Sven-Göran Eriksson

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Sven-Göran Eriksson
Sven-Goran Eriksson 2012.jpg
Eriksson pictured in Doha in January 2012.
Personal information
Date of birth (1948-02-05) 5 February 1948 (age 68)
Place of birth Sunne, Sweden
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Shanghai SIPG (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1971 Torsby IF 109 (23)
1971–1972 SK Sifhälla 22 (1)
1972–1973 KB Karlskoga FF 19 (4)
1973–1975 Västra Frölunda IF 50 (5)
Total 200 (33)
Teams managed
1977–1978 Degerfors IF
1979–1982 IFK Göteborg
1982–1984 Benfica
1984–1987 Roma
1987–1989 Fiorentina
1989–1992 Benfica
1992–1997 Sampdoria
1997–2001 Lazio
2001–2006 England
2007–2008 Manchester City
2008–2009 Mexico
2010 Ivory Coast
2010–2011 Leicester City
2013–2014 Guangzhou R&F
2014– Shanghai SIPG

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


Sven-Göran Eriksson (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈsvɛn ˈjœːˈran ˈeːrɪkˈsɔn]; born 5 February 1948) is a Swedish football manager and former player who is now manager of Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG.

Eriksson won 18 major trophies as a manager, with a variety of league clubs in Sweden, Portugal and Italy, between 1979 and 2000, and became the first manager to win league-and-cup doubles in three different countries.[1] He later managed the national teams of England, Mexico and the Ivory Coast, as well as three clubs in England.

Eriksson has worked in nine different countries: Sweden, Portugal, Italy, England, Mexico, Ivory Coast, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and China.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Sunne and raised in Torsby, in Värmland. His father, also named Sven, was a bus conductor, and his mother, Ulla, worked in a textile store.[2] He was nicknamed "Svennis" after his younger brother Lars-Erik's attempt to pronounce his name; Eriksson went on to necome known by this nickname in Sweden.[3][4] He made his debut for Swedish football Division 4 team Torsby IF at the age of 16.[5] He switched clubs to SK Sifhälla after moving to Säffle to study economics.[6] In 1972, he joined Swedish football Division 2 team KB Karlskoga FF, where he also worked as a physical education teacher in Örebro.[7] He was heavily influenced by Karlskoga's player-manager, Tord Grip, who favoured the English style of play that Bob Houghton and Roy Hodgson had brought to the country.[7] Eriksson retired from playing in 1975 at the age of 27 after giving up on his dream of playing professional football; he summed up his brief playing career by saying "I was looked upon as a distinctly average defender, but someone who rarely made mistakes".[8]

Management career[edit]

Degerfors IF[edit]

Having retired as a player, Eriksson received an offer to become Tord Grip's assistant at Degerfors.[7][9] A year later, Grip was appointed assistant manager of the Sweden national team, and Eriksson became Degerfors' manager. His stint as manager lasted from 1 January 1977 to 31 December 1978.[10] He led the team to the playoffs in 1977 and 1978, winning the latter and promotion to Swedish Football Division 2.[7]

IFK Göteborg[edit]

His success with assistant manager Tom Chadney by his side attracted the attention of much larger clubs, and Eriksson was appointed manager of IFK Göteborg on 1 January 1979.[11] The move was such a surprise that many of the players had never even heard of him.[7] They finished second in the Allsvenskan and won the Svenska Cupen for the first time in the club's history, defeating Åtvidabergs FF 6–1 in the final. Although results had improved, the team's style did not make him popular. He put results ahead of flair, emphasised tactical awareness, work-rate and reigned in the team's old cavalier style.[7] As a consequence, the average attendance fell by 3,000 to 13,320.[7] Like Grip, he was influenced by Houghton and Hodgson and played a 4–4–2 with zonal marking and heavy pressing.[7]

Göteborg finished third in the 1980 season and second again in 1981. The following season, they won the treble. The team won the League and subsequent playoff, the Svenska Cupen, defeating Östers IF 3–2 in the final.[citation needed]

Eriksson's international breakthrough came during the spring of 1982, when he led IFK Göteborg to the first ever UEFA Cup for a Swedish club, defeating Valencia in the quarter-finals and 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the semi-finals. Awaiting them in the finals was Hamburger SV. At Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg, Göteborg managed to score a late deciding goal, and took a 1–0 score with them to the away fixture, which they won 3–0, and with it, the 1981–82 UEFA Cup by an aggregate score of 4–0.[12] His club's success sparked interest in his skills from other clubs, leading him to leave IFK Göteborg in August 1982.[11]

Benfica[edit]

