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Sven-Göran Eriksson "'If we don't get results, they will try to hang me. But if I was an Englishman, they would also try to hang me.'"

67 matches in charge

P 67 W 40 D 17 L 10 F 128: A 61
72% successful
FIFA Rankings: from 17th to 5th

20
01-06

discipline: 73 3
players managed:
72

Profile

Full name Sven-Göran Eriksson
Born 5 February 1948, Sunne, Värmland, Sweden, raised in Torsby.
Height/Weight -

Playing Career

Club(s) Right-back, begining his senior career with Torsby IF, playing 109 league appearances, scoring 23 times. Joined SK Sifhälla in 1971 for a season, playing 22 times.  Eriksson then played for KB Karlskoga in 1972, playing nineteen times, scoring three goals. He then joined Västra Frölunda IF, played another fifty league matches, scoring another five goals. He retired in 1975, aged 27, with a knee injury.
Club honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Management Career




Club honours
After retiring from playing, he became Tord Grip's assistant at 1976-77 Degerfors IF in 1976, before becoming the team's manager a season later after Grip went on to become the Swedish national team assistant manager. His success drew the attention of IFK Göteborg, where he joined in 1979.  His European success caught the attention of SL Benfica, where he joined in 1982 and onto AS Roma in 1984, and onto Fiorentina AC. Eriksson returned to SL Benfica in 1989-90 to 1991-92, SL Benfica, Portugal. He returned to Italy in 1992 and Sampdoria UC and despite promising to join Blackburn Rovers FC in 1997, he instead joined SS Lazio.

Division 3 Västra Svealand winners 1977-78; Svenska Cupen winners 1978-79, 1981-82; Allsvenkan Champions 1981-82; UEFA Cup winners 1981-82, runners-up 1982-83, 1997-98; Primeira Liga Champions 1982-83, 1983-84, 1990-91; Taça de Portugal winners 1982-83; Coppa Italia winners 1985-86, 1993-94, 1997-98, 1999-2000; Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira Champions 1989; European Cup runners up 1989-90; Supercoppa Italiana winners 1998, 2000; European Cup Winners Cup winners 1998-99; UEFA Super Cup winners 1999; Serie A Champions 1999-2000;

Individual honours None
Distinctions None

England Career

England tenure Appointed national team coach 31 October 2000 effective 1 July 2001, but took charge on 12 January 2001 after resigning three days earlier as coach of SS Lazio in Italy.  Announced his intention to step down as coach on 23 January 2006, taking effect from 31 July 2006.
Other applicants The job was turned down by Roy Hodgson, as he had already committed to FC København of Denmark. Adam Crozier, the FA's Chief Executive, revealed that Hodgson was one of three candidates to replace Keegan, the other two were Arsenal FC's Arsene Wenger and Eriksson.
First match No. 776, 28 February 2001, England 3 Spain 0, friendly match at Villa Park in Birmingham, aged 53 years 23 days.
Last match No. 842, 1 July 2006, England 0 Portugal 0, World Cup Finals quarter-final match at Veltins Arena, Erle, Gelsinkirchen, Germany, aged 58 years 146 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 2002, 2006; European Championship Finals 2004;
Team honours None.
Individual honours Swedish Prince's Plaque for outstanding sporting achievement 4 April 2001, Sweden's Football Personality of the Year award 5 November 2001; Sports Coach UK (formerly the National Coaching Foundation) Coach of the Year award (shared) 6 December 2001; BBC Coach of the Year award 9 December 2001.
Distinctions England's first foreign-born coach/manager; had most successful England coaching start with five successive wins.
Backroom Staff Eriksson chose fellow-Swede Tord Grip to be his assistant. Over the five years in charge, Steve McClaren and Brian Kidd were his main coaches. Sammy Lee was also appointed as a coach. Ray Clemence was the goalkeeping coach. Gary Lewin his physiotherapist.

