Before Football restarts – Top 40 Interesting Quotes

Diego Maradona during World Cup 1986 in Mexico

Football is going to restart, as different Leagues and respective Government authorities are in discussion about the way forward and putting plans and procedures to sail through this difficult situation.

Bundesliga are perhaps resuming the campaign once again next week, and other leagues (Premier League, La Liga and Serie A) plan to start next month after they take all necessary measures and prepare all stakeholders for the events behind-closed-door.

Before Football starts, let us enjoy interesting quotes on football.

Funny (11)

When you buy me you are buying a Ferrari.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

You don’t have to have been a horse to be a jockey.

Arigo Sacchi on being a manager

Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win.

Gary Lineker after losing the 1990 World Cup semi-final to Germany on penalties.

In his life, a man can change wives, political parties or religions but he cannot change his favorite soccer team.

Eduardo Hughes Galeano

If TV were only an invention to broadcast soccer, it would be justified.

Roberto Fontanarrosa

You can’t say my team aren’t winners. They’ve proved that by finishing fourth, third and second in the last three years.

Gerard Houllier on Liverpool.

Football is all about sentiment; if it weren’t then we’d all support Manchester United.

Mark O’Brien

That’s great, tell him he’s Pele and get him back on.

John Lambie, Patrick Thistle manager, when told that his striker did not know who he was after suffering a concussion. 

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 advising his players

We lost because we didn’t win.

Ronaldo on Brazil’s 3-0 defeat to France in the 1998 World Cup final.

What Carew does with a football, I can do with an orange.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, answering to criticism from John Carew that Zlatan’s moves are pointless (April 2002).

Inspirational (6)

The first 90 minutes are the most important.

Sir Robert William “Bobby” Robson

The beauty of Cup football is that Jack always has a chance of beating Goliath.

Terry Butcher, Former England Captain.

The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when nobody else is watching.

Mia Hamm

The secret is to believe in your dreams; in your potential that you can be like your star, keep searching, keep believing and don’t lose faith in yourself.


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.

Phil Woosnam, Welsh football player and manager

We didn’t underestimate them. They were just a lot better than we thought.

BobbyRobson after playing Cameroon at the 1990 World Cup.

Soccer Soul (23)

Some people think football [soccer]is a matter of life and death. I don’t like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that.

Bill Shankly, Liverpool manager on football

We must have had 99 percent of the game. It was the other three percent that cost us the match.

Ruud Gullit following a defeat.

Before kids can play like a pro, they must enjoy playing the game like a kid.

Steve Locker

The ball is round, the game lasts ninety minutes, and everything else is just theory.

Josef “Sepp” Herberger

I don’t believe skill was, or ever will be, the result of coaches. It is a result of a love affair between the child and the ball.

Roy Maurice Keane

Some people tell me that we professional players are soccer slaves. Well, if this is slavery, give me a life sentence. 

Bobby Charlton replied when soccer players were referred to as slaves.

The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.


Everything I know about morality and the obligations of men, I owe it to football (soccer).

Albert Camus

Good soccer players need not be titans sculpted by Michelangelo. In soccer, ability is much more important than shape, and in many cases, skill is the art of turning limitations into virtues.

Eduardo Galeano

In football, the worst blindness is only seeing the ball.

Nelson Falcão Rodrigues

I don’t have time for hobbies. At the end of the day, I treat my job as a hobby. It’s something I love doing.

David Beckham

It is not just about the money, it is about what you achieve on the pitch.


I have the chance to do for a living what I like the most in life, and that’s playing football. I can make people happy and enjoy myself at the same time.


Though the legs of a football coach are never so active on the field of play during playing time, his mind is the best or worse player on the pitch!

Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Soccer is an art more central to our culture than anything the Arts Council deigns to recognize.

Germaine Greer

Life is like a game of soccer. You need goals. If there are no goals in your life then you can’t win.


I would not be bothered if we lost every game as long as we won the league.

Mark Viduka.

Years have gone by and I’ve finally learned to accept myself for who I am: a beggar for good soccer. I go about the world, hand outstretched, and in the stadiums I plead: ‘A pretty move, for the love of God.

Eduardo Galeano

Football and Community (4)

Soccer isn’t the same as Bach or Buddhism. But it is often more deeply felt than religion, and just as much a part of the community’s fabric, a repository of traditions.

Franklin Foer

It seems that soccer tournaments create those relationships: people gathered together in pubs and living rooms, a whole country suddenly caring about the same event. A World Cup is the sort of common project that otherwise barely exists in modern societies.

Simon Kuper

Football is the ballet of the masses.

Dmitri Shostakovich

The thing about football – the important thing about football – is that it is not just about football.

Terry Pratchett