Is Zlatan Ibrahimovic regarded as Sweden's greatest ever player?
Nov 15, 2011 | 00 : 56 AM
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Zlatan would probably regard himself as Sweden's greatest ever player!  He has consistently played at the top in Holland, Italy and Spain. He has won Italian titles at Internazionale and at Milan and has had a couple chalked off after Juventus were stripped of two titles in the match-fixing scandal which saw them relegated to Serie B.  His talents are not in question although his temperament sometimes comes under scrutiny.
  There have been other top Swedes, especially the 1994 team which reached the semi-finals of the World Cup - but perhaps they were greater than the sum of their parts.
  Anders Limpar and Freddie Ljungberg could get the Arsenal fans' vote but there is another who had an outstanding career for both club and country. Critics will say that the Scottish Premier League is not comparable to La Liga or Serie A or the Premier League but Henrik Larsson's record should not be underestimated.  
Former Celtic manager Martin O'Neill always insisted that Larsson could have been as much a success at any club in Europe as he was in Scotland and he did leave Glasgow for Barcelona. Equally, Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson did not hesitate to bring in Larsson on loan to cope with a horrendous injury crisis. Even though Larsson did not play the requisite number of games to qualify for a League medal at United, he was given one by special dispensation.
  It mean that he won four SPL titles, two with Barcelona in La Liga and one at Manchester United not forgetting his Champions League success at Barca.
2011-11-15 11:40:06
A lot of Swedes I know (OK, both of them) share my fond memories of the striker who was doing what Zlatan now does for the men in yellow way back in 1974. His name was Ralf Edstrom, and he scored goals at a host of European clubs, from PSV Eindhoven to Standard Liege and Monaco. His finest hour came at the 1974 World Cup where the big centre forward scored against Uruguay and most memorably against the eventual winners, the hosts West Germany, in their thrilling 5-2 defeat to Franz Beckenbauer and company. Here's a clip of his volleyed goal, a real belter that left even the great Sepp Maier flailing. 

2011-11-15 12:43:35
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