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Sport quotes of the week

By Aimee Lewis

Dr Sulaiman Al Fahim
Manchester City's new owners say they will make a bid for Cristiano Ronaldo
"Ronaldo has said he wants to play for the biggest club in the world, so we will see in January if he is serious."
Dr Sulaiman Al Fahim, front man for Manchester City's new Middle East owners the Abu Dhabi United Group, stirs things up by suggesting City will make a 135m bid for Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo.

"I've got more respect for Ferguson than anyone else in the game. He's like a Scouser, really. He's funny, doesn't mind telling people to **** off, and he even votes Labour. I love him."
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher declares his love for Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

"We have sold Robinho for reasons of human nature. The fact is we have accepted an offer from Manchester City and that he is not going for sporting reasons."
Real Madrid president Roman Calderon suggests Robinho's record-breaking 32m move to Eastlands was not just about football.

"I was watching a TV programme about accents the other day where they said the Birmingham dialect was the most difficult to understand, so I couldn't make out what they were saying."
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez's retort after being asked if he was surprised by the abuse he received at Villa Park.

Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter gets his coat after being selected for the Ryder Cup
"I can tell you, I get on well with Ian. I said to him: 'Raquel, go and put your overcoat on. It's time to go to the Ryder Cup.' He was absolutely gobsmacked."
Nick Faldo tells us of Ian 'Raquel' Poulter's reaction at making the Ryder Cup team. The flamboyant golfer apparently makes an uncanny impersonation of Boycie from Only Fools and Horses, hence why Faldo calls him Raquel.

"Monty, I only managed to leave a voice message - apparently he was watching football or shopping."
Faldo on how he told Colin Montgomerie that the Scot had not made the Ryder Cup team.

"Fred has presence as a man."
England coach Peter Moores says Andrew Flintoff is a great role model to young England players.

"When I go back to England and I go through Heathrow airport, I'm ashamed to be English."
McLaren boss Ron Dennis says he is embarrassed at England's failure to host major sporting events after witnessing Valencia successfully stage the European Grand Prix.

"Clubs like ours can't afford to go bananas in the transfer market. Our wage bill is quite high for a football club of this standing and we can't get in 10 Johan Elmanders because they're very expensive to buy and very expensive to run."
Bolton boss Gary Megson counts the cost of 9m Swedish striker Elmander injuring a hamstring in his second game for the Trotters.

"We've got another game on Friday against Wigan, which is OK for me because I don't drink. But some of the lads will be bent out of shape."
St Helens captain Keiron Cunningham predicts his team-mates will enjoy a tipple or two after their Challenge Cup win over Hull FC.

"The story of me being locked in the toilet by Tiago is true. It's a shame it got out, as this was something I told a friend in confidence. In any case, Alessandro Del Piero responded to the noise of me punching the door and offered to break it down."
Juventus president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli on Tiago's reaction after the Serie A club tried to encourage him to sign for Everton or Monaco.

"When I saw Lazio celebrating as if they had won the World Cup, I thought 'That won't happen again'."
Sir Alex Ferguson recalls Manchester United's Super Cup loss to Lazio in 1999 just before United suffer a 2-1 defeat to Zenit St Petersburg in the same competition.

"We won't be able to shut him up when he comes back to us. But then again, there's no change there."
Fulham first-team coach Ray Lewington predicts there will be no peace and quiet at the training ground when Jimmy Bullard returns from international duty with England.


"Sorry about the noise. It's caused by a fat man with a bald head doing something that can only loosely be called singing."
BBC Radio Manchester's Jack Dearden commentating near a loud fan.
(Ginny Hadfield, England)

Shaun Wright-Phillips
Wright-Phillips is pleased to be back home
"It was great to come back and score two goals at the place I call home."
Winger Shaun Wright-Philips after scoring a brace on his Manchester City return at...the Stadium of Light.
(Paddy Murphy, Wexford)

"Unless our administration team and John's have a fight in the car park, he's a City player now."
Bristol City manager Gary Johnson on the signing of striker John Akinde from Ebbsfleet United.
(Gareth Owen, UK)

"Hull need to play rugby if they want to win this match."
Ray French commentating during the Challenge Cup final between St Helens and Hull FC.
(Thomas Tindall, St Helens)

"My 10-year-old has just come home with a football tattoo on his face and I am struggling to remove it before school tomorrow. That's my transfer news." "What is the tattoo - Berbatov's head?"
BBC Sport's Jonathan Stevenson responds to a text during transfer deadline day.
(Simon, England)

"He should be given player of the year now, sports writers. The lot - free lottery tickets."
Scotland's assistant boss Terry Butcher on Pedro Mendes after the midfielder starred in Rangers' 4-2 victory over Celtic in the Old Firm derby.
(David Bedlow, England)

"That was almost an orange card, somewhere between a yellow and a red."
Former Liverpool defender Jim Beglin commentating during the European Super Cup match between Manchester United and Zenit St Petersburg.
(Chris Plowman, Cornwall)

"Liverpool have not played and they have won three games. It's amazing."
Lawro's predictions.
(Wally, Ireland)

"He probably doesn't play against too many running machines in the Dutch league does he, Guy?"
Lawro talking about FC Twente right-back Jeroen Heubach having to mark Arsenal's Theo Walcott.
(Alex Hinde, UK)

"If there is a FA qualified official in the crowd tonight, can you please make yourself known as we are one short."
An announcement at Bournemouth ahead of their match with Bristol Rovers.
(Peter Olding, Eastleigh)


"Are you England in disguise?"
Arsenal fans as Steve McClaren's FC Twente suffer a 4-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium.
(Curtis, England)

"Theooo, Theo Walcott, Theo Theo Walcott, he's an Englishman at Arsenal."
Arsenal fans sing to the tune of Sting's Englishman in New York.
(Darshan Brahmbhatt, Cambridge)

"Chim chiminey, chim chiminey, chim chim-cheru who needs Sol Campbell when we've got Shittu."
Bolton fans serenade defender Danny Shittu to the tune of Mary Poppins' Chim Chim Cheree.
(Sam Illingworth, Bolton)

"We've got more points than you."
Hull City fans to Wigan supporters who were celebrating a 5-0 win at the KC Stadium.
(Dave E, E Yorks)

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