Zlatan surprises disabled team with trip to Brazil

When Sweden's intellectually disabled Swedish football team couldn't scrape together enough money to fly to the World Championships in Brazil, they found an unexpected guardian angel in the form of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Zlatan surprises disabled team with trip to Brazil
Photo: Per Larsson/TT
The team contacted the Swedish footballer and asked if he could donate a game jersey to auction off. 
"He said 'What the hell are you gonna do with another jersey? How much does it cost to get there?'" the team captain, Stefan Jonson, told the Hela Hälsingland newspaper. 
When Jonsson said the team needed an extra 350,000 kronor ($50,900), Ibrahimovic simply asked for an account number. 
Zlatan later told the official Swedish Football website that the decision was an easy one.
"Football should be played by everyone, regardless of their gender or whether they're disabled. When we missed the World Cup, I was deeply disappointed, but when I heard about this 'unknown team', then I decided I'd do everything in my power to make sure they could experience it. It was an obvious decision."
Sweden plays its first match against Brazil on Monday night, and will play against Japan and Saudi Arabia. 
The INAS World Football Championship sees athletes with intellectual disabilities compete every four years, often in the same country as the World Cup. 

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Zlatan has been ‘cured’ of coronavirus: AC Milan

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been given the all-clear to end his quarantine period and return to action after testing negative for coronavirus, the Serie A club announced on Friday.

Zlatan has been 'cured' of coronavirus: AC Milan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring a goal in September. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP
Milan confirmed in a statement that the Swedish striker had “tested negative” twice in a row, as stipulated in the protocol to be able to lift the quarantine procedure.
Ibrahimovic, 39, sounded a more triumphal note on his social media: “You are cured! The health authority says the quarantine is over, you can go out!”, he wrote on Twitter.

The announcement comes a day after Milan said Ibrahimovic had tested positive a second time for Covid-19, putting in doubt his participation in the Milan derby on October 17.
Ibrahimovic first tested positive on September 24.
The derby remains in doubt with two other Milan players and five from Inter currently in self-quarantine.
In spite of his absence, Milan have made a decent start to the season, having climbed to second in Serie A after winning all three of their games and reaching the group stages of the Europa League.