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Name Erling Haland
Spelling Erling Haaland
  Erling Braut Haaland
Gender Male
Ethnic Norwegian
Job Norwegian Footballer

Affiliation

Org Norway National Team
Club as Player Dortmund
  RB Salzburg
  Molde
  Bryne FK

Relationship

Father Alfe-Inge Haland

2019 09 28 Retrieve

[Erling Braut Haaland tells about his relationship with former Molde coach and current Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær] He has had a huge impact on my life, both as a person and as a trainer. He won the Champions League and was an incredibly good player. He has taught me a lot. I have dreamed of playing for the best clubs in the world my whole life, and I especially like English football

2019 10 05 Retrieve

[Erling Haland shared his aspirations to follow in Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s footsteps] I had a lot of role models and I have seen many good players, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the biggest one for me – how he became so good, the [path] he took, the way he plays. Also, he is Scandinavian, so someone has to take over from him

2019 11 16 Retrieve

I have five hat-trick balls in my bed and I sleep well with them. They are my girlfriends. I love them all

2019 12 09 Retrieve

[Haaland: It’s not hard to deal with transfer speculation] I just focus on my job, playing football, and to enjoy what I do every day and to go in with a clear mindset, to be in the present, and enjoy the moment right now. That’s my focus, to focus on Salzburg and me as a player. So it’s not hard at all [dealing with transfer speculation]. I’m enjoying every day and playing football

2019 12 09b Retrieve

[The Reds went on to win 4-3 thanks to Mohamed Salah’s strike] We have nothing to lose. We will go out there and enjoy ourselves, smile, enjoy the game. It’s the biggest game of my life so far and I’m looking forward to it. I’m living the dream and its matches like this that you dream of

[The forward, who has scored an astonishing 28 goals in 21 games this season, has been linked with almost every top side in Europe] I just focus on my job, playing football, enjoying what I do every day. Enjoying the moment, right now, and to focus on Salzburg

2019 12 12 Retrieve

[When asked to comment on a possible move away from Salzburg in the winter market ahead of a European clash with Liverpool on Tuesday] I just focus on my job, playing football, and to enjoy what I do every day and to go in with a clear mindset, to be in the present, and enjoy the moment right now

2019 12 29 Retrieve

[Borussia Dortmund sign Man Utd target Haaland in cut-price €20m deal] I had intensive discussions with the club’s management, especially with Hans-Joachim Watzke, Michael Zorc and manager Lucien Favre. There was a feeling right from the start that I absolutely wanted to join this club, go down this route and play football in this incredible Dortmund atmosphere in front of more than 80,000 spectators. I’m already itching to get started

2020 01 07 Retrieve

[Haaland reveals why he snubbed Man Utd for Dortmund] They just went direct and said, ‘We need you upfront, we like your playing style and we want to have you here’. I liked how they spoke to me then and that’s what triggered me [to sign]. I just felt that me and Dortmund was a good match

[Haaland said of his aims at Dortmund] To slightly get to know people better, to train good with the team and we’ll see if I am good enough I will play and we’ll just have to see, step by step. Of course, I want to play and I know I have something to give to the team. That’s my main goal now to have smaller goals and to reach them and I know it will be good

2020 01 10 Retrieve

[Haaland reiterates reasons why he chose Dortmund ahead of Man Utd] It’s been good, great guys, great staff. A good first week. I chose Dortmund because my feeling was best here. It’s a massive club. I’ve always liked this club. When I mention it, I start to smile because I like the club and how it is, so that’s why. I like everything [the fans, the style of play], all of it. [The Bundesliga] is a good league with a lot of good players. It’s a great league, the teams play nice football and I think it’ll fit me

2020 01 18 Retrieve

[Haaland then put Dortmund ahead for the first time with 18 minutes left when he tapped home after Thorgan Hazard got in behind the Augsburg defence and completed his treble when captain Marco Reus played him into the area, slamming the ball home to make it 5-3] I am pretty relaxed about it, I don’t really know why. I’m at a fantastic club with great team-mates and good people around me. I came here to score goals and it was a good debut for me

2020 02 01 Retrieve

[Haaland breaks Bundesliga record in Dortmund rout] I feel in a good place and have not had any problems integrating. We understand each other on the pitch, we saw that today. That is the most important thing. It was nice to play from the start. I’ve got to get even fitter, but that will come with each game

2020 02 02 Retrieve

[Dortmund record-breaker Haaland: I’m not 100% fit yet] It was pretty tough today, but it was also nice to play from the start. I have to get even fitter, I am still not 100 per cent

2020 02 03 Retrieve

[Eleven goals in 11 games: Sancho in the form of his life at Dortmund] You see on the pitch that he is very good and I do not want him to give me too many assists so we have to keep it down a bit.

