"There was a match where he came to me in the dressing room and started to tell me off, but calling me Rafael! He still gets us confused, but it doesn't matter. Sir Alex knows everything about football and he loves the Brazilian style. He is crazy about Cafu, our idol."
Fabio on getting an undeserved scolding from his Manchester United manager

“To be able to play under Mourinho is like bringing up six numbers in the lottery.”
Nuri Sahin, Real Madrid’s new signing

"Roy of the Rovers lives on! It's the sort of thing you'd read in a magazine: you're down to ten men and he gets it in his own box, gets past three players, benefits from a few ricochets, the keeper gets a hand on it and it spins in off a post.”
David Moyes after Jermaine Beckford’s bizarre goal earned Everton a 1-0 win over Chelsea

“I kept my pledge, but I really am a terrible dancer! As a coach I am one of many and I won’t complain about that, but nobody can beat me at cycling mountain ranges in the over-50 class. I have to say that I am the best at that!”
Francesco Guidolin, an aspiring professional cyclist as a teenager, after realising his promise of dancing on a platform – albeit awkwardly - at the Stadio Friuli if his Udinese side qualified for the UEFA Champions League

"Every year, you play to win trophies. That is the culture at Manchester United. You have the guarantee of winning something here. I have been at the club for five years now and I do not even remember how many trophies I have won: 13, 15? ‘Little Prince’ [Samir Nasri's nickname], if you want to become the king, you know where you have to go."
Patrice Evra

“I would be lying if I said Brazil [2014] isn't part of my plans. I am feeling great. Why not? My age seems more of an issue in Australia. It is not brought up over here [in England]. People look at the likes of Edwin van der Sar and Brad Friedel - they are both 40 and still at the top of their game. If I had listened to some people in Australia, I would have retired four years ago from the national team. Once you are retired, that's it. Playing is such an amazing experience and I want to make the most of it.”
Mark Schwarzer, who will be less than four months shy of his 42nd birthday when the next FIFA World Cup™ kicks off

"Technically he has everything, but this is not enough to be the best in the world. Messi, Ronaldo and Iniesta work hard every day so they can always be the best. He can reach those levels.”
Roberto Mancini on Mario Balotelli

“When I saw my name on the [Brazil squad] list, I almost died of happiness. I’m behind Ganso and Neymar right now, but my biggest dream is to one day become the best player in the world, though for this to happen I have a lot of hurdles to clear.”
Lucas of Sao Paulo

“There’s a real excitement about taking part in another final, and facing a team of the calibre of Manchester United in an arena as mythical as Wembley. Although we could never claim Wembley as our own, it’s still a stadium that is closely linked to the history of our club.”
Andoni Zubizarreta to FIFA.com

“It was easy enough for me to make the transition to coaching, because as a player, I was very much the coach’s right-hand man on the field. There was coaching blood in my veins even then.”
Lothar Matthaus to FIFA.com

“I have not come to bid farewell to our legend. Hejazi will remain alive in our hearts and minds forever. I learned many invaluable life lessons from Hejazi that I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
Ali Daei at the funeral of Iranian legend Nasser Hejazi

“I was in Zadar when I received information about John, so I jumped in my car and did 100 miles to see him. I felt it was very important because I will never forget how wonderful all the fans were when I was at Derby County and how many times they travelled to support us.”
Igor Stimac on what he did when he received a message saying a supporter of his former club had taken ill while holidaying in Croatia

“I’ll be in Wembley to watch Barça-Manchester. You can’t miss it. I’ll go with my young brother, Christian Karembeu and Youri Djorkaeff. I really hope Barcelona win. I am a big fan of this team. I went already to the final in 2009, as Titi [Thierry Henry] was on the pitch.”
Tony Parker, NBA superstar

“I love Pastore like a son and remember when he first arrived here that his shoes were too tight. I drove him to the store and together we chose better trainers. That’s when he realised the human qualities of his president.”
Maurizio Zamparini