Erling Haaland is far from the first Norwegian to cause a stir in the Bundesliga. Time and again, players from the far north make the breakthrough in Germany.
When the Vikings first conquered the Bundesliga, Erling Haaland was not even born. Even before the currently heavily celebrated prodigy was born in Leeds, England, on 21 July 2000, Norwegian football was considered a popular export asset.
At that time, the Nordic heroes Rune Bratseth, Jurn Andersen or Jan Aage Fjuntoft were present. Now Haaland is continuing the success story.
But why are Norwegians so lacking in the Bundesliga? “Their Norwegians and Germans are not so far apart from culture. We want to work hard and train hard,” Fjuntoft told SID. 55 Norwegians have played in the highest German league to date, whose 57th season is just getting a dent. With partly resounding result.
Bratseth became german champion twice (1988, 1993) with Werder Bremen, While Andersen won the first Foreign Torsch-tzenk-nig in 1990 in the service of Eintracht Frankfurt.
Saved the Eintracht nine years spéter with the 5-1 against the 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the last second before the relegation. Performances that put the Bundesliga in the spotlight at home.
Premier League ‘incredibly popular’ in Norway
“When the Norwegians were there with Rune Bratseth, Jurn Andersen, Kjetil Rekdal in Berlin or me in Frankfurt, then the Bundesliga is being pursued,” says Fjurtoft. Because the whole country was going to England in the Premier League at the time. Especially in his generation, says Fjuntoft, the financially strong league on the island is “incredibly popular”.
Havard Nordtveit (TSG Hoffenheim), one of currently fenf Norwegians in the Bundesliga and a cheeky England legion. “Every fu-ball-loving kid who is playing in Scandinavia will also be in the Premier League and h-tling the best league in the world,” the 29-year-old said in an interview with the Goal portal.
Nevertheless, players from the north keep coming to Germany.
Fjurtoft has an explanation dafar: “I think the Norwegians are awest of the mood and fan culture in Germany, which has gone away from the English football. In England it is becoming more and more expensive to go to the stadium.”
German leagues as a springboard?
Erling Haaland also has the importance of broadcasting the club after his move from Red Bull Salzburg to Borussia Dortmund in the winter. He’s going to England with ease.
Freher, Fjuntoft explains, has followed the island’s call even more Norwegians. ‘But the increase in the number of abs and the drop-off rate in England has made it more difficult for the Norwegians. That’s how the Bundesliga came into play,” said the cheeky st-rmer.
Especially the smaller clubs in Germany were then as now important for Norwegian football players “to get to the professional level”.
Does Haaland fer ensure a Bundesliga “breakthrough” in Norway?
Haaland has reached that level – he did so with a three-goal gala in the first BVB mandatory game at FC Augsburg (5:3). In this respect, Fjuntoft does not apply the “springboard argument” for the change to Germany in the Haaland case. “That’s very much the case with Erling. They have top players and are in the Champions League,” he said.
Haaland will make the Bundesliga in Norway even more popul. Fjurtoft even speaks of a new “breakthrough” in the perception of the league: “In the newspapers here he is still on the first page.” That’s probably going to happen.