Bayern Munich's David Alaba named Austrian Footballer of the Year

The promising midfielder was blown away after receiving the award as he became the youngster player ever to win it, leaving Nacer Barazite and Martin Harnik in his wake
Bayern Munich's 19-year-old sensation David Alaba has been crowned the Austrian Footballer of the Year for 2011.

The midfielder edged Nacer Barazite to the prize courtesy of a single point in a poll by news agency APA conducted among 10 coaches from the Austrian Bundesliga. The top three was rounded off by Stuttgart attacker Martin Harnik.

Alaba becomes the youngest player ever to win the award and he was over the moon after the announcement.

"This is a huge honour for me, I'm totally surprised," Alaba said according to Kicker.

The teenager recently broke into Bayern Munich's first team, appearing in 22 games for the Bavarians this season, scoring three goals. He also cemented his place in the national side, appearing in 15 matches for Marcel Koller's outfit.

"[Alaba is] a player who in training tries to improve every day. This award will spur him to make the next step in his career," said his coach at club level Jupp Heynckes.

Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge also praised the youngster and predicted a bright future for him.

"I think he is a very good choice [for Austrian Footballer of The Year]. He has progressed extremely well at Bayern Munich, and we trust he will have a great future."