Alaba named Austria's top footballer
Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba has been named the Austrian Footballer of the Year for the third time in succession.
Alaba, 21, had already won the Austrian Sportsman of the Year prize in late October, becoming the first footballer to do so since Toni Polster in 1997.
For the 2013 Footballer of the Year award, he was the unanimous choice of every one of Austria’s top-flight coaches -- a feat never before achieved in its near 30-year history.
“I am delighted to receive this huge honour,” Alaba told the FC Bayern website. “I would like to thank all coaches. You can never get used to this honour. It is always something special and something nice. I rejoice in those moments again and again.”
The two personal accolades add to the four trophies Alaba won with Bayern in 2013 and, on Saturday, the German club could secure their fifth in the Club World Cup final against the surprise finalists Raja Casablanca.
“It can’t get much better than this year,” Alaba said. “I know there is still room for improvement. I still want to further myself and I am still hungry.”