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– Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been included in
Sweden’s 35-man squad for Rio Olympics
– Sweden coach Ericson says the chances
that Ibrahimovic will be part of the final
squad are ‘not so great but there is still a
hope’
– He says it would be fantastic to bring
Zlatan to the Olympics
Zlatan Ibrahimovic could face Nigeria Dream
Team VI after he was named in Sweden’s
provisional squad for the Rio Olympics.
Ibrahimovic inclusion in Coach Hakan
Ericson’s 35-man squad for the games
means he could also miss the first two
games of Manchester United’s Premier
League season against Bournemouth and
Southampton, following reports he has agreed
terms with the Red Devils.
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The Swedish team is made up of mostly U23
players, with an allowance for some older
players.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The squad will be trimmed to 22 for Rio –
where Sweden face Nigeria, Colombia and
Japan in Group B – and Ericson says the
chances that Ibrahimovic will be part of the
final squad are ‘not so great but there is still
a hope’.
Ericson added: “It could be a new phase in
his career; and Zlatan has said that he is
willing to wait until after the Euros (to
decide). I want to keep open the tiniest gap
that might exist, because it would be
fantastic to bring Zlatan.”
Ericson’s side will begin their campaign
against Colombia on August 4, in Manaus
before battling Nigeria on August 7 in the
same city. Their final match will be against
Japan in Salvador on August 10th.
Sweden have won two Olympic football
bronze medals : at the 1924 and 1952
games, and gold at the 1948 Game
The Rio Olympics football competition will
run from August 5 – 22.

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