Trapattoni appears in bizarre Brazilian car advertisement
The former football boss praises Ireland in column, but he isn't a fan of our mumbling or weather
Since leaving Ireland, Giovanni Trapattoni has been keeping busy, but his latest venture may be his most unusual, as he gives acting a go.
The coach stars in a new car advertisement in Brazil , alongside his fellow Italian Bruno Pizzul, where he gives a boy playing football on a beach some sporting tips.
But would he swap the beach for the atmosphere in Ireland? According to an article he wrote for the Gazetto dello Sport newspaper to mark the Giro d'Italia's Irish stage, he said the nature in Ireland is magnificent.
"Up there the nature is magnificent, especially on the coast , even if you never want to swim," he wrote.
"The Irish are very proud and passionate people. Although their passion is seen more in rugby than in football."
He added that when Ireland played England, it seemed like a war, but a peaceful war.
However, Trap admitted that he had some difficulty in understanding Irish people when they mutter and had to use an interpreter when dealing with the media, to ensure there were no misunderstandings.
He said the weather will not help the cyclists, adding he called in "four seasons weather".
"Every quarter of an hour you can go from hot to cold , sun, hail and rain from the clouds," he said.