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Swedish killer planned to shoot Ibrahimovic

One of Sweden's most infamous serial attackers claims he once returned home to fetch a gun after spotting Zlatan Ibrahimovic's car illegally parked on a pavement.

Swedish killer planned to shoot Ibrahimovic
Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic gestures during the French L1 football match between Nantes and Paris Saint-Germain on May 3rd. Photo: AFP
Peter Mangs, a serial shooter who carried out a string of attacks in the southern Swedish city of Malmö between 2003 and 2010, made the claims in a new book he has written about his life.
 
The 43-year-old said he became angry after spotting the football player's red Ferrari, describing Ibrahimovic's illegal parking as “typically Balkan behaviour”, referring to the star striker's Bosnian heritage.
 
The killer said that he went to get his gun, and when he returned to the spot, the car was gone.
 
He wrote: “I thought there would be a proper hullabaloo in the media if the gent in question were to be shot.”
 
Ibrahimovic has been playing for Paris side PSG since 2012.
 
The book also gives details of Mangs' life growing up in Småland in southern Sweden and outlines his hatred of Jewish people and others with immigrant backgrounds.
 
He appears to show little remorse for his actions, although he says that he ended up almost wanting to be arrested, as he could not contemplate a life in a real world dominated by "multiculturalism" and "mass consumption".
 
Mangs was sentenced to life in prison in 2013 for two murders and eight attempted murders.
 
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was brought up in southern Sweden and started his career with Malmö FF is the Nordic nation's top striker in history and captain of the Swedish national team.
 
He has won the French league twice since his arrival in Paris and was also named French Player of the Year in 2013 and 2014. 
 
PSG are currently three points clear at the top of Ligue 1 with three games left to play. 
 
 

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OPINION: Mbappé’s title, but PSG need to breathe new life into Qatari project

After being the star of France's 2018 World Cup triumph, Kylian Mbappé has been the standout player for Paris Saint-Germain in a Ligue 1 title-winning campaign that has been slightly marred by the manner in which they limped over the line.

OPINION: Mbappé's title, but PSG need to breathe new life into Qatari project
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PSG finally wrapped up the title on Sunday after second-placed Lille failed to beat Toulouse, having not won any of their previous three games when the opportunity to confirm a sixth French crown in seven seasons was there.

The Qatari-owned club can still make it a domestic double, with the French Cup final to come against Rennes next weekend, yet this will not be remembered as a vintage year.

While Neymar once again went missing due to injury at the crucial point, Edinson Cavani has struggled with fitness too, and coach Thomas Tuchel has regularly lashed out at the lack of depth in his squad.

The 5-1 capitulation at Lille a week ago was the worst league result for PSG since Qatar Sports Investments bought the club in 2011, and the first time they had let in five in a league game since 2000.

A record-breaking 14-match winning run with which they started the season now seems like a long time ago, the latest Champions League failure clouding Tuchel's first campaign in charge.

Mbappé, at least, has been a constant, revelling in his status as a World Cup winner and hardly ever being rested. He only turned 20 in December, but has now won three Ligue 1 titles in a row.

Mbappé has 36 goals in 40 games this season, with 30 in the league. And, frighteningly, his team-mate Daniel Alves told RMC recently that “he doesn't realise how good he is, he can go much further”.

He is also not used to losing, and may have upset some of his teammates with his assessment of last week's defeat at Lille. “We played like beginners,” he said.

Hollow ring

To be fair, they have usually been exceptional domestically. However, the problem is that as long as they keep failing in the Champions League, domestic success for a club backed by a Gulf state will continue to ring hollow.

The title has effectively been in the bag for some time, but their season has been winding down ever since their exit against Manchester United in the last 16.

That, combined with being knocked out in the League Cup quarter-finals, means Tuchel in his first season has actually done worse than Unai Emery, his unloved predecessor.

Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel has actually done worse than his predecessor, Unai Emery
However, according to sports daily L'Equipe, Tuchel has agreed to extend his contract to 2021. Thoughts have already turned to the future, with new signings needed at the Parc des Princes.

The costly Neymar experiment cannot be said to have succeeded until he stays fit for the games that matter, and there will always be speculation about his future.

“We have a contract, we're not even halfway through that contract,” Neymar's father pointed out to RMC Sport.

Time for a clear-out? 

Mbappé is the one man they really cannot afford to lose, but is it time for a clear-out elsewhere?

Some of the excitement of the early part of the decade has gone, replaced with a staleness. The days of Thiago Silva, Edinson Cavani and Marco Verratti are maybe ending.

Youri Djorkaeff, a World Cup winner for France and a PSG star in the 1990s, offers a frank assessment, suggesting real change is needed higher up.

“If you're not great in every compartment, from the bus driver to the girls who clean the shirts, you will go nowhere,” he told Ligue 1 Podcast, 'Le Beau Jeu'.

“Paris Saint-Germain, after many years without success, have to rebuild everything, restart from scratch, because the foundations are not good. You cannot expect to one day win the Champions League without these foundations.”

The Qatar project needs a breath of fresh air, and all eyes will be on president Nasser al-Khelaifi and sporting director Antero Henrique.

UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules remain a problem, though, with PSG said to have a hole of around 100 million euros and the need to present a balanced budget by the end of June. The next few months will be interesting.

By Andy Scott/AFP

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