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Carl Robinson
Personal information
Full name Carl Robinson
Date of birth October 13, 1976 (1976-10-13) (age 33)
Place of birth Llandrindod Wells, Wales
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club New York Red Bulls
Number 33
Youth career
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2002 Wolverhampton Wanderers 165 (19)
1996 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 4 (0)
2002–2004 Portsmouth 16 (0)
2003 Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 4 (1)
2003 Walsall (loan) 11 (1)
2003 Rotherham United (loan) 14 (0)
2004 Sheffield United (loan) 5 (0)
2004 Sunderland (loan) 7 (1)
2004–2006 Sunderland 45 (4)
2005–2006 Norwich City (loan) 7 (0)
2006–2007 Norwich City 42 (2)
2007–2009 Toronto FC 74 (3)
2010- New York Red Bulls 0 (0)
National team
1995–1997 Wales U-21 6 (0)
1998 Wales B 2 (0)
1999–2009 Wales 52 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 October, 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 April, 2009

Carl Robinson (born October 13, 1976 in Llandrindod Wells) is a Welsh footballer who is currently a player for the New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer.





A combative player, Robinson started his career as a trainee with Wolverhampton Wanderers. He made his football league debut whilst on loan to Shrewsbury Town during the 1995-96 season and played in the Auto Windscreen Shield final (Football League Trophy) at Wembley for Shrewsbury Town losing 2-1 to Rotherham United. He made his Wolverhampton Wanderers debut during the 1996-97 season. After over 180 appearances for Wolves over six seasons, he moved to Portsmouth in July 2002 under the Bosman ruling. He played around 20 games for Portsmouth in their promotion year before loan spells with Sheffield Wednesday, Walsall, Rotherham, Sheffield United and Sunderland. After impressing at Sunderland, he signed a permanent 3-year deal in June 2004. He then went on to collect another championship winners medal as they gained promotion during a season in which he played 42 of 46 matches.

After a loan spell with Norwich City, he signed for The Canaries permanently on a 2½-year deal for an undisclosed fee in January 2006. Robinson scored his first goal for Norwich in a 5-1 win against Barnsley on 26 August 2006. He racked up over 50 appearances in 15 months before deciding to leave.

On January 31 2007, Robinson joined Toronto FC from Norwich after just over a year at Carrow Road, even though he still had 18 months remaining on his current deal. He scored his first MLS goal when he netted Toronto's 3rd in a 4-0 win against FC Dallas on June 17, 2007. He was voted team MVP in his first year, and has since gone on to win the award again in the second year.

He is currently completing his UEFA licenses in preparation for the opportunity to become a coach/manager.

Although much sought-after in the English Championship, Robinson has announced that he plans to spend the remainder of his club career in MLS: "Being brought up in English football, this is all I know, but I'm at the next stage of my life now." Although he took a substantial pay cut after moving across the Atlantic, the considerably lower property prices in Canada compared to the United Kingdom allowed him to purchase a country estate near Toronto.

He was traded from Toronto FC to the New York Red Bulls for a 4th round draft pick in March, 2010.


A Wales international player, Robinson made his debut against Belarus in 1999, winning the man of the match award. His 50th cap came in the 2-0 World Cup Qualifier victory over Liechtenstein. On April 1, 2009, Robinson announced his retirement from international football at the age of 32 after Wales suffered two consecutive defeats, making it virtually impossible for them to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[1]


Carl married his childhood sweetheart Laura in the summer of 2003. He has a daughter named Lowri Isabella (born in 2002) and a son named Milo Carter (born in 2008).

His brother, Lee, is a former Academy Manager at Cardiff City, but now works with a sports agency.

Robinson is a big rugby union fan and writes a sports column for the County Times, a weekly newspaper sold in his home county of Powys, Wales.

He has his own website ( and you can follow him on twitter (@carlrobinson33).

He was recently awarded Citizen of the Year in his tome town of Llandrindod Wells, which was a "fantastic honour" for him.




See also


  1. ^ "Robinson takes Wales retirement" BBC Sport Retrieved on 2 April, 2009

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