"One would hope that all men privately weeping at home would feel absolved of shame from watching Gazza cry, David Luiz burst into red-eyed tears after defeat to Germany, as well as Beckham, Buffon, or Terry."
"if you are of the superstitious kind, you might say that the L-shape is symbolic of the word "lose""
"Salah's (failed) theatrics in the lead-up to the goal was especially entertaining for the keen watcher. "
"Something tending towards the sublime: a short man named Diego Maradona danced- with a football."
"Do I get a say in all this?"
"Poets, dramatists, novelists nor any other artist are not fit for the task of capturing the feelings and emotion in the nanosecond moment when the ball is about to hit the net- neither am I."
"Whereas Sherwood treated the Arteta debate as an open conversation in which it is arguable that Emery could have been destined for success at the Emirates if a certain 90 minutes had gone his way, Melissa Reddy treated the debate as a structured argument . Her reasons for her defence of Arteta were rooted to valued judgements and rationale."
"The opportunity to compete at an international stage and represent your country is a privilege. That is the basis from which the football authorities must totally rebrand and re-schedule international football. "
"Football has become entrapped, imprisoned, put in a cage by the '(Football) Culture Industry'."
"Football should be a beacon of hope for aspiring footballers, but also for people from similar backgrounds to work hard to becoming doctors, lawyers or politicians."