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Zlatan stuns Swedish teen with AC Milan trial

David Landes · 8 Oct 2010, 11:09

Published: 08 Oct 2010 11:09 GMT+02:00

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It was last Sunday when 16-year-old Erik Kristjansson accompanied his father, architect Gisli Kristjansson, to Ibrahimovic’s home in Malmö in southern Sweden.

The elder Kristjansson has known Ibrahimovic for some time, having helped carry out renovations on the Swedish footballer’s home.

Son Erik, a passionate young footballer, couldn't pass up on Zlatan's offer to have a kickabout in his idol's back garden while dad worked. And the AC Milan star was immediately impressed by the 16-year-old’s skills.

After a few minutes of kicking the ball around Zlatan took a break and placed a phone call to Italy.

”Zlatan came out and said, ‘How would you like to try playing for Milan?’,” Gisli Kristjansson told The Local.

“We said, are you joking, and he said it was no joke. We couldn’t believe it.”

Erik was on a plane to Italy the following day train in AC Milan’s youth development programme.

Father Gisli is proud of his son, although the speed of Erik’s journey from the modest pitches of Malmö to one of European football’s most successful clubs has been hard to grasp.

“It’s like a fairy tale,” he said.

“I’m a bit nervous, but football is Erik’s life and as a father, how could I say no to an opportunity like this.”

Even though he doesn’t yet have a return ticket from Italy, Erik has the support of his teammates from his current football club, Malmö's IF Limhamn Bunkeflo.

“We say congratulations to Erik and have our fingers crossed from him with AC Milan. Some really exciting news and an inspiration for the entire team. We’ve all got our fingers crossed,” the team said in a statement on its website.

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Speaking with the Sydsvenskan newspaper, Erik was hopeful that his surprise invitation from Zlatan could lead to bigger things.

“My life is football and this is the chance of a lifetime,” he told the newspaper.

“I don’t know when I’m coming home. Hopefully never.”

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:24 October 8, 2010 by Iri
Wish you best of luck,Erik.
12:37 October 8, 2010 by kaze
He looks confused
12:45 October 8, 2010 by JLondon
All hype. Probably no better than Jody Morris
13:03 October 8, 2010 by BERTRAM
Zlatan is generous...a new life,,,
15:03 October 8, 2010 by StockholmSam
Wow, a second-generation immigrant who grew up in a rough neighborhood in Malmö and probably suffered loads of discrimination helping out a blonde-haired, blue-eyed Swede. Maybe there is a lesson to be learned here.
15:41 October 8, 2010 by Hustla
Sweden, it's all about Zlatan..
19:34 October 8, 2010 by omphus
@stockholm sam

The lesson is don't speculate about events that you didn't see or have no proof of.
20:15 October 8, 2010 by Marko2010S
@StockholmSam #5

Thank you for speaking out !
23:14 October 8, 2010 by Ansgard

Only Erik Kristjansson isn't a Swede. The name of his father, Gisly, for an example is clearly Icelandic and Swedes don't spell it Kristjansson but Kristiansson.
23:47 October 8, 2010 by tuerd1982
I am impressed. Zlatan is good.
08:17 October 10, 2010 by jbat
@JLondon All hype. Probably no better than Jody Morris

What happen to to JLondon? you have some sort of disease or something?
20:17 October 10, 2010 by J Jack
a few minutes of kicking the ball?
20:44 October 10, 2010 by Pacey
Well the guy hasnt thanked Zlatan yet if one is to go by what the papers say!! A small thank you for Zlatan would have been good to read. Anyways Zlatan I am an excellent cook and an amazing football player. Can I fix food for you so I can get a trial at AC Milan!!
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