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- Some people are on the pitch, they think it's all over [Geoff Hurst scores] it is now!
- Kenneth Wolstenholme's BBC TV commentary in the closing moments of the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final.
- Quoted in London Football Companion By Ed Glinert, p. 149
- Someone said 'football is more important than life and death to you' and I said 'Listen, it's more important than that'.
- Bill Shankly, quoted in Das Spiel mit dem Fussball, by Jürgen Mittag and Jörg-Uwe Nieland, p. 9
- Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win.
- Gary Lineker after losing the 1990 World Cup semifinal to Germany by penalty shootout.
- Quoted in Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France, by Laurent DuBois, p. 79