Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson says he is in “the best shape of the year” for living after being diagnosed with cancer.
The 75-year-old Swede was the first foreign coach to manage England and led the team to the quarter-finals of the 2002 and 2006 World Cups and the 2004 Euros.
“I will resist as long as I can,” Eriksson told Swedish Radio P1.
“I have a disease that is very difficult. At the best of the year, I have a very serious problem. It is impossible to say exactly, so it is better not to think.”
Eriksson, who had 42 years as a manager, learned of his cancer diagnosis “about a year ago” and left his current role as sports director at Sweden’s Karlstad 11 months ago due to health issues.
“I live a normal life,” Eriksson told BBC World Service’s Sporting Witness.
“I’m not in the hospital, I visit from time to time but I’m at home and I have friends here. Christmas and New Year, the whole family was here – lots of people.
“I’m going to try to exercise as much as I can, which is less than a year ago, but I have a normal life.
“When you receive such a message, you appreciate every day and you are happy when you wake up in the morning and feel good, and that is what I am doing.
“I thought I was fine but suddenly I had a small stroke that I collapsed and my children took me to the hospital.
“When I was examined one day, they told me that I have had five small strokes, but they said ‘no problem, you will recover 100% from that’, but the worst thing is that they say I have cancer that they cannot treat.
“They said they would give me treatment and medication to try to live as long as possible. I have that disease and they can’t operate on me, unfortunately.”
Eriksson began his career as a manager with Degerfors in 1977 before joining Gothenburg in Sweden, where he won the Swedish title, two Swedish Cups and the 1981 Uefa Cup.
He then enjoyed spells with Portuguese giants Benfica and Italian sides Roma, Fiorentina, Sampdoria and Lazio – where he won seven trophies including the Serie A title, two Italian Cups and the Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup.
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Eriksson left Lazio in January 2001 to replace Kevin Keegan as England manager.
During his time with England, Eriksson led the Three Lions to a famous 5-1 victory over Germany in Munich during qualifying for the 2002 World Cup, with Michael Owen scoring a hat-trick.
Eriksson has overseen two World Cup campaigns, exiting in 2002 and 2006 in the quarter-finals with Ronaldinho’s free kick helping Brazil beat England 2-1 earlier, while Portugal won on penalties after Wayne Rooney’s goal. he was sent off following an incident with Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo at the end.
He took the national side to their only European competition in 2004 when it was Portugal who sent England home with another penalty shootout victory in eight years.
Five years later, it was announced in January 2006 that Eriksson would step down after the World Cup in Germany this summer despite having two years left on the job.
No official reason was given at the time, although the Swedes faced difficulties after being caught in a newspaper sting by a tabloid reporter.
His years as England manager were marked by scandals in his private life, including newspaper revelations about affairs with television presenter Ulrika Jonsson in 2002 and former Football Association secretary Faria Alam in 2004.
A year after leaving England, Eriksson was appointed manager of Manchester City and managed 45 games before leaving in June 2008.
Manchester City wrote on X: “Everyone at Manchester City is thinking of Sven-Goran Eriksson, and we want to show all our support to our former manager, his family and friends, at this time.”
Eriksson has also had various managerial stints since leaving Manchester City, including spells with Leicester City, as well as stints with Mexico, the Ivory Coast and the Philippines.