Jack Charlton, brother of the myth Bobby Charlton, legend of Leeds United and world champion with the English team in 1966, died at the age of 85, his family announced. Charlton, who in recent years suffered from lymphoma and dementia, was also Ireland coach for ten years.
"Jack died peacefully on Friday, July 10 at age 85. He was at his home in Northunberland, next to his family. We cannot express how proud we are of the extraordinary life he has had and all the joys he gave to a lot of people from different countries. He was a good person, honest, fun and genuine, who always had time for people, "his family explained in a statement.
As a player, Jack Charlton, nicknamed 'The Giraffe' for his height (1.91m), spent his entire career at Leeds United, where he played 773 games and scored 96 goals despite playing as central defender. There he won an English league, a Fair Cup, a League Cup, an FA Cup and an English Super Cup.
With the English team, in addition to lifting the World Cup in 1966, along with his brother Bobby , star of that team and Ballon d'Or, he participated in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. It was the most important moment of his career and, of course, of English football.
After his retirement, he began a career on the bench that led him to Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United. From 1986 to 1995 he coached the Irish team, which he took to the 1988 European Championship and reached the quarterfinals at the 1990 World Cup in Italy .
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