Category: Sven-Goran Eriksson


Luiz Felipe Scolari: ‘Everything I did as a manager, I learned as a teacher’

Big Phil chats about his tussles with England, winning the World Cup with Brazil, Ronaldinho’s cross, the 7-1, why it did not work for him at Chelsea and why he loves English fansBy Joshua Law for Yellow & Green FootballAsk any of the footballers w…


Sven-Göran Eriksson: ‘Blackburn let me join Lazio. I thank them every day’

Lazio are in a title race for the first time in years. When they last won Serie A 20 years ago, Sven-Göran Eriksson was in chargeBy The Coaches’ Voice for the Guardian Sport NetworkSerie A was the best league in the world when Roma offered me the job o…


Sven-Göran Eriksson: ‘I should have taken a mental coach to the 2006 World Cup’

The former England and current Philippines coach discusses a recent stint in Sweden’s fifth division, missing out at Manchester City, and his one regret in footballSven-Göran Eriksson doesn’t really do regrets. The Swede has had an extraordinary career…


France under Deschamps look a lot like England under Eriksson

Wins over Australia and Peru have taken France into the last-16 of the World Cup but their star players are yet to clickBy Adam White Get French Football NewsIf you happened to flick through the first 14 pages of L’Équipe on Thursday morning you would …


There was a former coach called Sven … Eriksson sacked in China via poem

• Former England manager loses job at Chinese club Shenzhen
• Club dedicate poem to new coach to signal Eriksson’s departure

The Chinese second division club Shenzhen published a poem on their website to welcome the return of Wang Baoshan as head coach, a move that signalled the end of Sven-Goran Eriksson’s tenure.

Eriksson, a former England, Manchester City and Lazio manager, was charged with getting the club into the Chinese Super League when he took over from the former Dutch international Clarence Seedorf last December.

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Wayne Rooney the fall guy but England flatlining not his fault | Barney Ronay

The most remarkable thing about the England captain beyond his goalscoring records is that no English footballer has ever been so widely discussed

Don’t kill Wayne Rooney. You need Wayne Rooney. These were the last and also the most interesting words spoken by Sven-Goran Eriksson during his time as England manager, a period of almost-success that came flooding back this week with the news the Fake Sheikh Mazher Mahmood has been convicted of perverting the course of justice.

Mahmood was the sting artist who plied Sven with £900 champagne on a hired yacht in 2006 to get him to say he wouldn’t mind managing Aston Villa and maybe David Beckham could be persuaded to come too. Yeah. I could do that. Beckham. Cheers. Later, after some more £900 champagne, Eriksson also confirmed he once threw a kettle over a pub, that his thumbs look really weird – don’t they look weird? – that he really loves this song and this is undoubtedly the best night of his life ever.

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Germany 1-5 England: 15 years on World Cup qualifier is still music to ears of many

On 1 September 2001 England secured an extraordinary win in Munich. A song about Sven-Goran Eriksson captured the moment – but some of his victorious squad did not realise the game’s impact at the time

Martin Bell remembers the evening of 1 September 2001 better than most. He and his musical partner, Johnny Spurling, had written a song about the newish England manager, Sven-Goran Eriksson, which had received some airplay on TalkSport before the pair went abroad in late August. “We went to Spain to do some gigs and when we got back, suddenly everyone’s on the phone,” Bell says. “It never stopped ringing. We did some interviews on the Friday, then the match was on the Saturday. It was all geared up: if we beat Germany the Sven song was going to go through the roof.”

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From Venables to Hodgson: the press box view of England’s tournament flops

The decline in the national team’s fortunes in the Premier League era has been a story of dashed optimism, penalty shootout heartache and abject failure

What was said before England’s opening match, v Switzerland

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Dilly-ding, dilly-dong: How Leicester City’s five-year fairytale unfolded

Retracing the journey that turned Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Championship strugglers into Claudio Ranieri’s Premier League title contenders – the stars, the storms and #Ostrichgate

The mood is mixed. Leicester finish 10th in the Championship with a chaotic but upbeat 4-2 home win over Ipswich. Sven-Goran Eriksson – hired expensively in October by the club’s Thai-based 80% owners to clean up after Paulo Sousa’s nine-game reign – reflects on his lot. “At one stage this season I could have bet we would finish in the play-offs. But we conceded too many goals all season, and today was typical. We must alter our approach.”

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China could win World Cup within 10 years, says Sven-Goran Eriksson

Ex-England manager says huge investment starting to pay off as Xi Jinping vows to turn China into footballing superpower China could lift the World Cup within a decade, former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has claimed, as President Xi Jinping pus…


Five former England managers back Greg Dyke’s homegrown plan

• Taylor, Hoddle, Keegan, Eriksson and McClaren write letter to FA
• Dyke has proposed increasing number of homegrown players
• Dyke’s homegrown plan faces opposition from Premier League clubs

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has been handed the backing of five former England managers as he bids to push through radical changes.

