World Football

The Week in Quotes

(EDITORS NOTE: A special effects camera filter was used for this image and Image has been converted to black and white.) Josep Guardiola, head coach of Muenchen looks on
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"I loathe all that passing for the sake of it, all that tiki-taka. It's so much rubbish and has no purpose. You have to pass the ball with a clear intention, with the aim of making it into the opposition's goal. You need to dig into your own DNA. I hate tiki-taka. Barça didn't do tiki-taka. In all team sports, the secret is to overload one side of the pitch so that the opponent must tilt its own defence to cope. You overload on one side and draw them in so that they leave the other side weak. And then you attack and score from the other side. That's why you have to pass the ball, but only if you're doing it with a clear intention. It's only to overload the opponent, to draw them in and then to hit them with the sucker-punch. That's what our game needs to be about. Nothing to do with tiki-taka."
Pep Guardiola


"Tevez has reached the level Zidane was at while at Juventus. He is so unique. There is no phenomenon like him.”
Marcello Lippi


"Kurzawa is a moron. You've got to wonder where his brain is."
Raymond Domenech on Layvin Kurzawa, who celebrated a late goal he thought would qualify France for the UEFA European U-21 Championship by aggressively mocking the Sweden players, only for Oscar Lewicki to score an even later goal which eliminated Les Bleuets


“I think he's done. Of course he has a great record but he’s 67 years old now. His ideas now are old-fashioned.”
*Ronald de Boer on Guus Hiddink*

“He had the flu, so we gave him more freedom. Usually he has to attack and come back into midfield and mark, but today he stayed up front. So the flu helped him score four goals!”
*Dunga explains Neymar’s performance against Japan*


“Real men, if they have something to say, then they come to you and say it to your face.  He went and said bad things about me to the newspapers.”
*Mario Balotelli on Cesare Prandelli*


"We talked about continuing to play properly and showing respect. Everybody in the team took that attitude for the second half. We didn’t want to showboat or take the mickey out of the opposition. If it ended in a bigger margin of victory, then that wasn’t all we wanted. We aimed to show respect to the opposition and the fans."
*Philipp Lahm on delivering a half-time chat, with Germany 5-0 up, en route to a 7-1 win over hosts Brazil in their FIFA World Cup™ semi-final*


It's like Zidane for [France] – there will never be another. Ronaldo’s an incredible player. He’s a goalscoring machine."
Jose Mourinho


Our football is long dead and gone.”
*Jay-Jay Okocha on Nigerian football*


“I'm going to do all I can to win even more [individual] trophies. My aim is to become the best player in the world."
Paul Pogba **

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"Kuyt on the left, Kuyt on the right, Kuyt up front and at the back. Little change but now from Istanbul. Good luck guys!"
Dirk Kuyt, who recently announced his international retirement, while watching Netherlands-Kazakhstan

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