Swedish football manager who, in October 2000, was appointed as the first-ever foreign manager of the national team in England. Known for his calm and intelligent football mind, he managed Gothenburg 1979–82, winning the Swedish championship once, before moving to Portugal to manage Benfica 1982–84, and later 1989–92. He has also managed the Italian clubs Roma, Fiorentina, Sampdoria, and Lazio, as well as Manchester City and Leicester City in England, the Mexico and Ivory Coast national teams, and various club sides in Asia. He is the first manager to have won the League and Cup in the same season in three different countries, having done so in Sweden, Portugal, and Italy.
Swedish League Championship 1982
Swedish Cup 1979, 1982
Portuguese League Championship 1983, 1984, 1991
Portuguese Cup 1983
Italian League Championship 2000
Italian Cup 1986, 1994
UEFA Cup 1982
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1999
After an undistinguished playing career as a semi-professional, he took charge of the Swedish Third Division club Deghefors in 1976, guiding them into the top division with consecutive promotions. After winning two Portuguese championships with Benfica, in 1984 he became manager of Roma in Italy, taking the team to second place in 1986. Sacked the following year, he moved to Fiorentina, before returning to Portugal in 1989. After three more successful years with Benfica, who never finished lower than second, he returned to Italy to manage Sampdoria for five seasons. In 1997 he switched to Lazio, who finished second in 1999, and won the league title, for the first time in 27 years, in 2000. Within a year of becoming England manager, he had ensured their qualification to the 2002 World Cup where they went out in the quarter-finals to Brazil. He guided England to the 2004 European Championships in Portugal where they lost to the host nation on penalties, again in the quarter-finals. A similar fate followed two years later, as England lost on penalties to Portugal in the quarter-finals of the 2006 World Cup. In July 2007 he returned to club football and was appointed manager of Manchester City. After just one season there, widely regarded as successful, he was sacked and in June 2008 he was appointed manager of Mexico. After a brief stint as director of football at League Two side Notts County, he managed the Ivory Coast national team at the 2010 World Cup, but they did not advance from the group stages. He spent a year as manager of Leicester City in English football's second tier, and became head coach of BEC Tero Sasana in Thailand in 2012, becoming manager of Guangzhou R&F in China a year later.
Eriksson was involved in several tabloid newspaper scandals during his time as England manager, the last of which, in 2006, led to him declaring his intention to quit his post two years early, immediately after the 2006 World Cup in Germany.