500 Football Quotes

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Football Quotes

1. “You get hit the hardest when trying to run or hide from a problem. Like the defense on a football field, putting all focus on evading only one defender is asking to be blindsided.” – Criss Jami

2. “In football everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

3. “The same boys who got detention in elementary school for beating the crap out of people are now rewarded for it. They call it football.” – Laurie Halse Anderson

4. “I like football. I find it’s an exciting strategic game. It’s a great way to avoid conversation with your family at Thanksgiving.” – Craig Ferguson

5. “Football combines two of the worst things in American life. It is violence punctuated by committee meetings.” – George Will

6. “Football: A sport that bears the same relation to education that bullfighting does to agriculture.” – Elbert Hubbard

7. “Anybody who watches three games of football in a row should be declared brain dead.” – Erma Bombeck

8. “I didn’t answer. We were not buddies. We could not chat about the proximity of our offices, or football, or forgiveness.” – Kimberly Novosel

9. “Yes, yes, I know all the jokes. What else could I have expected at Highbury? But I went to Chelsea and to Tottenham and to Rangers, and saw the same thing: that the natural state of a football fan is bitter disappointment, no matter what the score.” – Nick Hornby

10. “Technique is not being able to juggle a ball 1000 times. Anyone can do that by practicing. Then you can work in the circus. Technique is passing the ball with one touch, with the right speed, at the right foot of your team mate.” – Johan Cruyff

11. “Books are vital to learning. Half the population don’t go to football matches but that doesn’t make football any less important.” – John Sutherland

12. “In the sweep of its appeal, its ability to touch every corner of humanity, football is the only game that needed to be invented.” – Bobby Charlton

13. “You’re the only one that can put pressure on yourself… No one else can put pressure on you. It’s self-inflicted. For me, I just want to go out and play football.” – Maurice Jones-Drew

14. “Neither my sexuality or my efforts or lack of effort on the football field make up the whole sum of me.” – Sean Kennedy

15. “The only thing they valued higher than ammunition were Man United footballs.” – Tahir Shah

16. “Football is all very well as a game for rough girls, but is hardly suitable for delicate boys.” – Oscar Wilde

17. “Football coaches in particular are by large measure Republicans, and this fact more than most anything proves the lie that the party is racist.” – Steve Travers

18. “After Alabama football integrated in 1969-70, the South made a greater, more profound change for good, in a shorter period of time than any region in all of world history.” – Steve Travers

19. “Being a freshman, I was impressed with team members Buster McClure and Max Dodge. They taught me a lot about football and campus life. Max Dodge was busy recruiting underclassmen to pledge Alpha Tau Omega fraternity…” – Carl M. Robinson

20. “Soldiers, like footballers, are famously resistant to new foods.” – Bee Wilson

21. “Not all blacks are fraudulent, not all blacks are rogues, many black people are footballers all over the world, they are good people with good track records, they are living proofs that, Black Lives Matter.” – Bamigboye Olurotimi

22. “Football world is ungrateful Leo, those who carried you on their shoulders yesterday will not even ask how you are doing when you fall into disfavor.” – Mustafa Donmez

23. “Someone who has juggled the ball in the air during a game, after which four defenders of the opponent get the time to run back, that’s the player people think is great. I say he has to go to a circus.” – Johan Cruyff

24. “She’s saying she doesn’t know how to play football!” Absolute shock vibrated in his voice. “And she’s heart-stopping serious!” – J. D. Robb

25. “The worst thing about pro football is that a lot of it has nothing to do with football. It has so much business and hair spray crusted over it: so many sideshows and expert panels “breaking things down for us” and a whole lot of people you don’t want to deal with or watch on TV.” – Mark Leibovich

26. “No aspect of life has gone untouched by the war in Azerbaijan’s west – not even football.” – Fuad Alakbarov

27. “Football is the “secret vice” of the civilized, wrote William Phillips in the journal Commentary in 1969.” – Unknown

28. “Much of its popularity is due to the fact that it makes respectable the most primitive feelings about violence, patriotism, manhood.” – Mark Leibovich

29. “Football is like riding a bicycle; you have to pedal a bike continuously, otherwise you will fall off.” – Mustafa Donmez

30. “the matches are won on the training ground, not on the football pitch.” – Mustafa Donmez

31. “Women‘s football is crap. If it were any good people would go and watch it, but it isn’t and they don’t. And, to be honest, I doubt they ever will.” – Dougie Brimson

32. “The socialism I believe in is everyone working for each other, everyone having a share of the rewards. It’s the way I see football, the way I see life.” – Bill Shankly

33. “Football is an art players paint with their feet.” – Maswood Alam Khan

34. “We’re going to play football and nothing but football. If you don’t want to play football, you can’t play at all.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

35. “I respectfully kneel to the flag with the National Football League (NFL) players to highlight injustice and corruption in the world.” – Steven Magee

36. “I see football as an art and all players are artists.If you are a top artist, the last thing you would do is paint a picture somebody else has already painted.” – Cristiano Ronaldo

37. “Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness and respect for authority is the price that each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” – Vince Lombardi

38. “Okay then, we’re set” he thought. “Come and get it”. The enemy, his enemy, were walking into the classic football ambush and they didn’t have a fucking clue.” – Dougie Brimson

39. “You see football isn’t just about 90 minutes, it‘s about passion and, yes, if you like, about life. We men will do things under the umbrella of football fandom that we would never dream of doing in any other sphere of life, and within the pages that follow I will try and explain why.” – Dougie Brimson

40. “Choose the best player for every position, and you’ll end up not with a strong XI, but with 11 strong 1’s.” – Johan Cruyff

41. “Though the legs of a football coach are never so active on the field of play during playing time, his mind is the best or worse player on the pitch!.” – Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

42. “In football, side netting can sometimes look like a real goal and it can make spectators jubilate for a moment, and then ponder! So is life!.” – Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

43. “Being a football fan entitles us to a temporary, recurring retreat, a short holiday from real existence. Our lives can be in chaos and nothing seem fixed. Nothing except how we feel on a Saturday at 3pm, when we are elevated into blissful and infuriating distraction. What a privilege that is.” – Daniel Gray

44. “Becoming a footballer is only the first half of the silent prayer a kid offers up to the sky or confides to his teacher in a primary school essay. The second part is the name of the team he wants to play for.” – Andrea Pirlo

45. “I still ask myself why did you watched the film Paranormal Activity the all parts or the film “The VIsit” 2015. Both were home made and not big deal even stupid, you even watch football + you play one game over and over and over, you play stupid games + you watch stupid stuff and after all you still ask yourself why you are stupid. The answer is somewhere here, search it!” – Deyth Banger

46. “You don’t need a ball to play football; all you need is a strong wish! After then, you can use even a stone as a ball! For all other things you want to do, all you need is a strong wish!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

