As we get set to put 2019 behind us and as well the decade, we take a look back at the years we witnessed significant happenings that shook the football World.
Although the following moments let us realize how much football is full of uncertainties. However, it also will give you a nostalgic feeling and it is indeed a feeling every football fan would love to enjoy again and tell the beautiful stories to their offspring. What an eventful decade it has been for the round leather game!
10. Portugal Broke The Jinx (2016)
Portugal had never won a major tournament before, this was their fourth European Championship semi-final or final in the past five tournaments – reaching the quarter-finals the other time.
They lost their only previous final – as Euro 2004 hosts – when underdogs Greece left a 19-year-old Ronaldo in tears. 2016 Euro final again saw Ronaldo walked off the pitch in tears just after 24minutes but this time was tears of joy.
Portugal, who began the tournament rated at 20-1 by the bookmakers, only won one of their seven matches in 90 minutes – the 2-0 semi-final win over Wales.
They qualified for the last 16 as one of the best third-placed teams having drawn against Iceland 1-1, Austria 0-0 and Hungary 3-3. Fernando Santos’ side beat Croatia 1-0 in extra time in the last 16 and Poland on penalties in the quarter-finals after a 1-1 draw. They are the first team to go to extra time three times in one European Championship.
The feeling that comes when people do not give you the chance to succeed but you fashion out a way to shut your doubters is always intriguing. Portugal entered the EURO 2016 as an underdog and ended as the Champion against the host nation. (FRANCE)
When talking about the highlights of this decade, Eder’s goal against France will forever be mentioned and his name will never be forgotten in the hearts of every Portuguese being.
9. Steven Gerrard’s Slip (2014)
This was a time most Liverpool faithful will never forget until they get to win the EPL. The childish error of the then Club Captain against Chelsea was seen by many as pivotal in preventing Liverpool from winning their first domestic title since 1990 in the 2013/14 season.
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The famous nickname for the Kop “Serial Bottlers” came around in the 2013/14 season. With the Reds on an 11-game winning run and top of the table, Gerrard while trying to have full control of a pass slipped and allowed Demba Ba make some sharp runs and slotted the ball past Simon Mignolet at Anfield.
Willian put the final nail to the coffin after scoring the second, later on, to salvage a draw for Chelsea in a game they’ve struggled to make something out of. Of course, it only got worse for Liverpool as they lost the chance to win the league for that season; while City on the other hand never looked back.
One ironic factor about the whole incident is Gerrad’s “we don’t let this slip” comments after the game against the city which as a result brought about so many quips from Liverpool’s haters.
8. Sir Alex Ferguson Bade Football Farewell (2013)
One of the greatest managers to have managed football teams if not ( THE GREATEST) is for sure the veteran. Having spent 26 years at the Red side of Manchester, Sir Alex announced his retirement from management on the 8th of May 2013.
The Scot bowed out having won a staggering 38 trophies during his 26 years in charge at Old Trafford, more than any other manager in the history of the game and it was only right he signed off with another Premier League winners’ medal, as United lifted the trophy after that final home match against Swansea in May 2013.
In his emotional farewell speech, The Scot made mention of the fact that the decision to retire at that time was the right one and at the perfect time.
7. Corruption Scandals Ravaged Football (2015)
We cannot talk about the remarkable moments of football in this decade and not talk about the year that has put a strong blemish on the white linen of Football’s Governing Body.
It was in the summer of 2015 when FIFA was overwhelmed with big corruption cases after the US Department of Justice indicted several big guns on charges of Rampant, Systemic and Deep-rooted corruption following a major inquiry by the FBI.
The career of two most powerful men in football as at then suffered hiccups as the duo of Sepp Blatter (FIFA President) and Michel Platini (UEFA President) were banned for eight years from all football-related activities by FIFA Ethics Committee.
In 2016, Sepp Blatter had an eight-year ban later reduced to six but the incident has however left a permanent scar on the face of football.
