"He has that aura about him. He instils a winning mentality into you right away. When you look at his history, for him to come knocking on your door, it was a no-brainer for me to go there. You want to do well for him."
Ashley Young on Sir Alex Ferguson

"Since I took over the national team a year ago, this was the first team that has played better than us. Germany must serve as a yard stick and that is why we need more matches at this level.”
Brazil coach Mano Menezes on the 3-2 defeat to Germany

"He has extraordinary vision on the pitch and reads the game so well. It is the little things he does which makes him so strong. He has extraordinary technique. He sees things in every direction, knows where everybody is and then delivers great passes, timed correctly. He takes the ball well and does great things."
Germany coach Joachim Low on Mario Gotze

"I want to thank Gigi [Buffon], my teammates, [coach Cesare] Prandelli and all the officials who gave this emotional gesture. If the coach says I played well then I agree, even though I was still two or three kilos overweight. I'm still not finished because there's still a bit of the devil in me.”
Antonio Cassano after being made captain for the victory over Spain at the suggestion of regular skipper, Gianluigi Buffon

"Fear? I have no fear... I am not thinking about this record transfer. I came here to play football and only that. In my career, I have yet to win any titles and so that is my sole motivation: to win titles. I have dedicated myself to football since I was nine so I don't feel under any pressure."
Javier Pastore after making a French record €42 million move to Paris Saint-Germain

"I realised that what really matters in life is happiness. I used to play for Barcelona, the world's best team, but was not happy. When you've had an experience as bad as that you understand what is really important. I'll only leave when the club does not want me any more."
Zlatan Ibrahimovic

“Korea Republic will be the best team in the world in 20 to 30 years. We'll reach the top and we'll remain there. Korea Republic will be like Brazil, Germany, Italy, Argentina... a team that is always up there.”
Korea Republic U-20 coach Lee Kwang-Jong 

“Welcome at home! Glad to have you with us.“
Carles Puyol talking to Cesc Fabregas on his twitter account

“Zlatan coming back to the team has been huge for us... He’s played really well for us so far and I must also say that he’s been taking really good responsibility with our young players. We have a new generation coming through in our team at the moment and he’s been really important in setting an example for everyone and giving them confidence in what they’re doing.”
Sweden coach Eric Hamren to FIFA.com on Ibrahimovic

"Someone like Ibra in Italy should score 30 goals a season. For a player of his quality, he scores too little."
But Gennaro Gattuso sees room for improvement

"I take responsibility for the goal. It was not an easy situation, a difficult ball, but it was my mistake and it unfortunately led to a defeat... We were the best team and should have won, but have lost.”
Manuel Neuer shoulders the blame for Bayern Munich’s opening day Bundesliga defeat

“If we do end up playing Barcelona, we’d like to go toe-to-toe with them. They’re the best team in the world and they’ve got the world’s best player in their side, but we’re going to play our football.”
Neymar on the possibility of meeting Barcelona

“I flew over from LA just for this game and, having grown up supporting Celtic, the thought of running out that tunnel and playing beside guys like Henrik Larsson – it’s the most nervous I’ve ever been. This club is my history. It’s fantastic to come back and especially for this match because Celtic started out as a charity and that has always been at the centre of the club’s principles. And you look at the turnout, the fact it's a sell-out - it’s a credit to everyone.”
Hollywood actor Gerard Butler on playing in a Celtic-Manchester United 'legends' match in aid of Oxfam 

“It was a special moment before the game, listening to the anthem and feeling the energy from the stadium and the players.”
New USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann before his first game against Mexico in Philadelphia