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  1. SPORT Legendary British soccer commentator Michael Robinson dies of cancer aged 61 The broadcaster and former player, who revolutionized sports commentary in Spain in the 1990s, passed away on Monday in his home in Marbella Soccer commentator Michael Robinson in Madrid in 2019.SAMUEL SANCHEZ JESÚS RUIZ MANTILLA Madrid - 28 ABR 2020 - 10:27 CEST Michael Robinson has died of cancer at his home in Marbella at the age of 61. The British former soccer player and broadcaster, who had lived in Spain for decades, revolutionized the analysis of his sport in the country in the 1990s thanks to his show El Día Después (or The Day After) and his live commentary of matches. In the fall of 2018, Robinson was diagnosed with a myeloma, and from that moment he wanted to apply his own therapy to the disease: a sense of humor. For a year and half, he managed to ward off bad omens. But when we spoke for the last time, in the midst of the coronavirus lockdown, and his joking had disappeared, I feared the worst. “I’m sorry to be the bringer of bad news,” he said a few days before passing away on Monday. “They have not given me any hope.” Even when preparing us for the worst, he sought to be stylish. His English character still shone through despite so many years of living in Spain. Dozens of years had passed since he traded in a breakfast of eggs and bacon at home for café con churros in a bar. He had begun the process of applying for a Spanish passport after Brexit. But his last game was at Anfield. And he lost… On May 30, 1984, the soccer team Liverpool won the European Cup in Rome. In this photo, Michael Robinson (r) holds the trophy with his teammate Bruce Grobbelaar.EMPICS/PA/GETTY IMAGES When Atlético de Madrid beat his team, Liverpool, at home on March 12, knocking them out of the Champions League, he suffered an alarming sign of a metastasis in his brain the next day. But even then he continued to joke around. “Christ! [Atlétic coach Diego] Simeone wants to finish me off!” he said down the telephone. “I was afraid of this. We drew the most masochistic team in Europe, the one that knows how to enjoy suffering the most.” He took medical leave and then confinement arrived for everyone. It was as if the whole world of soccer had decided to respect his retirement from the microphone. Without Robinson, sport in Spain will be if not mute, at least somewhat hoarse. And rightly so, because there has been no one else who commentates like he did, alongside the great Carlos Martínez, and there is unlikely to be anyone like him in the future. Paradoxically, he was the sports commentator who spoke the best Spanish. He knew how to ration his judgments and he avoided useless verbiage. He gave out wise advice to more than one colleague in this respect. “They don’t give us the microphone so that we talk, but so that we can talk.” His story can be summed up with two names – two chapters, a pair of identities: Robbo and Robin. The former was the nickname by which he was known in English soccer, where he played at Liverpool and even won a European Cup in 1984. The second arrived in Spain. He hung up his boots after playing at Osasuna, between 1987 and 1989. They were two seasons that led to a bitter farewell, and left him with a knee that had been torn apart. When he arrived in Osasuna in 1987 he had an inkling that he was going to begin a happy time of his life. That intuition stayed with him for the rest of his life. He started out living in Pamplona and in a few months he learned Spanish thanks to his teammates. Lesson number one: “Michael, go to the bar and order us five hijos de puta con leche.” That was when his life began with another name: Robin. AKA el guiri, or el inglés, as sports journalist Alfredo Relaño used to call him. It was Relaño who helped to redirect Robinson’s career toward broadcasting. He began on Eurosport and then on Spanish state broadcaster TVE, where he was hired to commentate on the Italy 90 World Cup. When Relaño was appointed head of sports at Canal+, he signed Robinson up. This saw Robinson begin to commentate alongside Martínez, something he continued to do from 1992 until the end, inventing a new way of commentating the sport. Also on his CV was Informe Robinson, a TV show that combined the epic with the human dimension of sport on all levels. He also explored this side on Acento Robinson, on radio network Cadena SER. He prepared some of this content with his son Liam. Robinson leaves behind another child, Aimee, and his wife Christine. It will be difficult to turn up the volume of the TV when the soccer is on from now on. At least until artificial intelligence manages to create a clone that resembles Robinson. The broadcaster was blessed with the virtues that so many aspire to but that are only available to a few chosen ones: true charisma and genuine authenticity.
