Monday June 23 2014
They Said What?!

Daniele De Rossi's Roy Keane tribute, Thiago Motta's skin graft and World Cup Game of Thrones in Susy Campanale's quotes round-up.

“Roy Keane has always been my idol and if I chose to wear the number 16 shirt it’s also because of him.”

Now you know why Daniele De Rossi has a leg-breaker tattoo

“We can talk about many things, but the fact remains some players are more accustomed to the heat than others.”

Brazil-born Thiago Motta changed his passport and apparently also his skin

“Maybe there are a lot of people who didn’t have faith in us because we were in the ‘Group of Death.’ But it’s the others who are dead and we’re going to the next round.”

Costa Rica Coach Jorge Luis Pinto views the World Cup as a George R R Martin book – The Beautiful Game of Thrones

“There’s no such thing as a Cinderella side in major tournaments.”

Yet Gigi Buffon was left looking like a right pumpkin, especially with that orange jersey

“In certain moments I felt like I had hallucinations due to the heat.”

Claudio Marchisio thought he had seen England win a game

“This was an epic performance, one we will remember for all our lives against a great England side.”

Cesare Prandelli underestimated the length of Italian memories or appreciation

“Mario Balotelli said he didn’t know our players, but I think he’ll know several of our names now.”

Christian Bolanos of Costa Rica certainly made an impression on Balo

“De Rossi thinks he’s really good at the Playstation, but in fact is poor. Saying that in a Press conference is priceless!”

Salvatore Sirigu truly pwned his Azzurri teammate in public

“Sirigu is a guy with some serious psychological issues. Every now and then we let him win a game to keep him happy.”

De Rossi responds by suggesting the goalkeeper focus on Angry Birds instead

“For now the bandwagon is full, but if we were to fail then we’d be left there on our own.”

Prandelli sees everyone sitting suspiciously close to the exits

“The machine first told us there was no goal, then afterwards it granted it. I didn’t know what to think...”

Honduras Coach Luis Suarez struggled with goal-line technology, so syncing his iPod must be a nightmare

“The President reserved a room with 450 seats just for us to see Italy-England. I had never seen a game at the cinema.”

Sinisa Mihajlovic thought he was watching Wayne Rooney play, but it was just a re-run of Shrek

“I feel like an Italian who happened to be born in Brazil.”

Thiago Motta feels like a talented player, who just happened to be born in the body of a mediocre one

“The ball is still round and the routines are the same as when you play for your club. It’s not like we are doing somersaults on the pitch.”

De Rossi does not train with Miroslav Klose

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