I don’t pose in underwear. I hate the red carpet. I prefer green grass and being on the pitch, trying to improve.
~ Manuel Neuer
Neuer is the consummate professional and arguably the best goalkeeper in the game right now. He changed the position at Bayern and handles the ball at his feat as well as many outfield players. His dedication to the game is his greatest strength.
“Manuel Neuer, Germany national football team (06)” by Steindy (talk) 10:35, 27 June 2011 (UTC) – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –
If there’s one characteristic all players have it’s precisely that. They all have that gene, that competitiveness, the ability to overcome obstacles, to fight, a willingness to sacrifice. It might look easy to reach the top and stay there, to play for your country and win things, but it isn’t. All players that have achieved those things have that: the big ones, the small ones, the good-looking ones, the ugly ones, the nice ones, the not so nice ones … they all have that will to succeed.
~ Andres Iniesta, 9 Nov 2012
From an interview with Sid Lowe in the Guardian.
When you are a football club you dream of playing at Wembley, and today we saw the underdogs play with incredible bravery, incredible belief and they defied the odds again. That’s the FA Cup.
~ Roberto Martinez, 11 May 2013
Wigan defied the odds and became one of the best FA Cup stories in many years by beating heavily favored Manchester City in the final.
I tell players that hard work is a talent, too. They need to work harder than anyone else. And if they can no longer bring the discipline that we ask for here at United, they are out. I am only interested in players who really want to play for United, and who, like me, are bad losers.
~Sir Alex Ferguson
Elberse, Anita, and Thomas Dye. “Sir Alex Ferguson: Managing Manchester United.” Harvard Business School Case 513-051, September 2012.
The players are heroes, they are heroes to me. I can’t speak highly enough of their performance tonight and they will go down in the history books of the club as the team who beat probably the best team in the world.
~ Neil Lennon, 8 November 2012
Celtic 2 – 1 Barcelona
Granted it was just the group stages, but it was still as big as Lennon says if Celtic make it to the knock-out round.