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Alf-Inge Haaland

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Position Midfielder
Born 23 Nov 1972, Stavanger (Norway)
Height 185 cm
Weight 79 kg
International Caps Norway: 34 full, 29 U21, ? Youth

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Nottingham Forest 25 Jan 1994 17 Jul 1997 93 7 £1600000
Leeds United 17 Jul 1997 13 Jun 2000 92 8 £2800000
Manchester City 13 Jun 2000   47 3  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1997 - 1998 26(6) 7 2   3   0   0  
1998 - 1999 24(5) 1 3(1)   0   2(1)   0  
1999 - 2000 7(6)   0   0   5(1)   0  
Total 57(17) 8 5(1)   3   7(2)   0  

Jabba's Comments

Started 1997-98 as a sub but became part of the starting eleven. Not the most creative force in the side, but he has provided some solidity in front of the defence with a particularly impressive performance in the home win over Manchester United.

He was sent off against Chelsea for kicking out at DiMatteo. Why did he do this? Probably because DiMatteo - who had already been booked - had just punched him in the throat. Strangely enough, the referee - Graham Poll, known as "The Thing from Tring" - didn't notice the punch, so Haaland returned to the dressing room alone.

Having established himself in the first team, he suffered a serious injury to his foot in a challenge with Vieira at Arsenal that put him out of action at a crucial point in the season.

Back as a regular at the start of the 98-99 season, he continued to deliver solid performances in a team where there is much competition for defensive midfield slots and has filled in as a makeshift centreback as imjuries and suspensions have left us light in that area.

In 1999-2000, he found himself very much on the sidelines, only making the occasional appearance and was well down the midfield pecking order. He said he wanted to fight his way back into the side, but his hopes for further first team - and international - appearances looked more likely to lie away from Elland Road.

In summer 2000, Joe Royle stepped in with an offer that took Alfi over the Pennines to Maine Road for £2.8 million - not a bad profit, but he was a good versatile defender/midfielder and made useful contributions from the bench or covering for injuries and suspensions - we're sorry to see him go.

A vicious tackle from Roy Keane - revenge apparently for Haaland abusing Keane at Elland Road after a similarly bad lunge by the Man U Head Thug had gone wrong, damaged his ligaments and knocked him out for the season - has done much to restrict his appearances over the last couple of years. Following the publication of Keane's autobiography, Haaland and City are now set to sue Keane and Man U for the damage done.

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