took England to the semi-finals of the European Championships

Terry Venables has passed away at the age of 80 following a long illness. The news was spread by the family, with many messages of condolence. In addition to Leeds, Tottenham and Barcelona, ​​he was linked to the English national team with which he came close to achieving the feat at the European Championships in 1996.

English football in particular but the entire world of football is mourning the passing of Terry Venables, historic coach of the Three Lions national team which he led to the European semi-final in 1996. In his career he had also linked his name to various clubs such as Barcelona, ​​Leeds and Tottenham. He passed away after a long illness, at the age of 80.

The sad news was confirmed by the news that made Venables’ passing public with a note: “We are totally devastated by the loss of a wonderful husband and father who passed away peacefully yesterday after a long illness.” For all English fans, his name is linked to the fate of the national team, when during Euro 96, he managed to drag the Three Lions to the threshold of the final. And his last role in office, as assistant to Steve McClaren, was linked to the English selection.

But Venables is also linked to other very important moments in the clubs he coached, especially in London where with Spurs he came close to an epic FA Cup in 1991, stopping in the semi-final at Wembley. In his honour, Tottenham have already confirmed that they will hold a minute of applause before the match against Aston Villa on Sunday, while both groups of fans will wear black armbands in memory of the manager.

Obviously there were many testimonies of affection and condolences, among the first also that of the current English coach, Southgate: “Every player always has a great affinity with the manager who gave him his opportunity, but it was immediately evident playing for Terry Venables that he was an exceptional coach and manager. Tactically excellent, he had a wonderful way, capable of managing everyone, from the youngest player to the biggest star. He was open-minded, forward-thinking, enjoyed life to the full and created a brilliant environment with England allowing their players to thrive and staging one of the most memorable tournaments in England’s history.”

Venables later dedicated himself to spreading his idea of ​​football abroad. for the clubs with Barcelona in Spain, and then when he decided to lead the Australian national team for a period, a stint outside England where he then returned to lead Crystal Palace and Leeds. Gary Lineker, who played with Venables for Tottenham and Barça, left his memory in the media: “Devastated to hear that Terry Venables has passed away. The best and most innovative coach I have had the privilege and pleasure of playing for.”

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