10.12.2013 - Junto al Balón de Oro (2013), cuyo terceto nominado es compuesto por Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Lionel Messi (Argentina) y Frank Ribery (Francia), se entregará el premio Puskas (Puskas Award), cuya terna finalista es compuesta por Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Neymar y Nemanja Matic.
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Video Puskas Award 2013 Finalists- Best goal- Ibrahimovic Matic Neymar is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter The list of contenders for the 2013 Puskas Award (Best goal) has been trimmed to three- Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goal vs England for Sweden, Nemanja Matic's goal vs Porto for Benfica and Neymar's goal against [.
This is it. After two years of qualifying matches, today is the final day to determine which European teams will be heading to World Cup 2014. The countries that are fighting to qualify for Brazil today are France, Sweden, Portugal, Ukraine, Romania, Greece, Croatia and Iceland.
On top of that, there are two important friendlies with the US Men's National Team playing Austria, while England takes on Germany.
Liverpool are reportedly nearing the completion of a deal to sign Swedish youngster Valmir Berisha. The 17-year-old dubbed the new Zlatan Ibrahimovic in some quarters has previously rejected trials at Arsenal and Manchester United, but has been wooed by Brendan Rodgers' promises of a fast-track into the Liverpool first-team.
Tonight's European World Cup Qualification Playoffs feature several fantastic games but the highlight has to be Portugal's monster clash against Sweden. The Zlatan Ibrahimovic v Crstiano Ronaldo story continues to gather more and more steam as kickoff approaches.
Today, Arsenal star Mesut Ozil used Twitter to express who he hopes will be at the World Cup in Brazil next year.
With the powers invested in him as France's official Xbox One ambassador, the Great Zlatan has bestowed every single one of his PSG team-mates with a brand new, limited edition, personalised "Zlatan" Xbox One on the day of the console's release, with Gregory van der Wiel then taking to Instagram to show off his new present.
...that's if it's possible to immortalise the immortal anyway?
Anyway, have you ever just wanted to lick Zlatan Ibrahimovic's face till the skin comes off?
Yeah, us too and soon everybody will be able to gently lick Ibra's mighty head in unison after the Swedish postal service announced today that they are soon to issue a new postage stamp adorned with the face of humanity's glorious overlord.
"A World Cup without me is nothing to watch so it is not worthwhile to wait for the World Cup." Further more, after that statement Zlatan was asked about Ronaldo being the best player in the world to which his reply was "I don't know. All I know is that I scored 2 goals and [...]
Ronaldo scored a hat trick to take Portugal to the World Cup 2014 at the expense of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's (who's World Cup career is over now) Sweden. Zlatan tried with his two goals but Ronaldo responded duly and in all honesty should have scored 6 goals considering the level of his play throughout the two [.
It's crunch time for Portugal as they prepare to take on Sweden in the first leg of the World Cup Qualifiers tonight. Interestingly, it's a "do or die" mission for both sides, especially with Sweden's reputation for being fully-focused on the task at hand. Portugal also called up an uncapped player from Sporting, William Carvalho, whose tall stature (1.
The second leg of the World Cup playoff earlier this week between Sweden and Portugal was a brilliant spectacle to watch. The hat trick by Ronaldo has convinced many that he is now the best player in the world. But one of the less reported storylines is the class that Zlatan Ibrahimovic showed on the pitch by applauding his fellow Ballon d'Or contestant after scoring one of his goals.
Zwischen Himmel und Hölle bewegen sich die beiden Hauptprotagonisten Cristiano Ronaldo und Zlatan Ibrahimović in diesem faszinierenden Zusammenschnitt des 2. und entscheidenden WM-Playoffs zwischen Schweden und Portugal, um das Ticket für Brasilien 2014 zu lösen.Ronaldo und Ibrahimović: 5 Tore und Ihre Reaktionen
"I applauded Cristiano because he was incredible, he was the best."
There's only one person more disappointed that Zlatan won't be in Brazil than Zlatan, and that is Ryu Voelkel. The big man deceives, acting and performing in a way that makes him seem to be more than just that.
Well there could be only one. Ronaldo and his Portugal side took on Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sweden on Tuesday night in Stockholm, and it was the Real Madrid man that prevailed after the Portuguese star scored an incredible hat-trick.
Despite getting on the board first, Portugal went down 2-1 after Ibrahimovic scored two great goals himself to give the home side all the momentum.
Cristiano Ronaldo fired Portugal to Brazil (and most likely himself to a Ballon D'or) courtesy of a magnificent hat-trick against Sweden in Stockholm.
All five goals came in the second half, with the great Zlatan Ibrahimovic bagged a brace himself. But ultimately it was his fellow megastar Ronaldo who would steal the show and give Portugal a deserved 4-2 aggregate win.
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to congratulate current teammate Per Mertesacker as well as former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo on their international victories. Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo took on Sweden in the second leg of their World Cup Playoff, a game that had far more importance than Germany's friendly against England at Wembley.
Portugal are going to the World Cup because of this.
After 180 minutes, the scoreline read Cristiano 4-2 Zlatan. The 20 other players on the pitch knew what they were witnessing. The World Cup may deserve them both, but even Zlatan couldn't help but applaud the performance from Portugal's captain.
In a previous post I asked who I would rather see walking down Copacabana: a Portuguese or a Swede? This was partly because I was afraid of asking whether Ronaldo or Ibrahimovic would be best in te World Cup.I am not afraid of comparing any more. While it will be a pity that Ibrahimovic (who scored two goals tonight), it would be a much greater pity to miss Cristiano Ronaldo, who at the moment,
European World Cup play-off first legs: Five things we learned - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The eight European teams fighting it out for a place at next summer's World Cup in Brazil were on show last night in the play-off fixtures, with the four ties giving an advantage to one of the teams after the first leg.
