“When I conceded that goal I wanted to walk off the pitch straight away and go back to Milan - on foot, on horseback, anything. But then I recovered. When Pandev scored, I started crying. I thanked God and all my team-mates. I would’ve been far too upset if we had gone out because of my mistakes.”
Julio Cesar on gifting Bayern Munich a goal and then watching Goran Pandev snatch Inter Milan a dramatic victory in their UEFA Champions League tie

"I was scared all the time. We had to be locked inside and extremely careful, because someone could turn up at any time and start shooting. Football took me out of a war zone.”
Teofilo Gutierrez of Racing Club on his upbringing in a rough district in Colombia

"I did not want to go to Manchester City or Manchester United. I could never do that out of loyalty to Liverpool. I did not imagine leaving, but then the Chelsea train passed by and I had to catch it because of the dream I have of winning. We have the chance to win the [Premier League] title and the Champions League. Four weeks ago I didn't have that. I was lucky enough to win the World Cup but as a footballer you want to win with your club, with the players you train alongside every day.”
Fernando Torres

“Alexis will soon become the best [player in the world]. He will definitely become the No1.”
Antonio Di Natale on Udinese team-mate Alexis Sanchez

“Alexis can become better than Messi. Hopefully Barcelona will buy him so we can see who is better.”
Claudio Borghi on his Chile player Alexis Sanchez

"He will be England captain one day. Jack Wilshere is a real leader. I saw how he spoke with the referee and the other players [against Denmark]. It is difficult to find someone so young with such a big personality. I remember two defenders, Paolo Maldini and Franco Baresi, and one attacker, Raul, but for personality and confidence on the pitch he is the best young midfielder I have seen for his age."
Fabio Capello

“We didn’t make a huge deal out of it. It was a big game with a lot of kicking going on. But once the game’s over, that’s that. We’re all colleagues and if there’s one thing that sums up the Spain team it’s the great atmosphere we’ve got going. I get on well with everyone, no matter which club they’re from. Those are just things that happen out on the pitch.”
Sergio Ramos to FIFA.com on his sending off and subsequent shoving of Spain team-mates Carles Puyol and Xavi during Real Madrid’s 5-0 loss to Barcelona

“That was a dagger through the heart.”
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Inter Milan’s comeback elimination of Bayern Munich

“Every time I get home in the off-season, I have projects and rooms to paint and objects to put together that my mom and dad purchased. I take pictures of everything, just to let people know, ‘You’re travelling, going to L.A. and Miami, but I’m here putting together cabinets - handyman-style!’”
Jason Hernandez of San Jose Eathquakes on how he spends his close-seasons

"Hernandez is unbelievable. His movement for the [first] goal, he’s made three different types of run: in, out, in, out, in, out. The boy’s just got goals in him.”
Sir Alex Ferguson on Javier Hernandez following the Mexican’s double in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Marseille

"There's no chance I'd have believed how it would all turn out. It was ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. I can't remember a thing about the goal - not what I was thinking, not making the run, not making the header. We're all just buzzing."
Erik Paartalu, who scored with the last touch of extra-time to snatch Brisbane Roar, who were at a two-goal deficit following 115 minutes, a 2-2 draw with Central Coast Mariners in the A-League Grand Final, before helping them win the shoot-out

“Congratulations to Real Madrid for paying homage to Abidal of Barcelona. Football is so much more than rivalry.”
Ronaldo, who played for both the Spanish superpowers during his career, on Twitter after Eric Abidal was diagnosed with a tumor on his liver

“I really don’t see myself in the Europa League and don’t want to play in it. I couldn’t care less about winning the trophy.”
Arjen Robben hints that he will leave Bayern Munich if they fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League via the Bundesliga

“On the field I defend our colours, love our flag and sing our anthem. I could not be more Italian than I am now.”
Gianluigi Buffon on the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification

“What? I thought I was the best coach (laughs)!
Bora Milutinovic to FIFA.com when asked if Jose Mourinho deserved the FIFA Coach of the Year for Men’s Football 2010 award

“Due to the NFL lockout, I'm excited to be able to follow my childhood dream of playing for a Major League Soccer team."
Chad Ochocinco, NFL legend, on Twitter upon joining Sporting Kansas City on trial

“He is unique. With his young age of 65 he still has the fire. He proved during the period after Juergen Klinsmann that he can coach Bayern.”
Franz Beckenbauer on Jupp Heynckes

"I would never accept a job offer from Inter like Leonardo did."
Paolo Maldini