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Alaba retains prestigious Austrian award

David Alaba has been named Austrian Sports Personality of the Year for the second time in succession. The 22-year-old Bayern youth product retained his title after winning the vote among members of the Sports Media Austria sports journalists’ association by a single point from alpine skiing overall World Cup winner and Olympic silver medallist Marcel Hirscher. Just like last year, Alaba featured at the awards ceremony via video link from Munich. “I werd naaarisch,” the player said in his typical Viennese accent – “This is crazy! Many thanks! I’m overjoyed.”

Gräfe in charge

Manuel Gräfe from Berlin has been appointed to referee the Bundesliga showdown between Bayern and Borussia Dortmund, the first time that the sports scientist has taken charge of a match involving FCB this term. Last season, Bayern’s matches with Gräfe as the senior official included the 3-0 victory away to BVB in the autumn. The 41-year-old has refereed Bundesliga fixtures involving FCB 30 times in all, with the Reds winning 16, drawing seven and losing seven.