Sweden opened the World Cup qualifiers with a home game against Georgia.
Swedish returned to the national team after a 4.5-year hiatus Zlatan Ibrahimovic has never been content to play another violin in a blue-yellow shirt. In the past, however, he has not agreed to sing the national anthem before the start of the match.
Age seems to have changed a man’s mind as a 39-year-old veteran sang alongside others in Thursday’s Georgia game You old, you free. The issue was immediately quoted on the social media of the Western neighbor.
Zlatan justified his abstention from singing in 2014 by saying that singing the national anthem has never bumped into him.
– I am proud of the Swedish Heritage, and definitely proud to be the captain of the national team. When I go to the field, I give my all, but the words of the national anthem have never inspired me, Zlatan said at the time, according to Aftonbladet.
Ibrahimovic served as captain Erik Hamrénin during the coaching season, but finished on the national team after the summer 2016 European Championships. The bohemian striker currently playing in AC Milan unexpectedly returned to his blue-yellow shirt for the World Cup qualifiers starting this week.
Current head coach Janne Andersson has emphasized the importance of the national anthem for team spirit and hoped for players to participate in the vocal part. He thinks the moment of singing together with the fans is part of the players ’responsibilities.
Thursday The Solna Friends Arena had no audience, but nonetheless all the Swedish players sang – Zlata with the others.
Sweden will lead the match in the second half 1-0 Viktor Claessonin 35 minutes into the game. The pass was served by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Source site www.is.fi