Sweden has three players of African origin in their Euro 2020 squad. Two strikers, Alexander Isak (Eritrea) and Robin Kwamina Quaison (Ghana), and a midfielder, Ken Sema (DR Congo). The former is the most renowned. He was a starter in the Swedes' first match against Spain (0-0, group E), while the second came on during the game (69th) and the third remained on the sidelines. Alex Isak has been dubbed the 'new Zlatan'.
The Real Sociedad striker is not yet Ibrahimovic in physical terms. He lacks 5 centimeters and 19 kg, while his angelic face contrasts sharply with the bad boy look of his elder brother. In terms of play, too, he still has some way to go. However, you can feel a hint of Zlatan in him: power, silky touch on the ball, a sense of purpose, audacity, acrobatics...
In 22 appearances, he scored 6 goals. At club level last season, he scored 16 times in 28 matches in all competitions. This is a far cry from Zlatan's 21 goals in 29 appearances for AC Milan this season or his 62 goals in 118 appearances. But Alexander Isak is only 21 years old compared to the 39-year-old who was his idol.
The young Swedish striker was born to Eritrean parents. He returns to his home country from time to time to do charity work, especially for disadvantaged children.
He played for all the Swedish youth teams and then made his senior debut in 2017. He arrived at Real Sociedad in 2019-2020. Before that, the former AIK Solna (Sweden) player moved to Borussia Dortmund, who loaned him to Willem II (Netherlands) before selling him to his current Spanish club.
After a remarkable 2020-2021 season, he was announced on the radar of some of Europe's top clubs. But the young Swede has stalled, urging his fans to "be calm".
"My goal is to finish the season in the best way possible. There's one game left and I've said I feel very good here," he told El Diario Vasco. Nobody knows what will happen in the future. Neither you nor I. (...) I take everything calmly. I have a contract with Real Sociedad and (coming back after the holidays, ed.) is the plan."
This clarification shows that Alexander Isak may be compared to Zlatan, but he still seems to want to keep a cool head.