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Monday, January 8, 2007

Zlatan Ibrahimović born October 3, is a Swedish football striker. He is currently playing for Inter Milan, in Italy and the Sweden national football team. Professional career:
Zlatan started professional football with the Swedish club Malmö FF in the 1999 season ( Allsvenskan, the Swedish top division, begins in spring, not in autumn like in Central and Southern Europe). During his stay at the club, Arsene Winger tried to persuade him to join Arsenal but Malmö did not allow the transfer. Other than Wenger, Leo Beenhakker was also interested in Ibrahimovic after observing the striker practiced in Spain. Beenhakker went back to Amsterdam and on March 22, 2001, a deal between Ajax and Malmo regarding Ibrahimovic's transfer to Amsterdam was announced and in July of the same year, he joined Ajax for €7.8 million.
Under manager Co Adriaanse, Ibrahimovic did not get much exposure. His fortune started to change with the arrival of Ronald Koeman. Since Koeman's arrival, Ibrahimovic has consistently been chosen in Ajax's starting lineup.

Zlatan scored an incredible goal against Nac Breda which was eventually voted the best goal of the year by Eurosport's viewers. Maradona-like, he dribbled past more or less the entire defence, feinting continuously and even fooling the cameraman in one of his fake shots before beating the goalkeeper and calmly putting the ball in the back of the net.

Special thanks to MONY.
In 2004, Zlatan was sought after numerous clubs again, and his disagreement with van der Vaart probably led him to leave for Juventus for a reportedly 19 million euros. Near the end of the Serie A season Juve reportedly rejected a €70 million bid for him from Spanish power Real Madrid. This later proved to be nothing more than a PR stunt initiated by Zlatan's agent in order to raise his market value. Nonetheless, he was voted the player of the season in 2004-05 by the fans of Juventus. Zlatan was nominated to the 2005 FIFA world player of the year along with thirty other top players and finished as number eight.

He joined
Inter Milan after Juventus was relegated to Serie B due to the match fixing scandal two years later. He had won the two Serie A titles he took part in, but they were taken away as Juventus lost all honours from the title.


Anonymous said...

Zlatan is the KING!