Rejoice, world! The Zlatan stamps are now on sale


As we first told you in November, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been immortalized by the Swedish Postal Service (Posten) with his own line of stamps. And on Thursday, after an excruciating four-month wait, the stamps finally went on sale, obviously to roaring success.

Football fans all over the continent have been flocking to their local post offices for the first time in probably a decade. Posten’s Head of Stamps Britt-Inger Hahne told TT news agency that five million stamps have already been sold in advance.

“The French are particularly interested,” Hahne said. “One customer ordered 1,500 packages for his French friends.” (Okay, we’re not sure if that means 1,500 Facebook “friends” or actual friends, but regardless, that’s a lot of stamps!)

Zlatan himself has been overjoyed at the thought of seeing his big schnoz on the bills he will receive. In November, he said:

It’s a great honour to be on a postage stamp and I’m very happy and proud to have been chosen. I usually receive bills and they seldom have nice stamps. Maybe that will change now.”

As you can see, the Zlatan stamps all feature images of him in action with the Swedish national team, and two of them capture the iconic bicycle kick he scored against England, which won the FIFA Puskas Award in January for Goal of the Year.

Image: Getty


Fan #DaresToZlatan, gets rewarded

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A young fan stormed the field following PSG’s 1-0 win at FC Lorient on Friday with only one goal in mind: get Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s shirt. Remembering what he learned from the Great Zlatan’s recent Twitter lecture, the fan daringly sprinted over and slid in front of Ibrahimovic, before asking for — and receiving — his hero’s jersey. He even got a hug out of it!

See? That’s what happens when you #DareToZlatan.

H/T r/soccer


This week in ‘Amazing Zlatan Moments’

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been wow-ing us all season long, that’s nothing new. Seemingly every weekend he provides us with a goal worthy of the yearly highlight reel.

But did you know Ligue 1’s top scorer — 23 goals and counting — also leads the league in assists this season with 12? Yeah, he can do it all.

Proving that his brilliance knows no bounds, Zlatan showed off his other skill set with a lovely back-heel pass to Ezequiel Lavezzi during PSG’s 3-0 win over Bastia on Saturday.


Must-read: Zlatan Ibrahimovic chats with US Media in amusing conference call


A conference call with Zlatan Ibrahimovic – eccentric Paris Saint-Germain and Sweden striker, professional brooder, devout worshipper at the altar of Zlatan, serial third-person referrer of self, mass-winner of league championships, and delightful provocateur – is an experience.

We had one such opportunity on Friday, so here, free of framing, editing or diluting, the best things he said in his deep, ear-ringing voice during the half-hour call.

On the Ballon D’Or, for which he wasn’t nominated as a finalist:

“I’m the best, boy.”

On coming to Major League Soccer:

“I’m not nominated for the Golden Ball so, I don’t know, maybe in America nobody knows who I am there. So maybe I should come over and play some seasons so people get to know me.”

On his favorite player to watch:

“My favorite player all time is Ronaldo The Phenomeno, of course, but he’s not active today. Eeehhh… As you play every day, train every day… pffff… play games almost every three days it’s not easy to watch even football when you come home. I have two kids to take care of and other interesting things I’m doing in my life, other hobbies, so it’s not like football 24 hours. I like to see big games and that’s it. Finals of tournaments and these kind of games that is exciting to watch but I’m not the one that like to watch a lot of football.”

On what it would take for a player of his stature in his prime to come to America:

“I can only speak for myself. It could be interesting to go over to America and try the football there but today it’s not interesting.”

On continuing to improve into his 30s:

“I’m like the wine. The older the wine is the better it is. So the older I get, the better I get.”

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FIFA releases shortlist for Puskas Award

imageMiroslav Stoch won last year’s Puskas Award (Image: Getty)

On the same day FIFA released the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or (shocker, it’s Messi, Ronaldo and Ribery), the final three candidates for the esteemed Puskas Award were also announced. Annually given to the player who scored the year’s best goal, the original group of ten candidates has been narrowed down to golazos by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Neymar and Nemanja Matic.

Whereas the Ballon d’Or is voted on by a select group of journalists as well as national team managers and captains, the Puskas Award is determined entirely by you, the fans. Another public vote on the day of the Ballon d’Or awards, January 13th, will decide the winner. You can find instructions on how to vote on FIFA’s website.

Here are the finalists: