Sven-Goran Eriksson is battling cancer and has been given a maximum prognosis of one year of life


Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson reveals he faces a limited timeframe, possibly a year, following a cancer diagnosis.

The 75-year-old, renowned for being the first non-British coach of the national team, guided England to notable achievements in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups and the 2004 Euros. Addressing his health situation on Swedish Radio P1, Eriksson expressed his determination to resist the illness for as long as possible. Acknowledging the gravity of his condition, he disclosed, “Best case a year, I have worst case a lot less. It’s impossible to say exactly, so it’s better to not think about it.”

Eriksson, concluding a 42-year managerial career, received the diagnosis nearly a year ago, prompting his resignation as the sporting director at Karlstad due to health concerns. Despite the severity of the situation, he emphasized leading a regular life, residing at home, and enjoying moments with friends and family. Reflecting on his changed circumstances,

Sven shared, “When you get a message like that, you appreciate every day, and you are happy when you wake up in the morning and feel OK, so that’s what I’m doing.” The veteran manager detailed a health scare involving a small stroke, leading to his hospitalization and subsequent discovery of five small strokes.

Unfortunately, alongside this revelation, came the news that he has cancer, deemed inoperable. Eriksson is now undergoing treatment with the goal of maximizing his remaining time.

Eriksson’s illustrious managerial journey, beginning with Degerfors in 1977 and encompassing successful spells with clubs like Benfica, Roma, Fiorentina, Sampdoria, and Lazio, highlights a storied career marked by domestic and international triumphs.

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