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Ivory Coast appoints Sven-Göran Eriksson

AFP/The Local · 29 Mar 2010, 07:30

Published: 29 Mar 2010 07:30 GMT+02:00

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"Sven-Goran Eriksson is the new coach of Ivory Coast. He will lead the team

at the World Cup where his objective is to ensure an honourable participation," said a statement released by the country's football federation (FIF).

The 62-year-old Swede, who guided England to the quarter-finals of the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, takes over from Vahid Halilhodzic who was sacked after Ivory Coast were knocked out by Algeria in the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations in January.

Ivory Coast, who boast Chelsea striker Didier Drogba amongst their stars, are in Group G at the June 11-July 11th World Cup finals along with Brazil, Portugal and North Korea.

Four years ago in Germany, they bowed out at the group stage when they finished third behind Netherlands and Argentina, but ahead of Serbia and Montenegro.

After negotiations took place last week, Eriksson told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper: "It would be great to be on a bench at another World Cup.

"The World Cup is the world's biggest sporting event, a great festival of football for a month. It is incredible to be part of it, as a player and as a coach."

Eriksson's last job in football was as director of football of English League Two side Notts County. But he quit in January this year when the ownership of the club changed hands.

Before that he spent a turbulent 10 months in charge of Mexico and was recently linked with taking over the Swedish national team as well as North Korea.

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Eriksson, who became England's first ever foreign coach, enjoyed a mediocre playing career, never rising above the Swedish second division, but has been rated as a top class coach, especially of club sides.

He won the 1982 UEFA Cup with Swedish outfit Gothenburg, before leaving for Portugal and his first spell with Benfica (1982-84, 1989-92), then to Italy - first with AS Roma (1984-1987), then Fiorentina (1987-1989) followed by Sampdoria (1992-1997) and finally Lazio (1997-2000).

Aside from the UEFA Cup he also collected national league titles in Sweden, Portugal and Italy as well as the now defunct Cup Winners Cup in 1999. After leaving the England hot-seat, he took charge at Manchester City in 2007, but left in 2008 before heading for Mexico.

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13:25 March 29, 2010 by texasgubbar
Svennis star is certainly falling... Does the Côte d'Ivoire have tabloids? If not then this will be a short boring stay.

What next? the Maldives' national team?
17:04 March 29, 2010 by Audrian
I think he can be a good coach for Latin American/Italian/African style of football. Short passes and lots of tricks from beginning to end. The English style of playing footbal, which is characterised with long passes, can be entertaining but does not give the english teams winning chance. In long passes the ball can land with the oponent for at least 20% of the time. It might give the English 80% chance against the oponents well over 90% chance, given that both teams have equally good training.

It was not possible for him to change the style because of conservatism.

With an African team, he might receive receptive audience.

21:11 March 29, 2010 by McChatter
Maybe they have some very nice-looking lawyers out there?!
23:38 March 29, 2010 by skatsouf
2 Swedish coaches in the WC

that's pretty interesting
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