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Sven-Goran Eriksson
Gender Male
Ethnic Swedish
Job Swedish Football Coach
  England manager
  Philippines manager
Desc Sven-Goran Eriksson’s coaching career, which started in 1977 at Degerfors in Sweden has included stints at some of the biggest clubs in European football, including Benfica (twice), Fiorentina, Sampdoria and Lazio, whom he guided to the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1999, before he accepted the lucrative England job in 2001


Org Philippines National Team
  Mexico National Team
  Ivory Coast National Team
  England National Team
Club as Coach Guangzhou R&F
  Al Nasr
  Bec Tero Sasana
  Notts County
  Manchester City


Girlfriend [Nancy Dell’Olio](nancy-dell-olio.html)
  Ulrika Jonsson
  Faria Alam
  Graziella Mancinelli
Ex Nancy Dell’Olio Giancarlo Mazza
Financial Adviser Samir Khan
Manchester City Owner Thaksin Shinawatra
Lazio Assistant Manager Luciano Spinosi
  Athole Still


Nancy Dell’Olio Nancy, who separated from Sven in 2007, has lived in the luxury abode for five years and requested £3million from her former partner in order to move out. Sven initally rejected the demands but has now handed over £2million in order to get the flat back
Samir Khan Samir Khan denies Sven-Goran Eriksson’s claims but was taken to court by Eriksson to compensate him for his £10 million losses and who was last month declared bankrupt
Thaksin Shinawatra Thaksin Shinawatra controversially dismisses Sven-Goran Eriksson as Manchester City manager, much to the anger of many supporters
1998 02 05
I turned 50 and decided to celebrate with a party at a restaurant and nightclub called Bella Blu. Among the 60-odd people I invited were [Nancy Dell’Olio](nancy-dell-olio.html) and Giancarlo.

2004 08 03 Retrieve

[As England National Team Manager Sven-Goran Eriksson responds Paul Scholes who retires from international football] Paul and I have been speaking about this since Euro 2004 and, while he remained a key part of my plans for the England team, I fully respect his decision. Paul is a great player who has given so much to England over the last seven years. He has a very special talent and it has been a privilege working so closely with him. I would like to wish Paul every success in the future with Manchester United. He deserves it

2006 02 28 Retrieve

[Strikers look to book England berth] What Benitez wants to see is Gerrard fit at the end of May and that’s what I want as well. We have to be careful and I have to listen to club managers. Benitez said that because he is worried Steven Gerrard has too many games in one year. That’s my worry as well but I hope he can start and play at least 45 minutes

2006 06 09 Retrieve

[Sven-Goran Eriksson admitted he feels scared every time one of his England players hits the ground and said injuries pose the biggest threat to the country’s 2006 FIFA World Cup] That’s the biggest problem we might have and we can’t do anything about it. Any time I see one of the English players going down, I am scared, almost. It’s very important we have fit players in May, that’s the most important thing

[England take on Uruguay at Anfield on Wednesday in their last friendly until 30 May and Eriksson said the time for experimentation is over] We’ll start with the best possible team, the best XI. Of course, we have to pay attention to some players who played in the (UEFA) Champions League and the week after it will be the Champions League again, so I will have that in my mind

I am going to pick four strikers. Who is going to play with (Wayne) Rooney is not sure yet. Charlton striker Darren Bent appears to be in with a chance after finding his form again following a pre-Christmas dip and Eriksson confirmed he will be in the squad, while injured Real Madrid defender Jonathan Woodgate would have been too

He (Bent) will be picked, that’s for sure. I thought to pick [Woodgate] but he is injured again so that is a pity. I have talked to Sol and we discussed the World Cup. He wants to be there, that’s for sure. Sol is always good to have on your side. He is a rock. I think he will do everything to be ready for the World Cup. It might be his last World Cup, as well

[Although he will not be experimenting any more before the FIFA World Cup, Eriksson insisted the door is open for fringe players to earn a place in his squad] The World Cup squad is announced in May so of course there is time. This is the last game (before the final preparation friendlies) but after that I’ll be going round to see matches as usual. In May we don’t know who will have injuries. The door is open to any English players. I have no idea who will be England manager in August, and I don’t want to know it either. It’s completely up to the FA and the board. I have no idea what I’m going to do in August or who is going to take my job. It’s a big job, a fantastic job with the good team and the squad we have

