The world and its footballers have made quite a few observations on the adorable game. Explore this article for famous football quotations and sayings.

Football Quotes

“Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it's much more serious than that.” – Bill Shankly. Now, if you are a true fan of football or soccer as it is popularly known, Bill Shankly, the famous Scottish football player, would be more than right in your books. Football, for reasons only known to fans, just happens to be the most followed and most loved sport in the world. It is no surprise then that the FIFA World Cup tournament is the world’s most anticipated sporting event

When you play, play hard; when you work, don't play at all.

- Theodore Roosevelt

A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.

- Vince Lombardi

Football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.

- Vince Lombardi

People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.

- Vince Lombardi

It's so easy for a kid to join a gang, to do drugs... we should make it that easy to be involved in football and academics.

- Snoop Dogg

A penalty is a cowardly way to score.

- Pele

Football is a fertility festival. Eleven sperm trying to get into the egg. I feel sorry for the goalkeeper.

- Bjork

Anybody who watches three games of football in a row should be declared brain dead.

- Erma Bombeck

My father was a soccer player. All my friends played basketball though, so I stuck with basketball.

- Steve Nash

Everybody wants you to do good things, but in a small town you pretty much graduate and get married. Mostly you marry, have children and go to their football games.

- Faith Hill

We want to take this and teach our athletes that there is a bigger picture. We are thankful we still have a gym and a football field. We are trying to get the kids to learn a life lesson.

- James Wilson

Snoop Dog is the Phil Jackson of youth football coaches. He ain't going to accept nothing but a winner.

- Ice Cube

It's been a long time since I've enjoyed watching a high school football game like this.

- Bill Murray

What a great day for football, all we need is some green grass and a ball.

- Bill Murray

When they did Monday Night Football , it was all about three networks. You didn't have 600 choices. Today, the market share is smaller, but we still believe the product will be just as good.

- Joe Theismann

His accuracy, leadership skills and the way he manages a football game.

- Joe Theismann

“Football is easy if you're crazy as hell”

- Bo Jackson

Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it's so incredible, it's unbelievable.

- Tom Landry

My private life is perfect. If your private life and your life outside football is good, then it is good on the field for you.

- David Beckham

My wife tells me one day, 'I think you love baseball more than me.' I say, 'Well, I guess that's true, but hey, I love you more than football and hockey.

- Tommy Lasorda

You see how Spanish, Italians, Portuguese play football. I don't say they are perfect, I say English football has a few things to learn from them in the same way they have a lot of things to learn from English football.

- Jose Mourinho

When you just work tactically, in pure football sessions, you can see the way they can think football.

- Jose Mourinho

The negative side of football. The negative side of our society. People sometimes go to football and bring to it the negative aspects of our society.

- Jose Mourinho

And I think because of the passion of every English player and every English supporter, and every English journalist for the game, most of the game is played with passion, love for football and instinct, but in football you also have to think.

- Jose Mourinho

Arsenal have won that advantage, nobody gave it to them. By playing fantastic football and by winning matches and by winning trophies, they won that respect that the opponent has for them.

- Jose Mourinho

I enjoy talking to my football men and my chemistry classes and I feel sure that they are quite interested in what I have to say.

- Knute Rockne

Four years of football are calculated to breed in the average man more of the ingredients of success in life than almost any academic course he takes.

- Knute Rockne

Football is a game played with arms, legs and shoulders but mostly from the neck up.

- Knute Rockne

I don't understand American football at all. It looks like all-in wrestling with crash helmets.

- Sting

Fantasy football is out of control.

- Lewis Black

I am very sorry for the fans. I told (the players) that if we are going to play football like this we can forget the World Cup.

- Sven Goran Eriksson

He came and reported, but there's no chance he can play football.

- Sven Goran Eriksson

I hope to get out before they start football next year.

- Bear Bryant

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

- Bill Shankly

I was only in the game for the love of football -- and I wanted to bring back happiness to the people of Liverpool.

- Bill Shankly

I know I can't go on forever - how can I forget it when my so-called team-mates keep asking me which king was on the throne when I started and what football was like in the Dark Ages!

- Les Ferdinand

Les Ferdinand was a player we spoke to. Though he still trains every day, he has a lot of media work going on and is not able to make a commitment. He has nothing to prove as a footballer - his future is in the media and we respect that. Hopefully this shows we are not scared to speak to anyone.

- Les Ferdinand

If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, then we did it. If anything goes real good, then you did it. That's all it takes to get people to win football games.

- Bear Bryant

Snoop is the Phil Jackson of youth football coaches. He ain't going to accept nothing but a winner.

- Ice Cube

I don't consider myself as the best player in the world. I'm not obsessed with individual titles. I'm much more interested in being part of a team which wins trophies.

- Ronaldo

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