47. “I never have heard somebody talking about games which are educationable or with logic like chess for example. Nobody watch it from the people which watch football and are good at math. Why they don’t do it?” – Deyth Banger

48. “If one part of a country is watching football match while the other part of the same country is under heavy attacks by the rockets, then we can say that there is no nation in that country, but there is only crowd of people!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

49. “Even if you are having a nightmare day during which nothing will go right, never cease looking for the ball. In the end everything will come right, for football is a game that rewards those who show courage.” – Duncan Edwards

50. “The problem is politics is made a sport, almost as much a sport as football or baseball. When it comes to politics, adults and politicians do more finger-pointing and play more games than children ever do. Too often are we rooting for the pride of a team rather than the good of the nation.” – Criss Jami

51. “I have not the least sympathy for these useless and destructive pastimes, football and politics.” – César Aira

52. “If Messi was in “The era of Greeks”, of course he will be “The GOD of Football”.” – Nabil TOUSSI

53. “When truth becomes like a football that is kicked and tossed around by passers-by. That grieves God’s heart.” – Sunday Adelaja

54. “Football’s power to unite can be stronger than its ability to divide though. For the people of Ağdam: as long as there’s football, there’s hope.” – Arthur Huizinga

55. “Explaining the myriad delights of a football Saturday in the South to anyone who has not enjoyed them may be impossible – like trying to describe the ocean to a blind man.” – Tim Heaton

56. “In Missoula, Grizzly football exists in a realm apart, where there is a pervasive sense of entitlement. University of Montana fans, coaches, players, and their lawyers expect, and often receive, special dispensations.” – Jon Krakauer

57. “Football is all about sentiment; if it weren’t then we’d all support Manchester United.” – Mark O’Brien

58. “In my teams, the goalie is the first attacker, and the striker the first defender.” – Johan Cruyff

59. “If you like a football team, you watch their games. If you like football, you watch all the games. If you love football, you watch the draft. If you can’t get enough football, you watch the combine.” – TC Slonaker

60. “Coaching is like riding a roller coaster with many ups and downs. The true test is weathering the storm. The average length of time anywhere in America that a man is a head high school football coach is three years.” – George M. Gilbert

61. “Age does not count. It’s what you know about football that matters.” – David Peace

62. “I will not promise boys positions, I will not promise any of you football success, I will demand discipline, character, respect, and work ethic throughout the program. If I succeed in getting people to believe then success will follow.” – George M. Gilbert

63. “we first need to get boys out for football and then the plan will gradually come into play.” – George M. Gilbert

64. “[Football] has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting.” – George Orwell

65. “I love coaching football, and winning a Super Bowl was a goal I’ve had for a long time. But it has never been my purpose in life. My purpose in life is simply to glorify God. We have to be careful that we don’t let the pursuit of our life’s goals, no matter how important they seem, cause us to lose sight of our purpose. I coach football. But the good I can do to glorify God along the way is my real purpose.” – Tony Dungy

66. “Inflate yourself with a genuine passion always. This makes it possible for you to bounce back when you fall. The football is loaded with air and no sooner does it hit the floor than it bounces back again!” – Israelmore Ayivor

67. “Football coaches do play football matches; their attitudes toward the game in times of tendencies of losing can cause a change in the scores of the games they monitor and mentor!” – Israelmore Ayivor

68. “I observed that when a footballer is about to make a threatening strike to score a goal, there comes a big shout from spectators at the field. He could either get detracted to miss the opportunity or motivated to make it happen. Such is life!” – Israelmore Ayivor

69. “If you want to strike, strike now. No matter how skillfully a footballer strikes beyond the 90 minutes’ regulated time, he makes no influence. Strike now before it becomes too late!” – Israelmore Ayivor

70. “Life is sometimes like knockout football; if you have no goal, invite penalty!” – Abhijit Kar Gupta

71. “Football teams that lost their matches can have many other chances to play in successive seasons; but a soul that is lost through death may not have the chance to justify its potential again!” – Israelmore Ayivor

72. “She’s a Texan, born and raised. Football is in our blood.” – Simone Elkeles

73. “The reason of football is not to be the best but to be the best team.” – Barry Sanders

74. “Who you looking for What is his name you can prob’ly find him at the football game it’s a small town you know what I mean it’s a small town, son and we all support the team.” – James McMurtry

75. “Why couldn’t you beat a richer club? I’ve never seen a bag of money score a goal.” – Johan Cruyff

76. “Football said, “Why I am not a cricket ball to get a shot from Sachin”.” – Amit Kalantri

77. “Complaining about boring football is a little like complaining about the sad ending of King Lear: it misses the point somehow.” – Nick Hornby

78. “Football is not merely a small business, it’s also a bad one. Anyone who spends any time inside football soon discovers that just as oil is part of the oil business, stupidity is part of the football business.” – Simon Kuper

79. “Football is the poetry of a motion.” – Pubudu Lasal Dissanayake

80. “The Greatest” is a bite-your-tongue-book. Ultimately a tragic tale it is also immensely uplifting and easily the best footballer biography I have ever read.” – Mike Parry

81. “Football allows the intellectual part of my brain to evolve, but it allows the emotional part to remain unchanged. It has a liberal cerebellum and a reactionary heart. And this is all I want from everything, all the time, always.” – Chuck Klosterman

82. “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz

83. “I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved.” – Urban Meyer

84. “I may win and I may lose, but I will never be defeated.” – Emmitt Smith

85. “There is only one way to succeed in anything…and that is to give it everything.” – Vince Lombardi

86. “I always threw the ball in, because then if I got the ball back, I was the only player unmarked.” – Johan Cruyff

87. “Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” – Bo Jackson

88. “To do things you’ve never done before, you have to do things you’ve never done before.” – Sean Payton

89. “Remember, once you set a goal, it’s all about how hard you’re willing to work, how much you’re willing to sacrifice and how badly you truly want it.” – J. J. Watt

90. “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” – Vince Lombardi

91. “There is no pressure when you are making a dream come true.” – Neymar Santos

92. “In football, the worst blindness is only seeing the ball.” – Nelson Falcão Rodrigues

93. “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pele

94. “I don’t believe skill was, or ever will be, the result of coaches. It is a result of a love affair between the child and the ball.” – Roy Keane

95. “All good athletes make mistakes; the great ones learn to make that mistake only once.” – Raul Lopez

96. “Every defeat is a victory in itself.” – Francisco Maturana García

97 “Every disadvantage has got its advantage.” – Johan Cruijff

98. “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.” – Roy Keane

99. “We lost because we didn’t win.” – Ronaldo

100. “Football is the ballet of the masses.” – Dmitri Shostakovich

101. “The ball is round, the game lasts ninety minutes, and everything else is just theory.” – Josef Herberger

102. “It is better to win ten times 1-0 than to win once 10-0.” – Vahid Halilhodžic

103. “Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win.” – Gary Lineker

104. “Whoever invented soccer should be worshipped as God.” – Hugo Sánchez Márquez