2010 05
Eriksson’s solicitors obtained a worldwide freezing order in the High Court against Samir Khan and the Swede formally launched legal proceedings against him

2010 11 01 Retrieve

[Former Bayern Munich Goalkeeper Michael Rensing On Trial At Leicester City] He has trained very well and is a great goalkeeper

2010 11 08 Retrieve

[Former Bayern Munich Goalkeeper Michael Rensing Rejects Offer From Sven Goran Eriksson & Leicester City] He has trained very well and is a great goalkeeper

2013 08 23 Retrieve

[Sven-Goran Eriksson on his former financial adviser Samir Khan] He’s probably the only person on earth I hate. Yes, that’s right, £10 million. For most people in the world it’s a huge amount of money and it is even for me. Even if I was paid well with the jobs I had it’s big, big money. I’m not bankrupt. I still have some money. The big problem was the cash when you don’t have a job, which I didn’t for a while

Because Samir [got] me a lot of bank mortgages. I had to pay them. I needed cash. So I’m starting to sell. I have some properties, which I am going to sell. One I have already sold. I am selling important parts of my life. I have another property in Sweden I have to sell. I bought my dream house near where I was born, very close to where I grew up. I would never have [wanted to have] sold that because that’s the house I bought, an old farmhouse, and I restored it. It’s very, very nice but I need to sell it - it’s got mortgages on it

To have it as a proper house, I need people working there always because it’s too big. I can’t afford that any more. It’s not only me [affected financially]. It’s definitely the family, the children

You know I never hate anyone in my life. I don’t think I have many enemies but I hate Samir Khan because you can’t treat people like he has done. He’s probably the only person on earth I hate. I feel let down, angry and disappointed because I trusted this man for many, many years. I gave him too much freedom. I gave him all the authorities he needed to take care of my economy

[When accepting the lucrative England job in 2001] Of course I was not there for the money. Probably I would have got more money if I’d stayed in Italy. It was said that I took England for the money. Absolutely not. I took it because it’s the biggest football job in the world, the finest job you can have. I enjoyed it every day. I don’t regret being in England. I was extremely sad when it was over

[He dwelt on Michael Owen nicking the ball from Brazil’s Lucio and giving England the lead in Shizuoka in 2002] A special moment. I think England fans, who are a huge amount of fans, are now thinking afterwards that it was not that bad at all. The sad thing for me was that we didn’t win a big tournament, and that we didn’t do better, we definitely should have done in 2006. We had a strong team

[Did he keep on working to cover his losses?] That I take the job in China just for money? No, no, no. I was in Dubai as a sports director. I liked the people, the club, everything, but I wanted to be a coach again. China is beautiful. The league is not the Premier League but it is rather good and getting better and better. There are some really good players. I went to see a game yesterday, Guangzhou [Evergrande] against a team from Qatar [Lekhwiya] in the [AFC] Champions League. The Guangzhou team is very, very good. The coach is Lippi. They are the best team in China for the moment. We play them in the league on Sunday

[Eriksson sounded excited by his latest venture but still wistful about a country where he spent almost a decade] I would of course like to come back to England. Of course. I doubt that I would have some offers from England but you never know in football. I am not 50 or 55 any more. I’m a little bit older. Even if my soul is 25

It was good times in England. But I’m not disappointed in life. I’m still a happy man. I’m still working in football. I have two great children, even if they don’t live with me. One is in Africa and one in Italy. They move as much as I do! I’m happy. If you talk about money and Samir Khan, I’m angry, disappointed an frustrated. But you can’t go around in life thinking about that every day. Life goes on

2013 11 03 Retrieve

[Sven Goran Eriksson try to return [Nancy Dell’Olio](nancy-dell-olio.html) to her former husband Giancarlo Mazza] Giancarlo said Nancy was expensive and impossible, but still the best thing that had ever happened to him. I think he was trying to tell me not to take her away from him. I probably should have listened

