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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.

United could, indubitably, afford him. Brazil could not. Eriksson makes £3.6 million a year, 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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I thought this might be interesting for you :). Eriksson is a top class coach, maybe the best among NT coaches? He wants to coach Brazil, so perhaps he could agree with a slightly lower salary. And the departure of Scolari seems inevitable, unless Brazil reach the final maybe?
 

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Felipao makes 2 million a year with CBf, so i don't know were the guy got that Brazil can't afford him! The thing is that we don't need him!;)
 

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Seems a better prospect to me than Scolari... Eriksson is world class, great if you could afford him;) .
 

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Dude,
CBF has the second best footballing contract of the history of the game. Only Man Utd surpassed it, after 4 years the contract was sgined. In 4 years time, the contract will involve even more money than the 400 MILLION DOLLARS that Nike splashed out in 1996.


It would be good if you knew your facts, and a little bit of maths would help aswell!;) :tongue: :cool:
 

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Sven,IMO,was just thinking out loud and this probaly will never happen of course - and i'm sure Brazil could afford it.Indeed he's done a great job for England,and is a very good coach..but not a great coach.When he coached @ Sampdoria,he was good at working with little resources and achieved good,relative success.However,when he got his big chance @ Lazio,it took him a season too long to win Lo Scudetto even with the great squad he had.But more importantly is if you look at his record in playing cup finals,it is poor.He got teams to the final but always lost - on several occasions - ,until he won the CWC with Lazio.For me,that is 1 of his big flaws,and failure in a final for Brazil would not be tolerated,and i'm pretty sure he would screw up when in that situation.But,it's never gonna happen so no harm done eh:D:).
 

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Agreed Sao taffarel!

Specially a Swede or any other scandinavian! Felipao and Lazaroni is the most we can go with boring tactics!;) :D
 

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Sao Taffarel,
Only 3 attcking minded players in the team is very boring. Consider putting at least 4. If th team plays exciting football, the reason will not be the tactics, but the talent of the players!;)
 
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