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Every club’s nickname are pretty self-explanatory, often paying tribute to the club’s trademark, heritage, and history.

Nickname or moniker evolved organically, historically, and in most cases through coinage means, but regardless of the rationale behind them, a club’s nickname can provide insights into where and how the team was named.

Every football club’s nickname is embedded in the tradition of the team, and more often than not those tradition has a long-standing connection to some of the team nickname while some didn’t.

Club’s nickname didn’t only give a sense of identity to football enthusiasts, it also motivates the protagonist which are the players.

While as a football enthusiast you may or may not be familiar with some of the nicknames connected with your favorite football clubs, in that regard here we’ll discuss the nicknames, meaning, and the heritage behind them.

From the quirky to the glorious- Here are 10 Football Club’s nicknames

 

  • Estudiantes de La Plata – (Los Pincharratas/The Rat Stabbers)

10 Football Club's Nickname & Meaning

As a non-Argentine fan of Estudiantes, ever wondered why one of the most famous sides in the Argentine Primera Division bears the nickname “The Rat Stabbers“?

The club Estudiantes, in English simply means “Student” was brought to fame in England thanks to a comedy character named Frank Sidebottom whose penchant for wearing the club’s jersey, as it has the same colors as his beloved Altrincham.

The club’s nickname hails from the club’s origin, but it was cemented by a famous player in the 1920’s. Estudiantes was formed in 1905, and during that time most of the founders were university students in the club’s home city of La Plata.

The nickname of the club was coined through the university’s medical laboratories where experiments were been carried out on captive rats.

According to report, a couple of decades later, one of Estudiantes early prominent players, Felipe Montedonica usually had a whole day job of catching rat at the La Plata market where he was often found chasing and stabbing some of the rats he caught with a knife and hung them to a wooden pole.

In that regard, since then the nickname rat stabbers has stuck, and up till now, they’ve still been called the with that nickname.

  • Al Ahly – (El Shayateen El Home/The Red Devils)

10 Football Club's Nickname & Meaning

Considering the impact both in the CAF competitions and the ever exciting Egyptian league, the Egyptian Red Devils is one of Africa’s most famous, successful, and perhaps best-supported football club on the continent reason why they’re awarded the title of “African Club Of the Century” by CAF in 2000.

Al Ahly was nicknamed the “Red Devils” basically for its red jersey since the club was formed in 1907 as a sports club, for Egyptian high school students. During that time, Egypt was occupied by the British forces, as such an Englishman Michel Ince, who was the club’s first President and the one who coined the nickname.

However, the Red Devils has close to four other nicknames, but the Red Devils are what many of their fans know them to be, and when it comes to playing good football the “El Shayateen” are known for its swashbuckling style, and always ready to spill blood. While, on the other hand, they’re also very aggressive most especially in their derbies.

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  • Real Madrid – (Los Merengues /The Whites)

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Not having the Spanish giant on this list would be nothing but discriminating. Right from the first day the club was formed, the Real Madrid kit was white with a black line that passed through the jersey. Subsequently, the line was removed from the jersey while it remains all white which truly depicts the club’s nickname.

While there’s another nickname for the Spanish giant, which is the Los Merengues, a desert-like candy that is associated with the Spanish giant due to its white color. The nickname was coined by a Spanish journalist Matias Prats, who was in charge of commentating on football matches on the radio then, was the first to use the nickname Los Merengues which simply means “Los” The, while “Merengues” means Sweet.

Los Blancos are also known as the “Vikings“, not all football enthusiast knows or refers to them as that, they’re often called Los Blancos or Merengues. As report has it, in the 1950s, Madrid dominated the whole of Europe, as such “The Times” a daily newspaper associated the Spanish giant with the Viking invasion.

Another report has it that, the nickname Vikings was given to Madrid due to their dominance and the quality of star players that joined them while they ruled European football.

  • SSC. Napoli – (Partenopei/Old City)

10 Football Club's Nickname & Meaning

Every football aficionados who saw Maradona don the jersey of Napoli would have a lot of respect for the club even though they aren’t one of the dominant sides in the Seria A. Napoli is a side from the Southern part of Italy, and they’re a club that is fiercely proud of their heritage in which they gained their odd nickname from.

