List of international goals scored by Zlatan Ibrahimović

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Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional association footballer who represented Sweden at international level, between 2001 and 2016. As well as Sweden, he was eligible to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina, or Croatia.[1] He made his debut for Sweden in a 0–0 draw against the Faroe Islands on 31 January 2001,[2] scoring his first international goal later that year against Azerbaijan. He briefly retired in October 2009 when Sweden failed to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but returned to the international team as joint-captain the following August.[3] During his international career, he scored 62 goals in 116 international appearances, making him Sweden's all-time top scorer, surpassing Sven Rydell's record with two goals against Estonia at the Friends Arena during a friendly in September 2014.[4] On 21 June 2016, Ibrahimović announced his retirement from international football after UEFA Euro 2016, playing his last match for Sweden against Belgium the following day.[5]

Ibrahimović scored his first hat-trick on 4 September 2004, when he scored four goals against Malta, the team against which he has scored the most times, with six. He has scored four international hat-tricks; in addition to the one against Malta; he scored three goals in a game against Finland during the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying competition, four in a friendly against England in 2012, and three in a friendly against Norway in 2013. More than half of Ibrahimović's goals have come at home, having scored twenty at the Friends Arena, eleven at the Råsunda Stadium, five at Ullevi, two at the Swedbank Stadion and one at Gamla Ullevi.[6]

The majority of Ibrahimović's goals came in qualifying matches. He scored nineteen in European Championship qualifiers, including eleven during the 2016 qualifying round, where he finished as the second top scorer, two behind Poland's Robert Lewandowski.[7] Ibrahimović also scored nineteen times in World Cup qualifiers. He has never scored a goal in the World Cup finals but has scored six in European Championship finals. The remainder of Ibrahimović's goals, eighteen, were scored in friendlies.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Sweden's goal tally first.[8]
Key
Penalty Indicates goal was scored from a penalty kick
List of international goals scored by Zlatan Ibrahimović
No. Cap Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1 4 7 October 2001 Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden  Azerbaijan 3–0 3–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification [9]
2 13 21 August 2002 Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow, Russia  Russia 1–1 1–1 Friendly [10]
3 15 12 October 2002 Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden  Hungary 1–1 1–1 UEFA Euro 2004 qualification [11]
4 16 30 April 2003  Croatia 1–1 1–2 Friendly [8]
5 17 6 September 2003 Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden  San Marino 3–0 5–0 UEFA Euro 2004 qualification [12]
6 5–0 Penalty
7 20 31 March 2004  England 1–0 1–0 Friendly [13]
8 24 14 June 2004 Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal  Bulgaria 4–0 Penalty 5–0 UEFA Euro 2004 [14]
9 25 18 June 2004 Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal  Italy 1–1 1–1 [9]
10 28 18 August 2004 Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden  Netherlands 2–2 2–2 Friendly [15]
11 29 4 September 2004 National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta  Malta 1–0 7–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification [16]
12 2–0
13 3–0
14 5–0
15 33 4 June 2005 Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden  Malta 4–0 6–0 [17]
16 34 3 September 2005 Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden  Bulgaria 3–0 3–0 [18]
17 35 7 September 2005 Ferenc Puskás Stadium, Budapest, Hungary  Hungary 1–0 1–0 [19]
18 36 12 October 2005 Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden  Iceland 1–1 3–1 [20]
19 51 10 June 2008 Wals-Siezenheim Stadium, Salzburg, Austria  Greece 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2008 [21]
20 52 14 June 2008 Tivoli-Neu, Innsbruck, Austria  Spain 1–1 1–2 [22]
21 58 10 June 2009 Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden  Malta 3–0 4–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification [23]
22 59 5 September 2009 Ferenc Puskás Stadium, Budapest, Hungary  Hungary 2–1 2–1 [24]
23 63 11 August 2010 Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden  Scotland 1–0 3–0 Friendly [25]
24 65 7 September 2010 Swedbank Stadion, Malmö, Sweden  San Marino 1–0 6–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualification [26]
25 5–0
26 69 7 June 2011 Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden  Finland 2–0 5–0 [27]
27 3–0
28 4–0
29 75 29 February 2012 Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia  Croatia 1–0 Penalty 3–1 Friendly [28]
30 76 30 May 2012 Gamla Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden  Iceland 1–0 3–2 [29]
31 77 5 June 2012 Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden  Serbia 2–1 Penalty 2–1 [30]
32 78 11 June 2012 Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine  Ukraine 1–0 1–2 UEFA Euro 2012 [31]
33 80 19 June 2012  France 1–0 2–0 [9]
34 83 12 October 2012 Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands  Faroe Islands 2–1 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification [32]
35 84 16 October 2012 Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany  Germany 1–4 4–4 [33]
36 85 14 November 2012 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden  England 1–0 4–2 Friendly [9]
37 2–2
38 3–2
39 4–2
40 90 11 June 2013  Faroe Islands 1–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification [34]
41 2–0 Penalty
42 91 14 August 2013  Norway 1–0 4–2 Friendly [35]
43 2–2
44 3–2
45 93 10 September 2013 Astana Arena, Astana, Kazakhstan  Kazakhstan 1–0 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification [36]
46 94 11 October 2013 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden  Austria 2–1 2–1 [37]
47 96 19 November 2013  Portugal 1–1 2–3 [38]
48 2–1
49 99 4 September 2014  Estonia 1–0 2–0 Friendly [4]
50 2–0
51 101 15 November 2014 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro  Montenegro 1–0 1–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualification [39]
52 102 27 March 2015 Zimbru Stadium, Chișinău, Moldova  Moldova 1–0 2–0 [40]
53 2–0 Penalty
54 103 31 March 2015 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden  Iran 1–0 3–1 Friendly [41]
55 105 14 June 2015  Montenegro 2–0 3–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualification [42]
56 3–0
57 107 8 September 2015  Austria 1–4 1–4 [43]
58 108 9 October 2015 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein 2–0 2–0 [44]
59 109 12 October 2015 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden  Moldova 1–0 2–0 [45]
60 110 14 November 2015  Denmark 2–0 Penalty 2–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualification play-offs [46]
61 111 17 November 2015 Telia Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark  Denmark 1–0 2–2 [47]
62 2–0

Statistics[edit]

Zlatan Ibrahimović wearing a yellow shirt and blue shorts, passing the ball
Zlatan Ibrahimović playing in the UEFA Euro 2012 match against England

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