Best 50 Controversial and Inspirational Soccer Quotes



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

Germaine Greer
(*1939: Australian academic and journalist)
Stages in the descent of man from ape, through to Neanderthal, and finally into a footballer - Soccer Quote: The roots of our Soccer Tribe lie deep in our primeval past - Desmond John MorrisImage: Jorgen McLeman (Shutterstock)
A football team is
like a beautiful woman.
When you do not tell her,
she forgets she is beautiful.

Arsène Wenger
(*1949: French football manager of Arsenal FC,
and current longest serving Premier League manager)
Success is no accident.
It is hard work,
perseverance, learning,
studying, sacrifice and most of all,
love of what you are doing
or learning to do.

Edson Arantes do Nascimento
(*1940: better known as Pelé; legendary Brazilian footballer)
I’m a rock star
because I couldn’t be a soccer star.

Roderick David “Rod” Stewart
(*1945: Scottish singer-songwriter)
Every time some spoiled
European soccer millionaire
complains about the blaring vuvuzelas,
I want them to blare louder.

Serge Schmemann
(*1945: writer and editor of the International Herald Tribune)
I do not play football,
I score goals.

Dario José dos Santos
(*1946: nicknamed Dario, or Dadá Maravilha; former Brazilian footballer)
Every disadvantage has its advantage.
Hendrik Johannes Cruijff
(*1947: better known as Johan Cruyff;
legendary Dutch footballer and former player/manager)
The thing about football…
the important thing about football…
is that it is not just
about football.

Sir Terence David John “Terry” Pratchett
(*1948: English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works)
Every defeat is
a victory in itself.

Francisco Maturana García
(*1949: also known as “Pacho”; Colombian ex-footballer and manager)
It is better to win ten times 1-0
than to win once 10-0.

Vahid “Vaha” Halilhodžic’
(*1952: former Bosnian football player
and current manager of the Algerian national football team)


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5 Responses to “Best 50 Controversial and Inspirational Soccer Quotes”

  1. #

    Galeano’s one is hilarious, but he is right.

  2. #

    soccer and life is like the same thing you can’t score alone you need help in life you can’t accomplish everything alone you need help from your friends and families.

  3. #

    Omelettes, eggs. No eggs, no omelettes. – Jose Mourinho. Truly inspiring.

  4. #

    My favorite has to be: “I would say that I am having less sex now that I’m playing in Serie B – there is more to think about in this division.” – Gianluigi Buffon

    Great quotes!

  5. #

    I love this quote…

    In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol – it was the worst 20 minutes of my life.
    (George Best)

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