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"Football is like life. It requires perserverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority."
"Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win."
"The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity."
"Whether it's a friendly match, or for points, or a final, or any game - I play the same. I'm always trying to be my best, first for my team, for myself, for the fans, and to try and win."
"Citius, Altius, Fortius!"
("Faster, Higher, Stronger!)
The Olympic motto
(proposed by Pierre de Coubertin on the creation of the International Olympic Committee in 1894)
"Sportsmanship for me is when a guy walks off the court and you really can't tell whether he won or lost, when he carries himself with pride either way."
(former world number 1 professional tennis player; he holds the record for being the youngest man to have reached the finals of all four Grand Slam singles tournaments)
“Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time.”
(American former professional baseball player)
"Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding."
(American college basketball coach, famous for his inspirational 1993 ESPY Awards speech, given just eight weeks before he died of cancer)
"Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is."
(the head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s, where he led the team to three straight league championships)