Eriksson's European success led to him being recruited by Portuguese club Benfica, which he joined on 1 September 1982.[13] Eriksson's influence was immediate, winning the Primeira Divisão, the Taça de Portugal and finishing runners-up in the 1982–83 UEFA Cup to Anderlecht. After winning a second consecutive league title,[14] Eriksson then moved on to Italy, becoming manager of Roma.[15]

Roma[edit]

Eriksson joined Roma on 1 July 1984.[15] He was not as immediately successful at the Giallorossi as he had been before, but nonetheless still won a Coppa Italia with the club in 1986. Eriksson left the club on 6 May 1987.[15]

Fiorentina and return to Benfica[edit]

Eriksson was manager of Fiorentina from 1 July 1987.[16] Eriksson stint with the club was trophyless, and he moved back to Benfica for a second stint in 1989.[13] Eriksson led the Portuguese side to the final of the 1989–90 European Cup (losing to Milan 1–0) in 1990, and another Primeira Divisão title in 1991. Eriksson left the club in June 1992.[13]

Sampdoria[edit]

In 1992, Eriksson returned to Italy to lead Sampdoria,[17] where he managed to win another Coppa Italia in 1994. Eriksson left in June 1997.[17]

Lazio[edit]

In 1997, Eriksson agreed to leave Sampdoria at the end of the season to manage Blackburn Rovers.[18][19] Later on that year, however, he went back on his word and opted to stay in Italy and become the new manager at Lazio, effective 1 July 1997.[20] Eriksson stated family reasons for wanting to stay in Italy, and Rovers would go on to appoint Roy Hodgson. Eriksson employed fellow Swede Tord Grip as his assistant. Eriksson finally found major success in Italy with Lazio when he won the Coppa Italia and the Italian Supercup in 1998 and 2000, the European Cup Winners' Cup (1999, the very last tournament), and the Serie A title (the Scudetto) in 2000 — only the second time that the Roman club had won the Italian championship in their history.[21]

England national team[edit]

In 2001, Eriksson became the first foreign manager to take charge of the England national team.[22] Throughout his five-year reign, of the 67 matches played, England won 40 games and lost 10. Almost immediately he turned the team's fortunes around and they qualified top of Group 9 in 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying. They qualified ahead of Germany and remained unbeaten after Kevin Keegan's side had lost to the Germans in what was the last ever game at the old Wembley Stadium.[citation needed]

2002 World Cup[edit]

Following the resignation of England manager Kevin Keegan after a home loss to Germany in October 2000, The Football Association (FA) pursued Eriksson as his replacement. Eriksson had initially agreed to take over after the expiration of his contract in summer 2001, but decided to resign his post at Lazio early and he officially began his England duties in January of that year.[23] Eriksson was the first foreign manager to be appointed coach of the England national team.[citation needed]

Eriksson turned around England's bid for qualification for the 2002 World Cup with several crucial wins over lesser opposition before his first real test — England's rematch with Germany in Munich on 1 September 2001. England crushed their long-time rivals 5–1. Despite this, England still needed a late equaliser at home to Greece to qualify automatically. At the finals, England drew with Sweden, defeated their other longtime rivals Argentina 1–0, and drew with Nigeria to qualify in second place from the four-team group. They went on to defeat Denmark 3–0 in the round of 16 before losing 2–1 to ten-man Brazil, who went on to win the tournament.[citation needed]

UEFA Euro 2004[edit]

After winning their first qualifying match in Slovakia, England drew at home with Macedonia and were then booed off by their fans after losing a friendly to Australia. England, however, won their next five qualifiers and, needing a point from the last game to qualify, drew 0–0 in Turkey to top the group.[citation needed]

In their first match in the finals, England were winning 1–0 against France after 90 minutes but lost after Zinedine Zidane scored twice in injury-time. A 3–0 victory over Switzerland and a 4–2 victory over Croatia, however, meant England still qualified for a quarter-final against the hosts Portugal. There, Michael Owen gave England an early lead only for Hélder Postiga to equalize. England then had a Sol Campbell goal disallowed before ultimately losing on penalties.[citation needed]

2006 World Cup[edit]

Regardless of the antipathy to Eriksson expressed by some in the English media, the England team professed total confidence in him, and in July 2004, threatened to strike during a media driven campaign to oust him. The FA renewed and extended Eriksson's contract by two further years to include UEFA Euro 2008. On 7 September 2005, Eriksson's England team lost a World Cup qualifying match against Northern Ireland 1–0, the first time that England had lost to that team since 1972,[citation needed] and one of only five competitive games lost during Eriksson's tenure.

