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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


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
  Ulrika Jonsson
  Faria Alam
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

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

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

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

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

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

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