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Sven-Goran Eriksson impersonator fools Mexicans

South American club tricked by handsome imposter

Derek Williams the Sven-Goran Eriksson impersonator

Before Mexico manager Sven-Goran Eriksson came to prominence in the UK, British men with bad eyesight, grey locks and a vastly receding hairlines had nothing in their lives except drab offices, crossword puzzles and avoiding people’s glances on the train. After the Swede romped his way to power, however, one such man has managed to make a full-time career based on his similarity to the randy manager. His name is Derek Williams, and he has been using his special gift since 2005 – you can see him in the picture above recreating a typical day at Eriksson HQ.

Recently, the Sven-alike has been using his dashing visage to make Mexicans look like damned fools:

[Williams] was given a tour of Primera División outfit Universidad Nacional’s stadium – the Estadio Olímpico Universitario – yesterday morning after sending the club falsified documents which appeared to have come from the Mexican football federation. According to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, nobody spotted the deception until the federation themselves released a statement later in the day.

Williams could have used his powers to earn hugely inflated severance packages from top teams, or to bed any unscrupulous secretary/ television personality in the world. Williams decided to use it to get tours of stadiums. And they say George Best wasted his gift…

Spoiler bonus: If you would like to book Derek for a social event or to give you access to a foreign stadium that is open to the public anyway, click here.

[The Guardian]


3 responses so far
  • Lolai // July 17, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    I swear brits will never leave their ignorant ways, Mexico is in NORTH AMERICA not SOUTH AMERICA! hence, NAFTA.

  • Janney // July 17, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Ricardo “tuca” Ferretti is brazilian, mates you made a damned fool out of one brazilian manager and a couple of mexican reporters, i think “Recently, the Sven-alike has been using his dashing visage to make Mexicans look like damned fools” is a completely moronic statement. It pretty much makes YOU look like the damned fools, Gillipollas !!

  • Svenalike // September 4, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Thanks for the write up but just to set the record straight. NO false documents or passes of any kind were used (or in existance) and everyone was convinced by “Sven” opening all doors before him (me). The Estadio Olympico “incident” was the first of many during this fun assignment for RECORD and Azteca TV and the resulting Newspaper content and Saturday night prime time TV show in Mexico had a great audience and showed up the false reporting of a media rival to my clients….

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