Football Quotes

Football Quotes

"Football is a grand game for developing a lad physically and also morally, for he learns to play with good temper and unselfishness, to play in his place, and to play the game, and these are the best of training for any game of life."

Robert Baden Powell

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

Dennis Bergkamp

"Five days shalt thou labour, as the Bible says. The seventh day is the Lord thy God's. The sixth day is for football."

Anthony Burgess

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

George Best

"Winning isn't everything. There should be no conceit in victory and no despair in defeat."

Matt Busby

"The fans are the heart of football."

John Charles

"If God had meant football to be played in the air he would have put grass in the sky."

Brian Clough

"Football is a game you play with your brain."

Johan Cruyff

"Beyond the touchline there is nothing."

Jacques Derrida

"It's a conflict of parallels."

Sir Alex Ferguson

"Football is an art."

Germaine Greer

"The point about football in Britain is that it is not just a sport people take to, like cricket or tennis. It is built into the urban psyche, as much a common experience to our children as are uncles and school. It is not a phenomenon: it is an everyday matter."

Arthur Hopcraft

"I fell in love with football as I was later to fall in love with women. Suddenly, uncritically, giving no thought to the pain it would bring."

Nick Hornby

"Football is a game of tomorrows."

Geoff Hurst

"To be a footballer means being a privileged interpreter of the feelings and dreams of thousands of people."

Cesar Luis Menotti

"Football is a grey game played by grey people on grey days."

Rodney Marsh

"If you never concede a goal, you're going to win more games than you lose."

Bobby Moore

"Football, a game in which everyone gets hurt and every nation has its own style of play which seems unfair to foreigners."

George Orwell

"It's not about the long ball or the short ball, it's about the right ball."

Bob Paisley

"Football is the last sacred ritual of our time."

Pier Paolo Pasoloni

"Football is like a religion to me. I worship the ball, and I treat it like a god. Too many players think of a football as something to kick. They should be taught to caress it and to treat it like a precious gem."


"Amongst all unimportant subjects, football is by far the most important."

Pope John Paul II

"To say that these men paid their shillings to watch twenty-two hirelings kick a ball is merely to say that a violin is wood and catgut, that Hamlet is so much paper and ink."

JB Priestley

"In a world haunted by the hydrogen and napalm bomb, the football field is a place where sanity and hope are still left unmolested."

Stanley Rous

"In football everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team."

Jean-Paul Sartre

"In football you sometimes have beauty and cruelty together."

Peter Schmeichel

"Some people think football is a matter of life and death. It is much more important than that."

Bill Shankly

"Football is a simple game made complicated by people who should know better."

Bill Shankly

"Footballers can be like artists when the mind and body are working as one. It is what Miles Davis does when he plays free jazz - everything pulls together into one intense moment that is beautiful."

Lillian Thuram

"Rugby is a game for barbarians played by gentlemen. Football is a game for gentlemen played by barbarians."

Oscar Wilde

"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I'm very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that."
Bill Shankly
English soccer manager

"Football's a difficult business and aren't they prima donnas. But it's a wonderful game."
Queen Elizabeth II
To Premier League Chairman David Richards, November 2006

"If a team wants to intimidate you physically and you let them, they've won."
Mia Hamm
American World Cup Soccer champion

"The rules of soccer are very simple, basically it is this: if it moves, kick it. If it doesn't move, kick it until it does.""I'm here to score a lot of goals. It's my speciality, that's what I've been brought here to do, and I want to score plenty ; like I did with Barcelona. And here, there's every reason to think I can do it."
Brazilian soccer player

"In football everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team."

Jean Paul Sartre-French philosopher

"Every single day I wake up and commit to myself to becoming a better player."
Mia Hamm
American female soccer player

"Every kid around the world who plays soccer wants to be Pele. I have a great responsibility to show them not just how to be like a soccer player, but how to be like a man.""The vision of a champion is someone bent over, drenched in sweat, to a point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching."
Anson Dorrance
American women's soccer coach

"Fail to prepare, prepare to fail."
Roy Keane
Irish soccer player and English football club manager

"Pele called me the greatest footballer in the world. That is the ultimate salute to my life."
George Best
Northern Ireland soccer player, from his autobiography, The Good, The Bad and the Bubbly

"The goal was scored a little bit by the hand of God, another bit by the head of Maradona."
Argentinian soccer player, on goal against England in 1986 World Cup

"Football is all very well a good game for rough girls, but not for delicate boys."
Oscar Wilde
Irish writer

"I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion."
Mia Hamm
American female soccer player

"The goalkeeper is the jewel in the crown and getting at him should be almost impossible. It's the biggest sin in football to make him do any work."
George Graham
Scottish soccer player and manager

"Some people tell me that we professional players are soccer slaves. Well, if this is slavery, give me a life sentence.""Italians can't win the game against you, but you can lose the game against the Italians."
Johan Cryuff
Dutch soccer player

"Whoever invented football should be worshipped as a God."
Hugo Sanchez
Mexican soccer player and coach

"Five days shalt thou labour, as the Bible says. The seventh day is the Lord thy God's. The sixth day is for football."
Anthony Burgess
English writer

"In Latin America the border between soccer and politics is vague. There is a long list of governments that have fallen or been overthrown after the defeat of the national team."
Luis Suarez
Mexican journalist, quoted in The Soccer War by Ryszard Kapuscinski (1969)

"Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it."
Mia Hamm
American female soccer player

"When I go to the press conference before the game, in my mind the game has already started."
Jose Mourinho
Portuguese soccer manager