15.11.2013 – Con gol de Cristiano Ronaldo (´82), Portugal venció (1-0) a Suecia en Lisboa por la ida del repechaje clasificatorio al Mundial Brasil 2014. Los lusos, que vienen de clasificarse en los dos últimos repechajes viajan a la Estocolmo de Ibrahimovic con una mínima diferencia.
Billed as a head to head clash between the two best players (on current form) on the planet, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, this first legWorld Cup Play-Off clash between Portugal and Sweden was ultimately decided by the Madrid superstar, who headed home late on in Lisbon.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are featured as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader from Star Wars on the cover of a Portuguese newspaper today in the lead-up to the battle between Portugal and Sweden in the first leg of the World Cup playoff.
For viewers in the United States, the game will be shown live at 2:45pm ET today on ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN.
Fate has decided that one of the two best players in the world currently will be watching the World Cup from the couch. The draw resulted in a Portugal – Sweden clash, Cristiano Ronaldo against Zlatan Ibrahimovic or CR7 vs. Ibracadabra if you prefer.
Both players are their National Team's captain and world stars, loved by their countrymen and beyond.
Tomorrow marks the first leg of Portugal and Sweden's playoff for a place in the World Cup Final. Lisbon will host the opening match while Stockholm's National Arena will feature the second and final match on Tuesday.
This two match series features far more than just two strong European teams.
Next summer's World Cup tournament brings soccer back to Brazil, where legend after legend has emerged and stamped their mark on the beautiful game. The greatest international competition is going to provide the world with a plethora of superstars fighting for supremacy, but two of the world's biggest talents have to battle it out for a place in Brazil.
Ronaldo vs Zlatan: A Premature Clash of the Titans - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Here we are at the business end of the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, where countries vying for a place in Brazil are whittled down to a select few. England have already booked their ticket after their 2-0 win over Poland last month; and they join a host of big names, such as Spain, Germany and Italy on the plane to South America.
The game in America has been bubbling with high-stakes games and news stories of late, so we dialed up Andrew Wiebe, from MLSsoccer.com and the ExtraTime Radio Show, to get his views on some eye-catching surprises in the first set of Playoff games, discover whether he thinks David Beckham's Miami franchise can give the MLS a foothold in the South East, and question what the USMNT can expect to achieve in Brazil.
Can Zlatan Ibrahimovic shake things up at this year's Ballon d'Or ceremony? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recently set a few tongues wagging when he recently stated that Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is "right now, better than Messi and Ronaldo" following his impressive showing against Belgian outfit Anderlecht in the Champions League.
Gareth Bale, the world's most expensive player, is one of the 23 players nominated for the shortlist for FIFA's Ballon d'Or award to crown the world's best player.
Bale is joined on the list by his Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, while Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery are expect to contest the award that will be announced on January 13.
It's not every day that you come across a story that makes you do a bit of a double take, but that's exactly what happened to me when I found this article announcing that PSG have formed a partnership with McDonald's. That obviously isn't the funny part, we've seen fast food chains mixing with football clubs in the past.
In isolation, there's no doubt that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a incredibly gifted footballer. When you take a step back and watch this video featuring 48 of his most unpredictable goals, it's easy to see why some people consider him the best soccer player in the world.
This is one of those videos to sit back and watch full screen, and then watch it all over again.
Edinson Cavani's move to from Napoli to Paris St. Germain was one of the surprise moves of last summer's transfer window. The Parisians, after all, already had a world-class striker in Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Having the two of them in the same side seemed almost like trying to cram two lead guitarists into the same group.
After Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a spectacular back-heel goal for Paris Saint-Germain against Bastia in Ligue Un two weeks ago, a video has been created that uses a flip book to immortalize Zlatan's beautiful flick.
Is it better than the flip book that was created to showcase Thierry Henry's goals for the New York Red Bulls?
In a new interview, Zlatan Ibrahimovic discusses his love of video games, the types of video games he likes playing, gaming on an Xbox, how he met a stranger over Xbox Live and became friends in person, and how he decides which games to choose.
Ibrahimovic also discusses playing Diablo III, as well as how he enjoys playing video games with his two children, as well as his philosophy behind playing games.
Considered to be one of the best footballers in the world. 31-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played for some of Europe's top clubs Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and current club PSG. He has also been in quite a few scrapes whether it be verbal or physical and is said to be an arrogant bully, however watching this interview it seems he's more down to earth than we may think!
29.10.2013 - FIFA y France Football dieron a conocer la lista de 23 precandidatos al próximo Balón de Oro 2013: Gareth Bale (Gales), Edinson Cavani (Uruguay), Radamel Falcao García (Colombia), Eden Hazard (Bélgica), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Suecia), Andrés Iniesta (España), Philipp Lahm (Alemania), Robert Lewandowsky (Polonia), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Thomas Muller (Alemania), Manuel Neuer (Alemania), Neymar (Btasil), Mezut Ozil (Alemania), Andrea Pirlo (Italia), Frank Ribery (Francia), Arjen Robben (Holanda), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Alemania), Luis Suarez (Uruguay), Thiago Silva (Brasil), Yaya Touré (Costa de Marfil), Robin Van Persie (Holanda) y Xavi (España), forman parte de un listado que en pocos días se reducirá a las tres clásicas y definitivas nominaciones.