Erling Haaland Profile

Name Erling Haaland
Born Jul 21, 2000
Age 20 years
Birthplace Leeds, England
Height 6ft 4ins

Erling Braut Haaland is a professional footballer who plays for Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga and the Norwegian national team.

He is widely regarded as one of the best young players in world football and one of the world's best strikers.

Haaland was born on 21 July 2000 in Leeds, where his father, Alf Inge Haaland, was playing for Leeds United. In 2004, aged three, Haaland moved to Bryne, his parents' hometown in Norway. There, he started out with local club Bryne before moving on to Molde.

Haaland's prolific goal-scoring exploits caught the eyes of Red Bull Salzburg in Austria. It was during his time there that he truly burst onto the scene. At club level, he starred for Salzburg in the UEFA Champions League. Internationally, he made headlines by scoring nine goals for Norway U-20 in a 12-0 win over Honduras at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in 2019.

Early career

Haaland started playing for Bryne FK's academy at the age of five. His youth coach, Alf Ingve Berntsen, discussed Haaland's early talent in an interview with Goal.

"I saw Erling for the first time when he was five when he joined indoor training with a group one year older... His first two touches led to goals. He was very, very good from the first moment, even though he hadn't played in the club before. He started playing in his own year group, but because he was so much better than the others, we immediately pulled him up to Under-6," he said.

Haaland's rise continued as he scored 18 goals in 14 matches for Bryne's reserve team in 2015/16. He broke into the first team aged 15, and although he did not immediately replicate his goalscoring exploits for the reserves, Haaland earned a move to Molde.

Haaland scored on debut for Molde in a 3-2 Norwegian Cup win over Volde TI. He also scored on his Eliteserien debut against Sarpsborg 08 after coming off the bench. After scoring four goals in 20 matches in all competitions in 2017, he had a more prolific season in 2018, netting 16 times in 30 appearances.

Haaland won the 2018 Eliteserien Breakthrough of the Year award and was likened by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to Belgian star Romelu Lukaku, who played for Manchester United at the time - a club which Solskjaer previously played for and would soon manage.

Haaland and Red Bull Salzburg

On 19 August 2018, Red Bull Salzburg confirmed that Haaland would join the Austrian champions on 1 January of the following year. According to Phil Hay of The Athletic, Haaland was also the subject of interest from his father's former club, Leeds United. However, he opted to sign a five-year contract with Salzburg.

On 19 July 2019, fresh off a famous nine-goal haul for Norway U-20 against Honduras, Haaland netted a hat-trick for Salzburg in an Austrian Cup win over SC-ESV Parndorf. On 10 August, he followed up with another hat-trick in a 5-2 Austrian Bundesliga win over Wolfsberger AC. Then, on 14 September, he scored yet another treble in a 7-2 win over TSV Hartberg.

Three days later, Haaland truly began to burst onto the scene as he scored a first half hat-trick in a 6-2 UEFA Champions League win over Genk.

A goal against Liverpool at Anfield and two goals against Napoli meant that Haaland became the second teenager in the history of the UEFA Champions League to score on his first three appearances in the competition. The first had been Karim Benzema. He then broke Benzema's record by scoring in his next two Champions League matches - the reverse fixtures against Napoli and Genk.

After a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool saw RB Salzburg eliminated from the UEFA Champions League, Haaland officially joined Borussia Dortmund on 29 December 2019.

Gaining world-class status at Dortmund

Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund

Haaland hit the ground running at his new club, having signed a four-and-a-half-year contract. Within 23 minutes of his Bundesliga debut, he already had his first hat-trick for Dortmund in a 5-3 away win over FC Augsburg.

Two goals against FC Cologne in his next Bundesliga match meant that Haaland scored five goals within his first 56 minutes in the league.

He won the Bundesliga Player of the Month award in January 2020 before going on to score a brace in his third appearance in the competition against Union Berlin on 1 February.

On 18 February, Haaland scored both of Dortmund's goals in their 2-1 UEFA Champions League round of 16 win over Paris Saint-Germain. When Dortmund lost the return leg 2-0 on 11 March, PSG players mocked and mimicked his goal celebration.

Haaland finished the 2019/20 season with 16 goals in 18 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund to add to the 28 he scored in 22 games for Red Bull Salzburg.

During the 2020/21 season, Haaland's tremendous form continued for Dortmund. Having scored at around a goal per game and fired Dortmund into the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, rumours continued to swirl of a potential exit from Dortmund for one of the biggest clubs in world football in one of its major leagues.

Reports suggest that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has made Haaland a central target, while he has also been linked with Real Madrid, JuventusManchester City and Manchester United.

International career with Norway

After his nine goals in the match against Honduras at the FIFA U20 World Cup, Haaland made his senior international debut against Malta on 5 September 2019.

He scored his first goal for Norway nearly a year later on 4 September 2020 during a 2-1 UEFA Nations League B defeat to Austria. Haaland went on to follow that up with a brace against Northern Ireland in a 5-1 win three days later and a hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Romania on 11 October.

Personal life

Haaland's father, Alf Inge Haaland, is perhaps most famous from being on the end of a notorious tackle from former Manchester United captain Roy Keane.

Keane had been injured by Haaland Snr. during the latter's time at Leeds United and claimed revenge after Haaland had moved to Manchester City, picking up a yellow card for his reckless challenge, which some say ended Haaland's career.

Reported net worth

Dortmund paid a reported £17million to sign Haaland, whose contract with the club runs until 2024.

According to 90min, Haaland's agreement with Dortmund is for him to earn €6m per year for the first two years of his contract and €8m per year thereafter.

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