“It is better to have donkeys who run rather than thoroughbred horses who stand still.”
Enrico Preziosi, Genoa president, criticises his star-studded squad

“If I were Barça president Sandro Roselli I’d give him a contract for the next 50 years.”
Jose Mourinho on Pep Guardiola to FIFA.com

“I got up after the goal to try to celebrate and fell back down. At first I thought I broke my leg. I thought I will see my bone popping out. But it was worth it!”
Macoumba Kandji on making the brave challenge that led to Colorado Rapids’ winner in the MLS Cup and him tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee

"I am 32, I know how to keep things separated in my life. If the president decides it will be Maradona, he will do his job as coach and I will do mine as a player. Every time I walk out on the pitch, I try to do my best without caring who the coach is, so I have no problem working with him.”
Juan Roman Riquelme on the prospect of Boca Juniors appointing Diego Maradona, whom he publicly fell out with last year

"William was fantastic again. One piece of defending from him was particularly marvellous to watch. He shuffled Marko Marin down the line, held him up once, held him up again, and took the ball off him. It was a bit reminiscent of Bobby Moore doing that to Jairzinho at the World Cup. Bobby stayed on his feet and used his brain, and William has done fantastic for us.”
Harry Redknapp on William Gallas following Tottenham’s 3-0 win over Werder Bremen

"I was bought for €25m, but now I am worth €35m. But I want to stay with I Bianconeri forever.”
Felipe Melo

"It’s my own fault. To start with I had lots of enquiries from top clubs in Europe, and I turned them down. In hindsight, my decisions were misjudged because now those clubs would be very appealing.”
Michael Rensing on why he has been unemployed since leaving Bayern Munich in the summer

“When I was 18 I thought about quitting football, but thanks to therapy and the support of my family I changed my mind. I am not a person who throws in the towel.”
Victor Valdes

“We were organised, we were disciplined and we tore apart one of the best teams in Europe. I am immensely proud of all my players.”
Eli Guttman following his Hapoel Tel Aviv side’s 3-0 defeat of Benfica

"I can't imagine Milan without Nesta. He is getting older, but I think Milan will take into account his importance to the team. Alessandro can still give so much to football.”
Franco Baresi

“God has given him this amazing shooting technique and pace, but he has got to take part more in the game and demand the ball more. Patrick is doing too little with his potential.”
Rudi Voller on Bayer Leverkusen forward Patrick Helmes

"The main guilty person, it's probably me. I don't say that to come across as a martyr, but because I couldn't find the necessary motivation for the players. We've had two serious warnings in two international matches, which don't supply points or prestige."
Vicente Del Bosque on Spain’s defeats by Argentina and Portugal

"You hear that Van Gaal is not such an easy character. Many things are accepted when you are successful, but if things don't go so well certain types of behaviour are no longer tolerated. Van Gaal is pushing his luck.”
Oliver Kahn

“We have to enjoy Messi because it will be many years before we see a player of this magnitude again. He will go down in history.”
Javier Mascherano