Sir Robert William Robson CBE
commonly known as Bobby Robson
(18 February 1933 – 31 July 2009), was a former English football manager
and former international football player. As an inside forward
, his professional playing career spanned nearly 20 years during which he played for just three clubs, Fulham
, West Bromwich Albion
and the Vancouver Royals
. He also made 20 appearances for England
, scoring four goals.
He achieved success as both a club and international manager, having won league championships in the Netherlands and Portugal, earning trophies in England and Spain, and taking England to the semi-final of the 1990 World Cup. He was voted European Manager of the Year for the 1996–97 season whilst manager of Barcelona, with Ronaldo saying "without doubt he is one of the greatest in the world".
Robson was knighted in 2002, was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2003 and was the honorary president of Ipswich Town. In December 2007, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year show in recognition of "his contribution as both player and manager in a career spanning more than half a century".
He was first diagnosed with cancer in 1991 and spent much of his time in the latter years of his life campaigning and fund-raising for research into the disease, one of his most notable achievements in this field being the launch of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation in 2008.
His cancer was diagnosed as terminal in 2008 and he died of the disease on 31 July 2009. (Full article...)
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A game of Street football
, West Bengal
. The term street football encompasses a wide variety of informal games that are loosely based on association football but do not necessarily enforce all, or indeed any, of the Laws of the Game
. Often the most basic of set-ups will involve just a ball with a wall or fence used as a goal, or items such as clothing being used for goalposts
. The ease of playing these informal games means that they are popular all over the world.
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Women's association football)
Japanese high-school girls playing football in their traditional hakama with one team wearing sashes. (c. 1920) (from
Selected World Cup