Wednesday June 18 2014
They Said What?!

Steven Gerrard reveals the Wayne Rooney problem, Niko Kovac gets out the Havaianas and the short shelf life of an Italy Coach in Susy Campanale's quotes of the week.

“We have to be clever and cute.”

Steven Gerrard listed two attributes that will never be associated with Wayne Rooney

“If that’s how we start the World Cup, then we may as well give up and go home now.”

Croatia Coach Niko Kovac could at least hang around and spend a few weeks on the beach

“I think a lot has changed in the couple of years since we played Italy.”

The result has, Gary Cahill, but not the fact England lost

“The Coach of the Italian national team is like a condemned man who doesn’t know the date of his own execution.”

Giovanni Trapattoni has walked The Blue Mile

“It was a huge mistake. You must never return to the Nazionale after having won a World Cup.”

Marcello Lippi tried to top the untoppable in South Africa

“We continue to expect FIFA to adhere to its principles of integrity, ethics and fair play across all aspects of its operations.”

Sony will be literally the only people expecting any of that from FIFA

“There is a lot of corruption within FIFA. Football needs to rediscover its roots and move away from these scandals.”

You know that you’re in trouble when Diego Maradona takes the moral high ground

“When people think about FIFA, they think about corruption, bribery, money and an old boys’ network.”

Dutch Federation President Michael Van Praag admits Sepp Blatter is the ideal figurehead

“I know that my mandate will finish next year on 29 May in Zurich. But my mission is not finished. Congress you will decide who takes this great institution forward. But I can tell you I am ready to accompany you in the future.”

Blatter will accompany FIFA like a bad smell

“Pirlo is a demon. He has not only copied my shot, but improved it. If I was still playing I’d try and get hold of him, and ask him to teach me that technique.”

Juninho Pernambucano envisages a never-ending vicious cycle of free kick development

“I will be clear - I am staying at Galatasaray. I have two years on my contract and I am fine. We will play in the Champions League, we will resume in mid-July.”

Roberto Mancini couldn’t be more determined on June 9, just 48 hours before resigning

“I would be a hypocrite if I denied that I’d like to return to Milan one day.”

Gennaro Gattuso realises anyone can be Rossoneri Coach

“I am Brazilian and I want to play in a World Cup with Brazil. But I am a footballer and I would still take the Azzurri chance if it meant playing in an international tournament.”

With an attitude like that, how could Italy not welcome Jonathan to the fold?

“Sometimes, too many expectations create unnecessary expectations.”

You can’t fault Franco Causio’s logic

“The surfer passed within two fingers of my head. Fortunately, there was just more fear than damage.”

Holland’s Daryl Janmaat was almost hit by a wayward kitesurfer, but if it had been on the pitch that near miss would’ve been a penalty

“I remember the atmosphere before leaving for the World Cup in Germany in 1974. We were pretty sure of doing well, there was too much optimism. We were thinking of where to stay for the second phase and before our qualification a truck arrived at our training base full of supplies that would feed 10 teams for a month. After two days, we were already on the plane to return home…”

Causio still feels a pang of regret whenever he sees stockpiled pasta

“People will always want to talk about Mario. They will always want to write about Mario.”

Balotelli will always want to refer to Mario in the third person

“Giuseppe Rossi is always late, as his body is still on New York time.”

And, adds Manuel Pasqual, his knees have fallen through a crack in space and time

“I could have hurt him, but I didn’t do it so that I wouldn’t be a bad example for my children. I am an old-fashioned type, for me ethics are ethics – if those are broken for me everything is finished. Respect, everything.”

Maxi Lopez could’ve been old-fashioned in a different way and hurt Mauro Icardi a lot...

“It is right that Lazio changes Coach to provide new ideas, new enthusiasm.”

Edy Reja forgets that ‘change the Coach’ tends to be their first idea every time

“You can go to Ibiza every year but you can only go to a World Cup every four!”

Shkodran Mustafi puts his trusty glow sticks in storage

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