Best Soccer Quotes of 2013

The game of soccer never stops and so the soccer quotes by players, managers, reporters, pundits, and fans is equally endless.  The soccer quotes can be insightful, humorous and sometimes a little crazy but that is what makes them great.  And has some of the best from 2013 here for your enjoyment.

And if you just can’t get enough check out these Classic Soccer Quotes from years past.

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December 2013

“With all respect for what the ladies have done, and they’ve done it fantastically well, you can’t compare men’s and women’s soccer. Give it up, it’s not even funny. When I come out in Europe they compare me to (Lionel) Messi and (Cristiano) Ronaldo. When I come home they compare me to a female player. With all respect for the ladies, they should be rewarded in relation to what they generate (financially).” – Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaking out about Anders Svensson receiving a new Volvo for breaking Thomas Ravelli’s record of 143 caps while women’s midfielder Therese Sjogran failed to get similar recognition at the same soccer gala despite earning a record 187 caps. (Expressen via Reuters)

“At halftime, I reiterated to the referee that it was not safe to play in these conditions.  (the referee said) Didier Drogba said it was the same thing for both teams, but I pointed out it wasn’t, because we were trying to play soccer.” – Juventus’ Antonio Conte about the Juve vs Galatasaray Champions League match that was postponed on Tuesday but completed on Wednesday with snowy conditions continuing..

“A Manchester United lamp would make a nice Christmas present. They look great in the middle of the table.”

“It is so hard to win at Old Trafford. Even Manchester United can’t.”

“David Moyes spent 11 years trying to get Everton above Man United and now he’s finally achieved it.”

Jokes making the rounds in England

November 2013

“Stuff like that almost insults me. I get offended when people give quotes like that about me. It’s like praising the postman for delivering letters.” – Roy Keane in an ITV4 interview discussing Sir Alex Ferguson comment that Keane ‘cover(ed) every blade of grass’ in the 1999 Champions League semi-final leg against Juventus.

“I will not lie. Tonight’s game made our Super Bowl seem like the Little League World Series. The place was crazed throughout the game. My ears are still ringing, and the game is over for more than an hour.  I never heard a crowd scream so loud in my life.” – Spike Lee after attending the Copa do Brasil final between Flamengo and Atletico-PR at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium. (

‘As mentioned, it’s a family member of Leigh’s who passed away recently and nothing to do with ‘Family Guy.’ – Wolverhampton Wolves’ striker Leigh Griffiths celebrated his goal on Tuesday against Tranmere by revealing an “R.I.P. BRIAN” message on his undershirt.  Some fans thought the tribute was in honor of The Family Guy’s Brian the Dog, who was killed off last Sunday necessitating the club sending out this Wolverhampton Wolves tweet.

“We wanted to bring happiness to the Egyptian people but we couldn’t. I apologize again.” – Bob Bradley is one of the classiest coaches in the game and after Egypt missed out on qualifying for World Cup he made final comments of his 2-year stint with the Pharohs. (Ahram)

‘We beat a team that is no more than a group of buddies who were rejected because they couldn’t play rugby in New Zealand well, and they had no choice but to switch to soccer.’ – Mexican legend Hugo Sanchez on New Zealand’s national team. Mexico defeated the All Whites in both legs of the intercontinental World Cup play-in to qualify for Brazil 2014. (El Universal via The Sydney Morning Journal)

‘I retired immediately. I told my manager yesterday that if Harry plays I wouldn’t be coming back.’ – Peter Edwards, 62, who won $200,000 by placing an $80 bet 14 years ago at 2,500/1 odds that his grandson would play for the Welsh national team. The 16-year-old Harry Wilson entered Wales’ 1-1 World Cup qualifier against Belgium on Tuesday in the 87th minute to become Wales’ youngest ever senior player. (BBC)

‘I was so pissed at him. I remember thinking, Just f****** put it in and you get to go to the biggest tournament in the world. You’ll remember it forever. He was a guy who thought he was a shoo-in but didn’t put the work in. Thankfully, he got left off because that would have been disrespectful to guys who were working hard.’- former U.S. national team defender Jimmy Conrad on the importance of January camp at the start of a World Cup year and how U.S. starlet Freddy Adu lost his chance to go to the 2006 World Cup after finishing last in a 20-minute fitness run…assistant coaches Glenn Myernick and Curt Onalfo both finished before Adu. (Grantland)

