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Sven: I Would Coach Brazil
29 Apr 2002

By Danny Kazandjian

The man dubbed King Sven of England has revealed that there is one kingdom he covets above all others. Sven Goran Eriksson, the Swedish-born coach of the English national side, earmarked Brazil as the only other country he would consider coaching. 'When they play football well there, it is absolutely beautiful,' said the man known affectionately as Svennis back home.

The revelation offers a fascinating insight into the man now considered Sweden's highest-profile export and one of the most sought after football managers in the world. He had even been earmarked as the Manchester United boss designate by the English press before Sir Alex Ferguson decided to sign up for another three years. At the weekend, United's chief executive Peter Kenyon denied claims in a biography on Ferguson that the club outfit had approached Eriksson and all but persuaded him to quit Soho Square for Sir Matt Busby Way.

United could, indubitably, afford him. Brazil could not. Eriksson makes £3.6 a year, roughly 10 times the amount that his Swedish opposites, Tommy Soderberg and Lars Lagerback, make and worlds away from anything a South American country could think about paying. As a timely reminder of that fact, Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa today threatened to quit on Wednesday if he was not paid £500,000 owed to him by Argentina's football authority.

So, for financial reasons if nothing else, there is nothing for Brazil's incumbent coach, Luis Felipe Scolari, to worry about. The difference between the two men in their characters as well as their coaching styles could not be more marked. Scolari metaphorically beats his teams with sticks, yet is quick to drop the metaphor when critics get to close, as was the case when he attacked a pro-Romario government official earlier this year. Eriksson, meanwhile, is the thinking man's coach, renowned for his cool manner and erudite approach to the game.

Switching from one to the other would be an interesting twist on the bad cop-good cop scenario. Scolari's style remains in direct contravention to the former SS Lazio coach's appraisal of the country most synonymous with the beautiful game. 'The days of artistic football are over," he said before Brazil's CONMEBOL World Cup qualification defeat to Argentina in Buenos Aires.

Although they show it in different manners, both are strong-willed. Scolari demonstrated his stoic character when, with apparent eagerness, he went against the grain of public opinion in omitting Romario from squad after squad. Eriksson this week announced that he would definitely pick disgraced Leeds United pair Lee Bowyer and Jonathon Woodgate after the World Cup. The duo had been involved in court cases over the assault of an Asian student a few months ago. It would be interesting to hear whether or not he would have picked Romario.
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The guy prefers Brazil but likes the English salary too much to quit...:D
 

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And Ulrika Jonnson....hehehehehe :D
 
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