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Name 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

Affiliation

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
  Leicester
  Notts County
  Manchester City
  Lazio

Relationship

Girlfriend Nancy Dell’Olio
  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

Notes

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 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 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