The Week in Quotes
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“Milan have the best strike force in Europe. We are going to make the fans very happy. I won't leave this team until we have won everything.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic

“When your opponents say afterwards that they felt you were almost unbeatable, I take that as a huge compliment.”
Bert van Marwijk to FIFA.com on the Netherlands’ defeat by Spain in the South Africa 2010 Final

“I'm a coach, I'm not Harry Potter. He is magical, but in reality there is no magic. Magic is fiction and football is real.”
Jose Mourinho

“Cassano is an example for everyone who wants to play for I Nazionale. He was out of the loop, but he fought hard and got back in. I am certain he can do much more than he already did against Estonia.”
Cesare Prandelli

“You have good days and bad days. It kind of kicks you up the backside when you realise you can't do certain things."
David Beckham on being sidelined

“We understand each other very well. Raul and I could become the new dream pairing in the Bundesliga. It's just great to play alongside him.”
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

“I'm just Coutinho, a kid who's getting better. Ronaldinho is an extra-terrestrial who's won everything. I'd be happy to achieve half of his success.”
Phillipe Coutinho

“I respect them and I love the way they play. They’ve got a lot of skilful players. We’re no slouches either, we’ve got excellent footballers with highly impressive technical ability and international class, so we're well capable of winning.”
Sergio Batista on Argentina’s upcoming opponents Spain

“I turned down many offers because many teams were interested. Sevilla have given me everything. When I came here people did not believe in me, but here I have won many titles. I owe a lot to Sevilla. I must now try to keep scoring and keep making history for the club.”
Luis Fabiano

“At club level, I have always said that I want to win the Champions League. At international level, my mission is two-fold: to win the Africa Cup of Nations and my biggest dream would be to win the World Cup.”
Andre Ayew, the Marseille and Ghana winger, to FIFA.com on his ambitions

"You get the inner feeling that something big is around the corner. I am sure we can add the big one - the UEFA Champions League - to our collection of trophies."
Michael Essien of Chelsea

“Playing for my football-crazy home country means a great deal to me. I’m always delighted to be part of the set-up. Our main target now is to qualify for EURO 2012. That would be a great success for our country.”
Sejad Salihovic of Bosnia-Herzegovina to FIFA.com

“In these grief-filled moments I can take immense pride from the fact that a character such as Francisco Varallo, whom we shall never forget, represented the football family with such dignity.”
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter on the passing of the Argentinian legend at the age of 100

"I was looking for a bigger challenge. The 2014 World Cup will be a festival in Brazil and Japan should be there."
Alberto Zaccheroni on accepting the Samurai Blue job

"I am convinced that Joao Pedro will make a great impact for us. He is the best Brazilian midfielder of his age. He has great technical ability. I hope that I have found the next Kaka.”
Maurizio Zamparini, Palermo president

“I don't think of myself as a 40-year-old, I just think of myself as one of the other players. I focus on playing rather than worrying about how old I am.”
David Weir after being recalled by Scotland

"It is an honour to play in this team and with players like Messi, the best player in the world. Whoever does not fit in with him, doesn't deserve to be in this team.”
David Villa of Barcelona

“With Mano, it’s about changing things, giving young players a chance. He wants to put a smile back on the fans’ faces and get back that sense of joy that Brazilian football has always had.”
Goalkeeper Victor to FIFA.com on new Brazil coach Mano Menezes

"I am very happy with the forwards... four assists from Rooney and three goals from Defoe. They were good in every moment."
Fabio Capello following England's 4-0 win over Bulgaria

“I know I won’t get a good reception from the fans at the Bernabeu, but I’ll definitely celebrate if I score in Madrid. It would be wonderful to beat Jose Mourinho’s side and a dream to play Barcelona in the Champions League final. At the moment Milan and Barcelona are the two strongest sides in the world.”
Robinho