The Week in Quotes
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"Coaching Boca is like having sex with the windows open - you have no intimacy."
Claudio Borghi after vacating Los Xeneizes’ hot-seat

“The way he dresses and talks, he always wants to appear like a philosopher. He reminds me a bit of Mahatma Gandhi when he is preparing his team. People say that he has won six trophies, but I could have won six trophies as the coach of the best team in the world.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Pep Guardiola

“I am looking for medicine, as I have been hit by a virus - I’ve got Cassanitis.”
Riccardo Garrone, Sampdoria owner

“I can't see myself playing until I am 40 like Maldini. He was a machine and I am not. You don't get people like that too often - you might see it in goalkeepers but rarely does a centre-back or a left-back play with the quality he did.”
Ashley Cole

“I tend to do well in these games. I’ve put in some great performances and scored some nice goals. They’ve strengthened this year thanks to their new signings and Mourinho, but in my opinion Barça are still the better side. I’ve no doubt it’ll be a game to savour.”
Lionel Messi to FIFA.com on the upcoming El Clásico

“The minute a footballer becomes more important than a manager, your club is dead. The history of this club goes right down the drain. I'm the most important man at Manchester United. It has to be that way."
Sir Alex Ferguson

“Neymar is the best Brazilian player in the last five years. He's already ready to be a big star in Europe. Sometimes he can be a bit crazy, but Neymar can be the best player in the world - in two or three years’ time he can be there.”
Carlos Alberto

“I am speechless. It’s definitely the best feeling I’ve had in my life. When I saw the ball go in, I didn’t believe it. I thought I was going to get called back on an offside or something.”
Juan Agudelo, 17, after scoring the only goal away to South Africa and thus becoming the youngest marksman in USA history

"I regret the fact he was not signed. I indicated a couple of times that Rafael would be useful for Arsenal, but that advice was not followed. He is a great footballer. Now you can see the result - Spurs were a good team but now they are a top team."
Robin van Persie on Rafael van der Vaart

“If he doesn’t say it, I’ll say it: since I’ve been in the league, certainly in the eight years, this is one of the best performances I’ve seen a goalkeeper have in MLS. What a fantastic season.”
Pat Onstad on Kevin Hartman after the latter inspired FC Dallas into the MLS Cup final

"It was a brilliant play and I shouldn’t have spoiled it by being offside. I was running forward, the move was very fast. I have apologised to Ronaldo.”
Nani on denying his Portugal team-mate a wonder goal against Spain

"Ibrahim Afellay is ideal for the Barcelona style. He reminds me a bit of Andres Iniesta.”
Andoni Zubizarreta on the PSV playmaker

"Two years ago I chose Ronaldo, last year Messi. This year I would choose Xavi. He won the World Cup."
Michel Platini on the FIFA Ballon d'Or award

“[Gerard Houllier] will not be wrong. Pires may be getting on in years but still has the skill and technique to bring something to the party at Aston Villa.”
Robert Pires

“I'm still only halfway through my career!”
Carles Puyol, 32, after playing his 500th game for Barcelona

“I go jogging in the mornings and one day the kids who were going to school waved at me. A gentleman shouted, ‘We are all with you'. You remember how Rocky trained with the kids running behind him? Well, I felt like Rocky.”
Federico Marchetti, who has been left in exile by Cagliari since expressing a desire to join Sampdoria in the summer

"The last time I played fit? Maybe five years, maybe more. I was reading what I said about ending up in a wheelchair the other day and I thought to myself, ‘that's probably not your best plan'. I'd rather play with my kids in the garden, thank you very much. I'd like to rethink the wheelchair idea."
John Terry has second thoughts about saying he’ll risk ending up in a wheelchair to prolong his playing career

"I am not whining or crying about it. But if you ask questions like 'Can you cope without him?', 'Is it going to be okay?', 'Will everything be as good?' I can only say no it won't be."
Roy Hodgson on losing Steven Gerrard for four weeks