Although it was England's first ever defeat in a World Cup or European Championship qualifying match under Eriksson, it brought his position under pressure and he was criticized, both by some fans and by BBC commentators, for his alleged lack of charisma and tactical awareness. Criticism continued as England scraped a 1–0 victory over Austria in a game which saw David Beckham controversially sent off.

Some of the criticism from within the media was answered however, as England put in a much improved performance, despite the absence of Beckham through suspension and Sol Campbell and Steven Gerrard through injury, in a 2–1 win against Poland.

In January 2006, Eriksson was recorded saying he would be willing to leave England to manage Aston Villa if England won the World Cup, after being duped into believing that a wealthy Arab would buy the club, and wanted him as manager. The wealthy "Arab" was in fact the "Fake Sheikh" Mazher Mahmood, an undercover News of the World reporter. On 23 January, The FA announced that Eriksson would leave his job after the 2006 World Cup, and it was thought that the News of the World allegations played a part in this decision.[24] This was later denied by both parties, with Eriksson explaining that there was a prior arrangement to terminate his contract immediately after the World Cup.

England finished top of Group B at the finals, beating Paraguay and Trinidad and Tobago, before a 2–2 draw with Sweden, although the English press considered their performances far from satisfactory.[25]

In the second round, a David Beckham trademark free kick was enough to see Eriksson's England past Ecuador in a lacklustre 1–0 encounter affected by very high temperatures. Eriksson, however, once again fell to nemesis Luiz Felipe Scolari's Portugal. They defeated England 3–1 on penalties with the score 0–0 after extra time, with Beckham lost to injury and Wayne Rooney sent off for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho. The result was Eriksson's third successive exit in a major tournament quarter-final. In his farewell speech, Eriksson wished England well and singled out Rooney for special praise, advising the press not to blame the youngster's dismissal for England's exit.[citation needed]

Eriksson improved England's FIFA World Rankings place from 17 place in January 2001 to fifth in July 2006, reaching fourth during the 2006 World Cup, and was rated by The FA as England's second-most successful manager after Alf Ramsey. Under Eriksson, England achieved the highest point percentage in major tournament matches of all time for an England manager,[26] losing only three competitive games (excluding extra-time) and achieved top qualifying place in all three International tournaments.

Manchester City[edit]

In July 2007, virtually a year to the day that he left the England job, Eriksson was confirmed as the new manager of Manchester City after signing a three-year contract worth £2 million per year, plus bonuses. He was City's first manager from outside the United Kingdom.[27] Before the season started, he signed striker Rolando Bianchi for £8.8 million, along with midfielders Gélson Fernandes, Geovanni, Martin Petrov and Elano; and defenders Vedran Ćorluka and Javier Garrido.[citation needed]

On 19 August, Manchester City beat reigning Premier League champions Manchester United to go top of the 2007–08 Premier League after three games without conceding a goal. Eriksson received the Premier League's Manager of the Month award for August. The club stayed in the top six throughout the rest of 2007, and were third throughout October and November, but fell to seventh on 12 January 2008 after winning only one of their previous five games.[citation needed]

In Spring 2008, Shinawatra claimed that he would replace Eriksson after only one full season due to an "avalanche of very poor results which is unacceptable at this level". In the last game of the season, Manchester City suffered an 8–1 loss to Middlesbrough, the biggest defeat of Eriksson's career. Many concluded that the team had "gone on strike" as a symbolic protest during the game, although a red card for Richard Dunne after 15 minutes made the game difficult for City.[28]

Manchester City ended in ninth place in the league, one place away from the UEFA Cup 2008–09 qualifying positions. Manchester City subsequently qualified through the extra place awarded to the Premier League for finishing as the highest placed team who had not already qualified for a European competition in the UEFA Fair Play League for 2007–08.[citation needed] Eriksson became the first Manchester City manager since 1969–70 to win both league derby games against Manchester United and also achieved the club's joint highest Premier League point total, 55.[citation needed]

On 2 June 2008, Manchester City confirmed by club statement that they had parted company with Eriksson by "mutual consent", with Eriksson still having two years left on his contract. Following news of his departure, the City supporters' groups organised a petition with around 14,000 signatures which was handed to the club.[29]

Mexico national team[edit]

On 3 June 2008, Eriksson was officially signed to become manager of the Mexico national team.[30] He formally started the role after Mexico's World Cup qualifier against Belize on 21 June.[31]

On 20 August 2008, he debuted as manager of the Mexico national team in a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier versus Honduras. Mexico went on to win 2–1. On the next matches some results were poor, as Mexico tied with Canada and lost to Jamaica and Honduras.[citation needed]

On 11 February 2009, Eriksson was put under further pressure as his side lost 2–0 to the United States. Calls for him to quit or be sacked were heard from the fans while English club Portsmouth were rumoured to be interested in making him their new manager. This link was strengthened by reports of members from the Portsmouth board flying to Mexico City to discuss contract offers with Eriksson and a possible compensation settlement with the Mexican Football Federation.

