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Roy Hodgson (born 9 August 1947) is an Englishmarker football manager and former player, who is currently the manager of Fulham.

Hodgson is probably best known for guiding the Swiss national team to the 1994 World Cup and Euro 1996; before that Switzerland had not qualified for a major tournament since the 1960s. He has also coached many notable club sides, including Viking FK, Malmö FF, Internazionale, Blackburn Roversmarker, Grasshoppers, F.C. Copenhagen and Udinese. He was appointed to his current role at Fulham in December 2007.

Hodgson has served several times as a member of UEFA's technical study group at the European Championships, and he was also a member of the FIFAmarker Technical Study Group (TSG) at the 2006 World Cup. Hodgson has also worked as a television pundit in several of the countries in which he has coached and is multilingual.

Playing career

Hodgson was born in Croydonmarker and educated at John Ruskin Grammar School. He was a moderately successful player with Crystal Palace but was never able to break into the first team, this was followed by several years in non-league football with Tonbridge, Gravesend and Northfleetmarker and Maidstone Unitedmarker (where he was assistant coach).


Early career

He started his coaching career at Swedishmarker Allsvenskan outfit Halmstads BK in 1976. He spent five years at the club, winning the Swedish championship in 1976 and 1979. The success with Halmstad in 1976 is considered as one of the biggest surprises of all time in Swedish football. The year before Halmstad had struggled against relegation and the club was before the 1976 campaign commonly seen as a potential relegation candidate. Also through his early career, he was dubbed the nicest man in the world

In 1980, he moved to Bristol City in his native England, where he was assistant manager and later manager. Due to the club's financial problems he was largely unsuccessful. In 1983, Hodgson moved back to Sweden to take over Örebro SK. In 1985, he took over at Malmö FF, which he led to five consecutive Allsvenskan league championships, two Swedish championships (at the time the Swedish championship was decided through play-offs) as well as two Swedish Cups. Due to his successful time at Malmö FF, Hodgson is even to this date highly appreciated by the clubs fans, who have unofficially named a section of the new Swedbank Stadionmarker "Roys Hörna" (Roy's Corner).

Hodgson moved to Swissmarker side Neuchâtel Xamax in 1990. His early coaching career was closely linked to that of his friend Bob Houghton; they worked together at Maidstone, Stranraer and Bristol City, and they both worked in Swedish football at the same time. The pair are credited with transforming Swedish football, bringing zonal marking for the first time.


Hodgson took over the Swiss national team from Uli Stielike on the 26 January 1992. Stielike had been the first Swiss coach to have a winning record, winning 13 of the 25 games he was in charge. As Hodgson was succeeding Stielike at the national level, Stielike took over the job Hodgson had just vacated at club level with Swiss Super League side Neuchâtel Xamax.

Hodgson took the Schweizer Nati to the 1994 World Cup, losing only one game during qualification, from a group that included Italy and Portugal. This was Switzerland's first World Cup since 1966. At the 1994 World Cup, the Swiss finished runners-up in their group, qualifying for the Round of 16 where they lost to Spain.

The Swiss easily qualified for Euro '96. Hodgson left immediately after they had qualified for Euro '96, on 15 November 1995 to join Serie A side Internazionale. He had in fact being doing both jobs since October of that year. Without Hodgson, the Swiss had a difficult time at Euro '96 with defeats coming at the hands of the Dutch and the Scots, with the Swiss finishing bottom of their group.

Inter and Blackburn

Before the start of the European Championships, however, he joined Italianmarker Serie A giants Internazionale, where he worked from 1995 to 1997, reaching the UEFA Cup final in 1996–97. In the 1997 close season, he left Internazionale to manage Premiership side Blackburn Roversmarker, which he guided into the UEFA Cup during his first season. He was sacked early in his second season in charge after a string of bad results saw Blackburn drop to the bottom of the league table, his final game was the homemarker defeat to Southampton. In 1998, he was seriously considered to succeed Berti Vogts as the coach of the German national team, but the German FA decided to appoint a domestic coach instead. In 1999, he had a brief second stint at Inter before returning to Switzerlandmarker to coach Grasshopper-Club Zürich for a season.

Early 21st century

In 2000, Hodgson was one of three candidates to take over as England manager, but when Sven-Göran Eriksson was chosen, he moved to Denmarkmarker, and won the Superliga championship with F.C. Copenhagen in 2000–01. In 2001, he broke his contract with F.C. Copenhagen to move to Serie A side Udinese. Despite a successful start, he was fired after just six months after allegedly stating that he regretted taking up the post. In April 2002, Hodgson took over as coach of the United Arab Emirates but was sacked in January 2004 after leading them to fifth place at the Gulf Cup. In May 2004, he moved to Norwegianmarker club Viking F.K.. The club finished ninth under Hodgson in its first season in the new stadium, Viking Stadionmarker. After a fight in the top of the table Viking finished fifth in the 2005 campaign. 2005 was also a good year for Hodgson and Viking in Europe and the UEFA Cup, with victories against AS Monaco FC and Austria Wien as the highlights. On 15 August 2005, he agreed to take over as coach of the Finnish national team for the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.


Hodgson failed to reach Euro 2008 with Finland (despite attaining 24 points and coming 4th in their group). Hodgson's Finland were praised for well organized defending but criticized for inefficient attacking. Finland played five 0–0 draws in 14 qualification games. However, Finland had a chance to qualify still in their last match, which is very exceptional in Finnish football. Hodgson's contract expired in the end of November, and although the Finnish FA expressed their willingness to extend it, Hodgson decided to move on. Prior to taking up an ambassadorial role at Inter, Hodgson was linked with the vacant Republic of Ireland manager job. He was also considered an outside candidate to replace Steve McClaren as England manager,having been linked to the job after the departure of Glenn Hoddle and Kevin Keegan and given his international management record and nationality.


On 28 December 2007, Hodgson accepted the manager's post at struggling Premier League side Fulham, with his contract beginning on 30 December 2007. He initially endured a run of very poor results with the club looking to be certainties for relegation to the Championship. However, a run of 12 points from the last five games of the season secured the Cottagers' survival on the final day of the season. In the 2008–09 season, Hodgson led Fulham to unprecedented success. He guided his side to a seventh placed finish in the Premier League, the club's highest ever finish, and ensured qualification for the new UEFA Europa League. He received much praise for the signings of Mark Schwarzer and Brede Hangeland, and some journalists called for him to be given the Premier League Manager of the Year award.



Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Halmstad July 1976 June 1980
Bristol City 3 January 1982 30 April 1982 20 3 5 12 15.00
Örebro July 1982 June 1985
Malmö FF July 1984 June 1990
Neuchâtel Xamax July 1990 June 1992
Switzerland 26 January 1992 15 November 1995 41 21 10 10 51.22
Internazionale 5 October 1995 25 May 1997 86 38 25 23 44.19
Blackburn Roversmarker 1 June 1997 21 November 1998 62 22 18 22 35.48
Internazionale 5 May 1999 27 June 1999 3 2 1 0 66.67
Grasshoppers July 1999 June 2000
FCK July 2000 June 2001 35 18 12 5 51.43
Udinese 21 June 2001 10 December 2001 17 7 5 5 41.18
United Arab Emirates 9 April 2002 14 January 2004
Viking FK 11 July 2004 20 December 2005

Finland 16 January 2006 30 November 2007

Fulham 30 December 2007 Present

Managerial honours

Halmstads BK


Malmö FF





Runner Up




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