Lars Lagerbäck

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Lars Lagerbäck
Lars Lagerbäck in Jan 2014.jpg
Lars Lagerbäck (2014)
Personal information
Full name Lars Edvin Lagerbäck
Date of birth (1948-07-16) 16 July 1948 (age 66)
Place of birth Katrineholm, Sweden
Club information
Current team
Iceland (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1969 Alby FF
1970–1974 Gimonäs CK
Teams managed
1977–1982 Kilafors IF
1983–1985 Arbrå BK
1987–1989 Hudiksvalls ABK
1990–1995 Sweden U21
1996–1997 Sweden B
1998–1999 Sweden (assistant)
2000–2009 Sweden
2010 Nigeria
2011– Iceland
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Lars Edvin "Lasse" Lagerbäck (pronounced [ˈlɑːʂ ˈɭɑːgərˈbɛk];[1] born 16 July 1948 in Katrineholm, Sweden) is a Swedish football manager and former player, currently managing Iceland.

He is best known as the former manager of the Sweden National Team. He managed the Swedish National Team from 1998 until 2009 leading Sweden in five consecutive championships. He resigned as manager in 2009 after Sweden's failure to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.


As youth, Lagerbäck played for Alby FF. When he was 13 years-old, he began playing for their P16 team. In 1970, he left and moved to Gimonäs CK under the guidance of Calle Lindelöf.[2] He continued to play there until 1974.[3] In 1974, he attended Gymnastik- och Idrottshögskolan (GIH), where he was a classmate of current assistant coach Roland Andersson.

Managing career[edit]


In 1977, he was called up to the senior team. It was former teammate Kjell Pettersson that recommended him to Kilafors. He coached the Division IV team until 1982. In 1983, he moved to Arbrå IK until 1985. In 1987, he takes over Hudiksvall ABK but leaves by 1989.[4]


In 1990, Lagerbäck took a job with the Swedish Football Association. He began as a coach for the junior levels which included Fredrik Ljungberg. He helped Tommy Svensson and Tord Grip with the Swedish National Team.[3]

In 1996, Lagerbäck took over the Sweden B national team, until 1997. In 1998, Tommy Söderberg chose him to be the assistant coach for the Swedish National Team. In 2000, he was promoted to dual-coach, a responsibility he shared with Söderberg until 2004.[5] Under his guidance, the Swedish National Team qualified for the Euro 2000 but was eliminated in the group stages.

In 2002, he led Sweden to the World Cup where Sweden were drawn in the 'group of death', together with England, Argentina and Nigeria. Sweden surprisingly won the group but subsequently lost against Senegal in the first knockout round. In 2004, Sweden qualified for their third straight championship. In the Euro 2004, Sweden made it to the quarter-finals where they lost to Holland.[6] That same year, Tommy Söderberg left the Swedish National Team to coach the U21 Team.

After the departure of Söderberg, Lagerbäck appointed Roland Andersson as assistant coach. In 2006, Lagerback took Sweden to their fourth consecutive championship, the first time in Swedish history. He led Sweden to the 2006 World Cup, losing against Germany 2–0 in the knockout stage.[4] Under Lagerbäck, Sweden also qualified for UEFA Euro 2008, however they were eliminated in the group stage after losing 2-0 against Russia. The team's early dismissal from the tournament led sport columnists to ask Lagerbäck to be sacked.[7] Despite this, he signed an extension, which kept him until the end of the 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign. After Sweden's unsuccessful qualification campaign, Lagerbäck resigned.[8]


On 26 February 2010, Lagerbäck signed a 5 month (renewable) contract that would see him lead Nigeria in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.[9] The nomination resulted in allegation that him and his agent, Greg Keenan from Aspire Management, bribed the Nigerian officials. Other candidates for the job confirmed that Nigerian officials asked for bribes during the nomination process. Despite Nigeria's poor performance in the World Cup, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) offered Lagerbäck a contract extension for another two years. He was expected to inform NFF about his decision by July, 2010. Lagerbäck declined the offer. Around this time, Lagerbäck was a candidate for the position of manager of the Welsh national team.[10]


On 4 October 2011, KSÍ's chief executive Geir Þorsteinsson reported that talks had begun over the appointment of Lagerbäck as the new manager of the Icelandic national team. The appointment was then confirmed ten days later.[11] Under Lagerbäck, Iceland qualified for the play-off stage of the qualification tournament for the 2014 World Cup, but Croatia were the victors over two legs.[12] Shortly thereafter Lagerbäck signed a new contract, this time as joint manager with his former Iceland assistant Heimir Hallgrímsson, who will then be the sole manager following Euro 2016, with Lagerbäck retiring.[12][13]

Managerial statistics[edit]

Sweden Sweden

Role From To Record
G W D L Win % Unbeaten %
Joint Manager 2000 2004 59 26 23 10 44.07 83.05
Sole Manager 2004 2009 72 31 17 24 43.06 66.67
Overall 2000 2009 131 57 40 34 43.51 75.05

Nigeria Nigeria

Role From To Record
G W D L Win % Unbeaten %
Manager 2010 2010 7 2 3 2 28.57 71.43

Iceland Iceland

Role From To Record
G W D L Win % Unbeaten %
Sole Manager 2011 2013 20 8 3 9 40.00 55.00
Joint Manager 2013 - 11 5 2 4 45.45 63.63
Overall 2011 - 31 13 5 13 41.94 58.06


  1. ^ Pronounced in isolation: [ˈlɑːʂ ˈlɑːgərˈbɛk]
  2. ^ "Guide to Sweden". Sky Sports. 
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^ "Lagerback: I love my job". FIFA. 3 July 2007. Retrieved 20 April 2009. 
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  7. ^ "Krönikörer kräver Lagerbäcks avgång". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). 19 July 2008. Retrieved 20 April 2009. 
  8. ^ "Eriksson in line for Sweden post". Simon Austin. 19 October 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  9. ^ "Nigeria appoint Lars Lagerback as coach for World Cup". BBC Sport. 2010-02-27. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
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  11. ^ "Lagerback tekur við landsliðinu (Staðfest)" (in Icelandic). Fó 2011-10-14. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  12. ^ a b "Lagerbäck og Heimir áfram með landsliðið" (in Icelandic). 2013-11-25. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  13. ^ "Lagerbäck: Vil ljúka ferlinum á stórmóti" (in Icelandic). 2013-11-25. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 

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