WORLD CUP: PLAYERS TO WATCH
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden)
Already considered one of Sweden’s greatest players at 24, Zlatan Ibrahimovic could well become one of the world’s best. He has the size and skills.
The Juventus striker is a defender’s nightmare. He’s tall, and he knows how to use his height. He’s also a gifted dribbler. He scored 16 goals in his first season with Juventus.
In Sweden, his spot as a starter is guaranteed. He fits well with veteran Henrik Larsson, and there isn’t any other forward who can match his skill in their attack.
Ibrahimovic is loved by Swedish fans. Ibrahimovic performs tricks on the field no other player wearing the nation’s yellow-and-blue jersey would even dream of.
Fredrick Ljungberg (Sweden)
Karl Fredrik “Freddie” Ljungberg, born on April 16, 1977, is a Swedish footballer who currently plays for Arsenal in the English Premiership. Ljungberg joined Arsenal in 1998. He previously played for Halmstads in Sweden, where he made 139 appearances and scored 16 goals. His goalscoring rate has improved after joining Arsenal. He made a sensational debut scoring against Manchester United coming as a substitute.
For Sweden, Ljungberg played at Euro 2000, the 2002 World Cup, and UEFA Euro 2004. He has appeared over 50 times for his country, scoring eight goals.