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I am Zlatan Ibrahimović

(World Soccer Legends)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  13,452 ratings  ·  887 reviews
'Why be a Fiat when you can be a Ferrari?'

Welcome to Planet Zlatan.
This is the story of how a Swedish outsider rose from poverty to become a football genius.

In his own inimitable style, Zlatan Ibrahimović recalls every struggle, every goal and every training-ground bust-up on his journey to dominate the world's top clubs, including Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale, Barcelona
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Paperback, 332 pages
Published September 5th 2013 by Penguin (first published November 10th 2011)
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Liam I think that if Zlatan were to win to win the champions league then it would be because he was carried by his team (benched the entire game). In that …moreI think that if Zlatan were to win to win the champions league then it would be because he was carried by his team (benched the entire game). In that case he doesn't deserve to even touch the trophy. I don't believe he is a good soccer player in other words he is TRASH.(less)
Ettore Pasquini I think the first transfer from Ajax to Juventus was huge. Those 2-3 years with the biggest club in Italy -- when Italy was still the top market at th…moreI think the first transfer from Ajax to Juventus was huge. Those 2-3 years with the biggest club in Italy -- when Italy was still the top market at the club level -- really put him on the map. With Inter (also another one of Mino's exploits) he really exploded and lead the club to many triumphs, making the fans feel the glory of yore one more time. The transfer from Barcelona and AC Milan was also a tough one with hard to solve terms.

So yes, I think Mino (being cut-throat in a very Italian sort of way and yet honest somehow) had a huge part in consistently execute what Zlatan wanted, giving direction when needed. It's not easy, and some excellent players got lost because of bad management. E.g. Cassano, Kakà, even Balotelli could have done so much more if supported by the right people.(less)

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Zimena
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, norsk
Zlatan is a bit of a weird case for me. I admire him as a football player, even if I won't call myself a fan. At the same time, he fascinates me as a person, and I tend to read whatever I can about him, purely out of interest. Still, it was quite a surprise to find his biography under the Christmas tree, as I had not expected my rather silent fascination for him to be obvious to other people.

Anyway, I truly enjoyed his book. It's written in such a way that as a reader you actually feel like it's
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Jessika
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't like to play football, and I don't like to Watch football but I certainly like to read about football. It took me trhee Days to finish this book and I can't understand why I even liked it, but I could find myself longing to come home and read it.
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Ettore Pasquini
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ettore by: Amar Pai
I have to say, this is a surprisingly good and honest bio. You might need to be into soccer to appreciate it, but if you are this is fun.

Ibrahimovič is a cocky guy who is aware of being who he is: he admits it right away. On the other hand he is fearless, always gives 100% and tells people off no matter who they are. The chapters dedicated to Guardiola are pure bile, just unashamed venom -- and hilarious! -- but he is full of respect for people who stand up and are able to say no: coaches like
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Hamin Kim
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this book as I am really into football and play the sport. Also Zlatan is a fascinating character and he makes the football a wonderful game to watch.

Zlatan is not kind of hard working player. He plays how he wants to and doesn't like listening to others, but this is what makes him a class player. Zlatan creates magic on the pitch and suprises the fans and also the opponents. Zlatan is Swedish and overcame a tough life to become a professional football star. He lived with his B
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Stephan van der Linde
I read this book in a couple of days.
Didn't expect that, but I couldn't put it away.

Zlatan writes like the person he is. Honest.

This means nobody get spared.

In the first chapter he writes about the hard relation between him and Pep Guardiola, the very successful trainer of Barcelona. He doesn't get spared at all....

Then his tough youth in the suburbs of Malmö. The situation with his family and his break through by Malmö football club.

He gets notorious by arguing with everybody, all the time. B
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Maria Bikaki
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
suprisingly good. Little God Zlatan i love you full review to come
Berit Lundqvist
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Zlatan is Zlatan. Let Zlatan be Zlatan. Then this will happen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKvGq...

Sweden’s most famous footboll/soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic sums up the first half of his career in his autobiography I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

It’s pretty much the usual story about the guy from the ghetto who got successful. Zlatan’s ghost writer David Lagercrantz carefully navigates the reader through Zlatan’s chaotic childhood. (Yes, it’s the same guy who wrote the two latest Millennium b
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Dane Oram
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1. I decided to read the book because I really enjoy watching Zlatan play in real life, and as soon as I found out he had written an autobiography, I knew I had to read it.

2. A person I found interesting was Zlatans dad. He was an alcoholic and struggled to look after his children. He was the type of guy that didn't care what his children were up to. But he was also the type of guy that would do brutal things to people who harm his kids. I found this interesting because it is like he has two per
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Ruby
i have to read this for class ok
not responsible.

(wish i was kidding but i'm really not)

28/11/15: i've finished it and it was boring because SO MUCH football but also weirdly amusing. so there's that.
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Brian Bok
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Josh Napper
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am Zlatan was a book I don't regret reading. Growing up as a boy I loved soccer and I still do to this day. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a truly Inspiring person and is looked at as a role model. Throughout the book I enjoyed learning about his childhood growing up and his first years playing professional soccer as a young teen.

"There is only one Zlatan". This is one of the most famous quotes/sayings in soccer history. Growing up as s boy Zlatan was very adventurous and thrill-seeking. He got into l
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“He was willing to cross some boundaries, and those guys are always the best. I don’t believe in sticklers for rules, you know that. Sometimes you’ve got to break the rules. That’s how you make progress. I mean, what happened to the guys in the Malmö FF youth squad who always behaved? Are there any books written about them?”
Linda
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Suprisingly good, I didn't expect that i would love a soccer memoir this much. I could find myself longing to go home so I could dive back into this book. ...more
Michael Scott
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, travelit, sports, bio
TODO full review:
+++ it is rare to read an auto-biography that seems so authentic. Most I've read include significant passages where the text serves the author. In contrast, Ibra seems so transparent even when attempting to self-aggrandize, that the reader is never in doubt about how things really occurred or what they meant to the main character.
+++ I have not read a better characterization of the Balcanic spirit. Zorba the Greek is excellent, but not modern enough by comparison.
+++ This is a
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Saran
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: term-1
One of the most mercurial soccer players to ever grace the world, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. His world class talent has brought him to the crème de la crème of clubs. He even captains the Swedish national team. Ibrahimovic is the epitome of hard work, determination, and ingenuity. However, his journey to success isn’t as nonchalant as compared to many athletes.

At a young age, his Bosnian-Muslim father and Croatian-Christian mother divorced. His father, an alcoholic. His mother, an emotional mess. Zla
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Carrie
Jan 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sara
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though I'm not giving this book justice, but great book for even a greater character.
Admiration, one simply cannot not like Zlatan Ibrahimović!
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Richard
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zlatan is my guilty pleasure. Charismatic narcissist, self-conscious tough guy, miraculous striker. And this book reads like you're sitting at the bar with him sharing a pint. LOVED it.
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Brian Ham
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. A bit too much profanity.
Sebastian Sampallo
I have always liked Zlatan. Being from Malmö (and, like Zlatan, born in Rosengård) I've not really had any choice in that matter. I have always liked Zlatan's larger than life attitude and the fact that he is not only cocky, but also often delivers on the field. In my mind, there can be no doubt that Zlatan is the greatest football player ever produced in Sweden.

Zlatan's biography was a very interesting read, and I got much more insight into his career up until he joined Milan the first time. Wh
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Nick
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zlatan is a complicated man with a complicated history,anyone interested in this book should at least know that. However, if you do want to learn more about Ibra, this book is a great place to start your education on one of the greatest footballers of all time. Spanning his whole life, it really feels like a treat to be let in to what feel like some of Ibrahimovic's deepest thoughts and emotions, and let me say, there are lots of emotions.
I won't summarize this book, as there is quite literally
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Michelle
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't like football much, but it helps that I come from a Dutch family that's rather obsessed with it. What also helps is that I lived in Rosengård for 3 years. I met some people who grew up with Zlatan and it is very obvious that he is immensely loved in his neighbourhood. I never really knew that much about the man though.

This book was a really inspiring read and you really don't have to be a football lover in order to enjoy it. I immensely admire Zlatan for his persistence and his ability
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Jocelyn
I've read other footballer autobiographies and this one seems to me as the most honest of the ones I've read. Ibra writes candidly about his experiences before fame and after, during club and national team life, and getting to know different managers and players. He touches on the time he spent at Barça under Pep, with whom he didn't get along, and tries to explain what everyone was confused about, albeit with obvious bias. Pep definitely doesn't come out of this memoir unscathed, while Mou come ...more
Prabin Poudel
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thrilling read. This book touches you more if you are a passionate football fan.
His cocky personality may give you the misconception that he never faced any difficult circumstance in his life but as You go through this book,you realize how hard he fought against all those bollockings and criticisms to put his feet above all. All those messed up and harsh situations right from his early stages of life moulded him into today's global superstar.
Zlatan never left his 'winning mindset' wherever he
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Harshad Sharma
Well firstly i read this book in English but cannot find the english version on goodreads.. I Am Zlatan,,, i don't have much to say about the book, but a lot about the man.... Zlatan Ibrahimovic, i thought was a reckless, Cocky millionaire who doesn't' consider anyone against him,, but after reading his auto-biography and the blatant honesty with which he described his life and his football career, (also confirming that he is a reckless cocky person), the discrimination against him because him b ...more
Andrush
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read another football book and I liked this one just like the last one. This one was more interesting because Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a much more controversial player. He talked about some things he said that aren't very nice to put it like that. He has also played for several football teams 5 that he played on the highest elite level and another 2 in his younger years. He talked about the falling outs he had with other players staff members and coaches in the teams most notable with ...more
Priyanka -
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is as honest and raw as Zlatan himself.
He is aggressive,volatile,hard working and tough.
He is not those guys who are 'nice' and good to talk to.Somewhere that is majorly due to his childhood where violence was a norm.He has always been a rebel and a fighter.You wouldn't agree with all his views but As Zlatan says,'Only God Judges me'.
He honestly talks about his crazy temperament and his mistakes.Not so favoured by the management in the clubs he has been,one thing he always has on his mi
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Turid
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read if you’re into football (And yes i say football, because that’s what it is. American football can be called "hand-egg" for all i care)

Zlatan has lived an interesting life. All the major Clubs he`s played for, his upbringing in the "Swedish ghetto" and being the son of two immigrants, his Cinderella story is quite remarkable.

What surprised me (and yet didn`t) was how honest it was. Not just about his career, but about his family and personal life. We usually see Zlatan in his "I
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Rudolf Waldner
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read. Got right to the point, shared a perspective of Euro soccer I knew nothing about, it was hard to put the book down.

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David Lagercrantz, born in 1962, is a journalist and author, living in Stockholm. His first book was published in 1997, a biography of the Swedish adventurer and mountaineer Göran Kropp. In 2000 his biography on the inventor Håkan Lans, A Swedish Genious, was published. His breakthrough as a novelist was Fall of Man in Wilmslow, a fictionalised novel about the British mathematician Alan Turing. In ...more

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