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Zlatan Ibrahimovic return to Paris

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 31, has come back to Paris after the summer holidays. He does it with a lot of question marks hanging over him- and with a scheduled meeting with President Nasser al-Khelaïfi.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti left for Real Madrid and sporting director Leonardo resigned. When Zlatan Ibrahimovic today arrived in Paris everyone is asking the question: what does Zlatan Ibrahimovic thinks of the many changes in the club?

zlatan ibrahimovic return to paris

zlatan ibrahimovic return to paris

According to French newspaper L’Equipe PSG’s president Nasser al-Khelaïfi, the man behind the super solicitation of Napoli’s Edison Cavani, 26, has traveled to Paris to meet with Laurent Blanc and the players before the team travels to Sweden friendlies. According to l’Equipe al-Khelaïfi wants to insure star players, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, that PSG still has ambitious goals – despite Carlo Ancelotti left the club.
– Ibra will stay, that’s for sure. He’ll play with Cavani, that’s why we bought him. But the details about the team his coach is taking care of, said PSG’s owner Al Khelaifi at Tuesday’s press conference.

Ancelotti wants to rejoin with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Real Madrid.
The information about a move has gained new momentum last week, where especially Real Madrid – with old coach Carlo Ancelotti declared that he wants Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Spain – chasing the Swedish striker.

During the morning Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived to Clairefontaine, the French football association reputable talent academy outside Paris. The Academy is located in a quaint suburb a few miles south of the town and the many greens surrounded by lush trees and pleasant environment. Paris Saint-Germain are there for a couple days of training camp for the match against Hammarby in Stockholm on Tuesday on the Tele2 Arena.

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Laurent Blanc confirmed as new PSG coach

Carlo Ancelotti has been on his way to leave Paris Saint-Germain and the last week all the rumors has been about the most likely possible replacements which is Laurent Blanc, 47. Today PSG confirms that the French coach and former star player, takes over as coach of the French capital club.

“PSG’s mission for Laurent Blanc is to continue the already started hike to the top of Europe,” the club writes on its website.

PSG enter a two-year contract with Laurent Blanc, who comes from the job as coach of the French national team – a job he left after Euro 2012.

zlatan Ibrahimovic

zlatan Ibrahimovic

“Paris Saint-Germain is pleased to announce that Laurent Blanc arrives as new coach over the next two years. He will train the team when training resumes on July 1st,” PSG states on their website.

With Laurent Blanc PSG gets a coach who has experience in Ligue 1 as both player and coach. Between 2007 and 2010 he trained Bourdeaux. First season he received the price for this year’s coach after a second place and the second season at the club, he won the league.

As a player Blanc won the World Championship gold in 1998 and European Championships in 2000. He played for Marseille, Montpellier, Barcelona, ​​Manchester United and Milan at club level.

Carlo Ancelotti, who trained PSG over the past one and a half seasons was presented at the same time as the new coach of Real Madrid. Under Ancelotti PSG ended the past season with winning the league in France and in the Champions League they went out in the quarter-finals against Barcelona after a close encounter.

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Laurent Blanc to coach Zlatan and PSG

PSG got rejected by Fabio Capello. Now they are instead mostly focusing on that Laurent Blanc will be Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s new coach. The French national team legend and former coach is in advanced stage of negotiations with the club, writes both Le Parisien and L’Equipe.

Earlier this week, it seemed to be almost ready. Several French and Italian media stated that Fabio Capello, 67, would take over Paris Saint-Germain – but that deal now seems rejected by Fabio Capello as we wrote yesterday.

The Italian, with a long and digested credit, turned down PSG and will remain as coach of Russia.
Let’s see, instead, a former French national coach out to take over the club. According to both Le Parisien, L’Equipe, among others, Laurent Blanc is in advanced stage of negotiations with PSG.

The 47-year-old – with close to 100 games as a player in the CV – led Bordeaux to the Ligue 1 title in 2009, but has not committed to any assignment since he was fired from the French national team after the Euro fiasco last year.

zlatan career

zlatan career

Names as Frank Rijkaard, Andre Villas-Boas, Michael Laudrup, Guus Hiddink, Roberto Mancini and Rafa Benitez have said no to the offer from PSG – but now it appears as Laurent Blanc is close signing with the Paris club.

Paris Saint Germain’s current coach, Carlo Ancelotti, is in agreement with Real Madrid and will be leaving for the Spanish giant when Paris SG made ​​it clear with his replacement. Is this the final say in who will be Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s new coach or will we see even more rumors in the near weeks?

