Sir Bobby Robson dies at the age of 76 following a long battle with cancer.

He was a renowned and revered figure in football and led England to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in 1986 where his side was knocked out by a Diego Maradona, and the World Cup semi-finals at Italia in 1990 where his side was defeated by Germany in a penalty shootout.

Robson was a club coach who had a long success with Fulham, Ipswich, Newcastle United, PSV Eindhoven, Sporting Lisbon, Porto, and Barcelona.

As a player, he was a key member of the Fulham and West Bromwich Albion team during the 1950s and 1960s and also won 20 caps for England.

He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of Britain for his services to the game in 2002. He had fought cancer five times during his life.

Robson died very peacefully on Saturday July 31st at his home in County Durham, North England, with his family beside him.

Source: CNN, BBC, The Sun

The 2008 Beijing Olympics 8 goal medals, Michael Phelps, set a world record in 200 metres butterfly at the world swimming championships in Rome.

Phelps touched the wall at one minute 51.51 seconds. This new record is better than his previous at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, one minute 52.03 seconds.

Phelps had not been beaten in the 200 meters freestyle since the Athens Olympics in 2004 — but German Paul Biedermann produced an astonishing swim to triumph by a body length and also set a new world record of one minute 42.00 seconds.

Biedermann has now claimed 2 gold medals and consigned two previously untouchable world records to history at the Foro Italico. On Sunday, he brought down Ian Thorpe’s iconic 400 meters freestyle mark before following it up on Tuesday.

Source: CNN, BBC

Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Nou Camp

The 27-year-old Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has completed signed a five-year contract transfer to Barca and ended his three-year of fame at the San Siro, with Eto’o and Hleb moving to Inter Milan as part of the deal.

Ibrahimovic completed his medical on last Monday and will need treatment after fracturing in his left hand finger.
“It’s a very big move for me and too good to turn down,” Ibrahimovic told a news conference at the Nou Camp following his signing.

Even if he will wear the number nine shirt formerly held by Eto’o, but he doesn’t want anyone to expect that he’s the new Eto’o. “I’m not coming here to be Samuel Eto’o, I’m somebody else, somebody new, but I will try to achieve as much as Eto’o, or even more.”

He also told a news conference that this is his big move and too good to turn down, “There comes a time when you want to develop more and my desire to come to Barcelona was too big to stay at Inter.”

“I made an agreement with the president of Inter that the only club they could sell me to was Barcelona,” he said.

“The others could ask but they wouldn’t get a reply. The only one I answered was Barca. That gives me a special feeling.

“Barca has an historic tradition. Everyone wants to be part of this great club, they’ve made history and I want to be part of that history.”

Barca president Joan Laporta hailed Ibrahimovic’s arrival, and added: “He is not a conformist, he is ambitious, a winner, an authentic man with strong feelings and he wanted to come to Barcelona.”

Sources: BBC News, CNN, Siamsport