• "Professional football is no longer a game. It's a war. And it brings out the same primitive instincts that go back thousands of years." (Malcolm Allison)
  • "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered." (George Best)
  • "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 Burgess)
  • "Winning isn't everything. There should be no conceit in victory and no despair in defeat." (Matt Busby)
  • "Football is a game you play with your brain" (Johan Cruiff)
  • "We played until it was dark. I dreamt of becoming a professional footballer." (Jacques Derrida)
  • "Football is a matter of creativity and imagination" (David Ginola)
  • "A man is created for his acts. His goal is paradise." (Henrik Ibsen)
  • "There is such a thing as everyday, ordinary, vulgar ecstasy; the ecstasy of anger, the ecstasy of speed at the wheel, the ecstasy of ear-splitting noise, ecstasy in the soccer stadium." (Milan Kundera)
  • "Footballers are more likely to work better if they get a pat on the back from the boss. A knife in the back is never the answer." (Gary Lineker)
  • "Soccer is one of the most unifying activities amongst us." (Nelson Mandela)
  • "The goal passes through a series of phases independent of the will of man." (Karl Marx)
  • "Football is the thing that formed me physically and has given me a great deal of spirituality." (Carlos Menem)
  • "The goalkeeper is the lone eagle, the man of mystery, the last defender." (Vladimir Nabokov)
  • "Football, a game in which everyone gets hurt and every nation has its own style of play which seems unfair to foreigners." (George Orwell)
  • "Football has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disegard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting." (George Orwell)
  • "Football. It's the beautiful game." (Pele)
  • "In football you sometimes have beauty and cruelty together." (Peter Schmeichel)
  • "Some people think football is a matter of life and death. It is much more important than that." (Bill Shankly)
  • "Football without fans is nothing" (Jock Stein)
  • "It's only a game but it's life and death to me" (Gianluca Viali)
  • "Football is a game for rough girls. Not suitable for delicate boys." (Oscar Wilde)
  • "The joy of seeing Yuri Gagarin flying in space is only superseded by the joy of a good penalty save" (Lev Yashin)

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