Although Roy Hodgson remains an understated man, his legacy to the sporting world is anything but.

 

During his illustrious career, the former England player has managed 16 teams across eight countries, including Sweden, Switzerland and Finland, and has celebrated many triumphs on his home ground. 

Multilingual Roy, 68, has shaped the success of so many squads and perfected the performances of some of the world’s top players, gaining respect and admiration along the way.

When he managed the Switzerland national team, he guided them to the last 16 in the 1994 World Cup and through qualification for the Euro 1996. The team had not qualified for a major tournament since the 1960s and Roy’s accomplishments put him firmly on the map.

While at Finland, he took them higher up the FIFA rankings than ever before and his appointment at Fulham will go down in sporting history. He took the team to their highest ever finish and through to the Europa League final in 2010.

It cemented his place in the heart of the Craven Cottage faithful – and put him in the spotlight for his biggest job yet.

In May 2012, Roy was appointed the top managerial post as England manager and took on the high-pressure task of fulfilling a nation’s hopes and dreams.

As usual, he has approached the task with his characteristically calm manner and his team have sailed through qualification for Euro  2016 with a historic 10 wins in 10 games, never achieved by an England team before.

Roy’s wisdom and knowledge of the game gained over 40 years has made him a strong influence on young and established players alike.

He is not only highly regarded by his colleagues, he continues to win over fans with his expectations and passion for fair play.

Despite his quiet demeanour, his enthusiasm for the game is renowned and his passion for encouraging up-and-coming players is unmistakable.

With so much still ahead, Roy’s journey continues.

But no matter what the scores are, he remains a sporting legend.




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