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Zlatan voted best player in PSG

PSG fans love Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Now we have it in black and white after they voted for the Swede as player of the year in the club. There was a poll on the club’s website about this years best player and Zlatan Ibrahimovic was voted the year’s best player during the season. He got 25 percent of the votes and won before Matuidi and Pastore. And it is not so surprising. Ibra scored 30 goals and won the top scorer and played obviously a big role in PSG’s first league gold in 19 years.

zlatan Ibrahimovic

zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan finished off a productive 2012 with a hat-trick against Valenciennes and stopped after the first half of the season on 18 goals and titled as autumn champions. And 2013 gave us more of the same. He finished 11 goals before the second placed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Saint-Etienne. It was a fantastic season from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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PSG increased revenue with 100 million

That Paris Saint-Germain could recruit Zlatan Ibrahimovic has its explanations. The Paris team was the club in Europe, which increased its revenue the most this recent season. PSG went from 86.5 million Euro in revenue from 2011 to 190 million Euro in 2012, according to figures provided the audit and consulting firm Deloitte has presented.

The increase of just over one 100 million Euro was larger than the whole of the Premier League’s increased revenues. And other clubs in Ligue 1 saw their revenues decline by more than 20 million Euro during the same year.

Premier League was the league with the most revenue in total, over 2.4 billion, while the Bundesliga was second at 1.6 billion and Spanish La Liga third on 1.5 billion. Barcelona and Real Madrid’s income rose by 500 million together while other La Liga clubs saw revenues decline by 16 million.

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Wayne Rooney wants to sign for PSG

Wayne Rooney’s future at Manchester United is uncertain and the Manchester star has been subject for rumors about most clubs in this summers transfer window. Wayne Rooney has long been rumored to be moving away from the club and has previously been linked together with PSG.

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney


According to the French club’s former adviser Rooney is already done for the club. Now writes L’Equipe that PSG initiated direct contact with Rooney who has a contract with United until 2015. According to the magazine Wayne Rooney should be “very interested” in a move to PSG.

The newspaper also writes that PSG want to form a dream attack pair with Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Zlatan held a news conference on Wednesday, leaving an opening for him to leave France.
– We’ll see. All other times I have changed clubs when I said that I should stay. Anything can happen, although I have planned to stay. As the situation is now a lot can happen. Last year I was set to something else, to go to the USA with Milan and prepare for next season. Instead, I got a call in June, July and Paris came into the picture, he said.

It is rumored that how PSG will get Wayne Rooney to PSG is by offering him a huge salary for the Englishman to come to Paris. According to l’Equipe should Rooney be “very interested” in a move to PSG, and for him it would mean a hefty pay rise.

In the current situation, he earns around 10 million Euro a year, which PSG according to l’Equipe’ll should be ready to raise to 13 million Euro. L’Equipe also indicate that PSG will recruit some major names for this summer to consolidate its position as an attractive club for Europe’s top players.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo


Besides Rooney PSG will also lay their hands on Axel Witsel from Zenit St. Petersburg and Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona. But by purchasing Wayne Rooney for an offensive position the club will lay it’s plans for Edinson Cavani aside and wait to acquire Cristiano Ronaldo next summer.

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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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PSG celebrations cancelled due to hooligans

There will be no visit to the town hall for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his teammates in Paris SG on Wednesday. The celebrations are canceled due to the unrest that erupted in central Paris after PSG secured league victory.

It was supposed that the PSG players would raise the victory trophy at the town hall balcony and receive the fans’ jubilation on Wednesday. But both the mayor and the Home Secretary is very upset by the riots so the celebration is cancelled.

“The day after the riots sabotaged celebrations of PSG’s league victory, damaged Paris and deeply wounded city residents, I would like to express my contempt and my anger at the violence that hundreds of hooligans are responsible for,” Mayor Bertrand Delanoe said in a statement.

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls has called representatives of PSG, the French league, the police, the mayor’s office and anti-hooligan authorities for a meeting today to discuss the events on Monday when hooligans clashed with riot police. More than 30 people were injured and 21 arrested.

It was when the team would receive celebrations at the Place de la Trocadero as it derailed and hardcore “fans”, known as ultras, threw smoke bombs and other objects to the podium and got into trouble with the police. The celebration was interrupted prematurely and even players’ planned boat ride along the Seine on Monday evening had to be canceled.

The events are a big blow to the club that tried to boost his image after years of hooliganism among the club’s supporters.
“The day would have been a day of celebration for Paris, but the party was destroyed by a few hundred troublemakers who have nothing to do with football,” it said in a statement from PSG on Monday evening.

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PSG league title cost 215 million Euro

2011 the Qatar Investment Authority, with links to the Qatari royal family, purchased the majority of shares in Paris Saint-Germain. It was the beginning of a transformation of the French club. The goal was to make the club a major power in French football and already has the first objective has been reached. On Sunday PSG became French league champions for the third time in history and for the first time in 19 years.

This after the owners the past two seasons invested a total equivalent 215 Million Euro in new players, writes AP. 2011 PSG purchased including Sunday’s victory shooter Jérémy Ménez the equivalent of 7 million (with today’s money) from Roma and Javier Pastore for a record sum 37 million from Palermo.

Last summer, investments continued when Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva brought in from Milan for together over 50 million. They were joined by Ezequiel Lavezzi who was recruited from Naples for more than 25 million.

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