Friday, February 26, 2010

Quotes: Stupid Football Quotes

Rugby League footballers in Sydney regularly make the news for being boofheads or alcohol fuelled neanderthals, but the list of quotes below shows that lack of grey matter is not confined to one code or one country. Coaches and commentators are also not exempt.

It may be that sports persons are soft targets to ridicule for lack of education or sophistication, given that they spend their time, often since childhood, training rather than studying. The quotes below however are at a much more basic level.

The following is from a website:

The 25 Most Stupid Footballers Quotes... In The World...Ever

25: "Leeds is a great club and it's been my home for years, even though I live in Middlesborough."
Jonathan Woodgate

24: "He dribbles a lot and the opposition don't like it - you can see it all over their faces."
Ron Atkinson

23: "If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again."
Terry Venables

22: "They're the second best team in the world, and there's no higher praise than that."
Kevin Keegan

21: "A game is not won until it is lost."
David Pleat

20: "I definitely want Brooklyn to be christened, but I don't know into what religion yet."
David Beckham

19: "I never wanted to leave. I'm here for the rest of my life, and hopefully after that as well."
Alan Shearer

18: "I never make predictions, and I never will."
Paul Gascoigne

17: "That's football, Mike, Northern Ireland have had several chances and haven't scored but England have had no chances and scored twice."
Trevor Brooking

16: "The minute's silence was immaculate, I have never heard a minute's silence like that."
Glenn Hoddle

15: "I never comment on referees and I'm not going to break the habit of a lifetime for that prat."
Ron Atkinson

14: "I faxed a transfer request to the club at the beginning of the week, but let me state that I don't want to leave Leicester."
Stan Collymore

13: "I couldn't settle in Italy. It was like living in a foreign country."
Ian Rush

12: "There are two ways of getting the ball. One is from your own team-mates, and that's the only way."
Terry Venables

11: "Germany are a very difficult team to play...they had 11 internationals out there today."
Steve Lomas

10: "You've got to believe that you're going to win, and I believe we'll win the World Cup until the final whistle blows and we're knocked out."
Peter Shilton

9: "The first ninety minutes of a football match are the most important."
Bobby Robson

8: "The world looks a totally different place after two wins. I can even enjoy watching Blind Date or laugh at Noel's House Party."
Gordon Strachan

7: "You've got to take the rough with the smooth. It's like love and hate, war and peace, all that bollocks."
Ian Wright

6: "My parents have been there for me, ever since I was about 7."
David Beckham

5: "I can see the carrot at the end of the tunnel."
Stuart Pearce

4: "I always used to put my right boot on first, and then obviously my right sock."
Barry Venison

3: "We haven't been scoring goals, but football's not just about scoring goals. It's about winning."
Alan Shearer

2: "We must have had 99 per cent of the match. It was the other three per cent that cost us."
Ruud Gullit

1: "A contract on a piece of paper, saying you want to leave, is like a piece of paper saying you want to leave."
John Hollins

Bonus Quote:

Often declared to be the most famous of the stupid sport quotes, although said by some to have been spoken rongue in cheek:

“Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it's much more serious than that.”

Bill Shankly (1913-1981), former international soccer player and manager of Liverpool Football Club

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