2020 02 13 Retrieve

[Haaland rubbishes ‘comical’ claims that wage demands caused failed Man Utd move] Ole has been very important for me in getting to where I am today. But we concluded that Dortmund was the best option for me. That was where I felt best about, and therefore it became Dortmund

[Pressed on the rumours that Machester United balked at his wage demands] No, it’s the guys writing would have to speak to that. They’ll have to explain it to me if they meet me. It’s not my focus, whatsoever. It’s kind of comical if I were to get that label. All the people closest to me know that’s not the kind of person I am

[Haaland further highlighted the role played by agent Mino Raiola in helping to secure his deal] He’s the best in the world at what he does, as simple as that. He’s the best agent. He gets a lot of negativity, and that’s probably because he’s doing such a great job for those he’s working for. He has helped a lot and he’s a good guy to have around.

2020 02 14 Retrieve

[Haaland inspired by Mbappe as he aims to be one of world’s best] I always said to myself that my dream is to become one of the best players in the world. I knew when I was young that I was good, but you know, it’s also a long way to go. When I got my first professional contract in Bryne, I was thinking: ‘this is a good thing’. But on the other side, it’s nothing compared to others. Also, when I was in Salzburg, I started scoring goals there, but if I’m realistic, I look at Kylian Mbappe, he’s scoring, he’s banging in goals in Ligue 1, so you know, you can always reach a higher level in football

I’ve been here one month, but when my team is all so good, it gets easy sometimes to create chances and to play with them, because they’re so good. The first second I played with Jadon [Sancho], Marco [Reus], Thorgan [Hazard], you know these guys, it just sits direct, and that’s how it is with world-class players

[Asked if he had already enjoyed a better career than his dad] No, not yet. Alfe-Inge Haland has 34 games for Norway, and I think over 200 games in the Premier League in England, so I’m still missing a bit

2020 02 18 Retrieve

[Haaland says he’s still improving after firing yet another brace] I am glad about the man of the match award, but feel like I still can do a lot better. I have to play better at this level, have to work hard to improve. The result is quite a dangerous one, as PSG has a very strong team and can still go through in the return leg

2020 02 21 Retrieve

[Haaland aiming to surpass his father as Dortmund transition gets ‘easy’] My father has been a big role model for me. I always said to myself I want to become a professional football player at a high level, and that’s what I said my whole life. To try to get better than him is also a goal and he has 34 games for Norway, and I think over 200 games in the Premier League, in England, so it’s still missing a bit

I’ve been here one month, but when my teammates are so good, it’s getting easy sometimes, you know, to create chances and to play with them, because they’re so good. The first second I played with Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus, Thorgan Hazard know these guys, it just sits direct, and that’s how it is with world-class players

When I walked out for the first time, on the bench of course, and I heard the Yellow Wall and the whole stadium singing, it was fantastic. It was like a dream to play in front of 80,000. It was another level…

2020 03 02 Retrieve

[Haaland offers hope to Man Utd & Real Madrid with Zlatan Ibrahimovic admission] I like his mentality and how he sees different things. I think I’ve always had that confidence, too – that’s just me. I also like how he moves from one club to another, in another country – which isn’t easy – but he always comes in and just bangs in goals, from the first second. I liked seeing that. We’re both strikers and we’re both tall. But we have a different game. It’s hard to compare us. I am who I am.

[Pressed on the interest which has been shown in him from Old Trafford and Santiago Bernabeu] It’s always nice when clubs are interested. It means you’ve done something right

[Haaland said of the Red Devils boss] I arrived at Molde as a young kid, and he helped me a lot. He was a good finisher, and helped me with striking skills and different finishing methods. He’s been important in my career

[Haaland becomes one of the most fearsome strikers in European football] I’ve been doing this my whole life. It’s what I wanted to do when I was older. It’s what I do. I always knew I’d be a good player, but things have been going fast. I like that speed!

2020 03 07 Retrieve

[Erling Haaland on Zlatan Ibrahimovic] I like his mentality and how he sees different things. I think I’ve always had that confidence, too – that’s just me. I also like how he moves from one club to another, in another country – which isn’t easy – but he always comes in and just bangs in goals, from the first second. I liked seeing that. We’re both strikers and we’re both tall. But we have a different game. It’s hard to compare us. I am who I am.

