Connect with us

Did you know that?

Amazing Football Facts

Published

on

Amazing Football Facts 1

Football, as we know, is the most popular game on the planet. While the players will excite you with incredible goals, stunning kicks and more, cheapgoals presents you with fascinating facts and actualities about one of the most cherished games on the planet.

FACT

Forget about Messi; if you want to find a goalscorer, look no further than Fernando Peyroteo.

The Portuguese boast the world’s greatest goals to game ratio of 1.77, having found the net an incredible 331 times in just 187 games for Sporting Lisbon between 1937 and 1949 (compared to Messi’s 0.82 for Barcelona).

Adding to that, he reportedly scored 4 or more goals in a game on more than 30 occasions, including a phenomenal nine in one game.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

A total of 20 red cards were shown in a match played between Sportivo Ameliano and General Caballero in Paraguay.
DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

In 1978, Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson was fired for swearing at a lady.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Ryan Giggs’ (of Manchester United) dad was a professional Rugby League player.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

No country has ever won the World Cup during the papacy (term) of a Pope from the same country.

Not that it should worry Argentina; Messi’s broken enough records already, so what’s one more?

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is the only Premier League players whose last name is completely made up of roman numerals: V (5), I (1), D (500), I (1), C (100). A gladiatorial name that perfectly suits his play?

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

The power house nations of Algeria, Ghana, South Korea and Saudi Arabia are part of an elite group; being the only countries in the world to boast an undefeated record against England.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Less of a football fact and more pub quiz-y, but I think this is brilliant. As the question goes, ‘Sunderland did it in 1979, Villa did it in 1981. Who did it in 1980?’

The answer isn’t another team as you may expect, but is in fact ‘Trevor Brooking’. For Brooking scored the winning goal in the 1980 FA Cup Final for West Ham, much like Alan Sunderland did for Arsenal in 1979 and Ricky Villa did for Tottenham in 1981.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

The highest amount of goals scored by half time occurred in 1954, when Motherwell and Dumbarton played out a huge 6-6 draw; Motherwell were 6-4 up at the end of the first half – a huge 10 first half goals.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Pelé is the youngest ever World Cup winner, picking up the gold in 1958 at just 17 years and 249 days.

Way up the other end of the scale is former Italian goalkeeper Dino Zoff, who in 1982 became the oldest player to lift the trophy at 40 years and 133 days.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Andy Selva hold the distinction of being the only man to ever score a winning goal for San Marino, having scored in their 1-0 victory against Liechtenstein in 2004 (in 121 games, San Marino’s record is 1 win, 3 draws and 117 losses).

Selva is also the nation’s all time top goalscorer, with 8 goals (in 64 appearances). Manuel Marani is the only other man to score on more than one occasion for San Marino, with 2 goals (34 appearances).

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Welshman Robert Earnshaw boasts an impressive record as the only player to have scored hat tricks in: the top four domestic leagues in England (The Premiership and Divisions 1, 2 and 3 before they were rebranded) and both domestic cups in England (the League and FA Cups), along with netting a treble in an international for Wales.

Hat tricks in 7 different competitions doesn’t scream complacency now, does it.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

While teams fluctuate in the FIFA World Rankings, Malaysia holds the record for the greatest difference between their highest and lowest ever ranking. In August 1993, the nation held a respectable 75th position, yet in June 2008 they were 170th – a difference of 95 places between their best and worst ranking positions.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

PSV Eindhoven appear to claim an interesting sponsorship record. With the club originally founded by engineering and electronics giant Philips, PSV, standing for ‘Philips Sport Vereniging’ (translating as Philips Sports Union) have retained these close links. Thus since 1982, the first year Eredivisie clubs were permitted to have shirt sponsorships, ‘Philips’ has been imprinted on the players’ torsos as the primary shirt sponsor.

To show a comparison in the same time period, (not including different shirt logos within the same sponsorship) Chelsea and AC Milan have had 9 different shirt sponsorships, Real Madrid 8 and Manchester United 5 (including Chevrolet, agreed to commence 2014).

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Winning the Copa Libertadores with Atlético Mineiro has placed Ronaldinho into a very exclusive club, becoming one of only seven players to win both this and the UEFA Champions League, along with Cafu, Dida, Roque Júnior, Carlos Tevez, Juan Pablo Sorín and Walter Samuel.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Sergio Batista (1986) and Gennaro Gattuso (2006) are apparently the only 2 players to have won the World Cup while sporting a full beard.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

In the wake of the Munich Air Disaster, Real Madrid President Santiago Bernabeu’s respect for Sir Matt Busby and his Manchester United team led to attempts to help rebuild the club following such tragedy.

