If there is a football team in Europe known for grooming young talent into world-class stars, that team is Borussia Dortmund. Season after season, the Black and Yellow see their most influential players leave for bigger teams. To counter that, BVB, led by Michael Zorc, proactively recruit the hottest talent in the World. Erling Haaland is not an exception. The Norwegian international is taking the Bundesliga by storm. Here at Ultimateborussia.com, we are investigating the 19 years old past. These are Erling Haaland facts you should now.
Football in Blood
Erling was born in 2001in Leeds, England. His father and agent Alf-Inge Haaland was a professional footballer who played for Leeds United and Manchester City as a defender and midfielder. Alf-Inge has 259 professional appearances with 37 goals and 34 Norwegian national team caps. Even though he might have chosen to play for England, Erling walked in the steps of his father to become a Norwegian International at a young age.
Erling Haaland fast growth is impressive
The young Norwegian striker started his football adventure in Bryne, a small town in the southwest coast of Norway. Climbing the ranks of Bryne FK, Haaland showed a spurt of growth that impressed both his father and coaches. The 19 years old Norwegian international was ready to do whatever it takes to become the unique talent that he is, hitting the gym to grow and become stronger.
The Next Zlatan
We always hear comparisons between young players and football legends. The young “Messi” or the young “C. Ronaldo”. Erling Haaland, with his towering height of 6’4″ (193cm), he is often compared to Zlatan. Furthermore, the young Norwegian striker admires the legendary Swedish footballer. “I had a lot of role models and looked up to many footballers, but Zlatan is the biggest one,” Haaland said. “The way he became so good, the way he plays. He’s also Scandinavian, so someone has to take over from him!”. One other player who was compared to Zlatan Ibrahimovic was no other than ex-Borussia Dortmund striker Alexander Isaak.
Erling Haaland Praised by Marco Reus
When it comes to Borussia Dortmund legends, Marco Reus is one of the Gods. The 30 years old captain is an icon and one of the most loyal players in the history of the club. Therefore, taking young players such as Sanch and Haaland under his wing is a strong statement to his loyalty. Marco Reus said in an interview that Borussia Dortmund didn’t witness a striker as talented as Haaland since Robert Lewandowski.
Erling Haaland, the Record Books Destroyer
The last Erling Haaland fact, but not the least impressive. Borussia Dortmund is a team known for record-breaking achievements. Erling Haaland once scored 9 goals in a FIFA U-20 World Cup Championship against Honduras. During his first 2 games as a BVB player in the Bundesliga, Erling Haaland scored 5 goals in 59 minutes. This made him the first player in the History of the Bundesliga to achieve this number. Not Gerd Muller or even Robert Lewandowski achieved such an impressive feat.
From the 2005 Borussia Dortmund, till the title winning squad in 2011 and UEFA Champions League runner up era, Mostafa was always a very passionate Black and Yellow supporter. You would often see him in Coffee shops and Bars on Matchdays. He will be wearing a BVB jersey and sipping on a German beer and most likely swearing at the referee.