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Discussion in 'The Beautiful Game' started by Manutd06, Aug 31, 2002.
what do you think is the best soccer quote of all time?
He's a couple from two of Liverpools great managers of the 60's and 70's.
"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death,
I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that."
"If you're in the penalty area and don't know what to do with the ball,
put it in the net and we'll discuss the options later."
Also like the one by either Shankly or Paisley about; If Everton were playing at the bottom of my garden, I'd close the curtains.
Perhaps not in the same vein, but this was from Scottish club Selkirk's goalkeeper being interviewed on TV after Selkirk had lost 20-0 to Stirling Albion in the Scottish Cup in 1984.
Q:How do you rate yourself as a goalkeeper?
A: Nae fantastic!
"Look at that little fat chap (Puskas), we'll murder these" - anonymous England player just before Hungary won 6-3 at Wembley in 1953.
"Football is not really about winning, or goals, or saves, or supporters - it's about glory. It's about doing things in style, doing them with a flourish; it's about going out to beat the other lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom; it's about dreaming of the glory that the Double brought" - Danny Blanchflower
"I've always said there's a place for the press, but they haven't dug it yet" - Tommy Docherty
I like the room service bloke at a top London hotel who brought champagne to a room where George Best was entertaining a former Miss World who was lying on the bed covered in money that Best had just won at a casino.
He just asked, "Where did it all go wrong Mr. Best?" put the drinks down and left.
A few by Cruijff:
"People say life is like a stream. They're right. Just a while ago i wanted to spit into the wind, and i hit my own face"
"The difference between people lays in the way they say stupid things; that they simply say them is just human"
"It's better to fail with your own vision then with an other man's vision"
"Football is simple, you're either on time, or you're too late. If you're too late then you have to leave earlier"
"Sometimes something has to happen before something happens"
"Actually, i never make mistakes, i've always had the greatest trouble with doing things the wrong way"
"Football is simple. But the hardest thing is to football in a simple way"
"Italians can never win from you, but you can lose from them" (Cruijff asked about Ajax's chances in the 1995 CL final against AC Milan)
"it was like being in another country"
Ian Rush talking about his time at Juventus.
"I felt a lump in my throat as the ball went in"
"Germany are a very difficult team to play. They had eleven internationals out there today"
Whack it good!
"When you get a chance to whack it, you whack it."
-- Ante Razov
A few by Pelé
I beleive England are capable of winning the world cup at the very least they can reach the final.
Pelé talking to the BBC
I beleive France are capable of winning the world cup at the very least they can reach the final.
Pelé talking to L'Equipe
I beleive Cuba are capable of winning the world cup at the very least they can reach the final.
Pelé in a priavte audience with Fiedel Castro.
The goal was scored a little bit by the hand of God, another bit by the head of Maradona.
Thats the best damn quote ever in football... everyone knows it, it makes poeple cry, laugh, yell and did I say cry?
oh boy. I have a bunch of these.
"I can see the carrot at the end of the tunnel" - stuart pearce
"Alex Ferguson is the best manager ive ever had at this level. Well, hes the only manager ive ever had at this level. But hes the best manager ive ever had"
- David Beckham
"I would not be bothered if we lost every game as long as we won the league"
- Mark Viduka
"If you dont believe you can win, theres no point in getting out of bed at the end of the day"
- Neville Southall
"I've had 14 booking this season- 8 of which were my fault, but 7 of which were disputable"
- Paul Gascoinge
"Ive never wanted to leave. Im here for the rest of my life, and hopefully after that as well."
- Alan Shearer
"I'd like to play for an Itallian club, like Barcelona"
"Youve got to beleive that youre going to win, and i beleive we'll win the World Ccup until the fnal wistle blows and we're knocked out"
"I faxed a transfer request to the club at the beginning of the week, but let me state taht I dont want to leave Leicester"
- Stan Collymore
"Without being too harsh on David Beckham, he cost us the match"
- Ian Wright
"I'm as happy as i can be, but Ive been happier"
"Leeds is a great club and its been my home for years, even though i live in middelsborough"
"I always used to put my Right boot on first, then obviusly my right sock"
- Barry Venison
"I definitley want Brooklyn to be christened, but I don't know into what religion yet"
- David Beckham
"One accusation you Can't throw at me is that ive always done my best"
- Alan Shearer
"I'd Rather paly in front of a full house than an empty crowd"
- Jonny Giles
"Sometimes in football you have to score goals"
"I was suprised, but i always say nothing suprises me in football"
- Les Ferdinand
"It was like the ref had a brand new yellow card and wanted to see how it worked"
- Richard Rufus
"There is no in between- you're either good or bad. We were in between"
- Gary Lineker
"Winning doesn't really matter as long as you win"
"Little by little you have to teach the United States that this is the best game in the world."
"I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."
"Soccer is simple...you need to have the right mentality, fighting in every game, in every practice, for every ball."
"Behind every kick of the ball there has to be a thought."
"I'm just warning you. Now thee can go past and the bloody ball can go past, but thee and the ball are not going past together."
-(Alf Young to Tommy Lawton)
"I thought--he is made of flesh and bone like me. I was wrong."
