quotes - 2015



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“Not even God pleased everybody.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo on not being universally liked.)


“The thinking in our football is to channel the means almost entirely towards the Big Three, leaving crumbs for all the rest.”
(Nacional coach Manuel Machado criticises the massive media deals struck by the Big Three [FC Porto, Benfica; Sporting])


“The clássico isn’t a matter of life or death.”
(Sporting midfielder João Mário ahead of a vital Sporting v FC Porto.)


“All stories have an ending. In this case we’re still at the beginning.”
Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho after the club lost their dispute with Doyen at TAS.”


“The coach has been contested since the very first day, just as Mourinho and Jesualdo Ferreira were.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa on the crowd booing coach Júlen Lopetegui during the 3-1 win over Académica, which took them to the top of the table.)


“I found João Afonso crying in the dressing room. He applauded a good decision by the referee and said ‘well done ref’ ... and he got sent off.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Sérgio Conceição after his side won 1-0 at Estoril; João Afonso is now suspended and misses the reception of Benfica on 02 January.)


“We forget to talk about more serious things, like the fact that many players are unemployed, and that there are salaries overdue in many teams.”
(Sporting Braga captain Alan, asked about recent refereeing controversies.)


“It doesn’t mean that José Mourinho isn’t the best in the world.”
(Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes after the coach was sacked by Chelsea.)


“No excuses ... but facts are facts.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho points to refereeing mistakes as contributing to his side’s exit from the Taça de Portugal, 4-3 at Braga.)


“If knocking Sporting out were an impossible mission, I’d call Tom Cruise.”
(Braga coach Paulo Fonseca ahead of the Fifth Round Cup tie.)


“If we don’t approach this game seriously, we could be surprised.”
(Braga coach Paulo Fonseca on the Europa League tie against Sion, theoretically a lesser team ...)


“I knew that he could miss, and indeed he did.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on letting Slimani take a penalty in the 3-1 win over Moreirense because he wanted the striker to notch up goals in the league’s top-scorer table; he followed up to score after the ‘keeper stopped the penalty.)


“Portugal are without doubt a fantastic team.”
(Hungary coach Bernd Storck after they were drawn in Portugal’s Euro 2016 group, along with Iceland and Austria.)


“I didn’t really want to talk about the match officials. I wouldn’t want them to talk about me.”
(New Boavista coach Erwin Sánchez after a dubious penalty and a penalty not given in the
1-1 draw with Estoril.)


“We’re not here to see the tulips!”
(Sporting Braga coach Paulo Fonseca ahead of their Europa League game against Groningen, which they drew 0-0 to top the group.)


“I hope to go to work tomorrow with the same strength and ambition.”
FC Porto coach Júlen Lopetegui after his side whimpered out of the Champions League with a 0-2 defeat at Chelsea.)


“We want to make history in England.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui ahead of the crunch CL game at Chelsea that they had to win ... [they lost 0-2 and were knocked out of the Champions League.])


“Bruno de Carvalho is a lizard who’ll never get to be an alligator.”
(Marítimo president Carlos Pereira on his Sporting counterpart.)


“Goals are worth a lot of money, and Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are expensive.”
(Fabiano Soares, coach of Estoril, 10 goals in 12 games.)


“We didn’t expect to be in this position at this time.”
(Jorge Jesus, coach of top club Sporting.)


“It wasn’t us that turned the loudspeakers on.”
(Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieiria has a dig at his Sporting counterpart Bruno de Carvalho, amidst growing bad-feeling between the clubs.)


“Ronaldo doesn’t deserve to be among the Golden Ball finalists.”
(Barcelona full-back Dani Alves)


“Luck? No - the culture of champions..”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after his side beat Belenenses with an added-time penalty.)


“Renato Sanches wasn’t in the starting line-up because I like dreadlocks but because he has quality.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória on the club’s new young ace.)


“As much as I like Boavista, I also like myself.”
(Petit resigns as Boavista coach, citing personal reasons.)


“We’re the only team in Europe that hasn’t been awarded a penalty.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui takes a swipe at referees.)