105. “I think there are a lot of things that soccer does in the communities that transcend the soccer field.” – Brandi Denise Chastain

106. “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.” – Bill Shankly

107. “Football is war minus the shooting.” – George Orwell

108. “Rugby is a game for barbarians played by gentlemen. Football is a game for gentlemen played by barbarians.” – Oscar Wilde

109. “International football is the continuation of war by other means.” – Eric Arthur Blair

110. “The man who complains about the way the ball BOUNCES is likely the one who DROPPED it.” – Lou Holtz

111. “It’s the name on the FRONT of the jersey that matters most, not the one on the BACK.” – Joe Paterno

112. “Players that aren’t true leaders but try to be, always bash other players after a mistake. True leaders on the pitch already assume others will make mistakes.” – Johan Cruyff

113. “In order to WIN the game, you must first not LOSE it.” – Chuck Noll

114. “Show me a good and gracious loser and I’ll show you a failure.” – Knute Rockne

115. “In life, as in football, you won’t go far unless you know where the goalposts are.” – Arnold H. Glasow

116. “You can learn a line from a win and a book from a defeat.” – Paul Brown

117. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi

118. “Aim for the sky and you’ll reach the ceiling. Aim for the ceiling and you’ll stay on the floor.” – Bill Shankly

119. “A lot of football success is in the mind. You must believe you are the best and then make sure that you are.” – Bill Shankly

120. “Don’t give up at half time. Concentrate on winning the second half.” – Bear Bryant

121. “Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.” – Tom Landry

122. “A winner never stops trying.” – Tom Landry

123. “You never lose a game if the opponent doesn’t score.” – Darrell Royal

124. “Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.” – Lou Holtz

125. “Before you can win, you have to believe you are worthy.” – Mike Ditka

126. “I’ve never played for a draw in my life.” – Sir Alex Ferguson

127. “When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.” – Joe Namath

128. “What is speed? The sports press often confuses speed with insight. See, if I start running slightly earlier than someone else, I seem faster.” – Johan Cruyff

129. “The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity.” – Lewis Grizzard

130. “Soccer is simple, but it is difficult to play simple.” – Johan Cruyff

To win you have to score one more goal than your opponent.” – Johan Cruyff

131. “Good luck is a residue of preparation.” – Jack Youngblood

132. “To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.” – Tony Dorsett

133. “I’ve been in football a long time and people have problems through debt, drugs, drink and family.” – Gordon Strachan

134. “I want players who are always striving to improve.” – Gordon Strachan

135. “When you win, you don’t get carried away. But if you go step by step, with confidence, you can go far.” – Diego Maradona

136. “You only stop learning when you quit.” – Ruud Gullit

137. “Money does not guarantee success.” – José Mourinho

138. “Often there are players who have only football as a way of expressing themselves and never develop other interests. And when they no longer play football, they no longer do anything; they no longer exist, or rather they have the sensation of no longer existing.” – Eric Cantona

139. “Behind every kick of the ball there has to be a thought.” – Dennis Bergkamp

140. “A champion is someone who does not settle for that day’s practice, that day’s competition, that day’s performance. They are always striving to be better. They don’t live in the past.” – Briana Scurry

141. “Every single day I wake up and commit to myself to becoming a better player.” – Mia Hamm

142. “The mistake is to imagine that perfection is possible when the very idea is unthinkable.” – Luis Figo

143. “If I feel I’m not influencing games, not scoring goals or making goals, then that’s the time I’d pack it in.” – Ryan Giggs

144. “Good players never want to sit on the bench as substitutes.” – Marc Overmars

145. “For sportsmen or women who want to be champions, the mind can be as important, if not more important, than any other part of the body.” – Gary Neville

146. “Losing is not in my vocabulary.” – Ruud van Nistelrooy

147. “I was trying to do what I wanted to do, not what the game wanted me to do.” – Thierry Henry

148. “I always think about what I missed, and I think that was my driving force, never be satisfied with what I’ve done.” – Thierry Henry

149. “If you don’t play well, you have a bad game or a nightmare, you know that the amount of coverage is worldwide.” – Steven Gerrard

150. “I never promise anything. I don’t promise anything to my mum. I don’t promise anything to the supporters.” – Cristiano Ronaldo

151. “I never dreamed about being a millionaire,I dreamed about being a football player.” – Victor Cruz

152. “There’s only one moment in which you can arrive in time. If you’re not there, you’re either too early or too late.” – Johan Cruyff

153. “If you sit back and spend too much time feeling good about what you did in the past, you’re going to come up short next time.” – Bill Belichick

154. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minutes to ruin it.” – Peyton Manning

155. “To me, football is so much about mental toughness, it’s digging deep, it’s doing whatever you need to do to help a team win and that comes in a lot of shapes and forms.” – Tom Brady

156. “Anyone can see the adversity in a difficult situation, but it takes a stronger person to see the opportunity.” – Drew Brees

157. “When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.” – Terry Bradshaw

158. “A champion is simply someone who did not give up when they wanted to.” – Tom Landry

159. “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi

160. “When you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone. When you’re great at something, they’ll tell you.” – Walter Payton

161. “I was 0-11 as a starter, and there were times when I walked off the field wondering if I’d ever win a game in the NFL.” – Troy Aikman

162. “One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.” – Knute Rockne

163. “How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.” – Lou Holtz

164. “Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.” – Mike Singletary

165. “Before I make a mistake, I don’t make that mistake.” – Johan Cruyff

166. “I don’t know any other way to lead but by example.” – Don Shula

167. “If you’re not in the parade, you watch the parade. That’s life.” – Mike Ditka

168. “When you don’t give up, you cannot fail.” – Adrian Peterson

169. “If you want to win, do the ordinary things better than anyone else does them day in and day out.” – Chuck Noll

170. “No matter the circumstances you may be going through, just push through it.” – Ray Lewis

171. “The greatest mistake is to continue to practice a mistake.” – Bobby Bowden

172. “The Steelers drafted guys who were bigger, stronger and faster than I, but they never found one who could take my job away from me.” – Jack Lambert

173. “Success is not forever and failure isn’t fatal.” – Don Shula

174. “I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.” – Tom Landry

175. “The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.” – Steve Young

176. “It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re No. 1. What you’ve got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not yet a winner.” – Vince Lombardi

177. “Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz

178. “The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” – Marv Levy

179. “Make sure when anyone tackles you he remembers how much it hurts.” – Jim Brown

180. “The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.” – John Madden

181. “Most talented players don’t always succeed. Some don’t even make the team. It’s more what’s inside.” – Brett Favre

182. “Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.” – Lou Holtz

183. “Confidence doesn’t come out of nowhere. It’s a result of something – hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.” – Roger Staubach

184. “You can always be a little bit better.” – Drew Brees

185. “The most valuable player is the one who makes the most players valuable.” – Peyton Manning

