Borussia Dortmund’s striker star Erling Haaland also carries the Norwegian national team the back number ‘9’ – and above all for financial reasons, as national coach Stale Solbakken explained.

“The reason is that a huge desire and commercial drive behind it is behind it,” said the former coach of the 1st FC Cologne.

Haaland is already a big brand now, but even more in the future. “Both the NFF and Erling can benefit from it,” Solbakken said overlooking the Norwegian Association. So far Haaland wore the ’23’ on the jersey of the national team.

The number ‘9’ so far belonged to Alexander Sörloth, the former Leipziger now changes to the number ’19’. For its flexibility, Solbakken expressly thanked.

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“I think it’s a good desire of both sides and there is no doubt that there is a big commercial factor,” he added. Since his change in January 2020, Haaland has been running as a “real nine” since his change in January 2020, before RB Salzburg had previously carried the classic storm number on his back.