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Blog - The Toe Poke

 By Chris Wright

Ibrahimovic pays for intellectually disabled team's trip

Because of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's generosity, Sweden will be to participate in the INAS 2014 World Football Championships in Brazil.
Because of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's generosity, Sweden will be to participate in the INAS 2014 World Football Championships in Brazil.

In his own brusque and inimitable way, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has seen to it that Sweden's national team for intellectually disabled players are now able to afford to travel to the 2014 INAS World Football Championships after donating all the money required to fly them to Brazil.

The team were struggling to cobble together the funds needed to organise their trip, so they approached Ibrahimovic to request a signed shirt to raffle off.

According to team coach Stefan Jonsson, Ibrahimovic responded by saying: "What the hell are you going to do with a jersey?" before asking how much money it would cost to send the team to the tournament.

Having been told they were looking to raise around 350,000 Swedish krona (approximately 30,000 pounds), the PSG striker then asked for the team's bank account details and, without a second thought, subsequently deposited the entire sum in there.

Ibrahimovic then told handikappidrott.se:

"Football should be played by anyone, regardless of gender, disability or not.

"When we [the Swedish national side] missed the World Cup, I was deeply disappointed. So when I heard about 'the unknown team' I said to myself that I wanted to do everything in my power to help them to experience a World Cup.

"There was nothing to think about. It was a given."

Hero.

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