Every football player dreams of scoring the perfect goal. That one, tricky moment where skill, luck and beautiful footwork meet and become something celebrated, something legendary. And a good goal can be the making of a player.
In 2004, in a game against NAC Breda, Zlatan Ibrahimović scored what the then Ajax manager David Endt calls “one of the most remarkable goals ever scored in an Ajax shirt, by an Ajax centre forward”. Zlatan went on an incredible jinking run, dribbling the ball back and forth past six of the opposing team’s players before scoring. The goal features in the new film Becoming Zlatan as a turning point in the Swedish soccer star’s life – as he came onto the pitch that day he was being booed and whistled at by fans due to a very public dispute with Ajax captain Rafael Van der Vaart; the very next day he would sign to Juventus, and leave his troubled time at Ajax behind him, evolving into a very different person. As everyone interviewed in the film sees it, that goal was a watershed moment.
Our #ZlatanStyle competition to find the next generation’s Ibra is still running and open to young footballers! We want to see the goal that you’re most proud of; the one that you celebrated loudest, the one you want the world to appreciate. Here’s a great entry into our Italian competition: Pietro Tanassi, just 10 years old, chipping the ball deftly into the back of the net – can you do as well as this?
Boys and girls aged 6-18 are invited to upload videos of their best goals to YouTube, Vimeo or Facebook, using the hashtag #ZlatanStyle, then send them to us using our online form (here for Italy; here for Greece) for a chance of winning. You need to be fast, though (Zlatan-fast!) – the competition closes in Greece on Sunday 6 November, and in Italy on Thursday 10 November.
Here’s the announcement by our partner for the competition in Greece, Panathinaikos FC:
This post was written by Kirstin Innes for Film & Campaign on behalf of Doc/it, a Moving Docs partner.