Spaniard Pep Guardiola spent half a year learning German before he took over as the head coach of FC Bayern München. Perhaps he hoped to avoid such missteps as former coach Giovanni Trapattoni’s now-legendary “Ich habe fertig” (“I’ve had enough.”) But how difficult is it to play in a team that is made up of, say, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Czech, Croatian and Japanese speakers? How do the players communicate in the heat of the game?
Bundesliga.com takes a look at the challenges of integrating a multilingual soccer team. Obviously, English is the preferred lingua franca among players, and sometimes body language is enough to get the message across. But players who speak neither German or English may have difficulties in the post-match interviews.