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The making of Zlatan Ibrahimović

Published: Thursday 18 November 2010, 11.21CET
Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimović tells UEFA Training Ground about his first football memories, playing for grassroots clubs in his home town and how he is now giving something back.
Published: Thursday 18 November 2010, 11.21CET

The making of Zlatan Ibrahimović

Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimović tells UEFA Training Ground about his first football memories, playing for grassroots clubs in his home town and how he is now giving something back.

Zlatan Ibrahimović (EN) 1: Everybody spoke of me as a big talent and things like that. But how truthful that is, I don’t know. I mean, everybody wants to be involved and have an opinion about me. It makes them important. But I remember I played; the coaches came; they drove me to training, they picked me up for the games, so it was a nice time. It was not like too serious, it was more like: let’s play and have fun. (28 seconds)

Presenter 1: Born in Sweden to a Bosnian father and a Croatian mother, Zlatan Ibrahimović has always been a special talent. From the day he first laced his boots as a six-year-old in the Rosengård neighbourhood of Malmö, throughout his career, fans of Sweden, Malmö, Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale, Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain have been treated to some of the most audacious goals and skills you could wish to see. (30 seconds)

PRESENTER 2: Although he’s created many magic moments at the top level of the game, Ibrahimović himself also has special memories from his days as a boy playing for local clubs. One of these was FBK Balkan, where he once scored all eight goals in an 8-5 win having come on at half-time when his team were 4-0 down. (22 seconds)

Ibrahimović (EN) 2: I remember a lot of games. I mean, I switched teams from Balkan to Malmö BI. They were two local teams in that area. So I switched between them several times, and I played lots of games. I remember I played with all the older guys, who were much bigger than me, and it was a nice time. I mean, it was without pressure. You went in and you had fun and enjoyed it. More or less like now, but now there’s much more pressure. (27 seconds)

Presenter 3: A sign of his affection for those days, Ibrahimović gave something back to the youngsters who hope to follow in his footsteps back home when, in 2007, he helped fund the Zlatan Court, a five-a-side pitch made up of recycled sports shoes where youngsters from Rosengård and the surrounding areas can play in a safe environment. (20 seconds)

Ibrahimović (EN) 3: I think it’s very important, especially with my background… I don’t have the same background as some other people; and all the people, all the young people who live there, the children have the same background as me, so whenever I can help them I will help them. And I will do my best to show them that everything is possible, and even if you are from Rosengård, the future is bright. I mean, you can succeed, even if you are from there. So whatever I can do to help them and give back, I will do it. So we constructed a football field, a small football pitch, so they could play. And it has become very successful, so I am very happy. Hopefully we will do more projects in Rosengård. (46 seconds)

Presenter 4: And if the youngsters need any more inspiration they can get it by reading an inscription that faces them on their entrance to the court. (8 seconds)

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