Erling Haaland is just 19 years old and has only played 108 matches in his entire career, yet the Leeds-born striker is making waves in the German Bundesliga and attracting the attention of major clubs from around the world.

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Haaland training with Borussia Dortmund

Like father, like son

Erling is the son of former Premier League midfielder Alf-Inge Haaland, who played for Leeds United and Manchester City during his time in England’s top flight.

Both players started their careers with Norwegian club Bryne FK, a club currently playing in the third-highest tier in Norway.

The father and son duo have also both been called up to represent their national…

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As a professional football scout, I have been asked this question by young players hundreds of times.

In reality, there is no straight answer you can give for this question. Because a players success is mainly down to the young player's talent and attitude, which can vary from the youngsters that have reached out to me in the past.

Another factor that can cause issues to you going pro, is what you look like. …

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A selection of 1958 Pele stickers.

Every time a World cup comes around you can expect to be met with various companies like Panini to make stickers and cards to collect during the event. This has happened for decades now and will likely never stop, given that football continues to be as popular as it is today.

However, you may be kicking yourself if you stuck your cards in a draw or your stickers in a book, as many of these collectables now have serious value on the resale market.

It’s not just World Cup stickers either, there are hundreds of different brands and players that…

Serbian football has been reaching some real highs lately with high profile moves and legendary Champions League wins, but you will probably know them for “Ultras” violence, stadium bans and crowd trouble. Although these are real genuine problems, don’t let that be the thing that stops you from enjoying some of the most passionate and exciting football matches you can watch.

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The Serbian Superliga: Two Horse Race?

The Serbian Superliga is home to two clubs to may have heard of: Crvena Zvezda (Red Star Belgrade) and Partizan Belgrade. Both have staked claims on the UEFA stages, most notably Crvena Zvezda…

With most of the worlds football currently still shut down, for a little while your only hope of seeing some men kick a ball around a field was the Belarusian Premier League.

A league with the likes of BATE Borisov, Dinamo Minsk and FK Slutsk. Two of them are relatively well-known football clubs due to their participation in the various UEFA contents and the other became a popular club amongst English football fans due to its name resembling a popular slang term.

BATE Borisov are currently leading the way, which isn’t much of a surprise as the quality of football…

The footballing world’s first chance to see a glimpse of the 20-year-old defensive midfielder came in the CAMPIONATO NAZIONALE UNDER 17 youth league, where Tonali was playing for the U17s of his current club Brescia Calcio.

Fast forward two-years and the Italian finally got his chance to play professional league football in Serie B. Tonali managed to feature 19 times in his first season and impressed the Brescia coaching team so much that he played nearly double that in the next season (34 appearances).

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Sandro Tonali in a pre-match warm-up.

Tonali helped his side finally gain promotion back to the Serie A after Brescia spent eight…

Brian Heffernan

Professional Football (Soccer )Scout and former full-time sports journalist .

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