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Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimović (; born 3 October 1981) is a Sweden Professional sports Association football Association football who plays as a Forward (association football) for Serie A club A.C. Milan and the Sweden national football team for which Zlatan Ibrahimovic is Captain (association football).

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Zlatan Ibrahimović (; born 3 October 1981) is a Sweden Professional sports Association football Association football who plays as a Forward (association football) for Serie A club A.C. Milan and the Sweden national football team for which Zlatan Ibrahimovic is Captain (association football).

Ibrahimović started Zlatan Ibrahimovic career at Malmö FF in the late 1990s under Roland Andersson. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was signed by AFC Ajax, and made a name for himself under Ronald Koeman. Years later, Zlatan Ibrahimovic signed with Juventus F.C. for €16 million. Ibrahimović gained fame in Serie A, benefiting from Zlatan Ibrahimovic strike partnership with David Trezeguet. In 2006, Zlatan Ibrahimovic signed with league rival F.C. Internazionale Milano, where Zlatan Ibrahimovic won individual awards such as the Italian Oscar del Calcio and the Swedish Guldbollen, and was named in the UEFA Team of the Year Team of the Year 2007 and UEFA Team of the Year Team of the Year 2009 UEFA Team of the Year, in addition to finishing as the league's highest scorer in 2008–09 while winning three straight Scudetto. In the List of Spanish football transfers summer 2009, Zlatan Ibrahimovic transferred to FC Barcelona for €69 million, the second Transfer (association football) Highest fees in football history. Zlatan Ibrahimovic time at Barcelona was short lived however; moving back to Serie A football with A.C. Milan the following season, in a deal which made Zlatan Ibrahimovic one of the highest paid footballers in the world and cost the Italian club a confirmed €24 million.

Early life

Ibrahimović was born in Sweden to a Bosnia and Herzegovina father who emigrated to Sweden in 1977, Šefik Ibrahimović, and a Croats mother, Jurka Gravić, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has stated in an interview that while Zlatan Ibrahimovic team was down 4–0 during halftime, Zlatan Ibrahimovic came on as a substitute for Zlatan Ibrahimovic Balkan youth team and dramatically scored eight goals. While in Zlatan Ibrahimovic early teens, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a regular for Zlatan Ibrahimovic hometown club Malmö FF. Ibrahimović successfully completed junior high school in the ninth grade. Though Zlatan Ibrahimovic was admitted to Malmö Borgarskola and had above average grades, Zlatan Ibrahimovic soon dropped out of high school to focus on Zlatan Ibrahimovic football career.

Club career

Malmö FF

Ibrahimović signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic first contract with Malmö in 1996, and moved up to the senior side for the 1999 season of Allsvenskan, Sweden's top-flight league. That season, Malmö finished 13th in the league and were relegated to the second division, but returned to the top flight the next season. Arsène Wenger unsuccessfully tried to persuade Ibrahimović to join Arsenal F.C., while Leo Beenhakker also expressed interest in the player after watching Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a training match against Norwegian side Moss FK. On 22 March 2001, a deal between Ajax and Malmö regarding Ibrahimović's transfer to Amsterdam was announced, and in July, Ibrahimović officially joined Ajax for 80 million Swedish kronor.


Ibrahimović received little playing time under manager Co Adriaanse, but when Adriaanse was sacked on 29 November 2001, new coach Ronald Koeman inserted Ibrahimović into the starting lineup as AFC Ajax won the 2001–02 Eredivisie title. The next season, Ibrahimović scored twice in a 2–1 victory over French champions Olympique Lyonnais in Zlatan Ibrahimovic 2002–03 UEFA Champions League debut on 17 September 2002. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four Champions League goals overall as Ajax fell to A.C. Milan in the quarter-finals. In Zlatan Ibrahimovic final season with Ajax, Ibrahimović's profile rose when Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a breathtaking Goal (sport) against NAC Breda on 22 August 2004, a goal that was eventually voted the "Goal of the Year" by Eurosport viewers. Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted only once in the 2003–04 Champions League (against Celta de Vigo on 22 October) as Ajax were eliminated in the group stage.

On 18 August 2004, Ibrahimović injured fellow Ajax teammate Rafael van der Vaart during an international match against the Netherlands national football team, which led to accusations from van der Vaart that Ibrahimović had hurt Zlatan Ibrahimovic intentionally. This led to Ibrahimović's sudden sale to Juventus F.C. on 31 August.


