best soccer quote of all time?

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  1. Manutd06

    Manutd06 New Member

    Aug 15, 2002
    what do you think is the best soccer quote of all time?
  2. usscouse

    usscouse BigSoccer Supporter

    May 3, 2002
    Orygun coast
    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."
    Bill Shankly

    "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."
    Bob Paisley
  3. Maczebus

    Maczebus Member

    Jun 15, 2002
    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.
  4. RichardL

    RichardL BigSoccer Supporter

    May 2, 2001
    Reading FC
    Nat'l Team:
    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!
    Crawleybus repped this.
  5. lanman

    lanman BigSoccer Supporter

    Aug 30, 2002
    "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
  6. michaec

    michaec Member

    May 24, 2001
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    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.
  7. Belgian guy

    Belgian guy Member+

    Club Brugge
    Aug 19, 2002
    Club Brugge KV
    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)
  8. RichardL

    RichardL BigSoccer Supporter

    May 2, 2001
    Reading FC
    Nat'l Team:
    "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"
    Terry Venables

    "Germany are a very difficult team to play. They had eleven internationals out there today"
    Steve Lomas
  9. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    Whack it good!

    "When you get a chance to whack it, you whack it."

    -- Ante Razov
  10. Cruickinator

    Cruickinator New Member

    Jan 14, 2002
    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.
  11. berndog161

    berndog161 New Member

    The goal was scored a little bit by the hand of God, another bit by the head of Maradona.
    ~Diego Maradona

    Thats the best damn quote ever in football... everyone knows it, it makes poeple cry, laugh, yell and did I say cry?
  12. Unorthodox Yank

    Feb 27, 2001
    Constant Flux
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    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"
    -Mark Draper

    "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"
    -Peter Shilton

    "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"
    -Ugo Ehiogu

    "Leeds is a great club and its been my home for years, even though i live in middelsborough"
    -Jonathan Woodgate

    "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"
    -Thierry Henry

    "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"
    -Vinnie Jones
  13. Chicago1871

    Chicago1871 Member

    Apr 21, 2001
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    "Little by little you have to teach the United States that this is the best game in the world."
    -Johan Cruyff

    "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."
    -George Best

    "Soccer is need to have the right mentality, fighting in every game, in every practice, for every ball."
    -Hristo Stoitchkov

    "Behind every kick of the ball there has to be a thought."
    -Dennis Bergkamp

    "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." (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)
  14. Don Homer

    Don Homer New Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Dublin, Ireland
    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...
  15. Spartak

    Spartak Member

    Nov 6, 1999
    AC Milan
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    That is the best quote ever. I have a shirt with it written on it.
  16. copaantl98

    copaantl98 Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    "Mine eyes have seen the glory."

    "The Land of the Free, The Home of the Brave, are headed to the quarterfinals."

  17. Tommo-Tommo

    Tommo-Tommo New Member

    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?"
  18. WorldGame

    WorldGame Member

    Aug 28, 2002
    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.
  19. Native Aztexan

    Jan 27, 2002
    Austin, Texas
    Austin Aztex
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    "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.
    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. ;)
  20. Coryattheplex

    Coryattheplex New Member

    Apr 3, 2002
    Ft Wayne, Indiana
    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.
  21. Beckhamcpt07

    Beckhamcpt07 Member

    Nov 16, 2001
    Amsterdam, the Netherlands
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Bill Shankly was the best of all time.
  22. usscouse

    usscouse BigSoccer Supporter

    May 3, 2002
    Orygun coast
    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."
    Bill Shankly

    (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."
    Bill Shankly

    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..:)
  23. blitzzfan

    blitzzfan Member

    Jul 25, 2000
    St. George, UT
    Great stuff. keep it coming.

    how about: Shostakovich
    "Football is the ballet of the masses."

    Not the best, but I like it.
  24. AFCA

    AFCA Member

    Jul 16, 2002
    X X X rated
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    "Football is war"

    Rinus Michels
  25. Lufbra

    Lufbra New Member

    Sep 9, 2001
    Burbank, CA
    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."

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