What do football trainers scream to their players from the sidelines? Deaf German Twitter user Julia Probst will tell you. She reads the lips of both players and coaches and passes along their wisdom to her growing legion of followers.
Standing at the edge of the pitch, German national team trainer Joachim Löw yells at his players. His shouts may be loud, but for television viewers, they are drowned out by commentator analysis, cheering fans and the whistle of the referee. They are inaudible, a mystery.
Unless you follow Julia Probst’s Twitter feed. “Man, Thomas! You gave that away!” she posts, enlightening readers just seconds later as to what Löw shrieked following a bad pass by Thomas Müller.
Probst has no trouble understanding Löw and anyone else both on and off the field caught yelling on camera. The 30-year-old has been deaf since birth and can read lips. Tweeting under the name @EinAugenschmaus (“a treat to the eye”), and using the hashtag #AbleService, she reveals all that she sees.
Within seconds, the German manager’s inaudible screams are suddenly translated into “Ey — move!”, “Come on, Lukas!” or “Shit, man!”