Harry Redknapp and the 50 Most Quotable Figures in World Football History

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIMarch 16, 2012

Harry Redknapp and the 50 Most Quotable Figures in World Football History

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    Some of World Football's most famous figures have given us some great quotes during their careers.

    Whether it be players, managers, administrators or even commentators, the game has seen a good number of quotable figures throughout its history.

    These quotes range from the philosophical through to the utterly ridiculous and have left followers of the game with different views about the speaker.

    Here are some of the most quotable figures in World Football History.

Jose Mourinho

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    Since his entry into the bigger European leagues, Jose Mourinho has provided football followers with a great number of quotes.

    It began with his first press conference at Chelsea where he referred to himself as a special one, thus coining the nickname "The Special One."

    Other memorable quotes include:

    "We have top players and, sorry if I'm arrogant, we have a top manager."

    "If they made a film of my life, I think they should get George Clooney to play me. He's a fantastic actor and my wife thinks he would be ideal."

    "I think he is one of these people who is a voyeur. He likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, have a big telescope to see what happens in other families. He speaks, speaks, speaks about Chelsea."

    That last one is about Arsene Wenger and Mourinho did offer to apologize about that comment.

Joey Barton

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    Joey Barton has certainly provided his entertainment on and off the pitch during his career so far. In this age of tweets, he has provided his followers, and anyone really, with some interesting stuff.

    Just last year he said he was the best midfielder in England and made some interesting remarks about one fellow midfielder in particular. Per metro.co.uk:

    In his scathing attack he labels Manchester City player Barry as a 'teacher's pet' and intimates that his agent is the driving force behind his success.

    "Barry's got a very good agent. He's also discreet and always agrees with the manager," he told French magazine So Foot. "He's like the guy who sits in the front row and listens to the teacher. I certainly don't lose any sleep when I play against him."

Brian Clough

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    Brian Clough has had his share of quotable moments. He was one of the most entertaining managers in the game during his time, and his stint at Leeds United was even re-enacted in a movie, The Damned United.

    Here are some of Clough's great quotes:

    "I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one."

    "If God had wanted us to play football in the clouds, he'd have put grass up there."

    "I'm sure the England selectors thought if they took me on and gave me the job, I'd want to run the show. They were shrewd because that's exactly what I would have done."

Bill Shankly

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    "Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that."

    That is probably one of Bill Shankly's most well-remembered quotes. Other gems include:

    "If you are first, you are first. If you are second, you are nothing."

    "If Everton were playing at the bottom of the garden, I'd pull the curtains."

    There were certainly a lot more from a Liverpool icon and one of the greatest managers the game has seen.

Sepp Blatter

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    Sepp Blatter's quotes are usually either ridiculous, controversial, laughable or some version or a mixture of all three.

    His comments about women's clothing in football, racism and diving certainly raised some eyebrows.

    "Let the women play in more feminine clothes like they do in volleyball. They could, for example, have tighter shorts. Female players are pretty, if you excuse me for saying so, and they already have some different rules to mensuch as playing with a lighter ball. That decision was taken to create a more female aesthetic, so why not do it in fashion?"

    "He should say that this is a game. We are in a game, and at the end of the game, we shake hands, and this can happen, because we have worked so hard against racism and discrimination."

    "I know myself, I was always a striker. But it's 50 years ago nowbut I'm still a little bit of a striker. We tried to dribble, but when we could not go through and someone put his foot there, what do you do? You do a little bit more than you should have done. Is this so terrible? I don't think so. At least it's not so terrible that we should intervene after a match."

Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Remember this little piece from Cristiano Ronaldo?

    "People whistle me because I am good-looking, rich and a great footballer. They are jealous of me."

    It was said in response to Dinamo Zagreb fans jeering him during a Champions League match. Whether it was said in jest or not, it was some pretty interesting stuff from the player and can be added to these entries.

    "Of course the club can pay €94m for me. Or more. I think I'm worth more."

    "Who's Gotze? In what position does he play? Is he good? I have little opportunity to see Bundesliga games," he told Bild.

Harry Redknapp

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    The Daily Mirror presented us with a few of Harry Redknapp's most interesting quotes a couple years ago.

    There were entries such as this:

    "I sorted out the team formation last night lying in bed with the wife. When your husband's as ugly as me, you'd only want to talk football in bed."

