Euro 2016 Team Guide: Ibrahimovic eyes perfect Paris send-off

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The departing Paris Saint-Germain talisman has the chance to sign off his French adventure in style at this summer's continental tournament, where he'll captain the Scandinavians

Coach: Erik Hamren 

Key player: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Qualifying form: W5, L2, D3

Top scorers in qualifying: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (11), Erkan Zengin (3)

Sweden will hope Zlatan Ibrahimovic's personal motivation can spur them to success at Euro 2016.

The former Barcelona, Inter and Milan forward is, without question, the biggest name in the Swedish squad but, at 34, this could be his final opportunity to shine at a major tournament.

Ibrahimovic heads to the finals on the back of the disappointment of falling short in the Champions League - one of the only pieces of club silverware to have eluded the inimitable striker - and he hinted at international retirement prior to Sweden's play-off victory over Denmark.

What is for certain, however, is that he will depart the Parc des Princes after the tournament, having announced in May that he would not renew his contract with PSG.

The Euros, then, will likely represent Ibrahimovic's farewell to France and he will be desperate for a fitting swansong by featuring in the final in Paris on July 10.

That seems unlikely, but somewhat predictably, he is not shy about highlighting his contribution to football in the country.

"I have played there for four years," he said earlier this season. "I have put Sweden on the world map and now I have put France on the world map too.

"I am very proud," he added on announcing his departure. "I came like a king, I leave like a legend but I will be back."

Ibrahimovic's importance to Sweden was plain to see during their qualifying campaign, scoring eight of their 15 goals in Group G as they secured a third-place finish behind Austria and Russia.

The former Barcelona star then scored three goals as Sweden held on for a dramatic 4-3 aggregate play-off win against Denmark.

One man who definitely will not be sticking around at international level beyond the tournament is head coach Erik Hamren.

Hamren has been in charge since 2009, having taken over from Lars Lagerback, but he will be replaced by Janne Andersson for the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Hamren has a wealth of experience at his disposal, with Andreas Isaksson and Kim Kallstrom - who, along with Ibrahimovic, boast more than 100 caps each - are among the older heads in the Swedish squad.

They will need to call on all that experience if they are to negotiate their way through what is arguably one of the toughest groups in the tournament.

Sweden line up alongside recent FIFA rankings toppers Belgium, 2006 World Cup winners Italy and Republic of Ireland, who will likely be looking to edge Hamren's men to a third qualifying spot in Group E under the competition's expanded format.

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Sebastian Larsson and Mikael Lustig add to what is a well-established squad, while 21-year-old Victor Lindelof will bid to make a big impression having enjoyed a breakthrough season with Benfica in 2015-16.

The young defender only made his international debut in March in a 2-1 defeat against Turkey but has been linked with a host of major clubs, including Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United, after impressing for his club in the absence of the injured Luisao, then keeping his place in the Benfica starting XI after the veteran's return to fitness.

But the key to Sweden's campaign surely lies with Ibrahimovic, as the Scandinavians aim to make it out of the group stage for the first time since he missed a penalty in a quarter-final shoot-out defeat to Netherlands at Euro 2004.

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