6. Barcelona’s Unprecedented Remotanda Against PSG In The Champions League (2017)
It was the third time Paris Saint-Germain faced Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League knockout phases, having lost the two previous encounters in the 2012–13 and the 2014–15 seasons on aggregate.
The first leg was played on 14 February at the Parc des Princes in Paris, with both teams in good shape. Paris Saint-Germain coming from a 3–0 away win at Bordeaux in Ligue 1 and Barcelona thrashing Deportivo Alavés in a 6–0 away win in La Liga.
The Parisians were just too much for the Blaugrana as Angel Di Maria, Julian Draxler and Edinson Cavani all ran riot over the Barcelona defense. Securing the 4-nil win against a Barcelona side that only recorded just one shot on target all through the game.
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The return leg had an impressive attendance of 96,290 despite the home side’s heavy defeat in the first leg. Barcelona’s Luis Suárez scored the first goal of the game in the 3rd minute after heading the ball over the line before it was cleared by Thomas Meunier.
In the 40th minute, Paris Saint-Germain’s Layvin Kurzawa scored an own goal in an attempt to block a shot by Andrés Iniesta. The third goal came in the 50th minute via a penalty scored by Lionel Messi after Neymar was fouled by Thomas Meunier.
Barcelona’s hopes were seemingly brought down after Edinson Cavani scored Paris Saint-Germain’s only goal in the 62nd minute, leaving them requiring three more to win due to the away goals rule now favoring PSG. Neymar scored two goals in the closing stages – a free kick in the 88th minute and a penalty kick in the 91st – to make it 5–1.
In the final seconds of the match, Neymar appeared once again to deliver a cross into the penalty area, and Sergi Roberto scored their sixth and final goal in the 95th minute thus winning the game 6-1 and advancing to the quarter-finals 6-5 on aggregate; with the outcome described as “astonishing“, “incredible“, and “a miracle” by the media.
5. Aguero-ooo Magic (2012)
This was another moment of ecstasy that many will love to watch over and over again countless times. It was on the afternoon of May 13, 2012, the final fixtures went underway at different match centers across England.
Should United win against Sunderland, City will have to beat Mark Hughes’ QPR side at the Etihad to make sure that the party doesn’t happen at the Red Half of Manchester.
Mancini’s Manchester City team side had been impressive throughout the season but goals from Djibril Cisse and Jamie Mackie saw them 2-1 down at home to QPR on the final day of the 2011-12 season, needing all three points to lay claim to their first Premier League title.
Edin Dzeko had headed City level in the second of five minutes of stoppage time, and the hope of the Citizens geared up. All eyes and minds were on the tepid game from that moment with utmost concentration from every fan at the Etihad.
In the ninety-fifth minute of the game, Sergio Aguero scored an all-important goal to shatter the hopes of every player and fan of the Red Devil’s. The incredible last minute was probably the most iconic moment in the history of the Premier League. A title race that got down to the last few seconds – and we might perhaps not see a title race as close like that again in the EPL.
4. Leicester City’s Fairytale (2016)
Former Premier League Executive Chairman said, “If this was a once in every 5,000-year event, then we’ve effectively got another 5,000 years of hope ahead of us.” The greatest story in the history of football? At odds of 5,000-1, it is certainly up there.
Leicester City celebrated their coronation as Premier League champions – the first top-flight title of their 132-year history – in spectacular and emotional style on 7 May 2016. The league was actually won a few days earlier when Tottenham failed to beat Chelsea, but few will forget the Foxes’ triumphant exploits.
Despite having been bottom of the league exactly 12 months earlier, Leicester topped the table on Christmas Day 2016 and while the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur struggled to string a run together, Ranieri’s men kept going in the second half of the season and with each passing game, the most unlikely of title triumphs began to look more and more likely.
3. Germany’s Humiliation of Brazil At the World Cup (2014)
This piece would’ve been incomplete if this massacre was found wanting. The 2014 World Cup in Brazil produced the biggest winning margin in the history of the competition. Ironically, the team that got annihilated happened to be the nation with the highest number of World Cup wins.
