"My father used to say, 'If you want to know the artist, look at the art'. He was usually talking about Stanley Matthews or Don Bradman when he said it." - David Peace.

 "Though the legs of a football coach are never so active on the field of play during playing time, his mind is the best or worse player on the pitch!" -- - Ernest Agyemang Yeboah.

"In his life, a man can change wives, political parties or religions but he cannot change his favorite soccer team."-- Eduardo Galeano

"Everything I know about morality and the obligations of men, I owe it to football (soccer)." -- Albert Camus.

Soccer isn't the same as Bach or Buddhism. But it is often more deeply felt than religion, and just as much a part of the community's fabric, a repository of traditions." -- Franklin Foer.

"And one fine day the goddess of the wind kisses the foot of man, that mistreated, scorned foot, and from that kiss the soccer idol is born." - Eduardo Galeano.

"Becoming a footballer is only the first half of the silent prayer a kid offers up to the sky or confides to his teacher in a primary school essay. The second part is the name of the team he wants to play for." - Andrea Pirlo.