory over Union Berlin He made his first UEFA Champions League start on November 6, 2019, in a 2–0 victory against Olympiacos Throughout the 2019–20 season, coach Niko Kovač moved Davies to the left back position, following long-term injuries to Niklas Süle and Lucas Hernandez, to allow David Alaba to play at centre back Davies earned high praise during his time in that role, gaining an early reputation as one of the best left backs in the world On February 25, 2020, Davies set-up Robert Lewandowski’s goal in a 3–0 away win over Chelsea in the first leg of the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League; his performance during the match was widely praised in the media, with pundit Gary Lineker commenting that Davies played “beautifully,” while former US international Stuart Holden described him as a “world class left back”

In April 2020, Bayern Munich and Davies agreed to a contract extension to 2025, adding two years onto his existing contract

Following the restart of the Bundesliga which had halted all matches due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Davies started against both Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund He scored and assisted in the Frankfurt match and ended up running down Dortmund’s Erling Haaland at a speed of 353 kilometres per hour (219 mph) On June 16, 2020, Davies featured for Bayern against Werder Bremen in a game they won 1–0, securing Bayern Munich their eighth consecutive league title Davies was sent off in the 79th minute for a second yellow card, but not before breaking the record for the fastest speed clocked in the Bundesliga at 3651 kilometres per hour (2269 mph) Davies was named the Bundesliga Rookie of the Year for the 2019–20 season On August 14, 2020, Davies, who was playing the left-back position, was applauded for assisting Joshua Kimmich’s goal against Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals which Bayern Munich won with an impressive final score of 8–2 On August 23, he started in the Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain, which Bayern won 1–0 to complete a continental treble; consequently, Davies became the first Canadian men’s international to win the Champions League

On October 24, Davies was forced off in the third minute of play in an eventual 5–0 home win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga, after sustaining an injury to his right ankle; it was later announced that he was expected to remain sidelined for 6 to 8 weeks

Davies finished in third place for the 2020 Golden Boy award, behind Erling Haaland and Ansu Fati On February 11, 2021, he played in a 1–0 win over Tigres UANL in the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup Final

On January 5, 2022, Davies tested positive for COVID-19, prompting Bayern to do further tests and on January 14, it was revealed that he had developed mild myocarditis; he was unable to train with the rest of the Bayern squad Davies is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and had received his booster shot in December 2021

On October 8, Davies sustained a cranial bruise while taking a foot to the face in the 45th minute in a challenge with Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham of a 2–2 away draw

International career

Youth

Although a Liberian citizen by birth, Davies was called to numerous Canadian under-15 and under-18 camps in 2014 and 2015 On March 17, 2016, he was called up to the Canada under-20 squad for a friendly against England under-20 In November 2016, Davies attended a Canadian under-17 camp, where he scored against Jamaica In 2016, he was named the Canada U17 Male Player of the Year for his performances with the under-17 and under-20 squads in friendlies In March 2017, Davies stated in an interview that, “to be able to represent Canada, it is one of my dreams” In 2017, he was named the Canada under-17 Male Player of the Year for a second time due to his performances with the senior team

Senior

Davies playing for Canada in 2018

Born a Liberian refugee, Davies was originally only eligible for the Liberian national team On June 6, 2017, Davies passed his Canadian citizenship test and officially became a citizen of Canada, making him eligible to play for the Canadian national team On the same day, Davies was added to a senior team camp for a friendly against Curaçao, as well as Canada’s preliminary 40-man roster for the 2017 Gold Cup Davies would debut for the senior team in the friendly against Curaçao at the age of 16, making him the youngest player to play for the national team On June 27, Davies was named to the final 23-man squad for the 2017 Gold Cup In Canada’s first match of that tournament, Davies scored twice in a 4–2 victory over French Guiana The goals made him the youngest goalscorer in Gold Cup history He then scored in their second match against Costa Rica to earn a 1–1 draw Davies went on to win the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer, the Young Player of the Tournament award, and was included in the tournament’s Best XI selection

On May 30, 2019, Davies was named to the squad for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Davies was called up for a pair of 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League A matches against Cuba on September 7 and 10, 2019 In the second match, Davies scored the decisive goal in a 1–0 victory for Canada In October 2019, Davies would help lead Canada to their first win over the United States in 34 years, scoring the opening goal of their CONCACAF Nations League match, which ended 2–0

In July 2021, Davies was named to the Canada squad for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup, however he suffered an ankle injury on July 9, two days before Canada’s opening match at the tournament, that ruled him out of the competition On October 13, 2021, in a World Cup qualifying match against Panama, Davies scored a highlight reel goal, making an 80-yard run to keep the ball in play, reaching a top speed of 371 km/h Davies played a central role in Canada’s qualification campaign for most of the calendar, but he missed the final two international windows as a result of having developed mild myocarditis His livestream Twitch commentaries on the remaining games attracted media attention, in particular his reaction to the 4–0 victory over Jamaica that officially qualified Canada for the 2022 FIFA World Cup This was only the second time Canada had managed this feat, and the first time since 1986

