Former England football manager Bobby Robson dead

 In this file photo, Bobby Robson, Barcelona's then coach holds the European Cup Winners Cup trophy after his team beat Paris St-Germain 1-0 in Rotterdam on May 14, 1997.

A player for Ipswich Town, Fulham and West Bromwich Albion, he won 20 caps for England, but it was as a manager that he achieved his greatest success.

Taking over Ipswich in 1969, he led them to the FA Cup in 1978, and then to the UEFA Cup in 1981, an extraordinary achievement for a small-town club.
A statue of him stands outside Ipswich's Portman Road ground.

Always maintaining his belief in attacking football, Robson replaced Ron Greenwood as England manager in 1982.

It took Diego Maradona's Argentina in 1986 - the hand of God goal and then that brilliant jinking run - to eliminate England in the World Cup quarter-finals.

After three defeats out of three in the Euro 1988, Robson was savaged by the press, but retained his dignity and enthusiasm for the game throughout.

Despite the doubts, he then led England to the semi-final of the 1990 World Cup, where they lost on penalties to West Germany, still their best performance overseas.
He moved on to PSV Eindhoven, where he twice won the Dutch championship, and then went to Portugal with Sporting.
He subsequently led Porto to two championships, before moving on to Barcelona, with whom he won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1997.
Then it was back to PSV for a season before, as he saw it, returning home to Newcastle United, the club he had supported as a boy.
When he arrived in 1999, Newcastle were bottom of the table, but they put eight past Sheffield Wednesday in his first game, and went on to finish fourth in 2001-02 and third the following season to earn two qualifications for the Champions League.

Dismissed near the beginning of the 2004-05 season, Robson remained in the club's affections, and was their honorary president until his death.
A crowd of 33,000 turned out at St James' Park Sunday to honour a wheelchair-bound Robson at a charity match between an England XI and a Germany XI, recalling their World Cup semi-final meeting in 1990.
"Sir Bobby is a legend over the world," said the former midfielder Paul Gascoigne who played in the game. "He was the one who gave me my first run-out for the England team. When I saw him it was quite heartbreaking to see him that way."

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