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A veteran of football management, Roy Hodgson ‘CBE’ is a British football manager and former player who has had a lengthy and successful career in the sports.
Hodgson served several times as a member of UEFA’s technical study group at the European Championship and also as a member of the FIFA technical study group at the 2006 World Cup.
The current Crystal Palace boss has managed 22 different teams in eight countries, beginning in Sweden with Halmstads BK in the 1976 season before he later guided the Switzerland national team to the last 16 of the 1994 World Cup and Euro qualification in 1996.
Hodgson came out of retirement to takeover Crystal Palace’s vacant managerial position following the sacking of Patrick Vieira last week due to the team consecutive winless run.
His previous stint with the Eagles saw him take in 162 games at the helm savoring 54 wins, but with him now back in Palace’s dugout his first game back will see the Eagles play host to Leicester City on April 1st.
Roy Hodgson Facts & Wiki
Name: Roy Hodgson
Parents: Bill & Kathleen Hodgson
Birth Place: Croydon, England
Age: 75 years
Date of Birth: August 9th, 1947
Club: Crystal Palace Manager
Wife: Sheila Hodgson
Children: Christopher Hodgson
Roy Hodgson Biography & Clubs Coached
Hodgson began his professional football career as a defender for Crystal Palace in 1965, though he did not make many appearances for the club before he moved on to join a non-league football team Maidstone United in 1969.
He’s coaching career began at Halmstad in Sweden after he bid farewell to the beautiful game in 1976 in order to focus on football management.
The Englishman led Halmstad to their first-ever Swedish League title in 1976 and also won the Swedish Cup in 1979. Following his success at Halmstad, he moved to Malmo FF in 1985 where he also won another Swedish league title in 1986.
Hodgson’s success in Sweden caught the attention of many clubs in Europe at the time, but it was Swiss outfit Neuchatel Xamax who appointed him as their head coach in 1990 where he led the team to winning the Swiss Cup in his first season and a league title in 1991.
His move to Inter Milan in 1995 was seen as a bold step having proven himself to be a brilliant manager in Sweden and Switzerland between 1976 to 1991 winning five trophies.
At Inter Milan, Hodgson couldn’t replicate the success he had enjoyed in Sweden and Switzerland with the Nerazzuri, and he was sacked after just one season in charge of the Italian outfit.
After his disappointing spell in Inter Milan, Hodgson retuned to Switzerland to managed Grasshopper Club Zurich in 1999 and he led the team to the Swiss Cup title in 2000.
A return to Italy to manage Udinese came to fore in 2000, but he was sacked after four mouths in charge of the team. He also had a brief stints at Copenhagen in Denmark and Viking FK in Norway before taking over as the manager of United Arab Emirates in 2002.
Roy Hodgson National Team Journey
He led the United Arab Emirates team to the Gulf Cup of Nations final in 2003 but they were beaten by Saudi Arabia.
Hodgson took over as the manager of Switzerland after Uli Stielike left his position in 1992. Before taking over the Switzerland managerial job the team has not qualified for a major international tournament since the 1966 World Cup.
He took the ‘Schweizer Nati’ to the 1994 World Cup, losing only one game during the qualification in a group that had Italy, Portugal and Scotland. His tutelage propelled the Swiss national team to their first-ever best FIFA ranking (3rd).
His stint with the Finnish national team came with ups and down in 2006, but he did recorded few victories against some of Europe’s best teams during qualifications and friendlies.
Roy Hodgson Honors & Achievements
Hodgson is known for his tactical acumen and his ability to get the best out of his players, as such he won several awards throughout his career.
As one of English most respected manager within the footballing community for his impact on the beautiful game, many sees him as one of the best English manager to ever walk the touchline in football.
He was appointed ‘Commander of the Order of the British Empire’ (CBE) during his birthday celebration in 2021 where he was honoured for his services to the game.
- As a manager who was just establishing himself he won the Allsvenskan league in 1976 and 1979 with Halmstad.
- Winner of the Allsvenskan league with Malmo FF in 1986, 1988 and the Svenska Cup in 1985-86, 1988-89.
- Winner of the Swiss Super Cup in 1990 with Neuchatel Xamax and UEFA Cup runner-up with Inter Milan in 1996-97
- He’s also a League and Super Cup winner with Copenhagen in 2000-01 and a runner-up with Fulham in the UEFA Europa League 2009-10.
- Individually he was a winner of the LMA Manager of the Year in 2010 and Premier League Manager of the Month thrice in 1997, 2009 and 2010.
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