I Am Zlatan: My Story On and Off the Field

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Daring, flashy, innovative, volatile—no matter what they call him, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of soccer’s brightest stars. A top-scoring striker and captain of the Swedish national team, he has dominated the world’s most storied teams, including Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, and Paris Saint-Germain. But his life wasn’t always so charmed.
 
Born to Balkan immigrants who divorced when he was a toddler, Zlatan learned self-reliance from his rough-and-tumble neighborhood. While his father, a Bosnian Muslim, drank to forget the war back home, his mother’s household was engulfed in chaos. Soccer was Zlatan’s release. Mixing in street moves and trick plays, Zlatan was a wild talent who rode to practice on stolen bikes and relished showing up the rich kids—opponents and teammates alike. Goal by astonishing goal, the brash young outsider grew into an unlikely prodigy and, by his early twenties, an international phenomenon.
 
Told as only the man himself could tell it, featuring stories of friendships and feuds with the biggest names in the sport, I Am Zlatan is a wrenching, uproarious, and ultimately redemptive tale for underdogs everywhere.

Praise for I Am Zlatan

“Terrific . . . Far more insightful than your typical jock memoir, Ibra’s book tells his story of growing up as the son of immigrants in Sweden and pulls no punches when it comes to his opinions of some of the biggest names in the game.”Sports Illustrated

“The most compelling autobiography ever to appear under a footballer’s name.”The Guardian
 
“The story of Zlatan—from his days as an immigrant kid juggling a soccer ball so he won’t get bullied to his emergence as the genius player who scored the greatest goal ever—is as compelling and fancy-footed as his game.”—Aleksandar Hemon, National Book Award finalist and author of The Lazarus Project

“I love this book. I love it because it’s so much bigger than soccer. I Am Zlatan is a story of hope and grit and what an immigrant kid who comes from nothing can accomplish with hard work and belief in himself. It’s also a beautiful window into our new, more open, more diverse world.”—Marcus Samuelsson, bestselling author of Yes, Chef
 
“Probably the bestselling European immigrant’s tale since Zadie Smith’s White Teeth . . . Once you get past the obligatory snigger prompted by the phrase ‘footballer’s autobiography,’ you can see that Zlatan’s book strangely resembles an earlier immigrant’s tale: Portnoy’s Complaint.”—Financial Times

“He is skillful. He is outspoken. He is Zlatan.”The New York Times
 
“The best sports autobiography in years.”PolicyMic


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Esta autobiografía es una espectacular visión de la vida de un genio desde las entrañas de una gran estrella mundial.Temerario, ostentoso, desequilibrado, no importa cómo le llamen, Ibra es una de las grandes estrellas mundiales del fútbol que ha jugado en la mayoría de los grandes equipos de elite internacional.Yo soy Zlatan Ibrahimovic es la historia del futbolista conocido en el mundo entero como Ibra. La historia desde adentro de su conflictiva infancia en los barrios peligrosos de Malmö, Suecia, y su lucha en contra de todas las probabilidades de éxito que le rodearon. En esta autobiografía encontrarán su trayectoria, sus escándalos y su relación con otras estrellas mundiales como Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Vieira y Lionel Messi. Con sus propias palabras, Ibra nos cuenta su etapa en el Malmö FF, sus conflictos durante su etapa en el Ajax, su traspaso a la Juventus, el gran éxito cosechado en Italia, pero también los escándalos que casi terminan con su carrera profesional. Conoceremos también sus triunfos en el Inter de Milán, su relación con Mourinho y un recuento de sus goles más famosos e importantes.«Tremenda... Mucho más que las típicas Memorias de un deportista. La historia de crecimiento personal de un hijo de inmigrantes en Suecia. Ibra no se deja nada cuando vierte sus opiniones de los nombres más importantes del fútbol mundial.» Sports Illustrated«Repleto de talento. Repleto de historias. Soy Zlatan Ibrahimovic es un bombazo.» The New York TimesY por primera vez en la historia, lo que realmente sucedió entre Ibra y Pep Guardiola en el F.C. Barcelona
« Pour bien jouer, il faut être fou. Pour être bon, il faut se sentir en colère. » Voilà les commentaires de Zlatan après l’un de ses premiers matches avec le PSG. Rien de surprenant pour qui a lu son incroyable autobiographie.

Né en 1981, d’un père bosniaque obsédé par le passé de son pays et d’une mère croate qui travaille jour et nuit pour sa famille, il n’a que deux ans lorsque ses parents divorcent. S’ensuit une enfance douloureuse dans les quartiers difficiles de Malmö, en Suède, durant laquelle il se sent toujours à l’écart. Lui-même confie que sans le foot, il serait devenu criminel ! Dans son premier club, ses origines et son tempérament l’isolent déjà. On essaie même de l’exclure... Mais très rapidement, il est repéré et sa course vers la gloire commence : Malmö FF, Ajax Amsterdam, Juventus de Turin, Inter de Milan, Barca, AC Milan pour enfin signer avec le PSG en juillet 2012.

Buteur de génie, grande gueule, formidable technicien, il suscite des polémiques à chacun de ses passages. S’il est le joueur le plus cher de l’histoire du football tous transferts cumulés (172,6 millions d’euros !), il est le seul footballeur à avoir gagné chaque année le championnat dans lequel il a joué. En Serbo-croate, Zlatan veut dire « de l’or »... Son autobiographie est à son image : sincère jusqu’à la provocation, perfectionniste jusqu’à l’excès. Et comme souvent chez les champions qui paraissent invulnérables, les failles existent. De ses souffrances à ses plus grandes fiertés, Zlatan se livre sans concessions.

David Lagercrantz, qui a travaillé avec Zlatan, est aussi journaliste, romancier et biographe suédois de grande réputation.

« Le livre de Zlatan va devenir un « classique » qui contribuera à changer la Suède. Il est bon, incroyablement bon. Un portrait d’une enfance digne d’un chef-d’œuvre. » Lasse Anrell, Aftonbladet

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Random House
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Jun 3, 2014
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Pages
400
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9780812986938
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English
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Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Biography & Autobiography / Sports
Sports & Recreation / Soccer
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