Former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson reveals his battle with terminal cancer, acknowledging he might have less than a year to live “at best.” The 75-year-old, known for leading England’s ‘golden generation’ at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, discloses his pancreatic cancer diagnosis, which is deemed inoperable. Eriksson, who collapsed during a run last year, expresses his commitment to fight the disease positively. Despite the grim prognosis, he refrains from dwelling on the adversities and aims to make the best out of the situation.
Eriksson’s illustrious career included managing top clubs like Lazio, Benfica, and Manchester City, along with coaching national teams such as Mexico and Ivory Coast. His managerial journey culminated with England, where he guided a talented squad featuring David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, and Wayne Rooney. Despite criticism for tactical inflexibility and a quarter-final exit at major tournaments, Eriksson’s impact on English football remains significant.
Receiving support from former players like Wayne Rooney, the football community expresses sadness and admiration for Eriksson’s contributions. The manager, who most recently served as the sporting director at Karlstad, a team in Sweden’s third division, faces this significant setback with resilience and a determination to find positivity amid the challenges.