Asean connection in Bayern's Champions League triumph

A Malaysian and a half-Filipino had key roles in the keenly fought historic all-German final of Europe's premier club competition
Suspension kept David Alaba out of Bayern Munich's disastrous Champions League final defeat to Chelsea in 2012 but the Austrian international played a key role in the 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund to seal their fifth European Cup success.

He had Dortmund's Roman Weidenfeller at full stretch with a stunning effort in the 75th minute with the scores level at 1-1 and was a charging presence down the left flank partnering Man-of-the-Match Arjen Robben.

Born in Vienna to a Filipino mother and a Nigerian father, the left-back worked his way through the Bayern youth system to earn a place in the starting berth of the Bundesliga champions. He was a regular presence on the left flank for Bayern and also found the net twice in the campaign.

Instrumental in the semi-final demolition of Bareclona, the 20-year-old contributed two assists. Alaba also holds the record for the seventh fastest goal in Champions League history with his strike against Juventus on April 2, 2013, paving the way to a 2-0 win for the Germans.

Bayern Munich is also the current place of employment for former Malaysian star Lim Teong Kim. Lim had a brief spell in Germany in the 1980s turning out for Hertha Berlin. He is the current youth team coach of The Bavarians having held the position since 2001. He has overseen the development of many of their youth team talents, including Thomas Muller who started the historic final on Saturday night.