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Zlatan fires Sweden closer to Germany 2006

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post 8.Sep.2005, 09:59 AM
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Zlatan fires Sweden closer to Germany 2006

"Zlatan is Sweden's Zorro", wrote Svenska Dagbladet. "Zlatan danced, lightning struck and there was a deafening silence in Budapest," wrote Aftonbladet. "I had a bit of a stomach ache," said Zlatan himself, to Expressen.

Another Swedish victory, another wave of adoration for the yellow-and-blues' Mr Goals, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. This time, he fired his nation to an important 1-0 victory over Hungary.

The win propelled Sweden to the top of group eight after rivals for the top spot, Croatia, could only manage a 1-1 draw against lowly Malta.

"The World Cup in Germany is close," said DN, its reporter doubtless holding his thumbs as he typed.

A lively start soon drifted into mediocrity and it wasn't until the 43rd minute that Sweden had a real chance on goal. Zlatan - who else - drove a free kick low into the penalty area but the header from Larsson failed to hit the target.

As the second half drew on, Huungary pushed forward, knowing that a defeat would rule them out of a place at the World Cup Finals next year.

Nine minutes from time, Sweden upped the pressure with another free kick, but it wasn't until the 90th minute that Hungary's fate was sealed.

Zlatan picked up the ball on the right side of the Hungary penalty area, lost his marker and belted a shot into the top corner of the goal.

Budapest was silenced, unable to comprehend the angle-defying shot that had ended their slim World Cup hopes.

"Sweden wasn't lucky," wrote Simon Bank in Aftonbladet. "We had Zlatan Ibrahimovic."

Moments later the goal hero threw up on a pitchside advertisement.

"My stomach was giving me problems," Zlatan told Expressen, putting it down to exhaustion.

"But it was nothing."
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post 8.Sep.2005, 10:45 AM
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They don't biggrin.gif
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post 8.Sep.2005, 11:05 AM
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Excellent, a football chat. I'm impressed by Sweden and it's interesting to compare Sweden and Engalnd.

Sweden - team of mostly mediocre players with a couple of good players and maybe one great player.

England - a team of mostly good players with a couple of great players and maybe one mediocre player.

Sweden rise to the level of the best. England sink to the level of the worst.

And it's all because England has a bloody Swedish coach! It's a plot and Sven is an infiltrator.
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post 8.Sep.2005, 09:22 PM
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The UK media are great at building up their sporting heroes, and even greater at knocking them down, Svens record has been very good, sure England have had some crap results these last three games, but Sven must be allowed to finish the job.

I think whatever happens after the world cup, Sven will pack the England job in.

Sweden on the other hand do have a good team, but i cant see them getting past the quarter finals.
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post 9.Sep.2005, 01:11 PM
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Sweden - Good chance of getting to the last 8.
England - Not a hope in h*ll. They will be lucky to get past the group stages in the final.

Why Sweden will do well:
1. Because even though Sweden has less skillfull players than England they play as a team better and have the rounded experience of playing in several leagues.
2. Not so many people know the style of Sweden and the workrate and commitment is there.

Why England will crash out:
1. As usual, because they have no flexibility and do not work together enough.
2. Sven has tried like all managers to bring the team to work together in internationals, but the players cannot respond to this.
3. In internationals England cannot play like the premiership. Everyone knows their style and it is too rigid and just will not work against other teams.

England had their best chances when they had players from foreign leagues playing.
Take for example:
Macca, Gazza, Paul Ince (Mediocre player, but was better after playing in Italy), Beckham (dubious as what role he should play) and Owen.

Hargreaves is a defensive and average player, but with his experience in the Bundesleague he is a good choice to play in front of the back 4or3.

England need the likes of Gerrard, Owen, Lampard, Rooney, Dyer and even Beckham to have any chance, but they still dont have what it takes to win a major tournament.

They need to be more creative, aggressive and flexible. They will never win unless they adapt their game according to the opposition. and they NEED to score goals (to state the bleeding obvious, but it is true)

Their new young players have the passion, hunger and element of unpredictability to win for them, but they are not given enough chances to play.
Lets face it, most of the teams in teh World cup have at least one player in the premiership and know how England plays. England dont have a chance!
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post 9.Sep.2005, 03:27 PM
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I am sure Sweden will do fine in the World Cup. I hope the Swedish fans don't carry lighters round with them in Germany? Because I hope they will not lose all their matches! :oops:
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post 9.Sep.2005, 10:24 PM
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You are right! football is a team game, as obvious as that is, England dont seem to have realized that in their last few games. They may have a few outstanding individuals but that counts for nothing if you cant play together.
Just look at the Nr Ireland team, most of them dont play in the English Premier division, yet went on to deservedly beat them 1-0...why... because they played as a team.

I would love a European team to win the world cup, but i think it will be going back to south America... Brazil.
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post 10.Sep.2005, 10:50 PM
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Is it not strange that after only ONE game lost the English media calls for Sven's neck?
And do they care what the people that knows him best think (the players)? No!

Loosing to a team that is way below your level is not unheard of.
Swedes know this very well *cough* belarus *cough*.
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post 11.Sep.2005, 10:19 AM
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Nasty cough you have there Pharazon smile.gif

Yes reading the UK papers this morning, the knives are out for Sven, typical of the British press. One blip and they are ready for a lynching, they have always been the same, and always will be... i suppose it sells more papers.

I still take Sven to take us through, but i dont see England getting far... hope im wrong though. biggrin.gif
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post 11.Sep.2005, 11:03 AM
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Zlatan is Sweden's Zorro", wrote Svenska Dagbladet

Is better to be a Zorro than to be a Persson. Besides, Zorro has many balls to kick and Persson has only one at home. This comment is half zorro half political, but?

Barney, your analysis is masterpiece. Your ?And it's all because England has a bloody Swedish coach! It's a plot and Sven is an infiltrator? proves it.

On the other hand, Swedes do not play bad, they play rather good, but they are inconsistent. Thirty minutes warm up, another 30 good game and last 30 who knows. Many times it looks like Lady Fortune protects the Swedish national team. It must have a deal with her.
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