Sven-Göran Eriksson
SVEN-GORAN
ERIKSSON

Sven-Göran Eriksson was confirmed as the new manager of Guangzhou R&F on June 4, 2013.

Eriksson was born in Torsby in Sweden, Sven retired as a player early at the age of 27. He took over as coach of Swedish Third Division side Degerfors soon after finishing with them as a player, guiding them to promotion to Division One within three years. Then, in 1979, he answered a call from IFK Gothenburg where he stayed for another three years winning the Swedish league title once and the domestic cup twice.

Having left his homeland to manage Portuguese giants Benfica in 1982, Eriksson showed his pedigree by taking a league and cup double just a year later, narrowly missing out on an unlikely treble as his team were beaten in the UEFA Cup final by Anderlecht.

Another Portuguese championship followed before he moved, in 1984, to Italy's Serie A to manage AS Roma. His second season at the helm in Rome brought success in the Coppa Italia but in 1987 the Swede switched to Fiorentina where he spent two years before returning to Portugal, again with Benfica.

A third Portuguese title in 1991 was some consolation for losing in the European Cup final the previous year and in 1992, Eriksson again left Portugal for Italy, this time headed for Sampdoria. Another Italian cup win followed before he became manager of Lazio in 1997.

Back in Rome once more, Sven won a domestic cup double in 1998 and the European Cup Winners Cup in 1999, also beating Manchester United to claim UEFA's Supercup thereafter. He masterminded Lazio's first Serie A title win for 26 years in 2000 as part of a league and cup double before leaving the club for England.

Eriksson's first game in charge saw England record an impressive 3-0 win over Spain in a friendly at Villa Park as he looked forward to guiding the team through the remaining World Cup qualifiers.

The Swede also accepted the invitation to become President of the League Managers Association in March 2001, again taking over from his England predecessor Kevin Keegan.

Victories over Finland, Albania and Greece in the qualifiers and Mexico in another friendly were followed by Sven's first defeat as England boss, at the hands of the Dutch.

However, the result did not deter Eriksson and he was proud to lead England to an historic 5-1 triumph over Germany in Munich to give his team every chance of qualifying for the 2002 World Cup finals as group 9 leaders and avoiding the play-offs.

They did so - just - thanks to a last-minute free-kick from captain David Beckham, the outstanding performer against Greece at Old Trafford. The Manchester United favourite scored a trademark curler to level the scores at 2-2 as news of Germany's 0-0 draw with Finland filtered through, ensuring England's passage to Japan and South Korea.

Sven took England to the World Cup with a realistic ambition of winning the tournament, despite the fact that they were drawn in a group with Sweden, Argentina and Nigeria.

A 1-1 draw with the Swedes, followed by a satisfying 1-0 win Argentina - who knocked England out of the 1986 and 1998 tournaments - and a goalless draw with Nigeria, saw England qualify for the last 16, where they played Denmark.

An impressive 3-0 win over the Danes saw England through to a mouthwatering quarter-final meeting with Brazil, with the whole nation believing Sven's boys could defeat the samba stars, who had been the tournament's top-scorers to that point.

Michael Owen put England ahead, but two goals - one either side of half-time - gave Brazil the lead and they held on to go through to the semi-finals leaving England and Sven to look ahead to Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup.

England booked their tickets to Portugal with a hard-earned 0-0 draw in Turkey in October 2003, to top the group. Unfortunately, the tournament (won by Greece) was not to be his crowning glory and England were knocked out on penalties in the quarter finals.

Sven again led England to qualification of the 2006 World Cup and he guided England to the quarter finals where the side would again, miss out to Portugal on penalties.

As England manager, Eriksson achieved come notable feats which included improving England's FIFA World ranking from 17th (Jan 2001) to 5th (July 2006).  Sven also lost only 3 full-time competitive games in charge and he achieved top position in all three International tournaments qualifying stages during his five and a half years as England manager.

Eriksson was then appointed manager of Manchester City in July 2007. At Man City, he became the first manager since 1969-70 to win both league derby games against Manchester United. Sven left role in June 2008.

After managing Manchester City, Eriksson took charge of the Mexican National Team from June 2008 to April 2009.

He was recently Director of Football at Notts County after being appointed on July 22, 2009. He remained with The Magpies until February 11, 2010 before he was confirmed as the new manager of the Ivory Coast prior to the FIFA 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa.

He then parted company with Côte d'Ivoire on June 25, 2010 following their elimination from the tournament, before his appointment at the Walkers Stadium.

Having taken charge of the Foxes during 2010/11 campaign, with the club bottom of the npower Championship, Eriksson would enjoy immediate success in the role as he transformed his side's fortunes and Leicester went onto compete for a play-off place. He remained with the club until October 2011.

Sven later had spells in Thailand and Dubai before joining Chinese side Guangzhou R&F.

Honours (18)
  • personal-awards
    • Manchester City:
      • Manager of the Month, Premier League, (2007-08-01)
    • England:
      • BBC Sports Personality of Year [Coach Award], (2000-12-15)
  • domestic-trophies
    • SS Lazio:
      • Italian Coppa Italia Winners, (2000-05-18)
      • Italian Coppa Italia Winners, (1998-04-29)
    • Sampdoria:
      • Italian Coppa Italia Winners, (1994-04-20)
    • AS Roma:
      • Italian Coppa Italia Winners, (1986-06-14)
    • IFK Gothenburg:
      • Svenska Cupen Winners (Sweden), (1979-05-17)
  • european-trophies
    • SS Lazio:
      • Italian Super Cup Winners, (1999-08-24)
      • European Cup Winners Cup Winners, (1999-05-19)
      • UEFA Super Cup Winners, (1998-04-29)
      • Italian Super Cup Winners, (1997-08-24)
    • Benfica:
      • Cup of Portugal Winners, (1983-05-30)
    • IFK Gothenburg:
      • UEFA Cup Winners, (1982-05-19)
  • league-titles
    • SS Lazio:
      • Italian Serie A Champions, (1999-01-01)
    • Benfica:
      • Portuguese Liga Champions, (1991-05-26)
      • Portuguese Liga Champions, (1984-05-30)
      • Portuguese Liga Champions, (1983-05-30)
    • IFK Gothenburg:
      • Allsvenskan League Champions (Sweden), (1982-10-31)
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