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Diego Costa
Money is good, but I'm grateful for what I have right now and I have other things to look forward to, like playing the next World Cup. I know that I have a chance to be called if I'm playing well and at a high level, that's something I want.feedback
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NEW May 27 2017
“We might get to the World Cup in 2019, have a final and need to find a fifth-choice No9. Now I know who the fifth-choice No9 potentially is.” said Eddie Jones speaking about World Cup. It’s one of the 225 quotes about World Cup you can find on this page. 156 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Bruce Arena and Sunil Gulati. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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Nasser Al Khater

I think it's going with the trend. I think Asian football is rising. It is becoming more competitive. There is a lot of investment from Asia especially from China in football. Technically too, the football is improving. It will be 20 years since Asia last hosted the World Cup. So it will be a source of immense joy and pride for the people of the region and Qatar.feedback

Juergen Klopp

I don't think we need different kinds of descriptions for this game, so it's a 'cup final' or a 'World Cup final' or that it's the most important game of however many years and everything. It is a football game. If we really–and I know we do–expected from ourselves that in each game we win the game, what is the difference. We have to defend well, we have to be good organisationally, we have to create chances and we have to score goals. So that is not a big difference and I don't think that anybody needs this special motivation or whatever.feedback

Javier Ceppi

At this point of time, we are happy to say that Kochi is a World Cup venue. There would be eight matches to be played in Kochi. The core infrastructure has been completed and only those which are meant to be completed closer to the tournament are left. The stadium is fit for accommodating 41,748 people. Not a single person more. Now we are very sure that with that capacity that this stadium can provide to the spectators safety and well being. Match schedule has been finalised. I don't know who has said that Kochi was demoted. That is not the case. Kochi was always going to get eight matches.feedback

Vadim Vasilyev

It is part of our model that some players leave but now we are financially much stronger than two years ago. To keep Mbappe? It is our priority. I think he's very happy at Monaco. There's the World Cup next year – and he's already in the French national team.feedback

Eddie Jones

We might get to the World Cup in 2019, have a final and need to find a fifth-choice No9. Now I know who the fifth-choice No9 potentially is.feedback

Joachim Low - St George's Park

There has been a lot of talk about the use of the Confederations Cup, but the fact remains it is on the calendar. We will prepare for it like we did for the World Cup and the Euros, but the World Cup remains the end goal. The Confederations Cup is just a stop on our way to the World Cup, a good warm-up for 2018. We are going to the Confederations Cup with a team that has a lot of potential, but we do not have a clear goal. It is all about preparing for the World Cup.feedback

Juergen Klinsmann

There's a chance he'll get it in Russia next year. A player like Messi needs to seal his legacy by winning the World Cup. I want him to win it because he deserves it. He knew what he was doing and what he was going to do, even before he got the ball. He was always an artist in the field. Messi is different, he is a perfectionist. He's a great character because he's humble. He has one main quality: he's a great scorer.feedback

Urbano Cairo

I have not received any requests for Belotti. There are certainly many scouts observing Torino games, and I imagine Belotti, both Italian and foreign. I said many times, if Belotti stays for another year, he'll be doing a great thing for himself and for us. Next year he could consolidate his status, score maybe 30 goals and get to the World Cup.feedback

Edgardo Bauza

First of all, it is a personal challenge. We are all on the same page, the UAE FA President and me. We are not only thinking about the three games (in World Cup qualifying) but also long term. It is a long term project and that is what I have in mind as well. That's my main goal.feedback

Eddie Jones

I'm prepared to gamble with a number of players to see what they've got and where they can go. I've probably got 15 to 18 players I'd say would almost be certain come selection for the World Cup and, because of the Lions tour, we've got a great opportunity to test even more players on this tour. If they're not good enough, they're possibly not good enough to play in the World Cup.feedback

Rafael Nadal

Pique is part of a group that wants to create a World Cup that would be a great and very interesting tournament to compete in. It's a fantastic initiative -- I think the fans and the circuit need an event like this. I don't know Gerard, nor have I spoke with him, and I don't think he will be the boss of the project, but I hope that his proposal is taken forward.feedback

