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Brooker
04-01-2009, 07:08 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/internationals/7978049.stm



"I've travelled from the other side of the world to play for my country now for the last two years, but I just feel the time is right,"

"If I was in this country I'd still carry on playing (for Wales)... but this is a decision purely on my life now is in North America, I want to play as long as I can over in North America with the objective of getting into management.

KRO
04-01-2009, 07:11 PM
Carl Robinson aanounced his retirement from international football after today's Welsh game against Germany. Great news for TFC.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/7978049.stm

westrouge
04-01-2009, 07:13 PM
This seems like a very tough decision for Robinson as an individual, but it is great news for TFC.
Carl Robinson as TFC coach in 2014?...

T0R0NT0 FC
04-01-2009, 07:14 PM
Sweet! Now he is all ours! :canada:

Ron Manager
04-01-2009, 07:21 PM
Wow. We need to show him some solid support on Saturday. Making this choice at this point is huge for us this season.

S_D
04-01-2009, 07:24 PM
Interesting that he wants to get into management. I hope there will be an opening for him at TFC when he decides to retire.

Smuttynose
04-01-2009, 07:25 PM
this is fantastic news! (for us)

that's one less that'll be away for international duty...

Del Boy
04-01-2009, 07:26 PM
This is a huge move for Robbo, Utmost respect.

Del Boy
04-01-2009, 07:28 PM
Our solid players will always have a place when the time comes

Mark in Ottawa
04-01-2009, 07:34 PM
I wish Carl all the best.

Danny D. has previously stated that he might like to work with the TFC academy after his playing days are over.

I am sure that TFC/MLS will be able to use the talents of a stand up guy like Carl Robinson.

rocker
04-01-2009, 07:34 PM
my father and I were kinda wondering if this would happen as we watched the germany-wales game today, since Robbo was a sub in the first game, and didn't even get a sniff today. It seems kinda pointless at that age, to travel across the world and sit on a bench. if he was 23 it would be sitting on the bench for a chance at the future.

we need him and I'm glad he won't be leaving anymore this season.

Dirk Diggler
04-01-2009, 07:36 PM
Hope this isn't an April Fools joke.

H Bomb
04-01-2009, 07:39 PM
yippeee

westrouge
04-01-2009, 07:43 PM
I think something should be organized to show Robinson extra support on Saturday.

H Bomb
04-01-2009, 07:44 PM
Hey Nascar! Do you still have that Welsh flag with Robbo on it? If you do then perhaps (as the dude who donated the flag) we could make sure it gets to him!

anto7
04-01-2009, 07:45 PM
This is great news for TFC.
As usual Carl's comments exhude true class.

Puskas
04-01-2009, 07:49 PM
Here's to you Carl Robinson...

Super
04-01-2009, 07:51 PM
This is fantastic news!! We really could've used him in Columbus. You don't really notice him when he plays for us, but you sure as hell notice when he isn't playing for us. He's just that sort of a player.

FluSH
04-01-2009, 07:53 PM
Here's to you Carl Robinson...


Toronto loves you more than you will know...

(man I miss the International forums... big games today for WC qualifiers)

KRO
04-01-2009, 08:08 PM
Good decision Carl. Great news for TFC.

Waggy
04-01-2009, 08:35 PM
I don't know if its good decision Carl (Imagine it was someone giving up Team Canada), but its GREATLY appreciated here. Mad respect for what had to be a tough tough decision. And I personally would have NO problem with Coach Robinson, associate coach Dichio.

Oblio2
04-01-2009, 08:36 PM
Robbo.
TFC would be fucked without him.
My favourite player.....

Daveisonfire
04-01-2009, 08:39 PM
Oh Carl Robinson
You are the love of my life
Carl Robinson, I'd let you shag my wife
Carl Robinson...I want to be Welsh tooooo

Lucky Strike
04-01-2009, 08:46 PM
I was just thinking that actually, Wales is pretty much out of the WCQ and Robbo has to travel really far for it. It'd be another two years before qualifying for EURO 2012 by which time he might no longer be considered for Wales anyway. It's not that much of a surprise to me, but I'm glad he made it. TFC supporters everywhere will be very grateful. We should salute his international career.

James Oliphant
04-01-2009, 08:47 PM
I don't know if its good decision Carl (Imagine it was someone giving up Team Canada)

Uh...happens all the time. Players quit around Robbo's age pretty regularly.

