“You can’t describe the guy, he’s one of the best in the world, he always has been and he always will be. He’s an honour to play with and an honour to train with. He can do things that not many other people in the world can do football-wise.”
Joe Hart on Steven Gerrard in a chat with FIFA.com after the latter’s brace inspired England to a 2-1 defeat of Hungary

"My personal objectives are collective objectives. Winning trophies is what makes me happy, it's what makes the fans happy and is all there is. Individual prizes are not important. Barça continuing to win things is important.”
Andres Iniesta, Barcelona midfielder

“Of course I had butterflies in my stomach before the game. But as soon as it kicked off I was fine. I didn't expect to score a header, but thank God it went in."
Neymar after scoring on his international debut in a 2-0 win away to USA.

“I think there'll be a bit of a dogfight for the top four places. We all have to be aware of the threats from the likes of Villa, Everton, Tottenham and Manchester City.”
Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United manager

"We're saying goodbye to a fantastic player and a fantastic person. It's no coincidence that Jon reached second on the list of appearances by any Danish player and that he's our all-time top scorer. He is the ultimate team player who always focused more on the team than his own performances.”
Coach Morten Olsen on Jon Dahl Tomasson following the forward’s international retirement.

"I want to prove that I am capable of winning with this shirt, and that Boca are the best team of the country. Within the four years on my contract I would love to give the Boca fans another Copa Libertadores title.”
Juan Roman Riquelme after penning a new contract with Los Xeneizes.

“It's impossible not to think about playing at full international level. It has to be the ultimate dream for any professional footballer, and it’s naturally mine too. But if it came to it, I’m not yet entirely sure whether I’d turn out for Italy or Germany.”
Diego Contento of Bayern Munich to FIFA.com

“We won away, we played a perfect match. But I don’t want to think about lifting the trophy. I get emotional very easily. It’s best not to think about it.”
Andres D’Alessandro after helping Internacional beat Guadalajara 2-1 in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores final.

"It's not over yet. We are aware that the situation is complicated, but we've been playing against the odds all campaign.”
Jose Luis Real, Guadalajara coach

"I am very proud to have beaten this Italy team. It was a very strong side and it was important for us to win. I work for the youth team and I am only in charge for this game. Whoever continues is a matter for the Federation to decide."
Francois Zahoui, Côte d'Ivoire's interim coach, following a 1-0 reverse of Italy.

“For a long time I have wanted to play for Real Madrid. Wherever Mourinho goes, he wins. He is a great coach, as has already been demonstrated.”
Ricardo Carvalho after joining Los Merengues.

"We’ve been drawn against tough opponents, especially the Spanish. That'll be an exceptionally difficult job but anything can happen in football. We’re totally motivated and determined to qualify for the European Championship.”
David Jarolim of Czech Republic to FIFA.com.

“I have excellent memories from Europe. Everything I experienced at Porto and with the Selecção is unforgettable, and I also had good years at Barcelona and Chelsea. But I will be a Portista forever. It was a club that I learned to love. I remember the reception I got last year when I went to play there with Chelsea – it was one of the most emotional moments of my career.”
Deco after returning to Brazil with Fluminense.

“There is no such thing as an encouraging defeat. When you prepare for a match, you prepare to win it.”
France coach Laurent Blanc following a 2-1 defeat by Norway.

“We have strengthened. There is no great difference between all the top teams now. We must fight for the title.”
Carlos Tevez on Manchester City’s Premier League challenge.

“It is a really proud achievement. I think globally it has put New Zealand firmly on the map. I think that is what has excited the public back home - and not just the sporting people - that a team has gone and exposed New Zealand in a very positive way.”
Ricky Herbert to FIFA.com on his team's performance at South Africa 2010.

“I have a lot to prove. If you come to a club like Liverpool, you have to deliver. I will hopefully show I can be a good player.”
Christian Poulsen on moving to Anfield.

“I think David knows he has no future with the international team because we have to change. I need new players and have to think about the future.”
England coach Fabio Capello on David Beckham.

“[Massimo] Allegri has told me what he expects of me. He wants me to provide assists and that’s what I love to do. I am sure that we can win the Scudetto. I also think that we can go far in the Champions League.”
Ronaldinho of AC Milan.