Barely back with AC Milan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was summoned on Wednesday with Sweden for the Euro 2024 qualifying matches against Belgium and Azerbaijan at the end of March. If he comes into play, he could, at 41 years and five months, break the longevity record of legendary Italian goalkeeper Dino Zoff, who played his last game against the Italian goalkeeper. Sweden, 29 May 1983, at 41 years, three months and one day.
Operated on his left knee in May, the former PSG striker only returned to the group last month. He has since played three games. Enough, for coach Janne Andersson. "Zlatan feels in decent shape even though he has been out for a long time," he said in the statement announcing the Swedish selection. I think he can bring something. Especially on the lawn, but also outside. »
Dethrone Gabor Kiraly in 2024
Ibra, 121 caps, had emerged from a long five-year international retirement in 2021, but failed with his teammates to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar, with elimination in the play-offs. Despite this failure, he had shown his wish to continue as long as possible in selection.
If Sweden qualifies for the next Euro in Germany, and Zlatan plays a match there, he would become the oldest player to play in a European finals. The record is currently held by Hungarian goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly, who played at Euro 2016 at 40 years and 86 days, according to UEFA.
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