[When Sven told Lazio assistant manager Luciano Spinosi he was planning to confess to Nancy’s husband about the ­affair, Spinosi warned him not to because] you don’t know Italian men - he could shoot you dead. [Sven ignored the advice and Giancarlo simply thanked him for being honest]

[Sven began to feel cramped because she always had to be the centre of attention and he wasn’t used to this in a woman. Then Giancarlo phoned Sven and they met in a car in Rome where the lawyer asked to be given one more chance with Nancy] I was stunned. I’d practically stolen his wife, yet he was asking for my permission to get her back. There was no reason to hesitate. ‘Absolutely,’ I said

[But Nancy found out and hit the roof. Laid-back Sven says she became too difficult to live with] The minute you woke up in the morning, you had to decide where you were going to eat dinner that night. It was exhausting. I don’t know how many times I told her to go and find another man, preferably someone with a lot of money

[Sven was caught having a fling with his secretary at the Football Association, Faria Alam, 47. Sven said scandals at the FA were ­responsible for him being given the boot and heading back to Sweden] One positive consequence of leaving the England job was that things finally ended with Nancy. In any case, whatever relationship there’d once been had fizzled out

2014 01 Retrieve

[Quotes on Frank Lampard] He is one of the best midfielders in the world right now. I can think of almost no weakness in his game. He has tremendous energy, a complete range of passing, he can tackle and he scores more goals than most strikers. Add to that his fitness and consistency, which have now created new records in England, and you can see how many assets he has as a player

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Sven-Goran Eriksson on Thierry Henry] Henry has so much speed it is frightening. He is incredible. He could sell his pace, he has so much to spare. He also scores goals and, if you give him half a yard he is gone and you are in trouble

2015 11 10 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] A great captain for me and an inspiration to everyone. His right foot was, and still is, outstanding, while his crossing and set-pieces were the best I’ve seen. A great person as well

2015 11 11 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] His work ethic was fantastic. He had fantastic stamina and a great right foot but he was also a super-professional football player, always trying to do his best for the team

2015 12 30 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] He achieves one thing and then, as they say, moves on to the next mountain and the next mountain is higher and that’s what he does. He has built four or five successful teams and that proves how great he is

2016 02 18 Retrieve

[Quote on Paul Gascoigne] I obviously didn’t have Gascoigne at Lazio, but of course I know that he is a great, great player. He has had bad luck and many bad injuries and I think he could have been even better if he didn’t have those injuries

2016 02 19 Retrieve

[on Rio Ferdinand] The modern-day central defender: superb technique and genuine pace

2016 10 28 Retrieve

[Quote on Ruud Gullit] One of the best Dutch players, and there have been so many. Seldom do you see someone with such physical strength as well as technical ability. Ruud was extremely powerful and a goalscorer

2017 09 09 Retrieve

[Sven-Goran Eriksson looks back on his time in charge of the Three Lions] As a team, we did not do badly at all. At that time, no one was happy because England must win the World Cup - but after 2006, what has England been doing? In 2004 and 2006, Tord Grip [his assistant] and I and the coaching staff were looking around and we couldn’t see many teams we thought were better than us, so we thought we had a chance. Personally, I thought 2006 in Germany - we could have won it and maybe we should have. I think we were unlucky with the sending off of Wayne Rooney. We played one hour with ten against 11 - that’s not easy at that level. No, I don’t get fed up of it. But during my time there, when they more or less played together every game, I think we lost one qualifier in 5.5 years. At the big tournaments, we lost twice on penalties and once against Brazil. I think they did well

2018 07 04 Retrieve

[Wayne Rooney took Euro 2004 by storm, scoring four times, only for injury to intervene. Sven-Goran Eriksson nonetheless claimed] I don’t remember anyone making such an impact on a tournament since Pele in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden

2019 01 12 Retrieve

[Sven-Goran Eriksson speaking at the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019] I don’t need to work if I don’t want to do it for money, but I need it for my head to work. I don’t know what it is but going pension, doing nothing which has nothing to do with football, I don’t like that kind of life. I get nervous, restless-I don’t know what to do. And that’s bad. That’s really bad because one day it will finish. I will hate that day. Football is part of my life. Football has become a huge drug in my life, so yeah, [I’m] addicted