The nickname Partenopei, it’s a Greek term which means “Old City”, the club owes their nickname to the ancient Greek legend of Odysseus, who according to history tied himself to the mast of his ship and made the crew cover their ears to avoid been lures into the treacherous rocks near Sorrento by the sirens, which was called Partenope.

The Old City simply refers to the Port area of Naples, which is a short distance from the club’s legendary San Paolo stadium, now renamed in honor of the late Diego Armando Maradona who died last year.

  • Barcelona – (Blaugrana/Los Culés)

10 Football Club's Nickname & Meaning

In the early 20th century the Catalan giant was known as Los Cules, meaning those who show their backside. The nickname was manufactured when the club’s fans hardly get a seat to watch their darling team play while they sit on one side of the pitch, where there was a wall to spectate their team.

While the walls were on the opposite sides facing the street, people walking past were able to see the backside of the fans sitting to spectate their team, with that the nickname Los Cules was coined.

Thankfully when they moved to their current stadium Camp Nou in 1957, the nickname was abolished while they adopted Blaugrana which means “Blau” Blue while “Grana” is garnet or deep red, the color which depicts the club’s jersey and Catalan flag chose by Hans Hamper the founder of the Calatan club.

  • Olympique Lyonnaise – (Les Gones/The Kids)

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As a football fan who saw Lyon dominated the Ligue 1 for six to seven-season, you should be familiar with the name Bonneau? He was the head of youth recruitment at Lyon from 2003 to 2017, where he was partly responsible for launching the careers of a large chunk of talents at the club then which includes, players like Benzema, Umtiti, Ben Arfa to name but a few.

With the nickname of the French side which is the Kids, investing in young talent simply suggested where the nickname came from. Les Gones, when translated into English means the Kids, which is related to the children of the city of Lyon.

The city of Lyon has a university considered a very prestigious school in France, right from the time it is a common occurrence for youth players to come from the University and end up playing for the club.

Since then the nickname Les Gones has stuck firmly with the club and as a matter of fact, Lyon still boasts one of the best talent factories in France producing talented players.

  • Ajax Amsterdam – (De Godenzonen/Sons Of  The god)

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When it comes to nicknames, some European football teams seem contented with deriving their nickname from the color of their jersey, however in the case of the Dutch giant it was a different phenomenon.

The name of the club is a tribute to Ajax the Great, a hero of the Trojan War in Greek mythology.

The club in 1925 added a portrait of the hero who played an important role in the Trojan War on their shield, having been considered a god by the public. During that time, whoever is a follower or a believer of Ajax the great would get the name “Sons of god” which now became the nickname of the Eredivisie giant.

Since the fans inherited the club’s nickname, it’s no surprise that they’re been refers to as De Godenzonen, and not a nickname that was derived from the color of the jersey of the team.

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  • FC Porto – (Dragoes/Dragons)

10 Football Club's Nickname & Meaning

Club’s nickname forms a big part of football culture all over the world and is evident with the nickname of one of the finest sides in Portugal. Porto, one of the best clubs in Portugal goes by Dragoes, which means Dragons paying homage to the mythical creature that is assumed a protector of the City of Porto.

What is synonymous with the Dragon, which is the burning fire, protects the city of Porto from been invaded by the enemies. Looking at the flag and the badge of the Portuguese giant, it carries the fire of the Dragon on it.

Although the Portuguese side also has another nickname which is Blue and White. You could also address them with either of the two nicknames, however, Dragon is mostly synonymous with Porto due to the mythical heritage attached with the nickname.

  • River Plate – (Los Millionarios/The Millionaires)

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River Plate’s nickname “The Millionaires” simply indicates that the Argentine side it’s one of the most financially buoyant teams in their league when it was established. When they intended to sign striker Bernabe Ferreyra of Atletico Tigre, the club offered to pay with gold.

Following the signing of Ferreyra, they continued to maintain an expensive style of signings, having just moved to a brand new stadium in a more lucrative area of Buenos Aires. In that sense having seen the new development in the team, the fans of the team decided to nickname the club “The Millionaires”.

