The best quotes from the world of football in 2020
Do you remember the passing of a few celebrities in 2016 and we were convinced it was the worst year ever?
2020 made an absolute mockery of 2016.
We’re not quite sure we can find the words to sum up the year – so we’ll leave it to others in the football world and beyond to do it for us.
Nick Cushing has announced that he is stepping down as Manchester City’s women’s coach in January to take on the role of assistant coach in New York.
However, City still had five games to play between Cushing’s announcement and leaving in February. What were they like, Nick?
“The last five games, I felt like I was parting ways with my girlfriend, but I still live in the same house as her.”
Often, experts strike the spot when it comes to analysis.
Sometimes we should leave that to well-spoken British actors.
Hugh Grant tried to explain who Norwich City was to co-star Matthew McConaughey during Focus on footballThe Premier League predictions in January and summed up Daniel Farke’s sympathetic but ultimately very beatable top-flight outfit perfectly.
“Oh, they’re lovely. They play silly yellow. ”
Crowds have largely been absent from football fields since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
For fans, the absence of football on a Saturday afternoon left a void in their lives – and the absence of supporters left football feeling just as empty.
Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa and his loyal translator have better articulated the importance of fans to football (via Leeds Live).
“Everyone who is part of the business that football has become is replaceable. The only people who cannot be replaced are you, the supporters. People who don’t ask for anything in return, only emotions. ”
Sometimes the shortest quotes are the best.
In June, it was announced that Everton full-back Luke Garbutt would leave the club at the end of the month after 11 years at Goodison Park (albeit punctuated by six separate loans).
Carlo Ancelotti has been asked for his opinion on the player. He paused to consider carefully the words that would suit Garbutt best, before answering:
Bury has had a rough time for the past 18 months, and in August the club issued a statement informing fans of their latest attempts to regain their EFL status.
So far, so normal.
The statement then concluded with:
“Finally, in an unrelated case. “
And when they said unrelated, they meant unrelated.
An attack on the BBC, license fees and the Last Night of the Proms controversy followed.
“The Suits who walk the corridors of power at the BBC decide that one of our biggest events, which by watching makes you proud to be British of who we were but certainly not of what we risked becoming. Now it looks like they’ve determined that we can no longer sing catchy songs that once bonded us BIG COUNTRY together, again, it seems that the moral compass of the few controls the many. IT’S WRONG”
Bayern Munich’s 8-2 win over Barcelona in August was one of the most ridiculous, outrageous and iconic footballing moments of 2020.
Bayern entered the game in exceptional form, unbeaten in 2020 and with a 100% Champions League record in the 2019/20 campaign. However, Barcelona’s Arturo Vidal was quick to warn Bayern not to be complacent.
“Tomorrow, they won’t play against Bundesliga teams, but against FC Barcelona, the best team in the world.”
Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
Antonio Conte was in a good mood after Inter’s exit in the Champions League.
The Serie A side drew 0-0 with Shakhtar Donetsk in their last group game to crash outside Europe, and when a reporter asked them how his team managed to play two dead ends at home and away against Shakhtar, having beaten them 5-0. in August, Conte replied:
“They lost 5-0, that’s why they changed. Think before you ask questions. ”
Scotland provided one of the feel-good moments of 2020 as the men’s squad qualified for a major tournament for the first time in 23 years via a spectacular penalty shootout victory over Serbia.
Celtic’s Ryan Christie gave a beautifully moving full-time interview that captured what every Scotsman felt as he attempted to portray watching the kick, before simply concluding:
“Ohhhhh. I left.”
Most footballers feign modesty when asked about individual awards – they don’t really matter, everything about the team etc.
However, Chelsea Women’s boss Emma Hayes has very refreshingly admitted that she is absolutely thrilled to be nominated for the FIFA Best Women’s Coach Award (via The Sun) – before standing up to discuss her choice of dress for the ceremony.
“I have a lot of musician friends who lived in America when I lived there. And I tell them, ‘It’s like being nominated for a Grammy or an Oscar. Apparently I have to wear formal attire. But because I’m going to be home on a computer, I think I’m going to put something on my pajamas. “
Football lost a real big in November when World Cup winner Diego Maradona passed away.
Summing up Maradona’s flawed genius is impossible, but a conversation between an Uber driver and a reporter Roberto Lioi is the best way to describe why the Imperfect Argentinian was so contagiously worshiped.
“Messi is what any Argentine would like to be. Maradona is who we are. ”