Zlatan Ibrahimovic (3 October 1981 in Malmö) is a Swedish - Bosnian football player. As the only player, the striker was awarded eleven times with the Guldbollen as Swedish Footballer of the Year, including ten times in a row. He is considered one of the best strikers in the world and impresses in particular by his strong technique and spectacular game actions. Ibrahimovic is under contract with the English record champions Manchester United. From 2001 to 2016 he was in the Swedish national team.
Ibrahimovic is regarded as a two-legged striker and achieved with both feet about the same shot hardness and precision. He can be used on offense both on the wings and in the attack center. This versatility allows him above all a tactical interplay with both outer sides and the center. This creates confusion in the opposing defense formation. Above all, his exceptionally good technique is considered a great strength. Ibrahimovic has acquired a wide-ranging repertoire of offensive tricks and feints, which has made him one of the most feared players among his opponents. If Ibrahimovic is on the ball, you can be expect a show effect. His acrobatics, unexpected actions and goals earned him nicknames like "Super Zlatan" or "Ibrakadabra". In the 2004 European Championships he succeeded in a 1-1 draw in the second group match against Italy with a notable goal.
During his time in Amsterdam, he scored against NAC Breda a remarkable goal by prevailing with a slalom run against five outfield players and the goalkeeper. The goal was awarded as "Eurosport goal of the year" among other things.
He is also known for his precise and hard-shot free kicks. At Inter Milan, for example, he converted a free-kick with 124 km / h, with Barcelona he achieved this with 104 km / h. He then explained that he learned this way of shooting free kicks from Siniša Mihajlovic, the co-coach of his time at Inter Milan. Ibrahimovic has a high tackle strength, plays with a lot of "move to goal" and is, according to numerous experts, able to play a whole defense alone.
Due to his hard and precise shot, he is as dangerous as a goalkeeper outside of the penalty area as well as inside, and he is also strong in the ball. A special feature of Ibrahimovic is that he can sometimes bring with "brute force" and sometimes with "fine-footed technique" to score. In a league game against Lazio he played the ball from a rotary impact in the air. This passport was baptized by the Italian press "Taekwondo Pass".
Also in his first season at AC Milan, he caused a stir with extravagant game and technically well-executed actions.
He is also known for his pronounced stubbornness, for which he is often criticized. Although it is agreed that this has been declining continuously since his time at Juventus, but he was still there. In a match against San Marino wanted Kim Kallstrom take a penalty, but Ibrahimovic took the ball away and fired the penalty himself. He met, but his team-mates refused the goal celebrations. This action was cited by his critics as a prime example of his stubbornness. Ibrahimovic is a polemical person who likes to put himself first. Ibrahimovic is currently the only player to have met six different teams in the UEFA Champions League.