Jack Charlton , one of the most famous English footballers, has died. With his brother Bobby he won the World Cup at Wembley in 1966.
Jack Charlton was also coach of the Republic of Ireland: he brought the formation of the Republic of Ireland to two editions of the World Cup. He was 85 years old. He passed away in his home in Northumberland. The former Leeds defender had been diagnosed with lymphoma in the past year.
Charlton was one of the most famous characters in the history of English football .
As a footballer, Jack Charlton, Bobby's older brother, spent his entire career in Leeds, a club where he played for 21 years, collecting 773 appearances until his retirement in 1973 and winning the championship in 1969 and the FA Cup in 1972.
In 1967 he was named 'footballer of the year' in England. Many, however, also remember him as a coach, for what he did as manager of Ireland.
At the head of the greens he centered the qualification for the 1988 European Championships and then reached the historic goal of the quarterfinals at the World Cup of Italy in 90 where he was defeated by the blues.
For all this, and for his sympathy, in Dublin he was nicknamed 'Saint Jack'. With a tweet, the Irish Football Association remembers him today as "the man who changed our football forever".
“He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather – the family remembers him with a note -. We cannot express how proud we are of him, of his extraordinary life and for the fact that he has given joy to many people, in many different countries along the path of his existence.
He was an honest, kind, funny and genuine person. His loss leaves us a huge void but we will be grateful to him forever for all the beautiful memories he has given us "(source Ansa).
Source: Blitz Quotidiano