Ibrahimović moved from Ajax to Juventus for €16 million. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was promptly inserted into the starting eleven due in part to top scorer David Trezeguet's Sports injury problems, and scored sixteen goals. Near the end of the season, Juventus reportedly rejected a €70 million bid for Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Real Madrid C.F., which was later revealed to be a publicity stunt initiated by Ibrahimović's Sports agent, Mino Raiola, in order to increase Zlatan Ibrahimovic market value.

The following season was poor compared to Zlatan Ibrahimovic first season; Zlatan Ibrahimovic role in Juventus' attack changed, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic became less of a goalscorer and moved more to the sidelines, taking much part in the build-up play, especially as a target player, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic Assist (football) numbers increased. In the 2005–06 season, Juventus fans often got frustrated with Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to Zlatan Ibrahimovic anonymous presence in certain important games such as the Champions League defeat to Arsenal. Juventus were stripped of their last two Scudetto as part of the verdict from the 2006 Italian football scandal, and were relegated to Serie B. The new staff tried to persuade Ibrahimović and other top players to stay with Juventus, but the player and Zlatan Ibrahimovic agent were adamant to move on, with Raiola threatening legal action in order to extricate Ibrahimović from Zlatan Ibrahimovic contract.


On 10 August 2006, Ibrahimović completed a €24.8 million move to F.C. Internazionale Milano, signing a four-year-deal, this coming only a few days after Patrick Vieira had completed Zlatan Ibrahimovic transfer. Zlatan revealed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic had supported Internazionale when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was young. Zlatan Ibrahimovic started Zlatan Ibrahimovic spell at the club by scoring one goal and assisting another in a league match against ACF Fiorentina and ended Zlatan Ibrahimovic first season as Inter's top goalscorer with 15 goals. Inter won the league for the first time in 17 years. They finished the league with 97 points, a league record, a feat Ibrahimovic would go on to repeat at F.C Barcelona. During the season Inter also broke the European Big Five League Record for most consecutive wins, 17. The record still stands.

Ibrahimović played Zlatan Ibrahimovic 100th Serie A match on 16 September 2007. Zlatan Ibrahimovic contract was renewed in 2007, it was due to expire in June 2013. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was estimated as the top of footballer wages. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two Champions League goals in the group stage against PSV Eindhoven on 2 October, which marked Zlatan Ibrahimovic first European goals since December 2005 and Zlatan Ibrahimovic first goals overall in an Inter jersey, and finished with five goals in seven Champions League matches. Against Parma F.C. in the final league matchday on 18 May 2008, Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned from a chronic knee injury and scored both goals as Inter won 2–0, clinching their third straight Scudetto.

On 16 November 2008, Ibrahimović said that Zlatan Ibrahimovic would not return to the Allsvenskan as an active player, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic would stay the rest of Zlatan Ibrahimovic active career as a player abroad.

Ibrahimović's 2008–09 season started brilliantly, hitting the back of the net in Inter's first league match. Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal against Bologna F.C. 1909 was voted "Goal of the Year". Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored it with Zlatan Ibrahimovic heel without moving and accurately into the net from a cross by Adriano Leite Ribeiro. Ibrahimović's form in the season had been eye-catching, with clever movement on and off the ball, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic passing had been outstanding, such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic acrobatic pass against S.S. Lazio. Zlatan Ibrahimovic ended a month long goal drought against Genoa C.F.C., handing them their first home loss of the season, making Inter the only team not to lose at home in the league. In the final league game of the season, Ibrahimović scored twice against Atalanta B.C., securing the Capocannoniere for himself by finishing one goal ahead of Marco Di Vaio and Diego Milito with 25 goals in the domestic season.


After Maxwell Cabelino Andrade completed Zlatan Ibrahimovic Transfer (association football) to FC Barcelona, president Joan Laporta confirmed that there was an agreement in principle between Barcelona and Internazionale for Ibrahimović to join the club in exchange for Samuel Eto'o, plus a fee. Laporta revealed that the negotiations started when Zlatan Ibrahimovic decided to divert a flight, which was originally from Ukraine to Spain, in order to have talks with Massimo Moratti, the president of Internazionale, in Milan. Ibrahimović left Internazionale during their United States summer tour in the World Football Challenge on 23 July 2009 for negotiations with Barcelona, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic last match for Internazionale being against Chelsea F.C.. After Internazionale agreed terms with Eto'o and Barcelona with Ibrahimović, Barcelona announced Ibrahimović would arrive on 26 July 2009 and undergo a medical test on 27 July 2009. Ibrahimović passed Zlatan Ibrahimovic medical and was presented to a crowd of over 60,000 at Camp Nou. Zlatan Ibrahimovic signed a 5-year contract, for €46 million (US$65 million) Inter received €69.5 million, and part of the Inter fee (about 0.45%) was redistributed to youth clubs as Solidarity Contribution (football) (except Juventus.)

