Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Career in Numbers

Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Manchester United.

When thinking of household names from the world of football, one of the first players everyone thinks of is Ibrahimovic. With his huge frame, massive ego and immense talent, the Swede is hard to forget about.

Ibrahimovic with his first major trophy for Manchester United.

After scoring the winning goal in the 2016/17 League Cup final, we take a look at Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career in numbers from his early days at Ajax right up to present day.

8

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career has seen him travel all over Europe, playing for 8 hugely successful teams in the Swedish, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, French and English top flights.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's career improved at Ajax.

The clubs the Swede has played for are: Malmo FF, Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United.

715

As of today (2/3/17), Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career has seen him play in 715 matches for his 8 clubs, the most of which he played at Paris Saint Germain (180).

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's career brought him to PSG.

Below is a breakdown of the amount of games Ibrahimovic played for each club he represented:

Malmo FF: 47

Ajax: 110

Juventus: 92

Internazionale: 117

Barcelona: 46

AC Milan: 85

Paris Saint Germain: 180

Manchester United: 38

418

Despite being 35 years of age, the big Swede is still managing to score goals at the highest level in football. Having scored 26 goals in 38 games for Manchester United, there is no sign of him slowing down either.

Zlatan scoring for AC Milan

Through scoring 418 goals, he has become one of the most successful goal-scorers in European history. Below is a breakdown of  the goals scored for each club in Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career.

Malmo FF: 18

Ajax: 48

Juventus: 26

Internazionale: 66

Barcelona: 22

AC Milan: 56

Paris Saint Germain: 156

Manchester United: 26

32

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career has seen him win 32 major trophies making him the second most decorated active footballer in the world after Maxwell of Paris Saint Germain who has 35.

Many trophies have been won throughout Zlatan Ibrahimovic's career.

Of the 32 major trophies, 11 of them have been League winners medals. He has in fact won two more league trophies, with Juventus, however they were revoked due to the Calciopoli scandal.
The prolific striker is yet to win a major European honour with any of his clubs.

133,200,000

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's career brought him to Barcelona.

Throughout Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career, a massive fee of £133,200,000 has been paid for his services. The most paid for him was £56,500,000 by Barcelona to Internazionale in July 2009, this deal also included Samuel Eto’o going the opposite way.

Below is a list of how much each club paid for the big man:

Malmo FF: Trainee

Ajax: £5,000,000

Juventus: £12,000,000

Internazionale: £20,000,000

Barcelona: £56,500,000

AC Milan: £24,000,000

Paris Saint Germain: £15,700,000

Manchester United: Free

Jose Mourinho – Factfile

With Louis Van Gaal now a former Manchester United manager, it seems almost impossible that Jose Mourinho won’t be given the manager’s job at Old Trafford. With every new incoming manager, the question always arises: will he be a success?

Without knowing the future, we have to look at the past in order to create our own opinions on the matter; so we have created a Jose Mourinho fact-file for you to ponder over whilst crafting your opinion.

Jose Mourinho (26/1/1963 – Setúbal, Portugal)

Coaching Career:

Sporting CP (1992-94) –

Interpreter for the late, great, Bobby Robson: Mourinho gained much experience from the Englishman at Sporting CP and claims him as one of the biggest influences on his career.

FC Porto (1994-96) –

After being fired from Sporting CP due to a bad run of results, Robson moved to FC Porto, Mourinho followed him, and they dominated Portuguese football for the next few years.

Barcelona (1996-97) –

After Barcelona came knocking for Sir Bobby, Mourinho again followed the Geordie, this time to the Nou Camp. Although Robson only stayed for one season in Spain, Mourinho carried on as assistant manager at the club to his successor, Louis Van Gaal; together, the two enjoyed 3 successful seasons.

