Sir Bobby Robson 1933-2009
Sir Bobby Robson, son of a miner and a British football legend, has lost his long battle with cancer. He died on Friday at the age of 76.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, in paying tribute to the former England manager, said:
"In my 23 years working in England there is not a person I would put an inch above Bobby Robson. I mourn the passing of a great friend; a wonderful individual; a tremendous football man and somebody with passion and knowledge of the game that was unsurpassed".
Nobody can deny that Robson, with his great passion for football, is a true legend of the beautiful game.
In his long association with football, he has inspired different generations of footballers. He was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2002.
He was England's most successful national team manager since Sir Alf Ramsey. In the 1990 World Cup final in Italy, Robson took England to just a whisker away from the final.
England lost on penalties against West Germany in the semi-final. Gary Lineker had forced extra-time with a late equaliser, but Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle missed from the spot as England bowed out.
Robson played for Fulham and West Bromwich Albion during the 1950s and 1960s and won 20 international caps for England as a mid-field player.
He began his managerial career with Fulham in 1968. He went on to manage Ipswich Town and turned the unfashionable East Anglian club into a European force. Robson moved on to the continent and had spells as manager of PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands), Sporting Lisbon and Porto (Portugal) and Spanish giants Barcelona.
His final stop as a club manager was with Newcastle United, the Yorkshire club he supported as a boy.
RIP, Sir Bobby Robson.
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