    As well as this entry about his signing of Portuguese winger Dani:

    "My missus fancies him. Even I don't know whether to play him or f**k him."

    And of course, there's also this infamous interview about his transfer dealings. Here's the quote:

    "No, I'm not a wheeler and dealer. F**k off. I'm not a wheeler and f*****g dealer. Don't even say that. I'm a f*****g football manager."

Eric Cantona

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    Well he was on the cover wasn't he? There's so many good quotes from Eric Cantona, it's hard to put only a few here.

    Two personal favourites are:

    "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much."

    "Often there are players who have only football as a way of expressing themselves and never develop other interest. And when they no longer play football, they no longer do anything; they no longer exist, or rather they have the sensation of no longer existing."

Mario Balotelli

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    Why always me? It wasn't something Mario Balotelli actually said, but I'm sure the phrase has been used quite a lot since then.

    While that may not seem a good enough reason to put him on this list, these other quotes include:

    "Because I'm rich."

    This was his response when police questioned him about the large sum of money found on his person after he crashed his Audi.

    Balotelli also went on to question Silvio Berlusconi's football knowledge after the AC Milan owner claimed that Antonio Cassano was the best Italian player.

    "Berlusconi is wrong or knows little of Balotelli."

    And, ironically enough, Balotelli also felt the need to hand out some advice to another one of his elders.

    "Mourinho is the best coach in the world, but as a man he still needs to learn manners and respect."

Otto Rehhagel

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    Otto Rehhagel masterminded Greece's shocking Euro 2004 triumph and apparently had this to say to his players before the quarterfinal with France.

    "I told the lads: Don’t be too afraid if Thierry Henry appears in your dreams at night."

    That's just the tip of the iceberg, though, as Rehhagel provided the media and football with some more great material from his locker. Here are more examples:

    "Verbals haven’t won a game yet."
    Rehhagel on pre-match jibes issued by an opposing coach

    "If you finish first, you’re in the right. So I’m in the right. You can speak to me again when I finish fifth."
    Rehhagel to a reporter unconvinced by success

    "I need players who are better with the ball than with a microphone."
    Rehhagel on media interest in his players

Giovanni Trapattoni

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    Giovanni Trapattoni is one of the oldest guys in the managerial business and has certainly had a lot of time to think about what would come out of his mouth.

    His amusing interview as the Bayern head coach is well remembered in Germany, but he's had his fair share of saying in his native tongue as well.

    Here's a little excerpt from an interesting piece in Independent.ie about Trapattoni's beginnings:

    "Se la và, la ghà i gamb," was Trap's favourite"If it goes, it's got legs," suggesting a fondness for the end rather than the means. His malapropisms were famous, too.

    There is an Italian saying "Non dire quattro se non ce l'hai nel sacco." It comes from the fields where they would collect grain in bags of four and means "Don't say four unless you got it in the bag." When Trapattoni uttered it, he said "gatto" instead of "quattro", "cat" instead of "four" and now "Don't say cat until you've got it in the bag' has become part of the lexicon, although it has no meaning.

Michel Platini

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    UEFA's current president, Michel Platini, showed that even being his countryman didn't entitle any player to undeserved praise when he compared Zinedine Zidane to Diego Maradona.

    "Zidane does some extraordinary things, it's true. But you have to put everything in context. What Zidane does with a ball, Maradona could do with an orange."

Andy Gray

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    "Charlotte, can you tuck this down here for me"?

    It may have cost him his job, but Andy Gray's cheeky little comment was probably nothing new for the male population, and it's probably been used a lot since then. Not that I'm condoning that type of comment towards a female co-worker.

    Andy Gray had some other interesting thoughts that were made public, but the one that takes the cake is when he said that Lionel Messi would struggle on a cold night at the Brittania stadium. That's Stoke City's stadium if you didn't know.

    Another well though out quote.

Claudio Borghi

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    Claudio Borghi is currently in charge of Chile's national team and has managed historic South American teams like Colo-Colo and Boca Juniors in the past.

    Wherever he has gone, his humour hasn't been far behind. Borghi has had some pretty amusing quotes in his managerial career. Excerpts from fifa.com:

    “We’ve all got something to say about football and we all think we’re good. It’s the same with sex.”
    Borghi on why football coaches are on the receiving end of so much criticism

    “I don’t like talking about players who are "versatile." In my opinion, someone who’s versatile plays badly in every position.”
    Discussing the trend for players to be deployed in a number of roles

    “I’m not going to start calling up players with three ears just to set myself apart from [Marcelo] Bielsa.”
    Following an "if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it" philosophy when quizzed on his predecessor in the Chile hotseat.

Mick McCarthy

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    Recent Wolves manager, Mick McCarthy, had his share of amusing quotes. Here's a few:

    "I was feeling as sick as the proverbial donkey."

    "I think one or two of our legs got a bit leg weary."

    "At the moment we've got 16 first-team players. My initials stand for Mick McCarthy, not Merlin the Magician."

    And the best of all, and one which may have had his fellow managers chuckling:

    "We've got the drug testers here today. They shouldn't be going to see the players. They should go to see the officials instead."

Steffan Effenberg

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    Steffan Effenberg was one of the game's more interesting characters which is surprising considering he's German.

    His character was evident both on and off the pitch where he was not afraid to back down from opposition nor speak his mind to the media.

    FIFA.com's monthly "The Things They Say" series presents us with some of his most amusing sayings.

Ian Holloway

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    Ian Holloway's press conferences are always fun, and he has left football with some good material so far.

    His analogy about Tony Pulis' tactics at Stoke City was fun, and he left some space for an analogy concerning his own strategy.

    "If you're a burglar, it's no good poncing about outside somebody's house, looking good with your swag bag ready. Just get in there, burgle them and come out. I don't advocate that obviously, it's just an analogy."

    If those aren't enough, there's also this piece about luck:

    "I have such bad luck at the moment that if I fell in a barrel of boobs, I'd come out sucking my thumb."

Sir Alex Ferguson

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    Our resident gum-chewing manager has spewed out his share of one-liners and such in a very long and illustrious career.

    Alex Ferguson has referred to Ryan Giggs as a "cocker spaniel," said Filippo Inzaghi was born offside and played down Arsene Wenger's intelligence a little.

    "I remember the first time I saw him. He was 13 and just floated over the ground like a cocker spaniel chasing a piece of silver paper in the wind."

    "That lad must have been born offside."

    "They say he's an intelligent man, right? Speaks five languages. I've got a 15-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast who speaks five languages!"

    There are many, many more where that came from.

Sir Bobby Robson

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    Sir Bobby Robson is another great manager who has left the game with some good memories and funny quotes.

    Some of his best include:

    "When Gazza was dribbling, he used to go through a minefield with his arm, a bit like you go through a supermarket."

    "He never fails to hit the target. But that was a miss."

    "People want success. It's like coffee, they want instant."

Ricardo La Volpe

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    Ricardo La Volpe is another outspoken manager on this list. La Volpe had a solid playing career but definitely made his name with his time as a manager and quotes like:

    "Playing 4-4-1-1 is not football, it's anti-football."

    "Do you guys have wives or girlfriends? If so, you have to love them and treat them well, and the same goes for the ball."

    "My teams must not be built around a single player. This is football, not tennis."

Jens Lehmann

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    Jens Lehmann has done some crazy things during his playing career, and he's had some interesting things to say, too.

    He made his feelings known about the skill of a certain Manuel Almunia, and reiterated it.

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

    " He does not have my class.”

    He also had his say when he got red-carded for confronting a teammate, Marcio Amoroso, during his Borussia Dortmund days.

    "There is no rule that the goalkeeper must not run out of the penalty area," Lehmann said. "They must have invented that today."

Ray Hudson

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    If you ever watch a Barcelona matchthough he doesn't just commentate for thembroadcast on Gol TV, you'll hear one of the commentators screaming in delight at some the teams' most wonderful moves. That's Ray Hudson.

    Here's one. Let's make it two, YouTube clips of Ray Hudson's excitement. As one of the comments in the first video said, Ray Hudson should be a commentator on FIFA 13.

    In words here are a few of Ray Hudson's one-liners and quotes.

Mia Hamm

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    Surprised? Mia Hamm might not have said some ridiculous stuff like Mario Balotelli, or been exactly philosophical like Eric Cantona, but she's had her share of solid quotes.

    Here's a few:

    “Many people say I'm the best women's soccer player in the world. I don't think so. And because of that, someday I just might be.”

