Football legends sign up for Bobby Robson documentary

A new film about former England and Newcastle football manager Bobby Robson will feature some of the biggest names in the game, from both England and abroad.

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, England forwards Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer, and former Brazil striker Ronaldo have all signed up for the feature-length film.

It is being co-directed by Gabriel Clarke and Torquil Jones, the team behind Steve McQueen: The Man And Le Mans, the feature doc about the Hollywood icon which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015.

Bobby Robson will chart the life and career of one of the most liked and admired managers in football history, from his early days as a player in the 1950s, to his managerial stints with Barcelona, Newcastle United and the England national team, as well as his establishment of cancer research charity the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Sir Bobby died in 2009 at the age of 78. As well as newly-filmed interviews with figures of the footballing world, the film will also feature unseen footage from throughout his career, unearthed by the filmmaking team from various sports media archives.

The film has the blessing of Robson’s widow Elsie Robson, his family and the support of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, and it is expected to be released in time for the World Cup next year.

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