They offered holidays to Spain and allowed the use of their facilities for the bereaved, set up cut price annual friendlies to help raise funds, and even offered Argentine legend Alfredo Di Stéfano to the club on loan (the player also agreed but the move was blocked by the FA as it was considered a place that could instead be used by another British player).

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Miguel Muñoz, Giovanni Trapattoni, Johan Cruyff, Carlo Ancelotti, Franch Rijkaard and Josep Guardiola are the only 6 people to win the European Cup/Champions League crown as both a player and a manager, lifting the trophy a whopping 23 times between them.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Paul Merson stated in his book that during his time at Middlesbrough, himself and Paul Gascoigne, who he was living with, used to play a game after training. They would buy several bottles of red wine and a packet of sleeping pills, before betting thousands of pounds on who would fall asleep first.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Stefan Schwarz arguably had the most bizarre clause to have ever been inserted into a player’s contract. When signing for Sunderland in 1999, the Swede was banned from travelling into space!

DID YOU KNOW THAT?:

Every player dreams of representing their nation, but as far as international careers go, surely there are none more strange than Guillermo Stábile’s.

Uncapped for Argentina, Stábile was selected for the first ever World Cup in 1930. After missing the first game, he was selected for his debut as a replacement for the unfit first choice – and bagged a hat trick. He then scored 2 goals in the final group game to secure qualification to the semi finals (as there were less teams competing). He bagged another brace in the semi final, before netting a single goal in their unsuccessful final versus winners Uruguay.

After this tournament, Stábile never played for Argentina again. This meant that in his international career, he could boast having scored a hat trick on his debut, scoring in every game he played for the national side, a goals per game ratio of two (four games, eight goals), and being the top scorer at the first ever FIFA World Cup.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Neil Armstrong originally wanted to take a football to the moon – but NASA deemed it to be un-American.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

The ball used in professional football has remained exactly the same size and shape for 120 years – 28inches in circumference.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

More than 80% of the world’s footballs are manufactured in Pakistan.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

The first live coverage of a football match was shown on television in 1937. It was a practice match Arsenal played at Highbury stadium.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?:

Former Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham star David Ginola is very unfortunate: his name is an anagram for ‘vagina dildo’.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Falkirk and River Plate are the only two football clubs outside of Italy, England and Spain to have broken the world record transfer fee. Sydney Puddlefoot joined the Scottish side for a then record £5,000 in 1922, whilst the Argentinians splashed out a record £23,000 on Bernabe Ferreyra ten years later.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Former Hammer Alvin Martin achieved quite a feat in 1986 when he scored a hat trick – against 3 different goalkeepers. He first scored past Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Thomas, who then came off at half time having been struggling with an injury coming in to the match. With no substitute goalkeeper, centre back Chris Hedworth went between the sticks and was beaten for Martin’s second before picking up an injury, at which point Geordie legend Peter Beardsley donned the gloves, being beaten for Martin’s third.

Not bad for a centre back.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

The much loved Football Manager game was once banned in China because it ‘threatened its content harmful to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity… (that) seriously violates Chinese law’. This was because the 2005 version included Taiwan and Tibet as separate countries and not as part of China.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo recently scored his 400th career goal. However, out of all these goals, he has never scored in the 7th minute – the only minute he has failed to do so! Discounting injury time (where he has bagged 20 goals), Ronaldo’s most prolific minutes are the 68th, when he has netted 11 times, followed by the 23rd minute, where he has 10!

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Football originated in China around 476 B.C, and is the most played and most watched sport on earth.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Football is the most popular sport in the world. Over one billion fans watch World Cup Football on television.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

The largest Football tournament saw no less than 5,098 teams. They competed in 1999 for the second Bangkok League Seven-a-Side Competition. Over 35,000 players participated.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

The maximum number of goals scored by one player in a single Football match was 16. It was scored by Stephan Stanis (France) playing for Racing Club de Lens in December 1942.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Based on video evidence, one of the fastest ever scored was in 2.8 seconds by Ricardo Olivera (Uruguay) in December 1998.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Arguably Finland’s greatest ever player, Jari Litmanen holds an incredibly unique distinction: he is the only footballer to have played international football in four different decades.

‘Kuningas’ made his Finland debut in 1989 (the 80s), was a regular throughout the 90s and 00s, before making his final appearance in 2010 (the 10s). No surprise then that he is the nation’s most capped player, representing Finland a whopping 137 times.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

The last time the Netherlands played an international match without a ‘van’ in their starting XI was against France during Euro 2000 (they won 3-2).