For the banter part of football, Boca Junior been a rival club to River Plate, they often refer to them as “The Chickens”. The nickname goes back to 1966, during a match where the rival club placed chickens on the field as a way to mock River Plate after their Copa Libertadores defeat to Penarol in the final.

  • Manchester United – (Red Devils)

10 Football Club's Nickname & Meaning

Some Premier League team nicknames are self-explanatory because they often time pay tribute to the club’s trademark kit colors or the mascot on the badge of the club. While other nicknames of teams from mostly Latin speaking countries tend to have more affectionate and unique etymology, for instance, Roma’s nickname “La Lupa” which means “The She-Wolf”.

Wondering how or where they got their nickname from? During the constant conflict era between England and France, an English rugby club Salford traveled to France for a match.

Getting to France, been that the team wore a red jersey, they were been referred to as the Red Devils. Matt Busby the United manager during that period, liked the tone of the nickname, as such he thought of using it for Manchester United believing it would be more intimidating to football opponents.

After that he declared United should also be known as “The Red Devils” and in their subsequent matches they began to include the devil logo into their match programs and scarves, since then the Old Trafford side refers to as Red Devils according to Busby wish.

 

Honorable Mention

  • FC Cologne – (Die Geisbocke/The Billy Goat)
  • Arsenal -(The Gunners)
  • Juventus -( La Vecchia Signora)
  • Chelsea – (The Blues)
  • Atletico Madrid – (Los Colchoneros/The Mattress Makers)
  • AS Roma – (La Lupa/The She-Wolf)
  • Bayern Munich – (Die Roten/The Red)
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When it comes to loyalty and commitment in the beautiful game, there are few football players who are able to pledge their allegiance and refused to be swayed by big offers. For every Ashley Cole, there’s also a Totti.

There are players who when they reach their potentials, will get easily swayed by money and the probable fame that will follow their transition to other clubs. While other players would simply remain at their current club because of the love they have for the club.

The first set of players who leave the club when bigger clubs come calling are always remembered for their exploits while at the club. But, the second type of football player who ignores the temptations of leaving their ‘most loved’ football club sides is regarded as heroes.

Meanwhile, there are some known players who have showcased utmost loyalty for their respective clubs. For instance, Francesco Totti waved off Real Madrid’s offer in 2006, stating AS Roma as his family and he’s never seen a situation where a child would leave his poor parents to go live with rich strangers.

But what about other unpopular loyal players like Francesco Totti, Stephen Gerrard or even Mark Noble?.

Here’s a list of 7 most loyal football players

  • David Zibung (Goalkeeper) – FC Luzern (18 Years +)

7 Of The Most Loyal Football Players

The life of this Swiss goalkeeper has been all about his boyhood club, FC Luzern. The +37-year old was born in Hergiswil which is in the Nidwalden region in Switzerland.

He joined the youth team of FC Luzern in 1999 and was there till 2003. Zibung grew in leaps and bounds with the Luzern main team, ever since he broke into the first team, he’s never for once considered leaving the club.

Technically, Zibung would’ve spent eighteen years at Luzern by July 2021. But he’s definitely spent more than eighteen years given that he’s been at the club’s feeder team before 2003.

Zibung remains one of the oldest and longest-serving loyal goalkeepers of the Swiss League.

  • Hidekazu Otani (Midfielder) – Kashiwa Reysol (18 Years)

7 Of The Most Loyal Football Players

Otani is a midfielder of note, who joined his one and only club in 2000 as a teenager. Now 36 years-old, Okami has been deployed in many parts of the midfield but his natural position is the defensive midfield where he plays comfortably well.

The Japanese veteran midfielder has on numerous occasions been offered to leave his club but his love for the Sun King club has held him back so much so that he’s willing to retire at the club when the time comes.

While some quarters may believe that Hidekazu Okani had been at Kashiwa for eighteen years, the fans of the club see him as an integral part of the club’s history given that he’s won laurels with the club severally.

  • Igor Akinfeev (Goalkeeper) – CSKA Moscow (18 Years)

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Akinfeev is probably the most popular player we’re x-raying in this Exposé. Akinfeev, Russian, is the Russian National Team goalkeeper and captain, as well as his club side, CSKA Moscow.

History has it that the 34-year old shot-stopper has been at CSKA Moscow since the age of four. His father sent him to the Sports School of CSKA where he began his goalkeeping career and won the Russian Junior Championship in 2002 with the CSKA Moscow team.

Akinfeev would make his debut for CSKA Moscow at sixteen, precisely 2001 where he saved a penalty and also had a clean sheet. He has played over five hundred matches for CSKA Moscow, winning six Russian Cup titles, six Russian Premier League titles as well as the 2005 UEFA Cup with the club.

His incredible rise to stardom is down to his personality and ingenuity as a goalkeeper. He’s arguably the best goalkeeper the Russian nation has ever produced and has been on several international tournaments for the country since he joined the national team.

It may sound bizarre but Akinfeev has spent thirty years at the Red-blues. That is a huge commitment mixed with loyalty.

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  • Ismed Sofyan (Defender) – Persita Jakarta (18 Years)

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Talking about the most loyal player, Sofyan’s loyalty isn’t about his club alone, it’s for his country and his country’s elite league, The Indonesian Super League – Not that he’s an amateur.

Yes, he may have played for a couple of club sides in the Indonesian league, but his love and unwavering support for his country is immeasurable.

Sofyan currently plays for Persita Jakarta, a club he joined in 2002 that has made him become the longest-serving player in the club until now. The 41year-old right full-back is a free-kick specialist. He was only privileged to play for the Indonesian National Team for just 53 times.

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As of July 2020, Lewinton is the longest-serving player for a single club in English League having spent sixteen years with The Dons.

The English left-back joined MK Dons after a successful spell with Wimbledon in 2004. Lewington, 32, has made over seven hundred appearances with more than 250 different team-mates.

He’s witnessed two promotions and relegations as the club’s captain for the years he’s been at MK Dons and he’s grateful for the sort of longevity he’s had.

He told daily mail in 2016 ‘It’s not like the Premier League where you get five-year deals. It is one or two years. When we won promotion to the Championship in 2015, I was out of contract on the final day as we were celebrating.’

  • Koji Homa (Goalkeeper) – Mito HollyHock (21 Years)

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Undoubtedly a popular figure in the Japanese league, the 43-year-old goalkeeper currently plays for the above-named club in the second tier of the Japanese League, J2.

After graduating from high school, he joined the J1 League side Urawa Reds in 1996 but couldn’t play more often before crossing to Mito HollyHock in 1999 and never looked back.

He’s helped Mito HollyHock achieve some amazing feats since he joined in 1999 with the biggest of them being the promotion of the club to J2 in 2000.

In his twenty-one-year sojourn with the club, Koji Homma holds the record for the player with the highest number of matches played in J2.

  • Lee Casciaro (Forward) – Lincoln Red Imps (22 Years)

7 Of The Most Loyal Football Players

The 38-year-old Gibraltar striker scored the only goal of the game when his Gibraltarian minnows club (Lincoln Red Imps) shocked Celtic and to a larger extent, the rest of Europe in their Champions League qualifier at the Victoria Stadium in 2016,

Cascario, 39, has been at the club since he was eight years old and has spent twenty-three years as a first-team member.

It should be agreed that Lincoln Red Imps was made for Cascario, given that two of his younger brothers have played for the club as well.

With three international goals, Lee Henry Cascario is currently Gibraltar’s all-time goalscorer since the 33,684 populated nation joined UEFA.

 

