When introduce the 2018 Home Shirt of Sweden national team, let’s tall about a professional Swedish player Zlatan Ibrahimović.
Born on 3 October 1981, Zlatan Ibrahimović is a prolific goalscorer who is known for his technique, creativity, strength and powerful and accurate striking ability. He played for his nation from 2001 to 2016 and served as the captain from 2010 until his retirement from Sweden national team. He plays currently as a forward for LA Galaxy.
The legendary footballer started his professional career at Malmö Fotbollförening in Sweden in 1999. After that, Ibrahimović played for Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain F.C. and Manchester City. He has helped each club he once played get a few trophies. Here are some individual awards he has got. He was awarded Swedish Football Personality of the Year in 2002, Eurosport Goal Of The Year in 2004 and Serie A Most Loved Player in 2005. In 2012, Ibrahimović got the Golden Foot award and Swedish Goal of the Year award. On 12 May 2017, he was inducted into A.C. Milan Hall of Fame. The Swedish star becomes the second-most decorated active footballer in the world, winning 32 trophies in his career.
“Now I can only say that if I feel good about myself and I can make some contribution for the team, then of course I will not completely close the door to the Swedish national team. In fact, the door is always open. I have been repeatedly emphasizing that I am full of hunger for football and I have to play. Then everyone will have to wait and see what happens in the end.” said Ibrahimović in an interview.
Although he was troubled by injury, Ibrahimović becomes healthy and strong again. He, representing LA Galaxy, can perform best in each match.
The new home shirt 2018 was unveiled by Adidas and Sweden national team. Players put on the shirt for the first time in a match against Italy national team in November 2017.
Inspired by the previous home jerseys of Sweden national team, the new home shirt is retro and classic. It is predominately yellow with blue elements. The blue V-neck collar takes inspiration from the 1992 home shirt while the diagonal lines on the front of the shirt come from the 1988 home jersey. Adidas three stripes in blue,symbolizing victory, are put on both sides of the shirt. Blue and yellow brand new team badge launched in 2017 also printed on the chest, showing the tradition of Swedish football. “Sverige(Sweden)” is embroidered at the back of the collar, showing the team and the country simultaneously.
Juergen Rank, the Senior Design Director of Adidas, said:“We have created countless football products, innovative technologies and classic designs for decades. The brand new football products are designed to show respect to those. Like players, loyal fans also hope to see the new shirt with something that is immediately recognized, meanwhile, with modern designs. The newly released home shirt can be worn on football pitches and in daily life.”