Former England Manager Sven-Göran Eriksson Terminally Ill: 'Less Than a Year to Live'

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jan.11 - 2024 8:05 AM CET

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Former England Manager Sven-Göran Eriksson Terminally Ill.

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One of Sweden's greatest sports figures of all time is battling a serious illness and has limited time left to live.

Soccer coach Sven-Göran Eriksson has been diagnosed with cancer.

He is gravely ill, a fact Eriksson himself shared with Sveriges Radio.

"Everyone understands that I have an illness that is not good. Everyone guesses it's cancer, and it is. But I have to fight as long as possible," says the 75-year-old in an interview with P1.

Maximum One Year to Live

The disease has severely impacted Sven-Göran Eriksson.

He revealed that he probably has only a maximum of one year left to live, possibly even less.

"But you can trick your brain," says "Svennis."

"See the positive in things, don't bury yourself in adversity, because this is the biggest adversity of course, but make something good out of it."

One of the Greatest in Sweden

Sven-Göran Eriksson is one of Sweden's most successful coaches ever.

His coaching career started at Degerfors IF in the late 1970s, and he achieved his major breakthrough at IFK Göteborg, leading the team to victory in the Allsvenskan, the UEFA Cup, and the Swedish Cup.

The 75-year-old has since coached major European clubs such as Benfica, Roma, Lazio, and Manchester City.

However, his most notable role was as the head coach of the England national team, which he managed from 2001 to 2006.

During his tenure, he led the team to the World Cup quarter-finals in both 2002 and 2006.

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