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Sven: My Story Hardcover – 5 Nov 2013
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A wonderfully honest and beautifully-written memoir from one of the most intriguing football managers of the last 25 years.
About the Author
Sven-Goran Eriksson's remarkable career spans four decades over as many continents. He was born in the small town of Sunne, Sweden in 1948. At the age of 34, he led mostly amateur side IFK Gothenburg to UEFA Cup victory in one of the greatest upsets in football history. He has won numerous league and cup titles in Portugal and Italy with Benfica, Roma and Lazio. In 2001, he became the first foreign manager of the England national team, reaching three consecutive quarter-finals in major tournaments. His winning record as England manager is eclipsed only by the legendary Sir Alf Ramsey. Following managerial positions at Manchester City, Mexico, Ivory Coast and Leicester, and a spell as the technical director of Al Nasr in the United Arab Emirates league, he is currently the manager of Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F.
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I was always a little sceptical about Sven, he was and is quite closed off, he likes to keep his personal life to himself, and like he says in the book, why should it be people's business what happens in his private life?
This book has made me appreciate Sven more, I really enjoyed reading about how he got into coaching and his early success at Gothenburg/ Benfica and then how he progressed onto the England job, things got a bit botched from there. I found it very hard to stop reading , he doesn't go into major details but that was never expected but it was fascinating to learn about his experience on the football side of things.
It's a very boy type book, with 2 real subjects... Football and girls. If you like those 2 things, you will enjoy this book.
Sven in my opinion was painted to us in a very negative light by the British media and more for his personal life rather than his really quite impressive managerial record in Portugal, Italy and the England national team.
This book clears all that up and shows his actual true love for the game and his desire to work over the actual money earned
Sven takes us on a trip of each club he has managed and stories of the chairman and presidents he has worked for where the Italians presidents are true footballing men and much easier to work for that the buisnessmen who just want to but succes
We also learn about the stories behind the women in Svens life and how much of a set up some of these were by the English press
Hear about the more obscure jobs in his life with the Mexican national team and how the club owners govern the Mexican FA.. Also the jobs in Thailand and UAE
This is a great story of football and not your usual autobiography how the first 100 pages are wasted on life as a kid and growing up this is just football all the way
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