Famous Football Quotes

Here's some famous football quotes provided courtesy of Goldman Sachs.

"Football is a grand game for developing a lad physically and also morally, for he learns to play with good temper and unselfishness, to play in his place, and to play the game, and these are the best of training for any game of life."

Robert Baden Powell

"Behind every kick of the ball there has to be a thought."

Dennis Bergkamp

"Five days shalt thou labour, as the Bible says. The seventh day is the Lord thy God's. The sixth day is for football."

Anthony Burgess

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

George Best

"Winning isn't everything. There should be no conceit in victory and no despair in defeat."

Matt Busby

"The fans are the heart of football."

John Charles

"If God had meant football to be played in the air he would have put grass in the sky."

Brian Clough

"Football is a game you play with your brain."

Johan Cruyff

"Beyond the touchline there is nothing."

Jacques Derrida

"It's a conflict of parallels."

Sir Alex Ferguson

"Football is an art."

Germaine Greer

"The point about football in Britain is that it is not just a sport people take to, like cricket or tennis. It is built into the urban psyche, as much a common experience to our children as are uncles and school. It is not a phenomenon: it is an everyday matter."

Arthur Hopcraft

"I fell in love with football as I was later to fall in love with women. Suddenly, uncritically, giving no thought to the pain it would bring."

Nick Hornby

"Football is a game of tomorrows."

Geoff Hurst

"To be a footballer means being a privileged interpreter of the feelings and dreams of thousands of people."

Cesar Luis Menotti

"Football is a grey game played by grey people on grey days."

Rodney Marsh

"If you never concede a goal, you're going to win more games than you lose."

Bobby Moore

"Football, a game in which everyone gets hurt and every nation has its own style of play which seems unfair to foreigners."

George Orwell

"It's not about the long ball or the short ball, it's about the right ball."

Bob Paisley

"Football is the last sacred ritual of our time."

Pier Paolo Pasoloni

"Football is like a religion to me. I worship the ball, and I treat it like a god. Too many players think of a football as something to kick. They should be taught to caress it and to treat it like a precious gem."


"Amongst all unimportant subjects, football is by far the most important."

Pope John Paul II

"To say that these men paid their shillings to watch twenty-two hirelings kick a ball is merely to say that a violin is wood and catgut, that Hamlet is so much paper and ink."

JB Priestley

"In a world haunted by the hydrogen and napalm bomb, the football field is a place where sanity and hope are still left unmolested."

Stanley Rous

"In football everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team."

Jean-Paul Sartre

"In football you sometimes have beauty and cruelty together."

Peter Schmeichel

"Some people think football is a matter of life and death. It is much more important than that."

Bill Shankly

"Football is a simple game made complicated by people who should know better."

Bill Shankly

"Footballers can be like artists when the mind and body are working as one. It is what Miles Davis does when he plays free jazz - everything pulls together into one intense moment that is beautiful."

Lillian Thuram

"Rugby is a game for barbarians played by gentlemen. Football is a game for gentlemen played by barbarians."

Oscar Wilde

Source - Goldman Sachs - The World Cup and Economics 2010

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