According to a statement released by his family on Sunday, Terry Venables, the renowned player who helped Barcelona win the 1986 European Cup and led England to the semi-finals of Euro 96, passed away at the age of 80.

“We are totally devastated by the loss of a wonderful husband and father who passed away peacefully yesterday after a long illness,” the family said.

“We would ask that privacy be given at this incredibly sad time to allow us to mourn the loss of this lovely man who we were so lucky to have had in our lives.”

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Venables, also referred to as “El Tel,” won over the hearts of English football supporters by making it all the way to the semi-finals of the England-hosted Euro 96.

The thrilling 4-1 triumph over the Netherlands was the high point. Regretfully, the tournament came to an end in the semifinals, as England was defeated by Germany—the ultimate winners—on penalties.

Apart from his achievements with the national team, Venables also enjoyed success with Tottenham Hotspur. Leading a team that included the talented but volatile Paul Gascoigne, they won the FA Cup in 1991.

When Venables was a player with Tottenham Hotspur, the trophy was previously his. That was in 1967.

But Venables’ time with the Spurs ended bitterly. Alan Sugar, the owner at the time, and he fell out when he was named chief executive.

Tottenham Hotspur declared that they will give him a minute of applause before their Premier League match against Aston Villa on Sunday as a way of thanking him for his contributions.

“The club is extremely saddened to learn of the passing of former player and manager Terry Venables,” read their statement.

“Our deepest condolences are with Terry’s friends and family at this incredibly difficult time.

“In tribute, we shall hold a minute’s applause prior to kick-off, and our players will wear black armbands during this afternoon’s fixture against Aston Villa.

“Rest in peace, Terry.”

Gary Lineker, whom Venables signed for Barcelona from Everton in 1986 and then brought to Tottenham in 1989 after he took the job, paid homage to “a friend.”

“Devastated to hear that Terry Venables has died. The best, most innovative coach that I had the privilege and pleasure of playing for,” he wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

“He was much more, though than just a great manager; he was vibrant, charming, witty, he was a friend.

“He’ll be hugely missed. Sending love and condolences to Yvette and the family. RIP Terry.”

Venables had managerial stints with several other clubs, including Queens Park Rangers. Under his guidance, QPR reached the 1982 FA Cup final despite being a second-tier club. He also had a managerial role with the Australian national team.

The League Managers Association also extended their tribute to Terry Venables in recognition of his significant contributions to the world of football management.

“The LMA is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of LMA member and former LMA President Terry Venables,” said LMA chief executive Richard Bevan.

“Our thoughts are very much with Yvette and all of Terry’s family at this time.”