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Sven-Goran Eriksson struggles to hold back tears as former club plan beautiful tribute to legendary manager

Sven-Goran Eriksson struggles to hold back tears as former club plan beautiful tribute to legendary manager

The former England boss was paid a heartfelt tribute.

Sven-Goran Eriksson struggled to hold back the tears as his former club produced a heartfelt tribute to their former manager.

In January football fans around the world were left shocked and saddened when Sven-Goran Eriksson announced that he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The former Swedish manager was diagnosed after he collapsed following a five kilometre run, and he admitted that he probably only has a year left to live.

Coaches and players past and present paid tribute to the 76-year-old, who coached the likes of Sampdoria, Lazio, England and Manchester City during a 42-year managerial career.

Since January Eriksson has visited several of his former clubs to say farewell and to give supporters a final chance to thank him.

The Swede also got the chance to sit in the dugout and manage Liverpool at Anfield, something he had always dreamed of as a childhood Liverpool fan.

Eriksson was part of the coaching staff for the Liverpool Legends team that beat Ajax legends last month.

There were more emotional scenes on Saturday, when Eriksson returned to his former club IFK Goteborg in his native Sweden.

The former England boss coached the club between 1979 and 1982 in just his second job as a manager, and earned legendary status after guiding them to UEFA Cup glory in 1982, the club's first ever European trophy.

Eriksson was honoured ahead of Goteborg's 1-1 draw with Norrkoping in the Allsvenskan on Saturday, and he struggled to hold back the tears.

The 76-year-old led the two teams out onto the pitch and was given a standing ovation by the home crowd.

Eriksson became emotional as supporters serenaded him with a song, as well as holding up a tifo depicting him as a player in his youth.

The stadium announcer then went through the Goteborg starting XI, and to Eriksson's delight, ended the call-and-response by announcing his name to the crowd.

Featured Image Credit: @dplus_sportSE

Topics: Sven-Goran Eriksson, Football, Sweden