“Benitez will not have to work as hard as I did because he has the chance to win three trophies within a month: the Italian Super Cup, the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup. It's heaven for him. A coach who arrives at a new club usually has to build a team. Benitez finds everything ready.”
Jose Mourinho on his Inter Milan successor
“I love football, I love playing and thinking about a game from a tactical point of view. But I don't see myself coaching. I haven't been bitten by the bug.”
Roberto Ayala to FIFA.com
"Sometimes I let myself be mistaken for my brother. But I do it so I don't make people feel bad and because people don't believe me if I deny it. We never did it with girls though, I swear!”
Ramiro Funes Mori, a River Plate reserve, on the club’s man of the moment and his twin brother, Rogelio.
“Totti is eclectic and can play anywhere. For 15 years he has carried Roma on his shoulders, unlike Del Piero, who is not indispensable.”
“I really like the style of play at the club and in English football, which is about commitment, speed and strength. I think I’ll fit in well.”
Sandro to FIFA.com on his move to Tottenham Hotspur
“It was the most beautiful defeat that you can imagine. We are still in the competition.”
Klaus Allofs, Werder Bremen’s director of sport, following a 3-2 loss at Sampdoria in the second leg of their play-off for a UEFA Champions League place
“We definitely have the quality to take part in these major tournaments. We just have to make that quality count. We owe it to ourselves to make sure we qualify for the EURO in 2012. The Turkish fans would definitely enrich the tournament.”
Halil Altintop to FIFA.com
“I have made my position clear - there will be no transfer. I want to convince the coach to field me in his starting XI. Hard work will be rewarded, I am sure about that.”
Mario Gomez of Bayern Munich
“Barcelona are not invincible. They have demonstrated in recent years that they have a great team, but we do not feel inferior to them or anyone. We want to win every title possible this season.”
Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid
“After Australia’s first game against Germany, I was giving the boys a lot of stick. Then Germany came up against England and destroyed us! Needless to say when I arrived in the dressing room there was a lot of banter.”
Michael Bridges to FIFA.com on the mood in the Newcastle Jets dressing room during South Africa 2010.
“I would leave the country before coaching Boca. I was born in River and owe the club a lot, and I am very happy at San Lorenzo.”
Ramon Diaz after being linking with the Bombonera hot-seat
“I had already thought about retiring. But, God willing, I will play until I’m 40. As long as I am feeling good, I won't give up. I am super fit."
Ze Roberto, Hamburg’s 36-year-old midfielder
“Our group is not all that strong and we have a chance to achieve something amazing”
Cleo after Partizan were grouped with Arsenal, Shakhtar Donetsk and Braga.
“I want to be remembered as a small Russian guy who did some magical things that people did not understand how he did.”
Andrey Arshavin of Arsenal
"I signed a contract extension here last January because I wanted to play Champions League football with Ajax. I've already said on several occasions that I'm not leaving. I will stay at Ajax at least until the end of the season."
“It is not only about nice football - the best players accept they have a job to do and play to win. This is what my players are like.”
Mozambique coach Mart Nooij to FIFA.com
“I phoned him when I decided to join Hamburg to let him know about the move. He was very happy for me and saw it as a positive step. I can only prove my worth by performing week in, week out in the Bundesliga and showing the coach that I can benefit the team.”
Heiko Westermann explains to FIFA.com a call he made to Germany coach Joachim Low
“We feel a great excitement everywhere, which leads us to believe that we have achieved something extraordinary."
Jean-Michel Aulas, Lyon president, on signing Yoann Gourcuff
"I don't think the players are concerned about William's Arsenal connection. Tottenham fans should be thinking, 'Hang on, we have got one over on them here'.
Harry Redknapp on new Spurs signing William Gallas
“I have already been through this situation with Ronaldo and Christian Vieri. I like him and it seems strange that he would go to Milan, but I hope that he does what's best for him… that is stay at Barcelona.”
Massimo Moratti on Zlatan Ibrahimovic