Dyke wants to increase the minimum number of homegrown players in club squads from eight to 12, however he is facing opposition from the Premier League.

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How Sven-Göran Eriksson’s Lazio won the great Serie A title race of 1999-2000

Lazio had not been league champions since 1974 but a team containing Diego Simeone, Roberto Mancini, Fabrizio Ravanelli, Attilio Lombardo and Juan Sebastián Verón ensured that they won the Serie A title in their centenary year

By Blair Newman for These Football Times, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Sven-Göran Eriksson scratched his forehead in the sultry Roman air. Stepping out from the shadows of his bench he was a man engulfed in sapping heat and uncertainty as his Lazio side awaited two starkly contrasting fates. One was a scudetto; their first since 1974, to seal a treble. The alternative was only winning the Supercoppa and the European Cup-Winners’ Cup. Two pieces of silverware should be a success for any season but the way in which they would have missed out on the league title would scarcely be worth thinking about.

It was the last day of the 1998-99 season and Lazio had narrowly defeated Parma at the Stadio Olimpico thanks to a Marcelo Salas double. Despite the victory, the title was out of their hands as Milan led Perugia with minutes to spare. All they could do was wait.

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When Middlesbrough left Manchester City on dark side of the blue moon

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The chant was inspired by Pink Floyd. “We don’t need no Phil Scolari, we don’t need no Mourinho; hey Thaksin, leave our Sven alone,” chorused the Manchester City supporters to the tune of Another Brick in the Wall.

Beneath a bright Teesside sun the Riverside Stadium’s away end were urging Thaksin Shinawatra, City’s Thai owner, not to sack Sven-Goran Eriksson.

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Sven-Goran Eriksson takes charge at Shanghai East Asia

• Swede signs a two-year contract to manage Chinese club
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Roy Hodgson would be sacked by England if he were foreign Eriksson

Eriksson says expectations are too low When we reached the quarter-final it wasnt good enoughSven-Goran Eriksson believes Roy Hodgson would have been sacked by the FA by now if he was foreign. Talking to Telegraph Sport, the former England manager said…


Sven-Goran Eriksson says England have no chance of winning World Cup

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Sven’s own-goal: Norwegian edition of book includes naked-on-sofa incident

• Sven-Goran Eriksson found naked on sofa with married woman
• Chapter taken out of all editions – apart from Norwegian one

The release of Sven-Goran Eriksson’s autobiography did not quite reach the hysterical levels of the book published by the man he nearly succeeded as Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, but in some ways it is a better read.

The former England manager’s book is full of revelations, such as the claim that he signed a contract with Manchester United to become their new manager back in 2002, as well as details of his relationship with Nancy Dell’Olio.

One incident, however, that was not included in the English, Swedish, Italian, Finnish and Danish versions – but did make it into the Norwegian one – was the night when he was found naked on the sofa with a married woman.

Norwegian readers are told about a night out with a former IFK Gothenburg player, Glenn Schiller, which ended, for Eriksson, in an apartment with one of Schiller’s female friends. Well, it did not quite end there, as it turned out.

“We soon found ourselves naked on the sofa,” Eriksson explains in the Norwegian version. “She had not said anything about being married but suddenly the door opened and there was a big man: ‘Who the hell are you?’ he said. I said: ‘I think it is probably best if I leave,’ and he replied: ‘I think it probably is.'”

Eriksson was forced to leave the flat without jacket, wallet, mobile phone or shoes. Luckily, he found a pair of basketball shoes, size 46, in the stairwell. “I normally, like Maradona, wear shoes the size of 39 but what choice did I have? I had to borrow them,” Eriksson writes. “What would have happened if a photographer had seen me, walking around in just a shirt with basketball shoes seven sizes too big? That would probably have created a few headlines.”

As it happened, Eriksson did not bump into any photographers. He did, however, turn up at the wrong hotel, where he was let in by the hotel staff as they recognised him. “I later met Glenn [Schiller] again,” he said. “He knew the woman and made sure I got my jacket and wallet back. I think he returned the basketball shoes as well.”

Eriksson, who was at a press conference in Stockholm on Wednesday to promote the book, refused to comment on the episode but a spokesman for his publisher, Norstedts, told Swedish paper Aftonbladet: “We were editing the book all summer. We took bits out and put bits in. The Norwegians have not taken this out. They’ve simply messed up and are very sorry for this.” © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds


Sven-Göran Eriksson: five surprises from his autobiography

In his new memoir, Eriksson claims he was going to manage Manchester United after Alex Ferguson’s retirement. What other revelations are contained within Sven: My Story?

