Sven-Göran Eriksson

'I Was Very Happy At Leicester' – Sven On His Year With The Foxes

Very few people are so famous that they’re known simply by their first name. There are many Svens in football, but there are none as renowned or indeed as popular as the former Leicester City manager, Sven-Göran Eriksson.

The bespectacled Swedish manager has won titles in Portugal and Italy. He also held the poison chalice that is the England manager’s job for five years. From Roberto Baggio to Dunga, Pavel Nedvěd to David Beckham, Sven's coached some of the most admired players in history. There was a time, in the mid-noughties, when he was arguably the most famous man in football and, quite possibly, the whole of England. 

It was only natural that Eriksson’s decision to become Leicester manager in 2010 made headlines, especially considering the fact that the Foxes were in English football’s second tier. Yes, Sven had worked at fourth-tier Notts County, albeit briefly beforehand, but not as a manager. A UEFA Cup winning, Primeira Divisão title-holding, Serie A champion turning up on Filbert Way was a real news event 13 years ago.  

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