2020 03 10 Retrieve

[Dortmund star Haaland: I scored twice against PSG but can do much better] Yes, ok, I scored two goals, but I also made a lot of mistakes during this match. So let’s say it could have been much better than that

[Mbappe] is a fantastic player. It was the first time I played against him in the first leg. He has so much talent, and even more. He is an extraordinary player. Everything he did at his age and when you look at his record, it’s completely crazy. He’s a great player

[He is targeting the German top-flight golden boot but insists individual records are not as important as team achievements] I came to Dortmund as a normal football player, and I am still a normal football player. It doesn’t change. But it’s nice to hear good, it means I’m doing good things. I want to be the top scorer in the Bundesliga. But I’m not someone who always thinks about records. It’s not my thing. I think about my team and help them as best I can. Nothing else

2020 03 10b Retrieve

[Haaland explains why he hates facing Liverpool defender] Van Dijk. He is so good. He is powerful, quick, he possesses all the qualities. He is an incredible player

I have just arrived. I am very happy here. I want to achieve many things. I am only concentrating on that. The stadium here gives me goose bumps, and I feel well here

2020 03 14 Retrieve

[Erling Haaland when asked what kind of defender he hates coming across] Van Dijk. He is so good. He is powerful, quick, he possesses all the qualities. He is an incredible player

2020 04 07 Retrieve

[Dortmund star Haaland explains how Solskjaer helped him become deadly finisher] I remember it was frustrating as a young striker, everything goes against you in training. I was alone with the keeper and the bar, got crosses from Ole Gunnar, but I missed on every opportunity. I remember Ole then said ‘I think you start this game, so just be ready

Solskjaer and I did some practice on finishing. Not just crosses. I remember he taught me some easy rules. The first one was one-touch [finishes]. That I don’t use too much power and trying to destroy the goal or the goalie with ball. I think that I was thinking about doing that and it was something new that he told me. I trained a bit on that, but without scoring. But at least I had it in my head after that training session. He has taught me a lot to be calm, and also be on your toes and come to those situation where the ball is coming. It is then you have the chance to score. He deserves a lot of credit for teaching me that

2020 04 26 Retrieve

[Haaland seems happy that he made the right decision in moving to Dortmund] To be honest, this has been one of the greatest moments in my whole life. When that happens, it is simply incredible and indescribable. It is pure goosebumps. Seeing the Yellow Wall and all these fans is just amazing. It is one of the greatest feelings you can have.

[Haaland’s incredible form has seen him compared to former Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski] I had a lot of idols as a child. But if I have to name two players, it would be Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic

2020 04 27 Retrieve

[Haaland reveals coronavirus lockdown routine] I coach and meditate a lot, and play FIFA with the guys. My favourite food is kebab pizza. Honestly speaking, it’s been one of the best moments of my entire life to date. Whenever it happens, it’s simply unbelievable and indescribable. Seeing the Wall and all those fans is simply amazing. It’s one of the best feelings that you can have

[Asked who his idols were growing up, Haaland singled out Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while stating that Thomas Delaney was his best friend in the Dortmund dressing room] We speak almost the same language, I can speak Norwegian with him. That’s why it’s Thomas

[And he also had a message for kids who might now be looking to follow in his footsteps] Always stay hungry. Always be on the lookout for goals and balls

2020 05 01 Retrieve

[Haaland full of praise for ‘fascinating’ Dortmund team-mate Gio Reyna] He’s 17-and-a-half soon, so at such a young age to be so calm on the ball and play for such a big team, it’s very fascinating to see how calm he is and he doesn’t care about anything, he just jumps right into it. He’s a top talent, and we’re lucky to have him here. The American Dream, I call him that

[Haaland, however, says he is happy with his life at Dortmund so far, and says the team spirit at the club has helped smooth his move from Red Bull Salzburg, after transferring from Austria to Germany in January] Yeah, it’s been a very good start and from my debut I’ve been enjoying it a lot and smiling a lot and these kinds of things and that’s what’s the most important about my life, to smile a lot. So, yeah, that’s what I try to do the most. I feel I’m improving every day and now that I play with even better teammates than what I played with in Salzburg - all respect to Salzburg - but yeah, they can find me in even better situations and this, so yeah it’s been good. It’s been a good first few months

2020 05 01b Retrieve

[Haaland inspired by Ronaldo & ‘thankful’ after PSG mimicked his meditation celebration] You could just see it in Ronaldo’s face that ‘today I’m the man’ and ‘today, I will score goals’ and that’s what he did. That’s what I like the best, how dedicated and hungry they are to succeed and to be the man in the moment

[On his incredible start to life at Dortmund] It’s been a very good start and from my debut I’ve been enjoying it a lot and smiling a lot and these kind of things and that’s what’s the most important about my life, to smile a lot and these kind of things. So, yeah, that’s what I try to do the most. I feel I’m improving every day and now that I play with even better team-mates than what I played with in Salzburg – all respect to Salzburg – but yeah, they can find me in even better situations, so it’s been good