  2. Very interesting read. Thanks for posting it VW.
  3. apologies if the following article from BBC Wales website has already been posted. The Welsh Rugby Union has cancelled all league and cup competitions for the rest of the season due to coronavirus. The cancellation means there will be no promotion or relegation in any WRU league, with all teams remaining in their current division. IMO the least bad and least complicated of all possible options. No procrastination. No confusion. Decision made.
  4. Not trying to be a smart-**** but I think you just answered your own question. IMO the ramifications of what you are suggesting are too complex and far-reaching to be feasible.
  5. UEFA will need to make an early decision and it's got to be cancellation.
  6. No question in my mind at all that, as the corona virus spreads exponentially, there will be no other option but to void the season for all leagues. There is no possibility of compromise because all alternative solutions to this conundrum are too complicated and, if implemented, would cause delight for the few but acrimony for the many and a consequential plethora of lawsuits. As Ricardo already referenced yesterday, this season is over, it is no more, has ceased to be, it's bereft of life, it rests in peace ..... it is an ex-season.
  7. I am far from ready to resign myself to relegation. Much depends on what steps are taken by the club to strengthen the team during the January window and the signing of Duda seems to me a very good start in that direction. Our poor performance away at Manchester United on Saturday unsurprisingly resulted in a heavy defeat. However, the team's performances in all 7 of the December matches would, in another month, have resulted in at least 1 if not 3 points per game and our position in the table would look very different. It seems to me that we only lack 3 players that could tip the balance from defeat or a draw into a 3 point win. I think Duda could well be one of those three and my view, for what it's worth, is that we need (clearly) an experienced defender and another striker so that 'all of our eggs are not in the one basket' in that position. If instead of being in the relegation zone of the PL, we were in the Championship and 8 points off an automatic promotion slot, I would certainly not be giving up on the possibility of our team putting in an overdue good winning run and making up the gap.
  8. Just listen to yourselves.Grubby, smutty playground talk. Nearly 11.00 AM so back to lessons shortly.
  9. Good, interesting read as always Ricardo, although I did think you rather understated the hand of Lewis's involvement with the ball. It looked to me as though Lewis had forgotten that he was playing football and effortlessly switched to volleyball and gave it a good wallop !
  10. My understanding is that Ben Godfrey's natural position is central midfielder. I saw him play in that position against Southampton in the FA Cup in January 2017, centrally in front of Bennett and Klose and in my opinion he was comfortably the stand out player for Norwich that night. Such a shame that Klose is not available because my view is that a defensive triangle of Klose and Zimm with Godfrey in front of them would be ideal. That having been said, I think he has performed admirably alongside Zimmermann and it dismays me that such a young, talented and committed Norwich player is the subject of ill thought-out, unconstructive and unhelpful criticism.
  11. Yes, rest in peace Ron. Thanks for the memories.
  12. We were unfortunate to be the first team to play Arsenal after the sacking of Emery. The Arsenal players knew they were under focus, were playing bottom of the table Norwich and unsurprisingly, therefore, they upped their game. By last night that initial uplift had evaporated, the Arsenal players reverted to norm and they were beaten. In their previous home game, they only managed to gain a point against Southampton by virtue of a 96th minute goal ! Given the clear goal scoring opportunities we had against Arsenal last Sunday, we really should nave beaten them. Based upon their form this season, as opposed to the Arsenal of old, I was frustrated that we did not secure all three points .
  13. Nuff Said, how did you manage to make this interpretation from the post to which you were responding ?
  14. I have to say that I have stopped watching Goals on Sunday since Ben Shephard departed for family reasons. He worked well with Chris Kamara and the atmosphere of the programme has changed for the worse under the new format ; in my opinion.
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