Malmo FF’s website couldn’t handle all traffic after the Champions League draw had them up against Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s PSG and crashed following the draw on Thursday.
Ibrahimovic, 33, is the pride and joy of Swedish soccer and his hometown Malmo. He grew up in Rosengard, just outside the city and got his breakthrough with the reigning Swedish champions before leaving for Ajax in 2001.
Zlatan coming back to Malmo and playing them in the Champions League will be one of the biggest games in Swedish soccer in recent history, and Malmo will sell this game out in record time. People were trying to get on the website for more info, causing it to crash.
“There was a lot of pressure on it [the website] just after the draw was made,” Malmo’s head of communications Peter Ahlander told Reuters by telephone, adding that the club were delighted with the draw, according to The Guardian.
Malmo has said that they could easily sell over 60,000 for each home game, but their stadium only holds around 20,500 people on European nights. The club has said that season-ticket holders and members will get first option on the tickets along with UEFA’s cut. Beside the big game against Ibrahimovic and PSG, the team will also welcome Spanish giant Real Madrid with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale along with Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk.
Malmo is making their second straight appearance in the Champions League group stage, something that hasn’t been done by a Swedish side since IFK Gothenburg back in the 1990s.
Malmo hosts Real Madrid on Sept. 30, Shakhtar on Oct. 21 and PSG on Nov. 15.