Erling Braut Haaland is the new ‘Zlatan Ibrahimovic’?

After Norwegian striker Erling Braut Haaland announced himself in the Champions League with a debut hat-trick, this question popped. In Red Bull Salzburg, in a 6-2 win over Genk, Erling made his debut.

It is an understandable comparison, no offence to Ibrahimovic. The two Scandinavians, both over 6ft tall, have outstanding confidence in their abilities. Both have a remarkable reputation as prolific goalscorers as well.

While Ibrahimovic is getting close to the end of his career, 19-year-old Erling Braut Haaland is just starting. He scored 17 goals in 10 club games, including hat-tricks without the tally for Salzburg against Liverpool on Wednesday. Soccer 10 brings you the details.

How did Erling Braut Haaland start?

Erling Braut Haaland was born in Leeds and mad on Leeds United, he grew up loving the English game. To get a chance to for a test at Anfield it would be a significant moment for him. His interest in the game was encouraged by his father, Alf-Inge Haaland. He was a tough-tackling midfielder at Elland Road between 1997 and 2000. He helped them reach a UEFA Cup semi-final and finish third in the Premier League.


Erling was born in the city in 2000 but moved to Bryne in Norway with his family when he was three, just after his father’s retirement. It was an ideal move for him as he was a huge fan of football. That specific part of Norway is known for a lot of rainy days but around the time Erling moved, the local football team built an indoor hall. It opened an opportunity for kids to play the entire year.

His potential from a young age was clear and shortly after joining Bryne, he was fast-tracked through the club’s youth teams. He was often playing alongside teammates who were a year or two older. A change in management of the Bryne let to the club’s youth team boss taking over the first team, giving Erling his debut at the age of 15. Check Champions League Results to see how Erling contributed to the team.

Erling Braut Haaland 2 assist & 3 goals | Red Bull Salzburg 7:2 TSV Hartberg