World Football

The Week in Quotes

Megan Rapinoe #15 of the United States high fives Abby Wambach #20 after Wambach scored a goal
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"I've written to Father Christmas to ask for a striker. But what I really want over the transfer window is for Michy to score lots of goals."*
Marseille coach *Michelon his side's lack of scoring threats beyond 22-year-old Belgian Michy Batshuayi

"The first thing we had to do before we started training was to clear away all the cow pats because there were cattle grazing there. It helped us warm up. A lot of the girls told their families they were going to play basketball because their parents wouldn’t have let them play football. I never had any problems, though."*
Pioneer *Maria Elena Valverde on the first women's football team formed in the entire CONCACAF region in 1949

"I can only advise the fans to criticise the manager and not the players. It's very difficult to play for Manchester United with a lot of pressure and when it is also that you can taste that at Old Trafford because of all the yelling then it's not good for all my players. It's better to whistle at the manager. I can cope with it because I have had a lot of experience in it as my life as a manager."*
*Manchester United manager *Louis van Gaal *on criticism from home fans for lack of goals

"There's a fearless spirit that is ingrained in American women's soccer that we all owe to Abby Wambach."*
USA midfielder *Megan Rapinoe *on Abby Wambach in The Players' Tribune, who recently announced that she will retire at the end of 2015

"I travel with them, yes. I travel with them and will be with them until the moment somebody stops me, which is, I think, when I am in the limit of the compound of the stadium. We know when I have to stop. I have to get out (of the coach) before. I don't know (where I watch the game). I have no plans. Maybe I sit in the street corner with my iPad. I don't know."*
Chelsea manager *Jose Mourinho **on his one-match stadium ban for Chelsea's visit to Stoke City

"Liverpool are a good team and showed that against Chelsea - so, we are still better than Chelsea."*
Rubin Kazan head coach *Valeriy Chalyfeeling confident his side could defeat the English champions

"He’s a good goalkeeper, there’s no doubt about that. But he’s an uncontrollable lunatic – he’s completely mad. And for this reason he’s a risk."*
*Former Juventus goalkeeper *Stefano Tacconi
on Roma goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny's erratic displays*

"I used to be in an imaginary band called Tres Palms with some of the national team guys. Steve Cherundolo, Jay DeMerit, Tim Howard and Carlos Bocanegra were my band mates. Everywhere we went together, we tended to get treated better when we mentioned we were a band in town for a show!"*
*Former USA national team defender *Heath Pearce *gives some insight into life off the pitch as a professional footballer while doing a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) for KICKTV

"I collected the pass, set off and just looked out for the gaps all the time. All of a sudden I was in front of goal and scored. Obviously I checked to see whether any of my team-mates were free but nobody was. I don’t do that often, but it’s a great feeling."*
*Mexico's *Diego Cortes * on his wonderful individual goal scored in their 4-2 loss to Nigeria in the semi-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015

"Sport is movement. You can be No1 in the world in March and No250 in May. For me, life is movement and can be questioned."*
*Arsenal manager *Arsene Wenger *gives his philosophy on football and life ahead of the North London Derby against Tottenham Hotspur


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