Ibrahimovic

  • Ibrahimovic breaks 82-year record in Sweden win September 5, 2014

    Stockholm: Captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck twice in a 2-0 friendly win over Estonia on Thursday to become Sweden's all-time leading scorer with 50 goals. The Paris St Germain striker netted a thumping left-foot volley from a corner after three minutes before surpassing Sven Rydell's tally of 49 goals, which had stood...
  • Brazil favourites, tough for European teams in Football World Cup: Ibrahimovic May 20, 2014

    New Delhi: No European team has won a World Cup across the Atlantic and the trend is expected to continue in the upcoming extravaganza, according to iconic Swedish striker Zlatan Ibramohivic, who is backing Brazil to lift a record sixth world title and their first at home. The widely-travelled Ibrahimovic is...
  • Ibrahimovic out for a month, missing Chelsea second leg: PSG boss April 3, 2014

    Paris: Injured striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be out of action for at least four weeks and will miss next Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final return leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Paris St Germain president Nasser al Khelaifi said on Thursday. "He won't play at Chelsea. It's impossible," Al Khelaifi told RMC...
  • Ibrahimovic among greats without playing in best league: Mourinho April 2, 2014

    Paris St Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be remembered as one of the game's greatest players despite never gracing the English Premier League which is the world's best, according to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Mourinho, whose team visit the Ligue 1 champions in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday, managed...
  • PSG improved but experienced Chelsea still favourites: Zlatan Ibrahimovic April 1, 2014

    Paris St Germain are stronger than last season and he is in the best shape of his life, yet Zlatan Ibrahimovic says experienced Chelsea are the hot favourites in the Champions League quarter-final against the French champions. PSG, who were knocked out by Barcelona in the quarter-finals last year, have overcome...
  • PSG beat Leverkusen to advance in Champions League March 13, 2014

    Paris: Paris St Germain underlined their Champions League credentials not just by thrashing Bayer Leverkusen 6-1 on aggregate in the last 16 on Wednesday but also by showing the strength of their substitutes' bench. Fielding a rejigged side after demolishing the German team 4-0 in the first leg, PSG beat Bayer...
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores twice as PSG get 4-0 win at Leverkusen February 19, 2014

    Leverkusen: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain all but booked its place in the Champions League quarterfinals with a 4-0 away rout of 10-man Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday. Blaise Matuidi got the visitors off to a flying start in the first leg of their round-of-16 tie by scoring in the...
  • List of FIFA 2013 award winners January 14, 2014

    Zurich: Following are the winners at 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or awards on Monday in Zurich, Xinhua reported Tuesday. Ballon D'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Honorary Ballon D'Or: Pele (Brazil) Woman player of the year: Nadine Angerer (Germany) Men's team coach of the year: Jupp Heynckes (Bayern Munich/Germany) Women's team coach of the year: Silvia Neid (German...
  • I don't need Ballon d'Or to know I'm the best: Zlatan Ibrahimovic November 29, 2013

    Paris: Cristiano Ronaldo or Franck Ribery can have the Ballon d'Or, Zlatan Ibrahimovic does not need it. The Swedish striker has been in superb form this year for Paris St Germain, scoring eight goals in this season's Champions League - as many as Real Madrid's Ronaldo - to help the French...
  • Ronaldo's hat-trick sends Portugal to World Cup November 20, 2013

    The irrepressible Cristiano Ronaldo scored a dazzling hat-trick to send Portugal into the 2014 World Cup finals at the expense of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Sweden on Tuesday, while France advanced by conjuring a remarkable turnaround against Ukraine. There was disappointment in the playoffs for Iceland, however, after the Nordic country failed in...
  • Portugal look to seal World Cup spot in Sweden November 18, 2013

    Stockholm: Portugal are 1-0 up after the first leg of the World Cup playoff against Sweden but with the return match being held at a stadium dubbed the 'Zlatan Arena' the job is by no means done. Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic was relatively subdued in the first leg in Lisbon on...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo puts Portugal in sight of World Cup November 16, 2013

    London: Cristiano Ronaldo upstaged Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a showdown of superstar forwards Friday, sending Portugal past Sweden 1-0 in a World Cup playoff. France's hopes of qualifying took a big hit with a 2-0 loss in Ukraine. Ronaldo transferred his prolific scoring touch from Real Madrid to the international stage, diving...
  • Sweden cannot rely on Ibrahimovic alone, says coach November 15, 2013

    Lisbon: Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic can be the match-winner in their World Cup playoff against Portugal if his team mates also rise to the challenge, coach Erik Hamren said on Thursday. He told a news conference on the eve of the first leg that it was hard to escape talking about...
  • It's not about me and Ronaldo, says Zlatan Ibrahimovic November 14, 2013

    Stockholm: Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic has dismissed talk of his nation's World Cup playoff with Portugal in Lisbon on Friday being just a contest between him and Cristiano Ronaldo. "I see two different players, two players who do things fantastically well and represent their countries in the best possible way," Ibrahimovic...
  • Ronaldo or Ibrahimovic: Only one man will play World Cup November 14, 2013