Carli Lloyd

The Champions League was obviously disappointing. It was a little bittersweet because we did really well. It wasn't the result we wanted but we ended on a high and to finish the Champions League with a victory over a really quality side says a lot about this club and its character. It should give the players more confidence to know they can play with the best and this club can be at the top level. So now to be able to shift our focus to an FA Cup final is huge. For me, this is up there with the World Cup and the Olympics. This is a massive tournament and I'm going to approach it as such.feedback

Brooks Lennon

I'm unbelievably honored and proud to be called up for the World Cup. Every kid's dream is to play in a World Cup so I'm really excited and can't wait to get started.feedback

Mike Petke

He needs to take every day as an opportunity to learn and improve. He can't sit back at 20 years old and say, I've been at Liverpool, I'm going to the U-20 World Cup, I'm here, I've arrived.' He has to constantly be the best player in practice. It's the same thing I talk to with guys like Bofo (Saucedo), Danny Acosta and Justen Glad about. They have long careers ahead of them if they continue to do the right things. But that's the big 'if.feedback

Michael Cheika

They have some strong forward play and some gas out wide, so between now and 2019 we're going to have to learn a bit about them. It just shows how big of an event a World Cup is, and how important it is for us to go one better than we did in 2015. You can plan the lay of the land, know the teams you're playing, know who the potential cross-over teams are, you can do the homework but at the end of the day it's all about how we play. You have to win seven games to get there.feedback

Eddie Jones

You've got to be bullet-proof by the time you get to the tournament, good enough to win those games or you can't expect to win a World Cup. We've got to be able to be good enough to cope with the draw. I think it is good for us and it will keep us on our toes. It's where New Zealand have suffered previously. They had very easy pool games and, if you have easy games in the pools, it doesn't set you up for the quarter-finals.feedback

Eddie Jones

It will keep us on our toes. No one wants to get ahead of themselves but you need to be right for the knockout stages. In a World Cup, generally the most crucial game is the quarter-final because you are usually playing a team you should beat. And you've got to be at your best for that game. How do you expect to win a World Cup if you can't beat Wales in the quarter-final, even though they are a good team.feedback

Praful Patel

I have noted with great satisfaction that the SC has welcomed the recent positive report by its third party auditor on the matter of further improving working and living conditions of construction workers, many of whom are Indians, involved in building 2022 World Cup stadiums. As AFC Senior Vice-President and AIFF President, I fully support the Qatar Football Association and Supreme Committee in their efforts to make the tournament a huge success. I am pleased that Qatar will be hosting Asia's second ever World Cup in 2022 days in November 2022.feedback

Eddie Jones

I'm going to visit the temples because I need to pray. I need to pray really hard! You think it's difficult, but we're excited by it. It's not a a tough group, it's a good group. To win the World Cup you have to win seven games. We've got two very big games against France and Argentina so it's great preparation for getting to the final stages. We're looking forward to it. Australia showed in 2015 that the tough games helped them for the ones further ahead. Australia went past Ireland and Argentina in the knockout stage.feedback

Steve Hansen

They're one of [our rivals], along with South Africa, Australia and France. By the time the World Cup comes around, any one of a number of teams could win the tournament. England are getting better and better all the time, but they're in a really strong pool. It's going to be interesting. Will we play Japan between now and the World Cup? We'll have to wait and see, but it wouldn't be a silly idea.feedback

Hans van Breukelen

I am very happy with the appointment of Advocaat and Gullit. We had two options. We either went for a long-term solution or we did everything within our powers to still make it to the World Cup. We went for the second option. We needed an experienced coach with authority. A foreigner was never an option. We considered Advocaat, Ten Cate and Huub Stevens.feedback

Vadim Vasilyev

We've no need to sell because our economic model is working. No player has made known their desire to leave and we'll talk at the end of the season. With the World Cup coming in 2018, I think that Thomas Lemar, Mbappe and even Bernardo Silva don't want to go.feedback

Wade Miller

We know from hosting the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup that this community has a passion for the sport. There has been a lot of work done behind the scenes to move this endeavor forward.feedback

Fatma Samoura

We will listen to what the three member associations are going to propose and then we will take it forward. We need more information before we can take it to congress. The Council will be discussing the proposal and see how it has to go to the congress. What the administration is concerned about is that the bidding process is free, inclusive and transparent and we will make sure that the highest level of standards are respected and endorsed by anyone who would like to make a proposal to host the World Cup.feedback

