It was just over a week ago that the German team finally lifted the World Cup trophy and now officially rule the world of football. The recent edition of the World Cup played in Brazil was much like previous versions–it was drama-filled. Players, managers and officials alike made many memorable comments. Some were spirit-lifting, others outrageous and controversial, and some were utterly hilarious. During the course of the tournament we were able to pick a handful of them representing many of the 32 countries who began the tournament with high aspirations.
Best Quotes From Brazil 2014
Eduardo da Silva just before the opening game between his country of birth, Brazil, and his adopted country, Croatia: “I’ll sing the national anthem of both countries.”
Croatian defender Vedran Corluka after the 3-1 loss to Brazil in the opening game in which Brazil was awarded a controversial spot kick decision: “ Just give Brazil the world cup and everyone can go home.”
Fred on his goal against Cameroon: “As amazing as it sounds, the ball hit my mustache, it was a mustache goal.”
Luis Suarez to Steven Gerrard after Uruguay’s 2-1 win over England: “I don’t like it when he hurts like this. I said keep going, you are one of the best.”
Mario Balotelli before Italy’s match against Costa Rica, which was pivotal for England as well: “If we beat Costa Rica I want a kiss, obviously on the cheek, from the UK Queen.”
Luis Suarez a few days after the Goirgio Chiellini bite incident: “The truth is that my colleague Goirgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me.“
Diego Lugano’s thoughts on the Suarez Ban: “It’s a breach of human rights that a player cannot go into a stadium where there are 80,000 people or into a hotel with his teammates, that he cannot work for four months, he has committed a crime, but this is barbarity. Not even a criminal would receive this penalty.”
Nigerian coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi on Messi: “Messi is one heck of a player. He’s blessed. There are good caliber players in the team but Messi is from Jupiter.”
Argentine coach Aledjandro Sabella on Messi: “He’s the water in the desert. He finds solutions when we think there aren’t any.”
Neymar after the injury that ruled him out of the world cup: “God blessed me. If it had been another two centimeters I could be in a wheelchair today”
Juan Zuniga after hurting Neymar. “I was not thinking of hurting him. I was defending my country.”
Luis Felipe Scolari after his team lost in an outrageous pitiful fashion 7-1 to Germany: “I’m going to be remembered probably because I lost 7-1, the worst defeat in Brazil’s history, but that was a risk I knew I was running when I walked into this position.”
Louis Van Gaal after his side lost on penalties to Argentina: “I taught Romero how to save penalties so yes, it hurts.”
Joachim Loew after his team won the World Cup: “I told Mario Goetze, ‘go out and show the world you are better than Messi’.”
Maradona on Messi getting the Golden Ball: “Messi? I would give him heaven if possible. But it’s not right when someone win something that he shouldn’t have won because of some marketing plan.”
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