18
Jul

Terrence Boyd has sweet debut with RB Leipzig, impresses Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Sure, it was just a friendly in pre-season. But we’re pretty sure USA striker Terrence Boyd won’t forget this match for a while.

First of all, he scored his first goal for RB Leipzig in his debut with the club. Oh, and it was against Zlatan Ibrahimovic and PSG:

Not only did Boyd get his name on the scoresheet in his first match for his new club, he got one of the most coveted possessions in the world: Zlatan’s game-worn jersey.

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Special moment: PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic gives Terrence Boyd his kit at halftime. (Photo: Getty Images).

Just look at his teammate’s face, he can’t hide his jealousy. Terrence, make sure you keep that magical piece of cloth under lock and key.

21
May

Young Aberdeen fan sends club list of his desired transfer targets

A boy can dream, right?

Nine-year-old Boyd Gibson sent Aberdeen FC a list of players he’d like his favorite club to pursue in the summer transfer window, and it’s brilliant! 

A couple things to note here:

  • Clearly Boyd sees Aberdeen playing with a bold 1-2-7 formation next season. Thiago Silva should be able to hold it down by himself back there. It is only the Scottish Premier League…
  • He must be a huge Dortmund fan. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, of all people, is the third name on his list, beating out the likes of Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gareth Bale.
  • This kid’s spelling is impeccable. Don’t lie, you and I both would have sabotaged this entire list at age 9.
  • Kris Boyd! Really though!

H/T Reddit

13
May

Ronaldo, Bebeto join campaign to lure Ibrahimovic to World Cup

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With all the provisional World Cup squads coming out the past two days, the most glaring omission becomes more and more obvious: Zlatan Ibrahimovic. 

Ugh.

What have we done as a civilization to deserve this? Why must we miss out on this face:

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After Sweden were knocked out by Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in an epic World Cup qualification playoffs tie, Ibrahimovic quickly announced that he wouldn’t follow this summer’s tournament because “a World Cup without me is not worth watching.”

In response — possibly fearing that Zlatan is right — a collection of some of the most recognizable Brazilian celebrities and athletes have now launched a campaign to lure Zlatan to the World Cup after all, thus ensuring that the tournament will indeed be moderately enjoyable for all.

Featuring the likes of Ronaldo, Dani Alves, Bebeto, Denilson and many more, if this won’t get Zlatan to come to Brazil, nothing will. We present to you the viral video campaign, #VEMIBRA:

H/T 101 Great Goals

12
May

Zlatan’s acceptance speech has teammates dying from laughter

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has dominated the French first division ever since his transfer to PSG two years ago but French, the language? Not so much.

After picking up his second straight Ligue 1 Player of the Year trophy on Sunday, as well as the ‘Top Scorer’ and ‘Best Goal’ awards (a hat-trick for Zlatan, as per usual), PSG’s Swedish superstar wanted to give his acceptance speech in the native tongue.

But while Zlatan is fluent in five languages, French isn’t yet one of them, and teammates Salvatore Sirigu and Marco Verratti couldn’t help but crack up in the audience:

7
May

Zlatan Ibrahimovic gives French reporter the death stare

Not seen in this footage: the reporter promptly soiling his pants.

Canal+ journalist Olivier Tallaron should count his blessings every night for the rest of his life after narrowly escaping the wrath of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

After PSG clinched their second straight Ligue 1 title on Wednesday night, the French reporter accidentally bumped into one of Zlatan’s two sons on his way to the tunnel. Bad move, bro.

Zlatan was none too pleased, clenching his fist and visibly thinking of a hundred ways to turn the line-cutting culprit into mincemeat.

Just look at that ‘Zlatan Stare of Death:’

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Lesson learned, we hope.

There are literally a million things we’d rather try than encroach on Zlatan or his family’s space, including but not limited to:

  • Setting our teeth on fire.
  • Eating a tub of mayonnaise. A bath tub of it.
  • Taking a boiling pot of French Onion soup to the face.
  • Listening to that “Gigantic” song from the Apple commercial on repeat for 24 hours.
  • This
  • Losing our smartphones
  • Listening to any Pitbull song on repeat for 1 hour.
  • Growing a rat tail. Not just any rat tail. THIS rat tail.

So yeah, don’t mess with Zlatan.

H/T Yahoo!Sports

25
Apr

Golazo! Nike strikes gold with “Winner Stays” commercial

Who among us hasn’t dreamed of actually being one of our sports idols? We’re not sure where the practice of saying an icon’s name when playing pick-up came about, but we’ve all done it.

Nike Football found a way to cash in on this schoolyard quirk, and the result is gold. Watch “Winner Stays” for yourself to see and review our favorite highlights from Nike’s ‘Risk Everything’ football campaign:

  • The kid calling out “Neymar” for pulling a totally non-Neymar move and shying away from a one-on-one
  • Double the “David Luiz”
  • A possible World Cup preview with “Pique” tackling “Neymar,” his Barcelona teammate!
  • "Zlatan" insisting "Zlatan" take a free-kick
  • Cameos from Kobe Bryant, Anderson Silva, and Jon “Bones” Jones
  • "Iniesto!"
  • And of course, Ronaldo having the support of the one fan who matters most:

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Irina Shayk! It’s good to be Ronaldo.

Image provided by Nike Soccer/Nike Football

27
Mar

Rejoice, world! The Zlatan stamps are now on sale

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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

22
Mar

Fan #DaresToZlatan, gets rewarded


LE BEAU GESTE DE ZLATAN by footeo-clubeo Game recognize game!

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