In early March, Eriksson continued to deny that he would leave Mexico and return to manage Portsmouth, insisting that he would remain and help Mexico qualify for the World Cup.[32] After a 3–1 World Cup qualifying loss at Honduras, Eriksson was removed as national team coach. Eriksson had only won one of his last seven non-friendly games as manager.[33]

Notts County[edit]

On 22 July 2009, Eriksson was appointed as director of football at English League Two team Notts County following that club's takeover by Middle East consortium Munto Finance with Eriksson getting a reported, but unconfirmed, £2 million per year deal. It is believed his contract was based on the future success of the club with a large percentage share holding making up his contract.

Eriksson later said that he was attracted by the consortium's plans to take the world's oldest league club to the top of the Premier League, and believed that they had the finance and commitment to do that. Large-scale investment in new facilities were promised, and Sol Campbell and Kasper Schmeichel joined the club from Premier League teams. Campbell, however, played only one game before departing and Schmeichel was released at the end of the season.[citation needed]

County's large debts, including an unpaid tax bill, emerged in November 2009.[34] On 11 February 2010, Eriksson resigned as director of football following the club's takeover by former Lincoln City chairman Ray Trew.[35] Eriksson waived a multi-million payoff in order to assist the takeover, which chairman Trew described as the act of an "absolute gentleman". Notts County were promoted as League Two champions at the end of the season.[34]

Ivory Coast national team[edit]

On 28 March 2010, Eriksson became the manager of the Ivory Coast national team.[36] Disclosure of the amount of money Eriksson's contract was worth has never been confirmed, but it has been reported that he received £270,000 for accepting the job.

On 15 June, Ivory Coast played a 0–0 draw against Portugal in their opening game in Group G of the 2010 World Cup finals, followed by a 3–1 loss against Brazil on 20 June. Despite defeating North Korea in the final group game 3–0, the Ivory Coast failed to qualify for the knockout stages. Prior to the match against Brazil, Brazilian coach Dunga commented, "With Eriksson, Ivory Coast has great balance. We used to see them play and they didn't have this type of organisation that they have now."[37]

Eriksson while manager of Leicester City

As there were no reported negotiations of an extension to Eriksson's contract between his agent and the Ivorian Football Federation, his contract ended on 25 June.[38]

Leicester City[edit]

Eriksson was appointed manager of Leicester City on 3 October 2010 as the Foxes sat in the relegaton zone of the Championship.[39][40] His first league game in charge resulted in a 1–1 draw against Hull City, managed by Nigel Pearson who had managed Leicester for the previous two seasons. This was quickly followed by Leicester's first victory under Eriksson, beating Leeds United 2–1 at Elland Road.

Boosted by the loan signings of players such as Kyle Naughton and later Yakubu, results steadily improved under Eriksson as Leicester gradually began to climb the table, until a good run of form in the new year saw Leicester win seven of their first eight league games of 2011 and also take Premier League title-challengers and eventual cup-winners Manchester City to a replay in the FA Cup.

On 18 February 2011, after an injury-time winner from Martyn Waghorn at home to Bristol City, Leicester had climbed to seventh in the table and just one point off a play-off place.[41] Leicester's form, however, began to stutter as they won just two out of their following 11 games. The Foxes ended up finishing the season in tenth position.[42]

Eriksson spent big in a bid for promotion in the summer of 2011, including multimillion-pound transfer fees on Matt Mills and Jermaine Beckford.[43][44] making them pre-season promotion favourites.[43][45][46] After 13 league matches, however, Eriksson left the club by mutual consent on 25 October 2011 with the Foxes sitting in the 13th position in the league, two points from a play-off position.[47]

Three players who were signed by Eriksson – Kasper Schmeichel, David Nugent and Paul Konchesky – were part of the Leicester team which won the 2013–14 Championship and survived relegation from the 2014–15 Premier League under Nigel Pearson. Nugent credited Eriksson for his improved form at the club.[48] Of the three, Schmeichel was a key member of the first team that won the 2015–16 Premier League.[49]

East Asia[edit]

In an interview with Yorkshire Radio on 8 February 2012, the chairman of Football League Championship club Leeds United, Ken Bates, revealed that Eriksson had applied for the vacant managerial position at the club after the dismissal of Simon Grayson. Bates went on to state that his application was unsuccessful.[50] On 3 September 2012, Eriksson was unveiled as the technical director of BEC Tero Sasana, a team in the Thai Premier League.[51]