Gianluigi Buffon

I was so close to winning it on that occasion; they missed three penalties in that final - I saved two of them. Strange things happen. It wasn't meant to be and we weren't good enough. In sport and life, those who deserve it more probably end up getting their rewards. It would mean a lot for me. It would be the greatest joy of my career, together with the [2006] World Cup, because it would almost be a reward - the end of a very difficult road paved by bravery, stubbornness and hard work.feedback

Gianluigi Buffon

I have always wanted to win it and I have always been convinced that I can do it together with my team, the fans, my colleagues. That would be great. Mbappe was born in December 1998 - I had already played at the World Cup in France by then. That's the nice thing about having such a long career: meeting kids who weren't even born when you already had a chunk of your career under your belt.feedback

Ronald Koeman

Everyone knows that I am from Barca, they know my love for a club where I grew up as a player and as a person. In football, as in life, as in business, everything can be talked about and discussed. In my life as a professional coach I have two dreams to fulfil. One, coach the selection of my country, Holland (he was previously assistant to Guus Hiddink for the 1998 World Cup). My other wish, my other dream, is to one day coach Barca. That's the truth.feedback

Howard Webb

He has made a measured judgment about his long-term future. It seems unlikely that he will be at the World Cup but you never know.feedback

Howard Webb

I cast my mind back to the Thierry Henry handball in 2009 [for France against the Republic of Ireland in a World Cup qualification play-off]. Without experimenting and exploring we were never going to take the conversation forward. At least by putting this trial in place we can make a genuine assessment in terms of how this affects the game. We're not the only ones doing but I'm hopeful that here in MLS we'll be as well prepared as anyone else when it goes live.feedback

Jim Tooley

With USA Basketball entering the new FIBA qualification system for the men's 2019 World Cup and 2020 Olympic competitions, we're excited to work with the NBA Development League to field competitive teams for the 2017-19 USA's World Cup qualifying games.feedback

Milos Ninkovic

If somebody told me after the World Cup that I would play in Australia I would never have believed them but this is life and this is football. You never know what is going to be tomorrow. They signed some unbelievable players and we still have an unbelievable atmosphere and I think that's the key.feedback

Gianluigi Buffon

He was born in 1998, right? I had already been at the 1998 World Cup in France when he was born. This is the beauty of life, the beauty of living, being able to meet guys who were not even born by the time you had a big part of your career behind you. I thought about it recently, I was able to connect almost three generations. I played with those born in the 1950s and '60s and I will finish with those born after 2000. It is a huge length of time.feedback

Nikki Vusan

I do not think Mateo is not playing enough. Madrid are the European champions and this means they are made up of great players. [Luka] Modric is probably the world's best midfielder, [Toni] Kroos has won the World Cup with Germany and we must not forget other top players such as James [Rodriguez] or Isco. It is well known that there are so many stars at Real. And I must also say that I know for sure that the club are very happy with Kovacic. I don't want to answer to avoid speculation.feedback

Gianni Infantino - Uefa

In 2017, when everyone in the stadium or at home can see within seconds if the referee made a mistake, we can't have a situation where the only one who can't see it is the referee. The referees... will be able to take decisions much faster when they use it more often. The Copa America with European teams would be like a World Cup. That is a discussion for another time.feedback

Andrei Malosolov

Believe me, the years before the 2018 World Cup will be the quietest in the history of Russian soccer.feedback

Carli Lloyd

You have European football growing a lot now -– Barcelona, the Spanish teams, the English league, France, Germany, the game is growing in Europe and it is going to be exciting the next few years to see what happens. I have had nothing but good things to say. I think so, time is running out though as we get close to 2019 and 2020 because those are big years with the World Cup and Olympics, it would have to be between now and 2019. It is a great competition to be able to compete in -– it's been a lot of fun.feedback

Luka Modric

I was against VAR in Japan at the Club World Cup because it lasted too long and match officials were not handling it well. But after I saw it in the France v Spain game, I saw it can be very good for football.feedback

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Herrera plays [against Burnley]. He didn't play on Thursday – one yellow card and he would have missed the semi-finals. I was thinking about him and [fellow substitute Marouane] Fellaini both at the same time but, because I made a change with Marcos Rojo, I couldn't do that and he didn't play. So Herrera is fresh to play. Ashley Young is fresh to play and who else? Nobody else is fresh to play! Now we need absolutely everyone and I don't have to think about Axel Tuanzebe going to the Under-20 World Cup in Korea because maybe Axel has to come now. We need everybody.feedback

