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  When I played pro football, I never set out to hurt anyone deliberately - unless it was, you know, important, like a league game or something.  
 -  Dick Butkus
  

  It was an ideal day for football - too cold for the spectators and too cold for the players  
 -  Red Smith
  

  It's the name on the front of the jersey that matters most, not the one on the back.  
 -  Joe Paterno
  

  Things are neither clear nor clean in the world of football right now and many people recognise this reality.  
 -  Diego Maradona
  

  I may be a successful football player, but I feel like such a failure.  
 -  Brett Favre
  

  I can't believe I survived, not only my life, but I am still playing football 'cause half of those eight or nine years I don't even remember.  
 -  Brett Favre
  

  If you grew up in a household with a football coach who looks like a drill sergeant, you would think you would be tough.  
 -  Brett Favre
  

  But when you lose a family member or something tragic happens, that stays with you forever. You never get over it. Knowing that you have to deal with that for the rest of your life... Football is important, but not as important as you once thought it was.  
 -  Brett Favre
  

  In this case, I realize that, unlike when I was 22 years old, I realize now that football will not go on forever, it is a small part of your life.  
 -  Brett Favre
  

  In spite of reports about playing with various teams, I'm enjoying retirement with my family and have no plans to play football.  
 -  Brett Favre
  

  Well family is obviously the most important. There was a time when I thought football was the most important.  
 -  Brett Favre
  

  I want to play for Arsenal. When you see football all around the world, you see very few teams who play the way that we play. I just enjoy it. I feel it is my home now.  
 -  Cesc Fabregas
  

  Football management is such a pressurised thing - horseracing is a release. I'm also learning to play the piano - I'm quite determined - it's another release from the pressure of my job.  
 -  Alex Ferguson
  

  In life, as in football, you won't go far unless you know where the goalposts are.  
 -  William E. Gladstone
  

  You are responsible to each other because when you win a game of football, you only need eight players to perform well.  
 -  Alex Ferguson
  

  I look at athletes in all sports and try to picture what kind of football player they'd be, what position they'd play and so on.  
 -  Lou Holtz
  

  In England, it's a rare thing to see a player smoking but, all in all, I prefer that to an alcoholic. The relationship with alcohol is a real problem in English football and, in the short term, it's much more harmful to a sportsman. It weakens the body, which becomes more susceptible to injury.  
 -  Alex Ferguson
  

  I've learnt and I just want to be respected for what I've achieved on the pitch. I know I haven't achieved much off it but I do know I've given pleasure to people watching me play football over the years.  
 -  Paul Gascoigne
  

  I am going to continue and bring this club forward. I am Paul Gascoigne the footballer.  
 -  Paul Gascoigne
  

  I played football in high school, I played baseball when I was younger, things like that, but I think it was the passion I had for track where you want to do an individual sport and be the best, I think - there's nothing that can replace that.  
 -  Tyson Gay
  

  Well, football is a hard game; there's no denying it. It's a game that can bring out the worst in you, at times.  
 -  Alex Ferguson
  

  As a kid, there are some things you looked forward to. You looked forward to Charlie Brown during Halloween and you looked forward to Monday Night Football.  
 -  Nick Ferguson
  

  Sometimes in football you have to hold your hand up and say, yeah, they're better than us.  
 -  Alex Ferguson
  

  No matter how much money you have or what kind of cocoon you live in, the reality is that you have lost a game of football and let England's fans down. We are bothered.  
 -  Rio Ferdinand
  

  If we had a starting XI that no one could argue about it wouldn't say a lot for English football. We'd probably be on a downward spiral. It's good that people have different ideas about who should play.  
 -  Rio Ferdinand
  

  I am Maradona, who makes goals, who makes mistakes. I can take it all, I have shoulders big enough to fight with everybody.  
 -  Diego Maradona
  

  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.  
 -  Michael East
  

  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.  
 -  Michael East
  

  I think professional sports, football, to use it as an example, it's fundamentally a form of entertainment.  
 -  Michael East
  

  I first discovered my turn of pace when I was playing football as a kid.  
 -  Michael East
  

  We have got a problem winning games in the league. We have to educate ourselves and maybe we have to not play the lovely football that we have been.  
 -  Kenny Dalglish
  

  It has been an honor and a privilege to have had the chance to come back to Liverpool Football Club as manager.  
 -  Kenny Dalglish
  

  I am absolutely delighted to get back into football with Livingston.  
 -  Kenny Dalglish
  

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

  Pele is the greatest player in football history, and there would only be one Pele in the world.  
 -  Ronaldo
  