Managerial Career:

Benfica (2000) –

Matches: 
Played – 11
Won – 6
Drew – 3
Lost- 2

Trophies: N/A

União de Leiria (2001-02)

Matches:
Played – 20
Won – 9
Drew – 7
Lost – 4

Trophies: N/A

FC Porto (2002-04)

Matches:
Played – 127
Won – 91
Drew – 21
Lost – 15

Trophies:
2002/3 – Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal, UEFA Cup
2003/4 – Supertaća Cândido de Oliveira, Primeira Liga, Champions League
Total – 6

Chelsea (2004-07)

Matches:
Played – 185
Won – 124
Drew – 40
Lost – 21

Trophies:
2004/5 – Premier League, Football League Cup
2005/6 – FA Community Shield, Premier League
2006/7- FA Cup, Football League Cup
Total – 6

Internazionale (2008-10)

Matches:
Played – 108
Won – 67
Drew – 26
Lost – 15

Trophies:
2008/09 – Serie A
2009/10 – Serie A, Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana, Champions League
Total – 5

Real Madrid (2010-13)

Matches:
Played – 178
Won – 128
Drew – 28
Lost – 22

Trophies:
2010/11 – Copa del Rey
2011/12 – La Liga
2012/13 – Supercopa de España
Total – 3

Chelsea (2013-15)

Matches:
Played – 136
Won – 80
Drew – 29
Lost – 27

Trophies:
2013/14 – N/A
2014/15 – Premier League, Football League Cup
2015/16 – N/A
Total – 2

Overview:

Matches Played: 765
Matches Won: 505
Win Percentage: 66.01%
Trophies Won: 22

Champions League: Ties of the Round

The Round of 16 for the Champions League 2015/16 has thrown up some very tasty fixtures, as well as a fixture which has become a familiarity in the past few seasons too.

Arsenal v Barcelona:
It seems that every season in the Champions League Arsenal draw one of the favourites to win the tournament in the Round of 16, and get knocked out.

2010/2011: Knocked out by Barcelona
2011/2012: Knocked out by AC Milan
2012/2013: Knocked out by Bayern Munich
2013/2014:Knocked out by Bayern Munich
2014/2015: Knocked out by Monaco

This year Arsene Wenger’s men get to face the unstoppable front three of Messi, Suarez and Neymar… good luck!

Paris Saint Germaine v Chelsea:
For the third year running, Chelsea have been drawn against French club, Paris Saint Germaine. Two of Europe’s biggest teams will yet again battle it out to advance in the competition.

2013/14: Chelsea 3:3 PSG – Chelsea win on away goals.
2014/15:Chelsea 3:3 PSG – PSG on away goals after extra time.

Expect to see another 3-3 draw, it seems to be a running trend for this fixture!

Juventus v Bayern Munich:
Last year’s finalists, Juventus, have been drawn against the seemingly unstoppable German force that is Bayern Munich. Despite having a team which is arguably weaker than last year’s team after the departure of the likes of Carlos Tevez and Andrea Pirlo, Juventus are still a massive threat to Bayern, who are at the summit of the Bundesliga.

The Other Ties:

Roma v Real Madrid

Benfica v Zenit St. Petersburg

Gent v Wolfsburg

Brits Abroad – How Will Gary Neville Do At Valencia?


With the announcement that Gary Neville has taken the Head Coach role at Valencia, we take a look at 5 other British men who have taken the plunge and discuss whether they’ve been a success or a flop in La Liga.

David Moyes: 
Moyes should never have left Everton. His career has gone down the pan since leaving the Toffees in 2013 to manage then Premier League champions, Manchester United. After a frustrating year, the Scotsman was fired and the reds finished the season in 7th place. His time at Real Sociedad was no happier, with a win percentage record of 28.57%, it could be suggested that Moyes was out of his depth, therefore he was fired in November 2015.
Games in Charge: 42
Wins: 12
Trophies: N/A

Ron Atkinson:
Atkinson is another ex-Manchester United manager who went on to manage in La Liga. In October 1988, Atlético Madrid came calling for the Scouser, however, Big Ron’s dream move to Spain quickly fell through after falling out with the club’s president, Jesus Gil. He lasted only three months.
Games in Charge: 12
Wins: 6
Trophies: N/A

Howard Kendell:
The late Everton favourite took charge of Athletic Bilbao in 1987. In his two season at the Basque-based club, Bilbao ended up in 4th and 7th place, however, at the start of his 3rd season in charge, things started to go pear-shaped, with a new President in charge and with the transfer policy of Basque-only players at the club, Kendall struggled and left the club, joining Manchester City shortly after.
Games in Charge: 102
Wins: 44
Trophies: N/A

