Zlatan wins 12th Golden Ball in Sweden, Eriksson wins women’s prize

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic won Swedish football’s Golden Ball for a record-extending 12th time and Chelsea’s Magdalena Eriksson received her first Diamond Ball as the country crowned its best players of the year in on online awards ceremony on Monday.

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Serie A – Napoli v AC Milan

Sweden’s record scorer with 62 goals in 116 internationals, the 39-year-old Ibrahimovic has been in superb form for AC Milan, leading the jury to award him his first Golden Ball since 2016, the year he retired from the national team.

“With a unique character, he has extended a unique career with yet another sensational chapter,” the jury said explaining its decision to present the striker with the award, which no other player has won more than twice.

“A huge thank you – I believe everything is possible if you just believe in it and you invest a lot of time and hard work,” Ibrahimovic said in a video interview, adding that he hoped to see fans back at games soon.

Defender Eriksson, 27, captained Chelsea to their Women’s Super League triumph in an English season shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Sweden international, who has played 60 times for her country, echoed Ibra’s sentiments about hard work.

“I maybe wasn’t the greatest talent in my career, but I’ve worked unbelievably hard to get to where I am today. I love football, I love to train and that’s why I got here,” she said in her acceptance speech.

(Reporting by Philip O’Connor; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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Erin & Ben Napier Share Wedding Video to Celebrate 12th Anniversary: ‘Got a Little Teary’

a group of people posing for a photo: The Home Town stars have been together for over 16 years, and share daughter Helen, 2

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The Home Town stars have been together for over 16 years, and share daughter Helen, 2

Ben and Erin Napier are celebrating their 12th anniversary by sharing some behind-the-scenes footage of their big day — including their entire wedding video!

The stars of HGTV’s Home Town both shared posts on Instagram on Sunday to commemorate the anniversary of their I do’s, which took place on November 22, 2008, at the University of Mississippi’s Paris Yates Chapel, each sharing a sweet message to the other in their captions. 

“Found our old wedding video and got a little teary. 12 years ago today,” Erin, 35, wrote alongside a four-minute video, which she shared via IGTV. “Still so thankful to be your wife, @scotsman.co,” she continued, tagging Ben, 37.  

The video, set to the songs “Lloyd, I’m Ready to Be Heartbroken” by Camera Obscura and “By Your Side” by Blue Mountain, gives fans a peek at all the wedding festivities, from taking photos with family and friends, to their kiss at the altar, to driving off on their honeymoon.

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The footage also offers a glimpse of Erin’s two bridal looks: a lace gown with a netted veil for the ceremony, and a frilly-sleeved cocktail dress for the reception! 

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Ben chose to share two sweet photos from their wedding day: one of him and Erin walking back down the aisle as newlyweds, and one of them sharing a smooch on the dance floor.

“12 years ago. We said I do. We’ve said it everyday since, and will say it everyday going forward,” he wrote in the caption. “Being @erinapier’s husband is the only thing I’m really great at. I have to work at everything else.”

The pair have been together for over 16 years, after meeting while attending Jones County Junior College in Mississippi.

“He was like a celebrity crush to me,” Erin told PEOPLE in an April 2020 cover story , admitting that she admired her husband-to-be from afar. “He was the president of every club and very popular but not exclusive. I would see someone eating alone in the cafeteria, and there was Ben, pulling up a chair beside them.”

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The secret attraction was mutual. “I remember seeing Erin the first week of school,” Ben said. “She was walking across the student union, and she had a pixie haircut. I didn’t know what a pixie cut was at the time, but I knew I liked it.”

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Still, they didn’t hit it off right away. During a chance meeting at McDonald’s, “I was so nervous talking to him I crashed and burned,” Erin said with a laugh.

“We had about three more encounters like that,” she

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12th Anniversary Gift: Twelve Years Of Love Sincere

Finding the perfect wedding anniversary presents will serve as an emblem for your enduring love for the many years to come and the 12th wedding anniversary is a perfect opportunity to give your spouse that unforgettable gift.

Linen or Silk is the traditional gift symbolizing with the 12th wedding anniversary. Colored gems or pearls are the modern alternative; the flower symbol is Peony, the color is Oyster White and the gemstones are either Jade or Opal.

12th Wedding Anniversary Presents for Men

Silk symbolizes elegance. Giving the man of your life a silk tie for a 12th anniversary gift will definitely add elegance and style in his attire when going to work. You may also consider presenting him a silk zip jacket that will make him flash that sporty look.

Jade has been known for since the early times to signify endurance, well-being, prosperity and longevity. It is also symbol of the unwavering love between the couple.

There are many wedding anniversary presents you can give your husband when Jade comes to mind.

A sculpture made of jade for your spouse is a good idea. The sculpture does not have to be large or something expensive to be appreciated. A simple pendant made of your spouse’s animal birth symbol would be a magnificent and cherished gift.

To really symbolize the Jade traditional gemstone gift, a jade plant would be unique. Jade is a well-liked household plant that can be easily grown and cared for by beginners. It is also believed to attract good luck when placed in the yard.

12th Anniversary Presents for Women

Silk pajamas are definitely very comfortable to wear. Giving your wife silk pajamas will absolutely make her sleep tight. You can also give her silk scarf. Silk scarf can be worn in different occasions and no woman can resist the smooth feel and elegant look of silk scarves.

Jade is the most obvious choice for this occasion. You can have it in rings, bracelets, or earrings. Just make sure to wrap it in a jade-colored box for a unique touch.

Peony Gift Idea

The Peony flower is known for its fragrance; easy to care for; it is also known for its versatility because it can adapt to all kinds of weather. Peony has been one of the favorites of plant lovers for decades.

Because the flower comes in a vastness of colors, peony garden thoughts are bountiful. Peonies are ideal as landscape borders and shrubs, or in creating a dramatic flower garden. Peonies are ideal for lining pavements, driveways or for just simply to make a mesmerizing feel for the yard.

You can make a fashion in your own dazzling landscape decorated with peonies. Just imagine how it would be so nice to walk around together in your own peony garden.

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