Long wait for Sweden match keeps Ireland striker motivated

Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mikael Lustig, right, celebrate after Lustig scored during the friendly soccer match Sweden vs Wales at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, Sunday, June 5, 2016.

He wanted to get the Boys in Green to the finals.

In a Group E also containing Italy and much-fancied Belgium, a defeat for either side could be a decisive blow to their prospects of reaching the last 16.

Seo Linn shot the video in the Aviva, after FAI CEO John Delaney was impressed by the band’s performance at RTÉ’s epic Easter Rising musical commemoration “Centenary”.

Nonetheless, despite his advancing age, Ibrahimovic has no doubt that he can still perform on the biggest stages. “They can still be good even if they are slow” – and admitted the result against Martin O’Neill’s men could go either way.

“First and foremost we want to start the tournament with a good game”, the Swedish star said. “My goal is to enjoy it and do as well as I can”.

However, his ambition to play at the Olympic Games for Sweden is causing a complication in the proposed switch.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s move to Manchester United is being held up by his Olympic dreams.

There is more reason than ever to be excited about the traditional feast of football which comes around every two years in the summertime – Northern Ireland are involved.

He subsequently went on to score for Southampton in big games against Manchester City and Chelsea, while, on the worldwide stage, he added to his tally with strikes against Slovakia and the Netherlands. Zlatan was their top scorer in qualifying with 11 goals and they’ve included 6 players from the team that won the European Under-21 Championship a year ago.

“He can turn and slide players through with little passes but he has a good understanding with a number of players, not just that young lad”.

Ireland has never beaten Sweden in a competitive fixture, drawing twice and losing four times, their most recent meeting was a 2-1 win for the Swedes in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying in September 2013. “We have a tough job at hand, but we are really, really looking forward to it”.

“After two or three days together now, we’re ready for the game”.

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