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William Camden
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 Message 9 of 67
21 June 2008 at 9:23am | IP Logged 
As an example of a non-polyglot, Paul Gascoigne apparently learned little or no Italian when he was with Lazio. He was (is) not a cerebral chap, shall we say.
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patuco
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 Message 10 of 67
22 June 2008 at 5:59am | IP Logged 
I wonder if the Italians learned any Geordie from him.
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 Message 11 of 67
28 June 2008 at 10:47pm | IP Logged 
David Beckham after 4 years in Spain.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=H4LJOVS6xxA
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 Message 12 of 67
30 June 2008 at 9:48am | IP Logged 
I don't believe that footballers learn more or faster, they simple have the resources and the time to learn.
For example, they have physical training during 3 or 4 hours per day. Beside that they have time for learn.
They also have the money (in many cases the club pays) for having a private teacher.

In many situations the sponsors demand for specific skills, like speaking certain language at an intermediate level. This type of contracts may even pay more than the regular salary so they really have the interest in learning.
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Rael
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 Message 13 of 67
15 September 2008 at 8:15pm | IP Logged 
I know Thierry Henry can speak French(native), English , Spanish and Italian. Although I have no clue how good his Italian is.

Another is Eidur Gudjohnsen. He is native in Icelandic and speaks English(perfectly!) and Spanish(not sure how good) as well.



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Jimmymac
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 Message 14 of 67
16 September 2008 at 4:32am | IP Logged 
William Camden wrote:
Paul Gascoigne apparently learned little or no Italian when he was with Lazio.


As a fellow geordie I feel compelled to defend poor Gazza. He did in fact learn some Italian while playing for Lazio. I remember hearing him speaking with Roberto Carlos at some point, albeit with a geordie accent and some very obvious English swear words.
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 Message 15 of 67
03 November 2008 at 4:55pm | IP Logged 
Learning the native language is very important for professional football players (and maybe even more important for the coaches/managers). In addition, football players spend most of the time together and if they want to communicate, they need to learn the language. But I am not sure that their pronunciation is always good. At least the Bulgarian football players abroad, even after spending several years in the new country, still have their Bulgarian accent, when speaking the native language ;)
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 Message 16 of 67
04 November 2008 at 1:54am | IP Logged 
Football terminology is quite limited. The one on the field you learn in one (training, not language learning) session. The player interviews are the same everywhere, you just need to learn: "we played well against a strong team. We had more chances than them, but were unlucky. Our team's policy is not to comment on the referee, but it seemed a clear penalty to me. We are confident for the next game".

Fiorentina coach's "excuse" for not playing young French-Portuguese Da Costa was that "he must learn Italian first". But he was probably referring to Italian tactical schemes, as Da Costa is still not playing after 10 months and speaks some Italian. Other players instead went directly to the field with a lesser knowledge of language.


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