BVB striker Erling Braut Haaland is on everyone’s lips in football Europe. At just 20 years of age, he is preparing to shape a new era. There are already emulators – and even from their own families: Albert Braut Tjaland recently set a new goal in Norway and that’s not the only reason why he’s following in the footsteps of his famous cousin.
In football, sons regularly emulate their famous fathers. For example in the Thuram family, where son Marcus is now following in the footsteps of former world-class defender Lilian as a striker.
The list goes on without any major problems. With Cesare and Paolo Maldini, Peter and Kaspar Schmeichel, Gheorghe and Ianis Hagi or with Alf-Inge and Erling Haaland. The former was once a tough six in the Premier League, the Filius, on the other hand, shoots the Champions League into the ground at the age of 20.
“He will shape an era,” said Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui most recently after Haaland gave his team four goals in two games in the first sixteen.
And while the “giant out of the cold”, as the Spanish press subsequently dubbed him, rushes from goal record to goal record, a new hype about a striker has already broken out in Norway, exactly where Haaland’s era began. His name: Albert Braut Tjaland, Erling’s cousin and Alf-Inge’s nephew.
Haaland cousin Tjaland: 64 goals in 37 games for Bryne FK
He scored 64 goals in 37 games in two seasons with the U17 and U19 of Bryne FK – the club where his famous cousin once learned to play football and made his professional debut at the age of 15.
The parallels between Tjaland and Haaland are so absurd, even apart from the record-breaking goal rates, the suspiciously similar surname or the fact that they played for the same youth club, that one likes to complain to some scriptwriters for sleazy doppelganger comedies in Hollywood in the first reflex would like to.
Because like Haaland, Tjaland is also a striker with a guard height (1.85 meters), physically strong and still fast. “Strong in the opponent’s sixteen. Powerful. Fast. Robust,” Tjaland told the Norwegian newspaper Verdens gang about himself, but could also have meant his cousin congruently. In addition, the cousins look like brothers.
And as if all that parallelism wasn’t enough, Tjaland switched to Molde FK in summer 2020 at the age of 16 – just as Erling had done in February 2017. But why of all things this structurally identical path?
“He told me it was a good place to develop,” Tjaland told Verdens gang. The move to the north of Norway could, according to information from ESPN Pay soon, because Tjaland should beckon the leap to the professional team from the elite series season that starts in April.
Haaland and Tjaland? “Comparison is not entirely fair for Albert”
For the former youth coach of Haaland at Bryne, Tjaland is “a very promising talent”, but the comparison with the exceptional BVB striker is limping, as he spoke to SPOX and goal explained.
“He’s not Erling. At the same age, Erling played in the first team and scored goals there. Albert scored many goals for Bryne against local opponents and players his age, but Erling was already scoring goals against adults at the age of 15”, says Berntsen: “So it’s not entirely fair for Albert to compare him to Erling.”
Mouldes professional trainer Erling Moe sees it similarly, although he predicted “a great future” for the 17-year-old, but only “if he does the everyday things 100 percent and correctly”, as he did at Eurosport said.