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Quotes regarding association football, which is also called "Soccer" in America.


  • 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

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