In Summary

  • The former England manager, 75, fears he has a year to live or at ‘worst a little less’
  • Between 2001 and 2006, Eriksson coached the so-called ‘golden generation’ of footballers in the England team including David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard.

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has revealed he has terminal cancer.

Eriksson, 75, told a Swedish radio station he has “at best a year to live”.

“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,” he told P1.

I Have Cancer

Sven-Goran Eriksson/GettyImages

When asked about the condition, the Swedish native said he has “maybe at best a year, at worst even less, or in the best case I suppose even longer”, adding doctors “can’t put a day on it”.

Eriksson was running 5km the day before he went to hospital, he said, before he “collapsed and fainted” and it “turned out that I had cancer”.

It “just came from nothing”, he added, and that “makes you shocked”.

“I’m not in any major pain. But I’ve been diagnosed with a disease that you can slow down but you cannot operate. So it is what it is,” he added.

There had been speculation about his health after he stopped working as sporting director of Karlstad in his native Sweden .

Eriksson Remains Positive

Sven-Goran Eriksson © Getty Images

He said he was trying to stay positive and “make something good” from his cancer diagnosis.

“You try to trick the brain, it’s too easy to succumb and become negative and get stuck at home. Better to try and see positives and not give in during hard times,” he said.

Eriksson began his managerial career with Degerfors in 1977 before joining fellow Swedish side Gothenburg, where he won the Swedish title, two Swedish cups and the 1981 Uefa Cup.




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