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Best 50 Controversial and Inspirational Soccer Quotes

Whether you are looking for motivational and inspirational soccer quotes, or controversial and critical words about the beautiful game of football, then you should find something of interest in the following 50 quotes by famous people, soccer lovers or otherwise…

For the purist, football is “football”, but for our American friends, the term “soccer” is equally as acceptable and interchangeable.

To everyone, we hope you enjoy our feast of football/soccer quotes!

Soccer riots kill,
at most, tens.
Intellectuals’ ideological riots
sometimes kill millions.

John Jay McCarthy

(1857 – 1943, Nebraska Republican politician)

Stages in the descent of man from ape, through to Neanderthal, and finally into a footballer - Soccer Quote: The roots of our Soccer Tribe lie deep in our primeval past - Desmond John Morris

To say
that these men paid their shillings
to watch twenty-two hirelings
kick a ball
is merely to say
that a violin is wood and catgut,
and that Hamlet
is so much paper and ink.

John Boynton Priestley

(1894 – 1984, better known as J. B. Priestley;
English novelist, playwright, and broadcaster)

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

Josef “Sepp” Herberger

(1897 – 1977, German football player and manager)

International football is
the continuation of war
by other means.

Eric Arthur Blair

(1903 – 1950, better known by his pen name, George Orwell;
English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic)

Football is
the ballet of the masses.

Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich

(1906 – 1975, Russian composer and pianist)

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

Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

(1905 – 1980, French philosopher, novelist,
and literary critic)

In football,
the worst blindness is
only seeing the ball.

Nelson Falcão Rodrigues

(1912 – 1980, Brazilian playwright, journalist, and novelist)

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