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Johan Cruijff Quotes and Sayings

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Soccer is simple, but it is difficult to play simple.
- Johan Cruijff

Sometimes something's got to happen before something is going to happen.
- Johan Cruijff

Coincidence is logical.
- Johan Cruijff

Italians can not beat us, but we can certainly lose against them.
- Johan Cruijff

 

I'm not religious.
In Spain all 22 players make the sign of the cross
before they enter the pitch.
If it works all matches must therefore end in a draw.
- Johan Cruijff

I don't want to be a thief of my own wallet.
- Johan Cruijff

To win you have to score one more goal than your opponent.
- Johan Cruijff

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You have got to shoot, otherwise you can't score.
- Johan Cruijff

Speed is often confused with insight.
When I start running earlier than the others,
I appear faster.
- Johan Cruijff

Every disadvantage has its advantage.
- Johan Cruijff

Without the ball, you can't win.
- Johan Cruijff

Give your time and efforts freely or not at all.
When you are tempted to say,
"Oh, if I have to, I'll skip my golf game
and watch my daughter play soccer," don't do it.
Either generate the heart-felt emotion
to make the free-will gift,
"I'd love to watch your game today, Sandy,"
or the honesty to decline the request gracefully.
Martyrdom doesn't create happiness
for any of the parties involved.
An honest, "No" is preferable to a coerced "Yes."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My parents and my grandfather on my mom's side would travel the earth.
They went to Australia and China, and they went to
probably every soccer game I ever played.
- Brandi Chastain

I love soccer.
That's all I ever watch.
I'll watch it all day if I can.
But I'm too bloody old to play now.
- Geezer Butler

My background playing soccer gave me a natural advantage
over many of the American-born players.
- Hakeem Olajuwon

I played English football - soccer -
instead of American football,
because we couldn't afford the equipment.
- Wally Schirra

I'm a rock star because I couldn't be a soccer star.
- Rod Stewart

What we are missing over here is the life of soccer.
- Thomas Dooley

To be honest with you, I never looked at soccer as a sacrifice.
- Brandi Chastain

People have to pay a lot of money to play soccer here.
- Thomas Dooley

If God had wanted man to play soccer,
he wouldn't have given us arms.
- Mike Ditka

That's the awesome part.
Little girls now have a chance to look up and see women playing soccer,
basketball, softball and now hockey -
and know they can win a gold medal,
too.
- Angela Ruggiero

In Europe, it's different - you eat soccer,
you breathe soccer, you drink soccer.
Everything is about soccer.
- Thomas Dooley

I think soccer is more respected now than it ever has been.
You can see that in the numbers of young kids who are
playing and the numbers of people who are coming to watch.
- Brandi Chastain

I manage a team, for beach soccer.
I'm the coach.
Player, coach.
- Eric Cantona

There's apparently soccer leagues that they've set
up with young Indian girls.
- Parminder Nagra

My hobbies are cooking and gardening,
especially growing orchids.
I love soccer, my husband and I support a British team called Chelsea,
and I also enjoy tennis.
We have 3 cats.
- Juliet Mills

I think foosball is a combination of soccer and shish kabobs.
- Mitch Hedberg

And of course in America you've got American football
and baseball and all those other ball games,
soccer has become a little niche that the women have kind of filled.
- Parminder Nagra

I love soccer; I want to be on the field.
- Brandi Chastain

Getting a chance to practice six months against my own teammates,
who I consider the best soccer players in the world,
there's no way I couldn't improve.
- Lorrie Fair

I think one of the political problems we have in this
country is the perspective that all soccer moms think alike,
all African-Americans think alike.
- Anne Northup

I played at the Sainte Maxime Beach Soccer Tournament,
which was brilliant fun as usual.
- David Ginola

Football (soccer) is a matter of life and death,
except more important.
- Bill Shankly

I suppose young people think football is glamorous -
soccer -
it's big money and the stars of it,
they look good and have a great big house and a huge Ferrari.
- Bryan Ferry

Yes there is a little group of soccer aficionados,
but I am not one of them.
- Gay Talese

I was a part of Backyard Soccer, and I hear that I
score a lot of goals in it.
- Brandi Chastain

In terms of soccer, it wasn't really a thing that girls did.
In England it more kind of Net Ball and Hockey and
stuff like that in athletics.
It's to each their own, really.
- Parminder Nagra

I was a keen sportsman, and became school captain in soccer and cricket.
- John E. Walker

Soccer riots kill at most tens.
Intellectuals' ideological riots sometimes kill millions.
- John McCarthy

My father was a soccer player.
All my friends played basketball though,
so I stuck with basketball.
- Steve Nash

By analogy, if we were to develop a soccer team,
then we would not invite basketball and volleyball players to the try outs.
We would invite soccer players to apply.
- Jean-Marie Le Pen

Like most people I can be lazy, so it's nice to have
a goal or deadline or reason to work out.
I feel better when I get to exercise,
or when I'm outdoors.
I like to hike, swim and run, and I love to play soccer.
- Viggo Mortensen

