I did interview Alvaro Pires today.
The first thing I asked him, speaking Portuguese, was: "Do you speak Spanish?"
A lot of Brazilian players learn Spanish easily - that's the way I always talked with Marcelo Saragosa, for example.
Alvaro answered in Portuguese, "I don't speak Spanish."
"My Portuguese is very bad," I told him (still speaking Portuguese) He just grinned.
"OK," I finally said. "You speak Portuguese, and I'll speak Spanish?" He nodded.
So that's how we got through the interview. Towards the end, I tried to get Pires to 'fess up to what he had said to Saragosa and Rocha during the fracas with Becks in Dallas. Pires was holding both of his countrymen off at one point. When reporters asked about what happened, Dallas goalkeeper Dario Sala never explained what words were exchanged, so I was hoping Pires could enlighten me.
Maybe the language gap helped him dodge the question.
"As the game was almost over in Dallas, there was a disagreement with Beckham and two Brazilians on the Dallas team. On TV, I saw you talking with Saragosa - what did you say to him, and what did he say to you?" I asked.
"Oh, yes, Saragosa is also Brazilian and we spoke together," answered Pires.
"What did he say?"
"Oh, I don't really remember," Pires said. Then he smiled again.