Ibrahimović started the 2009–10 FC Barcelona season with Zlatan Ibrahimovic competitive debut for Barcelona on 23 August 2009 by assisting on a goal by Lionel Messi, leading them to the 2009 Supercopa de España. In Zlatan Ibrahimovic next competitive match, Barcelona won the 2009 UEFA Super Cup. In Zlatan Ibrahimovic third appearance, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored Zlatan Ibrahimovic first goal in Barcelona's La Liga 2009–10 La Liga against Sporting de Gijón in a 3–0 win. Ibrahimović went on to score in Zlatan Ibrahimovic next three appearances, thus setting a team record as the only player ever to score in Zlatan Ibrahimovic first four league matches.

On 20 October, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored Zlatan Ibrahimovic first 2009–10 UEFA Champions League goal for Barcelona in a 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Group F match against FC Rubin Kazan. Five days later, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice in a 6–1 thrashing of Real Zaragoza, giving Zlatan Ibrahimovic a league-leading seven goals in seven league matches while bringing Barcelona to the top of the table. However, on 7 November, Ibrahimović suffered a thigh injury that kept Zlatan Ibrahimovic out for three weeks. Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to action in week 12 of the season against Real Madrid C.F. as a second-half Substitute (association football) for Thierry Henry, and scored Zlatan Ibrahimovic eighth goal of the campaign. Zlatan Ibrahimovic finished with eleven goals and four assists in all but two of Barcelona's first fifteen league matches. Barcelona capped off 2009 by winning the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup against Estudiantes de La Plata on 19 December 2009.

Ibrahimović scored Barcelona's only goal in the 2009–10 Copa del Rey first leg match of the round of sixteen in a 2–1 loss to Sevilla FC on 5 January 2010. On 20 January, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was selected in the UEFA Team of the Year Team of the Year 2009. Zlatan Ibrahimovic first goal of 2010 came on 14 February against Atlético Madrid. In Zlatan Ibrahimovic next appearance, Ibrahimović scored against VfB Stuttgart in the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League knockout phase Stuttgart v Barcelona of their UEFA Champions League knockout stage fixture. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was Penalty card Red card on 6 March in a league match against UD Almería, which Barcelona appealed to no avail, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic was suspended for one game. A Triceps_surae_muscle Calf_strain_.28torn_calf_muscle.29 during Warming up before the next La Liga match following Zlatan Ibrahimovic return from suspension against Athletic Bilbao ruled Ibrahimović out of the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League knockout phase Barcelona v Arsenal 4–1 victory over Arsenal F.C., in which Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two goals away from home, the return leg of the El Clásico against Madrid (which Barcelona won 2–0), and the next league match against Deportivo de La Coruña. Zlatan Ibrahimovic made Zlatan Ibrahimovic return as a substitute in the 82nd minute in against RCD Espanyol.

Ibrahimović finished the season with a sixth-best 16 league goals as Barcelona broke the world record of most points in a season in a 20 team league with 99 points in 38 matches. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored Zlatan Ibrahimovic final goal for Barcelona in a Spanish Super Cup match on 14 August in a 3–1 defeat over Sevilla, and on 25 August, Zlatan Ibrahimovic played Zlatan Ibrahimovic last match for the club against Milan for the Joan Gamper Trophy, after which Zlatan Ibrahimovic claimed to the media that Zlatan Ibrahimovic relationship with coach Josep Guardiola had started deteriorating and that Guardiola had not spoken to Zlatan Ibrahimovic since March.


