Soccer (also known as football) is in many places considered to be not such just a game, but a way of life, which inspires people to live basically around it, sacrificing meetings, catch-ups, birthdays even relationships for this. So, given this, it is only natural that a whole world has built upon around the different soccer quotes said in interviews and the infamous press conferences. In this article, I give a top 7 of inspirational soccer quotes and famous soccer quotes in ascending order.
Number 7 From George Best – dazzling winger for Manchester United and renowned playboy: “I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.” Number 6 Kevin Keegan infamously rose to Sir Alex’s infamous mind-games. Here is the best of a heated reaction that came back to haunt him after his Newcastle team subsequently surrendered their lead to the chasing Manchester United: *angrily* “I would love it, LOVE it, if we beat them (United)”. Number 5 Alex Ferguson’s anger/jealously at Liverpool’s supposed arrogance from their 80’s heyday when he took over as Manchester United manager manifested itself in a blunt mission statement: “to knock Liverpool off their ******* perch”, which has been brought up recently after he has succeeded in doing so by winning more leagues titles than them.
Number 4 Where most premiership footballers seem content/constrained to offer only inanity and cliché in their interviews, Peter Crouch comes across as a rare example of a premiership footballer who is able and willing to inject some insight and/or humour into his interviews. Proof of this and the fact that ‘Crouchy’, infamously playing ‘out of his league’ with stunning model Abby Clancy, has his feet on the ground (with head knowingly in the stars) came when he answered “what would you be if you weren’t a footballer” with a grin and the immortal words: “a virgin probably”! Number 3 Dave Jones sums up Carlton’s Palmer’s game bluntly and brilliantly in this nicest of compliments couched in a barbed criticism (or vice versa): “He covers every blade of grass on the pitch... but that’s only because his first touch is so bad!” Number 2 Eternally a bother to managers, Gordon Strachan provided a brilliant brush-off to a hassling journalist when he asked for “a quick word, Gordon?”. Strachan answered “velocity...”, and promptly walked off with velocity. Number 1 The top football quote, which half-sincerely, half-sarcastically, highlights football’s importance, has to be Liverpool’s F.C’s then manager Bill Shankly’s quote: “someone said ‘football is more important than life and death to you’ and I said listen it’s more important than that”!