    “You may get skinned knees and elbows, but it's worth it if you score a spectacular goal.”

    “You don't just want to beat a team. You want to leave a lasting impression in their minds so they never want to see your face again.”

Ron Atkinson

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    Ron Atkinson had a pretty substantial playing and managerial career, but you had to wonder what happened during his broadcasting career.

    Many of the quotes that came out of his mouth were hilarious, from any angle really, as you can see for yourself below.

    "England have the best fans in the world and Scotland’s fans are second to none."

    "I never comment on referees and I'm not going to break the habit of a lifetime for that prat."

    "Despite his white boots, he has real pace and aggression."

Neil Warnock

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    Neil Warnock didn't have long to wait to get back in a manager's seat after being sacked by QPR at the beginning of the year. Maybe it's down to his way with words.

    Other football figures such as El Hadj Diouf, Graham Poll and even one of his players at QPR, Adel Taraabt, have been topics of discussion. Excerpts from talk sport:

    In January 2011, former Blackburn forward El-Hadji Diouf riles Warnock after abusing QPR's Jamie Mackie as the Scottish international lays on the floor in agony with a broken leg:

     "For many years I have thought he was the gutter typeI was going to call him a sewer rat, but that might be insulting to sewer rats. He's the lowest of the low and I can't see him being at Blackburn much longer."

    Following Sheffield United's 1-0 FA Cup semifinal defeat to Arsenal in 2003, referee Graham Poll bears the brunt of Warnock's frustration:

     "I shouldn't really say what I feel, but Poll was their best midfielder in the goal. You saw him coming off at halftime and at the end. He smiled so much, he obviously enjoyed that performance. I think the referee should be banned."

    As rumours about QPR captain Adel Taarabt's future intensify, Warnock is refreshingly frank on the topic:

     "I'll probably have had enough of him by Christmas, so hopefully he'll score 10 or 15 goals by then and get himself a move."

Roger Lemerre

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    Roger Lemerre was an assistant during France's run to the 1998 World Cup Final trophy but he continued the success by guiding the team to the Euro 2000 trophy.

    He had a long managerial career with teams like Red Star, Lens and the Morocco national team all coming under his tutelage at some point.

    Here are some of his quotes and explanations of them from fifa.com:

    "Don't give up on football and football won't give up on you!"

    "I know it, Little Nicolas (fictional character in a series of children's books) knows it, you people don't. Being an adult means knowing how to hold your tongue." Lemerre on whether Nicolas Anelka had been selected in the EURO 2000 squad.

    "This team is like a student at the top of his class who can't help being ahead of the others." Lemerre after winning UEFA EURO 2000.

Johan Cruyff

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    Johan Cruyff had a major influence on football during his playing days, and that has carried on to this day.

    He had a famous moment in the beginning of his reign as Barcelona coach when he basically made up his own phrase, “Un momento dado…,” which really had no meaning in Barcelona but soon became a catchphrase for Cruyff and the Barcelona natives.

    Aside from that slightly amusing moment, Cruyff had a number of intelligent and thought-provoking quotes throughout the years.

    "Every advantage has its disadvantage."

    "Football is a simple game. It’s just very hard to play it simple."


Roy Keane

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    Roy Keane's demeanour on the pitch gives us a good idea of the type of quotes to expect from the Irishman.

    He had something to say about everyone whether it be teammates, the media and even his own fans. In the words of Roy Keane, superstars don't only play 20 good minutes, the commentators can't tell whether a player's playing good or not, and some Manchester United fans may not know the game very well.

    "Just because you are paid £120,000-a-week and play well for 20 minutes against Tottenham, you think you are a superstar."

    "Any time I watch a game on television, I have to turn the commentators off. They say, 'he's playing well,' and I'm thinking, 'no, he's not.'"

    "Sometimes you wonder, do they understand the game of football? We're 1-0 up, then there are one or two stray passes and they're getting on players' backs. It's just not on."

Diego Maradona

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    You could probably fill all 50 of these slides with these quotes from Diego Maradona, but we can do that another time.

    One of  Maradona's best recent moments was his retaliation to the Argentine media's criticism of him and his team after they qualified for the World Cup where he said the following:

    "To those who did not believe: Now suck my d**k.I'm sorry ladies for my wordsand keep on sucking it. I am either white or black. I will never be grey in my life. You treated me as you did. Now keep on sucking d**ks. I am grateful to my players and to the Argentinian people. I thank no one but them. The rest, keep on sucking d**ks."

    We could stop there, but then there's his ongoing feud with Pele which has presented gems such as this:

    "Pele should go back to the museum."

    And finally, we all know about the "The Hand of God" but did you know there was a "Hand of Reason?" The following is an excerpt from The Telegraph:

    Diego Maradona on smashing the car of a photographer...

    "I did it with the hand of reason."


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    If Diego Maradona presented us with some crazy moments and equally crazy quotes, Pele's quotes are a bit more mundane.

    He's had his say on his rival, various players and the game itself.

    "For 20 years they have asked me the same question, who is the greatest? Pele or Maradona? I replay that all you have to do is look at the facts. How many goals did he score with his right foot or with his head?"

    Those attributes aren't the only criteria, but that's still a solid argument there, Pele.

    "He is the greatest player in the world right now, without a doubt, he is the player who gives (Brazilians) the most joy."

    He said that about Totti too at one point. Not the "he gives Brazilians joy" part obviously. This next one is well said, though.

    "When football stars disappear, so do the teams, and that is a very curious phenomenon. It is like in the theatre, in a play, where there is a great star. If the star is not well, the whole cast suffers."

George Best

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    Unlike many other greats of the game whose quotes come mainly from the time after their playing days were done, George Best proves he was one of the most outspoken players in the game with quotes.

    Here are some of his best:

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

    "If I'd been born ugly, you'd never have heard of Pele."

    "I used to go missing a lot: Miss Canada, Miss United Kingdom, Miss World."

    Best certainly had a lot to say about himself, but he gave his opinion on some other players, too, such as Paul Gascoigne, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    "I once said Gazza's IQ was less than his shirt number and he asked me, "What's an IQ?"

    "He cannot kick with his left foot, he cannot head a ball, he cannot tackle and he doesn't score many goals. Apart from that he's all right."
    On David Beckham

    "There have been a few players described as the new George Best over the years, but this is the first time it's been a compliment to me."
    Best on Cristiano Ronaldo

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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    Zlatan Ibrahimovic, everybody's favourite Swede, is definitely one person who has a lot to say and the quotes from his autobiography gave everybody a chance to hear even more for his greatness.

    Turns out "Ibracadabra" had little time for Pep Guardiola's speeches, holds his liquor better and likes Jose Mourinho's upfront attitude.

    “Then Guardiola started his philosopher thing. I was barely listening. Why would I? It was advanced b******t about blood, sweat and tears, that kind of stuff.”

    “Jose Mourinho is a big star…He’s cool. The first time he met [my wife] he whispered to her: ‘Helena, you have only one mission. Feed Zlatan, let him sleep, keep him happy!’ The guy says what he wants. I like him.”

    "On reports of "excessive behaviour" following Juventus’ 2005 title win: “It was the fault of David Trezeguet, who made me do one drink of vodka after another. I slept in the bathtub. Now I hold my vodka much better.”

David Beckham

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    Not impressed with David Beckham's playing career or his skills? Well Becks' quotes might give you a different impression of the guy, or not.

    Wonder why he may not seem too worried about some of his most criticized performances? Well here you go:

    “It’s my responsibility to walk around the hotel with a big smile on my face and not worry about what’s happened in the last game.”

    We all know about his "fashion sense" but it doesn't seem that there's too much sensible about it.

    “I like nice clothes, whether they’re dodgy or not.”

    And, of course, there's this:

    “I definitely want Brooklyn to be christened, but I don’t know into what religion yet.”

    Erm, okay David.

Kevin Keegan

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    Kevin Keegan's time at Newcastle presented us with one of the greatest managerial meltdowns ever seen, and so there's no surprise he's on this list.

    He's had some interesting quotes over the years such as:

    "It's like a toaster, the ref's shirt pocket. Every time there's a tackle, up pops a yellow card."

    "Shaun Wright-Phillips has got a heart as big as his size, which isn't big, but his heart's bigger than that."

    "Maine Road was a great football stadium, but as time moved on it stayed where it is..."

    The yellow card bit is certainly the most witty and intelligent, but there's definitely question marks over the other two.

