What does it mean to celebrate Erling Haaland? The truth behind Manchester City’s top scorer joy


Goal brings you everything you need to know about the Norwegian striker’s famous pose and what it means.

When you’re a striker who scores a lot of soccer goals, you tend to find yourself partying too much. In the past, society was perhaps less impressive – or at least less tolerant of overt displays of joy – and football players were content to applaud or hug their teammates.

Most players today have their own celebrations, like Paul Pogba’s kick, Antoine Griezmann’s dance, or Raul Jimenez’s mask. Erling Haaland, one of the rising stars of football, also has a special way of celebrating. But what exactly are they and what do they mean? AIM take a look at it.

What is the Erling Haaland celebration?

Erling Haaland’s famous goal celebration is to sit on the court, cross your legs, touch your thumbs with your fingers and close your eyes as if you were in a meditation or yoga pose. While he did not celebrate all his goals this way, the performative nature of this particular celebration meant it became synonymous with Norway.

Indeed, Haaland has celebrated at Red Bull Salzburg, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City, which means he is now an integral part of his image. Therefore, Cristiano Ronaldo and the famous “Siii!” As a true claimant to the Portuguese star’s throne, Haaland has developed a goal-scoring method that strengthens his brand image.

Erling Braut Haaland RB Salzburg 2019-20

At the start of 2020, Paris Saint-Germain players led by Neymar and Kylian Mbappé tauntly performed en masse at Haaland’s famous celebration after beating Dortmund in the Round of 16 of the Champions League. The PSG stars’ decision to celebrate their victories in this way was prompted by a photo circulating on social media showing Haaland with the words: “Paris is my city, not yours.”

Whether the message was genuine is unknown, but it was enough to provoke Neymar and others, who amused themselves by rubbing the young forward’s nose in the defeat. After spearheading the ludicrous response in the garden of the Parc des Princes, the Brazilian striker arrogantly posted a message on his Instagram page: “Paris is our city, not yours”.

The regiment was not received favorably outside of Paris. Former England striker Gary Lineker said it was a “lack of class”, a stance that resonated with many fans and football figures. However, PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe defended the move, saying Dortmund showed a “lack of humility” after winning the first leg.

“After their home win, they tweeted a lot, a lot of Instagram, a lot of words, a lot of this and that.An enraged Kimpembe told RMC Sport. “He let us have this little anger in the back of our heads and we took advantage of it.”

Either way, the fact that PSG stars, many of whom are Haaland elders, have opted to use this special celebration shows how well-known it has become in such a short time. In late 2022, Green Bay Packers star Allen Lazard scored a goal against the New York Giants in a pose.

What does it mean to celebrate Erling Haaland?

Erling Haaland’s celebration is a reproduction of a famous Zen pose commonly used in various meditative practices, including yoga. In yoga it is known as the lotus pose or Sukhasana and is believed to help one find one’s own zen.

When asked by Esporte Interativo what this pose means in the context of football, Haaland explained: “I like meditation a lot. It calms me down and gives me peace of mind. That’s why I sometimes celebrate like this when I score.” Haaland isn’t the only football player to include yoga poses in his catalog of goal celebrations. Liverpool and Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah occasionally celebrates based on the yoga “tree” position.

What is Erling Haaland’s celebration of social distancing?

As the 2019-20 Bundesliga season restarts amid the global coronavirus pandemic, Haaland celebrated Dortmund’s goal with a salute to social distancing. The Norwegian opened the score in Revierderby’s win over Schalke in May, sending his side to a 4-0 win, and it was remarkable to celebrate as the team stayed away from such a friendly moment.

The Dortmund players went about two meters apart and celebrated the goal with a quiet dance in an empty Signal-Iduna Park. “You have to find a way to make the most of the situation and have fun”former Haaland teammate Julian Brandt said about the post-match celebration.

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