On 28 August 2010, A.C. Milan announced on their official website that they had acquired the services of Ibrahimović for the 2010–11 season. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was loaned out to Milan for the 2010–11 season, with Milan having the option to purchase Zlatan Ibrahimovic outright from Barcelona for €24 million at the end of the season. Zlatan Ibrahimovic made Zlatan Ibrahimovic team debut in a 2–0 loss to A.C. Cesena on 11 September, in which Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed a Penalty kick late in the match, and scored Zlatan Ibrahimovic first goals for the club when Milan defeated AJ Auxerre in their first 2010–11 UEFA Champions League group stage match of the season on 15 September. On 14 November, Ibrahimović scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory against Zlatan Ibrahimovic former club F.C. Internazionale Milano in the Derby della Madonnina. On 20 November, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored Zlatan Ibrahimovic seventh goal against ACF Fiorentina in the 45th minute with an over-the-head bicycle kick, passing Alexandre Pato as the team's top goal scorer for the season. On 4 December 2010, in a game against Brescia Calcio, Zlatan Ibrahimovic assisted Kevin Prince-Boateng to give Milan an early lead and then scored the third goal by a powerful Shooting (association football) near the edge of the Penalty area to give Milan a 3–0 win. On 12 December 2010, history repeated himself in the game against Bologna F.C. 1909 after Zlatan Ibrahimovic assisted Boateng to give Milan an early lead once again and scoring later that match to make it 3–0, leading Zlatan Ibrahimovic to 13 goals with 8 assists in 21 matches in all competitions, after which Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been compared to Milan legend Marco van Basten by both the media and van Basten himself.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic received a three-match ban after getting a red card during a Serie A match against A.S. Bari for Punch (combat) an opponent in the stomach. Zlatan Ibrahimovic also received another 3 match ban on Zlatan Ibrahimovic return from the previous one for supposedly cursing at the Referee (association football). Ibrahimovic stated in Zlatan Ibrahimovic defense that Zlatan Ibrahimovic was Intrapersonal communication in frustration. Zlatan Ibrahimovic won Zlatan Ibrahimovic first Scudetto with Milan after a stalemate against A.S. Roma. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is therefore currently on a streak of eight straight league wins in three different countries and with five different clubs, including the later stripped wins with Juventus F.C.. All agreements between Milan and Barcelona were confirmed on 18 June 2011.

In the first official match of the 2011–12 season, Zlatan opened it in the best possible way scoring the first goal of a Milan comeback to beat city rivals F.C. Internazionale Milano in the Italian Super Cup. Zlatan Ibrahimovic also scored Milan's first goal of their 2011–12 Serie A season in a 2–2 draw against S.S. Lazio. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored Zlatan Ibrahimovic third goal in the first three games in Milan's Champions League game against Czech club FC Viktoria Plzeň from the Penalty area and assisted the second goal. Ibrahimović justified Zlatan Ibrahimovic tag of the carrier of Milan by scoring in many games, yet still providing many assists. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in the next UEFA Champions League game against BATE Borisov, a goal in Milan's 4–1 win over Parma F.C. and two more in their 2–3 win over A.S. Roma, ending a successful month of October. November was equally impressive for the Swede, scoring in consecutive games against BATE, in the UEFA Champions League, and Calcio Catania, in the league. In the highly anticipated encounter between Milan and Barcelona, Ibrahimović scored against Zlatan Ibrahimovic old club to equalise the game at 1–1 but eventually Barca ran away 3–2 winner at the San Siro. Zlatan Ibrahimovic ended Novermber with a brace against A.C. ChievoVerona, Zlatan Ibrahimovic first goal took Zlatan Ibrahimovic tally of goals in the Italian Serie A to 100, and the second from the penalty spot. Ibrahimovic continued Zlatan Ibrahimovic impressive form in december, and scored a goal in each of 5 Serie A games. 2012 started on high note for Zlatan, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored against Atalanta B.C. converting a penalty kick. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is currently top scorer of Italian Serie A, with 14 goals in 16 appearance, after the brace against Novara, of wich second goal, came after cheeky backheel. On 5 January 2012 in a match against S.S.C. Napoli on continuation of Serie A, Ibra awarded a red card for slapping Salvatore Aronica in an off-the-ball incident and will rule out of Milan's next three games. On 15 February, edition of 2011-12 UEFA Champions League, Zlatan set up all two Robinho's goals and also scored by a spot kick thus helped Milan win 4–0 over Arsenal. On 3 March Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a hat-trick in a 4–0 away win against U.S. Città di Palermo at the Stadio Renzo Barbera. The first two goals were assisted by Robinho and the third by Urby Emanuelson.

International career

Even though Ibrahimović was eligible to play for Bosnia national football team and Croatia national football team, Zlatan Ibrahimovic chose to play for Sweden national football team, Zlatan Ibrahimovic country of birth.

Ibrahimović made Zlatan Ibrahimovic debut in a 0–0 friendly draw against the Faroe Islands national football team at Värendsvallen on 31 January 2001 during the 2000–01 Nordic Football Championship. On 7 October 2001, Zlatan Ibrahimovic made first competitive match in a 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan national football team, scoring a goal in a 3–0 win. Ibrahimović was part of Sweden's 2002 FIFA World Cup finals squad who were eliminated in the round of 16 by newcomers Senegal national football team. Zlatan Ibrahimovic made two substitute appearances, in the 88th minute of the final group game against Argentina national football team and the 76th minute of the match against Senegal.

