Quotes of the Week
This week in world football brought us a bevy of meaningful World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday followed by some hotly contested domestic league matches over the weekend.
In between all of those contests, plenty of key figures in the football world opened their mouths and said something very meaningful or something very stupid.
After searching for some of the best quotes of the week, we here at Bleacher Report have selected the five best from the week that just passed.
Without further ado, here are the top world football quotes of the week.
"I've Always Said I Don't Like Diving"
Our first quote of the week comes to us from Manchester United manager David Moyes, who was forced to comment on the theatrics of his own player, Ashley Young, against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
In the 19th minute of Saturday's match, Young was booked when he took flight after his encounter with Kagisho Dikgacoi.
Young and Dikgacoi, once again, found themselves interlocked in controversy right before halftime as the Palace midfielder took down Young in the penalty area.
Dikgacoi was shown a red card for denying the Red Devils midfielder of a clear goal-scoring opportunity, but after the match, all of the talk was surrounding the first melee in the box.
Moyes also said, after the match, that he did not think his club deserved a penalty, but the rules are the rules.
As for the match itself, United went on to win 2-0 at Old Trafford.
"May Well Be That We Made a Mistake"
As we all know, having the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar has been a controversial decision from the start.
As we all also know, FIFA President Sepp Blatter likes to comment on the hot topics of the game.
So, it was only natural that Blatter commented on the Qatar World Cup bid, which has sparked a discussion on whether to play the tournament in the summer or winter due to the blistering hot conditions in the Middle East nation.
While having the World Cup played during the winter time seems inevitable at the moment, Blatter's remarks on Monday claimed that the whole situation could have been avoided in the first place.
Let's just say that there will be plenty more quotes, from Blatter and others, about the 2022 World Cup until a decision is made on the status of the tournament.
"At the Start It Was Based on Hate but That Gradually Grew into Love"
All relationships have a rough patch, but usually, that comes somewhere in the middle of the courtship.
For Samuel Eto'o and Jose Mourinho, the rough patch came at the beginning of the player-manager relationship.
Speaking before his Chelsea debut on Saturday, the Cameroon international spoke to Football Focus and said he had plenty of disputes with Mourinho while the pair were at Inter Milan, per Ben Smith of BBC Sport.
However, the relationship blossomed into a healthy one over the years, and Mourinho's presence at Chelsea was one of the main reasons why Eto'o joined the club from Anzhi Makhachkala this summer.
One also has to think that winning a treble during the 2009-10 season helped ease the tension between the two a bit, because winning always cures everything, doesn't it?
Two words that can go a long way in any situation in life are "I'm sorry."
Two English footballers had to issue those exact words this week for two very different reasons.
Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor was forced to apologize on Monday for a tackle he made on One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson at a charity match at Celtic Park that was put together by former Villa and Celtic star Stiliyan Petrov.
While the incident was quite harmless, Agbonlahor did receive death threats from some hardcore boy-band fans on Twitter after the match ended.
In a completely different scenario, Kyle Walker had to apologize for a picture that was leaked of him using "hippy crack," otherwise known as nitrous oxide.
Walker issued a statement that was released by the Daily Mail, according to Neil Ashton, in which he noted the potential health risks of sucking nitrous oxide out of a balloon.
For those wondering when this incident took place, the Daily Mail article mentioned that the picture was most likely taken in June when the Tottenham and England defender was recovering from an injury.
"We Are Going to Brazil"
We finish off this week's quotes of the week on a celebratory note, courtesy of a chant from the American Outlaws supporters group.
On Tuesday, five teams booked their tickets to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
In Europe, Italy and the Netherlands clinched their respective spots in Brazil with victories over the Czech Republic and Andorra.
As the spotlight shifted to the Americas, three more teams advanced to the 32-team tournament next summer.
Costa Rica and the United States qualified out of CONCACAF, while Argentina became the second team to qualify out of CONMEBOL, Brazil already qualified automatically because they will host the tournament.
Those five nations join the hosts, Japan, Australia, Iran and South Korea as the only known 2014 World Cup participants.
Many more berths will be clinched during the October round of international fixtures, including the group winners from UEFA and one other CONCACAF nation.
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