Category: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

If Almiron and Zlatan leave MLS for Europe, it’s a positive move for the league

As MLS enters the final stages of the season, it’s exciting to look toward the future of some of the league’s key stars. However, there remains a strong possibility that two stars in particular could be leaving the league. But what will their absence mean for the league? Miguel Almiron Photo credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports   Atlanta United’s 24-year-old attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron has had a successful spell in MLS. The Paraguayan has scored 21 goals and assisted 28 goals in 62 MLS appearance for his franchise, and his impressive play has been noticed by some of Europe’s biggest ... Read more

Glamour of the Galaxy a fitting end for ‘Indiana’ Ibra

London (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic has never shied away from the spotlight, so it is fitting that the outspoken Swede should choose Hollywood as the likely final chapter of a glittering career. Ibrahimovic, 36, became the latest in a long line of ageing stars to swap the heights of European football by leaving Manchester United for LA Galaxy on Friday. His arrival in Los Angeles was announced with stereotypical swagger as a full-page advert in the LA Times read simply: “Dear Los Angeles, You’re welcome.” The giant 6ft 4ins tall (1.95m) striker has an ego to match his towering physique, ... Read more

Ibrahimovic close to MLS move – report

London (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s time at Manchester United could come to an end as early as this week with a move to Major League Soccer in the pipeline, according to a report on Thursday. Ibrahimovic, whose contract expires in June, has made just seven appearances for United this season on his return from a cruciate knee ligament injury. “Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played his last game for Manchester United,” said an ESPN report. “He is close to sealing a move to Major League Soccer this week following persistent links to LA Galaxy.” The Galaxy have a history of luring ageing ... Read more

Mourinho shuns Ibrahimovic talk, says Pogba out

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho refused to discuss Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Manchester United future on Wednesday in the wake of the Swedish striker’s season-ending knee ligament injury. Ibrahimovic, 35, suffered a serious knee injury in last week’s Europa League victory over Anderlecht and was due to undergo surgery in the United States this week. United and Ibrahimovic had been in talks over extending his one-year contract, which expires at the end of the season, but Mourinho would not entertain questions on the player’s future. “I don’t know, I don’t want to know. I’m not interested in it, I don’t ... Read more

Ibrahimovic rescues point as Man Utd misfire again

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his return from suspension with a 94th-minute equaliser as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw with Everton on Tuesday on another frustrating night at Old Trafford. Phil Jagielka’s first goal in almost two years looked to have caused terminal damage to United’s hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four. But right at the death Ashley Williams handled a shot from substitute Luke Shaw and was sent off, allowing Ibrahimovic to send Joel Robles the wrong way from the penalty spot. United might be 20 unbeaten in the league ... Read more

Misfiring Manchester United get Ibrahimovic boost

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return from suspension may be just the lift that Manchester United need as they attempt to improve their Premier League home form against Everton on Tuesday. The former Paris Saint-Germain striker, United’s leading scorer this season, has missed three domestic matches through suspension – in which time Jose Mourinho’s team have been knocked out of the FA Cup and lost ground in the race for a top-four finish. Ibrahimovic was certainly missed on Saturday as United drew at home in the league for the eighth time this season, as they were held 0-0 ... Read more

LA Galaxy make record Zlatan bid – report

Los Angeles (AFP) – The Los Angeles Galaxy have made a bid to lure Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Major League Soccer in a record deal, Sports Illustrated reported on its website Wednesday. The magazine’s soccer correspondent, Grant Wahl, reported that “multiple sources” had confirmed the Galaxy’s move to pry the striker away from Manchester United. Ibrahimovic joined the Premier League giants last year on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain, signing a one-year contract with an option for a further year. Reports in British media recently have said the 35-year-old Swedish star is keen to negotiate a new deal at United. But, ... Read more

Mings gets five-game ban for Ibrahimovic stamp

London (AFP) – Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings has been given a five-match ban for stamping on the head of Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Football Association said on Wednesday. Bournemouth said they were “extremely disappointed” with the decision, which they described as “extraordinary”. Mings, 23, trod on Ibrahimovic’s head during the first half of Bournemouth’s 1-1 draw at United in the Premier League last Saturday. Ibrahimovic retaliated by elbowing Mings in the head, for which he accepted a three-game ban on Tuesday. “AFC Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings will serve a five-match suspension, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today,” the ... Read more