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The most memorable football quotes, ever.

Gary Lineker - "Football is a simple game: 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win".

Gary summing up England's approach to an international football tournament every two years.

 

Hugo Sanchez - "Whoever invented football should be worshipped as a god".

The great mexican goalscorer setting the record straight.

 

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

The great Liverpool manager putting his priorities right.

 

Eduardo Galleano - "In his life, man can change wives, political parties or religions, but he cannot change his favourite football team".

So true, Eduardo.

 

Eric Cantona - "When Seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea".

I could re-read this quote from Eric, 20 times over and still not have a clue what Eric's on about.

 

Alan Hansen - "You don't win anything with Kids".

Alan Hansen was pretty confident on match of the day, stating that this crop of youngsters wouldn't win anything this season. Anyone know what happened to that class of '92 at all?...

 

Kevin Keegan - "I will love it if we beat them, love it".

Amid the title chase between Newcastle and Manchester United during the mid nineties, Kevin got a little flustered when asked about sir Alex and his team. They didn't beat them, they came second.

 

Alex Ferguson - "Football, bloody hell".

 

When asked by Clive Tydsley after the dramatic 1999 champions league win, Fergie simply responds in a subtly brilliant manner, summing up emotions during football to an absolute tee.

 

Johan Cruyff - "Football is a game of mistakes. Whoever makes the fewest mistakes win".

I suppose he has a point.

 

Jose Mourinho - "Please don't call me arrogant, but I'm European Champion and I think I'm a special one".

Jose clarifying just how good Jose is, in the most humble way Jose knows.

 

Brian Clough - "I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one".

The late, great Cloughie summing up his career as a pretty decent manager.