The 20 Most Memorable Soccer Quotes Of 2015

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People involved in soccer are a talkative bunch. Players, managers, agents, reporters, even administrative officials seldom find themselves at a loss for words when called upon. The stories that make soccer what it is are defined as much by what people say as what they do.

We compiled some of the most memorable quotes from the soccer world this year.

1. Sepp Blatter


“This committee has no right to go against the president of FIFA. The president can only be removed by the congress. Even suspended, I am still the president. I regret, but I am not ashamed.” —Shortly after the announcement of his eight year suspension from FIFA 

2. CAA Spokersperson


“During his career, Jose has sometimes chosen to leave a club, but only at Chelsea has the club decided that he should leave. Each time represents for him the end of a cycle, and the opportunity to start a new one. Jose hopes that his future after Chelsea this time will be as successful as when he left the club in 2007.” — A statement following Mourinho leaving Chelsea by “mutual consent”

3. Stephanie Roche


“It’s been a crazy, crazy ride. I’ve done so much stuff that I probably wouldn’t have done if the goal hadn’t been videoed, so I suppose it’s been brilliant.” &#8212Roche magnanimous in defeat after losing out on the Puskás Award

4. Jürgen Klinsmann


“I had a very severe word with Fabian Johnson, and I sent him home today. He can rethink his approach about his team.” —Klinsmann insinuating that USMNT fullback Fabian Johnson faked an injury during their match against Mexico in October

5. Arsène Wenger


“There is a kind of magic when men unite their energies to express a common idea. That is when sport becomes beautiful. The unhappiness of man comes when he finds himself alone to fight against the problems he must face.” —On the beauty of football

6. Eva Carneiro


“I was surprised to learn that the FA was allegedly investigating the incident of 8th of August via the press. I was at no stage requested by the FA to make a statement. I wonder whether this might be the only formal investigation in this country where the evidence of the individuals involved in the incident was not considered relevant. Choosing to ignore some of the evidence will surely influence the outcome of the findings.” —The former Chelsea team doctor in a statement criticizing the FA’s investigation into her former boss

7. Mark Lobel


“It was meant to be the first day of our PR tour but instead we were later handcuffed and taken to be questioned for a second time, at the department of public prosecutions. Thirteen hours of waiting around and questioning later, one of the interrogators snapped. ‘This is not Disneyland,’ he barked. ‘You can’t stick your camera anywhere.” —Reporter for the BBC, speaking out on his arrest and detention in Qatar while investigating the working and living conditions of World Cup migrant workers

8. Don Garber


“There’s a development gap between the knowledge of our fan base and, in some cases, our broadcasters and the way the game has developed.” —On fan criticism of MLS referees

9. Wolfgang Niersbach


“That makes it even more depressing and painful to be confronted years later with processes I had nothing to do with. I want to make it clear once more that I was not aware of the payments in question. That’s what makes the decision to suffer the political consequence so much harder.” —Niersbach, in a statement announcing his resignation as president of the German FA

10. Francois Carrard


“But for the U.S., football, soccer, does not have the same weight as baseball, basketball, and American football. There, it’s just an ethnic sport for girls in schools.”
—The head of FIFA’s reform committee on the state of soccer in the US

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