Ex-England football manager, Sven-Goran Eriksson, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and has, according to his doctor, at best, maybe a year to live, he said yesterday.
The 75-year-old Swede, who has managed some high-profile teams, and took England to World Cup quarter-finals in 2002 and 2006, announced in February last year that he was stepping back from public appearances due to health issues.
Born February 5, 1948 in Sunne in western Sweden, Eriksson, who goes by “Svennis” to Swedes, found success as a football manager after retiring from a modest career as a defender.
In 1977, he became manager of Swedish club Degerfors IF. After leading the small club to success in lower divisions, he attracted the attention of bigger clubs.
He went on to manage Sweden’s IFK Goteborg, before finding success internationally, managing Benfica in Portugal, as well as several Italian teams including Roma and Lazio.
His most high-profile position was as the first foreigner to manage England’s national squad.