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Meet Norwegian Teen Soccer Sensation Who Can’t Stop Scoring

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Salzburg, the Austrian city nestling Germany’s border seems to be the new breeding ground for future soccer superstars, notably Norwegian teenage sensation Erling Braut Haland

In the space of a few months Håland’s goalscoring feats — he’s bagged 22 goals in 18 appearances, including four hat-tricks in the Austrian top flight and the Champions League — has put him on the radar of a host of Europe’s leading teams.

“This club is a wonderful place for young players to develop and it’s a quiet town,” Red Bull Salzburg head coach Jesse Marsch told CNN Sport’s  Alex Thomas, as he reflected on Håland’s breakout season.

“It’s also a league where players can make mistakes, but still thrive and be successful before they take the next big step into bigger leagues.”

Håland scores a penalty in Salzburg's Champions League game against Napoli on November 5, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples.

The likes of Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, Inter Milan’s Valentino Lazaro, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Martin Hinteregger or RB Leipzig’s Dominik Szoboszlai have all recently come through Salzburg’s ranks and successfully integrated into European top clubs.

Håland moved to Salzburg in Austria in January 2019 from Norwegian club Molde and started the new season in red hot form, scoring a hat-trick in his first game of the season — a 7-1 Austrian Cup win against SC-ESV Parndorf — and in his fourth game — a 5-2 Austrian league win against Wolfsberger.

In May, Håland scored nine goals in a single game for Norway’s Under-20 team as it defeated Honduras 12-0 in a World Cup game.

He then seamlessly transferred his goalscoring form to Europe’s leading club competition, becoming the first ever player to score six goals in his first three Champions League appearances.

That hot streak quickly had him reportedly linked with the likes of English Premier League clubs Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool as well as RB Leipzig of the German Bundesliga.

Marsch admitted it will be hard for the Austrian club to keep hold of Håland but hopes the bond between his father Alf-Inge, who played for Leeds United and Manchester City, and Salzburg’s sporting director Christoph Freund could have an influence.

“They have a really good relationship. We’ve all been very open with each other in terms of protecting Erling from the media and the fact that there are obvious steps for him and us as a club and how to move forward together.”

Håland has scored seven goals in four Champions League games this season.

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Metuh’s Lawyer Blows Hot, Vows To Appeal ‘Bad Judgement’

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The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, on Tuesday, convicted Metuh, on seven counts of money laundering and criminal diversion of funds to the tune of N400 million.

Justice Abang sentenced Metuh to seven years imprisonment in respect to Counts One to Three.

On Count Four, the former PDP spokesman was sentenced to five years while he got seven, three and seven years for Counts Five, Six, and Seven years respectively.

He, however, held that all the sentences should run concurrently, with effect from February 25, 2020.

Abel Ozioko, while briefing journalists after the judgement, said the judge was carrying out an experiment on his client.

“The judge confessed that an issue like this is novel; in other words, he was carrying out an experiment.

“For me, this is a good example of bad judgement, and we have our appeal in our hands, I still have confidence in the law court and we are heading upstairs to the three wise men to know whether he is right or wrong,” he maintained.

Meanwhile, Channels Television reports that Metuh, after the judgement, was taken to the Nigerian Correctional Service to begin his prison terms pending the hearing of an appeal when it is eventually filed.

Culled from Channels Tv…

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