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.
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.
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.
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.
In football everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team.
Jean Paul Sartre
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.
Some people tell me that we professional players are soccer slaves. Well, if this is slavery, give me a life sentence.
Concerning football playing, I protest to you it may rather be called a friendly kind of fighting, rather than recreation.
Football is the opera of the people.
If this can be termed the century of the common man, then soccer, of all sports, is surely his game.... In a world haunted by the hydrogen and napalm bomb, the football field is a place where sanity and hope are still left unmolested.
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.
Football is all very well as a game for rough girls, but is hardly suitable for delicate boys.