Many Brazil supporters, swamped with such anticipation as they gathered in their thousands around the ground hours before kick-off, were reduced to tears after less than 30minutes and reduced to such a stage of shock that it was only at half-time that they registered their first serious dissent.
This equaled Brazil’s heaviest margin of defeat, a 6-0 loss at the hands of Uruguay in the 1920 Copa America, but the impact of this reverse, not just on the world stage but in their homeland, will put this alongside the 1950 World Cup final defeat by the Uruguayans in Rio as their darkest football day.
Eventually, Germany emerged as winners of the 2014 World Cup competition having beaten Argentina after 120 minutes of eventful football. While Brazil came fourth in the tournament after suffering in the hands of the Netherlands in the third place.
2. Real Madrid’s UCL Consecutive Triumph (2016, 2017 & 2018)
Another historical happening in this decade that is rounding off is Real Madrid’s total hegemony of the UEFA Champions League. The Los Blancos under the tutelage of Zinedine Zidane blew teams like Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Liverpool away during the three years.
In 2016, It was a Madrid Derby and Los Blancos triumphed over their Arch rivals in Milan after scoring more penalties than the Roji Blancos. The win over Atletico in 2016 in Milan made it the second in three years. The first was in 2014 under Carlo Ancelotti.
Madrid again found their way into the final in 2017 having trumped Bayern Munich in the semi-final. The opposition of Los Blancos in 2017 was Allegri’s led Juventus side who hoped to correct the mistake they made against Barcelona in the final of 2015.
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Their hope, however, was cut short as they couldn’t match up with the quality of Cristiano Ronaldo; the Portuguese talisman scored a hat trick to make Juventus wait on the Champions League for another season.
The year 2018 happened to be the year that nobody predicted Madrid to win the Champions League. The Los Blancos endured some torrid times from the group stage to the knockout stage of the competition.
The final witnessed Madrid against 2005 miracle workers in Instanbul (Liverpool). Jurgen Klopp’s side looked like a team that will put a halt to Madrid’s rule in Europe but the early injury to Mo Salah turned things around for the Kop.
Real Madrid scored before half time and in the early stage of the second half, Sadio Mane leveled for the Reds. Zinedine Zidane brought in Gareth Bale as Cristiano Ronaldo was not up to Par on the night and interestingly, The son of the soil (Bale) gave Madrid two memorial goals in Cardiff. Scoring a header and another Screamer that smashed the expectations of the Kop.
1. Liverpool’s Dramatic Comeback
Liverpool was going to have one over another Spanish giant and it was against a Barcelona side that had capitulated their first-leg lead the previous season against Roma.
The first leg was horrible for the Reds in Spain as the Kop looked so clueless and lacked the finishing touch. Goals by Luiz Suarez and Lionel Messi rendered Liverpool to make a dramatic comeback in the return leg in England.
Rightfully so, Barcelona started the second leg in a sorry manner; Two quick goals from Divock Origi and Giorginho Wijnaldum had made the comeback imminent as the Liverpool defense marked out Messi completely in the game and Barcelona’s problem upfront was so obvious.
All Barcelona needed in the game was just to score a goal and get to play in the final but Liverpool compounded their woes both offensively and defensively, another set of two goals by the same culprits who had scored in the first half shattered Barcelona’s hope of making it to the final – did Barca even have any hope from the blast of the kick-off whistle?
The night reminded everyone of the night in Instanbul in 2005 just as it happened some 14 years ago. The comeback was only a starting point for Liverpool as they outclassed Tottenham in the final of the competition.
7 Of The Most Loyal Football Players
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 +)
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)
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)
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)
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.
- Dean Lewington (Defender) – Milton Keynes Dons FC (18 Years)
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)
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)
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.
- 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
Erling Haaland: The Story Behind His Striking Rise
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.