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Every aspiring Norwegian soccer player has a new Idol

Haaland proves it's easy to reach stardom

By Giorgi MikhelidzePublished 3 years ago 4 min read

Any young football player starting his career is always striving to resemble a star player. If you take such world-class players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi who have dominated the football arena in the past decade also grew up on other players’ games and idolized them. Right now they are slowly becoming other young players’ favorites.

This could be said about any country in the world. Norway where we can say football has a golden era, talents are emerging in the state. Haaland, Odegaard, Ajer, Berge are the future for football and Norway has the potential to enter the elite of European football. We will not be wrong to say that Haaland is currently the best player among them and is an idol for every youngster. In this article, we will talk about this unique talent.

Why Haaland?

Norwegian Erling Haaland is considered one of the most gifted, dangerous, effective and rapidly progressing forwards of our time. It is him who many experts predict become a future star and who will certainly write his name on the pages of football history.

Haaland is extremely experienced and calm for his age, flourishing in big games as well. One such game that we can remember was against PSG where he scored two goals. And he is only 20.

First steps

The future thunderstorm of all defenders of the world was born on July 21, 2000, in the English city of Leeds. Soon his family moved to the historical homeland - in Norway, where Erling began to receive the first lessons of football science, having got to the academy of Bryne.

Bryne (2015-17)

The first professional club in Haaland’s career was the modest Norwegian team Bryne, who played in the second-strongest division of the country. However, Erling was not able to prove himself here because of his extremely young age. In total, the striker played 16 matches, not distinguished by any notable action.

Molde (2017-19)

This club from the eponymous city, playing in the elite division of Norway, in February 2017 bought Haaland from Bryne for 100,000 euros. In 50 games the young forward distinguished himself with 20 goals and 6 assists, quickly going to the promotion.

Red Bull Salzburg (2019-20)

Perhaps It was in the camp of Salzburg where Haaland was able to reveal his talent in all its glory. Salzburg bought the forward in January 2019 for 8 million euros - and never regretted it.

A career in Salzburg was a turning point in the youngster’s career. He quickly became a phenomenon, most notably when he scored a hat-trick against Genk in the first half in the first round of the Champions League. The whole of Norway stood on its feet. Major betting companies started offering promotions on him, and Gratis Spinn website was one of the first sites that provided a thorough analysis of Haaland’s performance after every game - how much he ran, how many goals he scored, etc.

In 27 matches for the team, the Norwegian forward distinguished himself with 29 goals and 7 assists, forcing the attention of such European grandees as Barcelona, Juventus, Inter, and Manchester United.

Borussia Dortmund (2020 - present)

Haaland put the whole of Europe on alert when he joined Dortmund in the middle of the 2019/20 season. The Bumblebees proved to be the hastiest and bought Haaland for only 20 million euros, perfectly strengthening their roster on the eve of the crucial battles in the Bundesliga and the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Haaland did not let down, once again proving that a professional footballer does not need a lot of time to integrate into the new team: in just a couple of months, which Erling spent in a Borussia Dortmund shirt, the striker scored 9 goals and gave 2 assists in 8 matches of the German championship, earned 2 points (2-0) on the system "goal plus pass" in two meetings of the 1/8th champions league final and scored 1 goal in one match. Erling's average performance at the Bundesliga was more than 1 goal per match - a phenomenal start for the 19-year-old!

Transfer cost

In less than a year, Haaland’s transfer cost has risen by almost 70 million, which better than any words will say about the enchanting high-quality jump made by this footballer.

A career in the national team

Haaland first made the whole world talk about himself at the end of May 2019, when he managed to score 9 (!) goals against Honduras at the World Youth Championship.

In the jersey of the Norwegian national team, Erling made his debut on September 5, 2019, under Lars Lagerback, coming out from the first seconds in the qualifying match for the 2020 European Championship with Malta (2-0).

What to expect from the Norwegian in the future?

While Haaland is step by step entering the arena of elite football players, we are sure that this player will not stop at this level. He is already a leader of Dortmund, is a starting forward of the Norwegian national team, and does not show any sign of fear. What’s more the Norwegian is very humble and is a very hard-working player. Everyone anticipates that at some point he will leave Dortmund for a better club. But right now the German club is the best-suited for the Norwegian talent, because of the style they play and the players they have in the squad.


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