Football: All you need to know about Erling Håland, the Salzburg phenomenon


Norway may be a big scorer and it's not just about the size of the boy (1.91 m), but his caliber. A symbol of this new Norwegian golden generation with Kasper Dolberg or Martin Ødegaard, Erling Håland celebrated his first league championship in the most beautiful way by scoring a hat-trick in the overwhelming victory of the RB Salzburg against the Belgian Genk (6 -2).

Spotted by Solskjaer at 18

Before entering the European stage with a roar, the prodigy Erling Håland was already performing at home in Norway. Trained at the training center of Bryne FK, a small town of 12,000 inhabitants southwest of Oslo, Håland has played with the reserve of this club fourth division of Norway 14 games where he stands out by scoring 18 goals. The precocity, he already knows, and his performances allow him to make his debut as a first team on May 12, 2016 at only 15 years old.

A potential quickly spotted the following year by a certain Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, then coach of Molde FK. And it is also the former Manchester United player who will launch in the big bath. A first season he finished with four goals scored in 20 games played.

Do not burn the steps

This period sees him also perform a test with the TSK Hoffenheim team, but he is not retained by the German club. From then on, he continues to score and soon attracts the big European clubs like Arsenal or Juventus of Turin. But Erling Håland decides not to go through the stages too quickly and it is at RB Salzburg that the player decides to continue his career.

Recruited in 2018 against 10 million euros, Håland joined the Austrian club only last January at the end of the Norwegian championship which takes place over a calendar year. It will be very little used by the RB Salzburg at the end of the season before hatching and show all his talent.

A defender father in Manchester City

Håland is a name that speaks to fans of the Premier League. And for good reason, Erling Håland, is none other than the son of Alf-Inge, defender of Manchester City in the 2000s. But if we know so well this former defender passed notably by Leeds or Nottingham Forest, it is for a much more tragic reason.

Roy Keane's tackle on Alf-Inge Håland

In April 2001, at the derby between Manchester United and Manchester City, Alf-Inge Håland was cut in two by Irishman Roy Keane. A tackle he will not recover, since the defender will stop his career after this terrible injury.

A record of precocity for 15 years

Scoring a hat-trick in the Champions League at just 19, it had not happened since a Wayne Rooney in 2004. At 18, the English striker had also scored three times against Fenerbahce with his Manchester United club.

Tuesday night, shaking the nets against Genk for his first match of the Champions League and only 19 years, Erling Håland has done better than many stars of world football: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Kylian Mbappé are beaten!

An unbelievable start to the season

Only 19, but already 7 goals in nine games. This efficiency in the Austrian league, Haland was able to export on a European scale since he needed only three small shots to score his three goals against Genk. A performance that places him at the top of the list of scorers in the Champions League.

If he continues to stack goals, Håland may be in high demand and could become the new darling that everyone pulls. What, perhaps attract Manchester United driven by a certain Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who could find his former player. But it will probably pay a little money to attach the services of Norwegian, under contract until 2023 with the Austrian club.


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