-Tarciso Burnigch after marking Pele in the 1970 World Cup.
"Side before self every time." - Bill Bremner
"That's great, tell him he's Pele and get him back on."
-John Lambie, Partick Thistle manager, when told a concussed striker did not know who he was.
“Finally, a mention for Ireland -- a nation whose football team plays with commitment, wins with dignity, and loses with good grace. And who, along with their charming fans, seem to have an obscene amount of fun whatever the outcome. And isn't that the aim of the game?”
-Terry Baddoo (CNNSi)
“I saw a bunch of heads, and the Mohawk was open," O'Brien said. "I was trying to hit the Mohawk.”
-John O’Brien [NYT, 6/12/2002]
"With a ball between his feet, he makes the Bolshoi Ballet look like a gang of gimpy midgets; and the way his left-footed blasts violate all laws of the space-time continuum would make Einstein soil himself."
-NewCity.com (on Hristo Stoitchkov)
"They say I slept with seven Miss Worlds," he once said. "I didn't. It was only four. I didn't turn up for the other three."
–George Best (CNNSi)
Pass the puke bucket! Give me old Bill Shankley's attitude any day!
My personal favourite has to be one of Bobby Robson's - the master of the verbal gaff! This gem was how he summed up England's game against The Cameroon in 1990:
"We didn't underestimate them. They were just a lot better than we thought."
Or the Ireland manager, Mick McCarthy, summing up one of our less glorious moments in international football:
"I was feeling as sick as the proverbial donkey."
Finally, any interview Ally McLeod gave prior to the 1978 World Cup saying how Scotland would win it...
That is the best quote ever. I have a shirt with it written on it.
"Mine eyes have seen the glory."
"The Land of the Free, The Home of the Brave, are headed to the quarterfinals."
Finally, any interview Ally McLeod gave prior to the 1978 World Cup saying how Scotland would win it... [/B][/QUOTE]
Or the newspaper headline over his picture saying "Is the man mad?"
if I'd remembered, these would've been two of my favorites.
however, the following I found early in the Cup and immediately copied and emailed to friends all over the world: (this is from the Ft/ Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel in approximately the second week of the cup, taken virbatum):
"Best Quote From A Soccer Neophyte: Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, after watching Japan win its group with a 2-0 victory over Tunisia on Friday, "It's so moving it brings tears to your eyes. How strange, but I guess that's what joy is." This is what England felt after beating Argentina, Senegal felt after beating France, and what American fans may feel if the US beats Mexico on Monday."
I'm not ashamed to admit that when we beat mexico that morning, my reaction was similar to that described by the Japanese Prime Minister. One day, we might even reach the ultimate joy of being the last side standing.
"He is a good manager with a lot of experience with Lazio and other clubs. It should be good, it will be good - we have got many good players and they will become a good team. I think it will be a good thing" - David Beckham thinks Sven-Goran Eriksson is good.
"I don't really like the north. It's always raining, it's very cold and I don't like all those little houses" - West Ham's Frederic Kanoute doesn't want to move to a Northern club, which is probably just as well.
Check my sig below. My fav.
I read this quote one day while I was getting treatment in the trainers room after a practice. I was playing semi-pro ball at the time and was the starting defensive mid. I was so impressed with the strength of spirit and mind of this, that a year later, when faced with an opponent who I knew outclassed me, I approached him before the kickoff and told him the very same thing, minus the 'thee's'. I tell you no lie, he challenged me one on one only one time, lost, and never came at me again.
Bill Shankly was the best of all time.
He was, wan't he...? Here's a couple more.
"I was the best manager in Britain because I was never devious or cheated anyone. I'd break my wife's legs if I played against her, but I'd never cheat her."
(At Dixie Dean's funeral) "I know this is a sad occasion but I think that Dixie would be amazed to know that even in death he could draw a bigger crowd than Everton can on a Saturday Afternoon."
Old Dixie Dean was Evertons and Englands Greatest of the 20's and 30's. My old Granddaddy Charlie Bell played along side of him.
He couldn't understand where I went wrong, supporting Liverpool. Blamed his son-in-law, my dad..
Great stuff. keep it coming.
how about: Shostakovich
"Football is the ballet of the masses."
Not the best, but I like it.
"Football is war"
You probably won't read this anywhere but a guy I use to work with once met Brain Clough at a book signing or some-such-thing just after he had broken the transfer record to bring Trevor Francis to Nottingham Forest. My workmate decided to question Cloughies managerial skills so Cloughie set him straight thusly:
"Listen laddie, you think you know about football than me, than how come you pay 5 quid (English money) every Saturday to come see me manage. Your so clever you have to pay my wages while I get into the grounds for free. So next time you want talk rubbish to me just remember your paying for my house." I'm not sure if those were the exact words but that was the jist of it. My friend thought it was hilarous, and it was pure Cloughie. Also Francis was probably the best signing of Cloughies era.
Stanley Matthews also once said, " Scoring is easy. You just kick the ball at the goal and if God and your mother wanted you to score that day you will." I heard that one during a Bobby Charlton interview.
One more from George Best; "Someone once threw a bottle at me during a game. So I picked it up and drank it."