“I am wrapping up my career that was filled with the joy of victory and agony of defeat and would like to bid goodbye. I also want to apologize to many fans. Korea’s biggest weakness in the 2000s was an unstable defense and I was part of the problem. It may have been not so obvious but there were many games my team lost because of me. If I were to evaluate my overall performance, I would award myself 80 points [out of 100] as a player but 100 as a person who enjoyed and loved soccer.” – Retiring Vancouver Whitecaps defender Lee Young-Pyo, giving his assessment of his national career that included 3 World Cups and 127 caps for South Korea.  Pretty harsh. (Reuters)

“I want to apologize for my inappropriate antics at the drum clinic, my joke about team rivalries went too far. Flamenco [sic] fans… I’m sorry.”  Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith quickly realized he went too far when pretending to use a Flamengo jersey he received as a gift to wipe his butt in front of cheering crowds in Belo Horizonte.  The news quickly spread to Rio de Janeiro, the band’s next city on the tour, and let’s just say pissed off Flamengo fans who sent death threats. (Twitter)

“After a perfectly normal challenge, Ibra turned to me and provoked me, making a joke about my mustache, saying, ‘That really is terrible.’ I responded by saying that he should think about his nose.” – Sacha Kljestan explain the back-and-forth between he and Paris St. Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic during their UEFA Champions League game at the Parc des Princes that ended in a 1-1 tie. (Nieuwsblad-Flemish)

September 2013

‘Calling me a donkey doesn’t offend me because they are one of the most hard-working animals.’ – Dunga, former Brazil national team star and coach, after fans chanted “donkey, donkey” at him as his current team, Brazilian club Internacional, was held to a 2-2 draw by Vitoria. (Reuters)

August 2013

“He told me he gave up his hopes of professional soccer once he played with Clint (Dempsey). He thought he couldn’t make it, so he figured he’d better get good at kicking a ball for football.” – Shahid Khan, the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars and the new owner at Fulham, on Jaguars star placekicker Josh Scobee, who took up placekicking as a senior in high school in Texas. (

July 2013

“I am a grown man and this is something I have cried over. I used to have supporters chant things at me, like ‘who ate all the pies.’ I used to get them going and then grab my belly. I’ve always had a good rapport with fans.” Lenny Berry, 59, who resigned after 20 years of serving as Bradford City’s mascot City Gent because his weight loss for health reasons made him feel he was no longer suitable to play portly character. (The Guardian)

“The company in charge of maintaining the clock will fix the technical problem soon.” – A statement from 2014 World Cup organizers on the official World Cup countdown clock in Rio de Janeiro, which got stuck on 365 days despite being 11 months away. This ruse might not be the best way to delay the start so you can finish preparation work. (Reuters)

“He ran at me like he was taking a free-kick,” Gente magazine photographer Enrique Medina on Diego Maradona coming after him.  Maradona has never been a fan of the paparazzi. He was fired an air rifle at reports back in 1994 and once stopped his car on the highway to pelt rocks at photographers.

June 2013

‘We have guys doing different jobs, but nine of the squad are unemployed. Some of them are delivery boys, a truck driver, some of them are PE teachers, some are accountants. And we also have a player — Teheivarii Ludivion — he wakes up every day at 4:30 in the morning and climbs mountains all day long. He is a mountain climber, but he will climb anything. He climbs coconut trees, he climbs all kinds of things and then he comes training.’ – Tahiti coach Eddy Etaeta on his squad of amateurs. (Reuters)

‘It’s the worst night of my footballing life. … It’s incomprehensible that we couldn’t perform better, but it’s 100 percent my fault.’ – Denmark coach Morten Olsen after a 4-0 World Cup qualifying loss to Armenia

“I think it would have been a ball, but he didn’t bounce it in. I knew he was nervous. I was nervous for him. I told him to make sure he got it in there.” – Tim Howard assesses Eddie Johnson’s throw on the first pitch of the Mariners-Yankees game in Seattle, where the USA faces Panama in a World Cup qualifying clash on Tuesday. (Washington Post).

‘I’m very eager to find him and hug him. I want to help him to continue to be the best player in the world.’ – Brazilian star Neymar on Argentine Lionel Messi upon joining Barcelona from Santos on a reported $75 million transfer. (

May 2013

‘We now have three ladies on the board. Say something, ladies! You are always speaking at home. Say something now!’ – FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who is known to put his foot in his mouth, after Lydia Nsekera of Burundi beat out Australian Moya Dodd and Sonia Bien-Aime of the Turks & Caicos Islands (both co-opted to the executive committee) was elected to the FIFA executive committee.