The first extracts have begun to appear from Sven: My Story, the memoir of the former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson. Few men have lived their lives so publicly in the past decade, yet he has managed to hold back some surprises …

Nancy, Ulrika and Faria were the tip of the iceberg

We remember Eriksson for his longterm (and longsuffering) girlfriend Nancy Dell’Olio, and of course for his well-publicised affairs with Ulrika Jonsson and Faria Alam, a secretary at the Football Association. Yet the full extent of Sven’s intimate entanglements is almost too much even for him to keep track of. “In January 2006,” he says, “I’d started seeing Roxy, a singer and former gymnast from Romania. There was also a Swedish woman who worked for Scandinavian Airlines. By [July 2007], I was involved with a really nice Swedish woman called Malin who worked at the Grand hotel in Stockholm.” In three extracts, he mentions nine specific lovers, all after his divorce from his wife Anki. He even rented villas and apartments specifically for trysts. “It happened that I met other women, too,” he recalls drily from time to time.

But Nancy was no picnic

According to Eriksson, Dell’Olio had very expensive tastes, endlessly demanding luxury holidays and fresh bursts of redecoration. “The minute you woke up in the morning, you had to decide where you were going to eat dinner that night. It was exhausting,” he says. “I don’t know how many times I told her to go and find another man, preferably someone with a lot of money.” At the end, he says she overstayed her allotted time in his London apartment by four years, and then left with all his utensils.

He practises free love

Or at least covertly free. Before encouraging Nancy to find a rich boyfriend, he had been happy to make a deal allowing her husband to take her to the US for a week to try to win her back. For a while in early 2004, he also seems to have shared Faria Alam with the then chief executive of the FA, Mark Palios. Certainly many of his girlfriends shared him. Nor is he a snob about who he sees, it must be said. His current partner, Yaniseth, is a Panamanian nightclub dancer who accosted him on the street in Mexico.

Faria Alam sounds like his favourite ex

Eriksson is often quite happy with flings. “I know that I did not envision any longterm future for us,” he says, for instance, about his time with Jonsson. Yet when he and Alam had to stop seeing each other following the public disclosure of their affair and her sale (which didn’t bother him) of articles that “contained quite graphic descriptions of our love-making”, he was sad to let her go. “I think love had even blossomed,” he says, “at least from my end.”

Most of the money’s gone

Not because Nancy spent it, but because, Eriksson claims, he allowed his finances to be managed by an adviser called Samir Khan. According to the book, Eriksson gave Khan almost complete control over his investments and allegedly wound up losing at least £10m. Now he says he has to sell his house in Sweden. The Daily Mail points out that he is currently earning £2m a year in China, which may help. © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds


Eriksson ‘signed deal’ at Old Trafford

• Swede said he was set to land Manchester United job in 2002
• Sir Alex Ferguson clashed with manager over Wayne Rooney

Sven-Goran Eriksson has claimed in his new autobiography that he signed a contract to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United in 2002 – and that he clashed with the Scot over Wayne Rooney’s inclusion in his 2006 World Cup squad.

Ferguson led United for 26 years before retiring this summer and being replaced by David Moyes. He previously announced his intention to stand down in 2002 and although Ferguson later reversed that decision, Eriksson claims he was approached to replace the Scot and accepted a deal.

In an extract from the book, reproduced in the Mail on Sunday, Eriksson wrote: “I knew it would be tricky. I had a contract with England until the 2006 World Cup and I would be severely criticised if I broke that contract.

“But this was an opportunity to manage Manchester United. A contract was signed – I was United’s new manager.”

The 2006 tournament itself gave rise to further issues as Eriksson selected Rooney, who had been battling a broken metatarsal in the weeks leading up to the squad announcement.

Ferguson, Eriksson claims, had said Rooney would not be available, giving rise to a difference of opinions between medical staff with club and country, with the England doctor Leif Sward ultimately winning out.

Eriksson wrote: “Leif and I met Ferguson and United’s doctor at the United training ground. ‘He cannot play in the World Cup,’ Ferguson said flatly. The doctor brought out some X-rays that he said showed Rooney’s broken bone would not heal in time.

“When the doctor finished, Leif looked him in the eye. ‘Why do you sit here and lie to me?’ Leif asked.

“He was one of Europe’s foremost specialists on this kind of injury. I just wish I could have filmed Ferguson’s face when Leif explained that Wayne’s break would heal in time for the World Cup. When Leif had finished, I turned to Ferguson. ‘Sorry, Alex,’ I said. ‘I will pick Rooney’.”

Rooney went to the tournament but did not score a single goal and was sent off for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho in England’s quarter-final against Portugal, which they lost on penalties. © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds