75+ Famous Football Quotes Of All Time

Football Quotes

Football is a popular sport played worldwide. It is also known as soccer in some countries. The game is played between two teams, each consisting of 11 players, with the objective of scoring goals by kicking a ball into the opposing team’s net.

The basic rules of football involve using any part of the body except the arms and hands to control and pass the ball. The primary goal is to maneuver the ball into the opponent’s goal to score a point. The team with the most goals at the end of the game wins.

Football matches are typically played on a rectangular field called a pitch or field. The field is divided into two halves, with each team defending one half and attempting to attack and score in the other. The game is overseen by a referee and two assistant referees who enforce the rules and ensure fair play.

Football is a highly strategic sport that requires teamwork, skill, and physical fitness. Players must possess good ball control, passing ability, and a keen sense of awareness on the field. Different positions exist within the team, such as forwards, midfielders, defenders, and goalkeepers, each with specific roles and responsibilities.

Football has various competitions at different levels, from local leagues and tournaments to international events like the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, and continental championships like the Copa America and UEFA European Championship. These competitions attract millions of fans and generate significant excitement and passion around the world.

Some of the greatest football players in history include Pelé, Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo. These players have achieved remarkable success and left a lasting impact on the sport.

Football has a massive following globally, with millions of fans passionately supporting their favorite teams and players. The sport has the power to unite people across borders, cultures, and languages, making it one of the most popular and beloved sports worldwide.

Football Quotes

1. “Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.”
— Gary Lineker

2. “The E.U. has its weaknesses, but it’s been pretty good for us, and it’s been pretty good for Europe, and it’s kept the peace.”
— Gary Lineker

3. “Basically, Walkers are putting real produce into their flavours, so the cheese and onion flavour is actually cheese and onion rather than just flavourings.”
— Gary Lineker

4. “What you learn is that you can’t please everyone all the time.”
— Gary Lineker

5. “In all sports, people get competitive; things happen that shouldn’t happen.”
— Gary Lineker

6. “People have no idea how hard football is, absolutely no idea. It’s all about pace. You can say, ‘Yeah, you’ve got speed of thought’ – but you’ve got to have a little bit of a zip.”
— Gary Lineker

7. “In this country, since footballs made from pigs’ bladders were whacked into goals without nets, we’ve played on full-size pitches. Whatever our age.”
— Gary Lineker

8. “I learned all about life with a ball at my feet.”
— Ronaldinho

9. “The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.”
— Pelé

10. “You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it.”
— Lionel Messi

11. “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

12. “When people succeed, it is because of hard work. Luck has nothing to do with success.”
— Diego Maradona

13. “The first 90 minutes are the most important.”
— Bobby Robson

14. “I just hate losing and that gives you an extra determination to work harder.”
— Wayne Rooney

15. “I once cried because I had no shoes to play soccer, but one day, I met a man who had no feet.”
— Zinedine Zidane

16. “There is no pressure when you are making a dream come true.”
— Neymar

17. “Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.”
— George Halas

18. “If you do not believe you can do it then you have no chance at all.”
— Arsene Wenger

19. “To win you have to score one more goal than your opponent.”
— Johan Cruyff

20. “Behind every kick of a ball, there has to be a thought.”
— Denis Bergkamp

21. “The ball is round, the game lasts ninety minutes, and everything else is just theory.”
— Sepp Herberger

22. “A penalty is a cowardly way to score.”
— Pelé

23. “Some people think football 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

24. “Football is played with your head. Your feet are just the tools.”
— Andrea Pirlo

25. “Every disadvantage has got its advantage.”
— Johan Cruyff

26. “Football is the ballet of the masses.”
— Dmitri Shostakovich

27. “Every defeat is a victory in itself.”
— Francisco Maturana García

28. “We don’t want our players to be monks. We want them to be better football players because a monk does not play football at this level.”
— Bobby Robson

29. “I couldn’t be more chuffed if I was a badger at the start of mating season.”
— Ian Holloway

30. “If you eat caviar every day it is difficult to return to sausages.”
— Arsene Wenger

31. “Dilly ding dilly dong.”
— Claudio Ranieri

32. “Sometimes maybe good. Sometimes maybe.”
— Gennaro Gattuso

33. “Do I not like that.”
— Graham Taylor

34. “Why do you want Zidane when we have Tim Sherwood?”
— Jack Walker

35. “I think you are an ostrich.”
— Nigel Pearson

36. “That lad must have been born offside.”
— Alex Ferguson

37. “When you are 4-0 up you should never lose 7-1.”
— Lawrie McMenemy

Football Quotes

38. “Sandro’s holding his face. You can tell from that it’s a knee injury.”
— Dion Dublin

39. “Frank Lampard still has the same legs he had five years ago.”
— Ray Wilkins

40. “We must have had 99 percent of the game. It was the other three percent that cost us the match.”
— Ruud Gullit

41. “I’m 30 now, but back when I was 19…that’s seven years ago.”
— Lee Bowyer

42. “I don’t believe in superstitions. I just do certain things because I’m scared in case something will happen if I don’t do them.”
— Michael Owen

43. “Well, Clive, it’s all about the two M’s—movement and positioning.”
— Ron Atkinson

44. “I’ve had 14 bookings this season—eight of which were my fault, but seven of which were disputable.”
— Paul Gascoigne

45. “They’re the second-best team in the world, and there’s no higher praise than that.”
— Kevin Keegan

46. “One accusation you can’t throw at me is that I’ve always done my best.”
— Alan Shearer

47. “Aim for the sky and you’ll hit the ceiling. Aim for the ceiling and you’ll stay on the floor.”
— Bill Shankly

48. “I wouldn’t say I was the top manager in the business but I would say I was in the top one.”
— Brian Clough

49. “I think in England you eat too much sugar and meat and not enough vegetables.”
— Arsene Wenger

50. “I’ve never played for a draw in my life.”
— Alex Ferguson

51. “To be sitting on the bench behind somebody who only started to play when he was 30 is not funny.”
— Jens Lehmann

52. “The best team did not win this match.”
— Jose Mourinho

53. “I want to talk about facts.”
— Rafa Benitez

54. “You can’t win anything with kids.”
— Alan Hansen

55. “I will love it if we beat them. Love it.”
— Kevin Keegan

56. “He will go right to the very top.”
— Harry Redknapp

57. “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think the sardines will be thrown into the sea.”
— Eric Cantona

58. “That shot is impossible. I saw Yaya Toure do it once.”
— Michael Owen

59. “Squeaky bum time.”
— Alex Ferguson

60. “That would’ve been a goal had it gone inside the post.”
— Michael Owen

61. “We talk about it for 20 minutes and then we decide I was right.”
— Brian Clough

62. “We go into the second half with United 1 – 0 up, so the game is perfectly balanced.”
— Peter Jones

63. “You may as well put a cow in the middle of the pitch, walking. And then stop the game because there was a cow.”
— Jose Mourinho

64. “Oh, he had an eternity to play that ball, but he took too long about it.”
— Martin Tyler

65. “Will I become a coach in the future? No way, I’d never be able to put up with someone like me.”
— Romario

66. “He dribbles a lot, and the opposition don’t like it—you can see it all over their faces.”
— Ron Atkinson

67. “It is not just about the money, it is about what you achieve on the pitch.”
— Ronaldinho

68. “I always want more. Whether it’s a goal or winning a game, I’m never satisfied.”
— Lionel Messi

69. “I worked on my weaknesses and made them my strengths.”
— Sydney Leroux

70. “If I had to make a tackle, I have already made a mistake.”
— Paolo Maldini

71. “Football’s not just about scoring goals, it’s about winning.”
— Alan Shearer

72. “Playing football with your feet is one thing, but playing football with your heart is another.”
— Francesco Totti

73. “I love football. Football is my life.”
— Wayne Rooney

74. “Always train hard, work harder, never give up.”
— Marcus Rashford

75. “Before you can coach others you must learn to coach yourself.”
— Johan Cruyff

76. “Losers complain, winners train.”
— Jose Mourinho