“The day it was announced the Rebecca had died, we were overwhelmed by message of support. The kids saw it all and were telling me, 'Look Dad, have you seen what they are doing for Mum?' It was refreshing to see such compassion in the game, with tribalism removed. At the funeral there were players from my England and West Ham days, the QPR squad with Chris Ramsey and his staff as well as Harry Redknapp. Nemanja Vidic even flew in from Italy and back again as he had to be at training with Inter Milan the same day.”
Rio Ferdinand on the football community’s support following the tragic death of his wife


“You don’t speak English, mate! Three years here and you don’t speak English!”
Cesc Fabregas interrupts an Oscar interview to rib his Chelsea team-mate

 


"I can say a positive thing and I can say a negative thing. The accommodation for the players to dress themselves, to change into their club shirts, is in most stadiums not so good. And also a place for the manager – I spend a lot of time sat on the toilet! Not to [do a poo], but because there’s no other place! But the way football is lived here in the minds of the people is unbelievable. They live football, football is living, and living is football. That is not the case in Germany. In Spain’s it’s a little more, but here it’s unbelievable."
Louis van Gaal on English football

"It fits the team and the city like a ring on a finger."
Juande Ramos on Sevilla and the UEFA Europa League



“I’d come from Swindon to Chelsea, so I’m thinking the facilities would be much better. I asked the chief scout, ‘Where’s my office?’. He laughed and said, ‘I’ll take you’. So he took me to the staff room. I had to phone Ron Atkinson to do a deal for £2.2m. And the office was literally a BT phone! They’d taken the bottom of the phone out. I had to put 50p in!”
Glenn Hoddle on becoming Chelsea manager in 1993

"A few months ago I didn't know if I was going to be able to play football again. I'm here, I'm back enjoying myself - I have a second chance in my life. I am proud to be a Geordie."
Jonas Gutierrez after scoring to keep Newcastle United in the Premier League

“Even my girlfriend says sometimes, ‘Can you be like Christian, he's sweet’. That's the funny part of it. He can be very cute.”
Leandro Bacuna on Aston Villa team-mate Christian Benteke