In May 2022, Davies was called up to the Canadian squad for two CONCACAF Nations League matches and a friendly In the June 9 game against Curaçao, he marked his return to international competition after his myocarditis-related absence with two goals in a 4–0 victory for Canada

In November 2022, Davies was named to Canada’s squad for the FIFA World Cup In Canada’s first match of the tournament against Belgium, he failed to score a penalty in an eventual 1-0 loss

Style of play

Although mainly playing as an attacking full back on the left flank, Davies is capable of playing as a wing-back, left midfielder, or winger due to his explosive pace, dribbling, creativity, and crossing ability He is considered to be a highly promising young player in the media

Personal life

Davies was in a relationship with fellow Canadian Jordyn Huitema, a forward for Paris Saint-Germain and the Canada women’s national team starting from September 2017 In September 2019, he was fined €20,000 for arriving late to a Bayern practice after visiting Huitema in Paris, and by June 2020, French press were aware that Davies might be interested in having Huitema sign with Bayern’s women’s side On May 22, 2022, Davies confirmed on social media that he and Huitema had split up

Davies is an ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees In April 2020, he played a virtual football match against fellow professional Asmir Begović – who also came to Canada as a child refugee – to raise money for the agency

Davies is a fan of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers

Career statistics

Club

As of match played November 5, 2022
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Whitecaps FC 2 2016 USL 11 2 0 0 11 2
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2016 MLS 8 0 4 0 3 1 15 1
2017 MLS 26 0 2 2 4 1 1 0 33 3
2018 MLS 31 8 2 0 33 8
Total 65 8 8 2 7 2 1 0 81 12
Bayern Munich II 2018–19 Regionalliga Bayern 3 0 2 0 5 0
2019–20 3 Liga 3 0 3 0
Total 6 0 2 0 8 0
Bayern Munich 2018–19 Bundesliga 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
2019–20 Bundesliga 29 3 5 0 8 0 1 0 43 3
2020–21 Bundesliga 23 1 2 0 6 0 4 0 35 1
2021–22 Bundesliga 22 0 1 0 7 0 1 0 31 0
2022–23 Bundesliga 12 0 1 1 5 0 1 0 19 1
Total 92 5 9 1 25 0 7 0 133 6
Career total 174 15 17 3 32 2 10 0 233 20

International

Appearances and goals by national team and year

As of match played November 23, 2022
National team Year Apps Goals
Canada 2017 6 3
2018 3 0
2019 8 2
2021 13 5
2022 5 2
Total 35 12
As of June 9, 2022 Scores and results list Canada’s goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Davies goal
List of international goals scored by Alphonso Davies
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 July 7, 2017 Red Bull Arena, Harrison, United States  French Guiana 3–0 4–2 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2 4–2
3 July 11, 2017 BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, United States  Costa Rica 1–0 1–1 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
4 September 10, 2019 Truman Bodden Sports Complex, George Town, Cayman Islands  Cuba 1–0 1–0 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League A
5 October 15, 2019 BMO Field, Toronto, Canada  United States 1–0 2–0 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League A
6 March 29, 2021 IMG Academy, Bradenton, United States  Cayman Islands 4–0 11–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 9–0
8 June 5, 2021 IMG Academy, Bradenton, United States  Aruba 5–0 7–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
9 June 8, 2021 SeatGeek Stadium, Bridgeview, United States  Suriname 1–0 4–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 October 13, 2021 BMO Field, Toronto, Canada  Panama 2–1 4–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
11 June 9, 2022 BC Place, Vancouver, Canada  Curaçao 1–0 4–0 2022–23 CONCACAF Nations League A
12 3–0

Honours

Bayern Munich

  • Bundesliga: 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21, 2021–22
  • DFB-Pokal: 2018–19, 2019–20
  • DFL-Supercup: 2020, 2021, 2022
  • UEFA Champions League: 2019–20
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2020
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2020

Individual

  • CONCACAF Gold Cup Best XI: 2017
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup Bright Future Award: 2017
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup Golden Boot Award: 2017
  • CONCACAF Men’s Player of the Year: 2021
  • UEFA Champions League Defender of the Season runner-up: 2019–20
  • FIFA FIFPro World11: 2020
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2020
  • CONCACAF Best XI: 2021
  • IFFHS Men’s World Team: 2020, 2021
  • IFFHS Men’s World Youth (U20) Team: 2020
  • Lou Marsh Trophy co-winner: 2020
  • Lionel Conacher Award winner: 2020
  • Canadian Men’s Player of the Year: 2018, 2020, 2021
  • Canada U-17 Male Player of the Year: 2016, 2017
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2019–20
  • UEFA Champions League Breakthrough XI: 2020
  • Bundesliga Team of the Season: 2020–21, 2021–22
  • Bundesliga Rookie of the Season: 2019–20
  • Bundesliga Player of the Month: November 2021
  • Bundesliga Rookie of the Month: May 2020
  • VDV Bundesliga Team of the Season: 2019–20, 2020–21
  • VDV Bundesliga Newcomer of the Season: 2019–20
  • kicker Bundesliga Team of the Season: 2019–20
  • MLS All-Star: 2018
  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC Player of the Year: 2018
  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC Goal of the Year: 2018

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