Eddie Jones

We have focused particularly on youth because we want to find players who are going to be better than the 16 players going on the Lions tour. To win the World Cup we need to have the best talent; that is our ultimate destiny.feedback

Corentin Tolisso

I want to continue to improve, and I'll see what happens, whether that's with Lyon or not. My principle aim is to go to the World Cup with France, and for that I have to be in the best condition possible. If I am to stay, it will be because I've decided that this will be the best choice for me to go to the World Cup.feedback

Bruce Arena

Salt Lake City has always been a fantastic host for the national team. When you combine the elements of the fan support, the stadium and the altitude, it's a perfect match as we prepare for the critical World Cup qualifiers against Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico.feedback

Phil Larder

Not at all. Jason was a bit special. The World Cup-winning team was the oldest team in the competition. Some of the players were not quite as good as they had been. Some of the new players, he didn't know them as well. Usually it's the players that have been outstanding in the Six Nations that get into the squad and the Test team. The others on the periphery were down to Clive because he had seen all of it. I think Gatland is putting himself in a similar position.feedback

Bobby Robson

I saw the ball in the air and Maradona going for it. Shilton went for it as well but Maradona handled the ball into the net. You don't expect decisions like that at World Cup level.feedback

Bruce Arena

In 1994, the U.S. was looked at as this emerging frontier in the game and FIFA wanted to bring the U.S. into the world's game. In 2026, we're going to be fully emerged into the game and a big player. I think 2026 will be the time where we are going to start talking about winning the World Cup. It wasn't going to be in 1994. It wasn't going to be in 2010. But 2026 could be our time. The word from their medical staff is that he hasn't responded that well. That's a concern. We're going to be checking his progress each week to see if he's a possibility to be part of the next camp.feedback

Bruce Arena

As we look forward, we continue to look at different possibilities [in midfield]. In my mind, there are some clear choices we are going to make in the midfield and how others fit in around that remains to be seen. If we are in a desperate situation [in World Cup qualifying], we may need to go with the team we somewhat will need in September [qualifiers]. If we come out of these games in good shape, we'll have a little bit more flexibility to look at some new players. My preference is to have some new faces in the Gold Cup.feedback

Edgardo Bauza

I am grateful to the players because they are responsible for this option that Argentina can go to the World Cup. I do not want to forget about them, I want to thank them, not everyone values the sacrifice made by these players. A generation, beyond having lost three finals, gives everything for the national team. I am convinced that Argentina will be in the World Cup. It was a wonderful experience for me and all my coaching staff. There are many people to thank for the opportunity.feedback

Shane Smeltz

Opportunities come fast in football. Before this my focus was with Phoenix and if we managed to get to the play-offs, I would've stayed with them. With my age right now, I can't lose my fitness and drop my performance level. New Zealand is still competing in the World Cup qualification and Confederation Cup so I have to play at the top level at all times.feedback

Sunil Gulati

We will bid together. The general parameters of that bid are a World Cup of 80 games, three-quarters of which would be played in the United States, 60 games in the United States and ten each in Canada and Mexico. The final decision on those things are up to FIFA, it's their tournament.feedback

Sunil Gulati

Because I couldn't get the round of 16 all in the U.S. Negotiation. Bigger stadiums generally – Azteca (in Mexico City) is obviously a bigger stadium. Those all came down to a discussion, and that's where we ended up. A World Cup in North America, with 60 games in the United States, will be, by far, the most successful World Cup in the history of FIFA in terms of economics. The economic power of the American market – we've got 500 million people in these three countries – this will be an extraordinarily successful World Cup on financial and economic grounds.feedback

Victor Montagliani

It wasn't so much a deal – we all know what needed to get done, we all knew what was also fair, and what also was in the best interests of the World Cup. You can't look at it from a proprietary standpoint. You've also got to be realistic. The U.S. infrastructure is unbelievable. They could host the World Cup in California if they wanted to.feedback

Decio de Maria

I think with what we have agreed to today, we'll be able to offer the Mexicans in Mexico a great World Cup, and the Mexicans in the United States will have the other 60 matches in the United States to enjoy (the World Cup).feedback

Decio de Maria

I remember well the World Cup of 1970. I remember well how Estadio Azteca was built. In 1986 it fell to us to host, I remember that World Cup well. Today, to be able to give the Mexicans, Americans and Canadians an opportunity to experience a World Cup in Mexico is a great honor.feedback

