• Teenage Canada international to tell stories of his heritage • Series to begin on 13 September and run until 15 December
Germany-born Alphonso Davies, the teenager who is breaking through at Bayern Munich, is to release a series of stories which will chart his childhood in Canada.
Davies joined the German champions from Vancouver Whitecaps on loan earlier this year and has been training with the first team, including Jérôme Boateng, during pre-season. The midfielder has also become an ambassador for the youth charity, the NFT, who will release the series.
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Davies, 19, has lived in the Vancouver area since he was eight and the start of the series will chart his life growing up in Canada before he became a member of the Whitecaps.
He said: “I’m thrilled and humbled to partner with NFT. The NFT is a global education initiative of such a talented group of women and I’m happy to support their mission through my own platform as an athlete.
“This special series will allow me to tell a broader story, capturing parts of my personal journey that reflect the strength, resilience and values of the people I’ve come to love and admire here in my new hometown of Vancouver.”
Basketball, hockey and football are among the sports, as well as soccer, which have already released series that share the stories of their athletes and culture.
The news comes a day after Boateng was accused of racism after a failed attempt to join a Twitterer on Twitter. Boateng claimed he had tried to enter the feed but the user, Jenny Sycamore, blocked him.
The Germany international was then trolled and told to “fraude”. He wrote: “I tried to join @jennysycamore. Didn’t work out. Miss you.”
Boateng was then bombarded with comments including: “Who gives a fuck about stupid white people? The black is taking over,”, “Way to behave when you get beat up,” and “Furious at you Boateng.”
NFT have defended the move, however, with the foundation’s founder and president, Mikki Austin, saying: “It’s baffling that so many people have deemed it objectionable and are taking offence. I understand if people don’t want a white male to be the figurehead for the effort. But if you’re upset about that, then you should get out more.
“There’s nothing in the letter which condemns any type of action or opinions. All it does is connect youth from racial, cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds and write how they are experiencing and deciding to address their own experiences, experiences that they might not have experienced had they not connected with and considered the experiences of someone else.”