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Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Template:Titlelacksdiacritics Zlatan Ibrahimović (born October 3, 1981 in Malmö, Skåne län, Sweden) is a Swedish international striker currently playing for Juventus in Italian Serie A.

Born to Bosnian immigrants, with a father named Šefik (a Bosniak) and a mother named Julka (who is a Bosnian Croat), he grew up in a neighbourhood in Malmö dominated by immigrants, Rosengård. He started playing football at the age of 10. His initial club was called FBK Balkan and consisted mostly of immigrants from the Rosengård neighbourhood. Later, Ibrahimović started professional football with the Swedish club Malmö FF in the 1999-2000 season. During his stay at the club, Arsène Wenger tried to persuade him to join Arsenal but Malmö did not allow a transfer to occur.

Other than Wenger, Leo Beenhakker was also interested in Ibrahimović after observing the striker practicing in Spain. Beenhakker went back to Amsterdam and on March 22, 2001, a deal between Ajax and Malmö regarding Ibrahimović's transfer to Amsterdam was announced and in July of the same year, he joined Ajax for €7.8 million.

Under manager Co Adriaanse, Ibrahimović did not get much exposure. His fortune started to change with the arrival of Ronald Koeman. Since Koeman's arrival, Ibrahimović had consistently been chosen in Ajax's starting lineup.

Ibrahimović was included in the Swedish national team that competed in the Template:Wc in Korea and Japan and has been a regular face in the national team since then. He also played in Template:Ec2.

On August 31, 2004, the final day of the summer transfer window, Ibrahimović moved from Ajax to Juventus for a €16 million transfer fee. Near the end of the Serie A season, in which he led Juve in goals, Juve reportedly rejected a €70 million bid for him from Spanish power Real Madrid. This later proved to be nothing more than a PR stunt initiated by Ibrahimović's agent in order to raise his market value. Nonetheless, he is generally conceded to be one of the world's top football talents.de:Zlatan Ibrahimovic et:Zlatan Ibrahimović it:Zlatan Ibrahimovic nl:Zlatan Ibrahimovic no:Zlatan Ibrahimovic pl:Zlatan Ibrahimovic sv:Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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