Week in Quotes

The Week in Quotes

Raul Gonzalez of New York Cosmos reacts
© Getty Images

"I’m not here to be liked. I'm trying to do a good job. And I'm privileged to have that role and represent the U.S. soccer programme. It's a privilege for me and I do my best to my capabilities and leave the judgement out there for your guys or for people that want to express themselves. That's fine."
Jurgen Klinsmann after the USA's 3-2 extra time defeat to Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup

"If I am doing exceptionally well when Roy decides he doesn’t want to be there, then I have got a chance.*"
Sam Allardyce at his first press conference as Sunderland manager on his hopes for managing England one day


"Do you know who Sam Allardyce is? Do you know how many trophies he has won? Well that’s my answer. It is what happens when someone has a book to sell. His opinion does not have a lot of value."
*Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez after Allardyce claimed Liverpool's 2006 UEFA Champions League win "was nowt to do with" the Spaniard

"It was painful that Robin van Persie, since coming on in the 87th minute, touched the ball once. The comments that Netherlands does not have good young players coming through don't make sense. It proves that the last World Cup was not properly analysed. People did not wonder how they had gone so far in Brazil. Things were back to normal for most after that somewhat surprising third-place finish. And now they are facing the consequences."
Dutch legend Johan Cruyffreacts to the Netherlands' 2-1 win over Kazakhstan in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying. It's unlikely his mood improved after the following 3-2 defeat to Czech Republic which rubber stamped their failure to progress...

Trailing MK Dons 14-0 in the Bucks & Berks Senior Cup, Didcot Town’s Twitter feed took the thrashing in decent humour throughout the night on social media

"My decision is to retire from playing at the end of this season. I am fully focused on finishing the season strong and helping the New York Cosmos win the NASL Championship. In the coming months I will decide the next step in my career. Playing soccer has been part of my life for so long and the decision to retire is not an easy one but I believe it is the right time."
Spanish legend Raul on hanging up his boots next month

"I'm still here doing what I have to do and doing it better and better. I'm like a fine wine that gets better with age.”
An ever-so-humble Zlatan Ibrahimovic after recently turning 34-years-old

"In the beginning I never imagined being able to see him again…When I finally talked to him, and knowing I was going to see him was huge, the greatest thing that happened in my life. Just imagine…I knew him as a youngster with no family, no wife, no children. Now I see him as an accomplished adult with character. However, for me he will continue to be that youngster. You can imagine, it’s a dream come true."
Osvaldo Alonso Sr, father of the Seattle Sounders standout midfielder of the same name, who saw his son for the first time in eight years - and watched Sounders draw 1-1 with LA Galaxy - after travel restrictions between USA and Cuba have been eased

"Yesterday I was at dinner with my two assistants and someone asked for a photo. I had to say no. Every photo ends up on Twitter. Twitter is [used] more than in Germany. It looks like I'm always in restaurants and bars!"
*Jurgen Klopp on his social life in Liverpool*

"I’ve always liked our fans. What I find funniest of all is when fans take off their clothes even when it’s ten degrees below zero. You die of cold out there on the pitch, and these guys stand there naked from the waist up, and they couldn’t care less."
* Pontus Wernbloom in an exclusive interview with *FIFA.com about his time playing for CSKA Moscow in Russia.**

"It has been an awful two weeks because before the last international break we lost against Swansea.* It’s not only the players, it’s the staff, and my cook, Mike, because he has a big influence on the atmosphere in the canteen."
Louis van Gaal on keeping the chef happy at Old Trafford*

* *

  • *

‪"This team has united Albanians. This is a great chance for the team to show everyone about Albania because football is such a big magnet. We never thought this would be possible – it doesn't happen every day. The whole country is proud of them."*
Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania, after his nation's qualification for UEFA EURO 2016*

"What's happened to the professionals in the senior side has also affected the youth teams. Brazil are currently trying to rediscover the old magic, but the world has changed. Nowadays it has to be part of a system; you can't just rely on individual talent to express itself, at the team's expense."
Carlos Amadeu, Brazil's U-17 coach, *speaking to *FIFA.com *about his nation's difficulties in world football in recent years ahead of his team's debut at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.*

Explore this topic

Recommended Stories

Johan Cruyff: FIFA Classic Player

1974 FIFA World Cup™

Johan Cruyff: FIFA Classic Player

15 Oct 2015

CSKA and Sweden midfielder Pontus Wernbloom celebrates after scoring a goal

2018 FIFA World Cup™ 

All smiles for Wernbloom in Russia

15 Oct 2015