Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played his last game for Sweden at the Euros in France.
The Sweden striker has made 116 appearances for the Sweden national team during his career and scored 62 goals during the process. His last game for Sweden has been the defeat against Belgium 1-0.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has stated that he was disappointed with the defeat and would have preferred to end his international career with a victory.
However, he said that that he has enjoyed his career with Sweden and that he has kept some great memories. It was a great achievement for him to have played all these matches for his country and to bring good memories to the fans.
Ibrahimovic said that he came from a small town and that it was a great achievement for him to become Sweden top goal scorer.
Sweden coach Erik Hamren stated that it was disappointing for Zlatan not to end his career with a victory and that the team tried everything they can. Unfortunately, things did not go as plan and the match ended in defeat. The coach had acknowledged the contribution of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the team and admitted that he would be losing a valuable player for the team.
Sweden has revealed the team that will participate at the Euro 2016.
Among the team selected, there are 6 players that have won the under-21 trophy last year.
Patrick Carlgren, Victor Nilsson Lindelof, Ludwig Augustinsson, Oscar Lewicki, Oscar Hiljemark and John Guidetti were key members of the team that won the U21 trophy against Portugal.
The Sweden coach Erik Hamren will be hoping that the experience that the players gathered during the U21 tournament will be helpful at the Euros 2016 final in France.
Sweden had to go through the play-off where they beat Danemark to qualify for the finals in France. They have been drawn in a tough group with Ireland, Italy, and Belgium.
The current Sweden team does not have any other star players apart Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and they will be looking towards their captain to provide them with the necessary motivation to qualify from their group. Continue reading
The Swedes were dominant in the match against Czech Republic but failed to act on the dominance with the ball. The highly exhilarating match on Tuesday in Stockholm ended in a stalemate with Czech Republic being more comfortable with the result.
From the start of the match, The Team Yellow-Blue took the game to Czech Republic. They dominated attacks which resulted in a goal within 14 minutes of play. Marcus Berg sent a cross from Martin Olsson to the back of the net. Then it seemed the home team was sated with the goal. The visitors, obviously unsettled, calmed into the game and sustained attacks. The attacks were rewarded with a goal in the 26th minute. The goal came courtesy of a close-range range header from Reading forward, Matej Vydra. Vydra headed the goal from a Tomas Sivok’s set piece.
The match proceeded slowly until the 34th minute when Vladimir Darida almost gave Czech Republic a lead. He received a pass from Ladislav Krejci and shot it few inches wide. It was a painful miss for him and he obviously reacted. The match proceeded without much action until the end of the first half of the International friendly. Continue reading
Erik Hamren would be on his way out of the Sweden set up once he gets done with the Euro Championships.
The stories of that had been doing rounds for the last couple of days and yesterday, Hamren confirmed the news to the Swedish media himself.
The 59-year old was quoted as saying, “I would be quitting once Euros get over and my contract is completed.”
Hamren is believed to have communicated his decision to the Swedish association as well and they have accepted that.
An official statement, however, has yet to come out from the association.
The 6-year period that Hamren has spent in charge of the Swedish national team, it has been full of criticism as the team has not stood up to the hopes of the fans.
The World Cup qualification was a big disappointment as Sweden failed to get to Brazil.
And, thereafter at one stage, it seemed Sweden would fail in the Euro qualification as well when they lost back-to-back games to Russia and Austria.
But, they did make a comeback in the last phase of their campaign to get to the playoffs and then, sneak past Denmark in the playoffs to book the ticket to France.
Sweden’s showings in France, to a very large extent, would determine how Hamren is remembered as a manager in the history of Swedish Football.
The tenure of Hamren would probably be considered a failure if Sweden doesn’t quite show the fight in France and gets knocked out early. Continue reading
Sweden boss Erik Hamren has claimed that a decision about the future of star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic with the national team will be taken after the Euro 2016. Ibrahimovic has been one of the greatest players in the history of Swedish football. It is quite clear that the national team will struggle without his presence, but there has also been another side of the argument that argues against the presence of Ibrahimovic at this point in his career. The 34-year-old is not one for the future, but he is also preventing the younger players from getting opportunity.
Ibrahimovic has not helped Sweden lift any major trophy but he has surely improve the profile of Swedish football around the world. Hamren has admitted that Sweden to have a lot of talent apart from Ibrahimovic and they are likely to be recognised once the Paris St Germain striker steps down from his role. Even at this age, Ibrahimovic continues to dominate football with his goals and skills. He helped PSG win yet another league title last season. His role at the French club, though, is likely to be subdued in the upcoming campaign due to the new signings like Angel di Maria brought in over the summer. Continue reading
From the past 3 matches that Sweden has played, they have scored a total of 5 goals and 3 of those arrived from Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the Swedish forward is making an impact with his national team and trying to snatch a spot in the next stages of the 2016 Euro’s.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is considered to be an arrogant player and this is shown in the actual pitch as the star of PSG is not afraid to show his discontent whether it may be with an opponent he is facing or his own teammates.
