Sven Goran-Eriksson defends Victoria Beckham and the brigade of WAGs at the 2006 World Cup


Sven Goran-Eriksson defended Victoria Beckham, Coleen Rooney and the rest of the WAGs brigade at the 2006 World Cup after they were accused of stealing the limelight.

The 74-year-old Swedish football manager insisted the group had been doing “completely normal things” as the glitzy squad sat in the stands and enjoyed fun-filled nights in Germany during the tournament.

Led by Victoria, 48, Coleen, 36, and Cheryl Cole, 39, the wives and girlfriends grabbed the spotlight, garnering more attention than their partners who actually took to the field.

Support: Sven Goran-Eriksson defended Victoria Beckham, Cheryl Cole and the rest of the WAGs brigade at the 2006 World Cup after they were accused of stealing the limelight

Support: Sven Goran-Eriksson defended Victoria Beckham, Cheryl Cole and the rest of the WAGs brigade at the 2006 World Cup after they were accused of stealing the limelight

The group were dressed in designer outfits and their endless shopping, brawls and late-night parties during the trip were seen as a major distraction for footballers at the time.

Speaking of Boyle Sports World Cup, Sven reflected on the scandal and defended the group, but admitted that the increased attention on the Spice Girl did not “make it easy for him”.

The coach also defended the WAGs’ presence instead of sitting ‘bored’ in a hotel after the brigade were seen around in Germany.

“One of the wives.” [at the World Cup] was Victoria Beckham and of course that didn’t make it any easier, it made it fantastic for the press,” he explained.

Famous moment: The 74-year-old Swedish football manager insisted the group were doing 'totally normal things' as the glamorous outfit sat in the stands (Cheryl and Coleen Rooney pictured)

Famous moment: The 74-year-old Swedish football manager insisted the group were doing ‘totally normal things’ as the glamorous outfit sat in the stands (Cheryl and Coleen Rooney pictured)

“We saw the wives maybe once a week for dinner and I decided when that would be and the other days of course the wives were invited here and there and the FA helped them not sit in a hotel and be bored and I think it was great.

Sven admitted that “whatever the WAGs did at the time was seen as a scandal because of the increased attention on them at the time.

He added: “Whatever they did was a scandal. If they went to a bar, if they went to a restaurant, if they went out shopping… [but] they were [doing] quite normal things. I found the reaction a bit unhelpful.

The WAG’s partying behavior is widely claimed to be the reason the partners were banned from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Defense: Sven reflected on the scandal and defended the band, but admitted the increased attention on David Beckham’s wife did not make it “easy” for him

Elsewhere, David Beckham recently addressed claims that the WAG brigade stole the limelight with their designer looks at the 2006 World Cup.

Speaking in June, he admitted that the wives and girlfriends had gone “too far” after stealing the show.

David admitted that Victoria grimaced at some of her looks when reflecting on the competition years later, in an interview with Gary Neville’s YouTube channel The Overlap.

Reflecting on the decision to have the footballer’s families take center stage during the World Cup, David admitted that he was never opposed to relatives supporting them at the tournament.

Scandal: The group's endless shopping, fights and late-night parties during the trip were seen as a distraction for the footballers.  Pictured: Cheryl with Victoria and Brooklyn Beckham

Scandal: The group’s endless shopping, fights and late-night parties during the trip were seen as a distraction for the footballers. Pictured: Cheryl with Victoria and Brooklyn Beckham

He said: “I think they were noticed. I have always believed that as England captain, having wives, girlfriends and children around is not a bad thing.

“Once you’re in training camp, you’re in training camp, you have to focus, but I think early in the tournament that’s not a bad thing.”

But the sportsman, who captained the Three Lions for the tournament where they crashed out in the quarter-finals after losing on penalties to Portugal, admitted the obsession with WAGs has gone “too far”.

He said: “Looking back, this whole culture – there was a lot of attention around it and whether people behaved in the right way, I don’t know.

Looking back: David Beckham (pictured with Michael Owen) recently hit out at claims the WAG brigade stole the limelight, saying they had gone 'too far'

Looking back: David Beckham (pictured with Michael Owen) recently hit out at claims the WAG brigade stole the limelight, saying they had gone ‘too far’

“Even Victoria – she’s the first to say now – what was I doing, what was I wearing, why would I do that? So it happened [go too far].

“There was more talk about WAGs than football. at that time players want to focus on the tournament. It’s gone too far, but I believe having the WAGs and family around is a good thing.’

Victoria joined the army of WAGs who descended on Germany during the World Cup with their families, turning heads in their designer outfits as they cheered on their husbands in the stands.

Known for her glamorous designer outfits, Victoria also donned an England Rocks tank top for England’s match against Trinidad and Tobago.

As he and Gary toured the hotel in Qatar, which will host England at the World Cup later this year, David admitted he preferred a remote location where the club could train and rest before such important ties.

He told his former team-mate: “Every player was different. When you’re in the tournament, you got to take in where we stayed, the atmosphere, the game room.

“Once we started bringing players like Rooney into the team, there were players who enjoyed the games. The things you are looking for are peace of mind.

“You want to be in the middle of nowhere. As much as you want some atmosphere, all you care about is the games. This [England’s Qatar hotel] It is perfect.’

Oh dear: David admitted Victoria (both pictured in 2019) grimaces at some of the looks she wore when reflecting on the competition years later

Oh dear: David admitted Victoria (both pictured in 2019) grimaces at some of the looks she wore when reflecting on the competition years later



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