“If I have to put the ‘B’ Team out against Besiktas, I will.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on upcoming fixture congestion)


“We’ve taken a giant step towards finishing top of the group.”
(Portugal U-21 coach Rui Jorge after beating Israel 3-0 for their fifth straight win in EURO 2017 qualifying.)


“See you soon, Mr Spike. You’ll always be with us. I’ll never forget you, my baby.”
(Benfica’s Argentinian forward Eduardo Sálvio takes to social media to mourn his dog.)


“One club [Benfica] has 6.5m fans, the other [Sporting] has 3.5m. If that makes 10m, then it’s the whole population and we don’t have any fans.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa.)


“The tension on and off the pitch caused our team to lose concentration for a moment.”
(Arouca assistant coach Neca after a turbulent last few minutes of the home game against Sporting, culminating in Slimani giving Sporting the three points on the stroke of full time.)


“This isn’t like yoghurts - on the 29th it’s within the sell-by date and after midnight it’s past it.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória, asked why Raúl Jimenez is taking so long to settle in.)


“I heard that Luisão was finished.”
(Benfica captain Luisão hits back at critics; he scored the winner, 2-1, in the CL game against Galatasaray.)


“We have to have a perfect night.”
(Benfica captain Luisão ahead of the Champions League tie against Galatasaray. Benfica won 2-1.)


“Maybe for others Messi is the best. In my head, it’s me.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo)


“We will never give up!”
(Benfica forward Gonçalo Guedes; Benfica are 8th, eight points off the pace.)


What we have to do is react like champions do.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the 0-3 home defeat to local rivals Sporting CP.)


“It was an atypical game”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the 0-3 home defeat to local rivals Sporting CP.)


“We’re entitled to think about the European title.”
(FPF director João Vieira Pinto)


“It was the present that I wanted for my birthday.”
(National team coach Fernando Santos, 61 this week, on Portugal winning their seventh Euro group game in a row, 2-1 in Serbia)


“We’re not favourites - we’re candidates.”
(National team coach Fernando Santos after Portugal qualify for Euro 2016.)


“We’re not going to accept that Carrillo be treated as a slave or merchandise. He’s an employee!”
(Juan Baldovino, of the Peruvian Players’ Union, on the Sporting/Carrillo dispute.)


“The draw is actualy enough but we want to win.”
(Portugal midfielder João Moutinho ahead of the crunch EURO qualifier against Denmark.)

“The guy’s sick - I’ve never seen anyone train like him.”
(Former Portugal international Deco on Cristiano Ronaldo.)


“Our heads dropped and we got a bit tired, too.”
(Belenenses coach Ricardo Sá Pinto after the 4-0 drubbing at FC Porto.)


“It’s the worst moment of my career.”
(José Mourinho on Chelsea’s bad form.)


“We had some funny refereeing.”
(Belenenses coach Ricardo Sá Pinto points a finger at Macedonian ref Stavrev after losing 0-4 at home to Fiorentina in the Europa League.)


“It was a night à Benfica.”
(Coach Rui Vitória, proud of his side’s 2-1 CL win at Atlético Madrid.)


“Maybe they’re already in Madrid for Benfica’s game tomorrow.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa finds it strange that there were no Portuguese Football Federation representatives to see the team’s excellent 2-1 CL win over Chelsea.)


“This team are going to turn things around.”
(Académica’s new coach Filipe Gouveia optimistic after their 6th defeat in the first six games, 1-0 at Rio Ave.)


“Sporting Braga lament the savage and cowardly acts of people who disgrace Vitória SC and the city of Guimarães.”
(Press release from Sporting Braga after their fans’ coaches were pelted with stones by Vitória fans following Braga’s 0-1 win.)


“You don’t have to be humble to be a ref - you need to have an ego the size of the world.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho, unhappy at ref Artur Soares Dias’ handling of Boavista 0-0 Sporting.)


“But who are we playing against tomorrow? Carrillo or Boavista?”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus gets fed up with questions about the Peruvian winger, in dispute with the club.)


“Our chances are 0.01 per cent.”
(Moreirense coach Miguel Leal ahead of the match against FC Porto.)
[The game finished Moreirense 2-2 FC Porto]


“Today it needed more than Sporting for Nacional to leave here defeated.”
(Nacional coach Manuel Machado takes a dig at the referee after his side go down 1-0 at Alvalade.)


