Перевод:John was a football trainer at the English college. He always tried to find good football players for his team. John trained his players very well.
They were good in running, jumping, swimming, rowing and playing different games. They often took part in races and always won. All John’s players were tall strong sportsmen and just nice people. The college team was the best. Regular training, keeping to a diet and a lot of exercises were very important for the sportsmen. They always took the trainer’s advice and showed good results in all competitions and matches. They almost never lost a game or ended matches in a draw. They practically always won.
The only trouble with some of his football players was their bad knowledge of many school subjects. The sportsmen were often poor at Math, English and it was not always easy for them to study.
One day the trainer brought a young football player to the Professor of the college. The Professor had to ask the young player a few questions. The Professor chose very easy questions but the boy couldn’t answer them. At last the Professor asked,”Well, what are five times five?”
The student thought for a long time and then answered “Twenty six.” The Professor looked at the trainer. “It’s impossible!” he said. “I don’t want to punish your team. I understand he can play football very well but he doesn’t know mathematics at all. He can’t be a student.”
But the trainer said seriously, “Oh, please, sir! Let him became a student. He was only wrong by two”.