Trapattoni Translator Manuela Spinelli To Play Midfield Against Germany Tomorrow
GIOVANNI Trapattoni has handed a midfield position to personal translator Manuela Spinelli against World Cup semi-finalists Germany tomorrow.
Ireland’s most famous translator will line-up as part of a two-man, one woman midfield trio of Keith Andrews and James McCarthy, with herself on the wing nearest to the managerial box.
It is believed the Italian language experts main role will be to relay vital instructions to the Irish team laid on by Trapattoni from the sideline.
Assistant couch Marco Tardelli defended the controversial decision, saying Ms. Spinelli will probably play the most important role on the Irish team.
“No one knows what Giovanni shouts out to the players during the game. Not even me, and I’m Italian!” he said.
“Manuela’s job will be to stick to the near wing, even after half time, and translate every single instruction to the players.”
Ms.Spinelli told WWN earlier that she relished the opportunity to play for Ireland.
“Its always been a dream for me to play football with real footballers.”
Meanwhile, Seamus Coleman has got the nod at right back with John O’Shea, who will captain the side in Keane’s absence, moving inside to partner Darren O’Dea and some other player we’ve never heard of on the left.
Kick-off for tomorrows game is at 7:45pm at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin