Emil Forsberg is delivering on expectation for RB Leipzig and will hope to do the same for Sweden at Euro 2016. - © © gettyimages / Boris Streubel/Bongarts
Emil Forsberg is delivering on expectation for RB Leipzig and will hope to do the same for Sweden at Euro 2016. - © © gettyimages / Boris Streubel/Bongarts

Emil Forsberg, Sweden's new star name

'Forsberg' is a name that evokes happy memories of sporting glory in Sweden. Peter Forsberg, affectionately nicknamed 'Foppa', is the Scandinavian country's ice hockey equivalent of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, an NHL legend who helped bring world championship and Olympic gold to his nation.

Born just a slapshot away from his illustrious namesake in the northern city of Sundsvall, Emil Forsberg will be all too aware of the weighty legacy his surname carries in the nation's collective sporting memory. The RB Leipzig forward's stage of choice on which to perform is grass, not ice, but 'mini-Foppa' has his compatriots hoping the pair share more than a name ahead of UEFA EURO 2016.

There is good reason to be optimistic they do.

"In Emil Forsberg, we have brought in a young attacking player who is good in front of goal," Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick had said upon snapping up the left-sided forward from Malmö FF in January 2015.

Forsberg has not let his boss down. Only Davie Selke's ten goals were a superior tally to Forsberg's eight last season while he also contributed six assists to Leipzig's successful promotion push and a first-ever Bundesliga berth.

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