Zlatan Ibrahimovic eyes 2016 Olympics
Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was one of the best players left out of the World Cup in Brazil last summer.
But he could play in an international tournament in Brazil in 2016, at the Rio Olympics.
“If the chance presents itself, I could represent Sweden at the 2016 Olympics,” Ibrahimovic, 33, told Swedish outlet Aftonbladet, according to comments translated by ESPNFC. “I have never played that competition as yet. I don’t know if I could be available for the team -- but if I am, it’s ‘yes.’”
Ibrahimovic and Sweden were eliminated in World Cup qualifying by Portugal in a playoff last year.
Olympic soccer teams are made up of players aged 23 and under. There’s also an option of having three over-age players, which is where Ibrahimovic would come in.
Sweden hasn’t qualified for the Olympic men’s soccer tournament since 1992.
The only men’s soccer player at the 2012 Olympics who was older than Ibrahimovic will be in 2016 was Ryan Giggs, who was 38. Giggs, a longtime Manchester United star from Wales, is one of the greatest players of all time never to play in a World Cup. He was part of the first Great Britain Olympic soccer team since 1960.