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Today In Sports History November 14th: Zlatan Conquers England

Friend’s Arena is in just North of Stockholm, Sweden. And it is hard to imagine there will ever be a night quite like it’s inauguration, it is better remembered as the night Zlatan Ibrahomovich conqured England in a friendly for his home side Sweden. On November 14th, 2012 Zlatan Ibrahmovich led Sweden to a 4-2 win over England. Zlatan scored all four of those goals and was capped off by one of the most incredible, over the head bicycle kicks in recent memory.

That night it made Zlatan the first player to score a treble against England since Marco van Basten in Euro 1988. Historic in it’s own right. However, the bicycle kick will remain on top of the memory for football fans everywhere everytime they think of Zlatan.

England led 2-1 and the traveling fans were mocking Zlatan Ibrahmovich. However, Zlatan would not be mocked for long as he scored 3 more goals to help Sweden win the game 4-2. The goal won Zlatan the 2013 Puskas award. However, that goal for Zlatan felt more than a goal. It felt like he cemented his legacy as an all time great, and added to the legend that is Zlatan Ibrahmovich.

 

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