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THE LIST: Sportsmail's top 50 to have played under Sir Bobby Robson

10 Aug 2009 15:33:00

THE LIST: Sportsmail's top 50 to have played under Sir Bobby Robson

The world of football stopped to pay tribute to the great Sir Bobby Robson following his death last month. One of the best bosses to emerge from England, he gained respect from around the globe for his work. Robson started his managerial career at Fulham in 1968, taking control of Ipswich, England, PSV Eindhoven (twice), Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona before finishing at Newcastle, the club he supported all his life. The Geordie legend worked with some of the game's greats along the years and Sportsmail has compiled the top 50 stars to work under him. As always, you can tell us who you think should finish No 1 by leaving your comments. 50 Craig Bellamy Bellamy's stay at Newcastle is the longest he's spent at any club since starting his career with Norwich. Sir Bobby got the best out of the Wales captain playing him alongside Alan Shearer. Bellamy was named PFA Young Player of the Year in his first season with the Magpies. 49 Jonathan Woodgate Woodgate's Newcastle career was hampered by injury but the defender, now at Tottenham, did enough under Sir Bobby to earn himself a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid. 48 Fernando Couto The Portuguese centre-half played for two of Sir Bobby's clubs, Porto and Barcelona, as well as making a name for himself at Parma and Lazio and representing his country over 100 times. 47 Jermaine Jenas Jenas' form dipped towards the end of Sir Bobby's reign at St James' Park but the midfielder (right) showed plenty of promise when he arrived at Newcastle for £5million from Nottingham Forest. Named PFA Young Player of the Year in his first season. 46 Luc Nilis It was during Sir Bobby's second spell at PSV Eindhoven that Belgian Nilis formed the deadliest of strike partnerships with Ruud van Nistelrooy. The pair scored 55 goal between them in 1998-99. 45 Brian Talbot Talbot was a local hero in Sir Bobby's Ipswich side, capping his seven years at the club with an FA Cup win in 1978 before signing for Arsenal the following year. Celebrations: Talbot (2nd right) with the FA Cup after Ipswich's triumph in 1978 44 Albert Ferrer Full back Ferrer made over 200 appearances for Barcelona, winning five League championships, a European Cup, a Cup Winners' Cup and two Copas del Reys. 43 Alan Brazil Scotland international Brazil started his career under Sir Bobby at Ipswich and spent six years at Portman Road. Went on to play for Spurs and Manchester United and represented his country 13 times. 42 Ivan de la Pena De la Pena had fallen out of favour at Barcelona under Johan Cruyff but the arrival of Sir Bobby presented the Spaniard with the chance to kick-start his career. He took it with both hands and was a key member of the side that won the Spanish Cup, European Cup Winners' Cup and European Supercup in 1997. 41Vitor Baia Baia was a fans' favourite at Porto but the goalkeeper (below) followed his boss when Sir Bobby left for Barcelona. Failed to make as big an impact in Spain but achieved further success when he returned to the Portuguese giants. Capped 80 times for Portugal.


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