Swedish football ends with Zlatanera

Zlatan Ibrahimovic said goodbye to national team after their defeat against Belgium which eliminated them from Euro 2016. Sweden has honored him with adding the word “Zlatanera” in Swedish dictionary. Ibra – larger than life persona and ability to produce magic has never been doubted.When we talk about Sweden, we talk about Zlatan. It’s never another way around. Ibra said goodbye to national football last night which means Swedish football ends with Zlatanera.

The Malmo born 34-year-old announced on Tuesday the tournament would be his last and he would not represent Sweden at the Rio Olympics as previously thought. “It has always been a great honour, but for the time being I won’t play for the national team because I am not motivated.”

Sweden's Ibrahimovic in action during the friendly soccer match Sweden v Wales at the Friends Arena in Stockholm

Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action during the friendly soccer match Sweden v Wales at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden June 5, 2016. TT News Agency/Andres Wiklund/via 

He has scored 62 goals in 116 appearances for his country – more than any other Swedish player in history. He played in two World Cups and two European Championships for his country and was named Sweden’s best footballer eight times. During his career he has played for many different clubs in top tier; Ajax, Internazionale, Juventus, Barcelona, Milan and Paris Saint-Germain. 

“This was my last game and I have many fantastic memories of the national team. “It is a nice story as where I came from, what people called the little ghetto, I made the country my country. Sweden.” Zlatan said.

“It feels heavy. It feels disappointing but at the same time I enjoyed it. We had the possibility of playing in the European Championships, I represented Sweden at this tournament so at the same time I am proud,” he said.

Zlatan has given us many memory to look back and enjoy his style of football. The 6ft 5inch striker made his international debut as a 19-year-old against the Faroe Islands and went on to score in his first competitive match – a qualifier for the 2002 World Cup against Azerbaijan. He announced himself on the international stage with a spectacular back-heeled goal in the group stage of Euro 2004 against Italy, but missed a penalty as Sweden were eliminated in a quarter-final shootout.


His appointment as captain for Euro 2012 qualifying reinvigorated him and he scored one of the best goals of the tournament with a volley in a 2-0 win over France, although Sweden were still eliminated at the group stage.One of his greatest international displays came against England later that year as he scored all four goals in a 4-2 friendly win, including a magnificent overhead kick from 35 yards.

“No. He is special. I hope we can find another player who is not Zlatan but is really good. I don’t think in a small country like Sweden you find another Zlatan as he is really unique.” Sweden coach Erik Hamren said.

“A World Cup without me is nothing to watch, so it is not worth waiting for the World Cup.” He said in a press conference when Sweden failed to qualify for World Cup 2014.

He may not be compared with Ronaldo and Messi, but he is a player who plays in his own league. He has his own style, he has his way of football, he is vocal, you can add egoistic but he is certainly a joy to watch. Zlatan Ibrahimovic career goodbye from international football ends the Zlatanera, but we hope to see more of him in EPL. Once again in yet another country and in a giant club like Manchester United, if rumors become reality.



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