Beyond England

Management Career

Club(s) Returned to coaching in July 2007 with Manchester City FC. His helm was held for one season and he left City 'by mutual consent' on 2 June 2008. A day later, he was installed as manager of the Mexican national team. He was sacked on 2 April 2009 after thirteen matches in charge, winning and losing six matches each.  Eriksson was installed as Notts County FC's Director of Football on 22 July 2009, but false promises and mounting debts meant Eriksson would resign on 11 February 2010.  He was back with the Côte d'Ivoire national team on 25 March 2010, and despite turning around the country's fortunes, Eriksson was never offered another contract and left on 25 June.  He returned to England and Championship team Leicester City FC on 3 October 2010, but despite turning City into favourites, Eriksson left on 24 October 2011 with City laying in mid-table.  Eriksson applied for the vacant managerial spot at Leeds United AFC in February 2012. He became technical director of United Arab Emirates club Al Nasr, until on 4 June 2013, when he was appointed manager of Chinese club Guangzhou R&F on an 18-month contract. On 18 November 2014, Eriksson signed a lucrative contract with Shanghai East Asia FC.
Club honours None
Individual honours Premier League manager of the month August 2007;

 

Sven-Göran Eriksson - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 30 20 6 4 68 25 +43 2 13 2.267 0.833 76.7 +16
Away 21 11 6 4 32 21 +11 4 5 1.524 1.00 66.7 +7
Neutral 16 9 5 2 28 15 +13 2 8 1.75 0.938 71.9 +7
All 67 40 17 10 128 61 +67 8 26 1.91 0.91 72.3 +30

 

Sven-Göran Eriksson - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

16 13 2 1 33 10 +23 1 8 2.063 0.625 87.5 +12
WCF 10 5 4 1 12 5 +7 2 7 1.20 0.50 70.0 +4
World Cup 26 18 6 2 45 15 +30 3 15 1.731 0.577 80.8 +16

ECP

8 6 2 0 14 5 +9 1 3 1.75 0.625 87.5 +6
ECF 4 2 1 1 10 6 +4 1 1 2.50 1.50 62.5 +1
European Championship 12 8 3 1 24 11 +13 1 5 2.00 0.917 79.2 +7
Minor Tournament/Cup 2 1 1 0 7 2 +5 0 0 3.50 1.00 75.0 +1
Friendly 27 13 7 7 52 33 +19 4 6 1.926 1.222 61.1 +6
All 67 40 17 10 128 61 +67 8 26 1.91 0.91 72.3 +30

 

Sven-Göran Eriksson - Match Record - Tournament Matches
World Cup Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP 2000-02 6 5 1 0 16 5 +11 0 2 2.667 0.833 91.7 +5
WCP 2004-06 10 8 1 1 17 5 +12 1 6 1.70 0.50 85.0 +7
WCP All 16 13 2 1 33 10 +23 1 8 2.063 0.625 87.5 +12
World Cup Final Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 2002 5 2 2 1 6 3 +3 1 3 1.20 0.60 60.0 +1
WCF 2006 5 3 2 0 6 2 +4 1 4 1.20 0.40 80.0 +3
WCF All 10 5 4 1 12 5 +7 2 7 1.20 0.50 70.0 +4
World Cup
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 2000-02 6 5 1 0 16 5 +11 0 2 2.667 0.833 91.7 +5
WC 2004-06 10 8 1 1 17 5 +12 1 6 1.70 0.50 85.0 +7
WC All 26 18 6 2 45 15 +30 3 15 1.731 0.577 80.8 +16
European Championship Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
ECP 2002-04 8 6 2 0 14 5 +9 1 3 1.75 0.625 87.5 +6
ECP All 8 6 2 0 14 5 +9 1 3 1.75 0.625 87.5 +6
European Championship Final Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
ECF 2004 4 2 1 1 10 6 +4 1 1 2.50 1.50 62.5 +1
ECF All 4 2 1 1 10 6 +4 1 1 2.50 1.50 62.5 +1
European Championship
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
EC 2002-04 12 8 3 1 24 11 +13 2 4 2.00 0.917 79.2 +7
EC All 12 8 3 1 24 11 +13 2 4 2.00 0.917 79.2 +7
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 26 18 6 2 45 15 +30 3 15 1.731 0.577 80.8 +16
EC 12 8 3 1 24 11 +13 2 4 2.00 0.917 79.2 +7
All 38 26 9 3 69 26 +43 5 19 1.816 0.684 80.3 +23

 