186. “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.” – Archie Griffin

187. “Winners, I am convinced, imagine their dreams first. They want it with all their heart and expect it to come true. There is, I believe, no other way to live.” – Joe Montana

188. “Every quarterback can throw a ball; every running back can run; every receiver is fast; but that mental toughness that you talk about translates into competitiveness.” – Tom Brady

189. “Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don’t like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that.” – Bill Shankly

190. “The Enemy of the best is the good. If you’re always settling with what’s good, you’ll never be the best.” – Jerry Rice

191. “We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.” – Vince Lombardi

192. “When you play a match, it is statistically proven that players actually have the ball 3 minutes on average … So, the most important thing is: what do you do during those 87 minutes when you do not have the ball. That is what determines wether you’re a good player or not.” – Johan Cruyff

193. “You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. That’s the mark of a true professional.” – Joe Paterno

194. “Everyone has the fire, but the champions know when to ignite the spark.” – Amit Ray

195. “Victories are a byproduct of a larger vision. It begins with a question: How much do we owe one another? Each coach’s and player’s individual answer is one of the building blocks of The Streak. De La Salle separates itself from the competition because everyone from the head coach to the least accomplished player on the roster is willing to make the sacrifices necessary to be their absolute best.” – Neil Hayes

196. “Pressure is something you feel when you don’t know what the hell you’re doing.” – Peyton Manning

197. “Excuses are the tools of the incompetent.” – Mike Tomlin

198. “You fail all of the time. But you aren’t a failure until you start blaming someone else.” – Bum Phillips

199. “The best part of it for me is the idea that this group of young men, who came together and believed in themselves, bought the team concept completely, took the names off the back of the jerseys, checked the egos at the door.” – Tom Coughlin

200. “Anyone can go hard on the last sprint of a workout, if you’re tough, you’ll go hard on each and every one.” – Travis Macy

201. “If my mother put on a helmet and shoulder pads and a uniform that wasn’t the same as the one I was wearing, I’d run over her if she was in my way. And I love my mother.” – Bo Jackson

202. “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vince Lombardi

203. “Being a champion has nothing to do with sports, its a mindset. A skill of looking at challenges that seem impossible, and rising up to overcome.” – Jeremy Coates

204. “After you’ve won something, you’re no longer 100 percent, but 90 percent. It’s like a bottle of carbonated water where the cap is removed for a short while. Afterwards there’s a little less gas inside.” – Johan Cruyff

205. “The Motto of Champions: If you are hurt, you can suck it up and press on. If injured, you can rebound and return bigger and better… and continue to inspire!” – T. F. Hodge

206. “Remember, tomorrow is promised to no one.” – Walter Payton

207. “Stay focused. Your start does not determine how you’re going to finish.” – Herm Edwards

208. “Life is full of all sorts of setbacks and twists and turns and disappointments. The character of this team will be how well you will come back from this letdown, this defeat. You could still be a great team and you can still accomplish great things like football players but it’s going to take a real resolve to do it.” – Coach Ladouceur

209. “There is no substitute for work.” – Vince Lombardi

210. “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.” – Kirk Mango

211. “The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.” – Vince Lombardi

212. “Winning isn’t getting ahead of others. It’s getting ahead of yourself.” – Roger Staubach

213. “Greatness, whether athletic or otherwise, doesn’t come from those content on just being but from those who seek being the difference.” – Kirk Mango

214. “Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” – Vince Lombardi

215. “Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi

216. “Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.” – Vince Lombardi

217. “Just remember, the difference between being good versus being great is just a few points, inches, or seconds.” – Bruce H. Jackson

218. “The only discipline that lasts, is self discipline.” – Bum Phillips

219. “The minute you hesitate you are in trouble.” – Steve Waugh

220. “How do you win? By getting average players to play good and good players to play great. That’s how you win.” – Bum Phillips

221. “Opportunity doesn’t make appointments, you have to be ready when it arrives.” – Tim Fargo

222. “After the cheers have died down and the stadium is empty, after the headlines have been written and after you are back in the quiet of your room and the championship ring has been placed on the dresser and all the pomp and fanfare has faded, the enduring things that are left are: the dedication to excellence, the dedication to victory, and the dedication to doing with our lives the very best we can to make the world a better place in which to live.” – Vince Lombardi

223. “Fear can be conquered. I became a better person and a better football player when I learned that lesson.” – Roger Craig

224. “There is only one ball, so you need to have it.” – Johan Cruyff

225. “If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven’t done anything today.” – Lou Holtz

226. “The process begins during the off-season program, when players spend countless hours together and become heavily invested in the season before it even starts. It continues during these weekly meetings, when players stand and deliver heartfelt testimonials. You can’t play for Ladouceur unless you’re willing to stand in front of your teammates and bare your soul. You can’t play unless you’re willing to cry.” – Neil Hayes

227. “There is a difference in being in shape and being in football shape. Anyone can out on the field and run around, but once you start getting hit and have to get up then you find out the difference between being in shape and football shape.” – John Madden

228. “Losing doesn’t make me want to quit, it makes me want to fight that much harder.” – Bear Bryant

229. “I am a member of the team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.” – Mia Hamm

230. “I visualize things in my mind before I have to do them. It’s like having a mental workshop.” – Jack Youngblood

231. “Failures are expected by losers, ignored by winners.” – Joe Gibbs

232. “We believed in ourselves all year. That’s the position you want to be in.” – Eli Manning

233. “Try not to do too many things at once. Know what you want, the number one thing today and tomorrow. Persevere and get it done.” – George Allen

234. “You all know and lived the ‘secrets’ to De La Salle’s success-love, brotherhood, sacrifice, discipline, heart, courage, passion, honesty.” – Neil Hayes

235. “If you’re not gonna go all the way, why go at all?” – Joe Namath

236. “Every team is beatable, you never know. The right moment, the right time, every team is beatable.” – Tom Coughlin

237. “Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today.” – Tim Fargo

238. “There were probably about five games in my career where everything was moving in slow motion and you could be out there all day, totally in the zone, and you don’t even know where you are on the field, everything is just totally blocked out.” – Lawrence Taylor

239. “Brady has compared playing football with getting into a car crash every Sunday a scheduled car crash. I’ve heard players use this image before, and doctors who have treated football injuries.” – Mark Leibovich

240. “Winning is not everything – but making the effort to win is.” – Vince Lombardi

241. “Football is an honest game. It’s true to life. It’s a game about sharing. Football is a team game. So is life.” – Joe Namath

242. “I’m not religious. In Spain all 22 players make the sign of the cross before they enter the pitch. If it works all matches must therefore end in a draw.” – Johan Cruyff

243. “There is a difference between conceit and confidence. Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done.” – Johnny Unitas

244. “If you are afraid of confrontation, you are not going to do very well.” – Bill Parcells

245. “Life is, as football: One wins the goal, and one faces a failure.” – Ehsan Sehgal