The arrogance and attitude of Ibrahimovic has placed in a number of different situations. He has been banned on occasions for getting into fights with his own teammates and this is what happened back in 2010 when he was performing with the Ac.Milan jersey and in a training ground session, he fought with Oguchi Onuyewu.
On numerous occasions, his teammates from different clubs say that Ibrahimovic have insulted them or even threatened them.
The latest incident that occurred involving Ibrahimovic took place in March of the ongoing year when in a PSG match, the Swedish player said: In 15 years I’ve never seen a good referee in this shit country … they don’t even deserve PSG” Continue reading
The Swedish national manager, Erik Hamren, reckons whatever Zlatan Ibrahimovic said following the Bordeaux game, it was all the heat of the moment stuff and it should not have been blown out of proportion.
Ibrahimovic was fuming post that game as he thought his team lost only because of the rough decisions of the referee.
He, thereafter, was heard hurling some negative words on the standard of the referees in France.
If the reports are to be believed, he also said that France does not deserve to have Paris Saint Germain.
The French public and media have taken it as insult and there has been a little bit of outrage over there against Ibrahimovic.
The striker will have to justify his act in front of a disciplinary committee now and in case the committee finds his words unacceptable, he might have to suffer ban.
Ibrahimovic has already put forward an apology to all of those who are feeling hurt by what he said.
According to Ibrahimovic, he did not take a dig at anyone. It was just his frustration which came out.
Hamren, who manages Ibrahimovic in international Football and knows him very closely, also had the same thing to say. Continue reading
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is likely to leave Paris St Germain before he is about to retire.
This is according to his agent, Mino Raiola, who has seen his client play for several top clubs in his career. The Swedish international is regarded as one of best strikers in the world. Even at the age of 33, he continues to be a major influence in the PSG team. This influence, though, is not expected to last for a long time since he is starting to come to the end of his career. During his status as one of top players at PSG, speculation has been intense that Zlatan may be offered a role as part of the club once he retires.
However,Raiola has opened up a wide range of speculation linking Ibrahimovic with MLS and Middle East clubs. They are the only outfits that can afford the huge salary commanded by the Swedish international. Even at this age, Ibrahimovic has contributed 15 goals in just 22 matches for PSG. The French outfit may not the top of the table, but they have only a couple of points away from taking leadership in the French Ligue One. They are also in the last 16 round of the Champions League. Continue reading
Paris St Germain’s disappointing run in the French league continued after a 4-2 defeat against Bastia, who are struggling against the threat of relegation for much of the season.
Bastia moved outside of the relegation zone as a result of this victory, but they were not given much of a chance before the start of the match. This is despite PSG struggling for form in recent weeks. This latest defeat means that the reigning champions have managed just one win in the last five league matches. This poor form coupled with table leaders Olympic Marseille being in impeccable form – they have won the last five league matches without exception – is set to bring about a new champion in the French league. Continue reading
Swedish national football team is not happy drawing their scores with Russian squad. Both the teams ended up with a 1-1 tie in their last Euro 2016 Qualifying match.
According to Swedish midfielder Jimmy Durmaz, Ibrahimovic’s (Zlatan) injury absence was quite tough for his squad in the Russia match.
“It is always different & difficult to play sans Zlatan & Albin”, remarked the Sweden midfielder whilst expressing his frustrations over the draw. “They are two really great players- specifically Zlatan. When you have him on the field, you can be assured of a completely different match. Today Ola came up with one good goal & that’s fantastic for him. It is not at all good that he is injured which implies that we should take good care of him now.
Usually, I stay on wings. With Ekdal injured, I got up to midfield & played there. I felt actually great in that very position- that is absolutely no issue for me.
I am very disappointed right now. We had the opportunities to triumph at this game & we had this penalty which we missed, it happens sometimes. It is football.”
The Swedish coach was however relieved to have not lost out on the match at least. “We began really well & their goal was like a bad punch right in stomach”, stated Erik Hamrén, the Swedish coach. “I am glad that we were able to bounce back, even though we missed out on the penalty factor. However, in the final 20 minutes, our boys lacked energy. Antonsson asked for a sub yet we got him some good bananas & energy which helped him continue. I feel Granqvist & Antonsson performed really well. I must credit Durmaz – both for winning the penalty & great assistance.”