, 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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