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RIP Sir Bobby Robson

3 Sep1999:  Bobby Robson, the new Newcastle Manager, holds aloft a Newcastle shirt in front of the assembled fans outside St James Park, Newcastle, England. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport
Ronaldo Assis de Moreira Analyst IIJuly 31, 2009

The balmy summer of 1990, when England reached the semi-finals of Italia ‘90 was arguably Bobby Robson’s finest hour and is a fitting way to remember him today.

Towards the end of his life, the former Ipswich and Newcastle boss, sometimes got confused but there was no doubting his love for the game. (Video here.)

He worked wonders with Ipswich and blazed a trail for England managers abroad at PSV Eindhoven, FC Porto and Barcelona (see him celebrating a classic Ronaldo goal with Jose Mourinho at 0.15 here).

Sir Bobby was one of Newcastle’s most successful ever managers. Freddy Shepherd treated him badly and the Toon’s demise can be traced to sacking Robson in August 2004.

Robson’s playing career wasn’t bad either, including 20 caps and four goals for England.

His autobiography was titled: “Bobby Robson: Farewell but not Goodbye,” based on one of his quotes when he left the England job: “I’m here to say goodbye—maybe not goodbye but farewell.”

Farewell Bobby, you were a true football legend.

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