246. “Confidence gets you off to a fast start. Confidence gets you that first job and maybe the next two promotions. But confidence stops you from learning. Confidence becomes a caricature after a while. I can’t tell you how many confident blowhards I’ve seen in my coaching career who never get better after the age of forty.” – Bill Walsh

247. “Certainly, the competitive, action-oriented game of football, as meshed with positive team experiences, added to the supportive culture.” – Jim Dent

248. “Work isn’t work unless you would rather be doing something else.” – Don Shula

249. “Coaching is not how much you know. It’s how much you can get players to do.” – Bum Phillips

250. “The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.” – Vince Lombardi

251. “I’ve observed that if individuals who prevail in a highly competitive environment have any one thing in common besides success, it is failure – and their ability to overcome it.” – Bill Walsh

252. “I don’t expect to win enough games to be put on NCAA probation. I just want to win enough to warrant an investigation.” – Bob Devaney

253. “Today, you’ve got a decision to make. You’re gonna get better or you’re gonna get worse but you’re not gonna stay the same. Which will it be?” – Joe Paterno

254. “We’ll fight ’em until hell freezes over, then we’ll fight ’em on the ice.” – Dutch Meyer

255. “As you travel around you will come across a sport described by some contemporaries as ‘abominable… more common, undignified and worthless than any other game, rarely ending but with some loss, accident or disadvantage to the players themselves’. This is football.” – Ian Mortimer

256. “We must make sure their worst players get the ball the most. You’ll get it back in no time.” – Johan Cruyff

257. “Adversity is an opportunity for heroism.” – Marv Levy

258. “For every pass I caught in a game, I caught a thousand in practice.” – Don Hutson

259. “The thing about football – the important thing about football – is that it is not just about football.” – Terry Pratchett

260. “It’s like football. Two sides may each want to beat the other, they may even hate each other as sides, but if someone came and told them football is stupid and not worth playing or caring about, then they’d feel together. It’s feeling that matters.” – John Fowl

261. “If you’re mad at your kid, you can either raise him to be a nose tackle or send him out to play on the freeway. It’s about the same.” – Bob Golic

262. “I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.” – Jack Tatum

263. “I feel like I’m the best, but you’re not going to get me to say that.” – Jerry Rice

264. “We can’t run. We can’t pass. We can’t stop the run. We can’t stop the pass. We can’t kick. Other than that, we’re just not a very good football team right now.” – Bruce Coslet

265. “I want to rush for 1,000 or 1,500 yards. Whichever comes first.” – George Rogers

266. “I wouldn’t ever set out to hurt anyone deliberately unless it was important. Like a league game.” – Dick Butkus

267. “Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.” – Joe Theismann

268. “Don’t talk about playoffs! You kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win another game!” – Jim Mora

269. “The shoulder surgery was a success. The lobotomy failed.” – Mike Ditka

270. “To win, I’d run over Joe’s mom, too.” – Matt Millen

271. “My knees look like they lost a knife fight with a midget.” – E. J. Holub

272. “We couldn’t do diddly poo offensively.” – Jim Mora

273. “Well, either side could win it, or it could be a draw!” – Ron Atkinson

274. “I would not say he’s the best winger in the Premiership, but there’s none better.” – Ron Atkinson

275. “Sometimes in football you have to score goals.” – Thierry Henry

276. “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I’m very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.” – Bill Shankly

277. “The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching.” – Anson Dorrance

278. “There has been a huge change in the scenario of women’s football in the nation since the first edition of the IWL and the second edition is a testament to that. More girls have come into the sport and more girls have taken up playing football from a young age.” – Maymol Rocky

279. “I think Indian football has a good future because they have very young talented players. Their future is very good in India.” – Miguel Angel Portugal

280. “Only me, The coach is to be blamed for what has happened. Whenever a team loses, it is the coach who comes under scrutiny and I am responsible for the same.” – Khalid Jamil.

281. “Football’s not just about scoring goals – it’s about winning.” – Alan Shearer

282. “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” – Vince Lombardi

283. “The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.” – Unknown

284. “That’s all it takes to get people to win football games for you.” – Bear Bryant

285. “The person that said winning isn’t everything, never won anything.” – Mia Hamm

286. “If you have the ball you must make the field as big as possible, and if you don’t have the ball you must make it as small as possible.” – Johan Cruyff

287. “If it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?” – Vince Lombardi

288. “It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men.” – Vince Lombardi

289. “If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes real good, then you did it. That’s all it takes to get people to win football games for you.” – Bear Bryant

290. “You cannot win if you cannot run.” – Hank Stram

291. “If you said, ‘What is the most important aspect of winning football games?’ I don’t think I could give you an answer to that question.” – Cris Collinsworth

292. “Austin, Texas, and Columbus, Ohio, are the two toughest communities in which you have to put together a winning football team. They are both big metropolitan areas without professional football and major league baseball to sidetrack them.” – Brent Musburger

293. “The best thing I ever learned in life was that things have to be worked for. A lot of people seem to think there is some sort of magic in making a winning football team. There isn’t, but there’s plenty of work.” – Knute Rockne

294. “It’s time for the New England Patriots to move on and that’s what our job is. And as I said, our goal is the same: to have a winning football team, to be a pillar in the community. That’s what our direction is; that’s what we’re going to do.” – Bill Belichick

295. “I know that life is much more than football. We have family and it’s all about being happy and healthy.” – Virgil Van Dijk

296. “Football is a game of mistakes. Whoever makes the fewest mistakes wins.” – Johan Cruyff

297. “If football has taught me anything it is that you can overcome anything if, and only if, you love something enough.” – Lionel Messi

298. “Every professional golfer has a separate coach for his drives, for approaches, for putting. In football we have one coach for 15 players. This is absurd.” – Johan Cruyff

299. “You owe it to yourself to be the best you can be.” – Christian Pulisic

300. “Don’t try to beat the goalkeeper. Try to destroy the goalkeeper.” – Steven Gerrard

301. “I learned all about life with a ball at my feet.” – Ronaldinho

302. “Quite a lot of things are more important than playing football and what we do, we are blessed.” – Virgil Van Dijk

303. “I only think about the pitch. I want to do great. I want to be one of the best. I want to win titles. I want to achieve things.” – Paul Pogba

304. “If you do not believe you can do it then you have no chance at all.” Arsene Wenger

305. “Your love makes me strong, your hate makes me unstoppable!” – Cristiano Ronaldo

306. “It sounds like a cliche, but without a strong group, you win nothing in football.” – Kaka

307. “You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it.” – Lionel Messi

308. “Dreams are not what you see in your sleep, dreams are things which do not let you sleep.” – Cristiano Ronaldo

309. “Keep working even when no one is watching.” – Alex Morgan

310. “I always thought I wanted to play professionally, and I always knew that to do that I’d have to make a lot of sacrifices. I made sacrifices by leaving Argentina, leaving my family to start a new life. I changed my friends, my people. Everything. But everything I did, I did for football, to achieve my dream.” – Lionel Messi

