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Ibrahimovic claims Italy's golden boot

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 1 Jun 2009, 08:27

Published: 01 Jun 2009 08:27 GMT+02:00

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Ibrahimovic became only the second Swede to top the Italian scoring charts after putting away his 24th and 25th goals of the season. The goals were enough to beat off the competition on the final day of the Serie A season with Bologna's Marco di Vaio and Genoa's Diego Milito ending on 24 goals apiece.

Ibrahimovic scored the first of his goals on 12 minutes as the game was tied 1-1. He ran in behind the Atalanta defence, latched on to a long pass, and slotted the ball into the net past an advancing Andrea Consigli.

Atalanta responded with goals by Cigarini and Doni to leave the game 3-2 in their favour in the later stages when Cambiasso clawed one back for Inter on 79 minutes.

Inter had already been declared champions but all that remained was for Ibrahimovic to win the golden boot - the first Swede to claim the presitigious title since Gunnar Nordahl in 1955.

The game continued to swing Inter's way when in the 81st minute Ibrahimovic battled with two Atalanta defenders for the ball after a cross into the box from Hernan Crespo.

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Twisting and turning, and with his back to goal, he did what few others can, back-heeling the ball past the stunned goalkeeper to secure victory for Inter, and become "Il capo cagnoneri" to top off a fantastic season for the Swede.

It remains likely these will be the last goals that Ibrahimovic scores for Inter as media reports continue to link him with a string of top European clubs, with Spanish champions Barcelona named as the Swedish striker's most recent suitors.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

08:42 June 2, 2009 by white_man
Can't be a 'Swede' if he's not white. Wrong genetics.

He is an athlete for hire. An ex-patriate from somewhere else.

Sweden has a distinct race of people. As much as it wants to be like America, whom it is envious of for its mixed races, it cannot be. If Sweden is no longer inhabited by genetic Swedes, it will cease to be 'Sweden'.
10:33 June 2, 2009 by Miss Kitten
I'm not sure what you're talking about since Zlatan Ibrahamovic was born and raised in Sweden, and is not therefore an expatriate or an immigrant. He's of Bosnian/Croatian descent, but his parents didn't even meet until after they'd immigrated to Sweden.

I'm also not sure what you mean by "genetic Swede." If by genetic you mean ethnic then I'm afraid that only the Sami/Lapp people in the far north can be considered true genetic Swedes. The other 90% of them are of mixed European ancestry. The ancestor of the current king came to Sweden from France in the early 1800s.
23:37 June 4, 2009 by tigger007
00:49 June 6, 2009 by mombassa
Admin, where's the free speech? Why did you delete my post? Offended that I called Swedes idiots for bending over to foreigners?
00:50 June 6, 2009 by Miss Kitten
You don't have freedom of speech. None of the TL members do. If you don't like it then you're welcome to find another message board that better meets your needs.

If you have something to ask the mods or admins, please use private messaging.
01:18 June 6, 2009 by mombassa
MK, You're right, it is a private forum.
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