I want to be involved in soccer some way.
- Brian McBride

It really came down to deciding between baseball and soccer.
Soccer won out because I enjoyed it more.
- Brian McBride

Liberal soccer moms are precisely as likely to receive
anthrax in the mail as to develop a capacity for linear thinking.
- Ann Coulter

After all these years, I'm finally into soccer.
The World Cup is on, and my band is an international group -
they're all around me,
cheering in the hotel bars.
- Art Garfunkel

I think there are a lot of things that soccer does
in the communities that transcend the soccer field.
- Brandi Chastain

Kung fu and soccer are the two things that I was most
interested in as a child.
- Stephen Chow

I went to professional men's soccer games,
the old North American soccer league at that time,
and I used to be a ticket holder with my family and family friends.
We would go every weekend and I thought it was great,
but I just thought of it as recreation,
as family fun.
- Brandi Chastain

I was the kid who always liked to take the ball down
to the school even in my free time,
kick it against the wall, juggle it in the front yard
and so it was kind of a perpetual state of playing soccer for me.
- Brandi Chastain

When I see myself in the videogame it's amazing how realistic I look.
This is the most authentic and realistic soccer game I have ever seen.
It is like I'm looking in a mirror.
The attention to detail is incredible.
- Claudio Reyna

I was on Oprah's show recently talking about the people
who impacted me the most.
One was a teacher and one was my soccer coach.
I didn't even go into my family, who had the most influence.
- Andrew Shue

I think we have our sports within our own culture that are huge with baseball,
football, basketball, and hockey.
Those are the sports in America that we grow up with
and soccer isn't really there yet.
- Claudio Reyna

I have a 16 year-old son, so I'm now a soccer mom.
I stand on the sidelines and I hear the things parents are saying,
so I want them to understand what it is their kids
are feeling in any sports environment.
- Brandi Chastain

I think we have a good team, but soccer fans will know
that we're in a really tough group.
The three teams in our group are really strong.
The Czech Republic is a very good team,
Italy is traditionally a powerhouse,
and Ghana is one of the best teams in Africa.
- Claudio Reyna

Soccer and cricket were my main sports growing up.
I had trials as a soccer player with a few clubs interested,
Crystal Palace being one, but it was cricket which
became my chosen profession.
- Ian Botham

The more people who come from abroad who played soccer
and are brought up playing it and watching it,
then come over to America and bring what they know and what they play,
that's how the sport will grow.
- Claudio Reyna

Sure we have skilled players, but the biggest thing
might just be that we are so well conditioned and how
we can play for 90 minutes at a high tempo which is
needed in soccer at an international level.
- Claudio Reyna

OK, the wonderful thing about soccer is,
a football is a perfectly round object,
and it doesn't make mistakes.
The player using it makes mistakes.
And the more you use it, the less mistakes you make.
- Craig Johnston

I don't pay attention to target audiences and therefore
I often hear that I am a ratings killer,
somebody who fundamentally doesn't care whether one
person is watching or an entire soccer stadium.
- Alexander Kluge

After the '96 Olympics, we all started believing that
this is bigger than we thought,
and we were willing to do the work.
We knew that it was up to us, the players,
to make soccer successful.
- Brandi Chastain

We won the European Championship last September and now the world title.
That is some year for French beach soccer!
Now comes the hard part.
We have to keep improving and that's difficult because
it's tough to do better than winning a world title.
- Eric Cantona

I get asked this a lot: Why has soccer not succeeded? My answer is,
soccer has succeeded.
It is already the fastest growing youth participation sport in the U.S.
It has already succeeded at the youth level,
no question.
- Lamar Hunt

If my soccer career were over, I would still come here because of the people.
And despite the fact I've had to skip some school for National Team purposes,
I am looking forward to holding that Carolina degree
as soon as I can get my hands on it.
- Lorrie Fair

Over the last 10-15 years, you've seen soccer finally
start to grow at a fast pace,
start to get the recognition it deserves,
and I think it has to do with all of the people who
come to America from foreign countries.
- Claudio Reyna

Number one, it was a chance to thank my parents,
because they passed away a couple of years ago.
They gave me so much by giving me the opportunity to play soccer,
and I wanted to share the story we had together.
- Brandi Chastain

I love being an older comic now.
It's like being an old soccer or an old baseball player.
You're in the Hall of Fame and it's nice,
but you're no longer that person in the limelight on
the spot doing that thing.
- Eric Idle

We played soccer a lot with our friends and at school.
We weren't on an official team or anything,
but we'd definitely be up for it in gym or in after-school
pickup games where we live.
- Mary-Kate Olsen

Michael Sanchez and I grew up in New Jersey,
not far from here, playing soccer together.
When I was in high school, I worked to start an organization to help senior citizens,
which I learned a great deal from.
- Andrew Shue

But I think it's also hard to get into soccer here.
I think purely on a time level on television as well
because of the ad breaks.
It's something to do with that as well.
You can't show a complete soccer match here.
Which I kind of find a bit of an odd thing.
- Parminder Nagra


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