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Bobby Robson Dies After Battle With Cancer
Bloomberg News, July 31st, 2009 4:30PM

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Bobby Robson, one of the most respected English coaches in modern history, died Friday at the age of 76 after a long battle with cancer.

Robson played for England 20 times during his playing career with Fulham and West Bromwich Albion and later made a name for himself as a manager at Ipswich Town. He led England to its second World Cup semifinal in 1990 before having a successful career abroad, winning trophies with clubs in the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain, where he coached Barcelona. His full-time managing career ended at Newcastle in 2004.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Robson "epitomized everything that is great" about soccer. "He will be sorely missed, not only in Newcastle and Ipswich, both of whom he served with such devotion, but by all sports fans in our country," Brown said in a statement.

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