"I thought I was looking forward to the draw an hour and a half ago but maybe I'm not so sure now."
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill after discovering his side will come up against Sweden, Belgium and Italy at UEFA EURO 2016.

“We are always optimistic. It wouldn't matter who is in the group. To be honest I think we could have been more unlucky. We are not coming here for fun. We have shown in qualifying that we have a chance against almost everyone."
Iceland joint coach Heimir Hallgrimsson reacts to being drawn with Portugal, Austria and Hungary for UEFA EURO 2016.

"One shouldn't exaggerate things, we're not playing chess here. A little bit of physical contact is part of the game, nothing more. It's really one of the good things about football and if it wasn't there, then the emotions would be completely absent in the game."
Hamburg forward Pierre-Michel Lasogga's explanation for his foul on Wolfsburg centre-back Dante.

 "That was definitely a red. It was a clear red."
Wolfsburg’s Dante gives his opinion on the tackle.

“Many of my team-mates took part in European Championships and World Cups; I consoled myself as best I could, by telling myself that at least I had a holiday.”
Former Finnish international Jari Litmanen on Finland’s lack of success at the world stage in an exclusive chat with FIFA.com.

“I’m going to keep the ball in the museum!”
Barcelona forward Luis Suarez after his hat-trick performance in the FIFA Club World Cup semi-finals.

“The team is in their hands now and I’m OK walking away…Bourbon Street watch out."
Abby Wambach addressing the crowd after her final game before retirement, and apparently enjoying an evening on New Orleans' famous boulevard.

“It’s a simple fact that if you’re captain of the world champions, perform fantastically at the tournament and score amazing goals, then for me (Carli) Lloyd is favourite for the title and would be a deserving winner.”
2014 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Nadine Kessler on her pick for this 2015 winner at the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala

"It’s definitely going to be spicier."
Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo on the FIFA Club World Cup Final compared to the European champions 3-0 semi-final victory against Guangzhou Evergrande.

"The road to #EURO16 is the same as ever: humility, hard work and unity. ¡Vamos, @SeFutbol !" -- Spain defender Sergio Ramos on Twitter.

"I am happy with our Euro 2016 group. Hold back against us, Lewy!" -- Germany's Thomas Mueller on Twitter on the prospect of facing Bayern Munich colleague Robert Lewandowski and his Poland side.