Who is Alfie Haaland, Erling Haaland's father? Top facts

Who is Alfie Haaland, Erling Haaland's father? Top facts

Helix Odhiambo
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:13 PM

Erling Haaland is one of the most talked about footballers in 2023. His talent and goal-scoring abilities have left many fans singing his praises. He is currently playing as a striker for Manchester City. Did you know that his father, Alfie Haaland, also played for the club?

When did Alfie Haaland play for Man City?
Erling Haaland (R) and his father Alfie (L) have played for Manchester City. Photo: PA, Pedro Salado (modified by author)
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Alfie was a defensive midfielder for Nottingham Forest, Leeds, and Man City in the Premier League. However, he suffered a career-ending injury in 2001 and took an eight-year break before returning to the pitch. So, what happened to him?

Alfie Haaland's profile


Alfie Haaland

Birth name

Alf-Inge Rasdal Håland

Date of birth

23 November 1972


50 (as of 2023)

Place of birth

Bryne, Norway




1.86 m


Former professional footballer


Bryne FK, Nottingham Forest, Leeds United, Manchester City, Rosseland BK


Defensive midfielder (Right foot)


Gry Marita Braut (ex-wife), Anita Strømsvold


Gabrielle, Astor, Erling Haaland

Net worth

$30 million

Social media



The former footballer was born Alf-Inge Rasdal Håland on 23 November 1972 in Stavanger, Norway. He is popularly known as Alfie Haaland.

He has three children with his ex-wife, Gry Marita Braut. Their eldest son, Astor, studies a Master's degree in Finance at the BI Norwegian Business School, while the second, Gabrielle Braut, is married to Jan Gunnar Eide. Their last born, Erling, is a famous football star following in his dad's footsteps.

Who is Alfie Haaland's wife?

After divorcing Braut, the legendary midfielder married Anita Strømsvol. They have two children, both daughters.

Alfie Haaland's height

Erling's father is 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) tall. He weighs 82 kg and has brown eyes and blond hair, like his youngest son.

Alfie Haaland's height
Luke Chadwick (R) of Manchester United is tackled by Manchester City's Inge Haaland on 21 April 2001 in Manchester during their Premier League match. Photo: Robin Parker
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When did Alfie Haaland play for Man City?

Alfie started his youth career in 1979 as a right-back and midfielder for Bryne Fotballklubb. He earned a promotion to the club's senior team in 1989 and spent four years before moving to Nottingham Forest. He made seventy-five league appearances for Nottingham and scored seven goals.

The Norwegian joined Leeds United in 1997 from Nottingham and scored eight goals in 74 league games. So, how many goals did Alfie Haaland score for Man City? The legendary midfielder joined City in 2000, making 38 league appearances and scoring three goals.

Alfie Haaland and Roy Keane, what happened?

Alfie Haaland and Roy Keane
Man United's Roy Keane shouts at Manchester City's Alfie Haaland (on the ground) after being shown the red card during their FA Premiership game at Old Trafford, Manchester. Photo: Phil Noble
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Roy Keane's tackle on Alfie in 2001 is considered one of the worst challenges in Premier League history. The former Manchester United skipper tackled the City midfielder, who suffered a severe injury to his left knee. The injury ended Alfie's Man City career.

It is believed that Keane's move was an act of vengeance on a previous Alfie Haaland tackle in 1997. Keane ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament after tripping up following a coming together with Alfie when Leeds was playing Man United.

"I'd played against Haaland three or four times between the game against Leeds, in 1997, when I injured my cruciate and the game when I tackled him, in 2001, when he was playing for Manchester City. If I'd been this madman out for revenge, why would I have waited years for an opportunity to injure him?" Keane said.

The former Man City midfielder spent eight years without playing football while trying to recover to return to football. He returned in 2011 and played only one game for Bryne FK 3 before moving to Roseland Ballklubb. He made six league appearances for the club and scored one goal between 2011-2013.

"If you're on the ground and someone hits you in the right leg, you can still twist your other leg. It can get injured, and that's probably what happened. Obviously, I found out afterwards that it was with intent, and he was seeking revenge and all these things. I think that's a bit sad. Sad for football, and it was not good for me either at the time." Alfie Haaland opened up on the incident.

International career

Alfie represented his country Norway at the Under-17 and Under-21 levels in the early 1990s. He played for the senior national team from 1994 to 2001, making 34 appearances.

Who is Alfie Haaland's son, Erling?

Erling Haaland was born on 21 July 2000 in Leeds, England. He spent his childhood in England and Norway after his parents migrated. The talented striker began his career at Bryne and later joined Molde, Red Bull Salzburg, and Borussia Dortmund.

The forward scored 62 goals in 67 matches for Dortmund between 2020-2022 before breaking the internet with a move to Manchester City in June 2022. His father reportedly received $27.7 million for representing his son in the deal.

Since joining the Cityzens, Erling has proved his doubters wrong by breaking several goal-scoring records. The striker has also scored dozens of goals for the Norway national team.

Alfie Haaland's net worth

Alfie Haaland tackle
A. Haaland plays a friendly football match against Vivil IL at Skaugum Arena on 13 June 2022 in Skaugum, Norway. Photo: Rune Hellestad-Corbis
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The former footballer has an estimated net worth of $ 30 million. Meanwhile, his son, Erling, has around $12 million net worth. According to sources, he earns close to $415,000 weekly salary at Man City, with a market value of $183 million. He is the second-highest-paid player at the club behind Kevin De Bryune ($440,000 weekly).

Alfie Haaland's Instagram

Erling's father is active on Instagram and does not have a Twitter or Facebook account. His Instagram account has 115k followers as of 2023.

Alfie Haaland has supported his son, Erling, from his childhood. He even convinced him to join Manchester City amidst interest from top clubs like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

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Helix Odhiambo is an award-winning Kenyan journalist and content creator with over 6 years of experience. In 2016, he won the Goal Blaze Correspondent Award for young writers.