"If we are playing in Brazil there is no other way: we have to win the World Cup. I am not afraid to say that because that is the message I want my players to understand. Brazil are going to win."
Luiz Felipe Scolari on next year’s FIFA World Cup

"I would have loved to have played with him. He reminds me of Robert Pires. He will share the ball. He can find a guy who is quick, a target striker. He can play any type of ball. He has the thing you want from a midfielder: he has time. It seems like he is playing on his own in his garden.”
Thierry Henry on Mesut Ozil

"He was sick. He thinks he ate too much, and he had to get his stomach pumped."
David Moyes’ unusual explanation for Shinji Kagawa’s absence from the Manchester United team

“It was always a dream of mine to score a goal at a World Cup. Now my name is in the scoring charts. I will remember this moment for the rest of my life... Even when you suffer a setback, you must hold on to your dreams. Only then will they come true.”
Auckland City’s Roy Krishna on becoming the first Fijian to score at a FIFA world finals

"I did everything within the written laws to try to get him to Paris.”
Former PSG sporting director Leonardo on his attempts to sign Cristiano Ronaldo

"He doesn't move a lot - but his passing! You think he is going to pass here and he passes there instead. He does the same as Ronaldinho. You think he's going to do one thing and he does something completely different. He changes. Ronaldinho was the best player but I think their style is similar.”
Sandro on facing up to Philippe Coutinho this weekend

"I started it. I was cool, I was really calm, I was smiling at him - and then he lost it. When we played at Old Trafford, his (Gary Neville's) tackling was flying on Robert Pires and he was doing it on purpose. I said, 'Listen, we are not at Old Trafford here, this is Highbury. If you touch Robert, I will come after you'."
Patrick Vieira on the root of his legendary tunnel bust-up with Roy Keane

"Stuff like that almost insults me. I get offended when people give quotes like that about me. It's like praising the postman for delivering letters."
Keane on Sir Alex Ferguson’s comment that he "covered every blade of grass" against Juventus in the 1999 UEFA Champions League semi-final

"He is not only a champion, he is a genius of football. He invents things. Look at his back-heeled goal against Bastia; maybe other players are capable but only one person in the world thinks it."
Marco Verratti on PSG team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic

“I had trials as a goalkeeper when I was 13, but as I was 4ft 8ins so I kept on getting lobbed all the time. I love playing, but I think music was always my more obvious calling... although if Plymouth ever need a player I'd be happy to oblige!”
Chris Wood, Bastille drummer and fanatical Plymouth Argyle supporter, tells FIFA.com about his football past

"The game was like this: Galatasaray with the ball, penguin passes to penguin, who launches it to penguin (LOL). Too much snooow!"
Felipe Melo reflects on twitter about the initial abandoned UEFA Champions League match between Galatasaray and Juventus