Joe Kinnear Finalises That Brazilian ‘Signing’…
Hello, is that Abel Braga (manager of Fluminese)?
Bum dia Abel mate, this is Joe (‘Bomdia’ is good morning in Portuguese, a language JFK is of course fluent in along with so many others that he uses to call the managers of any club in the world)
De onde o senhor é? (Where are you from?)
Desculpe-me, Como o senhor se chama? (I’m sorry, what is your name?)
Very good, yes, 5-1! Anyway me ol’ mate, how are things going at Fulhamazy?
Great, glad to hear it. You boys and your jokes! Brilliant.
O senhorfalaportuguês? (Do you speak Portuguese?)
What’s that Abel mate? Do I want a holiday in Portugal, bit of golf maybe? Actually, that sounds f****g nice, I may have a bit of spare time coming up soon, you never know! Only joking!
Look Abel mate, I was ringing you to catch up with an old mate, of course, but also to see if we can do a deal, you and me, for that young player of yours Markio Santio
Marcos Junior Lima dos Santos?
Yes, that’s him. I was thinking if you gave us him, we could maybe do an exchange deal for one of our established stars here
Qual é o problema?NãoFalo ingles! (What’s the matter with you? I don’t speak English!)
You must know Gabriel Overtime, yes? Ex-Man U – class mate. How about a straight swap?
Cale-se! Tenhoqueir agora.Muito Obrigado. Adeus
(Shut up! I must go now. Thank you very much, goodbye).
Abel? Didn’t quite catch that me ol’ mate. Are we good then? Abel? Abel?….
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