[Haaland celebrated his two goals in the opening leg by sitting cross-legged and pretending to meditate – a celebration Neymar mimicked at the Parc des Princes, with some of his PSG team-mates doing the same after the game] I think they helped me a lot to get meditation out in the world and to show the whole world that meditation is an important thing so I’m thankful that they helped me with that

2020 05 02 Retrieve

[Erling Haaland responds to Paris Saint-Germain players mimicking his meditation goal celebration] I think they helped me a lot to get meditation out in the world and to show the whole world that meditation is an important thing so I’m thankful that they helped me with that

2020 05 13 Retrieve

[Dortmund star Haaland ignoring Real Madrid rumours]</b> I focus on this, not on the attention that is towards me. I think about doing my job, which is the thing I love most. My focus is on this

[Dortmund are set to face Schalke in the Revierderby] I can’t wait to live and play my first Ruhr derby. I have played other derbies, but never like this

2020 05 17 Retrieve

[Haaland suggested his 10th goal in nine Bundesliga appearances was to be expected] Of course I’m not the same. I haven’t been playing games for seven weeks, so of course not. But I know I have been working hard this period and I am not surprised [to score], no.

2020 05 25 Retrieve

[Haaland unfazed by Bayern’s World Cup-winning defenders ahead of crucial Klassiker] No [pressure doesn’t bother me]. I like to play these games and that’s what I like the most, to be honest. I’m looking forward to a game against a very good Bayern side. I try to be as calm as possible and not think too much about the game. They have World Cup winners, but we also have that. I know we have a good team, but Bayern also have a good team, so it will be an interesting game. I see every team-mate every day in training and I see how good they actually are and it’s all about getting that out as a team to achieve our goals, so I’m looking forward to the game.

First of all is to try to play our best as a team because I know how much quality we have in the team. When we show that, we create chances and play like a fantastic team. For me, my job is to score goals, of course. You’ve seen in the last few games that not only I score, but so do the full-backs and midfielders. Everyone can score and that’s something good that we have in our team.

2020 06 13 Retrieve

[Haaland: It feels like the handball rule only affects Borussia Dortmund!] I haven’t seen the replay yet, but I have the feeling this handball rule is currently only against us

The team needed something up front and I was just waiting for my chance and luckily I got it in the end, and it was a goal, so it was very nice. We had some chances and they also had chances, so I don’t want to say we were lucky but three points is very nice. Dusseldorf had good tactics and made it difficult for us, but good teams win even on bad days

2020 06 20 Retrieve

[Dortmund star Haaland unhappy to miss out on Bundesliga title] First of all it is of course sh*t that Bayern won. But that is how it is now and we have to do our best out of it. And now we have secured second place, but we tried to get as close as we can on them

[Haaland on Claudio Reyna] I have called him the American dream before and it’s true. He is 17-years-old and what he is doing on the pitch is amazing. He has a huge future in front of him

2020 06 26 Retrieve

[Haaland giving no thought to Borussia Dortmund exit] I have signed a long contract and I have practically just arrived. So now I don’t think about leaving at all

2020 06 26b Retrieve

[Erling Haaland is giving no thought to making a move away from Borussia Dortmund, despite rumours continuing to link him with the likes of Real Madrid and Liverpool] I don’t think much about the future, I live in the present and decide what is best for my career at each specific moment. So I joined Dortmund in winter with a lot of conviction. They are one of the best teams in the world, I have signed a long contract and I have practically just arrived. So now I don’t think about leaving at all

[The youngster is enjoying working with Lucien Favre for now and expects his impressive development to continue] He obviously helped me a lot to improve. I scored a lot of goals at a higher level and we won a lot of games with him as a team. It all speaks for itself. Unfortunately we also lost both games against Bayern - without these points it is doubly difficult to end up in front of them due to their strength. I want to achieve something with BVB, not always just second, but also to win titles if possible. We should set goals, we want to attack

2020 06 27 Retrieve

[Borussia Dortmund attacker Erling Haaland has described his match-winning strike against Paris Saint-Germain as the best goal he has ever scored] It is the best goal I have ever scored. I love the Champions League. I am happy d42ee8ade6104ac2d22a470b29e7d6ab copied my meditation celebration

[His arrival has seen him join force with rising England star Jadon Sancho with Haaland savouring the chance to play alongside such a talent]
Amazing to play with him at Dortmund and I played against him when I was 16 also and he was the best player then and he is now. He is the same age as me and he has a very bright future