Arsene Wenger

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    Arsene Wenger had to be on this list. Arsenal's French manager has given his share of entertaining quotes as The Telegraph presented a few years ago.

    He's explained how and why he came about with the ever-present interview answer as such: "I didn't see it."

    "Sometimes I see it [a foul by an Arsenal player], but I say that I didn’t see it to protect the players and because I could not find any rational explanation for that they did."

    He's criticized the English diet.

    "I think in England you eat too much sugar and meat and not enough vegetables."

    And he had a pretty witty comeback for Sir Alex Ferguson in one of their media mind games.

    "Everyone thinks they have the prettiest wife at home"- May 2002, in response to Sir Alex Ferguson's claim that Manchester United had been the best side in the Premier League since Christmas that season.

Ernst Happel

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    Ernst Happel was one of the most successful coaches in the game. He won two European titles with separate teams, Feyenoord and Hamburg, and he won domestic titles in four different countries.

    He also had time to leave football followers with some great quotes. He spoke about tactics here:

    "If you mark man-to-man, you’re sending out eleven donkeys."

    Entertaining as part of football like this:

    "People love a player with ideas, because at the end of the day, the crowd want to be entertained. And with football being only a game, it has to be enjoyable too."

    And player management as such:

    "You shouldn’t put up a wall around the team hotel, but you should always carry a couple of bricks."

Gordon Strachan

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    Gordon Strachan carries on Sir Alex Ferguson's Scottish wit from the managerial end during his times with various teams such as Southampton and Celtic.

    Here are some of his best moments taken from metro.co.uk:

    Reporter: Welcome to Southampton Football Club. Do you think you are the right man to turn things around?
    Strachan: No. I was asked if I thought I was the right man for the job and I said, 'No, I think they should have got George Graham because I'm useless.'

    Reporter: This might sound like a daft question, but you'll be happy to get your first win under your belt, won't you?
    Strachan: You're right. It is a daft question. I'm not even going to bother answering that one. It is a daft question, you're spot on there.

    Reporter: Gordon, Do you think James Beattie deserves to be in the England squad?
    Strachan: I don't care, I'm Scottish.

    And here's one more that's sure to crack you up:

    Reporter: Gordon, can we have a quick word please?
    Strachan: Velocity [walks off]

Samuel Eto'o

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    We all know what Samuel Eto'o has done during his career. Championships at Barcelona and Inter as well a solid international career with Cameroon mark him as one of the best players in the game today.

    Do you remember when he cursed out Real Madrid during Barcelona's celebrations after winning La Liga in 2005? That's not his only quotable moment. Here are some others taken from fifa.com:

    “I guarantee you that if I was a Brazilian called Eto’osinho, I’d get much more press.”
    Eto’o on how a change of image might boost his profile.

    “I wouldn’t go to [Real] Madrid whatever they offered me, because I wouldn’t be happy there.”
    Money clearly isn’t everything to the attacker. 

    “Why do we all work? What do you work for? Whoever says he doesn’t work for money is a hypocrite.”
    After his signing for Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala, who have made him one of the best-paid players on the planet.

Jurgen Klopp

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    Jurgen Klopp has come into prominence recently due to his success with Borussia Dortmund. His success on the field and the recognition that followed is well-deserved, but it looks like Borussia Dortmund fans have had fun with Klopp for more than what he's done with his team.

    Here are some examples of the managers wit taken from fifa.com:

    "Unfortunately I was never able to transfer what was in my head onto the pitch during my playing career. I had the talent for the regional leagues and the brain for the Bundesligaso I ended up in the second division."
    On his qualities as a defender

    "We didn't practise with the heading pendulum. Unfortunately you can't set it that low."
    After the diminutive Shinji Kagawa scored a header against Karpaty Lviv

    "I don't really know how often I shave. There's no regular rhythm. I can't see myself in the mirror in the morning anywayI'm too short-sighted."
    The secret behind Klopp's ever-changing facial hair

    "The same day you finally understand the game of football!"
    In response to the question of when striker Nelson Valdez would finally leave the club

Luiz Felipe Scolari

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    Luiz Felipe Scolari, "Big Phil," was a charismatic and energetic manager during his time with Portugal, Brazil and Chelsea.

