"He looks like he has this bulldog way about him, a little powerhouse, and then the first day he trained you could see he had this touch and awareness that was... like a genius touch. I'd only seen three players in my career like that - Paolo Di Canio, Gianfranco Zola and Paul Gascoigne when I was a kid training with England - that had this genius kind of thing about them, and Wayne had that instantly as a 17-year-old."
Frank Lampard on Wayne Rooney

“Deep down in your hearts you all know, as do I, that it will be difficult, but I won’t give up. I will do everything, believe me, to ensure this is not the end.”
Pippo Inzaghi on his season-ending knee injury

“In some ways, they are alike – they both have plenty of experience and have won all there is to win in football. The only difference that comes to my mind is that one is older than the other. I loved working with Sir Alex. We got on really well and today he is my friend. From where I am concerned, Sir Alex Ferguson is the best coach in the world.”
Cristiano Ronaldo on Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho

“We have to get back to playing our game... We have to be playing together. Anyone can break one pencil, but no one can break a whole stack. We have to play as a unit and be unbreakable.”
USA women’s captain Christie Rampone on the FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying play-off with Italy

“That’s the boyhood dream of any player or coach. It came true for me as a player and I’d love to do so again as a coach. I won’t rest until I’ve done enough to be Los Merengues’ coach.”
Hugo Sanchez to FIFA.com on coaching Real Madrid

"It is embarrassing. I am ashamed. Every single one of us should be ashamed. We showed no resistance at all. We were like the ideal sparring partner to a boxer. It was like a training game."
Werder Bremen goalkeeper Tim Wiese on their 6-0 defeat at Stuttgart

"I've enjoyed my time in England but I've got five or six weeks left here and I will enjoy it - but it's time now to go back to Norway because of my family. I'm looking forward to this challenge but it's massively hard to leave Manchester United. When I told the manager I almost had a tear in my eye.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on leaving Manchester United to become Molde coach

“I think we have an excellent chance of winning the title... We’re a tight-knit unit and that’s what sets us apart from other teams, because there are no stars in this side and we’re all part of one big family. There’s a real team spirit here and there’s a special bond between us, a real sense of togetherness. I look upon the players as my children.”
Zob Ahan coach Mansour Ebrahimzadeh to FIFA.com on the AFC Champions League final

“What I have noticed about this team is there is a strong will to succeed. It’s not about the spotlight, but about hard work. What has been done before can be achieved again. Mazembe will be on the map again."
TP Mazembe coach Lamine N'Diaye on the CAF Champions League final

"The issue of regeneration during the week after the strains of a weekend game is exaggerated, if you ask me. To be honest, I think it's child's play. When my team has two days off, they don't jet off somewhere but rather sleep in the first day and then, during their second day off, they are desperate to get back to playing football again."
Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp on fixture congestion

“We’re a team of winners here at Inter. We’ve got every chance of going there and lifting the trophy, so obviously it (lifting the FIFA Club World Cup trophy) goes through your mind.”
Internacional captain Bolivar to FIFA.com

“When I came I knew there was a prejudice against him. I have got to say I don't see what people really found to criticise in him. I find him very hard working, a very diligent player who works hard on his understanding of the game and team performances.”
Roy Hodgson on Lucas

“I actually felt fine. I was very confident I was going to score, and that’s what I did.”
Roland Nilsson to FIFA.com on his emotions during the USA 1994 penalty shoot-out against Romania

“He is a daring player and has the capability of unbalancing any opposition with his great natural talent. He is young, quick and confident. He has no fear. He lacks a couple of things to be the finished article and I have no doubt that he will go on to be just that.”
Pep Guardiola on youngster Thiago

"Even I can see my own potential now. One can always improve, but I know my strengths and I know that I am complete."
Mario Gomez

“Our ultimate ambition, the ultimate goal, is the World Cup in 2014. To me, it is a priority. I am already sure that we can make the Cup of Nations, and if the team can grow up quickly and get good results, why not? We are young, we are talented, and we have plenty of time to build a winning team.”
Guinea midfielder Kevin Constant to FIFA.com

"Carroll is a very good striker. He's young and has a chance, working hard, to arrive at the same level as Drogba. But they are different players. Drogba has more power and ability to score different kinds of goals, while Carroll is good in the air but has to improve."
Carlo Ancelotti on Andy Carroll

“It is clear that Michael [Laudrup] would make a great coach of the national team. He has the appropriate qualities and qualifications for the position.”
Denmark coach Morten Olsen on his favoured successor

“What he can do technically on the soccer field, in my opinion, is better than anybody in this league and better than a lot of people around the world.”
Landon Donovan on David Beckham

"All of them have played really, really well this season over a long period of time. I can imagine them making the step up to the very highest level internationally. The argument that you need to have two or three years of experience performing consistently well before you can be called into the national team do not apply with me."
Joachim Low on calling up youngsters Mario Gotze, Marcel Schmelzer, Lewis Holtby and Andre Schurrle

"It (leaving football) was like dying. I would have liked to have played until... I would still like to play. If I never had that knee injury then it would have been different, it may even have been possible, but we only have one story."
Roberto Baggio