13 fun facts about Alisson Becker

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Everything you need to know about Liverpool's Brazilian shot stopper Alisson Becker.

Alisson Becker is a professional footballer who currently plays as a goalkeeper for Liverpool FC and the Brazilian national team. He was born on October 2, 1992, in Novo Hamburgo, Brazil.

Alisson began his professional career with Internacional in Brazil. During his time at the club, he won the Campeonato Gaucho in 2014 and 2015, and the Recopa Sudamericana in 2016, before moving to Roma in 2016. His strong performances at Roma quickly established him as one of the best goalkeepers in Serie A, helping Roma to reach the Champions League semifinals in 2018.

In 2018, Alisson signed with Liverpool FC, becoming the most expensive goalkeeper in history at the time, with a transfer fee of £66.8 million. In his first season with Liverpool, he played a crucial role in the team's success, helping them to win their sixth Champions League. In his next season, the Brazilian helped the team win their first Premier League title in 30 years.

Alisson made his debut for the Brazilian national team in 2015 and has since established himself as the team's first-choice goalkeeper. He played a key role in Brazil's victory in the 2019 and 2021 edition of Copa America, keeping five and four clean sheets in the tournaments respectively.

Alisson is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, known for his shot-stopping abilities, command of his area, and excellent distribution. He is also very quick off his line and is comfortable playing with his feet, which makes him a good fit for Liverpool's high-pressing style of play.

Here are 13 interesting facts about Alisson that you absolutely need to know.

  1. Goalkeeping in the family

    Alisson comes from a footballing family. His father and grandfather were both amateur goalkeepers in his home town, Novo Hamburgo (translation: New Hamburg), and he was understudy to his older brother Muriel at Internacional. His brother is currently a professional goalkeeper for Cypriot Club AEL Limassol. One can say goalkeeping runs in his blood.

  2. Brazilian legend Dida as competition

    Brazilian legend Dida as competition

    Becker started his journey at Internacional aged 10 in 2002 and made his senior debut in 2013. The former AS Roma goalkeeper was a backup to his brother Muriel and finished his first season with six appearances. The goalkeeper had to fight for being the first choice.

    One such competition he faced was against former Brazilian international Dida. In 2014/15, the two-time UEFA Champions League winner had a stint with Internacional where Alisson was trying to establish himself as the number one.

  3. Nicknamed German
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    Nicknamed German

    Alisson was nicknamed German during his time at Roma by his teammates due to his birth place in Brazil. Born in Novo Hamburgo, a city reportedly founded by German immigrants in the 18th century, Alisson's father, Jose Agostinho, speaks German, as does his grandmother. "In my region, there are plenty of reminders of Germany: the architecture, the culture, the holidays - we even have a huge Oktoberfest," said Alisson.

    Despite the nickname and the German influence while growing up, Alisson speaks no German himself.

  4. Most expensive goalkepeer in history in 2018
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    Most expensive goalkepeer in history in 2018

    In 2018, after two very successful seasons at AS Roma, Liverpool poached the Brazilian goalkeeper for a record fee of £66.8 million, the highest number at the time. He overtook the transfers of Ederson (most expensive in pound sterling) and Gianluigi Buffon (most expensive in Euros).

    However, the record didn't stand for long. Chelsea broke the record just four weeks later when they signed Kepa Arrizabalaga for a reported £71.6 million (€80 million) from Athletic Bilbao.

  5. European champion with Liverpool in his first season
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    European champion with Liverpool in his first season

    Alisson helped the Reds win their sixth UCL title in his first season at the club. The Brazilian made a visible difference and kept a cleansheet in the final against Tottenham Hotspur. He was key in Liverpool reaching the finals, producing some astonishing saves against Barcelona in the semi-final.

  6. World's best goalkeeper in 2019 by IFFHS

    World's best goalkeeper in 2019 by IFFHS

    For his astonishing performances with Liverpool, helping the Merseyside Reds win the UCL in his first season at the club, Alisson was named the best goalkeeper in the world by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics in 2019.

    In 2019, he was also the recipient of The Best FIFA Goalkeeper and won the inaugural Yashin Trophy.

  7. First to win three golden gloves in a season

    Alisson kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League in 2019 with 21, despite the Reds losing out on the title to Manchester City. The Brazilian also kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the Champions League.

    That meant Alisson had collected two Golden Glove awards and that tally was increased to three at the Copa America. Brazil didn't concede a goal in their five games, meaning that Alisson collected another golden glove.

    This made the Brazilian the first goalkeeper in football history to win three separate Golden Glove awards in a single season.

  8. Back-to-back Premier League best goalkeeper award

    Back-to-back Premier League best goalkeeper award

    The Brazilian's impact at Liverpool was reflected in his numbers as well. Alisson was named the best goalkeeper in the Premier League in both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons and won the Golden Glove award for keeping the most clean sheets in the league in back-to-back seasons.

  9. Two times Copa America winner

    Alisson is integral to Brazil's success as well. He was an important part of the team that won the Copa America in 2019 and 2021, ending both tournaments with the most clean sheets. Becker was honoured with the Best Goalkeeper Award for his performances at the 2019 Copa America.

  10. First goalkeeper in Liverpool's history to score a goal

    First goalkeeper in Liverpool's history to score a goal

    While the Brazilian has made a name by denying goals, he also has a goal to his name for Liverpool, becoming the only goalkeeper in Liverpool's 129 year history to score a goal. In 2021, Liverpool were chasing a top four spot when Alisson scored an incredible injury time winner against West Brom with a header from Trent Alexander-Arnold's corner.

    Alisson became the sixth goalkeeper to score in the Premier League.

  11. Musician in his leisure time

    Alisson is a goalkeeper by profession but is a musician in his leisure time. He knows more than a thing or two about music and playing the guitar. There are videos of him singing and playing the guitar and he can be seen doing so, if you take a look at his Instagram profile.

    The goalkeeper usually takes the instrument with him and has even made an appearance on a Brazilian talk show called ‘The Noite with Daniel Gentili’, where he performed for the audience.

  12. Loves to fish

    If he gets time off, he likes nothing better than to sit back with his rod and tackle. "I love fishing," he said. "When I was younger I always used to go with my dad and my friends. Whenever I go on holiday to Brazil, I try to take three or four days to go fishing with my mates." He often partnered Lazio's Ciro Immobile at Fregene – a coastal town not far from Rome for fishing.

  13. Ambassador for WHO

    Among important facts about Alisson Becker is that he and his wife, Dr. Natalia Loewe Becker, have been WHO (World Health Organization) goodwill ambassadors for health promotion.

    The WHO director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the appointments at the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva and gave a speech saying, “Each of our new ambassadors are champions in their own right. From helping their communities rebuild and develop sustainably, to fighting for better mental health and wellbeing, to being role models for healthier living.”