‘(Australia’s Moya Dodd is) ‘good, and good-looking.’ – Sepp Blatter in an address to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) delegates ahead of the above vote.

‘(I am) mainly focused on hearing [Blatter's] comments about me being a good candidate … If he said anything more, then thanks for that, too.” – Moya Dodd, vice-president of the AFC, rolling with the Blatter punches.

‘I can’t hold back until Monday. My friends and family already know my decision. Monday I will sign a contract with Barcelona.’ – Brazilian star Neymar, announcing via Instagram

Mourinho’s Departure

‘Of all the coaches who have been awarded three years to work at Madrid, Mourinho has the worst results in terms of trophies won.’ – Diego Torres of El Pais. The trophies won under Mourinho were the 2010/2011 Copa del Rey, the 2011/2012 La Liga, and the 2012 Supercopa de Espana.  He failed to pull in ‘la decimal,’ Real 10th European title.

‘Florentino (Perez Real president who hired Mourinho) is good at seeking money and political influence, but is wasteful spending it, and frankly disastrous in sporting management. Madrid had two problems, now they have just one.’ – AS

‘He might rub people up the wrong way. [But] as a manager, he’s brilliant with his team, tactically, he’s brilliant with individuals and I think he’s brilliant with the press. I know it creates a storm, but he does protect his players…Mourinho was the best. For me he was. He brought my confidence to a level it had never been.’ Chelsea’s Frank Lampard on Mourinho and rumored to be the midfielder’s next manager.

‘It’s like Harry Potter — but it’s about soccer. There’s no Harry Potter flying on his f****** stick — just soccer.’ – Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp describes the latest book written by his wife, Ulla Klopp: “Tom and the Magic Soccer Ball in Africa,” the sequel to “Tom and the Magic Soccer Ball.” (The Guardian)

David Beckham announced his retirement from soccer on Thursday, May 16 and with the hanging up of his soccer cleats came many comments from managers and the press on ‘golden balls.’  Here are a few of them:

‘The fabled world career of England’s football megastar ends on artificial turf in the French provinces.’ – SportBild was apparently not too impressed by Becks final chapter.

‘End it like Beckham. Beckham calls time on glittering career.’ – The Sydney Morning Herald

‘He will not only be remembered for his fine right foot, but also as the husband of Spice Girl’s Victoria ‘Posh’ Adams – now Beckham – and for his appearances with a headband, mohawk haircut, tattoos, a red card in the 1998 World Cup and missed penalties.’ – German press agency dpa

‘Football is losing its last superstar. Perhaps the only one, because there are plenty of champions, but only one David Beckham. Ciao, Becks. Or rather, see you soon, outside the stadium, where he will continue to be the richest footballer – oops, ex-footballer – in the world.’ – Italy’s La Repubblica

“He who was England captain is more famous recently as a ‘sex symbol’ or ‘trend-setter’ than for his work on the pitch. Maybe kids will still want to be like Beckham, but without needing a football.” – El Mundo noted that maybe soccer was more the sideshow for Becks.

“‘Goldenballs’ was an excellent football diplomat, first as a midfielder on both sides of the Atlantic, then as a perfect model of sporting celebrity. But without the vanity of having to remind us he was rich and handsome, like others.” – Catalan paper Mundo Deportivo give praise while taking a stab at Cristiano Ronaldo.

‘I have a huge respect for his passion for the game, his huge commitment, his mental strengths because he was under a lot of pressure throughout his career, and his dedication. I think that is where he is an example.’ – Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger

‘(He is) a sporting legend, a great, great career. For somebody who has such a high profile he has been immaculate as a sportsman and as a person. (He is) a great, great example. He has gone through the world’s best clubs and achieved many titles. He is one of the great examples of good sportsmen in the world.’ -Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas

‘He’s been a football icon. I think he’s had an incredible contribution wherever he’s been. Probably the most significant one was the move he had at Real Madrid. At the time of the galacticos there couldn’t be a harder moment to arrive and I thought he was an incredible ambassador for English football. – Wigan boss Roberto Martinez

‘Since we only have 24,000 at our disposal, we will only be able to fulfill every 20th request.’ – Hans-Joachim Watzke, Borussia Dortmund’s chairman of the board, on the half a million applications for tickets to its Champions League final against Bayern Munich in London. It is only the second time the Bundesliga side has advanced to the Champions League final.  They won their first appearance in 1997. (

April Soccer Quotes 2013

‘I’ll introduce myself to him if he ever decides to leave the sanctuary of the Amazon jungle league,’ wrote the controversial Marseille midfielder Joey Barton on twitter pointing to the fact that the Brazilian has yet to prove himself at the highest level in Europe.

