Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson was on Sunday named as the new coach of Côte d'Ivoire for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ finals in South Africa.
"Sven-Goran Eriksson is the new coach of Côte d'Ivoire. He will lead the team at the World Cup where his objective is to ensure an honourable participation," said a statement released by the country's football federation (FIF).
The Swede, who guided England to the quarter-finals of the 2002 and 2006 World Cup, takes over from Vahid Halilhodzic who was sacked after Côte d'Ivoire were knocked out in the quarter-finals of the CAF African Cup of Nations in January. The African team are in Group G at the June 11 - July 11 FIFA World Cup finals along with Brazil, Portugal and Korea DPR.
After negotiations took place last week, Eriksson told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper: "It would be great to be on a bench at another World Cup. The World Cup is the world's biggest sporting event, a great festival of football for a month. It is incredible to be part of it, as a player and as a coach."
Eriksson's last job in football was as director of football of English League Two side Notts County. But he quit in January this year when the ownership of the club changed hands. Before that he spent a turbulent 10 months in charge of Mexico and was recently linked with taking over the Swedish national team as well as Korea DPR.
Eriksson, who became England's first ever foreign coach, enjoyed a mediocre playing career, never rising above the Swedish second division, but has been rated as a top class coach, especially of club sides.
He won the 1982 UEFA Cup with Swedish outfit Gothenburg, before leaving for Portugal and his first spell with Benfica (1982-84, 1989-92), then to Italy - first with Roma (1984-1987), then Fiorentina (1987-1989) followed by Sampdoria (1992-1997) and finally Lazio (1997-2000).
Aside from the UEFA Cup he also collected national league titles in Sweden, Portugal and Italy as well as the now defunct UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1999. After leaving the England hot-seat, he took charge at Manchester City in 2007, but left in 2008 before heading for Mexico.