The Week in Quotes
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“Of course he has been a failure. And that’s not the only reason he’s been a failure. He has the worst record of any coach who has spent three or more years at Real Madrid. What I really don't like, and what many Real Madrid supporters don't like, is the way he has behaved. We have a part of our hymn which says, 'When we lose, we shake hands'. We don't poke fingers in eyes, which is what he did to Tito Vilanova.”
Ramon Calderon, the former Real president, on Jose Mourinho

“I played a lot of football in the street. I didn’t have the money to buy gloves, so I used socks as makeshift gloves – old socks, new socks, it didn’t matter. Even though I’m five, six years younger than my brother, I liked to play in goal. My brother was scared I’d get smashed [with the ball], but goalkeepers are crazy. I’m crazy, right?”
Julio Cesar

"It was like a heart attack. It was one day after the win over Malaga. I had one day to celebrate and then somebody thought, 'Enough, go back down on the floor'. At our training ground Michael Zorc walked in like somebody had died. Michael asked if I wanted to talk and I said, 'No, I have to go'. That evening my wife was waiting because there's a very good German actor, and a good friend, Wotan Wilke Mohring, in a new film in Essen and we were invited to the premiere. But I walked in and told her, 'No chance. I cannot speak.’”
Jurgen Klopp on discovering Borussia Dortmund has sold Mario Gotze

“I’ve been to hell and back. Six minutes from time we were out of the Champions League. It was a last-gasp win, but almost my last gasp too!”
Adriano Galliani on AC Milan’s win at Siena

"I can count eight teams who have a better chance of becoming world champions than the Netherlands. I'm always real.”
Louis van Gaal on his team’s chances of winning Brazil 2014

“When Lewandowski was at Lech Poznan, I called my friends at Roma. I told them to catch the first plane to Poland, to sign Robert, who then would have sold for just €1.5m, no problem. They just ignored me.”
Zbigniew Boniek, the Giallorossi legend

“From the first day on, I got the feeling that I was not really wanted here. It seems as if everybody wants me to leave the club. I don't know what I‘ve done wrong.”
Fabio Coentrao

“I’ve bought myself a birthday present: I've signed [Rafa] Benitez!”
Aurelio De Laurentiis, the Napoli president

“To see Messi playing is a real pleasure. I even made up a theory, which he finally heard through [Alejandro Sabella]: as Maradona used to carry the ball tied up to his foot, Messi carries the ball INSIDE his foot. It’s a physical phenomenon. Impossible to believe. And he heard about that, and I assume he liked it, because he sent me a signed t-shirt. If we talk about science, it’s impossible, but it’s true!”
Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan writer