Ex-England Manager Eriksson Says Has Cancer, ‘A Year’ To Live
Ex-England football manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and has“maybe a year” to live, he said Thursday.
The 75-year-old Swede, who has managed a slew of high-profile teams and took England to World Cup quarter-finals in 2002 and 2006, announced in February last year that he was stepping back from public appearances “due to health issues”.
“Everyone understands that I have aEveryone cancer, and it is. But I have to put up a fight as long as I can,” Eriksson told public broadcaster Sveriges Radio in an interview.
Eriksson said that in his doctor’s assessment, he hadat worst a less”.
“You have to trick your brain,” he added.
“I could think about it all the time, and sit at home and mope, feel unluckyI think it’s easy to end up like that,” he told the broadcaster.
“See the positive in things,” he said.
“Don’t bury yourself in adversity. This is theadversity of but try to make something good out of it.”
Born February 5, 1948 in Sunne in western Sweden, Eriksson, whoby “Svennis” to Swedes, found success as a football manager after retiring from a modest
In 1977, he became manager of Swedish club Degerfors IF. After leading the small club to success in the lower divisions, he attracted
HeSweden’s IFK Goteborg before finding success internationally, managing Benfica in Portugal, as well as several Italian teams including Roma and Lazio.
His most high-profile position was as the first foreigner to manage England’s national squad.
Eriksson has since managed Mexico, Ivory Coast and the Philippines, but neverSweden’s national