Matches in which Sven-Göran Eriksson was in charge of England
Took charge on 12 January 2001
Friendly
1 776 28 February 2001 - England 3 Spain 0 [1-0]
Villa Park, Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham
(41,129)
Barmby, Heskey, Ehiogu HW
World Cup Preliminaries
2 777 24 March 2001 - England 2 Finland 1 [1-1]
Anfield Road, Liverpool
(44,262)
Owen, Beckham
Riihilahti (G.Neville OG)
HW
3 778 28 March 2001 - Albania 1 England 3 [0-0]
Stadiumi Kombetar, Tiranë (18,000)
Rraklli
Owen, Scholes,
Andrew Cole.
AW
Friendly
4 779 25 May 2001 - England 4 Mexico 0 [3-0]
Pride Park Stadium, Derby
(33,597)
Scholes, Fowler, Beckham, Sheringham HW
World Cup Preliminary
5 780 6 June 2001 - Greece 0 England 2 [0-0]
Olympiakó Stádio Spiros Louis, Athína (29,000 to 46,000)
Scholes, Beckham AW
Season 2001-02
Friendly
6 781 15 August 2001 - England 0 Netherlands 2 [0-2]
White Hart Lane, Tottenham, London
(35,238)
van Bommel, van Nistelrooij HL
World Cup Preliminaries
7 782 1 September 2001 - Germany 1 England 5 [1-2]
Olympiastadion, München (63,000)
Jancker
Owen (3), Gerrard, Heskey
AW
8 783 5 September 2001 - England 2 Albania 0 [1-0]
St. James' Park, Gallowgate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
(51,046)
Owen, Fowler HW
9 784 6 October 2001 - England 2 Greece 2 [0-1]
Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester
(66,090)
Sheringham, Beckham
Charisteas, Nikolaidis
HD
Friendlies
10 785 10 November 2001 - England 1 Sweden 1 [1-1]
Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester
(64,413)
Beckham (pen)
Mild
HD
11 786 13 February 2002 - Netherlands 1 England 1 [1-0]
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
(42,000/48,500)
Kluivert
Vassell
AD
12 787 27 March 2002 - England 1 Italy 2 [0-0]
Elland Road, Leeds
(36,635)
Fowler
Montella (2 (1 pen))
HL
13 788 17 April 2002 - England 4 Paraguay 0 [1-0]
Anfield Road, Liverpool
(42,713)
Owen, Murphy (Gamarra OG), Vassell (Gavilán OG), Ayala OG HW
14 789 21 May 2002 - Korea Republic 1 England 1 [0-1]
Jeju World Cup Stadium, Seogwipo-si
(39,876)
Ji-Sung
Owen
AD
15 790 26 May 2002 - England 2 Cameroon 2 [1-1]
Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium, Kobe City, Japan (36,424)
Vassell, Fowler
Eto'o, Geremi
ND
World Cup Finals in Japan & Korea
16 791 2 June 2002 - England 1 Sweden 1 [1-0]
Saitama Sutajiamu Niimarumarunii, Saitama-shi (62,561)
Campbell
Alexandersson
ND
17 792 7 June 2002 - Argentina 0 England 1 [0-1]
Sapporo Dōmu, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo-shi (35,927)
Beckham (pen) NW
18 793 12 June 2002 - Nigeria 0 England 0 [0-0]
Ōsaka-shi Nagai Rikujō Kyōgijō, Ōsaka-shi (44,864)
  ND
19 794 15 June 2002 - Denmark 0 England 3 [0-3]
Niigata Sutajiamu, Niigata-shi (40,582)
Sørenson OG (R.Ferdinand), Owen, Heskey NW
20 795 21 June 2002 - England 1 Brazil 2 [1-1]
Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukuroi city (47,436)
Owen
Rivaldo, Ronaldinho
NL
Ronaldinho
Season 2002-03
Friendly
21 796 7 September 2002 - England 1 Portugal 1 [1-0]
Villa Park, Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham (40,058)
Smith
Costinha
HD
European Championship Preliminaries
22 797 12 October 2002 - Slovakia 1 England 2 [1-0]
Š
tadión Tehelné pole, Bratislava (27,000/30,000)
Németh
Beckham, Owen
AW
23 798 16 October 2002 - England 2 Macedonia FYR 2 [2-2]
The Friends Provident St Mary's Stadium, Southampton (32,095)
Beckham, Gerrard
Sakiri, Trajanov
HD
Smith
Friendly
24 799 12 February 2003 - England 1 Australia 3 [0-2]