  It is marvellous for us all. I have said that after all I have suffered, every time I walk into a ground to play is a victory for me, so this is just wonderful.  
 -  Ronaldo
  

  I've never timed myself over 100m, but I have done a test over shorter distances, 20m or 30m, with and without the ball. What's strange is that I'm faster with the ball than without it. Some people are born for distance running and others for sprint  
 -  Ronaldo
  

  The certainty that our football, the football of Spain, is recognised, that's very important to us - perhaps more important than the successes and the joy that you can create. Football hasn't always been appreciated, and luckily our football is appreciated now, at all levels of society.  
 -  Vicente del Bosque
  

  I just wanted to defend football, which is not always easy to do. Those of us who have been in the sport so many years now realise we must protect it and look after it. I was speaking about football, what it means. It is our profession, it has been our lives, and we must take care of it a little.  
 -  Vicente del Bosque
  

  Sometimes people say that coach is a winner, but everyone wants to win. You must know how to behave in victory and in defeat, to look after what is our sport, football.  
 -  Vicente del Bosque
  

  As with Cesc Fabregas, some players who go and play for foreign clubs improve on a cultural level. It makes them grow on many levels; intellectually, because you have to learn a new language and adapt to another culture, and on a footballing level too.  
 -  Vicente del Bosque
  

  Leadership must be likeable, affable, cordial, and above all emotional. The fashion of authoritarian leadership is gone. Football is about life. You can't be angry all day.  
 -  Vicente del Bosque
  

  Football has an important role to play in society. Players should have a sense of social responsibility, have a moral dimension to them which shows up in good conduct.  
 -  Vicente del Bosque
  

  We must look after football and to do what it is necessary to bring to the game the best ethical values and personal behaviour.  
 -  Vicente del Bosque
  

  If you have only one passion in life - football - and you pursue it to the exclusion of everything else, it becomes very dangerous. When you stop doing this activity it is as though you are dying. The death of that activity is a death in itself.  
 -  Eric Cantona
  

  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
  

  The real fans of football come from the working class. Now they cannot afford to come and watch the game.  
 -  Eric Cantona
  

  When you arrive in England for football it's a paradise.  
 -  Eric Cantona
  

  I stopped playing football because I'd done as much as I could. I needed something which was going to excite me as much as football had excited me.  
 -  Eric Cantona
  

  I started beach football in Monte Carlo when I retired from football in 1997. I liked the game very much.  
 -  Eric Cantona
  

  Football lost its excitement for me.  
 -  Eric Cantona
  

  Even as a footballer, I was always being creative.  
 -  Eric Cantona
  

  Being on stage isn't so tough compared to the football pitch.  
 -  Eric Cantona
  

  Actually, I wanted to act even when I was still playing football.  
 -  Eric Cantona
  

  At the moment there are some England players who are the stars of their club teams, but not for their country. It's difficult to explain.  
 -  Diego Maradona
  

  If you don't want to play clean football then go up into the stands.  
 -  Diego Maradona
  

  I have 23 top players and they are all ready to put on the jersey and work on the pitch and that makes you happy and then you have peace of mind.  
 -  Diego Maradona
  

  I certainly have an advantage over some because I can pass on so much from the World Cups I played in.  
 -  Diego Maradona
  

  Many people agree with me that many things are not clear in football these days and it is not something people who watch football deserve. The situation will be the same while football is run by people who do not understand football.  
 -  Diego Maradona
  

  To see my country lose a football match is very hard for someone who has worn the shirt.  
 -  Diego Maradona
  

  Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch; nay, you may kick it about all day, like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.  
 -  Mark Twain
  

  Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it's much more serious than that.  
 -  Bill Shankly
  

  I suppose it's natural that people talk about the coincidences with Pele's career. But before everyone gets carried away let's see if I have anything like the talent, shall we?  
 -  Ronaldo
  

  I don't consider myself as the best player in the world. I'm not obsessed with individual titles. I'm much more interested in being part of a team which wins trophies.  
 -  Ronaldo
  

  There are hundreds of Beckhams playing football all over the world.  
 -  Diego Maradona
  

  Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it's so incredible, it's unbelievable.  
 -  Tom Landry
  

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

  Football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.  
 -  Vince Lombardi
  

  I love football, football is my life.  
 -  Wayne Rooney
  

  Football players, like prostitutes, are in the business of ruining their bodies for the pleasure of strangers.  
 -  Merle Kessler
  

  Football is easy if you're crazy as hell  
 -  Bo Jackson
  

  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
  

  Every time I went away I was deceiving my mum. I'd tell her I was going to school but I'd be out on the street playing football. I always had a ball on my feet.  
 -  Ronaldo