25 Memorable Football Quotes from the Game's Top Minds

We take a look at 25 top football quotes from some of the most influential people in football.

"The important thing about football - is that it is not just about football". Have you ever wondered where these football quotes had come from? From arrogant managers to footballing philosophy from the game's greatest mind - we take a look at 25 of our favourite footballing quotes.

  1. “The thing about football - the important thing about football - is that it is not just about football.” - Terry Pratchett
  2. “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
  3. “[Football] has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words, it is war minus the shooting.” - George Orwell
  4. “The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.” - Pelé
  5. "If God had wanted us to play football in the sky. He'd have put grass up there." - Brian Clough
  6. "I fell in love with football as I would later fall in love with women: suddenly, uncritically, giving no thought to the pain it would bring." - Nick Hornby
  7. "If you can't take criticism, you can't reach your potential" - Megan Rapinoe

    Megan Rapinoe playing football
  8. "Behind every kick of the ball there has to be a thought" - Dennis Bergkamp
  9. "Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win." - Gary Lineker
  10. “In football, everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team.” - Jean-Paul Sartre
  11. "I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one." - Brian Clough
  12. “Please do not call me arrogant because what I say is true. I’m European champion. I’m not one out of the bottle, I think I’m a special one.” - José Mourinho
  13. "Football is an art, like dancing is an art - but only when it's well done does it become an art." - Arsene Wenger
  14. "If you train badly, you play badly. If you work like a beast in training, you play the same way." - Pep Guardiola
  15. “My greatest challenge is not what’s happening at the moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f*****g perch. And you can print that.” – Sir Alex Ferguson

    sir Alex Ferguson
  16. "The challenge is to stay cool enough to handle the pressure in the moment so that you can succeed in the future." - Jurgen Klopp
  17. “He’s cocky and arrogant but show him a goal and he’s away, like a wind-up toy.” - Harry Redknapp on Jermaine Defoe.

    Harry Redknapp
  18. "That's great, tell him he's Pele and get him back on" - John Lambie on finding out one of his players was concussed and didn't know who he was
  19. "It's like a toaster, the ref's shirt pocket. Every time there's a tackle, up pops a yellow card." - Kevin Keegan
  20. "They say Rome wasn't built in a day, but I wasn't on that particular job." - Brian Clough
  21. “You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it.” - Lionel Messi

    Lionel Messi
  22. "Everybody has a talent, but it's what you do with it that makes it great." - Alex Morgan
  23. "For sportsmen or women who want to be champions, the mind can be as important, if not more important, than any other part of the body." - Gary Neville
  24. “When you buy me, you are buying a Ferrari. If you drive a Ferrari you put premium petrol in the tank, you hit the motorway and you step on the gas. Guardiola filled up with diesel and took a spin in the countryside. He should have bought a Fiat.” – Don’t waste Zlatan.
  25. “Football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.” - Vince Lombardi

So there they are; 25 footballing quotes that sum up the beautiful game and the passion that the best players, managers and pundits have for it. For more football news, insight and information check out our latest news.

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