This Is Why We’re Here

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.
( Bill Shankly )

Let’s be honest about this. It is getting to the point now where if you want to be a referee, only heroes need apply. You will be threatened and you will be ridiculed – on and off the pitch. If you make a decision that meets with the disapproval of a manager who is trying to shift the blame for a poor performance, you will be hounded and you will be abused. If we carry on like this, we’re going to have to start paying referees danger money. You think I’m joking ? I’m not.
( Oliver Holt, 15,03.2015 )

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.
( Brian Clough )

If you don’t believe you can win, there is no point in getting out of bed at the end of the day.
( Neville Southall )

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.
( Ian Rush )

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.
( Ruud Gullit )

I won’t say we have to win.
I won’t put that pressure.. But we can’t lose.
( Jose Mourinho )

Behind every kick of the ball there has to be a thought.
( Dennis Bergkamp )

Football’s not just about scoring goals, it’s about winning.
( Alan Shearer )

When results aren’t good the manager gets the sack, that’s the game.
( Roy Keane )

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.
( Luis Figo )

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.
( Steven Gerrard )

Something deep in my character allows me to take the hits and get on with trying to win.
( Lionel Messi )

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.
( Bill Shankly )

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.
( Gary Neville )

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.
( Thierry Henry )

In football as in watchmaking, talent and elegance mean nothing without rigour and precision.
( Lionel Messi )

Football is a game about feelings and intelligence.
( Jose Mourinho )

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.
( Michael Jordan )

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.
( Muhammad Ali )

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.
( Andre Agassi )

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.

Sol Campbell Turns Tory Because Of Threatened Mansion Tax ..
The Tories’ latest celebrity ‘coup’ is ex-footballer Sol Campbell, driven into their arms by Labour’s threat of a mansion tax on his £25million home, saying he now wants to win them the next election by securing the black vote. Good luck taking your message on to the estates, Sol. Although I doubt you’ll find too many black faces on the Yorkshire estate owned by your wife’s family where these days you like to go shooting.
When I interviewed Campbell a decade ago, he painted himself as a man of the people: “I’m just the same working-class person I was. If I hadn’t been a footballer I’d probably be settled down with a woman in East London today. Money hasn’t changed me,” he said. I think you’ll find it has, mate.
( Brian Reade, 25.10,2014 )

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