THA BUTCHA
04-01-2009, 08:48 PM
Robbo.
TFC would be fucked without him.
My favourite player.....


Wow...I thought your favorite was Marco Reda. I remember you telling me that you shed tears when he was released.

glad to see you've moved on.;)

Oblio2
04-01-2009, 08:50 PM
LOL
No Brian...Andy Welsh
I keep my Welshy 4 England T- Shirt under my bed

Waggy
04-01-2009, 08:52 PM
No I know its not an uncommon decision. But its a bit selfish to say good decision don't you think? I commend him for making a tough decision. And I appreciate that he made the one I'd prefer lol. But I'm not gonna be so presumtive as to say Good Choice or something like that. It had to be a difficult call for the man.

Sullivan
04-01-2009, 08:54 PM
I wish Carl all the best.

Danny D. has previously stated that he might like to work with the TFC academy after his playing days are over.

I am sure that TFC/MLS will be able to use the talents of a stand up guy like Carl Robinson.

Dichio & Brennan attended the USSF B licence program in Florida this past winter; so it's shaping up that some players will step into coaching when they are done playing. All these internationals get fast tracked to the B level, they just need to "pass" the various evaluations to gain entry to the A levels. Sutton also does some coaching as well.

Couple of years down the road, TFCA will have coaches named Dichio, Robinson, Sutton and Brennan. That's pull factor; goodbye OSA fartcatchers.

Think of it this was, your boy is u14. Robbo rings up and says, "I want your boy here at TFC, me and Danny are running the u14 program!"
What do you say - naw, I'll stay with X local youth club???
Helllll noooo... where do you sign ....

Technorgasm
04-01-2009, 08:58 PM
Here's to you Carl Robinson...


LETS ave it.!!

ROBBO!! he loves us!!!

Davenport
04-01-2009, 09:00 PM
Congratulations on your international career Carl.
It must have been difficult to make that final decision, but I think it's the right one.
All the best in your future in Toronto...may it last a long time.

GingerNinja
04-01-2009, 09:11 PM
The fact that he'd travel all that way and not play many minutes probably made his decision a lot easier.

Roogsy
04-01-2009, 09:19 PM
Couple of years down the road, TFCA will have coaches named Dichio, Robinson, Sutton and Brennan. That's pull factor; goodbye OSA fartcatchers.


To dream the dream!!!

t-bag
04-01-2009, 09:20 PM
Thats too bad. Good for us but probably bad for Wales. I can definitely understand the decision though. Wales are shite at the moment, and after getting beat by Finland at the weekend I can see the desire to move on. They also have a good number of young guys coming through who are quite decent, so I can see understand how Wales will want to integrate these guys into the national setup to find some success in future campaigns. I read the Bellamy story about how he envies Ireland at the moment, and how the Irish have a relatively limited squad finding success at the international level. This is mostly because the squad is made up of guys who want to be there, whereas Welsh players have mostly fucked off for a large part of there career (Giggs etc.) or they dont play for Wales at all (Hargreaves [cunt], Michael Owen).

Although Wales do need a facelift of sorts, they do need guys like Robbo - solid players who do genuinely want to play for wales, and play with heart week in week out. Probably an incredible attribution to the bench (no sarcasm) and a good role model, so he will be a loss to younger welsh players who would learn what its like to be a true professional.

twistedchinaman
04-01-2009, 09:24 PM
Well done Robbo! Tough decision, but you said it yourself -- it was probably time to go. But still, flying across the Pond each time to sit on a bench, that's dedication. (And for those of you who have taken plane rides across ANY ocean, you know how hard it is.)

To greater glory! And yes, we love you! :D

FOGES
04-01-2009, 09:33 PM
tough decision, but makes sense looking forward. great to see he's committed to TFC. 52 caps in europe is mighty impressive anyway you slice it. Congrats on a solid Int'l career Robbo!!!!

....but you'll always have a home here in T.O.

kitchener-TFC
04-01-2009, 09:39 PM
Boy's, we've gotta show Robbo we care. Robbo chant this saturday is a must! :)

anto7
04-01-2009, 09:47 PM
Thats too bad. Good for us but probably bad for Wales. I can definitely understand the decision though. Wales are shite at the moment, and after getting beat by Finland at the weekend I can see the desire to move on. They also have a good number of young guys coming through who are quite decent, so I can see understand how Wales will want to integrate these guys into the national setup to find some success in future campaigns. I read the Bellamy story about how he envies Ireland at the moment, and how the Irish have a relatively limited squad finding success at the international level. This is mostly because the squad is made up of guys who want to be there, whereas Welsh players have mostly fucked off for a large part of there career (Giggs etc.) or they dont play for Wales at all (Hargreaves [cunt], Michael Owen).

