The Week in Quotes
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“Everything I have achieved in football is down to Valencia. I will try to score against them because I am a professional. But I have too much love for the club and the people there to celebrate.”
David Villa of Barcelona ahead of the visit of his former employers

"I don't believe that I will be judged by one result, just like I didn't ask for judgement after beating Spain and Ireland. But if I am judged on the results, I am 2-1 up.”
Sergio Batista, Argentina’s interim coach, following defeat in Japan

“It would be great to play for a club like Flamengo or Vasco da Gama. It is something that I want to do in my life. I am going to finish my European career with Chelsea, but my ambition is to finish at the highest level possible and play in the next World Cup. I would like to play some football in Brazil - the true country of football.”
Florent Malouda

"Buffon is the Maradona of goalkeepers – it’s not going to be easy to find another like him.”
Emiliano Viviano

“We rode in open-top cars all the way to the Grand Place in Brussels, where a black, yellow and red tide of people gave us a triumphant reception. I think I even signed the chest of a woman who, just like us, was carried away with it all!”
Jean-Marie Pfaff to FIFA.com on Belgium’s return home after reaching the Mexico 1986 semis

“Here in England it is all about passion - the fans love it when there are hard tackles and you play long balls and counter-attack. If you do that in Spain they will boo you.”
Cesc Fabregas

"A player with a winning mentality like I have has to play in the best places like Chelsea. I want to go where I can become a world-class player. I have ambitions to be the best player in the world."
Neymar

“I am a fan of this club and above all I like the team to play good football. At the moment we are not. The good thing is that we cannot possibly play any worse."
Juan Roman Riquelme, who is currently recovering from injury, on Boca Juniors

“This is a side that needs to be cuddled and not told off.”
Sinisa Mihajlovic after his Fiorentina team’s loss to Palermo

"I couldn't believe it - I thought it was a wind-up. I have been dreaming of it since I was a little boy. In the summer I was in the supermarket getting stuff to decorate the house for the World Cup, and now to be a part of it is just amazing.”
Kevin Davies on receiving his maiden England call-up at the age of 33

“I think Bradley getting picked up [for another four years] is great. He’s really a soccer nut. I haven’t heard much talk yet [from other players] about Brazil in 2014, but I know that Bob is already working hard to prepare for that.”
Edson Buddle

“Goalkeepers usually swap shirts with each other, so for him to come and ask for my jersey was something I was very proud and pleased about.”
Marcos Assuncao to FIFA.com on a post-match shirt request from Iker Casillas

"The team needed a coach with personality, a firm hand, and I think he fits that profile. For me, Jose Mourinho was what Real Madrid needed.”
Zinedine Zidane

“Legends like Abedi Pele, Tony Yeboah, Gargo Mohammed, Osei Kufuor, Augustine Arhinful, Yaw Preko and the rest, they paved the way for us and we did our best, so that’s what I thought of and decided to retire from international football. But I would love to coach the national team one day.”
Stephen Appiah

“I haven’t spoken to Alessandro Diamanti yet, as I’m so angry that I risk beating him up.”
Gino Corioni, the president of Brescia, following the 27-year-old’s red card against Lazio

“The time I spent in England was wonderful, I enjoyed it very much and if I had the chance to go back, I would look into it.”
Diego Forlan

"Kaka is a great champion. We would be happy to have him. He would be received with open arms."
Javier Zanetti of Inter Milan on the prospect of the club signing the former AC Milan player

“Chelsea are the strongest team in the Premier League. Technically, only Arsenal are on a par with them, but Chelsea have greater physical power. That is the only difference and what gives Chelsea the edge.”
Roberto Mancini

“It was a great feeling to score under the Nord. I saw the fans celebrate – they are crazier than me. The people here live and breathe football.”
Luca Toni after hitting a 95th-minute winner for Genoa against Bari

"When we were beaten by Greece in the play-off, I realised that I will never play at a World Cup again. I want to play in EURO 2012 and will then hang up my boots. I've given it a lot of thought and my decision is final.”
Andriy Shevchenko

“Right now the sky is the limit. If we continue like this we will be able to think about fighting for the league.”
Vicente of La Liga leaders Valencia

“Vinny has been the stand-out player so far this season, not just for City but in the whole Premier League.”
Joleon Lescott on team-mate Vincent Kompany

“Almost 30 per cent of Italians support this historic club, which has won more league titles than any other. I am very proud to wear this shirt.”
Felipe Melo of Juventus

"I’m a big soccer fan. I follow Barcelona. They have a great side and Messi is the best in the world.”
Kobe Bryant

“It’s impossible for me to forget PSG. The club holds a special place in my heart. That’s where everything started for me in Europe and everyone wants to finish his career where it started.”
Ronaldinho

“I miss English football and English football misses me. I like English football because the matches only last 90 minutes. In Spain and in Italy there's the pre-game and post-game.”
Jose Mourinho