Bert Colijn

Eurozone industrial production is much like England at the World Cup: all the ingredients for strong performance are there, but it's just not happening. The second quarter might see the surge in production that we have been expecting for a while. Any day now.feedback

Decio de Maria

The United States doesn't need us to host a World Cup. That is the message. On day one, we didn't have a single game. Today, we have 10.feedback

Sunil Gulati

A World Cup in North America, with 60 games in the United States will be by far the most successful World Cup in the history of FIFA in terms of economics,??? he said.feedback

Laurent Huard

This is very good for them (India) to come in Europe to prepare the World Cup. They will come into our training ground, just near the professionnal one to play that game. I said yes straight away when the organizer offer me to play India. We will discover that team (India) and a new way of playing football. As it's at the end of the season, we'll put some very young players on the pitch to prepare them for next year when they will progress to our U17 team.feedback

Arsene Wenger

If you look at his career, Theo can respond to disappointment with good focus. He had a very bad injury and he came back. In 2006, he was in the World Cup squad but he has not been since – and we are in 2017 now. I have substituted him many times but it is like that with every player. Sometimes I sub him because we want something different in the game. For example, the other night against West Ham I subbed him. Given what has happened to him during his career, when the job was done I took him off because you don't need a stupid injury with 10, 15 minutes to go.feedback

Dani Alves

We achieved our objective of reaching the World Cup, but we need to keep it going and not settle for what we've got. We need to maintain our balance and have a settled squad – that way we'll be able to keep on getting good results.feedback

Walter Mzembi

(Our biodiversity) has been kept largely authentic, original and undisturbed with very sound conservation models that have become models for the region. I dream big, and I don't think I dream impractical. My dream for the World Cup is based on integration of strength and effort that are neighbours to Zimbabwe, like South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia. Nothing is impossible. The current administration is too preoccupied with the self. Too inward-looking and nationalistic, to the point where they are indifferent to anything happening elsewhere.feedback

Belinda Stronach

The 2017 Pegasus World Cup Invitational surpassed our expectations and we believe took the sport of Thoroughbred racing to an exciting new level. Our company is committed to building on the momentum that was inspired by our founder and honorary chairman, Frank Stronach. In 2018, we will bring an even bigger, more modern and unforgettable entertainment experience to a global audience.feedback

Les Murray

Enjoyed interviewing Ange Postecoglou at the AFI dinner last night where he confirmed that after the 2018 World Cup he's stepping down.feedback

Peter Rist

Currently, Australia are in the Asian play-off position for World Cup qualification. But, they have yet to lose a game. If they stay there by drawing their remaining games, they could be in the Asian play-off, and not qualify while still not technically losing (away goals or penalties). Has a country ever failed to qualify for the World Cup finals without losing a game?feedback

Kevin Shattenkirk

It just seems like they want to use it as a bargaining chip. That's wrong. That's not what the Olympics is for. The reason we started going was so we could grow the game and show the world how great it is when you get the best players in the world playing against each other. That's what we're trying to achieve with the World Cup, but that's going to take time and this is right in the prime of it. The last Olympics was fantastic, and to just dismiss it, really, without much conversation is tough.feedback

Bruce Arena

In a World Cup Qualifying campaign, winning games at home is critical. In all ways, Colorado provides a great environment for our team. We are at an important stage of the campaign, and we look forward to the great support.feedback

Thierry Henry

When he has a good game, he is unstoppable. He is a World Cup champion, he won at Real Madrid and he won two cups with Arsenal. But you need to play like that all the time. It can't be from time to time.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

I am totally against the friendly matches. I think friendly matches for the national team only make sense before the final phases. A couple of weeks before the Euros or a couple of weeks before the World Cup makes sense. But mid-season friendly matches mixed with qualification matches, I don't think that makes sense. On top of that the matches are not really big matches so I am not a big fan. But I think one day I will be there so I cannot be very critical. I don't know how but both central defenders got injured in the English camp even before the match.feedback

Bruce Arena

He plays in a big league with a big club team in big competition. Probably in club play your players are a little more protected than they are in World Cup qualifying. It's all part of the learning curve. Next time around it will be better for him.feedback