On 17 November 2012, Norwegian media reported that Eriksson was in talks with Vålerenga about the possibility of taking over the soon-to-be-available manager job for the Oslo-based club. A meeting between the two parties was held on 21 November in Oslo but no deal was made. In December, negotiations between Eriksson and the Football Federation of Ukraine, who had offered him the position of head coach of Ukraine national team, did not bear fruit.[52]

On 15 January 2013, it was announced that Eriksson would be joining German 2. Bundesliga side 1860 Munich as assistant to Alexander Schmidt.[53] On 18 January 2013, the club however reported, that Eriksson declined the offer to join 1860.

On 21 January 2013, Eriksson became technical director of Dubai-based club Al Nasr SC in the UAE Arabian Gulf League.[54]

Eriksson in China

On 4 June 2013, Guangzhou R&F of the Chinese Super League announced Eriksson as their new head coach on a 19-month contract lasting until December 2014.[55] He was believed to be paid around £2 million a year for the job.[56]

He came up against former Italy manager Marcello Lippi in the city's derby matches, as the World Cup winner was manager of local rival Guangzhou Evergrande.[57]

Under Eriksson, Guangzhou R&F finished third in the league in 2014 and therefore qualified for the AFC Champions League for the first time.[58]

Personal life[edit]

Eriksson's autobiography, My Story, was published in November 2013.[59] He married Ann-Christine Pettersson in July 1977.[60]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 9 February 2016
Nation Team From To Record
Pld W D L Win%
Sweden Degerfors IF January 1977 December 1978
Sweden IFK Göteborg[61] January 1979 June 1982 100 51 32 17 51.00
Portugal Benfica[62] July 1982 June 1984 60 46 11 3 76.67
Italy Roma[63][64][65] July 1984 May 1987 90 41 26 23 45.56
Italy Fiorentina[66][67] July 1987 June 1989 64 21 20 23 32.81
Portugal Benfica[62] July 1989 June 1992 144 94 32 18 65.28
Italy Sampdoria[68][69][70][71][72] July 1992 June 1997 170 71 52 47 41.76
Italy Lazio[73][74][75] July 1997 January 2001 136 78 32 26 57.35
England England[76] January 2001 July 2006 67 40 17 10 59.70
England Manchester City[77] July 2007 June 2008 45 19 11 15 42.22
Mexico Mexico[78] June 2008 April 2009 13 6 1 6 46.15
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast[79] March 2010 June 2010 5 2 2 1 40.00
England Leicester City October 2010 October 2011 49 22 12 15 44.90
China Guangzhou R&F June 2013 November 2014 48 25 10 13 52.08
China Shangai SIPG November 2014 Present

List of seasons[edit]

Champions Runners-up Third / SF Unfinished
Season Club Nat Domestic Continental Trophies
League Cup LC SC CL CWC UC USC
1979[61] IFK Göteborg Sweden RU W n/a 1
1980[61] IFK Göteborg Sweden 3rd QF n/a QF
1981[61] IFK Göteborg Sweden RU 6R n/a 1R
1982[61] IFK Göteborg Sweden W W n/a W 3
1982–83[62] Benfica Portugal W W n/a RU 2
1983–84[62] Benfica Portugal W 5R n/a RU QF 1
1984–85[63] Roma Italy 7th R16 n/a
1985–86[64] Roma Italy RU W n/a RU 1
1986–87[65] Roma Italy 7th R16 n/a
1987–88[66] Fiorentina Italy 8th R16 n/a
1988–89[67] Fiorentina Italy 7th QF n/a
1989–90[62] Benfica Portugal RU 4R n/a W RU 1
1990–91[62] Benfica Portugal W QF n/a 1R 1
1991–92[62] Benfica Portugal RU SF n/a RU GS
1992–93[68] Sampdoria Italy 7th 2R n/a
1993–94[69] Sampdoria Italy 3rd W n/a 1
1994–95[70] Sampdoria Italy 8th R16 n/a RU SF
1995–96[71] Sampdoria Italy 8th R16 n/a
1996–97[72] Sampdoria Italy 6th R32 n/a
1997–98[73] Lazio Italy 7th W n/a W RU 2
1998–99[80] Lazio Italy RU QF n/a W W 2
1999–2000[74] Lazio Italy W W n/a W QF n/a 3
2000–01[75] Lazio Italy 3rd QF n/a 2R n/a

Managerial honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Degerfors IF[81]
IFK Göteborg[81]
Benfica[81]
Roma[81]
Sampdoria[81]
Lazio[81]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

General
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