Monday, July 27, 2009

Thoughts For The Week: Football

Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban FIFA 2010 World Cup venue.

Football !!!!!

Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.
Bill Shankly / English soccer manager.

Football's a difficult business and aren't they prima donnas. But it's a wonderful game.
Queen Elizabeth II / To Premier League Chairman David Richards, November 2006.

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 / Brazilian soccer player.

To say that these men paid their shillings to watch twenty-two hirelings kick a ball is merely to say that a violin is wood and catgut, that Hamlet is so much paper and ink.
J. B. Priestley

In football everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team.
Jean Paul Sartre / French philosopher.

I fell in love with football as I would later fall in love with women: suddenly, uncritically, giving no thought to the pain it would bring.
Nick Hornby

I loathed the game, and since I could see no pleasure or usefulness in it, it was very difficult for me to show courage at it. Football, it seemed to me, is not really played for the pleasure of kicking a ball about, but is a species of fighting.
George Orwell / English writer.

The goalkeeper is the jewel in the crown and getting at him should be almost impossible. It's the biggest sin in football to make him do any work.
George Graham / Scottish soccer player and manager.

Some people tell me that we professional players are soccer slaves. Well, if this is slavery, give me a life sentence.
Bobby Charlton /English soccer player and 1966 World Cup winner.

In Latin America the border between soccer and politics is vague. There is a long list of governments that have fallen or been overthrown after the defeat of the national team.
Luis Suarez / Spanish soccer player.

At a football club, there's a holy trinity the players, the manager and the supporters. Directors don't come into it. They are only there to sign the checks.
Bill Shankly / English soccer manager.

When I go to the press conference before the game, in my mind the game has already started.
Jose Mourinho / former Chelsea manager.

Compiled by Michelle Govender
Association Minute Secretary


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