Why Man City striker opts for yoga pose after scoring goals

There have been a number of opportunities for Erling Haaland to perfect his signature celebration. The fearless striker scored 86 goals in 89 appearances at Dortmund, and has already scored two goals in just as many matches at Manchester City.

On Sunday, West Ham were hit by City’s newest attacking addition, with Haaland winning and converting a penalty before adding a second after the break.

Already, Haaland looks to have arrived in the Premier League – and throughout the season, opposition fans will become accustomed to him not only finding the net, but celebrating with his trademark style.

But why does Haaland celebrate in this way?

What is Haaland’s celebration?

On Sunday, English football was reminded of Haaland’s goal-scoring pedigree. While the Community Shield performance brought clips mocking the talented Norwegian’s performance to social media, his Premier League debut was the exact opposite.

Haaland’s iconic celebration comes to London (Photo: Getty)

Except for a pocket of City fans who knew they would see this scene all season long, the London Stadium fell silent. Haaland, strike. Haaland, score. Haaland, celebrate. Well, good luck, Bournemouth.

After finding the net, Haaland crossed his legs in a trademark meditation celebration in front of the opposition fans. Known as the Lotus position in yoga, it helps to find “Zen” within oneself. A celebration just like his presence in front of goal: calmness personified.

Haaland has often had reason to celebrate on debut:

  • Manchester City vs West Ham: Haaland struck a brace on his Premier League debut – one from the spot, before adding a second from close range.
  • Borussia Dortmund vs Augsburg: Haaland hit a hat-trick in 23 minutes to mark his Dortmund debut in style.
  • RB Salzburg vs Genk: Haaland found the net inside two minutes, before completing a first-half hat-trick on his UEFA Champions League debut.

Why does Haaland do the ‘Yoga’ celebration?

The celebration has been used by Haaland at Red Bull Salzburg, Borussia Dortmund, and now Manchester City.

Previously, meditation is something the City striker has spoken about, and is the reason behind his celebration, which was added to Fifa two years ago.

In an interview with Interactive esports, Haaland gave an insight into why he chooses to celebrate in this fashion. “I really enjoy meditation,” he explained. “It makes me feel calm and gives me tranquility. This is why I sometimes celebrate like that when I score.”

Have other players done the celebration?

Kevin De Bruyne teased the arrival of Haaland by mimicking his celebration after netting a first-half hat-trick against Wolves. It was the first game after it was announced that City had reached an agreement to sign the Norwegian international, although the celebration has been used by others.

Perhaps most famously, Neymar mocked Haaland’s pose during Borussia Dortmund’s UEFA Champions League clash with Paris Saint-German in 2020. The Brazilian uploaded a picture of the celebration to his Instagram with the caption: “Paris, our city, not yours.”