Juan Carlos Osorio

I think you have to get used to winning games. You have to go out with a lot of humility, with your feet on the ground knowing what the goal is because what we're looking for is going to the World Cup.feedback

Edgardo Bauza

What surprised us was the little time we were given to release a legal response. We had half an hour to send the first note. And after that, during the night hours, we stayed until four in the morning for the second note. It's strange because FIFA gives you the possibility to deliver an opinion to anyone who can be sanctioned. Not only he couldn't play, but we didn't have time to work with anyone else. We tried to get the lead in Bolivia, in the second half the team improved a bit. Bolivia won well. We have to think about what is coming, we are alive and desiring to qualify for the World Cup.feedback

James Turley

Brazil have qualified for the World Cup, well over 14 months before the tournament begins. Is this be the earliest a team has ever qualified for a major international tournament (obviously not including automatic qualification by being hosts or previous winners)?feedback

Giampiero Ventura

Winning tonight was important for the image that we're trying to build and the mentality that we're developing. We showed the team spirit, the ability to fight and to suffer, and we got the result. This victory helps us to rise in the rankings as well. I am sure that this is a group that is growing. This is a team that will be the revelation of the World Cup in Russia if we get there. Verratti's performance is what happens when we can express ourselves. I'm satisfied with his efforts. He had a big game against Albania and when we play well he is able to make the difference.feedback

Bruce Arena

We are not overconfident. We know we're playing against a very good opponent, and realize every time you play a World Cup qualifying game on the road in qualifying it will be a very difficult match.feedback

Arsene Wenger

When you put yourself in Deschamps' place it is a nightmare to select first the 20 best and then after the 11 best. That is not a problem they have at the moment in Spain. Germany as well is still there but maybe a little bit less strong than they were in [winning the 2014 World Cup in] Brazil. The upcoming force for me in international football is France. You find top quality players in France now like you did in Brazil 20 years ago.feedback

Edgardo Bauza

In South America it is very complicated to qualify for the World Cup. It will not be easy. The players have the pressure of having to win and to try and play well.feedback

Javier Ceppi

It is a happy day for me because all the questions about the match schedule will stop being asked. We can finally focus on other things. It has been an extremely complicated process to finalise the schedule to have a World Cup in India - different festivities, weather patterns, different timelines. We know that October is a month of festivities and we want this to be a festival of football.feedback

Gareth Southgate

But if he is scoring goals in the Premier League and playing as well as he has this season, then there is absolutely no reason why he couldn't [go to the World Cup]. It is a great moment for him. He was thrilled to be back involved in the squad. I think he has enjoyed his week immensely.feedback

Clint Dempsey

It's in your mind, if it comes, it comes. If it don't, it don't. I'm going to keep pushing. The most important thing is qualifying for the World Cup. That's more important than me trying to break a record.feedback

Gareth Southgate

I think we've got to look every time we get together as to who is in form. I don't know if we can have a distinct pecking order because players who are playing well deserve the opportunity. If we are going to be successful, we have to have that competition for places. The reality is we will always lose players to injury. We're never able to pick a full cohort, so it's important we can call upon the likes of Jermain and he can have the impact he does like he did today. If he scores like he is in the Premier League, there's no reason why he wouldn't be (picked for the World Cup).feedback

Jean Paul Decossaux

We have respect for what Danny did for us and for the team during his tenure. But because the sporting results are unfortunately disappointing, and because qualifying for the World Cup in Russia is now in difficulty, we unfortunately feel forced to relieve him. I gave everything I had. It's too bad that it stops with this now.feedback

Christian Wade

No not really. Since the World Cup – not getting selected and stuff – I've just stripped everything back to basics. Now I just try to improve week by week and just enjoy it. That's been my thing since 2015 and I'll continue like that. I'm improving all the time. I was left out for whatever reason [in 2015] but I've moved on.feedback

Javier Ceppi

The State Government of Assam has really taken the leadership when it comes to making the World Cup a huge effort in their State. We are already working on all operational and promotional matters to make sure that all the people of Assam and of the neighbouring north-eastern states can enjoy World Cup matches in the north-east. The development in the stadium is very satisfactory and we are sure that the FIFA U-17 World Cup will do justice to the vision of Hon. CM Sarbananda Sonowal of making Guwahati the sports capital of India.feedback

Clint Dempsey

Well, it'd be awesome. It'd be a dream come true. Any time you play in a World Cup it's a dream come true. It's one thing to say and another thing to do it. You've got to stay relevant, you've got to stay producing and you can't just say it and that's going to happen. I have to be on the field and do it. I'm just taking each game as it comes and hopefully I can play a part in helping the team. Yeah, that'd be great if I can be around for that.feedback

Fernando Santos

We had six finals. From this point, we have five left to reach our goal of reaching the World Cup from first place in our group. Hungary tried to block our way but we adapted very well to the three central midfielders and we did not allow them to come out and play. I think we were slow in our ball circulation during a period of the first half. We should have done it faster, especially on the flanks. With a lot of balls in the air, against players of this calibre, it's very difficult.feedback

Jaime Yarza

One of the things we like to do in World Cup venues is to have test events. We will have 50,000 people there but the planning of laying grass is only after that. So it is a good opportunity. Timing wise it's a good thing to see how facilities work.feedback

Jaime Yarza

This will be one of the best, if not the best stadium in the country for hosting the World Cup matches.feedback

Simon Kjaer

We must go to the World Cup this time after missing out in 2014. I have played for my country at both the World Cup in South Africa and the Euros in Ukraine and Poland, and it is something that I can't bear to miss out on again. Honestly, I haven't even been watching the tournaments without us - it is too hard to sit on the couch at home instead of being there as a player.feedback

Joachim Low - St George's Park

Our objective is clear. We want to secure qualification for the World Cup without dropping any points. Every player is fit. The only doubt is Mesut Ozil. We'll wait until after our last training session to decide on him.feedback

Roberto Martinez - Anfield

Yes, I think the team also learned from the World Cup in Brazil and the European Championship in France. I think it was a very young team in Brazil and France. We know the players now have more experience.feedback

Lukas Podolski

They have a good team, a good manager and they a play a different style to before. Before it was a like a rugby style, now they have good guys, good characters. They were physical but they play more football now. When they go to a tournament they are always nervous, they always play too much under pressure. I will be watching England at the World Cup.feedback

Lukas Podolski

I will watch England, as well as Germany, in the World Cup to see how they play. When they go to a tournament they are always nervous, they always play too much under pressure.feedback

Graham Rowntree

I think I am a better coach now, more rounded for my experiences. I have learnt a lot through what happened in the World Cup, and problem solving on a daily basis I am enjoying. This will probably be the toughest Lions tour for a long time but we are going to assemble probably the best squad for the last 30 years.feedback

John Strong

MLS is my dream job but a World Cup, that's Everest. That's the ultimate thing. The idea that I could narrate for this country something on that scale, that's the extreme ultimate aspiration I've ever had as sports broadcaster. The fact that there's a chance that might actually happen is exhilarating and terrifying in equal measure.feedback

Jaime Yarza

I am pretty excited to see the way the stadium has shaped over the last year – since I last came here, it played host to the World Cup Qualifiers and from the reports, I gauge that the authorities here did a great job at it. Also, the meeting with the Chief Minister was pretty fruitful – he assured us of continued support and that all requirements would be met leading up to the tournament.feedback

Edgardo Bauza

If we win the three remaining home games, we'll be at the World Cup.feedback

Vicente Del Bosque

It's the same idea with the same system. Maybe Lopetegui wants to keep the team closer together, with more pressure, but I think it's pretty similar. With Vicente we achieve a lot, although in the end there was the bitter taste of the last World Cup and Euro 2016.feedback

Arjen Robben

I told myself to make a choice between focusing solely on Bayern or continuing with both Bayern and the national team. I discussed it with my wife and family as well as with national team coach Danny Blind. I have been match fit for quite some time now. That is why I made the decision to continue with both Bayern and Oranje [Netherlands]. I want to go to the World Cup again with Netherlands.feedback

Gareth Southgate

The culture in rugby I think we can take something from. They get the players to present the opposition analysis, rather than it being fed by the coach… and of course he (Jones) has a winning mentality - he is constantly asking for more. They were 18 games unbeaten and I saw his quote saying 'we are nowhere near ready to win the World Cup'. He recognised what the end looks like and what the environment needs to look like.feedback

Roy Hodgson

I certainly didn't feel suicidal and I certainly didn't feel self-doubt either because I think probably the four years, especially the last two years after the World Cup, fashioning a team from a very young group of players, many of whom weren't even in their club side, and playing the sort of football we were capable of playing – we were playing very, very well. I am very, very proud of that achievement. I think it is probably the best work, in many ways, that I did or have done so far.feedback

