Erling Haaland is a Norwegian footballer who plays as a striker for Borussia Dortmund.
• date of Birth: July 21, 2000
• Omar: 21 years old
• place of birth: Leeds, England
• Nationality: Norwegian
• position: straight ahead
• Height: 194 cm / 6 ft 4 in
• Weight: 87 kg / 191 lbs
• Fees: £130,000 per week (unconfirmed)
• Instagram: @erling.haaland
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The 21-year-old striker is widely regarded as one of the most exciting attacking talents in European football.
He started his career at Norwegian club Bryne FK before moving to Molde. He then closed the move to Red Bull Salzburg in 2018, before leaving Austria to sign for German side Borussia Dortmund in December 2019.
Haaland’s prolific performances in front of goal have made him a star in recent years, with the forward scoring 27 goals in 28 games in the 2020-21 Bundesliga season.
Haaland represented Norway on multiple youth levels and made his debut for his country in 2019.
So, what do you know about Haaland’s early life and his journey to becoming the talented striker that he is today? This is his story.
Early life, parents and growing up
Erling Haaland (full name: Erling Braut Haaland) He was born on July 21, 2000 in Leeds, England. At the time, his father, Alf Inge Haaland – a very dangerous midfielder – was playing for Leeds United in the Premier League.
Erling moved to Norway with his family when he was three years old in 2004 after his father retired from playing football.
Haaland’s potential as a player was evident from an early age, and the young footballer joined Norway’s Bryne team, where he was quickly tracked through the club’s youth teams.
Despite moving to Norway at such a young age, it is clear that Haaland still has some affinity with the city he was born in – Leeds in England. Speaking in an interview in February 2017, Haaland admitted that he would like to play for Leeds United in the Premier League one day.
“I want to be the best,” Haaland said. “The dream is to win the Premier League with Leeds. In addition, the goal is to become a better player than my dad. I hope I can get more international matches than he did.”
bryn and mould
Haaland joined the Bern academy in his hometown when he was just five years old. He enjoyed a steady rise through Bryne’s youth teams and got his first chance in the club’s first team when he was just 15 years old – after the youth team chief took charge of first-team affairs.
Erling was initially published as a winger but gradually began to gain more opportunities in his favorite batsman role.
Bryan coach Alf Ingvi Berentsen was immediately affected by what he saw of Haaland despite his young age.
“I first saw Erling when he was five years old when he joined an internship with a group one year older than him,” explains Berntsen. “His first two touches led to goals. He was very good from the first moment, even though he had never played for the club before.
“He started playing in his annual group, but because he was so much better than the others we immediately moved him to the Under-6. In 2005 the club built a grass-covered football pitch that was always open during the weekends. He met Erling and about 20 Someone else is always there on the weekends and they played for hours.
“He was a little bit younger than his opponents because he was a year younger than him. But even if his opponent was noticeably taller, he still scored goals. When he was 11 or 12, we knew he was going far. We already knew at the time that he He has the ingredients to be a young international.”
After making a total of 16 appearances for Bryan, Haaland ended up signing with his Norwegian teammate Molde in February 2017.
Haaland made his debut with Molde on 26 April 2017, in the Norway Cup match against Fulda TI, scoring in a 3-2 win.
He scored his first league goal for his birth on 1 June 2017 against Sarpsborg 08 after coming on as a substitute. He went on to score a total of 14 league goals for Molde in 39 matches before moving to Red Bull Salzburg.
Red Bull Salzburg
Haaland’s impressive performance for his birth did not go unnoticed and he ended up completing a move to sign with Austrian club Salzburg on January 1, 2019.
The deal was agreed several months ago, with RB Salzburg announcing the move on August 19, 2018 and Haaland agreeing to a five-year contract. It is understood that Leeds United have also made an offer for Haaland before a move to RB Salzburg was confirmed.
Haaland made his debut for RB Salzburg on February 17, 2019, and scored his first goal for the Austrian club in the Austrian League’s 2-1 win over LASK on May 12.
He helped Salzburg win the Austrian Bundesliga title in the 2018-19 season.
His former Red Bull Salzburg team-mate Maximilian Weber had nothing but good things to say about Haaland as he recalls their time together at the Austrian club.
“He’s an absolute big pro,” said Whooper. “As we play cards on distant trips, you can only see him reading some scientific articles on how to improve his sleep or diet. He is always looking for the smallest details he can improve to take another step forward.
“He’s the same guy I met before his eight Champions League goals in the summer. He’s crazy, but that’s what makes him so good.”
In the 2019-20 season, Haaland began to find his level in front of the Salzburg goal, and scored an impressive 28 goals in 22 matches in all competitions with the Austrian team. That tally included an impressive comeback of eight Champions League goals in six matches.
His prolific form in front of goal began to gain new fans from all over Europe, and Haaland was on the move again in January 2020.
Borussia Dortmund confirmed Haaland’s signing from RB Salzburg on December 29, 2019, with the Norwegian striker signing an initial four-and-a-half-year contract with the German club.
He made his Dortmund debut away at FC Augsburg on January 18, 2020, and scored an impressive hat-trick to help his team achieve a thrilling 5-3 win.
Haaland quickly retained a regular place in the first team in Dortmund and also continued his prolific form in front of goal.
He scored a total of 13 goals and assisted two goals in 15 Bundesliga matches in his first half season with the German club.
The Norway international continued his impressive brilliance in front of goal in the 2020-21 season, as Haaland scored 27 goals and made six assists in 28 Bundesliga matches. He also scored 10 goals and assisted two goals in eight Champions League matches.
Haaland scored three goals in four matches to help Dortmund win the German Football League title in the 2020-21 season.
He ended up as the Champions League’s top scorer in the 2020-21 season, and was also named the Bundesliga’s best player of the season after his strong performances in front of goal.
Haaland revealed earlier that he is looking forward to Real Madrid and Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo as one of his football heroes, as well as former Swansea City star Micho.
“I have a lot [of idols] It’s 2020, Haaland said, and Micho is one of them. “He has been fantastic at Swansea. I also love Cristiano Ronaldo and what he has done in the last 10 years. I love watching, especially the strikers because I am one of them.”
Haaland represents Norway and has lined up for her at different levels. He was part of the Norway Under-17 team that won the Syrenca Cup in 2016.
He made his international debut for Norway on 5 September 2019 in the Euro 2020 qualifier match against Malta.
He scored his first major international goal for Norway in a 1–2 loss to Austria in the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League on 4 September 2020.
Life off the field
Haaland revealed that he enjoys meditating, and that his goal celebration mimics the ‘Zen’ mode.
“I really enjoy meditating,” Haaland replied in 2020 when asked about the meaning behind his trademark celebration. “It makes me feel calm and calm. That is why sometimes I celebrate like this when I score.”
What did others say?
Inge Haaland wrote on his son’s development, speaking in 2020: “Erling has been very fortunate to have good coaches and teammates. He is still learning. He loves to score goals but has also improved a lot in playing. It is not one definite moment, but a lot of hard work from him and also having a career plan for him in terms of clubs where the young players will get A chance to play. Playing time is the most important thing for him.”
Norwegian journalist Nils Henrik Smith on Haaland’s full debut for Brin: “I was there for his first start. He was fast and he was at a good pace; he made smart rounds. He was tall but tall at that point. He didn’t have the muscles that he has now – but you can see there’s raw talent there.”