311. “The secret is to believe in your dreams; in your potential that you can be like your star, keep searching, keep believing and don’t lose faith in yourself.” – Neymar

312. “Talent without working hard is nothing.” – Cristiano Ronaldo

313. “Surviving the first round is never my aim. Ideally, I’d be in one group with Brazil, Argentina and Germany. Then I’d have lost two rivals after the first round. That’s how I think. Idealisitic.” – Johan Cruyff

314. “Players today can only shoot with their laces. I could shoot with the inside, laces, and outside of both feet. In other words, I was six times better than today’s players.” – Johan Cruyff

315. “Quality without results is pointless. Results without quality is boring.” – Johan Cruyff

316. “There are very few players who know what to do when they’re not marked. So sometimes you tell a player: that attacker is very good, but don’t mark him.” – Johan Cruyff

317. “I find it terrible when talents are rejected based on computer stats. Based on the criteria at Ajax now I would have been rejected. When I was 15, I couldn’t kick a ball 15 meters with my left and maybe 20 with my right. My qualities, technique and vision are not detectable by a computer.” – Johan Cruyff

318. “Playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing there is.” – Johan Cruyff

319. “If I wanted you to understand it, I would have explained it better.” – Johan Cruyff

320. “Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence. If you’re in control, they’re in control.” – Tom Landry

321. “Football is like life. It requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication, and respect for authority.” – Vince Lombardi

322. “Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace.” – Mike Ditka

323. “Self-praise is for losers. Be a winner. Stand for something. Always have class, and be humble.” – John Madden

324. “No one ever drowned in sweat.” – Lou Holtz

325. “Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” – George S. Halas

326. “You cannot make progress with excuses.” – Cam Newton

327. “Success isn’t owned, it’s leased. And rent is due every day.” – J. J. Watt

328. “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” – Jerry Rice

329. “This wasn’t just a shot in the dark – It was an optimistic belief in my teammates.” – Aaron Rodgers

330. “A football coach is a person who is willing to lay down your life for the good of his team.” – Unknown

331. “Playing football in the morning is like eating cabbage for breakfast.” – Unknown

332. “Sometimes, getting up in the morning and brushing your teeth is the hardest part of the day — it all just hurts.” – Tom Brady

333. “If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.” – Erma Bombeck

334. “Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?” – Jim Bouton

335. “The most difficult thing in football is to score a goal.” – Pep Guardiola

336. “The game of football is one of strategy and tactics.” – Woody Hayes

337. “Without football, my life is worth nothing.” – Cristiano Ronaldo

338. “In football as in watchmaking, talent and elegance mean nothing without rigour and precision.” – Lionel Messi

339. “Football is a game you cannot play without making mistakes.” – Jurgen Klopp

340. “You can plan, but what happens on a football field cannot be predicted.” – Manuel Neuer

341. “In football, you win as a group, you lose as a group; you divide the credit and the blame.” – Gianluigi Buffon

342. “The key thing with any football player is, what can he do when he gets on the field.” – Alexander

343. “Football is about sacrifice, dedication, a lot of work, and friendship off the pitch.” – Edinson Cavani

344. “The moral values I’ve learnt in my life I’ve learnt through football.” – Arsene Wenger

345. “Loyalty is a big part of football, and it shows if you are a real man or not.” – Jack Wilshere

346. “Football is my sanctuary. It’s where I go to escape. It’s where I’m most happy.” – Odell Beckham

347. “In football, the good thing is things can change in a second.” – Didier Drogba

348. “I ain’t got nothing to say. I just wanna play football.” – Marshawn Lynch

349. “Manchester United breathes football.” – Robin Van Persie

350. “What a great day for football, all we need is some green grass and a ball.” – Bill Shankly

351. “I am constantly being asked about individuals. The only way to win is as a team. Football is not about one or two or three star players.” – Pele

352. “I am not a dreamer. I am a football romantic.” – Jurgen Klopp

353. “Go back through football, and you will see that the team with the best defense wins.” – Vince Lombardi

354. “I love football and beer and have a normal girlfriend.” – Josh Duhamel

355. “Playing football helped me a lot. Just reading the quarterback’s eyes and reading receivers, figuring out what they want to do.” – Kawhi Leonard

356. “If you trust in an idea of football, and you trust in the team, it’s important to have a squad with good balance.” – Antonio Conte

357. “I’ve always liked big challenges in football and playing against the best.” – Toni Kroos

358. “Football taught me how hard you had to work to achieve something.” – Kenny Chesney

359. “You’re not going to see my sense of humor on the football field. That’s not a place for me to joke around.” – Tom Brady

360. “Football is about joy. It’s about dribbling. I favour every idea that makes the game beautiful. Every good idea has to last.” – Ronaldinho

361. “There’s two times of year for me: Football season, and waiting for football season.” – Darius Rucker

362. “Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole.” – John F. Kennedy

363. “Sometimes you have tough moments, sometimes good moments, and this is normal in football.” – Dusan Tadic

364. “You need to play with supreme confidence, or else you’ll lose again, and then losing becomes a habit.” – Joe Paterno

365. “Some people try to find things in this game that don’t exist but football is only two things – blocking and tackling.” – Vince Lombardi

366. “When you win, nothing hurts.” – Joe Namath

367. “There is no defense against a perfect pass. I can throw the perfect pass.” – Dan Marino

368. “To play this game (football) you must have fire in you, and there is nothing that strokes fire like hate.” – Vince Lombardi

369. “Football is a game played with arms, legs and shoulders but mostly from the neck up.” – Knute Rockne

370. “Speed is not your fastest, but your slowest man. No back can run faster than his interference.” – Jock Sutherland

371. “Rugby is a beastly game played by gentlemen, soccer is a gentlemen’s game played by beasts and US football is a beastly game played by beasts.” – Henry Blaha

372. “Football, wherein is nothing but beastly fury, and extreme violence, whereof proceedeth hurt, and consequently rancour and malice do remain with them that be wounded.” – Thomas Elyot

373. “Pro football is like nuclear warfare. There are no winners, only survivors.” – Frank Gifford

374. “Football is easy if you’re crazy as hell.” – Bo Jackson

375. “Football isn’t a contact sport; it’s a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.” – Vince Lombardi

376. “Most football players are temperamental. That’s 90 percent temper and 10 percent mental.” – Doug Plank

377. “Football is mesmerizing, because it’s a figurative war. You go in one direction till you get there, but you get there as a team, not as an individual. Players bond whether they’re black or white, much as soldiers do.” – Oliver Stone

378. “I’ve never scored a goal in my life without getting a pass from someone else.” – Abby Wambach

379. “God gives gifts to everyone, some can write, some can dance. He gave me the skill to play football and I am making the most of it.” – Ronaldinho

