Sven-Göran Eriksson

The Managers: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 2010-2011

On October 3, 2010, following the departure of Paulo Sousa, Leicester City Football Club appointed former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson.
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This was a particularly notable appointment considering that City were standing in 22nd-place in the Championship table as Eriksson remained one of the most recognisable figures in world football.

Sven's career as a player was modest, but his managerial achievements were impressive. It began with him winning the Swedish League, Swedish Cup and UEFA Cup with IFK Göteborg.

At Benfica, meanwhile, across two spells at the club, Eriksson lifted the Portuguese title three times, together with the Portuguese Cup and Super Cup.

He also led the club to a European Cup Final and a UEFA Cup Final. As Roma’s manager, on the other hand, Sven won the Italian Cup.

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Sven-Göran Eriksson
Sven-Göran Eriksson

Eight trophies were won during Eriksson's time at Lazio.

Following a spell at Fiorentina, he moved to Sampdoria, where he tasted success in the Italian Cup once more.

Later on, he switched to Lazio, winning the Serie A title, the Italian Cup and the Italian Super Cup twice, the European Cup Winners' Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.

In 2001, he became the England national team manager, qualifying for the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup finals as well as the UEFA European Championship finals in 2004.

Eriksson guided the Three Lions to the quarter-finals on each occasion, losing to Brazil in 2002 and on penalty shootouts to Portugal in 2004 and 2006.

By the time he vacated the England post in 2006, to be replaced by Steve McClaren, Sven had taken the national side from 17th to fifth in the official FIFA World Rankings.

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Sven-Göran Eriksson
Sven-Göran Eriksson

Eriksson departed as England manager in 2006 with a 59.70 per cent win rate.

Spells as manager of Manchester City and the Mexico national side followed, before he became Director of Football at the English League 2 side, Notts County. Seven months later, he resigned.

A brief period as manager of the Ivory Coast for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa followed, before he was announced as Leicester City’s new manager in October 2010.

The Foxes had started the season poorly and were sat in the relegation zone of the Championship table, but Eriksson's appointment led to a surge up the standings.

Among others, Sven added Kyle Naughton, Darius Vassell, Sol Bamba, Yakubu, Ben Mee and Patrick van Aanholt to his Leicester City squad.

Following a run of seven wins and a draw in the first eight games of 2011, Eriksson's Leicester rose to seventh in the Championship, one point off a Play-Off position.

A subsequent dip in results, though, saw his team finish the season in 10th place. In the close season, a major recruitment drive followed as the Club looked to return to the Premier League.

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Jose Mourinho and Sven-Göran Eriksson
Jose Mourinho and Sven-Göran Eriksson

The showpiece friendly against Real Madrid kick-started an exciting era at the Club.

Sven signed Kasper Schmeichel, Lee Peltier, John Pantsil, Paul Konchesky, Matt Mills, Gelson Fernandes (on loan), Neil Danns and David Nugent.

After winning only five of 13 games, however, Eriksson left the Club by mutual agreement in October 2011, with his team in 13th position.

This paved the way for the return of Nigel Pearson from Hull City. Sven became technical director at Thai Premier League side BEC Tero Sasana in 2012 and at Al-Nasr in Dubai in 2013.

He then moved to the Chinese Super League, becoming head coach first at Ghangzhou RF, and then at Shanghai SIPG. A spell at China League One side Shenzhen followed.  

His next post was to prepare the Philippine national side for the Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup in 2019. Following the tournament, he relinquished his post as head coach, but continued as a consultant.

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