The FIFA Confederations Cup in quotes
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FIFA.com looks back over some of the most memorable quotations in the history of the Festival of Champions ahead of the action beginning in Brazil for the 2013 edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup.

"It's thanks to this tournament that Saudi Arabia made their name on the global stage. People didn't expect anything from us on the pitch, but our first win – a 3-0 victory against the USA – put us on the map for good."
Saudi football legend Sami Al Jaber on the 1992, 1995 and 1997 editions which were held in Saudi Arabia, with the first two called the King Fahd Cup

"I found myself watching with a certain pleasure as my team-mates played together. I told myself that any team wanting to beat us would have to set the bar very high."
Former Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Goycochea, a FIFA Confederations Cup winner in 1992

"Unusually, all the teams in the competition were sharing the same hotel in Riyadh. Because of that, the players talked with each other between each game. It was quite unique."
Brian Laudrup recalls the 1995 edition, won by Denmark

"We were united like never before during that tournament. We even shaved our heads together."
Ronaldo reflects on Brazil's win at the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup

"In the final, Brazil were literally dancing on the pitch. They turned the game into a real spectacle."
Australia forward Harry Kewell on his team's loss to Brazil in the 1997 showpiece

"Before we walked out onto the pitch at the Azteca, there was so much noise we couldn't even hear ourselves speak in the tunnel. It was impossible to imagine the atmosphere on the pitch before we actually went out there."
Former USA midfielder John Harkes on his team's semi-final against hosts Mexico in 1999

"It was the first time we'd had the chance to come up against such incredible teams on our own soil. Our supporters were in seventh heaven and their enthusiasm rubbed off on us. We were really motivated."
Ex-Japan midfielder Hidetoshi Nakata on the 2001 edition

"How can you explain it? Beating Brazil in our first game, then losing Marc-Vivien Foe under such tragic circumstances. In all my life in professional football, I have never had to deal with anything like that. After the match, I could not help my side. I needed help myself."
Former Cameroon coach
Winfried Schaefer on the death of Marc-Vivien Foe at France 2003

"We'll beat them eventually, I'm sure of it. And it'll happen at the World Cup."
Former Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn on Argentina and Brazil, who frustrated his side on home soil in 2005

"It's a one-off game because it's the final, of course, but above all because our opponents are Argentina."
Ze Roberto
on the eve of the Germany 2005 final, ultimately won by Brazil

"This was just an accident. That's football – you can't be unhappy with our team. Our team has a great future and we're at peace with ourselves, even after this defeat."
Vicente Del Bosque on Spain's loss to USA in the semi-finals at South Africa 2009, a year before his side won the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and three before their UEFA EURO 2012 triumph

"I thought I'd seen everything during my life but apparently not. My players and I are very proud to have had the chance to approach him."
Former South Africa coach Joel Santana after receiving a visit from Nelson Mandela during South Africa 2009

"I'm very, very, very happy."
Serbian coach Bora Milutinovic after his Iraq side suffered a narrow 1-0 loss to Spain at South Africa 2009

"We're going to Brazil to represent our country and do well – not to have our picture taken with Sergio Ramos, David Villa or [Diego] Forlan."
Tahiti forward Marama Vahirua

"We're aiming to win the Confederations Cup to show the world what we're capable of. As an individual, I'd like people to think of the name Nagatomo when they make a list of the best left-backs in the world."
Japan left-back Yuto Nagatomo ahead of Brazil 2013

"Brazil have always been under pressure to win abroad, so imagine what it's like when they play at home."
Former Brazil defender Cafu in the run-up to Brazil 2013