Honorable Mentions

    • Iker Muniain (Athletic Bilbao): 11 years, 8 months, 3 days
    • Tarantini (Rio Ave): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Stefan Radu (Lazio): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Vincent Manceau (Angers SCO): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Anthony Lopes (Lyon): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Koke (Atletico Madrid): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Roberto Torres (Osasuna): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Gerard Pique (Barcelona): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow): 12 years, 8 months, 3 days
    • Mario Gaspar Perez (Villarreal): 12 years, 8 months, 3 days
    • Guilherme (Lokomotiv Moscow): 13 years, 1 month, 3 days
    • Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur): 13 years, 1 month, 10 days
    • Volodymyr Chesnakov (Vorskla Poltava): 13 years, 2 months, 3 days
    • Mahmut Tekdemir (Istanbul Basaksehir): 13 years, 2 months, 3 days
    • Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund): 13 years, 2 months, 3 days
    • Sergio Busquets (Barcelona): 13 years, 2 months, 3 days
    • Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk): 13 years, 8 months, 3 days
    • Anton Shunin (Dynamo Moscow): 13 years, 8 months, 3 days
    • Marcelo (Real Madrid): 13 years, 8 months, 3 days
    • Sammy Bossut (Zulte Waregem): 14 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid): 15 years, 4 days
    • Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus): 15 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Francesco Magnanelli (Sassuolo): 15 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Jessy Moulin (Saint-Etienne): 15 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Oier (Osasuna): 15 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Sergio Alvarez (Celta de Vigo): 16 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Mark Noble (West Ham United): 16 years, 8 months, 3 days
    • Lionel Messi: (Barcelona): 16 years, 8 months, 3 days
    • Denis Sinyayev(FC Avangard Kursk)18 years
    • Ismaeil Matar (Al-Wahda): 19 years
    • Petr Literak(Frýdek-Místek):  22 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Erling Haaland was always going to become the ultimate striker and probably the best number 9 on the planet. Also, there’s every possibility that one day, he may become a Ballon D’or winner. But, there’s still one mystery, how did he become the cyborg that he is today?

Haaland continues to be a goal machine, becoming the quickest player in history to reach 20 Champions League goals. His goal from the spot in the UCL round-16 second leg tie against Sevilla was his 20th goal in just 14 appearances in the competition, which broke Harry Kane’s previous record of 24 games.

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UCL- Round of 16 Second Leg – Borussia Dortmund v Sevilla – Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany – March 9, 2021 Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland celebrates scoring.

“Of course he’s fast, powerful, good around the goal and he’s got real soccer sense. But it’s more of his energy, it’s his infectious personality that I think is like a magnet; it draws people to him, it makes people want to be around him.” Those are the words of Red Bull Salzburg manager, Jesse Marsch.

Grab a handful of popcorn and sit back as we unfold the story behind the rise of this Norwegian beast, goal machine, and keeper’s nightmare, Erling Braut Haaland.

Haaland’s Salzburg Breakthrough

As at when Jesse Marsch was appointed as Salzburg manager, Haaland had been at the club for about six months and had only played one game. And then he went to the U-20 World Cup where he scored nine goals in one game.

From his Salzburg debut, Haaland, who had already impressed at the Norwegian league with Bryne and Molde left observers with no doubt about the quality he possesses.

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Erling Haaland (L) and Dominik Szoboszlai (R) both of FC Salzburg celebrate after the champions league group E match between FC Salzburg and KRC Genk at Salzburg Stadion on September 17, 2019 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by Andreas Schaad/Bongarts/Getty Images)

He would become one of the best strikers on the planet because the talent in him was very obvious. In a chat with oh-my-goal, Jesse Marsch revealed that Haaland’s personality was the first thing he fell in love with about Haaland.

“The first couple of days I worked with him, what impressed me more than anything else was his personality on the pitch. He was just relentless! He worked harder than anyone.”

But beyond his raw talent in Salzburg, Erling Haaland left his mark on the locker room with his personality. He had a smile on his face and got along incredibly well with his teammates. Therefore, it wasn’t just his talent, it was his overall energy.

Erling in person had a really positive influence on his teammates. Erling the player, was a selfish assassin who scored 29 goals in 27 appearances for the Austrian club.

Meanwhile, he also always talked about making his teammates happy. “The best memory I Had of him was when we were getting penalties in just about every game, and he was giving them to all the other attacking players.

“And then, after a player missed a penalty, I said Ok, Erling has to take the penalties and I told him he would be taking the penalties”

It’s incredible to have such a talented player who loves to score goals, be the one that is giving the penalty responsibilities to the others because he wants them to feel the power of success, the power of scoring goals, and the power of confidence. That says a lot to me about the character of Erling.” Marsch revealed.

At 19, when most people think about personal glory, Haaland was already a perfect teammate and a future leader which was unprecedented for a player as good as he was and in his age range.

