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‘No hesitation over Ivory Coast job’: Sven-Goran Eriksson

Former English national team coach Sven-Goran Eriksson had no qualms about accepting an offer to coach the Ivory Coast football team in the World Cup finals, he said in an interview with Swedish television on Sunday.

Eriksson said he was watching one of the team’s matches in London when he was first contacted by Ivory Coast football officials.

“The president of the Ivory Coast football federation was there and asked me if I had a job. I said no,” Eriksson told Swedish public television SVT.

“Some days later he rang and said: ‘Coach us during the World Cup then?’ I said yes. I didn’t need any time to consider it.”

Eriksson, 62, guided England to the quarter-finals of the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

He told SVT he had met many of the Ivory Coast team’s stars in London and would scout the country’s domestic players in an April 11th exhibition match.

Eriksson added he would count on fellow Swedes Tord Grip, a long-time assistant, and Benny Lennartsson as assistant coaches.

“Benny will be a coach and translator. He speaks French, which is really important,” he said.

Eriksson’s last job was as director of football of English League Two side Notts County, but he quit in January when the ownership of the club changed hands.

Before that he spent a turbulent 10 months in charge of Mexico.

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

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FOOTBALL

Nordic countries to launch joint bid to host 2027 World Cup

Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland want to jointly host the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2027.

Nordic countries to launch joint bid to host 2027 World Cup
Sweden players during this year's World Cup in France. Photo: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The five Nordic nations want to share hosting duties for the 2027 edition of the World Cup finals and are to present the idea to the Nordic Council at a meeting in Stockholm on Tuesday, Danish football association DBU has confirmed.

FIFA is already positively disposed to joint bids for future finals tournaments, which has lent encouragement to the Nordic project, according to DBU's chairman Jesper Møller.

“We can see that support for women's football is here to stay, most recently at the (2019) World Cup in France, where matches were played in front of full stadiums and television viewers' interest was huge,” Møller said.

“A joint Nordic World Cup would not only ensure a fantastic experience for many football fans but will also strengthen important Nordic partnerships and community, and hopefully inspire many football-keen women and girls,” he continued.

“That's why support from the Nordic Council is important,” he added.

The Nordic Council (Nordisk Råd) is the official body for inter-parliamentary co-operation among the five Nordic countries and three territories of the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and the Åland Islands.

DBU is also looking into the possibility of hosting the 2025 European Championships in Denmark.

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