    Two of world football's biggest names will meet Friday in the playoffs to determine Europe's final four World Cup qualifiers. Ever since last month's draw pitted Portugal against Sweden, the matchup has been billed as a head-to-head between Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It will take something special to budge them...
  • Ibrahimovic, Neymar nominated for FIFA best goal award November 11, 2013

    Zurich: Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Neymar are among 10 candidates in FIFA's Puskas Award for best goal of the year. FIFA says Ibrahimovic was nominated for his long-range bicycle kick against England in a friendly last November. Neymar was selected for his right-foot shot for Brazil against Japan in the Confederations Cup in...
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic escapes ban for gun gesture October 25, 2013

    Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic escaped a ban on Thursday for mimicking pointing a gun at the opposition bench in a Ligue 1 game against Toulouse last month. The Sweden striker made the gesture when he was replaced during the match on September 28 but rather than a ban, a...
  • Portugal face Sweden in World Cup playoff October 21, 2013

    Zurich: Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal must beat Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sweden in a playoff to advance to the World Cup in Brazil. The two were drawn to face each other on Monday in a two-leg series scheduled for November 15 and 19. Also, France will play Ukraine, with the return match in...
  • Ibrahimovic extends PSG deal by one year until 2016 September 25, 2013

    Paris: Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has followed Thiago Silva and Marco Verratti by extending his Paris St Germain contract for an extra year in a deal that ties him to the French champions until 2016. The 31-year-old Sweden international signed for three years when he joined the Qatari-backed club from AC Milan...
  • Messi, Ronaldo, Bayern quartet on UEFA award list July 9, 2013

    Nyon: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are competing with four Champions League winners from Bayern Munich in a 10-man contest to be named UEFA Best Player in Europe for the 2012-13 season. UEFA published on Tuesday the candidate list which included Arjen Robben, whose late goal clinched Bayern's 2-1 win...
  • Ibrahimovic double helps Sweden stumble to win over Faroes June 12, 2013

    Stockholm: Two goals from captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped stuttering Sweden to an unconvincing 2-0 win over the Faroe Islands in their Group C World Cup qualifier in Stockholm on Tuesday. Sweden had no shortage of possession but struggled to penetrate the massed ranks of the Faroese defence, with the home side...
  • Chelsea interested in PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic May 24, 2013

    Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is set to step up his interest in PSG forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic after discussions with the Blues technical team over potential summer transfer targets. If Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney joins PSG this summer, then according to reports in France, PSG board will allow Ibrahimovic to...
  • Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva head Ligue 1 player short-list May 9, 2013

    Paris: Paris St Germain duo Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva have been named on a four-man short-list for the French Ligue 1 player of the year award alongside team mate Blaise Matuidi, the players union UNFP said on Thursday. St Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the league's second top-scorer behind Ibrahimovic, is...
  • Dark clouds threaten to rain on PSG victory parade April 29, 2013

    Paris: Paris St Germain continued their march towards a first French league title since 1994 with a 1-0 win at Evian Thonon Gaillard on Sunday, yet the mood around the club is one of gloom not glory as their coronation approaches. The victory took PSG nine points clear with four rounds...
  • Barcelona wary of PSG, Bayern Munich of Juventus April 1, 2013

    Barcelona: The Champions League quarterfinals get under way Tuesday with Barcelona visiting Paris Saint-Germain in a meeting between Europe's most dominant team of recent years and their latest challenger. After signing star players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Beckham, PSG are anxious for a major victory that would justify their engorged...
  • PSG look to forget domestic woes against Valencia March 5, 2013

    Paris: Paris Saint-Germain's inconsistency in the French league has yet to impact their Champions League campaign as the big spenders hold a 2-1 lead ahead of Wednesday's return leg in the last 16 against Valencia. PSG have not reached the Champions League quarter-finals since 1995 and will be favoured to...
  • UEFA to judge Ibrahimovic red card case February 13, 2013

    Nyon: UEFA will consider extending Zlatan Ibrahimovic's suspension in the Champions League after the Paris Saint-Germain forward was sent off against Valencia. UEFA says its disciplinary panel will judge the case on Feb. 27. Ibrahimovic is automatically suspended for the March 6 return in Paris as punishment for his red card...
  • PSG success proves European credentials, says Leonardo February 13, 2013

    Madrid: Paris St Germain's 2-1 Champions League win at Valencia on Tuesday is proof that the big-spending Ligue 1 club have become a force in Europe but they should not get carried away, according to director of football Leonardo. PSG produced an efficient performance full of attacking verve in the last-16...
  • Lavezzi and Pastore score as PSG beat Valencia 2-1 February 13, 2013

    Valencia: Goals by Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore gave Paris Saint-Germain an important 2-1 away win at Valencia in a the first leg of their Champions League last-16 match Tuesday, which still ended badly for the French team as they allowed a late goal and had star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic...
  • David Beckham joins PSG, pledges to donate salary February 1, 2013

    Paris: In a dazzling career filled with riches and titles, David Beckham is taking his globe-trotting soccer tour to one of the most alluring destinations of all. The 37-year-old midfielder signed a five-month contract with Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday, and has agreed to essentially play for free. He will donate...