'A Year To Live' - Eriksson Diagnosed With Terminal Cancer
Sven-Goran Eriksson

Former England, Lazio and Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has revealed he has a year to live after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The 75-year-old former manager revealed he had inoperable pancreatic cancer when speaking on Swedish Radio P1 on Thursday.

Eriksson had collapsed suddenly and undergone medical tests, revealing terminal cancer. In February 2023, he stepped away from public appearances to focus on health issues.

“Everyone understands that I have a disease that is not good, and everyone guesses that it is cancer and it is,” Eriksson said.

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

Eriksson spent more than 40 years in football as a manager, including top roles with England whom he led at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups along with Euro 2004.

He also led Lazio to the 1999-2000 Serie A title along with two Coppa Italia crowns and the 1998-99 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.

The Swede also won numerous titles with Benfica in Portugal and IFK Goteborg in his homeland. He had stints in England with Man City and Leicester City. His most recent managerial role was in 2018 and 2019 with the Philippines.

Eriksson said he was content and would hold a positive attitude moving forward.

“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 that is easily done, that you end up there. No, look at things positively and don’t wallow in adversity. Because this is, of course, the biggest setback.”

Ben somerford
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