The Newcastle Journal’s Mark Douglas is reporting today that Fabricio Coloccini (what a name!) emerged from a side room at Newcastle United’s Darsley Park training ground with an English text book in his hand, and full of apologies for the language class that had just ran over.
It also turns out he needs to ask Jonas Gutierrez what Joe’s swear words mean, but reports suggest he’s learning fast.
Fabricio Coloccini – an hour a day learning English
Doesn’t always understand Joe’s swear words – but he’s learning – fast 😀
A smiling Fabricio told Mark:
“I have just been having an English lesson, I have been taking them for a few weeks,” “Today I was studying verbs – to read, to speak, to play. It is hard work but good – I do an hour a day.”
“I have to ask Jonas (Gutierrez) or Nacho Gonzalez sometimes to help me when the manager uses swear words because I don’t understand and the manager speaks quickly. But I hope to get better fast.”
Apparently he’s been learning phrases like “you’re ball”, “kick it out”, get rid of it”, “offside ref” and the like. 😀
Fabricio has his friend Jonas Gutierrez with him who currently helps Fabricio as his English interpreter. But Mark indicates that Fabricio did very well with his very first interview in English.
“I like English football very much, it’s very strong and fun, very entertaining. Ambitions for Newcastle this season? I think the first thing is to stay in this league because Newcastle is a big club,”
“I like this city – I have been around and been to places to visit. I visited the beach and the Blue Reef aquarium at Tynemouth with my wife and children. And I went with my family to the castle in the Harry Potter film (Alnwick Castle) which my children enjoyed.”
“We watched the Harry Potter films when we were living in Spain, the films were in Spanish. My daughter is just five and son is two. My daughter goes to school in Newcastle and she is learning English.”
“When he grows older my son will speak more English than Spanish. He will speak it with a Geordie accent, I think. Maybe he will say ‘Whey aye man’ like our fans do.”
Coloccini also knows former Argentine Under-20s team-mate Julio Arca, a Middlesbrough player now having spent time at Sunderland, so Julio knows the north-east very well.
“I know Julio very well, he is my friend. We played together for Argentina Under-20s and for Argentinos Juniors,”
“When I first arrived at Newcastle he showed me the city, places to eat and helped me when I was buying a car. He was a good guide and showed me where the best Italian restaurants were in Newcastle.”
“He was in the year ahead of me at Argentinos but I played with him and saw him all of the time. Julio is a very good player. He’s played in England for eight years at Sunderland and now Middlesbrough – to be here for eight years shows he must be a good player.”
“I am surprised that Julio has not played for Argentina but it’s very difficult for him because our national team is full of top-level players.”
“Maybe now Maradona is in charge he has a chance – new manager, new players so everyone has a chance. I spoke to Julio yesterday and we agreed to swap shirts after the game. Maybe we’ll go for a meal – depends on the score!”
Fabricio seems like a great guy and he has played very solidly for Newcastle this season, and was just terrific with young Seb Bassong last Saturday at Chelsea. He does have the small habit of making a mistake now and then, but we trust he will correct that as he gets more used to English football, which seems to be to his liking.
But at £10M, he’s been a great buy for the club.
What do you think?
Comments very welcome.