MMichael Robinson leaves an indelible memory in all those who dealt with him and those who admired him. The English player that Spain adopted as if it were his son plus left a trail of anecdotes and good times to all those who were lucky enough to spend time listening to him. His particular view of life, his experiences and his peculiar style of telling them made him one of the most beloved and endearing characters of all those who make up the football family in our country.
Michael Robinson was part of a legendary Liverpool, the one that beat the 1984 European Cup against Rome at the Rome Olympics, a final remembered for Grobbelaar’s dances on penalties. With what it cost Liverpool to win that European Cup, in the rival’s stadium … “What happened is that we spent that night in Rome, and La Orejona is very beautiful and heavy and someone has to take care of it. We were responsible for the drink and when we left the hotel it was up to the Robinson couple. We are going to the departure lounge and I saw the brand that my mother smoked, I took a cardboard of tobacco and went to the plane. Graeme Souness, the captain: “And the Cup?” And I hit the fastest sprint I’ve ever hit. Imagine you arrive at Liverpool airport and there is nothing to teach the pea … “.
Robinson signed for Osasuna in the winter of the 86-87 season, with the team declining. And their acclimatization was not very fast. “I looked for Osasuna on the map and not room, I thought Osasuna was a place even training with them. He knew how to say hello, goodbye, beer … the fundamental thing”.
The Englishman, in a program with Risto Mejide, told more anecdotes from his time in Osasuna and how he finally found out about the name of the city. “Pedro Mari Zabalza received me, very elegant, he told me that he was the director of the hotel and indicated with his fingers that at 11 a.m. to train. The next morning at 11 a comrade came who knew five words of English, told me I introduced my teammates … and the physical trainer takes us to the field. And suddenly I see the hotel manager in tracksuit and playing the ball. He was also the team coach. “
“I came back from that first training session and my wife asked me how I would see it,” Robinson continued, in a humorous tone: “We descended for sure. That did not save him, even Spiderman, there was no need for a Liverpool striker to arrive. such Osasuna? and he said “Osasuna does not exist, it is the team from Pamplona”. Ah, Hemingway! “.
For many years in Spain, Robinson’s heart team has always been Liverpool, as he said on many occasions. In an interview with Mundo Deportivo you review some of his experiences as a ‘network’: “I went to Anfield for the first time when I was 6 years old to see a Liverpool-Burnley. The queues were endless. Paying a season ticket was within the reach of very few. I remember the endless queues hours before a game to enter because it was paid at the same door and there were always people outside. On Fridays I was terribly afraid to go to sleep. Can we enter? I wondered.
One of Liverpool’s commandments was to take care of the image. With a workers’ conscience, the team could not allow whims to the players: “In my second training session, I saw that the clothes from the previous day were just as dirty.” Are you a posh? The clothes are only clean on Mondays. You must take care of her, “Moran, the second coach, told me. When we won the League Cup, my first title at Liverpool, they filled my boot with champagne.” What are you doing? What will you play the next game with? Here we play to win and we have met, “Joe Fagan told me.”
Robinson was not only a benchmark for the world of football. His move to television and his time in front of a series of high-quality documentaries opened the doors of love for him in many other sectors. However, he was always a source to consult with all that had to do with British Isles football, although he sometimes described it in a peculiar way.
“English football is to creativity the same as Herod taking care of children. The poorly played tiki-taka of Bara (without the excellence they have achieved), let’s say a bad day of Bara, will empty the English stadiums:” we have not come To see kids playing the ball, I want to see some blood, “he said in an interview with JotDown.