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Kevin Großkreutz at the Celebrity Darts World Cup: Why doesn’t the world champion speak English? | entertainment

They understood each other even without words…

One is now a double world champion, the other is still wondering what position Kevin Großkreutz (34) played at BVB with Jürgen Klopp (54).

Spectacular victory for the ex-soccer professional (Großkreutz) alongside darts giant Michael van Gerwen (33) on Saturday at the “Celebrity Darts World Cup”. Together, the duo won the third edition of the tournament on ProSieben.

And THAT almost borders on a communicative miracle.

Dart twins: Oliver Pocher (centre) with the same hairstyle as ex-world champion Peter Wright (right) in conversation with moderator Christian Düren

Photo: picture alliance / Geisler-Fotopress

Because, like attentive spectators of the big arrow party with Oliver (44) and Amira (30) Pocher, Superstars Gerwyn Price (37) and darts champ Michael Smith (32) noticed that the two winners could not understand each other.

I beg your pardon? Moderator Christian Düren (32) mentioned the difficulties rather casually: “Kevin doesn’t speak English at all.”

And in fact, the two-time German champion with Dortmund tacitly agreed with him. Darts professional van Gerwen joked that his German was better than Kevin’s English.

The clear darts number one in the Pocher family: Amira played her Olli on the wall and hit the arrows much better than the entertainer

The clear darts number one in the Pocher family: Amira played her Olli on the wall and hit the arrows much better than the entertainer

Photo: picture alliance / Geisler-Fotopress

How can that be?

After at least five years of school English and as a professional soccer player who has also traveled internationally for years?

School might not have been the top priority for kicker. He attended secondary school in Dortmund, but had his first season ticket for the Westfalenstadion at the age of seven. South curve and soccer field instead of homework. At least five years of school English. The vocabulary could be a bit bigger there. So what …

Soccer World Champion (here with Manuel Neuer) in Rio: Kevin Großkreutz

Soccer World Champion (here with Manuel Neuer) in Rio: Kevin Großkreutz

Photo: picture alliance / Gladys Chai von der Laage

It didn’t hurt his career as a professional.

Multiple titles, millions earned. That’s how it went. However, if Großkreutz wants to play with van Gerwen again in the future, he may have to practice some English. Behind the scenes, the Dutchman was surprised when he wanted to give his partner tips and realized: “He doesn’t understand a word.”

Even when Großkreutz was supposed to explain what position he played at Klopp, he couldn’t find the word for “everywhere”.

Here again Düren helped out as an interpreter.

The moderator on the success of the event: “You could see that people are extremely enthusiastic about this sport. Darts has now arrived super in Germany. The professionals are extremely personable. It also happens that you want to talk to one of van Gerwen’s world stars on stage and he simply says: ‘Let’s do it right away. But first I have to pee.”

However, Van Gerwen used a rather colloquial word as an explanation, which Grosskreutz probably also understood in German or English: “I have to pee for a moment…”

Congratulations!  Even if Michael van Gerwen (l.) And Kevin Großkreutz could not communicate because of his modest knowledge of English: In the end, the duo became celebrity darts world champions

Congratulations! Even if Michael van Gerwen (l.) And Kevin Großkreutz could not communicate because of his modest knowledge of English: In the end, the duo became celebrity darts world champions

Foto: picture alliance/dpa

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