Former U.S. and MetroStars coach Bora Milutinovic was born in Serbia, lives in Mexico City and, as his friends like to say, speaks five languages, none of them well. We tested that notion last week by calling him in Beijing, where he's coaching China's men's team as it tries to qualify for its first World Cup.
Q: How are things in China?
A: It's exciting, my friend, but the league is very small. This is hugest country in world, but they have only 14 teams. The challenge is same I had with USA. First I need to find the players!
Q: How do you communicate with them in training?
A: In English! Ha-ha-ha!
Q: They must not understand very much.
A: They don't understand, but they listen very, very hard! I show them by example how to kick the ball or position themselves. It's no problem.
Q: Bora, you went 7-25 with the MetroStars last year. Who's better, China or that team?
A: MetroStars better for now. MetroStars is special story. I don't like to speak about MetroStars.
Q: So how is China different from other countries?