World Cup 2014 in quotes

2014-07-14 10:53

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Some of the best quotes from the 2014 Fifa World Cup

On winning the World Cup

“It was always my dream to get on the summit and look down.” – Germany striker Miroslav Klose

“I think we deserve it because we have had the best performance of all the teams over seven matches.” – Germany coach Joachim Loew

“It’s an unbelievable feeling. I don’t know how to describe it. You just shoot that ball in, you don’t really know what’s happening.” – Germany’s Mario Götze on scoring the winning goal

Germany's Mario Goetze lifts the World Cup trophy after the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina. Picture: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

On Brazil's humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany

“I didn’t like Brazil from the start, but I didn’t think Germany were going to be so imposing, so devastating, so decisive. – Argentine legend Diego Maradona

“If I were to think of my life as a footballer, as a coach, as a physical education teacher, I think it was the worst day of my life.” – Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari

Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. Picture: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

On Luis Suárez’s lengthy ban after biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini

“Everyone knows what they’ve done to Luis. They wanted him out of the World Cup. Perfect, they did it. They chucked him out of there like a dog.” Suárez’s grandmother after the ban was announced

“Who did Suárez kill? This is football, this is contact. They may as well handcuff him and bring him to Guantanamo directly.” – Another gem from Maradona

“The truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me.” – Suárez finally admits biting Chiellini

Suárez reacts after biting Italy’s Chiellini. Picture: Tony Gentile/Reuters

“There are no feelings of joy, revenge or anger against Suárez for an incident that happened on the pitch and that is done. My only thought is for Luis and his family because they will face a very difficult period.” – Chiellini takes pity on Suárez

“At Fifa, they are a bunch of old sons of bitches. They could have punished him, but not with fascist sanctions.” – Uruguay’s incensed President José Mujica

On Neymar’s horrific injury

“God blessed me. If it had been another two centimetres, I could be in a wheelchair today.” – Brazil’s Neymar in tears after he suffered a cracked vertebra following a tackle by Juan Camilo Zúñiga of Colombia in the quarterfinals

“In my opinion, it was a cowardly tackle. I’m a defender and you don’t do that.” – Brazil captain Thiago Silva

“I was not thinking of hurting him. I was defending my country’s colours.” – Zúñiga

Neymar grimaces in pain after a challenge by Colombia’s Zúñiga. Picture: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

On kissing Queen Elizabeth II

“If we beat Costa Rica, I want a kiss, obviously on the cheek, from the UK Queen.” – Tweet by Italy striker Mario Balotelli. He was spared, though – Italy lost the match

On beating Spain

“It was a crazy game. We could have scored five ... oh right, we did score five, but we could have scored six, seven or eight.” – Dutch striker Robin van Persie after their opening 5-1 thrashing of defending champions Spain

On Messi’s magic

Lionel Messi. Picture: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

“He’s the water in the desert. He finds solutions when we think there aren’t any.” – Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella on what Messi brings to his team

“Messi could be the best player in the world – if he was human.” – Iran coach Carlos Queiroz

“Messi is one of heck of a player. He’s blessed. There are good calibre players in the team but Messi is from Jupiter.” – Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi

Blame the ref

“We will leave tomorrow or the day after. We hope that referee does as well.” – Mexico manager Miguel Herrera after his side’s defeat to the Netherlands in the last 16

“Of course, it does not upset anyone because it only concerns an African team. Who really cares about the injustices of an African team? This mistake deprives us of something huge. It is a scandal that unfortunately does not seem to bother many people. – Ivory Coast star Yaya Touré blames poor refereeing for the team’s elimination in the group stage

“Two billion people could see it was not a penalty. This was ridiculous today and if we continue this way we will have a circus.” – Croatia coach Niko Kovac has a go at Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura for awarding a penalty to hosts Brazil

Referee Yuichi Nishimura. Picture: Reuters

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