12 Of The Wisest Things Ever Said About Football

Beautiful words about the beautiful game, including the late, great Johan Cruyff

"All that I know about morality and obligations I owe to football."
– Albert Camus

"I have no role models in the game. I learn from the players, from the problems they create for me."
– Jose Mourinho

"Rugby is a game for barbarians played by gentlemen… football is a game for gentlemen played by barbarians."
– Oscar Wilde
 

"Football is a simple game: 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win."
– Gary Lineker

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"Football – a game in which everyone gets hurt and every nation has its own style of play which seems unfair to foreigners."
– George Orwell

"In a football match, everything is complicated by the presence of the other team."
– Jean-Paul Sartre

"A football team is like a piano. You need eight men to carry it and three who can play the damn thing."
– Bill Shankly
 

"Football is something like war. Whoever behaves too properly, is lost."
– Rinus Michels
 

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"It seems that soccer tournaments create those relationships: people gathered together in pubs and living rooms, a whole country suddenly caring about the same event. A World Cup is the sort of common project that otherwise barely exists in modern societies."
– Simon Kuper

"I fell in love with football as I was later to fall in love with women: suddenly, inexplicably, uncritically, giving no thought to the pain or disruption it would bring with it."
– Nick Hornby