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Experienced Eriksson to coach at 3rd World Cup

Experienced Eriksson to coach at 3rd World Cup

Sven-Goran Eriksson will take his vast experience of international and club football to his job as coach of the Ivory Coast at this year's World Cup in South Africa.
The 62-year-old Swede won titles in three countries at club level before embarking on an international career that has so far failed to match that success.
A quiet thinker who rarely loses his temper, Eriksson will coach Ivory Coast through the World Cup, where his team faces a tough first round against Brazil, Portugal and North Korea.
Because of his experience, Eriksson knows the strengths and weaknesses of his players, including strikers Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou, and defenders Kolo Toure and his brother Yaya Toure. Eriksson has also coached against many of the Brazilian and Portuguese players.
This year's World Cup will be Eriksson's third in a row. He coached England to the quarterfinals of both the 2002 and 2006 championships.
But Eriksson failed to make an impact as coach of Mexico, and was replaced by Javier Aguirre halfway through qualifying.
The much traveled Swede made his name as a club coach, winning domestic and European titles in Sweden, Portugal and Italy. He guided IFK Gothenburg to a UEFA Cup title, Benfica to three Portuguese league titles and to the final of the European Cup and UEFA Cup, and Lazio to a long awaited Serie A victory and Cup Winners' Cup title.
With that record, the Swede was believed to be the ideal coach for England's underachieving team when he took the job in early 2001 as the first foreigner to take charge of the national side. Even though there was initially strong opposition to him because he was not English, a 5-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Germany in Munich convinced the fans he would bring the title home for the first time since 1966.
Despite leading England to the quarterfinals of two World Cups and the 2004 European Championship, he was considered a failure.
Eriksson's next job was at Manchester City, where he made several big signings and briefly put the team at the top of the Premier League. City failed to stay in title contention, however, and lost the final game of the season to Middlesbrough 8-1. He left after one year of his 3-year contract and became coach of Mexico in June 2008.
He was fired by Mexico less than a year into the job after a 3-1 loss to Honduras left the team in danger of not qualifying for the World Cup. He won only six of his 13 matches in charge.
Eriksson at least negotiated big severance pay deals with both the English and Mexican federations and Man City, and his next appearance in the game was a surprising one at fourth-tier English club Notts County, where he was appointed director of football at the start of this season.
The Swede appeared to be attracted by the new owners' big plans to take the world's oldest existing club to the top flight. Amid doubts about the identities of the Middle Eastern owners, Eriksson quit in February.
He has since been linked with several jobs and was finally appointed Ivory Coast coach a month after the team fired Vahid Halilhodzic.


Updated : 2021-03-02 16:07 GMT+08:00