Some people tell me that we professional players are soccer slaves. Well, if this is slavery, give me a life sentence.— Bobby Charlton
Colossal English Football quotations
Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language.
Playing with wingers is more effective against European sides like Brazil than English sides like Wales.
I run an academy in Spain for young footballers who are released by their clubs and who, in my opinion, deserve a second chance. It is a rewarding job for me, but one that also reveals many of the faults in the English game.
It seems to me that once if your life before you die you ought to see a country where they don't talk in English and don't even want to.
The crowds at West Ham haven't been rewarded by results, but they keep turning up because of the good football they see. Other clubs will suffer from the old bugbear that results count more than anything. This has been the ruination of English soccer.
Football's a difficult business and aren't they prima donnas. But it's a wonderful game.
I'm a big fan of London in the summertime.
English people are dependent on weather to change our attitudes, and, provided it's a decent summer, everyone's spirits are uplifted and the whole place is in bloom. It's a magical transformation. London in the summer, going to see bands play outside, watching football.
Football, beer, and above all gambling, filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult.
I'm sure sex wouldn't be so rewarding as this World Cup.
It's not that sex isn't good but the World Cup is every four years and sex is not.
God bless whoever invented football. It was the English, I think. And what a fantastic idea it was
Christiano knows English, Messi knows football
That's the beauty of sport. Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you cry.
What United have got that Chelsea haven't is Paul Scholes.
I think he is different to anything else in English football.
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.
If he'd been English or Swedish, he'd have walked the England job.
Of course, my father was a soccer player. He used to play very good. Then I was young, eight or nine years, ten years old, I just want to be like my father.
I love this game, I love this sport, I love this league.
Why don't I get my own team? (English Premiership football club)
English football is in a bad way because the foreign players here are so good, so dominant.
Making English grammar conform to Latin rules is like asking people to play baseball using the rules of football.
The people don't take baths and they don't speak English.
No golf courses, no room service. Who needs it?
If we had a starting XI that no one could argue about it wouldn't say a lot for English football. We'd probably be on a downward spiral. It's good that people have different ideas about who should play.
Doping in English football is restricted to lager and baked beans with sausages.
After which the players take to the field, belching and farting. English football culture is one of pure, intense competition, and that's why I have always preferred it to Italy.
They're crying. It was Drogba, it was the angels, it was the heavens, it was the stars, it was the gods, it was everything for Chelsea. This is not anything to do with football. This is more than football, this is spirit. Never giving in, fighting to the end, that English spirit running right the way through this Champions League for Chelsea.
We had probably our best ever Player of the Year Dance last week.
You elected Dennis Wise as Player of the Year. Dennis accepted his award mimicking Vialli, whereupon Zola shouted 'Speak English', Dennis switched to his normal Cockney voice only for Zola to shout 'You're still not speaking English'.
Tottenham, and I hope the English fans will forgive me, are a club in mid-table and I need more.
There are lots of concerns facing English football but for me the major one is the way in which football clubs are run by owners, whether they are growing organically and sustainably and how that is being policed by the football authorities.
In England, it's a rare thing to see a player smoking but, all in all, I prefer that to an alcoholic. The relationship with alcohol is a real problem in English football and, in the short term, it's much more harmful to a sportsman. It weakens the body, which becomes more susceptible to injury.
I played English football - soccer - instead of American football, because we couldn't afford the equipment.
You know I don't think there will ever be a time when the English player is not respected, and feared, across the world of football. The English footballer is very brave and strong and committed and there is always enough high-class players in his team to cause concern in any opponent. It is a national characteristic.
Winning the Championship is like taking a 26-year ball and chain from around our legs. Now we can go forward, and hopefully dominate English football for the next 10 years, like Liverpool did.
,000 people in Hampden Park. Of course they're all Scottish. Because no one else goes there. The English have an unwritten rule: they only go to places they might get back from.
It was the proudest moment of my career to lead my team out at the home of English football. I never, ever dreamt that would happen!
I like English football, always have.
It's just that people go on about the World Cup in 1986 and then I'm seen as the real bad boy.
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.
I feel I have a lot to learn from English football and I am completely open to good influences in my way of thinking football. But I also have things to give them.
The level of football in England is the top. English football is the leader in the world.
The romance of English football is fantastic, but it has lost its identity under the influence of other cultures.
In my first season I was learning about English football in a new team.
I scored 13 which isn't bad, but I think I can do better.
I played a little basketball, but basketball interfered with theater season.
That's when we did our term plays and did nutshell versions of Shakespeare for English classes. And, believe me, I got a fair amount of looks from the guys on the team. 'You're in theater but you can play football?'