John Napier's Favorite Quotes From Soccer Personalities
Every once in a while it is wonderful to remember how other's said it best:
•The person that says winning isn’t everything, has never won anything.
Mia Hamm (US women’s soccer legend)
•Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.
•Every single day I woke up and committed myself to become a better player.
•When I go to a press conference before a game, in my mind the game has already started.
Jose Mourinho (Real Madrid Coach)
•You can have the top stars to bring the attention, you can have the best stadium, you can have the best facilities, and you can have the most beautiful project in terms of marketing and all this kind of thing. But if you don’t win…..All the work these people are doing is forgotten.
•The vision of a champion is someone bent over, drenched in sweat, to a point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching.
Anson Dorrance (North Carolina Women’s Coach)
•Who ever invented soccer should be worshipped as a God.
Hugo Sanchez (Famous former Mexican International)
•Some people believe soccer 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 (Famous Liverpool manager)
•If you are first you are first, if you are second you are nothing.
•Soccer is a simple game based on giving and taking of passes, of controlling the ball, and of making yourself available to receive a pass. It is terribly simple!
•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 (Brazilian International one of the greatest ever to play the game)
•Everything is practice, practice, practice.
•The greatest advantage of soccer is that it is not as discriminating as basketball or volleyball. There are no limitations when it comes to physique, and it all comes down to individual soccer skills. How much soccer training is needed to become a top player? It depends on the efficiency of your training routine. Setting long and short-term goals is a must. When planning out a soccer regime, one must strive for realistic and consistent program that will diminish specific weaknesses. Broad versatility of soccer skills is the nirvana of every dedicated trainee.
•Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.
Roy Keane (Former Manchester United and Irish star)
•“We are Manchester United” we will keep fighting to the end” that is what we do!
•The goalkeeper is the jewel in the crown, and getting to him should be almost impossible. It’s the biggest sin in soccer to make him do any work.
George Graham (Former Arsenal manager and Scottish International)
•Soccer is simple, but the hardest thing to do is playing simple soccer.
Johan Cruyff (Former great Dutch International and Barcelona manager)
•Every disadvantage has got its advantage.
•The most important thing for a forward is speed of thought. Top players read the game.
Eto (Current Inter Milan star forward)
•“I have the chance to do for a living what I like the most in my life, and that’s playing soccer. I can make people happy and enjoy myself at the same time”
Ronaldinho (Brazilian International, former Barcelona and AC Milan star)
•"I spent a lot of time training at Gremio. After training I went to play futsal. After that I’d play with my friends in the streets and when I got home I played with my brother. My life is football and always has been."
•Players taught to watch the man with the ball, leaves them totally unprepared for the next move, which is always dictated by a player without the ball.
Tommy Docherty (Former Scottish International and Manchester United Manager)
•You will go through tough times; it’s about getting through them.
David Beckham (England and LA Galaxy star player)
•“I would love to have Brooklyn christened but I am not sure what religion yet”
•"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 at my feet. In Brazil, every kid starts playing street football very early. It’s in our blood."
Ronaldo (Former great Brazilian and Barcelona forward)
•Pele called me the greatest footballer in the world, which is the ultimate salute to my life.
George Best (Former great Manchester United and Irish player)
•“David Beckman can’t kick with his left foot, he can’t head a ball, and he can’t tackle and doesn’t score many goals. Apart from that he’s alright”
•Some people tell me that we professional players are soccer slaves. Well, if this is slavery, give me a life sentence.
Sir Bobby Charlton (Former England and Manchester United great)
•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 (US women’s goalkeeper)
•“The philosophy of a lot of European teams, even in home matches, is not to give a goal away.”
Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United manager)
•“I was always taught as a kid if you do something, do it right. If not, go do something else. For me, soccer was life.”
Marcelo Balboa (Former US National player)
•“The trouble with today’s soccer players is they have too many distractions. We used to get our old players coming to watch training with soccer magazines in their hands. Now, more often than not, they are checking the share prices”
Franz Beckenbauer (The greatest German player of all time)
•“God makes me play well. That is why I always make the sign of the cross when I walk onto the field. I feel I would betraying him if I didn’t.
Maradona (The former Argentina super star)
•“I was, I am and always be a drug addict. A person who gets involved in drugs has to fight it every day”
•“I am a rock star because I could not be a soccer star.”
Rod Stewart (World wide singing artist-want to be soccer star)
•“There is no crying in soccer. But whether you win or lose, the sun is still going to come up the next day and you’re still going to be able to play soccer.”
Kristine Lilly (Former US women’s National team player)
•“Most of us are in this more than just for playing soccer. We're in it for the bigger goal? To move it along for the next generation.”
Landon Donovan (U.S. National and LA Galaxy player)
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