Boleyn Ground, Upton Park, London (34,590)
Jeffers
Popovic, Kewell, Emerton
HL
European Championship Preliminaries
25 800 29 March 2003 - Liechtenstein 0 England 2 [0-1]
Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz (3,548)
Owen, Beckham AW
26 801 2 April 2003 - England 2 Turkey 0 [0-0]
Stadium of  Light, Sunderland (47,667)
Vassell, Beckham (pen) HW
Friendlies
27 802 22 May 2003 - South Africa 1 England 2 [1-1]
Amalgamated Banks of South Africa Stadium, Durban (48,000)
McCarthy (pen)
Southgate, Heskey
AW
28 803 3 June 2003 - England 2 Serbia & Montenegro 1 [1-1]
Walkers Stadium, Filbert Way, Leicester (30,900)
Gerrard, J.Cole
Jestrović
HW
European Championship Preliminary
29 804 11 June 2003 - England 2 Slovakia 1 [0-1]
The Riverside Stadium, Middlehaven, Middlesbrough (35,000)
Owen (2 (1 pen))
Janocko
HW
Season 2003-04
Friendly  
30 805 20 August 2003 - England 3 Croatia 1 [1-0]
Portman Road, Ipswich (28,700)
Beckham (pen), Owen, Lampard
Mornar
HW
European Championship Preliminaries
31 806 6 September 2003 - Macedonia FYR 1 England 2 [1-0]
Gradski Stadion, Karpoš, Skopje (20,500)
Hristov
Rooney, Beckham (pen)
AW
32 807 10 September 2003 - England 2 Liechtenstein 0 [0-0]
Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester (64,931)
Owen, Rooney HW
33 808 11 October 2003 - Turkey 0 England 0 [0-0]
Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadyumu, İstanbul (42,000)
AD
Friendlies
34 809 16 November 2003 - England 2 Denmark 3 [2-2]
Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester (64,159)
Rooney, J.Cole
Jørgensen (2 (1 pen), Tomasson
HL
35 810 18 February 2004 - Portugal 1 England 1 [0-0]
Estádio Algarve, Caliços, Almancil (27,000)
Pauleta
Miguel OG
AD
36 811 31 March 2004 - Sweden 1 England 0 [0-0]
Nya Ullevi Stadion, Heden, Göteborg (40,484)
Ibrahimović AL
FA Summer Tournament
37 812 1 June 2004 - England 1 Japan 1 [1-0]
City of Manchester Stadium, Eastlands, Manchester (38,581)
Owen
Ono
HD
38 813 5 June 2004 - England 6 Iceland 1 [3-1]
City of Manchester Stadium, Eastlands, Manchester (43,500)
Lampard, Rooney (2), Vassell (2), Bridge
Helguson
HW
European Championship Finals in Portugal
39 814 13 June 2004 - France 2 England 1 [0-1]
Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisboa (62,487/64,000)
Lampard
Zidane (2 (1 pen))
NL
40 815 17 June 2004 - England 3 Switzerland 0 [1-0]
Estádio Municipal de Coimbra, Fonteda Cheira, Coimbra (28,214/30.000)
Rooney (2), Gerrard NW
Haas
41 816 21 June 2004 - Croatia 2 England 4 [1-2]
Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisboa (57,047/63,000)
N Kovač, Tudor
Scholes, Rooney (2), Lampard
NW
42 817 24 June 2004 - Portugal 2 England 2 [0-1]
Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisboa (62,564/65,000)
Postiga, Rui Costa
Owen, Lampard
ND
Season 2004-05
Friendly
43 818 18 August 2004 - England 3 Ukraine 0 [1-0]
St James' Park, Gallowgate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (35,387)
Beckham, Owen, Wright-Phillips HW
World Cup Preliminaries
44 819 4 September 2004 - Austria 2 England 2 [0-1]
Ernst Happel Stadion, Leopoidstod, Wien (48,500)
Kollmann, Ivanschitz
Lampard, Gerrard
AD
45 820 8 September 2004 - Poland 1 England 2 [0-1]
Stadion Slski, Katowicka, Chorzów (38,000)
Żurawski
Defoe,
Głowacki OG
AW
46 821 9 October 2004 - England 2 Wales 0 [1-0]
Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester (65,224)
Lampard, Beckham HW
47 822 13 October 2004 - Azerbaijan 0 England 1 [0-1]
Tofiq Behramov adι╬╣na Respublika Stadionu, Narimanov, Baku (15,000)
Owen AW

