Our match prediction:
After failing to qualify for the 2016 European Championship finals, Slovenia are now fully focused on the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. The Zmajceki were beaten by Northern Ireland in their last friendly match and they certainly face an uphill task in Monday’s football match against Sweden. The Nordic side did book their place at the showpiece tournament in France and they will face the likes of Republic of Ireland, Italy and Belgium in Group E. Manchester United target Zlatan Ibrahimovic impressed in the 2015/2016 Ligue 1 campaign and the opposition defenders should find it hard to contain the former PSG ace. The Swedes aim to prepare in the best possible way for the upcoming tournament in France and we are positive that Erik Hamren’s men are going to take Monday’s clash very seriously. When the two teams met in a friendly eight years ago Sweden recorded a 1-0 win over Slovenia and we predict that history is going to repeat itself.
Highligted Player (Zlatan):
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a Swedish footballer of Bosnian descent. Ibra was born in Malmo on 3 October, 1981 and, as a result, he decided to represent Sweden on the international stage. The 195-cm-tall attacker started his senior career at Malmo and in 2011 he moved to Ajax. Ibrahimovic was producing outstanding performances for the Amsterdammers from 2001 to 2004 and, as a result, he was linked with a move with several European giants. In 2004 he signed a deal with Juventus for a fee of €16 million. Ibra scored 23 goals in 70 league games with the Bianconeri and he won two Serie A trophies with club (both revoked due to the Calciopoli scandal). He played for Inter and Milan in the past as well and he was part of Barcelona between 2009 and 2011. In 2012 he moved to PSG and it has to be noted that he won for Ligue 1 trophies with les Parisiens. After scoring on his last game for PSG against Nantes, he joined Manchester United in the summer of 2016. Ibrahimovic represented Sweden at several major tournaments.
Highlighted Team (Sweden):
Sweden are the most successful Nordic side on international stage having been present at major competitions since 1934. Blagult missed out on the 1952 World Cup trophy on home soil as they were beaten by star-studded Brazil side, while they finished in third place at the 1950 and 1994 tournaments, and finishing fourth on their second appearance in 1938. As far as their European Championship record is concerned, Sweden also achieved their best result in front of home fans, reaching the last four in 1992, and they have since reached the quarter-finals at Euro 1994 in Portugal. Anders Svensson and Thomas Ravelli are team’s most capped players with over 140 appearances each, but it is strikers Henrik Larsson and Zlatan Ibrahimovic that will go down as the most famous Swedish footballers in history. The later also leads the goalscoring charts with over 60 strikes for the national team and he is widely regarded as one of the most colourful characters, not only in Scandinavia, but in world football.