Since 2016 is starting very soon, I thought I’d compile a list of all the presidents’ birthdays so everyone knows when they are and won’t miss them this year. I put them in order of when their birthdays fall in the year and not in the order of their presidencies
He came, he saw, he contributed - Zlatan has helped tee up Man Utd for future success
“I came like a king, left like a legend,” said Zlatan Ibrahimovic when parting ways with Paris Saint-Germain last summer. He leaves Manchester United with his status as one of the great figures of the modern era bolstered, but his career record at Old Trafford is destined to carry an asterisk forever more.
United confirmed on Friday through the publication of their official player retention list that Ibrahimovic has not been offered an extension to his initial one-year contract. The decision comes after the Swede sustained a knee ligament injury in April which is likely to delay any potential comeback until the start of 2018.
Handing a lucrative new 12-month deal to a striker who turns 36 in October and cannot play for the first half of the contract was never really an option for United. Bringing him in in the first place was a calculated gamble at a time when they needed short-term results to get them back to the top table. But in 2017-18, with a Champions League campaign to negotiate and a Premier League assault to mount, Ibrahimovic would have been a passenger.
It is better that it ends this way. Zlatan came in and made a significant mark, converting former critics into begrudging fans with 28 goals in 46 appearances in a 2016-17 season which seemed destined to end with a fairytale finale in the Europa League showpiece in Stockholm until he was struck down in the last eight against Anderlecht.
As had happened at Inter, Milan and PSG, Zlatan quickly became United’s talisman. The winner in the Community Shield on his full debut set a pace he would maintain for most of his spell. He netted twice on his return to Wembley in February’s EFL Cup final and his best scoring run before Christmas sparked United’s best form of the campaign.
This was not the flat-track bully many had him down as. Instead it was the big man standing up to the big occasion that United had lacked in recent years.
But, just as the club’s season was littered with question marks, so was Ibra’s suitability to United in the longer term. When he wasn’t finding the net there were regular questions as to whether he was actually helping or hindering Jose Mourinho’s quest to rebuild United as a force. His conservation of energy for short, sharp, telling spells in games didn’t seem to fit with the team’s desire for quality possession.
Perhaps it was the right club at the wrong time for Ibra. Had he come into the kind of setup Sir Alex Ferguson oversaw until 2013, he would have found an outfit ready to win. Maybe if he had a year or two more on his side, he would have gone on to be an unqualified success with Mourinho. The 2016-17 assignment just didn’t quite fit in comparison, and just as United’s treble success came with an asterisk without a Premier League or Champions League into the bargain so too does Ibra’s record at Old Trafford.
His age dictated that he was one bad injury from the end of the journey and it just so happened that he suffered exactly that. Zlatan will now be remembered fondly by all United fans, but with a nagging feeling of a job not quite done.
It is nobody’s fault really that the relationship has come to an end without a bigger triumph, but if United do go on to better things then Zlatan undoubtedly deserves his slice of the credit. He hasn’t won 33 career titles by accident, and his winning aura was what attracted Mourinho to him in the first place.
He came, he saw, he contributed. Ibrahimovic won over plenty of English critics, but was never likely to conquer the Premier League all by himself.
26 Italie: Santa Maria Island ~ The Monastery of Santa Maria dell'Isola was built on a rocky cliff near the beach in Tropea, Italy.
France 27: The Gardens of Marqueyssac ~ Marqueyssac gardens - Belvedere of the Dordogne are in the town of Vézac in a historic park of 22 hectares.
28. Philippinnes : Labassin Waterfall Restaurant ~ This restaurant in the Philippines offers its guests to eat their feet in the water. An artificial waterfall was built for the occasion.
29 Iran: The Mosquée Nasir-ol-Molk ~ The mosque Nasir-ol -Molk is a Shiite mosque in the province of Fars in Iran. It was built from 1876 to 1888 and is full of colors.
30 Russia: Pillars Nature Park in Lena ~ These natural stone columns measure several tens of meters high and are formed by a process of erosion.
31. Thaïlande : Le Temple Blanc Wat Rong Khun ~ Wat Rong Khun is a place of worship entirely white south of Chiang Rai in Thailand.
32. Singapour : Le Parc Gardens by the Bay ~ Green space with remarkable biodiversity, built for more than 625 million. This giant park measures 101 hectares and includes three gardens.
33 United States: Kansas City Library ~ A novel architecture for the library of Kansas City, which offers a facade shaped ledgers stored.
34 Ukraine and Russia: Mount Ai-Petri ~ Ai-Petri is a mountain 1,230 meters high located in the region of Yalta in the Crimea.
35 Egypt: The Library of Alexandria ~ The Library of Alexandria was built in 1995 and cost $ 220 million. It was inaugurated in October 2002.
36 France: Le Moulin de l'Abbaye ~ Le Moulin de l'Abbaye is a luxury hotel located in Brantôme-en-Perigord in the Dordogne. It is a luxury of the Perigord.
37 Pérou: Oasis of Huacachina ~ Huacachina is a village in the Ica Region, in southwestern Peru has an oasis. In 1999, only 115 people lived there.
38 Mexico: The Marieta Islands ~ The Marieta Islands are an uninhabited archipelago off the coast of Nayarit, Mexico. It is an old military became protected national park area.
39 Sri Lanka: The lion rock Sigiriya ~ Sigiriya (Lion’s Rock) is a major archaeological site, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
40 Portugal: Le Fort of São João Baptista ~ The Fort of São João Baptista is a seventeenth century fort located on the island of Berlengas in front of the port city of Peniche in central Portugal.
41 Canada: Montreal Botanical Garden ~ The Montreal Botanical Garden is located in Montreal, Quebec and is one of the largest botanical gardens in the world. It was created in June 1931.
42 Thailand: Phraya Nakhon Cave ~ A Buddhist temple built in the middle of the cave Phraya Nakhon Thailand is illuminated by the light of heaven.
Australie-Occidentale 43: Le lac rose of Middle Island ~ The Hillier lake on the island of Middle Island has a water pink, the cause remains unexplained. It was discovered in 1802 by a British explorer.
44 South Korea: Jeju-do Island ~ Jeju-do is a province and a sub-tropical island of South Korea oval.
France 45: The Ark Breakthrough Chartreuse ~ Discovered only in 2005, the double arch of the Breakthrough Tour is located in the Alps.
46 Turkmenistan: The Gates of Hell ~ The gate of hell (Door to Hell) is a hotbed of natural gas burning continuously since it was lit by Soviet scientists in 1971.
47 China: The sunken city of Shi Cheng ~ Qiandao Lake is based in the city of Shi Cheng, about 1300 years old, it is immersed for 53 years in the deep waters.
48. Maroc: Le Souk de Fes ~ In the souk of Fez in Morocco is one of the oldest tanneries in the world.
49 U.S.: The Fly Geyser ~ Fly Geyser is a small geyser in Washoe County, Nevada, which gives the impression of a brown ooze greenish color.
50 Belize: Le Grand Bleu Hole ~ The Great Blue Hole is an underwater cenote off the coast of Belize. It is almost circular with a diameter of 300m and 120m deep.
51 Brazil: Mount Roraima ~ The mountain also serves as the triple border point of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana.