Sven-Goran Eriksson

He started his football career playing for Torsby IF in 1966 he then played for several Swedish teams before an injury forced him to retire from playing in 1975. He moved into management and started his successful career in football management for teams such as Benfica, Roma and then Lazio from 1997 - 2001.

When Eriksson was first touted as the new England manager in place of Kevin Keegan it caused great controversy amongst fans and the media that the Football Association would even consider having a non national in charge of the national football side. His critics were initially proved wrong as he helped turn the side around and guided them to the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan as well as Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup.

However, his off the pitch antics such as his affairs with television presenter Ulrika Jonsson and his FA secretary Faria Alam helped the FA allow him to leave.

After England he carried on managing teams and went to Manchester City before moving to be the national manager for Mexico before being sacked in April 2009 following a string of poor results, he was then associated in what is a surprising move been made the director of Football for English League Two team Notts County.

He has since resigned this position and how now been named the head coach of the Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) national football team, so dependant on results he could end up meeting England in the 2010 World Cup.

Teams managed

TeamBest OddsPlayedWonDrawnLostWin %
Goteborg1979 - 198210051321751
Benfica1982 - 1984604611376.67
Roma1984 - 19879041262345.56
Fiorentina1987 - 1989 6421 20 2332.81
Benfica 1989 - 1992 106 72 26 8 67.92 
Sampdoria1992 - 199717071524741.76
Lazio1997 - 200113678322657.35
England2001 - 20066740171059.70