When I run into some soccer quotes, I smile.
Soccer once was a big thing in our schedule when my girls were younger. It's a nice "meal" that needed a lot of preparations, participation, arrangements and cleaning up. And it's a HUGE thing in many families still.
These quotes remind me of the earlier years of my daughters. I'd like to put them here to commemorate those experiences and also share them with you.
"If a team wants to intimidate you physically and you let them, they've won."
-- Mia Hamm
"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
"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
"Soccer is an art more central to our culture than anything the Arts Council deigns to recognize." -- Author Unknown
"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
"Soccer is simple, but it is difficult to play simple." -- Author Unknown
"When somebody tells you nothing is impossible, ask him to dribble a football." --Author Unknown
"Some people tell me that we professional players are soccer slaves. Well, if this is slavery, give me a life sentence." -- Bobby Charlton
"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
"Soccer is the ballet of the masses." -- Author Unknown
"If you are first you are first. If you are second, you are nothing." -- Bill Shankly
"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
"Fail to prepare, prepare to fail." -- Roy Keane
"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
"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
"If you’re attacking, you don’t get as tired as when you’re chasing." -- Author Unknown
"Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it." -- Mia Hamm
"The more time you have, the more mistakes you will make." -- Author Unknown
"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 Mourinho
"Soccer is all very well as a game for rough girls, but is hardly suitable for delicate boys." -- Author Unknown
"I’ve never wanted to leave. I’m here for the rest of my life, and hopefully after that as well." -- Author Unknown
"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." -- Author Unknown
"The Vision of a Champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, and the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching." -- Author Unknown
"Every defeat is a victory in itself." -- Author Unknown
"Winning doesn’t really matter as long as you win." -- Author Unknown
"The most important thing for a forward is speed of thought. Top players read the game." -- Author Unknown
"The roots of our Soccer Tribe lie deep in our primeval past -- Author Unknown
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