Michael Robinson: goodbye to a real great

May 25, 2020

Michael Robinson

MICHAEL ROBINSON: Who was Michael Robinson and why will Spain remember him forever?


A British admired and recognized in Spain? It sounds difficult, but Michael Robinson did make it possible, with a charisma and grace that captured the attention of all sports lovers and made us want to hear more of his leisurely arguments with a Spanishized British accent.

There are those who remember him most for his journalistic career, and others who remember the goals he scored as a striker for the Preston North End, Manchester City, Liverpool or CA Osasuna, and so many more.

Michael Robinson


A regrettable knee injury was enough to force him to leave the field professionally, but not of our lives. There he was in "The Day After", in "Robinson Report" and commenting for La Liga -among so many other spaces- in his new role as commentator, presenter and sports interviewer, with a settlement in Spain that for the rest of history will remain in the memory of an entire nation.

It is undeniable the talent and professionalism that characterized him from head to toe, but also a kindness and innocence that even softens, and more if you find out that Michael, upon receiving the news that they wanted to sign him for CA Osasuna, accepted without even knowing that Osasuna was not literally a place to go. This is how Robinson himself told it: “My wife and I looked for Osasuna on the map and it did not appear. I thought Osasuna was a place. I believed it even when I was already training with them ”. What is Osasuna like? Michael wondered then, but his wife Christine knew how to respond jokingly with the truth: Osasuna does not exist, Michael; that's the name of the team. The place is called Pamplona ”. (El Pais, 2012)

Michael Robinson


Michael Robinson was born in Leicester on July 12, 1958, but lived his childhood in the coastal city of Blackpool. His sports career started in the lower categories of Coventry City. At the age of 21 he signed for Manchester City and soon after joined Liverpool ... A dream come true for Robinson! But it was in 1987 that he transferred to Osasuna CF and arrived in Spain, the country he would completely fall in love with.


"When I came to Spain I just said hello, goodbye, thanks, beer and I counted to five," Robinson confessed.

Michael Robinson

He later decides to retire in 1989 due to knee injuries, and shortly afterwards he begins his highly successful television career, joining the television program "El díafter" and later creating his own program in 2007, which he called "Robinson Report" and its counterpart radio "Accent Robinson". With several awards and infinite recognition for his work in the sports world, Michael had to face, however, an unfortunate and harsh reality that led him to fight one of his most difficult battles ...

Michael Robinson

In December 2018, Michael Robinson revealed during an interview in “La Ventana” (Cadena SER) that he had been diagnosed with Melanoma. "I thought it was a nightmare, that it wasn't real," he calmly told the audience. "I would have preferred not to have this battle, but given the circumstances, and it is what there is and I have it, I am really for the job, I am really for the fight, and I am learning from myself," continued Robinson, who managed to contain the disease by months, maintaining his presence as the presenter of his sports journalism space on Movistar + until his last days.


Michael Robinson finally passed away from this disease at the age of 61 on April 28.

His great work was awarded two Ondas Awards (1992 and 2009) and the Manuel Vázquez Montalbán International Journalism Award (2017), and he will be forever remembered internationally and as the voice of football in Spain.


TIMELINE OF MICHAEL ROBINSON'S FOOTBALL CAREER
* Excluding friendly matches

Preston North End (1975-1979)
Matches: 48
Total goals: 15

Manchester City (1979-1980)
Matches: 30
Total goals: 8

Brighton & Hove Albion (1980-1983)
Matches: 113
Total goals: 37

Liverpool FC (1983-1985)
Matches: 38
Total goals: 8

QPR (1984-1987)
Matches: 45
Total goals: 6

CA Osasuna 1987-1989
Matches: 59
Total goals: 12


In addition, Robinson played internationally in Ireland, with 24 games and 4 goals signed as Irish by descent from his mother.

Michael Robinson


JOURNALISTIC JOURNEY OF MICHAEL ROBINSON

Spanish Television (1989)
Commentator of games of the English First Division.
Storytelling team for the 1990 Soccer World Cup.

Screesport (Sky Television)
Executive.

Canal + Spain
La Liga commentator.

El Larguero (Cadena SER)
Collaborator.

The day after (Canal +)
Sports analyst, 1991-2005.

Maracana 05
Sports analyst (Leaves the program for personal reasons and editorial discrepancies)

Robinson Report (Canal +) 2007
Sports presenter and reporter.

Robinson accent (Cadena SER)
Variant of 'Robinson Report' for radio.

televised sports
Analyst during the 2014 Soccer World Cup.


Robinson was for years the main commentator of the chains Ser and Canal +

Michael Robinson made his last appearance as a commentator in the Liverpool vs. Atlético de Madrid match on March 11 at Anfield, in the knockout stages of the Champions League.


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