It has been revealed that Sven Yeran Eriksson, a former coach of England’s national football team, is battling cancer.
Britain’s ITV recently reported that former national team coach Eriksson revealed on Swedish radio that he was battling cancer.
“Everyone thinks cancer is a bad disease for me,” the 75-year-old Eriksson told Swedish radio P1. “That’s the right idea and a situation where we have to fight for as long as possible.”
“I ran for 5 kilometers until one day ago, but after that, I collapsed and was hospitalized, I found out that I had cancer,” he said. “I heard that there is about a year or more left in the best case and even shorter in the worst case. There is no major pain and it can slow down, but surgery is not possible,” he said.
However, Eriksson said he is not thinking about it as much as possible, adding, “You can always think of it as miserable and unlucky as sitting at home thinking about it, but I see a positive side.”
Eriksson won three first division titles and the runner-up European Cup at Benfica in Portugal, and led Lazio to their second Serie A championship. Eriksson then took the helm of the “Golden Generation” including David Beckham, Steve Gerrard, and Wayne Rooney since 2001, but made it to the quarterfinals at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups and Euro 2004. After quitting the job, he led professional teams such as Manchester City, Leicester City, and Shanghai Sanggang as well as Mexican, Ivory Coast, and Philippine national teams.