‘We needed the money, and the sheep was there. Next week it’s a barrel of beer, and maybe a bike.’ – Beto, the spokesman for Brazilian lower division club Santo Angelo in the Guardian, on why it raffled off a live sheep at halftime.

‘So what if I took money from Qatari prince? I am the family’s bread earner’ – Sepp Blatter via a hacker who hacked into his twitter account  Joseph S Blatter (@SeppBlatter) but really doesn’t it sound like something the FIFA head might say.

‘This could arguably be [our best ever squad]. There is a lot of youth and a lot will get better, we expect that.’ – Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson after his team clinched the English Premier League title — its 13th crown in 21 seasons — with four games left in the season. (BBC)

“I have issued an apology and have tried to contact Branislav Ivanovic to speak to him personally. I apologize also to my manager, playing colleagues and everyone at Liverpool Football Club for letting them down.’ – Liverpool’s Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez says he’s sorry for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. (Reuters)

‘He (Suarez) bit someone, it happens. I am sure he will make amends with this guy.  I made amends with Evander and we got on with our lives.’ – Mike Tyson on the Suarez incident.  Iron Mike is infamously remembered for biting opponent Evander Holyfield in their Holyfield-Tyson II: The Sound and the Fury bout which is now remembered as the ‘Bite Fight’

‘Don’t count the old guy out just yet. I’ve still got a little bit more to give.’ – Landon Donovan after providing an assist and goal in Galaxy’s 2-0 win over Eastern Conference League leaders Sporting KC

‘Without the grass it would be like opening a theatre with no stage,’ Brasilia’s World Cup secretary Claudio Monteiro told Reuters about the delay in opening the World Cup venue Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha.  There is building tension with the Brazil World Cup committee and FIFA over the delays in preparing for the 2014 World Cup.

‘How do you stop Messi? With a gun!’ Juventus coach Antonio Conte has joked on the only way to slow down Barcelona’ Lionel Messi.

‘I think I’m the best player ever. Why would you compare me to Pele? My mother said that I’m stronger and that he used to play with players who didn’t even move on the pitch. I don’t like comparisons with Pele because of the stupid things he says. He keeps on saying stupid stuff when he takes the wrong pills.’ Diego Maradona apparently still believes he is the best ever and is not afraid to say so.

‘After some games this season I haven’t needed to have a shower. Yes I guess sometimes it is boring being in goal.’ said Manuel Neuer.  The Bayern Munich goalkeeper is on pace for a record number of cleansheets in a Bundesliga campaign.

March Soccer Quotes 2013

“If you were a footballer, what would your preferred position be?” and “Do you know any footballer (except you) who is neither footed?” and “How do you get to the other side of the road when you don’t know how to cross?” – Questions posed to Liverpool winger Stewart Downing when the club made him available for a Twitter Q&A.

‘To be honest, I think he did life a little bit in reverse. He hadn’t switched off since he was 16, where most other guys didn’t start that life until their mid-20s. So now he needed this.’ – Kyle Martino, on Landon Donovan’s sabbatical from soccer (New York Times)

‘What does it mean, ‘anonymous quotes?’ That’s just part of our environment. Journalists and people can say whatever they feel, whatever they think, whatever they believe, which is important. I think it’s a great sign, all the debate that is going on about soccer in this country. It shows you that people care.’ Jurgen Klinsmann in an ESPN interview

‘It really doesn’t bother me that much,” he said. “If it’s true, which obviously it’s still a rumor because if you say ‘anonymous sources’ then you gotta name it, then you’d rather prefer as a coach or as individual, no matter who you are, that people talk to you directly if they have something to complain about. It’s as simple as that.’ – Jurgen Klinsmann in an ESPN interview

February 2013

‘If (Juventus) want to train at a Division Three training ground let them get on with it. They can train in my back garden, it would make no difference.’ Celtic’s Kris Commons comments on the Old Lady preparing for their Champions League tie with Celtic at rival Rangers ground.

“Balotelli did very well not to react to the provocations, I`m just sorry he wasn`t able to score,” AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri praised after the game.