However, the last time they didn’t have a ‘van’ in their entire match day squad (Peter van Vossen appeared as a late substitute against France) was way back in 1996 in a friendly 2-0 victory against China.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Football goalies didn’t have to wear different colored shirts from their teammates until 1913.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Football players run an average of 9.65 kms during every game.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

The very first game of basketball was played with a soccer ball.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

The World’s First Football Club was the English Sheffield Football Club. It was founded in 1857 by Colonel Nathaniel Cresswick and Major William Priest, two British Army officers.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

European Teams have reached every World Cup final, except for the finals of 1930 and 1950.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

The highest scoring game was clocked 149-0. Stade Olympique de L’emyrne, a team from Madagascar scored their own goals. They did it as a form of protest for the unfair decision by referee in the previous game.

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Celestine Babayaro, Nigerian born Chelsea player injured his legs while celebrating his debut goal in a pre-season match, while Luigi Riva broke a spectator’s arm with his powerful shot.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

The first black football player was Arthur Wharton in the 1800s.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Arsenal are the only team to have received a gold version of the Premier League trophy, when it was specially made to commemorate their 2004 ‘Invincibles’ season, instead of the silver trophy that every other title winning team have lifted.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

In the 2009-10 season, Barcelona’s Pedro became the first man to score in 6 different, official club competitions in one season, scoring in La Liga, the Supercopa de España, the Copa del Rey, the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.

However, this has since been trumped by Spanish striker Fernando Torres, who scored in 7 official club competitions during the 2012-13 season. The Chelsea striker netted in the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, FIFA Club World Cup, FA Community Shield, FA Cup and League Cup.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Martin O’Neill’s departure from Sunderland is the first time in his career that he has left a professional club because he has been sacked. He has previously managed Wycombe, Norwich, Leicester, Celtic and Aston Villa, but left them all on his own terms.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola is the only player to be sent off in a World Cup finals… on his birthday! The Italian received a red in their second round victory against Nigeria on his 28th birthday.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Pele was the first to call football “the beautiful game”.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Only Americans and Canadians call football “soccer”.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

England came up with the word “soccer”. It’s a shortened version of “Association Football” that was changed to “Assoc Football”. This was changed to “Soccer”. In 19th century England, it was popular to add the “-er” sound to shortened words.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

In 1964, a referee’s call during a football match in Peru caused a riot that killed over 300 people.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

In 1998, lightening killed an entire football team. The catastrophe occurred in Congo during a match between the villages of Bena Tshadi and nearby Basangana.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

ASEC Abidjan of Cote d’Ivoire was unbeaten for 108 games between 1989 and 1994.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

The Portuguese boast of scoring the world’s greatest goals to game ratio of 1.77. The team has found the net an incredible 331 times in just 187 games for Sporting Lisbon between 1937 and 1949 (compared to Messi’s 0.82 for Barcelona).

DID YOU KNOW THAT?: 

Worldwide, there are 27 professional football clubs that take a Beatles song as their nickname – Villarreal in Spain being the most famous (the Yellow Submarines).

 

 

 

 

(Visited 109 times, 1 visits today)
Spread The Info
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Did you know that?

7 Of The Most Loyal Football Players

Published

on

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 +)

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)

7 Of The Most Loyal Football Players

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.

READ ALSO: 7 of the Best Fitness Coaches In Football

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

7 Of The Most Loyal Football Players

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.

7 Of The Most Loyal Football Players

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)

7 Of The Most Loyal Football Players

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Visited 218 times, 1 visits today)
Spread The Info
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
Continue Reading

Bundesliga

Erling Haaland: The Story Behind His Striking Rise

Published

on

Erling Haaland: The Story Behind His Striking RiseErling 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.

Erling Haaland: The Story Behind His Striking RiseErling Haaland: The Story Behind His Striking Rise

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.

Erling Haaland: The Story Behind His Striking RiseErling Haaland: The Story Behind His Striking Rise

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.

READ ALSO: Fall From Grace: Bolton Wanderers Steep Decline

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.

Erling Haaland: The Story Behind His Striking RiseErling Haaland: The Story Behind His Striking Rise

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

READ ALSO: Mario Gotze: The Making, The Decline & Possible Resurgence

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.

 

 

(Visited 298 times, 1 visits today)
Spread The Info
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2020 CheapGoals.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Cheapgoals.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of cheapgoals.com