Football coach Sven-Goran Eriksson says he has cancer and might have less than a year to live


The former England manager has announced that he has inoperable pancreatic cancer and only has a few months to live.


Swedish football coach Sven-Goran Eriksson says he has cancer and may have less than a year to live.

The former England manager told Swedish radio P1 that he discovered he had cancer after a sudden collapse. In February last year he said he would reduce his public appearances due to health problems.

“Everyone understands that I have a disease that is not good, and everyone imagines that it is cancer and it is,” Eriksson said in an interview published Thursday.

Eriksson said he has pancreatic cancer and that it is inoperable.

“At best I have maybe a year, at worst maybe a little less,” he said.

The 75-year-old said he is trying to think positively.

“I could go and think about it all the time and sit at home and be grumpy and think I’m unlucky and so on,” he said. “I think it’s easy, that you end up there.”

“No, look at things positively and don’t wallow in adversity. Because that is, obviously, the biggest obstacle,” she added.

Eriksson was England’s first foreign-born manager from 2001 to 2006 after making a name for himself by winning league titles at club level with Lazio in Italy, Benfica in Portugal and IFK Göteborg in his native Sweden.

Eriksson led what was considered a “golden generation” of players, including David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney, to the 2002 and 2006 World Cups and led the team to the quarter-finals in both tournaments before elimination by Brazil and Portugal respectively. .

Even in the only other major tournament under Eriksson, the 2004 European Championship, England were eliminated in the quarter-finals, again by Portugal and on penalties as at the 2006 World Cup.

The England national team and Manchester City, one of the many clubs he coached, were among those who sent their best wishes to Eriksson on social media.

Eriksson’s last coaching job was with the Philippine national team in 2018-19 and he most recently served as sporting director at Swedish third division team Karlstad.

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