Although Wales do need a facelift of sorts, they do need guys like Robbo - solid players who do genuinely want to play for wales, and play with heart week in week out. Probably an incredible attribution to the bench (no sarcasm) and a good role model, so he will be a loss to younger welsh players who would learn what its like to be a true professional.
Easy on the Giggs slander mate. He was capped 64 times for Wales and also captained them. Yes he missed 18 friendly internationals in a row but apparently that was because Alex Ferguson would not release him to play in those games.
Sorry but I feel obliged to defend one of the premier league's greatest ever players.

Shakes McQueen
04-01-2009, 09:49 PM
He probably figured it didn't make sense to leave his full-time club shorthanded from time to time, if he wasn't even going to be getting regular minutes anymore.

A huge decision for him to make, and one I appreciate. Having him around full-time will be a huge boost for our defense.

Here's to you, Carl Robinson!

P.S. - It's actually good for TFC that he didn't play on Wednesday, since it makes it more likely he will start this weekend. Carver said in his most recent TFC TV video, that he wasn't 100% sure that he and Amado would start, since they both were playing on Wednesday.

- Scott

TFC Cityboy
04-01-2009, 09:58 PM
Reckon JC is doing the happy dance now!
Sweet- Wales are shite anyway.

Nuvinho
04-01-2009, 10:18 PM
I didn't expect a decision to come so fast. You kinda figured that he may not of been too happy about his playing time the past 2 games.

Robbo gave all for his country!!

TFCkid
04-01-2009, 10:28 PM
:DGreat news for TFC.

Amado are you listening? Team before Country!:D

James Oliphant
04-01-2009, 10:33 PM
ROB - IN - SON SON SON!
He's our midfield magician!
ROB - IN - SON SON SON!
He'll break your ankles just for fun!
To the left, To the right,
His windmill's outta sight!
He is class with a brass,
and he'll kick your fucking ass!

Erkan16
04-01-2009, 10:36 PM
round of applause. there are not many players who pick club over country.

reggie
04-01-2009, 10:45 PM
side note....amado played 90 min in 3-1 win over mexico....

Krasno.pL.
04-01-2009, 10:46 PM
^^ his ankle will be sore..
took that cross off his foot :(

reggie
04-01-2009, 10:48 PM
^^ his ankle will be sore..
took that cross off his foot :(
who did?

Krasno.pL.
04-01-2009, 10:49 PM
who did?

our Honduran national.

reggie
04-01-2009, 10:50 PM
he is injured?

rocker
04-01-2009, 10:50 PM
Amado seemed to hurt himself at one point tonight versus Mexico...
but after that he seemed fine and made more nice plays. It didn't seem to affect him.

Krasno.pL.
04-01-2009, 10:51 PM
yea, it looked awkward.. he'll feel it.
but im sure he'll be fit for Saturday :D

BuSaPuNk
04-01-2009, 11:30 PM
Must have been a hard desision for Robbo to retire and it's really too bad for the Welsh team. Great news for us. Here's to you Carl Robinson chant must be done on Saturday.

Inklink
04-01-2009, 11:32 PM
Tough decision Robbo, but a well-thought out one.

He's Toronto's for life regardless of where he goes after his time at TFC!

MUFC_Niagara
04-02-2009, 12:52 AM
Robbo.
TFC would be fucked without him.
My favourite player.....

Smart poster with another smart post!

Don Julio
04-02-2009, 01:14 AM
A lot of interesting tidbits coming out of the Welsh side.. Alsmost Canda-like. Bellamy had some interesting comments and Robbo will certainly not be part of the next Welsh wave..

Welcome Home Mr Robinson,
Toronto holds a place for you to play...

LucaGol
04-02-2009, 07:09 AM
He wasn't even featuring in a weak Welsh team ... so international retirement was inevitable.

But anyways, I guess its good he won't be absent anymore.

Nuvinho
04-02-2009, 07:33 AM
Amado seemed to hurt himself at one point tonight versus Mexico...
but after that he seemed fine and made more nice plays. It didn't seem to affect him.