2019 10 13 Retrieve

[Sven-Goran Eriksson has admitted he had regular disagreements with Sir Alex Ferguson during his five-year spell as England manager] With Alex, the amazing thing was it was seven o’clock in the morning or earlier, always, when he was angry. And never ‘Hello Sven, how are you?’ It was ‘whuurssshhhh’ [straight into yelling]. He said: ‘I will kill you. You are finished.’ But I represented England and you have to stand up. What’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong and when you say ‘Don’t pick Rooney because I’m going to kill you’ … I said, ‘F*** off, what’s going on with you?’. And he was screaming. Whenever he got like that … it has no meaning. That’s why I was, ‘Alex, I will pick Rooney. Now, have a nice holiday. Ciao, bye’

[Eriksson was reportedly lined up to replace Ferguson early in his England career when the Scot announced his plan to step down as United manager in 2001] That one [the agreement to replace Ferguson] was done. My relationship with Alex was very good, in one way. Privately, we had dinner, we went to events, talked about everything. But when you came to the job, for example friendly games, England, he was absolutely furious.

You remember the Rio Ferdinand case? [The FA suspended Ferdinand for a missed drugs test]. Alex was, ‘If you don’t pick Rio you will never have any Manchester United players again.’ But I have huge respect. Because of what he has done, and because Alex is a nice man. But you know something? I met him three times as a coach and must be the only one in the world, three meetings and three wins. Lazio in the Super Cup and Manchester City twice. First time, in Monaco, ‘Congratulations Sven.’ Second time, ‘Meeeh.’ Third time, Carlos Queiroz appears. ‘Sorry, Alex has a meeting’

2019 10 13b Retrieve

[Sven-Goran Eriksson says he was astounded by the amount of entertainment England players demanded during his time as Three Lions boss] One of the biggest surprises was that English players have to be entertained. Always. Italian footballers can take a coffee and sit for two hours talking, laughing. English players, no. I remember one of the first away games, [David] Beckham came and said, ‘Tomorrow afternoon we have no training. Can we go shopping?’ I said ‘Shopping? Football players - shopping?!’ He said, ‘Yeah, we go to the mall’.

The World Cup in Japan… when I went to see [the hotel] they explained, ‘This is the playing room.’ I said, ‘What do you mean, the playing room? Don’t we play outside?’ They said no. The playing room. And it was amazing what the FA had done. It was like going to Las Vegas. I said, ‘But this is for children.’ They said, ‘But they [the players] are children.’ Incredible

I couldn’t - still can’t - see any team better than England in that World Cup. We were unlucky with Rooney [being sent off against Portugal] but in my time the pressure was too high. The expectation when you went to those tournaments - you win and if you don’t win it’s sh*t. And too much talk about the Golden Generation. They were good but other teams had good players too. That, and penalties, was England’s problem. My biggest regret is not taking a mental coach [to Germany] but I was very confident and convinced [England would win]. I remember Roberto Mancini phoned me, he said, ‘Sven, I’m putting my money on England’ and I told him, ‘You are right’.

2019 11 21 Retrieve

[Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has declared this is the season Liverpool will break their Premier League title drought] It will be their year, for sure. I’m a Liverpool fan. I always have been, all my life. Klopp is doing excellent. They’re playing very good football, there’s a good spirit and they always come back even if they are down. I am quite sure that this is the year that Liverpool will win the Premier League and it’s about time. They played very well last season. Of course, they won the Champions League, but they seem to be even more mature and they believe in what they’re doing. They believe that they are the best, even if they are down they come back and they trust what they are doing

[Eriksson stressing that Pep Guardiola’s side were always going to struggle to triumph for a third straight year] Manchester City has been doing extremely well for many years now, before Pep and with him of course. They can’t win the league every year because the competition gets bigger and bigger. You cannot expect to win every year because you have things in football - you have injuries, you have mental things. It’s good for football - you don’t want to see one team winning every season

2020 04 14 Retrieve

[Liverpool fan Eriksson admits titles not worth lives as Reds wait on resumption of 2019-20 campaign] I’m a Liverpool fan so you want me to say forget the season? Should be very, very hard. I guess that people dealing with these things, trying to do the best they can, it’s football, it’s the fans, but it’s a lot of money if you take the bigger clubs in the Premier League, Champions League and so on and the leagues in all the other countries. What’s going to happen? I don’t know but one thing must be sure, we can’t risk life trying to finish the leagues and Champions League. We can’t do that.

I think some days ago it was the FIFA president at a press conference and he said as long as it’s a risk that one person could die playing football then we shouldn’t do it and I totally agree with that. If we want to start the leagues it must be secure, we can’t risk people getting sick, dying just to play football. Football is important, football is my life, I love it but life is more important than football

I am helping my local club here in Sweden - a third division team, it’s not a professional team. They don’t get any sponsor money, they don’t have any ticket money so the club talked to the players and said, ‘what shall we do?’ and the players said they will take less money because the most important thing is the club in this moment. They did it and I think all football players should do it. If the club doesn’t get money how they can pay money? It’s common sense.

2020 05 15 Retrieve

[Sven-Goran Eriksson has admitted he sometimes thinks he should have rejected the chance to manage England in order to stay at former club Lazio] I am still a Lazio fan. They were the strongest team I have ever coached. It was a real team, perhaps one of the best in the world at the time. We won a lot in three and a half years. Perhaps they could have won more. But it was a wonderful time; the best years of my professional life, without a doubt

Sometimes I thought that maybe it would have been better to stay in Italy, to stay at Lazio. But when an offer like that comes from the English national team, it only comes once in a lifetime. I thought I really couldn’t say no. I would have regretted it for the rest of my life if I hadn’t accepted that invitation. Maybe I was wrong, maybe not. Who knows? What happened, happened

Italian football in the eighties and nineties was the most beautiful league in the world. The hardest, most beautiful of all. Unfortunately, I think the Premier League is the best today. When I first arrived in Italy at Roma (in 1984) I had, at the same time, an offer from Barcelona and I said no because I wanted to come to Italy, where the best football in the world was. All the great players wanted to come to Italy to play

2020 06 11 Retrieve

[Sven-Goran Eriksson wants more black coaches in football’s top jobs] Unfortunately, I have to say there are not so many black managers around the world and if you ask me why, I don’t know, but it’s a fact. You have [Clarence] Seedorf, who has been rather successful here and there, so there are [some]. I think you have a lot of South Americans, but probably it should be more. [Campbell and Cole] are two very clever young men, boys when I had them. Extremely good football players, of course, and the knowledge of football is second to none. They know their football and are good people. When they talk, you listen. So I can’t see any reason why they shouldn’t be good managers as well - coaches, managers, whatever

I think he’s doing very well and already last season we saw what he could do, so I think it was a good choice of Chelsea to take him. I think he will be there for many, many years. He’s doing a great job and he’s coming from a football family. He was born with football - his father, his uncle, the whole family - so I’m not surprised. When I had him with England, you could see that he’s a very clever man, clever football thinking, so it’s not a surprise that he’s become a good manager as well.

2020 06 11b Retrieve

[Sven-Goran Eriksson has urged Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne to stay at Manchester City and resist the temptation of Real Madrid] Well, they will play for Real Madrid if they want to do it, but I would be disappointed. I don’t know - I really hope they stay in England. When you look at it so far, and for many years now, the Premier League is the best league in the world, no doubts about that - most popular, the best league to see. Other leagues are good, but how many people are looking at Spanish football if it’s not Barcelona or Real Madrid, maybe Atletico Madrid? I don’t think many. Bundesliga, it’s a little bit the same if [Borussia] Dortmund’s not playing, if Bayern [Munich] is not playing, are you sitting looking at it? In England it’s different because any team can beat any other team. It’s good football and it’s always a fight, a good fight in England

[Manager Guardiola has a year left on his City contract and has not ruled out signing an extension] Of course it’s important. He’s considered one of the best, if not the best coach in the world. He has been so for a long time. To lose him before the contract finishes would be bad for Manchester City: bad for the fans, bad for the players, bad for the club. Not sending out a good message. I hope they will do everything to try to keep him at least until the contract finishes