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Zlatan on winning the player of the year

Yesterday Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two goals in the 3-1 victory against Brest. Tonight he threw on the tuxedo and went to the French Football Awards, Trophées UNFP du football. There he would find out if the players and coaches in the league voted Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the player of the year in the French league, Ligue 1.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was nominated for the award of player of the year along with teammates Thiago Silva and Blaise Matuidi and Saint Etienne’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. And when the winner was read out Zlatan Ibrahimovic could conclude that prize as the player belonged to him.

zlatan Ibrahimovic

zlatan Ibrahimovic

It was a tough battle for votes with defense giant Thiago Silva, who should have been ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic well into the counting of votes. But when all the votes was counted together eventually Zlatan Ibrahimovic won.
– A great honor to receive this award by David Ginola, a double honor that way. I respect all the players, but I particularly want to thank the members of our staff. We were favorites and we managed to win, thanks coach and all the players, it was a hard job, but to succeed in this way is fantastic. Thanks to all the other nominees and thank all said Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he accepted the award.

Zlatan now joins a great list of players who have won this award before hime. Or what about David Ginola in 1994, Zinedine Zidane in 1996 and Didier Drogba in 2004?
– We had already won the title, it was the most important. It’s fun to be good individually, but that’s mainly because the team is good. Last year, I sis not win any title and it was not fun. Without the prices a season is not a success. Things like this is important, to win the top scorer is just a bonus.

Carlo Ancelotti has otherwise been in the headlines in France by the increasingly strong rumors that Carlo Ancelotti is leaving for Real Madrid this season. In the mixed zone, he was asked about what happens if Carlo Ancelotti disappears.
– I do not know. I have not heard anything, nothing is official. I do not think he’s going to leave, I’ve had a fantastic season with him, I’ve done such a fantastic season thanks to him, says Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

When asked whether he will remain next year, he came straight to Ancelotti again.
– It depends on who is coaching the team … No, I’m kidding, I’m happy here and have two years left on the contract. Paris is a big project, I hope to be here next year too and win as well.

For Zlatan now only one league match remains of the season, away against Lorient next weekend. Then he aims to outdo Jean-Pierre Papins goal record in PSG on 30 goals in the season 1989/90. Before the final round standing Zlatan Ibrahimovic has 29 goals, and with this Zlatan leads the top scorer with 10 goals.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic set new goal record

Already ready league champion PSG faced the already relegation ready Brest. Nine starting players had dyed their hair in French colors red, blue and white. Two had not done it and it was superstars David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. But the two had other things to enjoy. For Beckham, the match is according to British Daily Mail, the last game ever in his career

Zlatan Ibrahimovic accounted for a really class goal as early as the fourth minute when he scored 1-0 with a low finish. It was Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 28th goal in Ligue 1 this season – and he thereby reached his personal record for number of league goals. In the 30th minute the visitors keeper Alexis Thebaux was forced to capitulate again when David Beckham struck a perfect corner kick that was met by Blaise Matiudi. 2-0.

zlatan Ibrahimovic

zlatan Ibrahimovic

And just five minutes later it was time for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to beat his personal best. This time the goal came from a free kick. And what a kick it was. The shot from about 30 yards was rock hard and meant 3-0, although the keeper got a hand on it. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s two goals in the final match he beat Jean-Pierre Papins French league record of 30 goals.

Paris SG had already secured the French league title and there was a party last night in Paris. Nine players colored their hair – and Beckham was captain.

In the 81st minute there were strong scenes when Beckham, who is retiring from football after this season, crying left the field and was praised by fellow players and spectators. It was the Englishman’s last game in front of the home crowd.

After the match against Brest the league title was celebrated at the Parc des Princes. Then Paris Saint-Germain brought both light and music show, with a glittering Eiffel Tower in the background.
– I want to thank all the supporters, the whole team and all the coaches, said Zlatan Ibrahimovic on shaky French.

The transfer fees and player wages have hit the roof – and when their third league title would be celebrated after a Saturday match in the capital, PSG spread it on a lot. The lights on the stadium was shut down and to the sounds of French artists like Kavinsky and rap stars like Rick Ross the audience and viewers was given a 25-minute light and firework show.

After the spectacle the players stepped out one by one to the cheers of the audience and had a chance to speak on stage. At the march out the club had deployed fire displays that formed a flaming corridor. When it was Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s turn to go out, he went so close to a jet of flame that he had surprised jogging aside – and then offered at a tanning.
– I want to thank all the supporters, the whole team and all the coaches, said Zlatan Ibrahimovic on shaky French, much to the crowd’s delight and teammates.

Zlatan concluded by calling out the club’s slogan:
– Ici c’est Paris (this is Paris)!

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Fabio Capello to join PSG

Carlo Ancelotti is still the coach of the French expectant league champions Paris Saint Germain. But since February of this year, there have been behind the scenes more or less clear that Ancelotti is leaving the club and Real Madrid are said to be the next target of the trip for the Italian.
– It could be hours before it becomes official that he is leaving, said a source in Milan who is intimately familiar with Ancelotti.

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zlatan career

The same source states that Paris Saint Germains management now, behind the scenes, are discussing a new name and that one of them they think is best, is another Italian great coach Fabio Capello.

Something that is confirmed by another Italian contact:
– The management in Paris Saint Germain know they have to replace Ancelotti with another really big name. Otherwise they really think some of the the big players might leave. Thiago Silva is courted hard by Barcelona and if he goes it will be even harder to keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic, said the source, adding:
– Capello is one of the names mentioned.

Fabio Capello has contracts with the Russian Football Federation over the FIFA World Cup 2014 and the question is whether it is possible to redeem him – and if he wants.
– Capello is recognized as a man that is fond of money and PSG can offer very big money. But yes, it’s a very difficult business to get into, we’ll see what happens, says the source.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was coached by Fabio Capello at Juventus, 2004 to 2006 so they both know each other quite well. When it comes to Juventus interest in Zlatan Ibrahimovic has a fierce internal struggle going on between coach Antonio Conte and the club management about the investments this coming season.

It has been very chilly between Conte and Marotta and president Andrea Agnelli. Conte threatened to leave Juventus if he was not given more promises of new major players.
– Now we are in agreement, however, announced Conte and Andrea Agnelli to the media the other day. It thus seems like Conte has been forced to accept that they will not be as big as he wants – something that makes that the gold coach may be forced to drop the dream of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to join Juventus.

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David Beckham about his career and Zlatan

This weekend David Beckham became champion with Paris Saint-Germain. It has been speculated that he will remain in the French club, but with two league games left of the season, 38-year-old announced that football career is over.
– I am grateful that PSG enables me to continue, but I feel that now is the right time to finish my career, says Beckham.

David Beckham

David Beckham

The magazine Café recently did an interview with David Beckham where he talked about his relationship with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
– I have always respected Zlatan as a player. Now I know him and he is a great person, a good friend. Above all, he is a winner. To become a top player, one of the best strikers in the world, you have to work hard. If Zlatan does not win the small games at practicehe gets a little angry and it says something about him. With his talent and passion, it is an honor to play at his side, says Beckham to the magazine.
– We have eaten a few dinners together. In a team, it happens of course you go out and eat together.

It seems like even though David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic had the famous Bieber incident they still remain friends.

During his time at LA Galaxy Beckham was playing with Christian “Chippen” Wilhelmsson, who has a lower back tattoo that is similar to David Beckhams.
– It is very similar, not exactly the same, but similar. He concealed the fact that he had it for me during the first few weeks, but I managed to get a glimpse of it in the end. He is an amazing person. Just like Zlatan, he is a very down to earth and friendly guy, who had a large part of our success last season. It would be great to see him again sometime.

Beckham says he has no plans to begin a coaching career.
– Manager? I’ve never been interested in it. In that case, I like more to coach children. But you never know, says David Beckham.

With the money David Beckham has earned during his career we are sure he would be fine with just quiting football. Just yesterday it was announced in Sports Illustrated that David Beckham makes the most of all athletes outside USA.

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Zlatan will not go to Juventus

It has been one of this springs hottest rumors of the silly season, but now Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola closes the door for Juventus: “PSG do not want to sell him and Ibra has never asked to be sold,” said Raiola according to Italian media.