Without a doubt, Haaland’s personality was great enthusiastic and it did really have a big effect on a lot of people at Salzburg.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Influence

Erling Haaland may owe his incredible rise to his immense talent and his positive leadership qualities. But that’s not all, Cristiano Ronaldo also played a huge role in Haaland’s evolution.

People often say that Erling Haaland is the next Cristiano Ronaldo but is the CR7 comparison justified?

Certainly, Erling is more of a pure striker than Cristiano but from a power football perspective, his ability in the transition to affect games like the Portuguese ace makes the comparison justifiable.

Haaland himself admitted that Cristiano Ronaldo was his role model but if like Cristiano, Erling broke all the goalscoring records, it’s not really the part of football that CR7 has influenced.

Haaland is following in Cristiano Ronaldo’s footsteps in terms of leadership and he even is now a role model to many players just like Ronaldo was to him.

Cristiano Ronaldo has had positive effects on his teammates and in every team, he’s played in which really helped him overtime right from his days at Manchester United and Real Madrid. But for Erling, one could really see that right from his young age that it’s a natural quality he has.

It will be up to Haaland to continue to modify that aspect of himself and mold that in a way that he can become a really strong leader within his teams as he continues to grow older.

Above all, Haaland took inspiration from Cristiano Ronaldo in one essential area, work ethic. Like CR7, he’s always hungry to improve. “He really worked hard a lot. After training, he would stick around to finish, to hit some crosses, to work on his heading.” – Jesse Marsch, RB Salzburg Coach.

Like CR7, Erling Haaland thinks every little detail counts. He would wear special glasses because he felt like when you look at your computer all day long or your cell phone, that your eyes would start to fade and so he had that special glasses he always wears.

And while he has his own personality, Erling is directly inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo especially when it comes to nutrition and work ethic by picking the most hardworking professional football player in history as his role model.

Perfect With BVB

Borussia Dortmund activated his €20 million (£17m/$22m) release clause, beating United and Leipzig to his signature after all three clubs held meetings with the player, his father, and agent Mino Raiola.

Borussia Dortmund already had forward Paco Alcacer on the books, but saw Haaland as such a generational talent, that they were willing to offload the Spain international to give the Norwegian teen an even better chance of success.

CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke says that they had been looking for someone with Haaland’s particular skill set for a long time and could not pass up the opportunity to sign him.

“We always wanted to have a center-forward who has a different way of playing football,” Watzke told Goal and DAZN. “But this guy also had to come onto the market first.

There are not many who are 1.94 meters (6 ft 4 in) tall and that fast. Actually, nobody else comes to mind. It was just an opportunity that you don’t get very often. – Goal.com

Dortmund offered the striker the best chance of regular game time as they promised to make him their first-choice striker, something Alf-Inge Haaland admits is crucial to his development.

Haaland’s Dortmund story got off to the perfect start with the most incredible debut against Augsburg. Trailing 3-1, Lucien Favre sent on the teenager from the bench and was rewarded with a 22-minute hat-trick to help secure a 5-3 win.

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Erling Haaland Hits 23-Minute Debut Hat-Trick as Borussia Dortmund Beat Augsburg 5-3

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Haaland’s Future

Having revealed all the secrets that make Haaland an outstanding striker, in all honesty, the Norwegian striker has no limit because he keeps getting better at Dortmund.

He was incredible at Salzburg. “We were obviously so sad to lose him so quickly because we had a lot of fun and success with him, but we’re also very proud of him and we’re really excited to see him continue to push himself and move forward and show everybody in the world how good he is.”

And today, he’s showing just how good he is in Germany. He used to only be seen as a superpowered and superfast goalscorer. But at Dortmund? He’s also shown his technical advances and his in-game intelligence and influence.

He’s more and more capable of keeping the ball, playing in different positions, taking part in the game, in short, he’s become the ultimate striker.

Giving his unique skill-set and amazing personality, he will definitely sign for a bigger club in years to come. Yes, he may experience some difficulties, but his quality will help him manage whatever challenge that comes his way and in-turn become the best number 9 of not only his generation but in football history.

 

 

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