Ibrahimović was in the starting lineup for all of Sweden's UEFA Euro 2004 matches. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a penalty in a 5–0 win against Bulgaria national football team and rounded off a fine performance against Italy national football team by scoring a late equaliser. However, Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed a penalty as Sweden were sent home following a Penalty shoot-out (association football) loss to the Netherlands national football team.

During 2006 World Cup qualification, Ibrahimovic scored four goals in a 7–0 victory away to Malta national football team on 4 September 2004. Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not score during the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals as Sweden were knocked out in the round of 16, this time by Germany national football team.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was called up for a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier against Liechtenstein national football team on 6 September 2006, but two days before the match, Zlatan Ibrahimovic violated team curfew by leaving the hotel with teammates Christian Wilhelmsson and Olof Mellberg and visiting a nightclub. Though none of the players consumed any alcohol, they were nonetheless all sent home by manager Lars Lagerbäck as punishment and did not take part in the match. Mellberg and Wilhelmsson did not appeal the coach's decision, but Ibrahimović felt that it was unjust and therefore refused to take part in Sweden's next qualifiers against Iceland national football team and Spain national football team. Zlatan Ibrahimovic also refused to partake in a Exhibition game against Egypt national football team on 7 February 2007, but ended Zlatan Ibrahimovic self-imposed boycott a month later, and returned for Sweden's loss to Northern Ireland national football team on 28 March. Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not score in any of the 12 qualifying matches. Ibrahimović was awarded the 2007 Guldbollen as the "Country's Top Player of the Year."

Ibrahimović ended Zlatan Ibrahimovic international goal drought, which had lasted for over two years, against Greece national football team in Sweden's UEFA Euro 2008 opener on 10 June 2008, and the next match against Spain national football team four days later.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic finished the tournament with two goals as Sweden were eliminated in the group stage by Russia national football team.

Ibrahimović scored a goal in a 4–0 win against Malta national football team on 10 June 2009 in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification. On 5 September 2009, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a last second goal in Stadium Puskás Ferenc against Hungary national football team in a 2–1 win for Sweden in their 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification match.

Ahead of the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying, Ibrahimović was named team Captain (sports) on Zlatan Ibrahimovic return to the national team. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored Zlatan Ibrahimovic first goals of the qualifying game against San Marino where Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the first and fifth goals in a 6–0 win in front of over 21,000 home fans despite being down to 10 men for over an hour. Zlatan Ibrahimovic next goals came in the form of a hat-trick against Finland whom they beat 5–0.

Personal life

Ibrahimović has two siblings and three half-siblings. Zlatan Ibrahimovic longtime partner is Helena Seger with whom Zlatan Ibrahimovic has two children, Maximilian (born 22 September 2006), and Vincent (born 6 March 2008). Zlatan Ibrahimovic currently resides in Milan, although Zlatan Ibrahimovic visits Zlatan Ibrahimovic summer home in Malmö annually. Ibrahimović received a Black belt (martial arts) in taekwondo at the age of 17, where Zlatan Ibrahimovic attended classes at the Malmö Taekwondo club Enighet. Ibrahimović is fluent in Swedish language, Serbian language, Bosnian language, English, and Italian. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is of Bosnian and Croatian descent. Ibrahimović is a Catholic Christian.

The name Zlatan was trademarked in May 2003 by Swedish Patent and Registration Office for "most likely being perceived as Zlatan Ibrahimović", which meant that Zlatan Ibrahimovic received exclusive rights to the name for certain products, including Sports equipment, clothing, and shoes. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is under contract with Nike, Inc. and features in their television advertising. Zlatan Ibrahimovic wears the Nike Mercurial Vapor Cleat (shoe) line and has the names and dates of birth of Zlatan Ibrahimovic sons embedded onto the external sides of Zlatan Ibrahimovic boots.

In the fall of 2007, Ibrahimović, with the help of Nike, self-funded a new Association football pitch in the streets of Zlatan Ibrahimovic hometown of Rosengård: Zlatan Ibrahimovic provided a Artificial turf, Goalposts Structure, Floodlights (sport), and a modern Perimeter fence. In 2008, Zlatan Ibrahimovic donated new Nike Kit (association football) to Zlatan Ibrahimovic youth club, FBK Balkan.


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