The agent reveals that he had a meeting with PSG two months ago. It stated that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be key to the project for another season.
– I have not talked to Juventus in a while but I met PSG two months ago and they agreed that the project will revolve around him for another season, says Raiola according to Mediaset.

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zlatan the striker

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s name has been linked with Juventus on a daily basis in the Italian media in recent weeks. But the agent is clear about the message that the striker stays in PSG.
– PSG do not want to sell him and Ibra has never asked to be sold so I think he stays in Paris, said Raiola.

Now, also Juventus has gone out and shut the door for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
– We are not interested in him, says president Andrea Agnelli.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been rumored to be moving away from PSG for a long time. Both the French and Italian media have placed Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Juventus. But after Sunday’s league title Zlatan denied that he will leave PSG.
– This is a good start at a new club. The future belongs to us. We can play better than this, if we can win the league like this only God knows what could happen then, says 31-year-old.

Now also denies Juventus owner Andrea Agnelli there will be no transfer of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Juventus.
– No, no return. that is the end, he told Sky Italia.

It seems like Juventus will go ahead with Gonzalo Higuain instead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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Ancelotti prefers Matuidi over Zlatan

On May 19th we will find out who is crowned player of the year in French football. Earlier this week the nominations for player of the year were announced.  It was then not surprisingly league leader Paris Saint-Germain who dominated the nominations.

27 league goals and one of the key players at Paris Saint-Germain Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been the main contributors to the League title win (which is not yet secured). Zlatan will also win the top scorer in the league this year. But coach Carlo Ancelotti does not consider Zlatan Ibrahimovic as player of the year in Ligue 1 but instead chooses Blaise Matuidi.

Only in the category of this year’s best player PSG has three of the four representatives. The three nominees are striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, center-back Thiago Silva, midfielder Blaise Matuidi and Saint-Etienne’s goal scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. One of them will take home the award as player of the year in the French league.

Ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Lyon, where a PSG win would secure the league title, manager Carlo Ancelotti was asked who he thinks will win the prize.

– Really Difficult. A player who is much better compared to last season, most of all, is Blaise Matuidi, Ancelotti said.

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zlatan career

The 26 year old midfielder came to PSG in 2011 from Saint-Étienne and is now also an important cog in the French national team. Ancelotti himself may also be praised when Italian is nominated for this year’s coach.

Best player:
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 31, Paris Saint-Germain
Thiago Silva, 28, Paris Saint-Germain
Blaise Matuidi, 26, Paris Saint-Germain
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 23, Saint-Étienne

Best Coach:
Carlo Ancelotti, Paris Saint-Germain
Elie Baup, Olympique de Marseille
Christophe Galtier, Saint-Étienne
Claude Puel, Nice

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Zlatan interview after Valenciennes game

Paris Saint-Germain have to wait to celebrate league gold in the French league. 1-1 against Valenciennes now makes PSG seven points ahead of second placed Marseille, with three rounds left to play. But after yesterday’s game it was all about after the game referee Alexandre Castro’s performance.

He showed Thiago Silva the red card, after Silva touched the referee in relation to a free kick.
After the match PSG boss Leonardo was seen tackling the referee.
– What has happened is unacceptable and there is absolutely no logic in what he does. It’s a good match, but it will be a red card and seven yellow, says Leonardo.

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zlatan career

Also Zlatan Ibrahimovic was critical to the judges:
– Not much to say. There is a person who has a yellow sweater that destroys the whole match. All were probably upset, it’s not acceptable, says Ibrahimovic.
– When players get a penalty, they may go to a commission. We should send the judge to this Commission so he can explain himself.
You also got a yellow for talking, what did you say to the judge?
– No, he put his finger to me to be quiet. Then I asked, “Why, why?” And then he gives me a yellow card.
What do you think of the title race?
– Three points and then it is settled. Now we take one game at a time and also take it one week at a time. What ever happend at Valenciennes happened. We can not do anything about it now.

Despite the 1-1 draw against Valenciennes Zlatan feel calm that PSG wins the league. The distance to chasing Marseille is six points with three rounds remaining. Next, waits Lyon away from home for Paris.
– I have the confidence and the whole team as well.

What is it that made you have been so good this season?
– It’s been up and down this year. We have had some setbacks, but we have done well. This is the first year we’ve played together, at least for me, and it has not been easy.
– There are many things that have happened, it’s not an easy league.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future at PSG is still uncertain, and even though he has two years left on his contract with the French club rumors about a move to Juventus or Napoli have appeared the last weeks. Juventus and the team’s coach Antonio Conte still want Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as reported in the Italian media. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is however not saying much, when it comes to interest from the Italian big club, who yesterday celebrated that they have secured the Scudetto.

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No Juventus for Zlatan says Ancelotti

There will be no Juventus move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, at least if you believe the Paris Saint Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti. Carlo Ancelotti states that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will remain in Paris for another season.
– There are many teams that would like to have Zlatan Ibrahimovic but it is PSG who are fortunate to have him playing here and he does a fine job, says Ancelotti to Sky Sport 24.
– He will stay in PSG. The same applies Marco Verratti.

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zlatan career information

The rumors of a move back to Juventus has grown bigger and bigger in recent weeks in which several leading figures in the club expressed a clear interest for referring back Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Juventus.

After PSG’s 1-1 match against Valenciennes on Sunday Ibrahimovic refused to answer questions about the alleged relocation plans. He has not commented Ancelotti claims.

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Zlatan told PSG he will leave

After the game against Evian Zlatan Ibrahimovic refused to comment on his future.
According to Italian Tuttosport Zlatan Ibrahimovic said something completely different to PSG’s leaders.
– If we win the title I’m going on vacation. After that I am leaving rumors say Zlatan have informed PSG.

According to the Tuttosport Zlatan has decided to leave France. The Swede should have announced his decision to PSG’s leader after the 1-0 victory against Evian on Sunday.
– If we win the title I am going on vacation. At the end of the season I leave, should Zlatan have said according to Tuttosport.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

According to the newspaper Zlatan Ibrahimovic is tired of being in a league with only two or three games of a high sporting level every season. Zlatan has also not found his place in either the team or the city. It has also been rumored that his girlfriend and mother of his children Helena Seger prefers Italy over France.

When 31-year-old met the press after just 1-0 victory against Evian, he did not comment on his future. When asked what he wants to say to all of PSG fans who are concerned that they may not see Zlatan in PAris next year Zlatan responded.
– No, what the hell, ‘said Zlatan Ibrahimovic, left the interview zone and stepped away to PSG’s play bus.

Sports director Leonardo has also denied that top scorer will be sold.
– Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi will definitely stay here. It is 100 percent secure, said Leonardo recently to Sky Sport Italia.

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Cannavaro on Juventus and Napoli rumors

As we reported earlier this week Juventus has shown a big interested in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and it also seems like they want him fast. Now also Fabio Cannavaro, who was a former teammate with Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Juventus says he believes that Zlatan would get a nice comeback if he returns to Juve. This was said earlier today on an interview in “Undici” tonight, in Italia2.
– Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a great player. He has developed and is now one of the very best. Zlatan is a player that is always better to have as a teammate than opponent, says Cannavaro in the interview.

The former defender continues to praise the Zlatan Ibrahimovic:
– He makes both goals and assists, and therefore he is a player who single-handedly make a difference.
– If Ibra would return to Juve? I did, after all, in 2009, and I was well treated, says Cannavaro.

Fabio Cannavaro

Fabio Cannavaro

Fabio Cannavaro was born in Naples and began his career in Napoli and loves his home town and former club. And Fabio Cannavaro thinks Zlatan Ibrahimovic would fit nicely there too.
– I see him as just right also in Naples. When we played there, he was very taken by the atmosphere at the San Paolo.

Cannavaro also reveals that he gave Zlatan chance to experience Naples at close range – in a different way.
– When we were there with Juve on away game I took him on a tour around in all lanes and Zlatan loved it!

So both Juventus and Napoli are still possible clubs for Zlatan Ibrahimovic if he would decide to leave PSG in this summers transfer window. According to the interview with Cannavaro it does not seem like there is anything new in the recent rumors and we just have to continue to wait for more information. Circus Zlatan continues yet another day.

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