“We made many more mistakes in this game than the referee.”
(Marítimo coach Ivo Vieira refuses to blame the ref for the 5-1 defeat at Braga.)


“There’s a long way to go for everybody.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui after the 1-0 win over Benfica.)


“We responded fantastically well after the accident in the last game.”
(Belenenses coach Ricardo Sá Pinto after his side drew 0-0 at Lech Poznan in the Europa League - an improvement on the 0-6 against Benfica.)


“I knew the team wouldn’t be as good as it’s been.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after making a lot of changes for the Europa League home game vs Lokomotiv ... and losing 1-3.)


“For me, the ideal scenario would be to have Mourinho training Liverpool.”
(Former Liverpool captain, Steven Gerrard.)


“Académica played by far their best football of the season so far.”
(Coach José Viterbo after Os Estudantes, bottom of the Liga, went down 2-0 at Nacional.)


“We’re building a good team that’s going to win titles.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui after the 3-1 win at Arouca.)


“We had a bad day.”
(Belenenses coach Ricardo Sá Pinto after his side went down 6-0 at Benfica.)


“I hope the fans like my style.”
(Benfica striker Nélson Oliveira, on loan to Nottingham Forest.)


“The pause in the league was important to tighten some screws.”
(Benfica central defender Jardel.)


“Let’s take it easy with the celebrations.”
(Ricardo Quaresma advises caution after Portugal move a step closer to EURO 2016 qualfication with a 1-0 win in Albania.)


“The first good generation that came out of Seixal was burned.”
(Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira on the club’s youth scheme.)


“I want to be where they want me and where I feel happy.”
(Midfielder Pedro Tiba, slightly embittered, who has moved from Sporting Braga to Valladolid on loan.)


“I’m very happy to be here. It was a dream to play in England.”
(Benfica’s Dutch winger Ola John is loaned out to ... Reading FC.)


“I’m happy at FC Porto - I think you can see it in my face.”
(Porto’s Spanish international ‘keeper Iker Casillas.)


“Two penalties not given in Lisbon, a goal scored with the hand and a good goal disallowed. Even a blind man could see it.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus still unhappy about the refereeing in the CL play-off against CSKA Moscow.)


“We shouldn’t have been here today but yesterday.”
(Sporting director of football Octávio Machado bemoans the fact that the club was in the draw for the Europa League, not the Champions League.)


“Whoever intervenes in the game and steals has to be arrested.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho aims at the ref as Sporting fail to qualify for the Champions League after losing at CSKA)


“I only knew we were top when I got home.”
(Arouca ‘keeper Bracali after beating Benfica and going top.)


“The Eagle is confused.”
(A Bola’s front page after Benfica [‘The Eagles’] lost 1-0 at Arouca.)


“Your love makes me strong, your hate makes me unstoppable.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo after constant whistling from Sporting Gijon fans.)


“I scored against Casillas!”
(Marítimo’s Edgar Costa after their 1-1 draw with FC Porto in Madeira.)


“The tie’s open - anything can happen.”
(Sporting striker Téo Gutiérrez after the 2-1 home win over CSKA in the first leg of the CL play-off.)


“There was no chemistry between me and the coach.”
(French central defender Michael Ciani moves away from Sporting - and coach Jorge Jesus - just weeks after arriving.)


“What’s scheduled for Zürich is not an election.”
(Luís Figo on the 29/05 election for FIFA president.)


“There were 11 puppets on the pitch.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach Bruno Ribeiro after his side go down 0-5 at Braga.)


“I have seen with my own eyes federation presidents who, after one day comparing FIFA leaders to the devil, then go on stage and compare those same people with Jesus Christ.”
(Luís Figo walks away from the FIFA presidency race.)


“I carry Sporting in my heart.”
(Nani on ending his loan spell at the club.)


“These players deserve it for their 11 months of work.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus after they clinch the title.)

“Congratulations to all those who helped Benfica win the championship.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetgui.)


“These players deserved a different result.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Rui Vitória after Nacional 2-2 Vitória.)

