‘The Little-Faced Crusher’: When Erling Haaland arrived in Dortmund in 2020, the machine caught fire immediately! From the first minute he gave his opponents one goal after another. BVB fans are heartbroken that the Norwegian has left Schwarz-Gelb after two and a half years. But how did the star striker grow up? And how much was he really missing to the rap career? SPORT BILD offers a glimpse into Erling Haaland’s character.
“The apple does not fall far from the tree”
It’s probably in the genes: A. Inge Haaland (49), Erling’s father, was a professional soccer player for 13 years. After Haaland Sr. had to end his career at the age of 29 due to a serious knee injury, the family returned from England to Norway. At the age of five, his son started playing in the junior section of Bryne FK in Norway. There he undermined Bryne’s youth teams and debuted in 2016 at the age of 15. However, the breakthrough came in Austria: in 2019, Haaland moved to Red Bull Salzburg, where he scored an impressive 28 goals in 22 official matches. Exceptional: In his first Champions League game, the 19-year-old scored a hat-trick, becoming the third youngest player in the tournament’s history to do so.
In 2019, Haaland was voted Austrian Footballer of the Year before the BVB became familiar with the Norway international…
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Crazy stats and back to England
In January 2020, Haaland came on as a substitute against FC Augsburg for the first time and scored three goals in his first 20 minutes in the Eredivisie – the fastest hat-trick in a debut ever! Plus: No Bundesliga player has ever scored nine goals in his first six matches. Haaland was already chasing records early on. After two games he already had five goals under his belt and he also broke the Bundesliga record here. famous competition: Erling Haaland scored his 100th professional goal in the 146th game. Lionel Messi (34) broke that mark after only 210 games, while Cristiano Ronaldo (37) needed 301 games.
After more than two years in Dortmund, Haaland is leaving the Ruhr region and moving to where his father Alf-Inge ended his career – Manchester City caught the striker and is now chasing the Champions League title again with the Norwegian record…
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- Even little Haaland was busy collecting records: at the age of five, he jumped 1.63 meters from a standing start – the unofficial world record for this age group to this day.
- Haaland’s role model? Zlatan Ibrahimovic! “I love his mentality and how he sees different things. I think I’ve always had that self-confidence – that’s what I am now,” he says of his role model. There was also a lot of praise from the Swede: “There are players who have been among the best for a long time and there are also a few youngsters. Erling Haaland is one of them too – and Ibrahimovic. That’s all it takes!”
- No to Hoffenheim! In 2016, TSG Hoffenheim called Haaland to trial. However, the transfer was not made. Reason: salary expectations. While Hoffenheim were not prepared to transfer more than 2,000 euros a month to their players, Haaland and his agent set the pain limit at 5,000 euros.
- Nearly 9 Million Clicks On YouTube: If football hadn’t worked out with the city’s next superstar, there really was a Plan B. Along with his teammates from the U national team, the 16-year-old Haaland has recorded a rap video. “It ended up being a really cool song,” he says of the hit song today. Take a look for yourself…
“I think…” Judgment’s doubts were expressed live on TV