Friday, August 31, 2007

Sven-Göran Eriksson

Football manager of Manchester City after agreeing a 3-year-deal with the club.[1] He is set to earn £2million per year plus bonuses.[2] Eriksson is so far the only manager who has won the Double (League and Cup in the same season), in three different countries, having won it in Sweden, Portugal and Italy.

Eriksson stepped down from his previous position as the English national football team manager following England's exit from the 2006 World Cup; there was, however, considerable speculation that he was forced out by the English football authorities due to his tenure being punctuated by well-documented tabloid reports of his private life.
Playing Career
Born in Torsby, in Värmland, Eriksson had an unremarkable playing career playing as a right-back in the lower divisions of Swedish football. The highest level he played at was Division 2 with KB Karlskoga, where he met Tord Grip, before being forced to retire prematurely due to a knee injury in 1975.

Early Management Career
After retirement, Eriksson received an offer to become Grip's assistant at Degerfors IF.[5] A year later, Grip was appointed assistant manager of the Swedish national team, and Eriksson became Degerfors manager, winning promotion to Division 2 in 1978.

His success with vice manager Tom Chadney by his side attracted the attention of much larger clubs, and Eriksson joined IFK Göteborg in 1979. He won the Swedish Cup in his first season, and a "treble" of League, Cup and UEFA Cup (Göteborg beating Hamburger SV 4-0) in 1982.
Eriksson's European success led to him being head-hunted by Portuguese club SL Benfica, and he had a similarly quick impact there, Benfica winning the Portuguese Championship, the Portuguese Cup and finishing runners-up in the UEFA Cup. After a second Championship the following year, Eriksson moved on to Italy, becoming boss of AS Roma. He was not as immediately successful at Roma as he had been before, but he still won a Coppa Italia in 1986.

After a trophyless two years at Fiorentina, Eriksson moved back to Benfica for a second stint in 1989, where he led the team to the final of the European Cup (losing to AC Milan 1-0) in 1990, and another League title in 1991. In 1992 Eriksson returned to Italy to try his luck again, with Sampdoria, but he only managed another Coppa Italia in 1994.
Italian League Title and Other Honours
England Manager
Return to Club Management
Club Managerial Honours
Managerial Stats

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