‘In a locker room where the offensive egos of players are struggling to live, the arrival of a third-hand Rolls Royce that becomes the main focus of media fascination risks causing envy, while feeding a climate of discord.’ – French newspaper Le Figaro on David Beckham joining Paris Saint-Germain

‘But for a Juventus player following up a shot very, very quickly we could have had another Holocaust last night.’ Sky Sports News pundit and former referee Dermot Gallagher described the incompetence of the additional assistant referee in the Celtic v Juventus Champions League match who missed the ball went over the line only for another Juventus player to finish it off.

‘Pele should look after his grandchildren instead of talking about Neymar, it is jealousy. If Pele played nowadays, he would be inferior to Neymar. In his time, all the defenders were slow and the fitness levels were not the same.’ — Neymar’s agent Wagner Ribeiro lashes out at Pele for saying that Neymar, for the Brazlian national team, is just an ordinary player and is too concerned with his style and haircut.

“One of their players was speaking after their keeper was sent off. He said to his teammates, ‘They will score eight or nine.’ I said, ‘Don’t worry, we will keep the ball.’ It’s respect.” — Swansea striker Michu says his team took it easy on fourth division Bradford after its keeper was ejected in the 56th minute, when the EPL club was ahead 3-0, in last weekend’s English League Cup final. Swansea ended up winning, 5-0.

“Luckily, I have my wife and two kids. If left alone in Blackburn, I’d have already hanged myself.” Blackburn Rovers’ French defender Gael Givet on life in the northwest English town.

“No doubt it’s because I am not someone who can pass by unnoticed. I am tall, and my hairstyle is easily recognized. I know how to give defenders problems. I can see them keeping a special eye on me — they are frightened of me.”   Everton’s Belgian striker Marouane Fellaini blames his hair for his yellow-card collection — eight so far this season, 10 last season.

January 2013

“Everywhere, be it Germany, France or England, summer is the best period of the year. And that is the season we don’t play. In deepest winter, when it is very cold and snowing, we play nearly all the time in conditions that are disagreeable for both players and spectators. It is not logical.” – Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to France Football on the potential change to the international calendar.

‘We created something from nothing. There was no RSL (Real Salt Lake). There was no shield. We created something from nothing.’ Real Salt Lake owner Dave Checketts on selling his stake in the club to Dell Loy Hansen.

‘The Germans do well economically and we respect that. They are the only ones that make money in Europe. That’s why we’ve chosen a German.’ – Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger joking on why he chose German defender Per Mertesacker to collect fines from players breaking club rules.

‘Until you start living together, you just don’t know anything. You don’t know what matrimony is until you’re in it. Yes, I knew about this league, but it isn’t until now that I’ve learned about it. Every day I try to wake up very early and go to sleep very late so I can learn more.’ – New Chivas USA coach Jose Luis “Chelis” Sanchez Sola –

‘It’s dreamland. We said tonight we had a chance to make history, and we have done it. … To go to Wembley is going to keep the club going for quite a while, I imagine. For the city of Bradford, it’s massive and I really feel that this can galvanize the area.’ – Bradford coach Phil Parkinson after his fourth division team prevailed over the EPL’s Aston Villa to reach the English League Cup final.

‘These people who like to quote stats and stats, they don’t have any clue about what is going on.’ – Chelsea coach Rafael Benitez on critics of $80 million striker Fernando Torres

‘There were three fights in training camp this week. That’s the best news I’ve heard in years.’ – Former U.S. national team star Eric Wynalda at the NSCAA Convention.

‘I know there are not a lot of players with my quality in this world.  In the past it would annoy me to not play a role in the Ballon d’Or election, I am past that now. It is not important for me anymore.’ Franck Ribery on why he is not concerned with being left of the Ballon d’Or shortlist – Kicker

‘Is this a joke? You think a player worth $30 million would play in a Danish club I never heard about? This has to be the biggest joke I have heard in 10 years. I don’t know the club, I don’t know the sporting director. Never heard of them.’ – Schalke 04 defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos on rumored move to Danish club SonderjyskE

‘The supporters are the lifeblood and soul of any football club. As supporters, we had made it abundantly clear that Rafael Benitez was not wanted at Chelsea Football Club but the board rode roughshod over supporters’ wishes, sacking a Chelsea legend who had delivered us the European Cup and the FA Cup just months before in the process.’ Chelsea supporters working to oust manager Rafa Benitez

“Today at training journalists even started talking to me on the field, which is not normal. They shouldn’t be allowed. I think France is not used to having someone in their country who is of my level.” – Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic after his move to Paris Saint-Germain.

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