Winning isn’t everything.
There should be no conceit in victory and no despair in defeat.
(Sir Matt Busby)
Please do not call me arrogant, because what I say is true.
I’m European champion, I’m not one out of the bottle, I think I’m a special one.
(Jose Mourinho on taking over at Chelsea in 2004)
I want to build a team that’s invincible.
So that they have to send a team from bloody Mars to beat us.
Never change a winning team.
(Sir Alf Ramsey)
People want success.. It’s like coffee, they want instant.
(Sir Bobby Robson)
Players lose you games, not tactics.
There’s so much crap talked about tactics by people who barely know how to win at dominoes.
If you don’t believe you can win, there is no point in getting out of bed at the end of the day.
It’s best being a striker.
If you miss five then score the winner, you’re a hero.
The goalkeeper can play a blinder, then let one in, and he’s a villain.
The Special One…
He must really think I’m a great guy.
He must think that, because otherwise he would not have given me so much.
I have a great family.. I work in a place where I’ve always dreamt of working.
He must have a very high opinion of me.
(Jose Mourinho on God)
I know what it’s like to win things.
You need a certain type of player with a determination to win.
You see it in the eyes.
I won’t say we have to win.
I won’t put that pressure.. But we can’t lose.
Behind every kick of the ball there has to be a thought.
Football’s not just about scoring goals, it’s about winning.
When results aren’t good the manager gets the sack, that’s the game.
As a professional football player, I have known perfectly well from the day I started playing that every day I have to fight for my place.
People say it is part of the game.
You win some, you lose some.. But not for me.
(Ruud van Nistelrooy)
It doesn’t matter who scores the goals so long as we win.
Something deep in my character allows me to take the hits and get on with trying to win.
Footballer’s Pay Explosion…
The top weekly rate for footballers, introduced in 1901, was just £4.. But it was still almost five times the average working wage of 17/6d (87p).. By 1939 it had risen to £8, double the usual industrial wage.. And in 1960, when the wage cap was dropped, football stars were on £20, £5 more than the working man.. In 1961, England captain Johnny Haynes became the first £100-a-week player.. Premier League average pay is now £44,000 a week, £2.29million a year, compared with the regular worker’s £26,500.. Wayne Rooney is the Premier’s highest-paid ace on £260,000 a week.
(Daily Mirror, 15.01.2016)
A lot of football success is in the mind.
You must believe you are the best and then make sure that you are.
For sportsmen or women who want to be champions, the mind can be as important, if not more important, than any other part of the body.
In football you always get judged on your last game.
Whoever you are, or how amazing you are, it’s the last game that everyone has seen.
In football as in watchmaking, talent and elegance mean nothing without rigour and precision.
Football is a game about feelings and intelligence.
Obstacles don’t have to stop you.. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up.
Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
(Billie Jean King)
It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out.. It’s the pebble in your shoe.
Remember this.. Hold on to this.. This is the only perfection there is, the perfection of helping others.. This is the only thing we can do that has any lasting meaning.. This is why we’re here.
When Britain Topped The Olympic Medals Table…
The fourth ever Olympic Games in 1908 were originally awarded to Rome, but sadly for the Italian capital, Mount Vesuvius had other ideas.. After the volcano erupted in 1906, mounting Italian financial problems led to Rome withdrawing and the Olympic organisers looking for an alternative host city with just 18 months to go.
Luckily for all concerned, the head of the British Organising Committee was the remarkable Baron Desborough.
Desborough quickly set about building a stage to make Britain proud.
By striking a deal with an exhibition that was planned for White City in 1908, Baron Desborough got a 66,000 capacity stadium built to Olympic specifications in double-quick time.. The new stadium was therefore ready for the first ever Olympic Games Opening Ceremony on July 13, 1908 – in which representatives from the 22 competing nations paraded flags in front of King Edward VII.
London 1908 was the first Olympic Games where the athletes – some 2,008 of them, including 676 from Great Britain – competed as part of a national team rather than as individuals.. Great Britain topped the medals table with 38 Bronze, 51 Silver and a staggering 56 Gold.