This Thursday is the day: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, at 39 years old (40 in October), returns to the Swedish national team, from which he retired at the end of the European Championship in France 2016. Tonight the current Milan star, the eternal emblem , he will wear the Swedish shirt again, after five years of absence, in this case to play against Georgia at the start of the qualifying phase for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
In a game that corresponds to group B (in which Spain and Greece are also measured today) the Scandinavian team hopes, driven by its great symbol, to begin to make its fans forget their disappointing performance in the Nations League (in which their balance it was a victory, five defeats and the loss of category).
Ibra returns in a great moment of form to his national team
Ibra is in splendid form (on Sunday he scored against Fiorentina in Serie A and became the oldest player to reach 15 goals in a Serie A) and has decided to defend the Sweden shirt again, in which he says he considers himself “one more piece of the puzzle, among the others.” A phrase with which the ex-Barcelona player wants to show that, despite his well-known great ego, he has changed.
Ibra, who revealed for the first time in the fall that he missed going to the national team, wept with emotion in front of the media on Monday and said at the press conference that he is coming back “to help the team.” Janne Andersson, Sweden coach, said that Ibra “is the best player we have in this country.”
With Ibra back, Sweden will take on Willy Sagnol’s Georgia in Solna today. It will be the first time that both teams meet.
Friends Arena (Solna), 20.45
Sweden: Olsen; Lustig, Lindelöf, Starfelt, Bengtsson; Kulusevski, Ekdal, Olsson, Forsberg; Ibrahimovic and Berg
Trainer: Janne Andersson
Georgia: Loria; Kakabadze, Khocholava, Kashia, Tabidze; Kvekveskiri, Kankava; Shengelia, Okriashvili, Lobzhanidze; Kvilitaia
Coach: Willy Sagnol
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)