Anyone with a passing interest in international soccer has heard the name: Zlatan Ibrahimovic – allegedly Manchester United bound later on this month. Ibrahimovic, now retired from international football, was captain of Sweden’s national soccer team and their top goal-scorer of all time. He featured on a set of five stamps from Sweden Post.
The highly collectible designs show photographs of Ibrahimovic in action on four stamps, with a close-up pose of the footballer smiling on the fifth. The backgrounds are nearly fluorescent gradient colors ranging from yellow to blue on some of the designs and yellow to red on others.
- Each stamp is inscribed “Brev” to indicate that it fulfills the domestic letter rate
- In 2014, that was equal to 6 kroner for mail weighing no more than 20 grams
Calling him “Sweden’s greatest soccer player of all time,” Sweden Post claims that people have been requesting a stamp depicting Ibrahimovic “for a long time.”
The Barcelona team won both the FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup in 2009.
As a member of Sweden’s national team in 2012, Ibrahimovic scored all four goals in a 4-2 victory over England, including the final, a stunning bicycle kick executed with his back to the goal from 35 yards out.
- He became Sweden’s record goalscorer, moving past Sven Rydell’s long-standing tally of 49. He eventually retired at the end of the Euro 2016 campaign on 62 goals in 116 caps.
- Only the Republic of Ireland’s Robbie Keane (67 goals) has more among current internationals.
- More impressively, perhaps, is the fact that Ibrahimovic is PSG’s record goalscorer, despite only moving to the French capital in 2012. He leaves with 156 goals in all competitions, blitzing Pauleta’s previous best of 109.
“It is a huge honor to be on a stamp, and I am very happy and proud that I have been chosen,” said Ibrahimovic. “I mainly only receive bills, and they seldom come with nice stamps. Maybe things will be different now.”
- The offset-printed self-adhesive stamps were designed by Nina Ulmaha using photographs from various sources. The set will be issued in a booklet of 10.
Ibrahimovic can speak fluent Swedish, Bosnian, English, Spanish and Italian. He is also a black belt in taekwondo. In footballing terms, he is a proven winner – playing for teams that won over 30 trophies, including :-
- Eredivisie: 2001–02, 2003–04
- KNVB Cup: 2001–02
- Johan Cruijff Shield: 2002
- Serie A: 2004–05, 2005–06 (both revoked due to the Calciopoli scandal)
- Serie A: 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
- Supercoppa Italiana: 2006, 2008
- La Liga: 2009–10
- Supercopa de España: 2009, 2010
- UEFA Super Cup: 2009
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2009
- Serie A: 2010–11
- Supercoppa Italiana: 2011
- Ligue 1: 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
- Coupe de France: 2014–15, 2015–16
- Coupe de la Ligue: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
- Trophée des Champions: 2013, 2014, 2015