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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Gives Olof Mellberg Rousing Send-Off As ‘Best Swedish Defender Ever’ Announces Retirement

By Chris Wright

Soccer - International Friendly - England v Sweden - Wembley Stadium

After 18 years spent shoring up defences for the likes of Aston Villa, Olympiakos, Juventus and Villarreal, veteran centre-half Olof Mellberg announced his retirement yesterday at the grand old age of 36 after agreeing to pulp his contract with FC Copehagen.

A firm fan favourite at Villa to this day due to his unflinching commitment and heroic beard, Mellberg amassed an impressive 117 caps for Sweden and one of the first of his international teammates to pay glowing tribute to the rock-solid defender was one Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who took to Facebook to say:

Farewell Olof, you mighty beast.

Maybe one day we will meet again, in Valhalla.

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By Chris on August 1st, 2014 in International football, Newsnow. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

5 Responses to “Zlatan Ibrahimovic Gives Olof Mellberg Rousing Send-Off As ‘Best Swedish Defender Ever’ Announces Retirement”

  1. other dave says:

    who knew that Zlatan could give such glowing praise to someone other than Zlatan?

  2. Evan says:

    Great player. THough, Patrik Andersson deserves a shout out.

  3. Zam says:

    There’s a shit lookalike in there too, guy looks like a giant, beardy, Sweedish version of Seann William Scott.

  4. Adam says:


  5. Chris says:

    @Adam – It appears to be a typo, autocorrect clusterf**k or something of said nature. [i.e., triggade (Swedish) = triggered (English)]

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