/ Soccer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic receives verb in Swedish dictionary

Updated: Friday, 28 Dec 2012 20:00 | Comments

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four goals for Sweden in their final international of 2012
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four goals for Sweden in their final international of 2012

Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic has already written his name large in his country's sporting history books and now he is in the Swedish dictionary as well.

The Swedish Language Council has included the verb "zlatanera" - meaning "to dominate" - in its list of new words from 2012.

The verb "to zlatan" was originally coined by a satirical TV show in France, where Ibrahimovic plays for Paris Saint Germain.

The word has been in common use in Swedish ever since.

Known for his spectacular goals, the muscular forward scored four times against England in November including with an outrageous overhead kick as Sweden came back to win 4-2 in the first international at the new Friends Arena in Stockholm.

User contributions and/or comments do not, unless specifically stated, represent the views of RTÉ.ie or RTÉ.
Click here for Terms of use