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Sunday July 27 2014
They Said What?!

The FIGC anti-racism initiative chokes on a banana, Antonio Cassano joins the circus and Carlo Ancelotti shares his wisdom in Susy Campanale's quotes of the week.

“Here we say that any old Opti Pobà can come here, before he was eating bananas, now he’s playing in the Lazio first XI. In England the players have to prove their curriculum and pedigree first.”

FIGC Presidential candidate Carlo Tavecchio really should’ve just stuck a banana in his mouth rather than give that speech

“People say I’m too old? Does that mean I’m meant to kill myself? I was a mayor and many other things in my life, but I’m too old for compromise. For the first 50 years maybe I compromised, but now that I’m 71 that’s not going to happen! I’ve no need to make myself rich so I can take money to the grave.”

Tavecchio also appears to be the racist old uncle at Christmas dinner who won’t shut up

“If it were up to me, I’d say to every player with the Azzurri jersey: if during the flag raising ceremony and the national anthem you don’t feel a shiver down your spine, then you’re not going on to the pitch.”

Tavecchio is prepared to hand out ice packs

“Carlo Ancelotti wished me all the best and said I am going to a great city. He said to enjoy Italy and especially the Italian food!”

Alvaro Morata reveals Ancelotti’s priorities in life have not changed

“For the first two years the player is entirely ours, then there is a very complicated contract that I won’t outline in its entirety here.”

Beppe Marotta will only say the fine print has its own fine print

“Walter Mazzarri always told me: ‘President, deny everything, because otherwise the fans will not settle’. But I do not like telling lies, that is why this year I say that we will try to win the Scudetto.”

It’s ok, Aurelio De Laurentiis, nobody believed your mock modesty anyway

“Mario Balotelli never asked to be sold. He will stay at Milan. 100 per cent doesn’t exist on the transfer market, but 99.9 per cent does.”

Where have we heard that phrase before, Adriano Galliani? Oh yes, with Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and when you said Balotelli wasn’t coming from Manchester City...

“Happiness is Parma. Parma for me is like Barcelona. The money does not matter, here I am divinely happy. I will stay here, unless I screw up.”

Considering Antonio Cassano’s history, that is a very big ‘unless’

“I do not want to be a clown who plays until they are 36, 37, 40 years old. When my time comes, I will retire. I do not know what I will do, because I cannot do anything.”

Cassano may as well join the circus

“Are you in love with your wife, right? Yeah…? Well, would you like to change her? Perhaps yes, but if you are in love with your wife, it is obvious that you do not want to leave her for another woman…”

Rafa Benitez explains why Javier Mascherano didn’t come to Napoli, as there is no transfer option for ‘a bit on the side’

“Kalidou Koulibaly is the size of a wardrobe!”

Marek Hamsik thinks the new defender would make an ideal kit man, as he wouldn’t even need a bag

“I was very angry with Giorgio Chiellini for his reaction, as he behaved like a child showing the bite mark to the referee. I’d sign Luis Suarez right away. I have played on the pitch, so I know what it’s like to have a little tantrum.”

Pavel Nedved condemns one childish behaviour while praising another

“I read the reports of supposed contact between my vaguely-described ‘entourage’ and PSG. As I do not have an agent or an entourage, I can say the supposed story is completely without foundation.”

Antonio Conte does not roll deep

“In this job, it is impossible to be certain about anything. You do not have time to unpack your suitcase. To be safe, I keep mine in the garage ready at all times!”

Laurent Blanc may as well just sleep at the training camp

Mazzarri had an inability to communicate, especially with players like Eduardo Vargas.”

De Laurentiis didn’t invest in an Italian-Spanish dictionary

“Would I like to be a national team Coach? I don’t see myself in that role.”

The feeling, Mazzarri, is mutual

“Start looking for a sculptor.”

President Massimo Ferrero’s response to a fan who offered to put a marble statue of the Sampdoria patron in his garden if they signed Dani Osvaldo

“I am very happy to start the new season, as the summer vacation felt too long this year.”

Rudi Garcia regrets spending a month on a bingo cruise ship

“Mario is fundamentally a good guy. He is not a bad guy. But he lives in a dimension that is far from reality.”

Cesare Prandelli believes Balotelli is on a quest for Unobtanium

“Conte resigned because he no longer had the energy to continue.”

A lack of stamina is something Nedved has never experienced

“Milan have too many defenders as it is.”

Yes, Galliani, but it’s all about quality, not quantity

“I received offers from other, small teams, but I didn’t want to just lie on a beach.”

Ashley Cole rejected Cesena as soon as he heard they were nicknamed The Seahorses

“In Naples, I could not leave the house, in Paris, I can continue to go about my life as always. Italy breathes football, wherever you are you feel this passion. I could not leave the house without being attacked by fans.”

Edinson Cavani has gone to the right place if he’s looking for aloof fans

“It is a bit strange, especially since both Dejan Stankovic and Andrea Stramaccioni are the same age as me.”

Antonio Di Natale has seniority over the new Udinese Coach and assistant manager

“Get out of the way, then go write something fake. I’ll break your legs.”

If Stefan Radu really wanted to scare a reporter, he should’ve threatened to break his fingers

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Have your say...
ahaha 32 sul campo your spot on mate
on the 28th July, 2014 at 10:25pm
I can't believe how many times this site and quoted Tavecchio's phrase...it's in every article. Ok, he's an idiot and we know what he said!
on the 28th July, 2014 at 5:14pm
Lets all take a moment to laugh at Milan for for continuing to destroy their club with idiotic decisions, like hiring Inzaghi.
on the 28th July, 2014 at 12:55pm

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