SVEN: My StorySven-Göran Eriksson
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Perhaps no football manager has ever had his personal life dissected as thoroughly as Sven-Goran Eriksson. Yet the man that monopolized the British press during five tumultuous years as England manager remains an enigma. Who, precisely, is Sven?
“Sven: My Story” is an autobiography written by Sven-Göran Eriksson, a former Swedish football manager who has had a long and illustrious career in international and club football. The book provides insights into Eriksson’s life, his experiences in managing various football teams, and his personal journey in the world of football. The book covers the highs and lows of Eriksson’s career, from leading teams such as Lazio, Manchester City, and the England national team.
Here, in his no-holds-barred autobiography, the secretive Swede takes us on one of the wildest rides in world football. Populated by fake sheikhs, Italian lawyers, Nottingham outlaws and, of course, many of the biggest names in the game, his is a 40-year-long career that coincides with the evolution of football into a global multibillion-pound industry.
The book is described as an intensely personal story that takes readers on one of the wildest rides in world football. It also reveals some of Eriksson’s personal life, including his relationships with women such as Nancy Dell’Olio, Ulrika Jonsson, and Faria Alam.
Most of all, this is a surprisingly tender, sometimes heartbreaking, but never bitter account of a simple man with a most complicated story. A man who has reached a crossroads in his life, who until now has never stopped to ask himself the question: was it worth it?
In “Sven: My Story,” you can expect to find details about his time as the manager of several prominent football clubs, including Lazio, Manchester City, and England’s national team. He has also managed various international teams, such as Mexico and the Ivory Coast. Eriksson’s autobiography likely delves into his experiences, challenges, and achievements during his managerial career.
The Swede’s bewilderingly energetic love life turned him into a figure of fun in England, albeit admixed with a certain grudging envy in some quarters. His autobiography, written in flat, largely unemotional prose, is often unintentionally humorous as well, with shades of Alan Partridge, such as when Eriksson describes his move to China this year to manage club side Guangzhou R&F: “My room is a suite, but it is not very fancy… I have an interpreter, Julio, who is a fun-loving Chinese guy. I suppose he has a real name in Chinese.”
All of which tends to obscure the fact that for over two decades Eriksson had a pretty impressive record as a manager; good enough, he reveals, for him to have been chosen by Manchester United as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor and actually signing a contract after Ferguson announced he would retire at the end of the 2001-02 season.
At the time, he was the England manager, and remained so after Ferguson changed his mind. He regards his time with England as “a failure” because of the penalty shoot-out defeat by Portugal in the 2006 World Cup. Nevertheless, he improved the national side’s Fifa ranking from 17th to fifth in his five years.
Since then, after a brief period at Manchester City, he has been involved with a ragbag of clubs, some of whom, such as Leicester City and Notts County, have had distinctly questionable ownership. Money rather than job satisfaction seems to have been the main motive behind many of his moves, perhaps because he says dubious financial advice led to him losing £10 million.
About the Author :
Sven-Goran Eriksson’s remarkable career spans four decades over as many continents. He was born in the small town of Sunne, Sweden in 1948. At the age of 34, he led mostly amateur side IFK Gothenburg to UEFA Cup victory in one of the greatest upsets in football history. He has won numerous league and cup titles in Portugal and Italy with Benfica, Roma and Lazio. In 2001, he became the first foreign manager of the England national team, reaching three consecutive quarter-finals in major tournaments. His winning record as England manager is eclipsed only by the legendary Sir Alf Ramsey. Following managerial positions at Manchester City, Mexico, Ivory Coast and Leicester, and a spell as the technical director of Al Nasr in the United Arab Emirates league, he is currently the manager of Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F.
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