The crusher with the baby face | TIME ONLINE

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Erling Haaland shot and the goalkeeper from Honduras stood helpless and pitiful in the gate. The draft of the ball that thundered into the net above him could have dried his hair if he had just come out of the shower. Kawumm, one would write in the speech bubble in the cartoon.

A scene from the U20 World Cup last May. The Norwegian Haaland scored nine goals in these ninety minutes. So he scored every ten minutes. That is the rhythm in which the U43 from Dortmund runs from Wickede to Dorstfeld.

The Norwegian Haaland, who moved from Salzburg to Dortmund for a transfer fee of around 20 million euros, is the transfer of the winter break. Usually clubs find only confectionery at this time. This time Dortmund has brought one of the most coveted strikers in world football, which also included clubs from abroad.

Even RB Leipzig cut Borussia where the Red Bull official route would have led. BVB, who did not win very much in the first half of the season and are fourth with seven points behind the leaders, could still intervene with Haaland in the title race.

He brings in rugby-like elements

If you ask the scouts what Haaland can do, they only say one thing: score goals. In Austria’s league he scored 16 times in 14 games. His international breakthrough came on September 17, 2019. His debut at Champions League the 19-year-old managed a hat trick against Genk. Record for a teenager. Overall, he scored eight goals in the six preliminary round matches, only Robert Lewandowski scored more often, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo not.

Haaland is an attraction on the field, it draws the viewers’ attention through a contrast. He wears a baby face and smiles a lot and at the same time embodies the principle of force with his broad shoulders and 1.94 meters and 87 kilograms. He is a crowbar on two legs. He also runs fast, with big strides. He brings rugby-like elements to soccer.

It is especially his physique that enables him to score. Opponents are left behind in duels, they often can’t even push him away in pairs. Then he pulls with his strong left foot, from the penalty area, but also from a distance. Of course he can also do a header, although he should work on his timing, and a penalty.



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