Former England and Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has revealed doctors have handed him a crushing terminal cancer diagnosis. Eriksson, 75, has been told he has, at most, one year left to live after collapsing while on a run last year, but he is ready to fight the illness.
The Swede learned the shocking news after doctors discovered he was seriously ill and had also suffered a stroke during a 5k run. Speculation about Eriksson’s health swirled after he resigned as Karlstad’s sporting director in February last year.
And he has now opened up on his devastating situation, admitting he has “maybe at best a year, at worst a little less, or at best maybe even longer. You can’t be absolutely sure. It is better not to think about it”.
Eriksson told Sweden’s P1 radio station: “Everyone understands that I have an illness that is not good. Everyone guesses it’s cancer, and it is. But I have to fight as long as I can. But you can trick your brain.
“See the positive in things, don’t wallow in adversity, because this is the biggest adversity, of course, but make something good out of it. They don’t know how long I had cancer, maybe a month or a year.”
Eriksson lifted 19 trophies across his incredible 42-year coaching career, including four Coppa Italias, three Primeira Liga’s, a Serie A title and a UEFA Cup.
He managed European heavyweights including Benfica, Lazio and Roma, and also helmed Man City between 2007 and 2008 before the club’s rise to their modern prominence.
Eriksson also enjoyed a distinguished international coaching career, replacing Kevin Keegan as England boss in 2001. After inheriting the ‘Golden Generation’ of England stars, he oversaw runs to the last 16 at the 2002 World Cup and quarter-finals at Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup.
Eriksson grew his reputation as the most famous manager in world football during his five-year tenure with the Three Lions.
However, he couldn’t guide an all-time squad featuring the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and David Beckham to silverware.
The former Premier League boss, who also took charge of Leicester City, went on to manage Mexico, the Ivory Coast and the Philippines.
In the latter stages of his managerial career, he spent four years in China working at Guangzhou R&F, Shanghai SIPG and Shenzen.
Eriksson has managed over 1,200 games across his long career, maintaining a win rate above 50 per cent.