380. “It’s not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.” – Bear Bryant

381. “Everything is practice.” – Pele

382. “There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits.” – Unknown

383. “Take your victories, whatever they might be, cherish them, use them, but don’t settle for them.” – Mia Hamm

384. “I would rather be called strong than pretty. I would rather be called muscular than skinny. I would rather be called athletic than beautiful. I would rather be called a soccer player than a girl.” – Unknown

385. “Maybe they hate me, because I’m too good.” – Cristiano Ronaldo

386. “I have to keep working hard and playing well because I don’t like to be second or third: they’re the worst places to be. You would be proud, of course, because it means you’re on the way, but you want to finish first.” – Paul Pogba

387. “The players are writing a beautiful page of French football history.” – Didier Deschamps

388. “Only in sport can you live through emotions like this. We knew how to put them in difficulty, we made them run, we prepared well.” – Samuel Umtiti

389. “Tactically, the coach did a perfect job yesterday, so we know we will be fully prepared.” – Antoine Griezmann

390. “I always look forward to playing for my national team, especially at major tournaments.” – Luka Modric

391. “I hope the players benefit from my experience but this is their final. It is something they have worked for and they will be able to enjoy it.” – Didier Deschamps

392. “People in football love to talk about mental strength. Well, I’m the strongest dude you’re ever going to meet. Because I remember sitting in the dark with my brother and my mom, saying our prayers, and thinking, believing, knowing … it’s [success] going to happen.” – Romelu Lukaku

393. “Our country has been through difficult experiences in terms of unity. Sport — football in particular — has the power to help that. It is a special feeling.” – Gareth Southgate

394. “All goalscorers go on droughts. It is how you cope with that. And it is not just about scoring, it is about what you bring to the team, bringing others into play and getting assists.” – Harry Kane

395. “The smartest thing I did is I never gave up.” – Ivan Rakitic

396. “Everything in my life has happened very early, personally and professionally. I’m always learning: I have to.” – Neymar

397. “I kept my promise to myself for a while. But then some days I’d come home from school and find my mum crying. So I finally told her one day, “Mum, it’s gonna change. You’ll see. I’m going to play football for Anderlecht, and it’s going to happen soon. We’ll be good. You won’t have to worry anymore.” – Romelu Lukaku

398. “Since the beginning of the competition he has got it right, and I hope it will be the same for the final.” – Antoine Griezmann

399. “The questions around us principally come down to character; the essential ability to withstand events that go against you.” – Gareth Southgate

400. “I have to be scoring goals and playing well to get in the team because, if not, others who are in better form will play.” – Diego Costa

401. “I’m going to remember to have fun this time. Life is too short for the stress and the drama.” – Romelu Lukaku

402. “Outside football, I just love life, you know. We’re lucky to play football, to have all this body. Everyone’s watching us. You see how many people, they come and watch the game. It’s unbelievable, you see how many people they come. They shout your name and just enjoy life.” – Paul Pogba

403. “If you weren’t with me when I had nothing, then you can’t really understand me.” – Romelu Lukaku

404. “Take the risk, or lose the chance.” – Eden Hazard

405. “I never tried to hide the fact that my only goal is to be the best.” – Cristiano Ronaldo

406. “I’ve always been working hard on my speed for the last few years. Obviously, I’m not slow, but as a striker, the more speed you have, the better you are.” – Harry Kane

407. “That’s the mentality – don’t just play it, win it.” – Luis Suarez

408. “I want to win and always have done since I was small. I don’t know if it’s in my blood or just my personality.” – Diego Costa

409. “But it’s cool. Those people weren’t with me when we were pouring water in our cereal.” – Romelu Lukaku

410. “I worry when I can’t help the team with everything I have to offer.” – Luis Suarez

411. “There are more important things in life than winning or losing a game.” – Lionel Messi

412. “Like Zidane, I want to inspire the kids.” – Eden Hazard

413. “It is a unique and special feeling when the fans sing my name. It’s incredible when I hear the song, and it’s touching that there are people who connect with you.” – Philippe Coutinho

414. “Life is like a game of soccer. You need goals. If there are no goals in your life then you can’t win.” – Unknown

415. “Everything I know about morality and the obligations of men, I owe it to football (soccer).” – Albert Camus

416. “The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.” – Pelé

417. “I just hate losing and that gives you an extra determination to work harder.” – Wayne Rooney

418. “The first 90 minutes are the most important.” – Sir Robert William

419. “When good soccer happens, I give thanks for the miracle and I don’t give a damn which team or country performs it.” – Eduardo Galeano

420. “I once cried because I had no shoes to play soccer, but one day, I met a man who had no feet.” – Zinedine Zidane

421. “Soccer is not just about scoring goals. It’s about winning.” – Unknown

422. “I don’t have time for hobbies. At the end of the day, I treat my job as a hobby. It’s something I love doing.” – David Beckham

423. “It is not just about the money, it is about what you achieve on the pitch.” – Ronaldinho

424. “Soccer is an art more central to our culture than anything the Arts Council deigns to recognize.” – Germaine Greer

425. “When people succeed, it is because of hard work. Luck has nothing to do with success.” – Diego Maradona

426. “If you’re attacking, you don’t get as tired as when you’re chasing.” – Kyle Rote

427. “Something deep in my character allows me to take the hits, and get on with trying to win.” – Lionel Messi

428. “I learned a long time ago that there is something worse than missing the goal, and that’s not pulling the trigger.” – Mia Hamm

429. “There’s no in-between – you’re either good or bad. We were in-between.” – Gary Linekar

430. “If you’re not sweating, you’re not working hard enough.” – Alex Morgan

431. “I would not be bothered if we lost every game as long as we won the league.” – Mark Viduka

432. “Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.” – Mia Hamm

433. “I took a whack on my left ankle, but something told me it was my right.” – Lee Hendrie

434. “Those who say it can’t be done, shouldn’t interfere with those who are doing it.” – Billy Eberhart

435. “You’ve got to believe you’re going to win, and I believe we’ll win the World Cup until the final whistle blows and we’re knocked out.” – Peter Shilton

436. “Soccer is not about justice. It’s a drama, and criminally wrong decisions against you are part and parcel of that.” – Pete Davies

437. “The trouble with referees is that they know the rules, but they do not know the game.” – Bill Shankly

438. “Some people tell me that professional players are soccer slaves. Well, if this is slavery, give me a life sentence.” – Bobby Charlton

439. “A good football coach needs a patient wife, a loyal dog, and a great quarterback – but not necessarily in that order.” – Bud Grant

440. “I can’t believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary.” – Lou Holtz

441. “You have to play this game like somebody just hit your mother with a two-by-four.” – Dan Birdwell

442. “Our goal was to win, to win a Super Bowl, but also to win in the right way, to be role models to our community, to represent Indianapolis, the state of Indiana, and the National Football League.” – Tony Dungy

