The Dugout - 60 seconds with Roberto Martinez

Wed, 16 Nov 12:57:00 2011

The Wigan Athletic boss reveals Johan Cruyff and Salvador Dali would be at his fantasy dinner party in our latest rapid Q&A session.

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If you hadn't been a footballer, what career would you have had instead?

I would say it would be involved in football, because that is my way to live and my passion. Probably down the physiotherapy route, or rehab - how to understand the body and how to help the body to perform at its best, because that is something that has always intrigued me. I did a physiotherapy degree in Spain and I have always been very interested in all the new techniques and the new ways to recover and to avoid injury, so I would say probably something in the medical side of the game.

What was your first car?

That is going back a long, long time! It was an R5, which I'm sure was an early model of the Renault Clio. I will always remember going into training with the Under-18s with it and it was one of the happiest days of my life.

What's the greatest song ever recorded?

The one that brings me happy memories is 'Valerie' by Amy Winehouse. It was the song that we played at our wedding, so it has great memories. It was also a song that we used when we got promoted with Swansea so it has a mixture of great emotions.

What is your TV guilty pleasure?

I would say Champions League football, the first time that you had the option to choose from any of the eight games that were going on at the same time. I thought that was a real pleasure. The coverage is fantastic.

If someone made a film of your life, which actor would you like to play you?

He would have to be someone with Latin blood. It would have to be Antonio Banderas, I would say that. I'm sure it would be quite easy for him to play a Mediterranean man, but I'm sure that you wouldn't get much of a movie at the moment!

Have you ever been mistaken for another famous person?


What's the nicest place you've ever visited?

One of the nicest places I always remember is Dubrovnik, in Croatia. It is a country and a coastline that I really love to explore. It is nearly 1,400km of coastline and it is really unspoiled and is a beautiful, beautiful country - for food and for culture. So Croatia is one of the countries that I have really enjoyed visiting.

If you could throw a dinner party for any three people through history, dead or alive, who would they be?

I would invite Johan Cruyff. From a footballing point of view I am sure that would show a lot of respect to someone who has changed world football. Also Salvador Dali, who is a real influence in Catalonia with his art and his life, and probably my uncle. He is someone that I have never met and I knew that he was a big influence on my dad. He was my dad's brother and he played football. I never met him because he died quite young, so I think it would be a really interesting table.

What would you cook for them?

If I have to cook then I think the options are very limited! If I could choose I think I would have to say snails. They are a favourite dish in the area I am from, and the way we cook them they are very unique. I invite anyone to try 'caragols a la brutesca', and then some seafood for main course.

What is your favourite sport outside of football?

I really like basketball. It is a sport that really influences Spanish football in the way that the strategy works and the way how you want to influence the game. Playing with your hands you can control the ball a lot and in basketball the smallest of details can influence the result, and I think it is a fascinating sport. Basketball in Spain and the NBA in the USA are two leagues that I follow and enjoy. Tennis is another sport that due to the mental strength you need to play it at the key moments it really excites me to watch it in the big tournaments.

Crystal ball time - what do you think you will be doing in 2030?

Hopefully I will still be involved in football and probably nothing will change. Probably I will have kids, which at the moment we have no time for, and it would be great to see the youngsters enjoying whatever it is they want to do, but to still be involved in football.

Roberto Martinez was speaking to Yahoo!'s 'The Dugout' through its partnership with the League Managers Association