Soccer Quotes 

Enjoy these Soccer Quotes by Soccer Players and Soccer fans. Keep in mind that in some places around the world. Soccer is called Football.


Every single day I wake up and commit to myself to becoming a better player.

Mia Hamm,  American female soccer player.

I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.

Mia Hamm,  American female soccer player.

The person that said winning isn't everything, never won anything.

Mia Hamm,  American female soccer player.

I fell in love with football as I would later fall in love with women: suddenly, uncritically, giving no thought to the pain it would bring.

Nick Hornby,  Opening sentence from English writer's book Fever Pitch.

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

Roy Keane,  Irish soccer player and English football club manager.

Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I'm very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.

Bill Shankly,  English soccer manager.


Rugby is a beastly game played by gentlemen; soccer is a gentlemen's game played by beasts; football is a beastly game played by beasts.

Henry Blaha

Five days shalt thou labour, as the Bible says. The seventh day is the Lord thy God's. The sixth day is for football.

Anthony BurgessEnglish writer.

Some people tell me that we professional players are soccer slaves. Well, if this is slavery, give me a life sentence.

Bobby CharltonEnglish soccer player and 1966 World Cup winner.

The vision of a champion is someone bent over, drenched in sweat, to a point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching.

Anson DorranceAmerican women's soccer coach.

The goalkeeper is the jewel in the crown and getting at him should be almost impossible. It's the biggest sin in football to make him do any work.

George Graham

Football's a difficult business and aren't they prima donnas. But it's a wonderful game.

Queen Elizabeth IITo Premier League Chairman David Richards, November 2006.

You can have the top stars to bring the attention, you can have the best stadium, you can have the best facilities, you can have the most beautiful project in terms of marketing and all this kind of thing. But if you don't win... All the work these people are doing is forgotten.

Jose MourinhoPortuguese soccer manager.


When I go to the press conference before the game, in my mind the game has already started.

Jose Mourinho Portuguese soccer manager.

I loathed the game, and since I could see no pleasure or usefulness in it, it was very difficult for me to show courage at it. Football, it seemed to me, is not really played for the pleasure of kicking a ball about, but is a species of fighting.

George Orwell English writer.

Every kid around the world who plays soccer wants to be Pele. I have a great responsibility to show them not just how to be like a soccer player, but how to be like a man.

Pele Brazilian soccer player, world's greatest.

To say that these men paid their shillings to watch twenty-two hirelings kick a ball is merely to say that a violin is wood and catgut, that Hamlet is so much paper and ink.

J. B. Priestley The Good Companions.

Every time I went away I was deceiving my mum. I'd tell her I was going to school but I'd be out on the street playing football. I always had a ball on my feet.

Ronaldo Brazilian soccer player.

I'm here to score a lot of goals. It's my speciality, that's what I've been brought here to do, and I want to score plenty ; like I did with Barcelona. And here, there's every reason to think I can do it.

Ronaldo Brazilian soccer player.

In football everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team.

Jean Paul Sartre French philosopher.

In Latin America the border between soccer and politics is vague. There is a long list of governments that have fallen or been overthrown after the defeat of the national team.

Luis Suarez Mexican journalist, quoted in The Soccer War by Ryszard Kapuscinski (1969).

The rules of soccer are very simple, basically it is this: if it moves, kick it. If it doesn't move, kick it until it does.

Phil Woosnam Welsh soccer player and manager

Football is all very well a good game for rough girls, but not for delicate boys.

Oscar Wilde Irish writer.

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