“The fairest result would have been 5-2.”
(Nacional coach Manuel Machado after the same game.)


“I’m optimistic about my chances.”
(Luís Figo ahead of the elections for FIFA President.)


“This group has given everything it has ... and what it doesn’t have.”
(Rio Ave coach Pedro Martins after the 3-1 win at Belenenses; it’s been a long season for his team.)


“Are we going to renew with Petit? The answer to that question is obvious.”
(Boavista president João Loureiro on coach Petit after the team guarantee their Primeira Liga status.)

“The chances of staying up are very slim - like the Euromillions.”
(Carlos Brito, coach of bottom club Penafiel.)


“We’re top because we’re the best.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus.)


“Lopetegui? I only get names wrong when I want to.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus on the on-going controversy about his playing with the FC Porto coach’s name.)


“Lopetegui lost his head because he felt he’d lost the championship.”
(Former FC Porto player António Sousa after the FCP coach was involved in a tussle with his opposite number Jorge Jesus following Benfica 0-0 FC Porto, which left Benfica close to the title.)


“FC Porto were the only team that played to win.”
(Porto coach Julen Lopetegui after his team drew 0-0 at Benfica.)


“It was no fun at all.”
(FC Porto’s Dutch defender Martins Indi after FCP went down 1-6 at Bayern.)


“I’d never advise a player to take injections.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui, responding to Bayern’s Guardiola, who accused FCP striker Jackson Martínez of doing just that for their CL quarter-final first leg.)


“Boavista are a pleasant surprise.”
(Sporting coach Marco Silva praises their opponents ahead of the Liga game.)


“We have the best coaches in the world.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus)


“Referee Carlos Xistra did an excellent job.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus on the Marítimo 2-1 FC Porto Taça da Liga game, after which Porto coach Julen Lopetegui criticised the ref.)


“Doing cute stuff is not enough.”
(Portugal coach Fernando Santos after the 0-2 defeat to Cape Verde.)


“Our objective is to stay up, and that’s been guaranteed for ages.”
(Belenenses coach Lito Vidigal after his team went down 0-1 at home to Paços.)


“It’s not a day for maths.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui, asked if Porto can make up the four-point deficit to Benfica, after FCP beat Sporting 3-0.)


“I don’t want to be part of the problem.”
(Estoril coach José Couceiro after his side go down 0-6 at Benfica.)


“Referees are always the excuse for the failure of those who didn’t have a good team or the best coach.”
(Former FC Porto ‘keeper Vítor Baía.)


(Front-page headline of sports daily O Jogo following Nani’s wonder goal for Sporting against Gil Vicente.)


“Ronaldo’s problem is that he’s spoiled us.”
(Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas.)


“The game ended on 60 minutes.”
(Moreirense coach Miguel Leal on the red card, with the score at 1-1, that made it easier for Benfica to go on and win 1-3.)


“I cried before going on.”
(Sporting midfielder William Carvalho on his debut in August 2013.)


“God is great! Justice has been done!”
(Young Benfica winger Sancidino Silva, cleared in England of rape.)


“The referee was on target.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui after three key players see a yellow card against Vitória de Gumarães and miss next week’s derby at Boavista.)


“We were sitting on top of happiness and we couldn’t take advantage of it.”
(Penafiel coach Rui Quinta after they let a 1-0 lead slip in the dying minutes at Paços de Ferreira.)


“I consider that Paços de Ferreira enrich Portuguese football.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui after his side thrashed Paços 5-0.)


“This game is a part of our growth.”
(Boavista coach Petit after his team went down 0-3 at Benfica.)


"I look at FIFA's reputation at this moment and I don't like what I see."
(Luís Figo announces that he’ll run for the FIFA presidency.)


“We haven’t thrown the towel in.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui after his team go down 1-0 at Marítimo.)


“I’m happy and proud to be a part of the history of the club.”
(Captain Luisão on completing his 440th game for Benfica, equalling Eusébio.)


“I’m not from another planet.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo, after Real went out of the Copa del Rei against Atlético.)


“I didn’t offend anyone!”
(Sporting Braga coach Sérgio Conceição, ordered from the bench during Braga’s 0-1
home defeat to Sporting.)






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