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Sven-Goran reveals dire cancer diagnosis: 'It's better not to think about it'

Sven-Goran Eriksson. (Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)
11th January, 2024

Former England soccer manager Sven-Goran Eriksson says he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and in a “best case” scenario has about a year left to live.

Eriksson, who managed England for five years before leaving after the 2006 World Cup, stood down from his most recent role as sporting director at Swedish club Karlstad 11 months ago because of health issues.

The 75-year-old told Swedish Radio P1: “Everyone can see that I have a disease that’s not good, and everyone supposes that it’s cancer, and it is. But I have to fight it as long as possible.

“I know that in the best case it’s about a year, in the worst case even less. Or in the best case I suppose even longer.

“I don’t think the doctors I have can be totally sure, they can’t put a day on it.

“It’s better not to think about it. You have to trick your brain.

“I could go around thinking about that all the time and sit at home and be miserable and think I’m unlucky and so on.


“It’s easy to end up in that position. But no, see the positive sides of things and don’t bury yourself in setbacks, because this is the biggest setback of them all of course.”