Sven Goran Eriksson

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A boring birthday for the FA as the stars fail to shine

For most people, an evening out at the local pub will be a largely stress-free excursion filled with raucous banter, sorrowful introspection and a touch of casual xenophobia. Nights out in this great country have followed that tight format for hundreds of years, never wavering in the face of adver...

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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A test of comedy quizzing is passed with help from the inspiring Irish

Ok, before we go any further let me first congratulate the Irish team on their impressive qualification for the European Championships next summer. There was the inevitable party mood for the second leg of the Republic of Ireland v Estonia match last Tuesday and I’m sure there are not many that begr...

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Friday, 11 November 2011

Leicester City – Nigel Pearson, return of the king or a ghost that that should have stayed buried?

There’s an old adage that is often repeated in the world of football; you should never go back. Players are warned of the perils of returning to former clubs for fear of tarnishing their carefully cultivated reputations at past homes. And managers even more so, lest we forget the almighty car crash ...

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Thursday, 27 October 2011

What's next for the loveable Sven-Goran Eriksson?

It was only the other week that I was discussing the best football songs with a few friends. The best, apparently, was Baddiel and Skinner’s effort way back in the late nineties; ‘three lions on the shirt’ as I recall. The worst, not surprisingly which we all agreed on, was Ant and Dec’s rather ...

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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Mancini’s Manchester magicians spoil the party… and this column

Why always me? This week I was going to talk to you about the light-hearted Sky Sports knockabout quiz Take It Like a Fan. I was armed with reams of faint praise for the show and was readying my keyboard for a glittering review and even a possible recommendation for you all to check it out. But al...

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Tuesday, 04 October 2011

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Tevez, tantrums and Trigger? The pundits pull no punches when it comes to Carlos the Jackal

By the time this weekend came around I, like most, was sick to death of hearing about Carlos Tevez this, Carlos Tevez that, suspensions, fines, lip-readers, caveman, Aleksandar Kolarov, Argentina, Mancini. The whole overblown schism engulfed the country’s consciousness like some toxic mist and re...

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Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Dancing, glitterballs and very camp; and that’s just Clem at Football Focus

After the unwelcome interruption of the international break and all of the disappointing baggage it brings for England supporters, this weekend saw the glittering return of our domestic footballers into the spotlight. Over at Football Focus, the boys were practically giddy at the prospect of the wee...

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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Strong Dispay by The Football League Show

If you think of Match Of The Day as the stylish kid who has all the best stuff, the coolest gadgets and the best Nike trainers as well as being unfeasibly popular; then The Football League Show is the nerdy boy that lives next door. Understated and slightly unfashionable, you’re more likely to see h...

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Saturday, 06 August 2011

Championship Preview (part two)

Here we are, part two of my preview of the new Championship season. Hull Key signing: Paul McKenna (no, not that one) Nigel Pearson was an uncompromising, monosyllabic and tough centre-half as a player and has reinvented himself as an uncompromising, monosyllabic and tough manager. Never one to o...

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Wednesday, 03 August 2011

Championship Preview (part one)

As I have previously stated among the hallowed pages of SquareFootball.net, Leicester City are and always will be the grandest football team to play its football in this great country of ours. The coming season holds with it a renewed sense of hope and anticipation that has been sadly lacking in the...

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Monday, 25 July 2011

Leicester City – Sven’s revolution gathers pace

Paul Konchesky. Not immediately a name that will fill many of you with excitement, enthusiasm or indeed interest of any kind. Liverpool fans particularly are undoubtedly experiencing white-hot feelings of rage at the very utterance of his name – in fact I’m told that the word Konchesky has entered S...

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Tuesday, 05 October 2010

Leicester City: Sven has it all to prove with the Foxes

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has been linked with as many English managerial jobs as he has women, but on Sunday (October 3) the former Lazio and Manchester City boss was confirmed as the new manager at Leicester City. The Foxes owner Milan Mandaric is not famed for his patience with ...

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Thursday, 23 July 2009

Sven's 20 Handy Facts To Get To Know Notts County

Its a fair bet that Notts County isn t a club thats been high on Sven-Goran Erikssons radar since he got involved with English football. Heres twenty handy facts to break the conversational ice if cornered by a skeptical fan 1. County were famously formed as early as 1862. The American Civil War wa...

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Friday, 27 March 2009

One Cap Wonder- Sven's Experiments

At the end of his tenure in the England job Sven-Goran Eriksson was under fire as a manager who never altered his team shape and resisted bringing in new faces. It wasnt always like that though. The Swede created no fewer than 41 new caps during his time in charge which covered just 67 internationa...

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Monday, 02 June 2008

Who will replace Sven at City?

After weeks of specualtion, football's worst kept secret is finally out - Sven-Goran Eriksson has left Manchester City. Despite leading City to their most successful season in the top flight in years, Dr Thaksin Shinawatra has shown the former England boss the door after just one year at the helm....

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Wednesday, 07 May 2008

Manchester City may yet retain Sven Goran Eriksson

The similarities between England and Manchester City are almost too striking for words. A couple of former England stars start their managerial terms brightly before fading, Sven Goran Eriksson is brought in to steady the ship and he achieves what he promised without delivering a major trophy, befor...

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Thursday, 01 May 2008

Don't Shed Too Many Tears For Sven Or His Successor

A recent poll showed the over 90% of Manchester City fans were opposed to Thaksin Shinawatra's putative decision to sack Sven-Goran Eriksson. The Swede has a groundswell of support among City fans but their opinions won't count for much. What we are talking about here is business. The owner thinks ...

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