“This really means a lot for me because my grandfather won it, my father won it and now I have also done it. Three generations have won this trophy. The name of Forlan will stay in history.”
Diego Forlan after winning the Copa America with Uruguay

“At the moment we are looking at what exists, but you have to know whether players like [Javier Pastore, Paulo Henrique Ganso and Eden Hazard] believe in our project. Plus, even if you sign people like Pele or Diego Maradona, it does not always mean you will win.”
Leonardo on the troubles of making signings

“I’ve got nothing but admiration for those lads. I was involved in the in the run-up to Peru 2005, but I didn’t make the squad which won the [U-17] world title – something these lads were able to achieve. They’ve boosted Mexico’s profile everywhere and that makes me feel very proud.”
Javier Hernandez to FIFA.com on Mexico’s FIFA U-17 World Cup triumph

“I'll be in Russia for a long time yet, helping to turn Anzhi into a top club, where hopefully many more of my fellow countrymen will play.”
Roberto Carlos on his plans for a Russian revolution

“I am now a City player. Happy to be in this club and this city. Thanks to all for the welcome and the reception.”
Sergio Aguero announces his move to Manchester City on Twitter

“Don't worry, I don't forget to score goals... I will score.”
Fernando Torres answers his critics

“I still feel good, I feel healthy. I'm still enjoying getting up in the morning to go training. [I have] one, maybe two, more years. Until I get up and don't feel the same, I'll continue.”
David Beckham on his future

“Currently in Brazil, we have a new team with exciting youngsters like Pato, Neymar and Ganso. It comes after the time of the likes of Cafu, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and Kaka, so the challenge is great. The young players still have plenty to learn and need to mature a bit.”
Carlos Alberto Perreira

“I don't like to show my weaknesses. I don't want to show my emotions in public. That is why people probably sometimes misjudge me.” 
Dimitar Berbatov explains his style

“The last time the event was held here was back in 1950, and 61 years later, we’re very confident that Brazil 2014 will be a triumph.”
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter

“Though we respect all the other teams, we’re hoping to reach the final.”
Eduardo Lara, Colombia U-20 coach

“It was a bad challenge on me and I suffered a lot of pain. It is frustrating but I am lucky. The injury could have been much worse. I have been fortunate!”
Arjen Robben on his latest injury

“I am done with Europe. I was fortunate enough to win everything at club level and now I am happy where I am.”
Thierry Henry

“I’m upset because we’re incapable of performing in a way that would delight 20million Cameroonians. And it’s all down to childish bickering.”
Benoit Assou-Ekotto to FIFA.com on problems in the national team

“Everyone knows they are the current Champions League holders, but we must also remember that they are the most creative team in the world. They have lots of players who have grown up together at the club, and this means they understand each other really well on the pitch, but also, and very importantly, off the pitch.”
Jupp Heynckes on Barcelona

“Anyone can win the league; ourselves, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal or Chelsea.”
Sir Alex Ferguson on the 2011/12 Premier League contenders

"Hosting the World Cup is a reward for all we have built over the past years. Brazil is living a great moment  in sports and that is the result of our capabilities. We are among the best in the world both in music and football because of our creativity, because we think different. This will be very clear once the world arrives in Brazil for the World Cup."
Ivan Lins, famous Brazilian singer