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Football: In 1966, Englishman Bobby Charlton, the world champion, passed away

Football: In 1966, Englishman Bobby Charlton, the world champion, passed away

England footballer Bobby Charlton has died, his family announced on Saturday. He was 86. There was this football legend 1966 World ChampionHouse. Manchester United are in mourning following the death of Sir Bobby Charlton, one of the greatest and most loved players in the club’s history.A press release also wrote the player’s former club.

Known for his powerful strikes, the 1966 Ballon d’Or winner became a symbol of elegance and sportsmanship. Despite being a midfielder, Charlton scored goals typical of a striker.

united star

Born on October 11, 1937 in Ashington, a working-class town in the north-east of England, Bobby Charlton joined United at the age of 15. In the reconstruction after World War II, the club then wanted to recruit young players. Under coach Matt Busby and with Charlton as captain, the “Busby Babes” were crowned champions of England in 1957. In 1968, he made the Red Devils the first English club to lift a major European trophy. A performance that was quite remarkable given that ten years ago, eight of his teammates lost their lives Munich plane crashFrom which he miraculously emerged unscathed.

Bobby Charlton in his hospital bed after surviving a plane crash in 1958
Bobby Charlton in his hospital bed after surviving a plane crash in 1958 © AFP
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World champion at home

Eight years after the tragedy, along with his older brother Jack, Bobby Charlton achieved worldwide fame by giving England their first World Cup. The master of playing “Three Lions”. Scored three goals during the tournament, including Eusebio’s double against Portugal in the semi-finals. The English won the final against young France Beckenbauer’s West Germany (4-2 after extra time).

Bobby Charlton won the World Cup in 1966
Bobby Charlton won the World Cup in 1966 © AFP
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Two years later, on the same pitch at Wembley, he made further history by winning the European Champions Clubs’ Cup with Manchester United alongside George Best and Denis Law, who had trained there. “Holy Trinity”. Since 2008, a statue of the three players has stood in front of Old Trafford and in 2016 a stand at the ground was renamed after him.

Flowers were laid at the base of the Holy Trinity statue in Manchester this October 21 in tribute to Bobby Charlton.
Flowers were laid at the foot of the Holy Trinity statue in Manchester this October 21 in tribute to Bobby Charlton. © AFP
Paul Ellis

Bobby Charlton retired from international football after the 1970 World Cup, having scored 49 goals for the national team, a tally not surpassed by Wayne Rooney until September 2015. His long and illustrious career at United ended in 1973, scoring 249 goals in 758 appearances.

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