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Monday, June 15, 2015

Sweden Men's National Soccer Team News


June 14, 2015 - Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores brace in win over Montenegro
"Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice in four minutes before half-time in Sweden’s 3-1 win over Montenegro in their Group G Euro 2016 qualifier on Sunday night at the Friends Arena in Sweden. The win ensured Sweden remained in second place with 12 points behind Austria. Sweden opened the scoring in the 38th minute when Ibrahimovic moved to the right flank to combine with Sebastian Larsson whose cross found Marcus Berg in the box. The 28-year-old striker was unmarked and headed home across goal to give Sweden the lead. Ibrahimovic then scored twice in quick succession to give the Scandinavian team a 3-0 lead at half time. The first goal was him receive the ball at the edge of the box from a throw-in with his back to goal, beat two defenders, cut in and unleash a low strike which went under the goalkeeper. He then scored his 56th international goal when Larsson fed him with a long ball with Montenegro playing a dangerously high line. The 33-year-old PSG striker chested the ball down as he made a run for goal, took another touch to control it and then scored with a shot that went into the bottom left corner." - Sportskeeda

March 31, 2015 - Ibrahimovic, Berg & Toivonen score in win over Iran
"Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored one goal and made another in a slick first-half performance as Sweden beat Iran 3-1 in a friendly in Stockholm, where the vast majority of the 33,773 crowd at the Friends Arena were cheering for the away team.... Ibrahimovic silenced them, albeit temporarily, when he gave Sweden the lead in the 11th minute. His clever pass found Erkan Zengin, whose chipped return was powerfully headed home by the Sweden captain at the far post, despite the best efforts of Iran goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi to keep it out. Zlatan turned provider 10 minutes later, heading Pierre Bengtsson's cross from the left back into the path of Marcus Berg, who swept home a deft first-time finish. Minutes later the huge contingent of Iranian fans roared in delight as their team reduced the deficit via a penalty, with captain Javad Nekounam thumping home the spot kick after Vahid Amiri was brought down in the box by Andreas Granqvist.... Iran coach Carlos Queiroz urged his charges on from the edge of the technical area, but Ola Toivonen put an end to their hopes with a towering header from Sebastian Larsson's cross just before fulltime." - Yahoo

March 27, 2015 - Zlatan Ibrahimović scores brace in 2-0 win over Moldova
"A freak goal in Chisinau helped Sweden to all three points against bottom-of-the-section Moldova as Erik Hamrén's side cemented themselves in second place in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group G. Moldova goalkeeper Ilie Cebanu's clearance struck the head of Zlatan Ibrahimović and flew into an empty net in the opening moments of the second half to stun the home crowd before the Swedish captain made things safe late on with a resounding penalty.... Ibrahimović's deft touch played in Kiese Thelin again but Cebanu pulled off another great stop before the skipper powered a header a whisker over.... Cebanu then kept out a rocket of an Ibrahimović free-kick and saved brilliantly at the feet of Emil Forsberg, but Vadim Bolohan brought down the No6 in the area and Ibrahimović hammered his 84th-minute spot kick into the roof of the net to clinch the points." - UEFA

January 15, 2015 - Johan Martensson & Marcus Rohden score in win over Ivory Coast
"The Ivory Coast look to have work to do to justify their status as Africa Cup of Nations favourites following a 2-0 loss to Sweden in their final warm-up game on Thursday.... And Renard's side were made to pay for their profligacy as midfielder Johan Martensson darted in from the left and slammed home an emphatic right-footed finish in the 65th minute to put Sweden ahead.... Sweden then made the game safe three minutes from time through Marcus Rohden's strike. The Elfsborg midfielder fired a half-volley into the bottom-right corner from Niklas Barkroth's lay-off." - FourFourTwo

October 3, 2014 - Zlatan Ibrahimovic called up
"Stockholm: Sweden on Monday named injured star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier with Montenegro and a friendly with France. Ibrahimovic has not played since September 21 because of a nagging heel problem but his coach at Paris Saint-Germain, Laurent Blanc, said last week that the 33-year-old was on the road to recovery. 'His participation does of course depend on his injury healing,' read a statement released by the Swedish football federation. 'Zlatan is positive and I am hopeful that he will train this week and play for PSG before the qualifiers but we will wait and see,' said Sweden coach Erik Hamren." - Zee News

October 29, 2014 - Klas Ingesson dies, age 46
"Klas Ingesson, a former Sweden midfielder who played at the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, has died. He was 46. Swedish club Elfsborg said Ingesson, the team's coach, died Wednesday. He was diagnosed with incurable cancer in 2009. Ingesson played 57 times for Sweden, taking part in two World Cups and reaching the semifinals at the 1994 tournament in the United States. He also played at the 1992 European Championship. Ingesson also played for Sheffield Wednesday, PSV Eindhoven, Marseille and Bari." - Tri-City Herald

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October 12, 2014 - Erkan Zengin & Jimmy Durmaz score in win over Liechtenstein
"Sweden overcame Liechtenstein 2-0 to record their first win in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying courtesy of goals in each half from Erkan Zengin and Jimmy Durmaz.... Liechtenstein's resistance was shattered in fortuitous fashion 34 minutes in, however, as Zengin's shot from the left deflected off Ivan Quintans and looped over Biçer and into the corner. The second half was less than 30 seconds old when Sweden made it two. This time Biçer sliced his kick, providing a simple tap-in for the onrushing Durmaz." - UEFA

September 4, 2014 - Ibrahimovic breaks scoring record during win over Estonia
"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-footed volley from a corner after three minutes before breaking Sven Rydell's tally of 49 goals, which had stood since 1932, in the 24th minute with another fine effort. Ibrahimovic swept home Seb Larsson's cross to claim the record in spectacular style in his 99th appearance for Sweden." - Daily Mail

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