12 of 12 – The Gaffer

Managing the Los Revolucionarios side is English legend Sir Bobby Robson.

After leading Ipswich Town to FA Cup glory, he went on to amazingly give the Suffolk club a fantastic UEFA Cup success, beating AZ Alkmaar in the final.

As England boss, Robson was knocked out of the 1986 World Cup by the two sides of Maradona, and then the 1990 World Cup on penalties at the hands of eventual champions West Germany.

At PSV he brought a young Brazilian forward known as Ronaldo over to Europe, and led Eindhoven to two Dutch League titles before leaving for Sporting Lisbon.

In Lisbon, Robson hired a young Jose Mourinho as his interpreter, but despite taking Sporting to the top of the table, he was fired.

It didn’t take long before FC Porto requested his services, and along with Mourinho (now his assistant), he made the short trip to Oporto. There he led Porto to two successive league titles as a Portuguese cup. He also brought current Porto manager Andre Villas Boas into his management set-up before departing to Catalan giants Barcelona.

After bringing Ronaldo to the Nou Camp, Robson went onto lead the Blaugrana to a Copa Del Rey, a Super Copa and a European Cup Winners Cup.

Ronaldo still cites Robson as one of the best managers he has worked for.

After leaving the Camp Nou, Robson headed back for another short spell at PSV, before returning to England with Newcastle United.

Unfortunately, Sir Bobby lost his battle with lung cancer in 2009, but leaves behind a fantastic legacy. Quite rightly, he enters the Los Revolucionarios dugout as “The Gaffer”.


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