Terry Venables:
‘El Tel’ was a surprise choice for the Barcelona job in 1984, however, he proved his worth by winning the Spanish league in 1985 and leading his team to their first European Cup final in over 25 years – although they lost on penalties to Steaua Bucharest. After failing to win the league again, he was fired in 1987.
Games in Charge: 75
Wins: N/A
Trophies: La Liga Champions (1984-85)
Copa de la Liga Winners (1985-86)

Sir Bobby Robson:
The late, great Sir Bobby Robson is loved throughout the footballing world for his distinct style of managing. Having taken charge of a variety of club in Europe including PSV Eindhoven, Sporting CP and Porto, the ex-England manager took charge of Spanish giants Barcelona. He was only in charge for one season, however, he managed to win the Copa del Rey, Supercopa de España and European Cup Winners’ Cup.
Games in Charge: 58
Wins: 38
Trophies: Copa del Rey (1996-97)
Supercopa de España (1996)
European Cup Winners’ Cup (1997)

There is no evidence to suggest whether Gary Neville will be a success at Valencia when looking at previous British managers in La Liga. Some have done extremely well and are now adored at their previous clubs, and some would rather forget they have ever visited Spain. Valencia do have a good squad, which bodes well for Neville, however, if you are expecting him to be able to overhaul Real Madrid and the red-hot Barcelona team destroying everyone in their path, you may need to take a step back and re-evaluate your thought process!

Top 10 Best-Selling Player Shirts (2014/15)

Last week, Kitbag.com released their official numbers for shirt sales of footballers worldwide. The list reveals some very interesting facts about world football, including the continued dominance of Lionel Messi, the commercial success of the Premier League and the amount of commercial power behind a certain Premier League club.

For the second year running, Lionel Messi is the biggest shirt-seller in the world. The man many regard as the best in the world continues to dominate shirt-sales, although his ‘nemesis’ Cristiano Ronaldo has moved up from 4th to 2nd in the chart due to his record-breaking year with Real Madrid. Expect Ronaldo to take over at the summit next year, with his popularity continuing to grow due to his recently released documentary, ‘Ronaldo’, a series of chat-show appearances, and, of course, his recent accomplishment in becoming Madrid’s all-time top goal-scorer!

It is a great tribute to the commercial power of the Premier League that out of the Top 10 Best-Selling Shirts, 7 of the players ply their trade in England. Despite the lack of success in Europe in recent years, the popularity of the Premier League is clearly as strong as ever. Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City each have 1 player in the top ten, and Manchester United have 3 – more than any other team – which brings us on to our next point… the successful business of Manchester United.

Memphis Depay didn’t even make it into the Top 100 last season whilst he played for PSV Eindhoven, however, this year he finds himself in 3rd place, behind only Ronaldo and Messi. At the age of 21, expect Memphis to feature regularly in this list in the next 10 years – assuming he manages to get over his poor form in recent weeks. Another Summer signing for United, Bastian Schweinsteiger, finds himself 4th in the list, up from 31st last season. The German has been a popular player in the footballing community for many years however his move to Manchester has skyrocketed his popularity in terms of shirt-sales. The huge leap up the chart for the 31-year-old could suggest that Manchester United are a stronger team than Bayern Munich in terms of marketability – although business aside, in terms of football, there’s no doubt who is the better team!

1) Lionel Messi 
Club: Barcelona
Country: Argentina
2013/14 Position: 1

2) Cristiano Ronaldo
Club: Real Madrid
Country: Portugal
2013/14 Position: 4

3) Memphis Depay
Club: Manchester United
Country: Netherlands
2013/14 Position: N/A

4) Bastian Schweinsteiger
Club: Manchester United
Country: Germany
2013/14 Position: 31

5) Eden Hazard
Club: Chelsea
Country: Belgium
2013/14 Position: 12

6) Wayne Rooney
Club: Manchester United
Country: England
2013/14 Position: 9

7) Neymar
Club: Barcelona
Country: Brazil
2013/14 Postition: 2

8) Sergio Agüero
Club: Manchester City
Country: Argentina
2013/14 Position: 22

9)Alexis Sánchez
Club: Arsenal
Country: Chile
2013/14 Position: 6

10) Phillippe Coutinho
Club: Liverpool
Country: Brazil
2013/14 Position: 38