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Question for Euro 2020 aficionados…
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: July 01, 2021 09:34AM
When these international players debate/argue with the referees, what language are they speaking?

In their exchanges they all do seem to be making themselves understood.
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Re: Question for Euro 2020 aficionados…
Posted by: space-time
Date: July 01, 2021 11:28AM
most players and referees speak multiple languages. Many players play in a different country, and usually they pick up that language. English, French, Spanish, Italian are very common.
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Re: Question for Euro 2020 aficionados…
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: July 01, 2021 12:36PM
Most younger Europeans speak multiple languages.
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Re: Question for Euro 2020 aficionados…
Posted by: space-time
Date: July 01, 2021 12:39PM
besides it's not like you need an extended vocabulary to argue about a game. I guess you can get by with a few hundred words.
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Re: Question for Euro 2020 aficionados…
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: July 01, 2021 02:40PM
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besides it's not like you need an extended vocabulary to argue about a game. I guess you can get by with a few hundred words.

I guess an example would be clarifying…

A Croatian player thinks a Portuguese referee should call an off-side; what language does he speak to the ref so the ref will understand?

I can’t imagine it would be Croatian or Portuguese.
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Re: Question for Euro 2020 aficionados…
Posted by: davester
Date: July 01, 2021 02:43PM
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DeusxMac
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space-time
besides it's not like you need an extended vocabulary to argue about a game. I guess you can get by with a few hundred words.

I guess an example would be clarifying…

A Croatian player thinks a Portuguese referee should call an off-side; what language does he speak to the ref so the ref will understand?

I can’t imagine it would be Croatian or Portuguese.

It would be one of the more common languages that most people know (e.g. english, french, spanish). Since we're talking about soccer there would be no need to learn any foreign swear words since that would get you red-carded out of the game.



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Re: Question for Euro 2020 aficionados…
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: July 01, 2021 02:48PM
Found my answer online.

“English has rightfully or not, become the closest thing we have to an international language. Soccer referees for FIFA and UEFA, Europe’s soccer federation, may speak several languages, but English is generally the default.”
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Re: Question for Euro 2020 aficionados…
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: July 01, 2021 06:47PM

I watch it for the sportsmanlike conduct.
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