The Best in Football Quotes

James WillisAnalyst ISeptember 3, 2010

The Best in Football Quotes

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    CHESTER, PA - SEPTEMBER 01:  Brad Knighton #18 of the Philadelphia Union makes a save during the game against Chivas de Guadalajara at PPL Park on September 1, 2010 in Chester, Pennsylvania. The Union won 1-0. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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    There have been many great quotes in the history of football. Different managers with there different approaches to the game and players with their perspective on matches, quotes about football are always flooding out. Here are some of the very best quotes by arguably some of the very best people in the sport.

Sir Matt Busby

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    1991:  Portrait of Sir Matt Busby. \ Mandatory Credit: Ben  Radford/Allsport
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    "Winning isn’t everything. There should be no conceit in victory and no despair in defeat"

Sir Bobby Robson

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    NEWCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 23:  Former Newcastle united Manager Bobby Robson acknowledges the crowd prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James' Park on February 23, 2008 in Newcastle, En
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    "People want success. It’s like coffee, they want instant"

Jose Mourinho

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    MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 24:  Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho looks out from the dug-out before the start of the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy match between Real Madrid and Penarol at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on August 24, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo b
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    "There is no pressure at the top. The pressure's being second or third"

Sir Bill Nicholson

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    1965:  Tottenham Hotspur manager Bill Nicholson. \ Mandatory Credit:  Don Morley/Allsport
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    "It is better to fail aiming high than to succeed aiming low. And we of Spurs have set our sights very high, so high in fact that even failure will have in it an echo of glory"

Brian Clough

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    2 May 2000: Brian Clough, manger of the European Cup Winning Nottingham Forest team before the Mark Crossley Testimonial match between Mark Crossley XI and Derby County XI at the City Ground, Nottingham. Mandatory Credit: Ross Kinnaird/ALLSPORT
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    "I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one"

Brian Clough Also Said...

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    BURTON-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 7:  Brian Clough was present to support his son and Burton Albion Manager Nigel during the FA Cup second round match between Burton Albion and Hartlepool United at Eton Park on December 7, 2003 in Burton, England.  (Pho
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    "If God had wanted us to play football in the clouds he'd have put grass up there"

Diego Maradona

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    CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 03:  Diego Maradona head coach of Argentina gestures during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Quarter Final match between Argentina and Germany at Green Point Stadium on July 3, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa.  (Photo by
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    "The problem is that they are all stars at Madrid. You need someone to carry the water to the well"

Johan Cruyff

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    BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 22:  Head coach Johan Cruyff of Catalunya reacts to his players during the international friendly match between Catalunya and Argentina at the Camp Nou stadium on December 22, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain. Catalunya won the match 4
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    "Football is simple. But the hardest thing is to play football in a simple way"

Sir Bobby Charlton

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26:  Victoria Pendleton (L) and Sir Bobby Charlton (C) watch a match at Centre Court on Day Six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 26, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo
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    “Some people tell me that we professional players are soccer slaves. Well, if this is slavery, give me a life sentence”

Gary Lineker

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    AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 03:  BBC commentator Gary Lineker poses for a picture on the second practice day prior to the start of The Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 3, 2007 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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    "Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win"

John Toshack

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    LLANELLI, WALES - AUGUST 11:  Wales Manager John Toshack looks on prior to the International Friendly between Wales and Luxembourg at Parc y Scarlets on August 11, 2010 in Llanelli, Wales.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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    "Winning all the time is not necessarily good for the team"

Kenneth Wolstenholme

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    LONDON - MAY 16:  A 1966 World cup football shirt worn by George Cohen during the final at Wembley is displayed at Christies Auctioneers before its sale on May 16, 2006 in London, England.  (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)
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    "Some of the crowd are on the pitch ... they think it's all over ... it is now, it's four!"