Amado gets hurts a lot during games ;) But not as much as GBS.

stugautz
04-02-2009, 07:51 AM
Well lets lay things out. Carver isn't going anywhere for a while. Neither is Mo. Great players do not always make great Managers and vice versa. It would be nice to see our players stick with the organization is some capacity after their playing time is done, but there are only so many coaching spots we have. We're going to have to accept that some of these guys may end up coaching in other cities. Not just assume that since Robinson wants a spot in coaching or management it's with TFC.

UltraFootyKWC
04-02-2009, 08:12 AM
This makes sense for him. Although a tough decision, it's the right one for him. As was said before he has been travelling halfway around the world and getting very limited minutes for Wales. They also have some pretty good youngsters coming up in the ranks as well. Aaron Ramsay had a pretty solid game in the centre of midfield yesterday against the Germans, so it looks to me that Tosh is looking to the future and the younger players.

Here's to you Carl Robinson,
T.O. Loves you more than will know

ACSertL
04-02-2009, 08:17 AM
This makes sense for him. Although a tough decision, it's the right one for him. As was said before he has been travelling halfway around the world and getting very limited minutes for Wales. They also have some pretty good youngsters coming up in the ranks as well. Aaron Ramsay had a pretty solid game in the centre of midfield yesterday against the Germans, so it looks to me that Tosh is looking to the future and the younger players.

Here's to you Carl Robinson,
T.O. Loves you more than will know

Agreed. After Germany went up a goal Robbo was never making it onto the pitch I'm afraid. With that said I am over the moon that we'll have him available for selection every week.

KRO
04-02-2009, 08:22 AM
No I know its not an uncommon decision. But its a bit selfish to say good decision don't you think?.....

Yes I was being a bit selfish saying it was a good decision. But as a Welshman I would much rather Robbo played for TFC rather than Wales.

There is really no point in him flying across the Atlantic to play for 20 minutes in 2 games like he did this week. Wales are trying to build on youth and there will be no place for him the next time they have a meaningful match.

So it was a good decision for him and for us.

scooter
04-02-2009, 09:32 AM
no it was a smart well thought out decision based on many factors

great for tfc and awesome that he will be fresh for saturday

maybe we should look at bigger picture and maybe the boys can move on up and coach or assist with cmnt

HERE IS THE COACHING STAFF OF THE WORLD CUP CHAMPION CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM 2022 --"first on the pitch is danny dicheo and here comes jim brennan and behind him is the midfield specialist of the team carl robinson"

Northern Soul
04-02-2009, 10:16 AM
Great news for TFC! One necessary piece of our team that we will have on a regular basis now.

Blazer
04-02-2009, 10:31 AM
Robbo made the decision with his head not his heart. He realizes that he is no longer as effective at that level of play and that Wales will be fine without him. He’s acknowledged that 4th-5th tiered soccer is just the right way to go at this stage in his career. Everyone wins here, although I’m sure a gut wrenching decision for him to make and accept.

Hitcho
04-02-2009, 10:43 AM
My respect for Robbo just keeps on growing. That boy is loved here as much as Dichio and Brennan. I'm in for any show of support for Robbo on Saturday.

Special chant early in the game maybe? We could do something dead simple like just chant Rooooboooooo for a couple of minutes so he hears us and gets the mssage. Then we all move on. He knows how important he is to us - player of the year twice in a row!

Blazer
04-02-2009, 11:24 AM
^
"So here’s to you,
Carl Robinson,
Toronto loves you more,
Than you will know,
Woa woa woa woa,

God Bless you please,
Carl Robinson,
BMO holds a place,
for those who play,
Hey hey hey hey
Hey hey hey hey"

<<repeat>>

Oldtimer
04-02-2009, 11:29 AM
Robbo made the decision with his head not his heart. He realizes that he is no longer as effective at that level of play and that Wales will be fine without him. Hes acknowledged that 4th-5th tiered soccer is just the right way to go at this stage in his career. Everyone wins here, although Im sure a gut wrenching decision for him to make and accept.

Don't be so hard on MLS. Third tier is what we have here...

Darlofletch
04-02-2009, 11:47 AM
Good news for us. Well done to Robbo for getting to 50 caps, i guess losing a couple of games over the weekend confirmed Wales won't be going to the world cup, so may as well call it quits now, but still tough decision, and some kind of acknowledgement definitely deserved.

Tezza
04-02-2009, 12:44 PM
Prolly a thread about it somewhere around here but I didn't see it.

Good news IMO

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12098_5134743,00.html