Yes! It’s the brainiest football quotes of the year!
Including wisdom from Mr Brainiac here
As expected, it’s been another year rich in football insights from the people who know it best – the pundits, the players, the managers… Alan Shearer.
After the jump, prepare to have your minds blown with some moving tributes to the beautiful game… and please feel free to add your own favourites in the comments section.
“Today we played to our capabilities. That’s what this team is capable of.”
“He’s what I call a good football player.”
Paul Merson on Landon Donovan
“It seems like every foul is a free kick.”
“Lambert has scored 60 per cent of all of Southampton’s goals, but I wonder how many of the other 60 per cent he has set up.”
“Roberto Mancini’s got that Italian style… the old joie de vivre.”
“That one would have been a goal if it had gone in.”
“Seven wins out of eight, you can’t do any more than that.”
“If you expose the opposition’s weaknesses enough, in the end those weaknesses will be exposed.”
“Nothing’s black and white in our country – you’re either brilliant or you’re hopeless.”
“If Newcastle go a goal up I can see them winning it, if Liverpool go a goal up I can see them winning it.”
“As they say – a bird in the hand is worth one in the bush.”
“Don’t put too much pressure on the kid, in years to come I think he will be an Arsenal great like Liam Brady.”
Paul Merson on Jack Wilshere
“Pele did say an African team would win the World Cup before 2000 – I think it’s going to be longer.”