    Some of his quotes taken from fifa.com include:

    “The nickname Felipão (Big Phil) came from the position I used to play in. I used to dish out a bit of stick. I was... manly.” The kind of player he used to be, in his own words.

    “I’ll give a sweet to anybody who manages to score a goal.” After his first, and not particularly satisfactory, training session with A Seleção in 2001.

    “I’ve had enough of players who are like cassava plants: They just stay rooted to the spot in midfield.” Voicing his dissatisfaction with some of his Palmeiras charges back in 1999


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    Romario was a player with loads of talent and loads of attitude. He was so sure of himself, he regarded himself as No. 2 on the list of greatest footballers ever behind only Pele.

    "Pele, Romario and Maradona are the best players in the history of football," Romario said to TV Esporte Interativo.

    "Pele is the undisputed No. 1 for meand I'm next. I have done much more than Maradona. I have won more titles and have scored a lot more goals."

    Along with that, Romario has had some other pretty interesting quotes in his life taken here from fifa.com:

    "There's nothing I like more than football ...except for sex."
    Romario on his personal tastes

    "I'm like money, at the end of the day everybody quite likes me."
    Romario's unique self-appraisal

Jose Luis Chilavert

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    Jose Luis Chilavert is one of Paraguay's most famous players and one of the few keepers to take and score plenty of set-pieces for both club and country.

    He continues the trend of outspoken South American players. Here are a few examples taken from fifa.com:

    “I’m not that bothered about Bonano’s goal. Anyway, he hit it really badly, like a wet newspaper.”
    Chilavert on River Plate goalkeeper Roberto Bonano, who converted a penalty against him in the 2000 Copa Mercosur.

    “You can’t have friends on the pitch. You can’t allow anyone to take what’s yours. That’s football.”
    Chilavert on the modern game.

    “I never had any superstitions. They’re just excuses for the weak.”
    Chilavert on lucky charms and routines.

Raymond Domenech

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    Ah, Raymond Domenech. The manager who brought some of the worst years to the France National football team.

    Domenech was constantly criticized and ridiculed during his time as France's manager and some of that is down to the things he said such as these taken from fifa.com:

    "I don't mind a player hating me or thinking I'm an idiot. If they're useful to the team, then that's all that matters. Philippe Mexes has said some pretty unpleasant things about me but I've still gone and called him up again."
    Domenech on putting the team before all else

    "I sometimes think that if I had to put up with me, I would probably hate me too."
    Domenech on his fractious relationship with the media and the fans

    "People who think that a coach, a manager and me in particular need to have someone watching over them are just stupid and completely lacking in insight."
    Domenech rejects calls for an assistant to be appointed to help him

Tommy Smyth

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    You may dislike Tommy Smyth a whole lot, but he's given world football one very good quote. That is this:

    "The bulge in the old onion bag" phrase which he utters virtually every time a team scores a goal.

    He's also had his number of hiccups.

Sir Matt Busby

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    Sir Matt Busby started Manchester United off on the path it is on today. He was a great manager for a variety of reasons, and he was also a great person to get quotes from.

    Here's a collection of some of his best.

Glenn Hoddle

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    Glenn Hoddle was one of the most gifted English players to play the game. What he said off the field didn't really match up to that, though.

    He claimed the FA Cup was still the best cup in the world, said natural born goal scorers need to learn their trade and made up a new phrase involving the words deception and pace.

    "The FA Cup is still domestically the best cup in the world."

    "Michael Owen is a goal scorer; not a natural born one, not yet; that takes time."

    "Ilie has a deception of pace."

Jimmy Greaves

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    Here are a couple of good quotes from the legendary Jimmy Greaves:

    “We signed to play until the day we died, and we did.”

    “Football tactics are rapidly becoming as complicated as the chemical formula for splitting the atom.”

    “Since I stopped playing, people have been comparing strikers with me. If anyone wants to say it about Michael Owen, however, they are quite welcome.”

David Pleat

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    David Pleat had some memorable quotes from his time as a commentator. Check here and here for some really funny stuff.

Martin Tyler

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    While the previous commentator had his share of problems in the booth which got him on this list, Martin Tyler is here because of his fantastic commentating throughout the years.

    Check here for some his best moments.

Mark Viduka

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    And lastly here's a Mark Viduka quote to wrap things up:

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