Famous football quotes to inspire your team

by Pablo M30th Sep 2019

Quotes fulfill many objectives: motivate a team; illustrate an idea; or simply put a smile in your team. Over the last few months I’ve shared famous football quotes in our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. I’ve collected them all in this post. Print your favorite quote and hang it in the changing room. 🙂

Eduardo Galeano quote

Good soccer players need not to be titans sculpted by Michelangelo. In soccer, ability is much more important than shape, and in many cases skill is the art of turning limitations into virtues.

Eduardo Galeano – journalist, writer and novelist.
Paolo Maldini quote

If I have to make a tackle then I have already made a mistake.

Paolo Maldini – Italian professional football player.
Anthony Burgess quote

Five days shalt thou labour, as the Bible says. The seventh day is the Lord thy God’s. The sixth day is for football.

Anthony Burgess – writer and composer.
Abby Wambach quote

I’ve never scored a goal in my life without getting a pass from someone else.

Abby Wambach – American professional football player and coach.
Josef Herberger quote.

The ball is round, the game lasts ninety minutes, and everything else is just theory.

Josef Herberger – German football player and manager
Mario Balotelli quote

When I score, I don’t celebrate, it’s my job. Does a postman celebrate when he delivers post?

Mario Balotelli – Italian football player.
Albert Camus quote

Everything I know about morality and the obligations o men, I owe it to football.

Albert Camus – French philosopher, author, and journalist.
Diego Maradona quote

When people succeed, it is because of hard work. Luck has nothing to do with success.

Diego Maradona – Argentine professional football player and coach.
Bill Shankly quote

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

Bill Shankly – Scottish professional football player and manager.
Roberto Fontanarrosa quote

If TV were only an invention to broadcast soccer, it would be justified.

Roberto Fontanarrosa – Argentine cartoonist, comics artist and writer.
Johan Cruyff quote

Technique is not being able to juggle a ball 1000 times. Anyone can do that by practicing. Then you can work in the circus. Technique is passing the ball with one touch, with the right speed, at the right foot of your team mate.

Johan Cruyff – Dutch professional football player and coach.
Hope Solo quote

My confidence comes from the daily grind – training my butt off day in and day out.

Hope Solo – American professional goalkeeper.
Pelé quote

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.

Pelé – Brazilian professional football player.
Jean Paul Sartre quote

In football everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team.

Jean Paul Sartre – French philosopher and writer.
Phil Woosman

The rules of soccer are very simple: if it moves, kick it. If it doesn’t move, kick it until it does.

Phill Woosman – Welsh professional football player and manager.
Roy Keane quote

I don’t believe skill was, or ever will be, the result of coaches. It is a result of a love affair between the child and the ball.

Roy Keane – Irish professional football player and manager.
Tony Adams quote

Play for the name on the front of the shirt, and they will remember the name on the back.

Tony Adams – English professional football player and manager.
Zinedine Zidane quote

If you are determined and confident, there is nothing in this great existence that can stop you from achieving what you want.

Zinedine Zidane – French professional football player and manager.
Ronaldo quote

Talent without working hard is nothing.

Cristiano Ronaldo – Portuguese professional football player.
José Mourinho quote

A great pianist doesn’t run around the piano or do push ups with his fingers. To be great, he plays the piano. …being a footballer is not about running, push-ups or physical work generally. The best way to be a great footballer is to play.

José Mourinho – Portuguese professional football coach and former player.
Sir Alex Ferguson quote

Once you bid farewell to discipline you say goodbye to success

Sir Alex Ferguson – Scottish former football manager and player

“In football, you win as a group, you lose as a group; you divide the credit and the blame.”

Gianluigi Buffon – Italian professional goalkeeper.