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For those who winced through the final stages of Sven-Goran Eriksson's time with England, experiencing a conflict between dismay at the deterioration in the quality of the football and admiration for the sheer good manners of a manager who never once succumbed to the temptation to answer his critics in kind, there is a certain pleasure to be had from seeing the courteous Swede with a smile on his face once again.
Eriksson's post-England adventures with Mexico and Notts County seemed to confirm the caricature of the passionless, money-mad Swede. He can hardly be blamed, however, for finding it difficult to acclimatise to the strange conditions he found in Mexico City, where the raging drugs wars rendered him a virtual prisoner in his luxury accommodation, or Nottingham, where he was trapped in a web woven by the obscure Munto Finance.
Appointed to the job of Ivory Coast's head coach in March after Valid Halilhodzic failed to take them into the last four of this year's African Cup of Nations, Eriksson guided them to a goalless draw against Portugal in his first competitive match with the team. Today, at Soccer City, they play Brazil in a meeting that is not without poignancy for the Swede, since the South Americans were responsible for the elimination of his England at the 2002 World Cup in the first of the three quarter-finals reached during his time as an employee of the Football Association.
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