443. “Summing up my football career: I got into a few games after they were hopelessly won or hopelessly lost. You know, when they put the substitutes in, the water boy, and then me. That is the way it worked.” – Richard Nixon

444. “When you want to win a game, you have to teach. When you lose a game, you have to learn.” – Tom Landry

445. “So what if we won ugly?” – Bill Cowher

446. “I want to be remembered as the guy who gave his all whenever he was on the field.” – Walter Payton

447. “Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.” – Paul

448. “Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a person as if he were where he could be and should be, and he will become what he could be and should be.” – Jimmy

449. “Without black players there would be no National Football League. And the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence inequality and oppression of black players, coaches, fans and staff.” – Roger Goodell

450. “Energy is everything, in life, in football and in sports.” – Mikel Arteta

451. “I’m too feminine for this game!” – Charles M. Schulz

452. “Football is a game of skill, we kicked them a bit and they kicked us a bit.” – Graham Roberts

453. “When it’s football season, I’m all football.” – Hayden Fry

454. “February is always a bad month for TV sports. Football is gone, basketball is plodding along in the annual midseason doldrums, and baseball is not even mentioned.” – Hunter S. Thompson

455. “Now we’ve got a little daughter; me and the missus won’t talk about football as much.” – Harry Kane

456. “I think professional sports, football, to use it as an example, it’s fundamentally a form of entertainment.” – Gregg Easterbrook

457. “English football is really different to football in other countries.” – Henrikh Mkhitaryan

458. “No, I’m not a lager lout either. I think you have to be a massive football fan to be a lager lout.” – Hugh Dancy

459. “Nixon was a bad loser. He hated losing worse than death, and that is why I enjoyed him. We were both football fans, both addicts; and on some days, nothing else mattered.” – Hunter S. Thompson

460. “From my point of view what I have to do now is appreciate and enjoy what football gave me, but now do something else with the same energy and enthusiasm I gave to football without expecting the same results.” – Graeme Le Saux

461. “Maybe if I was born in Kosovo, I might not be where I am now, so I need to thank Switzerland, of course, because I went to school there, learnt to play football there, and started my career there.” – Granit Xhaka

462. “I want to be a great player. I don’t want to play for the money. I don’t want to play for fame. I’d just as soon no one knew who I was. I want to play football because it’s football.” – Gaines Adams

463. “I was very into football in my early teens and spent six months with Aston Villa, but I never really got further than having trials. I’m also into ice hockey.” – Greg Rutherford

464. “Football needs its roots, it needs its connection with the supporters. But those in charge seem to think they can do without them. – Graham Taylor

465. “The positions I played in football, being a quarterback and a defensive back, you had to kind of have a little independent thinking.” – Hale Irwin

466. “I actually like football a great deal.” – H. G. Bissinger

467. “There’s definitely football in the blood, but my body made my decision for me that I was going to be an Olympic athlete instead.” – Greg Rutherford

468. “The whole object of the players’ association is to try and make sure that any individual is able to capitalise on his ability, particularly in football, which is a very short career.” – Gordon Taylor

469. “It was definitely not the salary that made me join Manchester United; I went for football reasons – for the history of the club, the league, the fans, and the coach because he is one of the best in the world.” – Henrikh Mkhitaryan

470. “There is always room for losers in the football business. They are the mother’s milk of gambling, and why not? Somebody has to do it, or there won’t be any winners.” – Hunter S. Thompson

471. “I played football and ran track in junior high, but by high school I was getting serious about my studies.” – George Smoot

472. “What’s important is Welsh football and that it progresses.” – Gary Speed

473. “There are the medical dangers of football in general caused by head trauma over repetitive hits.” – H. G. Bissinger

474. “The most dangerous area is the centre, which has to be either attacked or defended in football, and it’s the same in chess.” – Henrikh Mkhitaryan

475. “It was actually a very nice little book done by a gift book company. They illustrated it with pictures from 1920s football, before there were face guards.” – Gregg Easterbrook

476. “A lot of people say second seasons are harder than the first because people are now expecting you to do stuff, so yes, that’s down to me to work hard and try and improve and, like I say, just letting my football do the talking.” – Harry Kane

477. “My father was raised with brothers, he was a football player and a boxer, he was a chief petty officer in the Navy, he was a man of his times. – Hillary Clinton

478. “I was just different. When the other kids gravitated to football or basketball, I went fishing and skating. I was into trapping animals, pheasants and squirrels. Not only was I trapper, I was a taxidermist.” – Gene Pitney

479. “Watching all the football over the weekend – and having to wait until Monday night to play – gets you ready, gets you firing.” – Harry Kane

480. “Football is at least as ‘gay’ as rugby, Greco-Roman wrestling and the film ‘300.” – Henry Rollins

481. “I was set to go to Oregon to play college baseball and football.” – Harmon Killebrew

482. “It took me 35 years of being involved at a decent level of football to become manager at a great club like Celtic.” – Gordon Strachan

483. “I’m working seven days a week in the fall. I couldn’t possibly keep that up. This is only for the fall. In the last couple of years I’ve tended to do most of my serious writing in the winter, when there’s nothing going on with football.” – Gregg Easterbrook

484. “I think the concept of seeking fame and fortune in women’s football in the States is a bit idyllic.” – Hope Solo

485. “Football shape is one thing, and then ‘futbol’ shape is a completely other thing. It’s a whole other level of fitness that you have to work to maintain.” – Gabriel Luna

486. “If people feel 4-4-2 is the way forward in international football, they’ll have to wait until I’m out of a job.” – Glenn Hoddle

487. “My dream, I remember, when I went to boarding school, was to have a study all my own, a little nook someplace where nobody could get at me – nobody, like the football coach.” – Harry Mathews

488. “But my biggest passion is football.” – Greg Akcelrod

489. “Arsenal were really interested in me for a long time, and I think that I fit into the football Arsenal play.” – Granit Xhaka

490. “In football, you have to grow up quickly, and you’re generally more mature than other people your age.” – Harry Kane

491. “Manchester United are not just any football club.” – Henrikh Mkhitaryan

492. “Everybody makes mistakes, but when goalkeepers make them, it is costly. That’s the nature of being a goalkeeper.” – Gary

493. “I couldn’t settle in Italy. It was like living in a foreign country.” – Ian Rush

494. “There’s no better feeling than stepping out on the field and stunning them all by doing what none of them thought you could do.” – Ashlyn Harris

495. “It’s that tingle in my stomach, that lump in my throat, and that smile on my face that tell me I am part of an incredible team.” – Kristine Lilly

496. “It’s about standing up and being counted and saying you’re proud of who you are.” – Megan Rapinoe

497. “Well, actually, we got the winner up there with three minutes to go, but then they equalized.” – Ian McNeill

498. “I’m a football guy at heart; maybe I should have played football for a living instead, because I play a lot of football video games, I’m really into them.” – Jason Kidd

500. “People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society. Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi

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