Former Celtic man Donnelly, Manchester United, both share class Henrik Larsson throwbacks

By Euan Davidson

June 15, 2021

Sweden were playing yesterday, and if you weren’t already thinking about Henrik Larsson, I bet you are now.

A hero to an entire generation of Celtic supporters, Larsson was a mini-miracle. Perhaps, the last truly World Class player that Scotland has seen, and still beloved internationally. With Sweden playing out a 0-0 draw with Spain in their opening game of Euro 2020 [BBC], there was nostalgia in the air.

And that nostalgia started with a 90s Celtic favourite in his own right. Simon Donnelly – well worth following on Twitter – led the throwback parade. Donnelly shared some highlights of Larsson taking Bulgaria to task at Euro 2004:

Very nice. Very nice indeed. Manchester United got in on the act, too, celebrating a guy who won a Premier League title on his holidays:

Something that isn’t spoken about enough, that. Henrik Larsson had a wee loan spell with Manchester United, and outshone Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. In his mid-30s. Class is permanent, after all.

Henrik Larsson nostalgia is always welcome, especially for a drab Sweden game at the Euros

Being honest, many of us thought Spain v Sweden would be an absolute belter. It was not.

Both sides missed gild-edged chances to seal a win, but no goal was forthcoming. Frustratingly, Larsson’s son Jordan wasn’t able to make an impact off the bench, with Berg and Isak going close more than once for the Swedes. Presumably, with Sweden’s profligacy in the first game, we’ll maybe see Larsson Jr in his first major tournament before too long.

Imagine marking him, man. / (Photo by DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Oddly, with all the Henrik Larsson nostalgia around, it’s hard not to imagine the Magnificent 7 popping up with a goal against last night’s Spain side. It was exactly his kind of game; a stodgy 90 minutes that needed a moment of magic to separate the two teams.

Maybe it’s shallow to think of Henrik Larsson every time Sweden play, but we’re still going to do it. Our best ever foreign player still has global recognition, and quite rightly too.

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