Friendlies

48 823 17 November 2004 - Spain 1 England 0 [1-0]
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Chamartín, Madrid (48,000)
Del Horno AL
49 824 9 February 2005 - England 0 Netherlands 0 [0-0]
Villa Park, Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham (40,705)
  HD
World Cup Preliminaries
50 825 26 March 2005 - England 4 Northern Ireland 0 [0-0]
Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester (65,239)
J.Cole, Owen, Baird OG, Lampard HW
51 826 30 March 2005 - England 2 Azerbaijan 0 [0-0]
St James' Park, Gallowgate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (49,046)
Gerrard, Beckham HW

Tour of USA

52 827 28 May 2005 - USA 1 England 2 [0-2]
Soldier Field, Near South Side, Chicago, Illinois (42,637/47,637)
Dempsey
Richardson (2)
AW
53 828 31 May 2005 - Colombia 2 England 3 [1-2]
Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA (50,807)
Yepes, Ramirez
Owen (3)
NW
Season 2005-06
Friendly
54 829 17 August 2005 - Denmark 4 England 1 [0-0]
Parken Stadion, Indre Østerbro, København (41,438)
Rommedahl, Tomasson, Gravgaard, Larsen
Rooney
AL
World Cup Preliminaries  
55 830 3 September 2005 - Wales 0 England 1 [0-0]
Millennium Stadium, Westgate Street, Cardiff (70,715)
J.Cole AW
56 831 7 September 2005 - Northern Ireland 1 England 0 [0-0]
Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast (14,069)
Healy AL
57 832 8 October 2005 - England 1 Austria 0 [1-0]
Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester (64,822)
Lampard (pen) HW

Beckham

58 833 12 October 2005 - England 2 Poland 1 [1-1]
Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester (65,467)
Owen, Lampard
Frankowski
HW
Friendlies  
59 834 12 November 2005 - Argentina 2 England 3 [1-1]
Stade de Genève, Genève, Switzerland
(29,000)
Crespo, Samuel
Rooney, Owen (2)
NW
Resignation announced on  23 January 2006
60 835 1 March 2006 - England 2 Uruguay 1 [0-1]
Anfield Road, Liverpool (40,013)
Crouch, J.Cole
Pouso
HW
61 836 30 May 2006 - England 3 Hungary 1 [0-0]
Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester (56,323)
Gerrard, Terry, Crouch
Dárdai
HW
62 837 3 June 2006 - England 6 Jamaica 0 [4-0]
Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester (70,373)
Lampard, Taylor OG, Crouch (3), Owen HW
World Cup Finals in Germany
63 838 10 June 2006 - England 1 Paraguay 0 [1-0]
Commerzbank-Arena, Sachsenhausen, Frankfurt am Main, Hessen (48,000)
Gamarra OG NW
64 839 15 June 2006 - England 2 Trinidad & Tobago 0 [0-0]
easyCredit-Stadion, Beauthener Straße, Nürnberg, Bayern (41,000)
Crouch, Gerrard NW
65 840 20 June 2006 - Sweden 2 England 2 [0-1]
Rhein-Energie-Stadion, Junkersdorf, Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen (45,000)
Allbäck, Larsson
J.Cole, Gerrard
ND
66 841 25 June 2006 - England 1 Ecuador 0 [0-0]
Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Wasen, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg (52,000)
Beckham NW
67 842 1 July 2006 - England 0 Portugal 0 [0-0]
AET [0-0] & Penalties [1-3]
Veltins Arena, Erle, Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen (52,000)
  ND

Rooney

Resignation took effect on  31 July 2006

Notes

Eriksson's intelligence and thoroughness, as impressive as his team's performance, initially had even the tabloid press gushing praise.  As he approached his second year in the job, however, there was grumbling that he does not meet with the media often enough and that he imparts little information even when he does.  Following tabloid disclosure of his alleged affair with a television personality, his private life became front-page news, and there were reports that he might leave if the media continued to delve into personal matters.  

England's quarterfinal elimination from World Cup 2002 prompted the first significant criticisms of Eriksson's performance as coach.  Unfavourable reviews were in the minority, however, and England's sixth-place World Cup showing meant his job was secure.  The only question was whether Eriksson himself wanted to stay on.  He said he intended to honour his contract, which does not run out until after the next World Cup in 2006.  

Much more heated and widespread criticism followed England's disappointing home 2-2 draw against FYR Macedonia in a European Championship 2004 qualification match in October, 2002 and a desultory 3-1 home loss to Australia in a friendly in February, 2003.  But England's pair of 2-0 wins against Liechtenstein away and Turkey at home in late March  and early April and their 2-1 win against Slovakia at home in June put them in contention for first place in the qualification group and brought at least a lull in media sniping.  England's record in competitive matches under Eriksson remains superb. - PY

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