Goalkeeper Kawin Thamsatchanan of Muangthong Utd. during a training

Best 50 Winning and Success Quotes by Football Players and Coaches

If the topic is about winning and success, who is more exposed to it than a football player, coach, or manager of a football team who are massively pressed to perform in public, often on a weekly basis?

Of course, there is no question that winning and getting ahead of the competition is of uttermost importance not only in football (in whichever format) but also in business and personal life.

We have collected 50 outstanding quotes by football players, coaches, and managers over the last 100 years documenting the psychology of team success and winning.

The quotations are sorted in chronological order. Enjoy them and find inspiration and motivation to persist and also become a winner.

Find out
what the other team
wants to do.
Then take it away
from them.

George Halas

(1895 – 1983, former player, coach,
and pioneer in professional American football)

Success Quote: What is success? It isn't only about winning, but playing in a certain way - Joseph Kevin Keegan

Win or lose,
do it fairly.

Knute Rockne

(1888 – 1931, former American football player and coach)

The key to winning
is poise under stress.

Paul Brown

(1908 – 1991, former American football coach)

Winning isn’t everything.
There should be
no conceit
in victory
and no despair
in defeat.

Sir Alexander Matthew “Matt” Busby

(1909 – 1994, Scottish football player and manager)

Winners never quit
and quitters never win.

Vince Lombardi

(1913 – 1970, former American football coach)

I want to build a team
that’s invincible,
so that they have to send
a team from bloody Mars
to beat us.

Bill Shankly

(1913 – 1981, former Scottish footballer and Liverpool manager)

It’s not the will that matters
– everyone has that.
It’s the will
to prepare to win.

Paul William “Bear” Bryant

(1913 – 1983, American college football player and coach)

It is better
to fail aiming high
than to succeed
aiming low.

William Edward “Bill” Nicholson

(1919 – 2004, English football player, coach, and manager)

Never change
a winning team.

Sir Alfred Ernest “Alf” Ramsey

(1920 – 1999, English footballer;
manager of the English national football team)

If ya dinnea score
ya dinnea win.

James “Jimmy” Sirrel

(1922 – 2008, Scottish football player and manager)

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