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Sven Goran Eriksson Emerges As Shock Candidate For Vacant Australia Job

By Jack Beresford

December 05, 2017

Sven Goran Eriksson, the former England boss who guided the Three Lions to quarter final appearances at three consecutive international tournaments, could be heading to the World Cup in Russia.

News Corp is reporting that the 69-year-old has thrown his hat into the ring for the vacant Australia job, following the departure of Ange Postcoglou.

“Yes of course I’m interested,” Eriksson is reported as saying when asked about the Socceroos post. The Swede also tipped Australia to advance to the knockout round of the competition.

“It will be a fight for second place between Australia, Peru and Denmark. I think the chances for Australia are good,” he said. “The whole world would say France is favourite to win that group, but second I think is very tight … why not Australia?”

And if there is one man capable of guiding Australia to a quarter-final defeat, ideally on penalties, it’s Eriksson. The Swede took England to the quarter-finals of the World Cup at his first attempt back in 2002, where a bit of dodgy goalkeeping from David Seaman saw the Three Lions limp to a 2-1 defeat to eventual winner Brazil.

Two years later, Eriksson watched on as England squandered a 1-0 lead to lose on penalties to eventual finalist Portugal at Euro 2004, with his team subsequently losing to Portugal on penalties yet again at the 2006 World Cup.

Alas, it was Eriksson’s off-the-field activity during his time as England manager that will ultimately be the lasting legacy of his reign, with the Swede involved in illicit affairs with the likes of Faria Alam and Ulrika Jonsson during his time in the job.

Since leaving his role with England, Sven has gone on to manage Manchester City, Leicester City and Notts County, while he even took charge of Ivory Coast at the 2010 World Cup, guiding the African nation to a group stage exit. He also managed Mexico before a run of one win in seven competitive games saw him sacked.

But yeah, he’ll probably do really well with Australia, right?