It's best being a striker. If you miss five then score the winner, you're a hero. The goalkeeper can play a blinder, then let one in… and he's a villain.— Ian Rush
Pioneering Playing Soccer quotations
You only live once. You don't want your tombstone to read: Played it safe.
God gives gifts to everyone, some can write, some can dance.
He gave me the skill to play football and I am making the most of it.
I once cried because I had no shoes to play soccer, but one day, I met a man who had no feet.
Never allow the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.
Soccer is simple, but it is difficult to play simple.
I have the chance to do for a living what I like the most in life, and that's playing football. I can make people happy and enjoy myself at the same time.
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.
Never change your originality for the sake of others. Because no one can play your role better than you.
What I do is play soccer, which is what I like.
You don't play triathlon. You play soccer; it's fun. You play baseball. Triathlon is work that you can leave you crumpled in a heap, puking on the roadside. It's the physical brutality of climbing Mount Everest without the great view from the top of the world. What kind of person keeps coming back for more of that?
Soccer is a game for 22 people that run around, play the ball, and one referee who makes a slew of mistakes, and in the end Germany always wins.
We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand ~Randy Pausch
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.
There is a great gulf between the Christianity that wrestles with whether to worship at the cost of imprisonment and death, and the Christianity that wrestles with whether the kids should play soccer on Sunday morning.
Play for the name on the front of the shirt, and they will remember the name on the back
It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy.
Most of us are in this more than just for playing soccer.
We're in it for the bigger goal - to move it along for the next generation.
My parents and my grandfather on my mom's side would travel the earth.
They went to Australia and China, and they went to probably every soccer game I ever played.
Johan was more than just a great soccer player.
He was a role model who promoted world peace. He brought the values of education into the game of football and proved that on the field, everyone is equal - Jews, Muslims and Christians - that running fast and playing well will lead to victory in spite of discrimination and racism.
I don't think of work as work and play as play. It's all living.
Sure we have skilled players, but the biggest thing might just be that we are so well conditioned and how we can play for 90 minutes at a high tempo which is needed in soccer at an international level.
That's the awesome part. Little girls now have a chance to look up and see women playing soccer, basketball, softball and now hockey - and know they can win a gold medal, too.
I played everything. I played lacrosse, baseball, hockey, soccer, track and field. I was a big believer that you played hockey in the winter and when the season was over you hung up your skates and you played something else.
There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one your are capable of living.
Playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing there is.
All I can say is, hey, if you have fun doing what you do, if you have fun playing soccer, the creativity is just going to come as time goes on.
You have to play this game like somebody just hit your mother with a two-by-four.
Let us play in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see.
I'd give all the champagne I've ever drunk to be playing alongside him in a big European match at Old Trafford.
I do not play football, I score goals.
I don't know if we are the best team in the world.
I am lucky to be playing alongside some of the best players around. It's a dream.
Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes difference.
I feel very privileged to be asked to be featured in another FIFA Soccer release, ... The game gives me the opportunity to play the matches I want to play every day of the week -- even while away from the field.
When I was seven, I broke my leg playing soccer. Just to feel something.
I played soccer all my life and I used to think growing up that they put the fat kid in goal or they put the kid that wasn't good with the ball at their feet in goal and I never wanted to do goalkeeper, I was always the goal scorer.
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
He had an eternity to play that ball... but he took too long over it.
As far as I'm concerned, this guy should never play football again.
The answer you normally get after a tackle like that is 'he is not the type of guy who does that.' It's like a guy who kills one time in his life - it's enough. You have a dead person. This tackle is absolutely horrendous.
I always played soccer in Adidas, but I always wore Nikes. I love street sportswear.
You can't score a goal, if you don't take a shot.
A great pianist doesn't run around the piano or do push ups with his fingers.
To be great, he plays the piano. ...being a footballer is not about running, push-ups or physical work generally. The best way to be a great footballer is to play.
People think I like partying, but I actually don't like going out.
I'm a homebody. I like chilling in with friends and playing PlayStation 3 Pro Evolution Soccer.
We need to look at our nannying, mollycoddled, politically correct culture in my view, which stops kids from going out and playing competitive sport. I also think we need to look at the shear fatness of the regulations which control people who want to help kids play sport.
You can do as many sprints as you want but there's nothing like playing in a 90-minute soccer game. There's no better way to gain your fitness, in my opinion, than playing in consistent games.
The real revelation of a player's character is not in his social life but in how he plays. In my social life I can hide my real personality.