Roy Hodgson

They are nonsense. People should be ashamed of those things. Why shouldn't Harry Kane take corners? If he happens to be the best striker of a ball in the team and gives you the best delivery why shouldn't he do it? I certainly didn't feel suicidal and I certainly didn't feel self-doubt either because I think probably the four years, especially the last two years after the World Cup, fashioning a team from a very young group of players, many of whom weren't even in their club side, and playing the sort of football we were capable of playing – we were playing very, very well.feedback

Michael Findlay

As you'd expect, we got thumped. When I heard we were playing Scotland, I went into my drawer and found an old photo taken after the match when both teams lined up for a snap - and sitting in the front row are Gordon and I together. I've never spoken to the man again and he won't remember me but it's funny to think all these years later I'll be standing across from him in the dug-outs. We have to be realistic. This is a Scotland side currently in World Cup qualifying, so they will bring a lot of tempo and commitment to prove to their manager they should be involved on Sunday.feedback

Omar Abdulrahman

This generation of players has a lot of experience. We have fought a lot in the same competitive matches and this strengthens our confidence in dealing with all the circumstances and enough gives us incentive to reach the World Cup finals in order to fulfil our potential.feedback

Tom Harrison

It has the right dimensions to play meaningful cricket and there are not a lot of other stadiums around the country that have got the capacity to fit the boundaries in. We will have to tweak the orientation of the ground slightly. There are minimum boundaries that we have to deliver. It would be an amazing statement to have 55,000 to 60,000 people in a ground in the UK watching World Cup cricket.feedback

Eddie Jones

Dylan is an outstanding captain. You know what the All Blacks had to go through to win the World Cup in 2011. They lost the semi-final against Australia in 2003 and they lost the quarter-final in 2007. They got to the final in 2011 and they had to have a very kind referee to get them home. That's how hard it is for them to win. So to lose the Grand Slam game when we've already got the trophy is hardly a scar, it's a learning experience. This (Ireland) result doesn't change the plan at all. Did you think we would never get defeated? Sometimes you're just not good enough.feedback

Eddie Jones

One game doesn't affect our perception of people or of the team. One game doesn't change our plan [for the 2019 Rugby World Cup]. It is too early [for older players to be discarded]. Did you think we would never get defeated? There is no scar there at all. It is great for us, not great to lose, but it is a great learning experience. These sort of things harden you because you learn from them and don't want them to happen again. As I said to the boys, in a World Cup final you either get a gold medal or a silver medal, and a silver medal doesn't look too flash. A gold medal does.feedback

Filipe Luis

We have the chance to qualify for the World Cup, but it will not be easy.feedback

Tom Harrison

It would be an amazing statement – 60,000 people in a ground in the UK watching World Cup cricket. It's making a statement about what cricket means in this country. Blast has been very successful for local audiences in grounds on Thursday and Friday evenings. We will be creating a very different experience built around family entertainment and built around mum and dad feeling comfortable bringing the children down. It will run during weekends in the school holidays and we've positioned it deliberately because of that.feedback

Jermain Defoe

You have to be realistic; to get into any squad is based on merit and to do that you have to be playing at the top level. When I went to Toronto in 2014 I missed out on the World Cup. When I got the call it was hard to accept but you had to be realistic and think the boys I was competing against were playing the Premier League and Europe and that's why I missed out. So I would say you would need to be playing in the Premier League but we'll see what happens.feedback

John Delaney

Irish football is in mourning with the loss of a true great of the game, with the shocking news about Ryan McBride's passing. I would like to pass on my deepest condolences to Ryan's family, friends, and his club, Derry City FC, for which he was their leader, their captain and their inspiration. On behalf of the FAI Board and everyone in the Association, I would like to offer our sympathies to all who were blessed to have known Ryan. Ryan's passing has left a deep shock throughout football. We will remember Ryan with a tribute at Friday night's FIFA World Cup qualifier against Wales.feedback

Emily Scarratt

The World Cup is the biggie for us. It had been a little while since we had last won a slam so this is really special, and heading towards the World Cup this is a huge stepping stone for us. Coming off this we are now in a really good place and confidence is high, but we aren't naive to think we are the finished article. But if you peak heading into the World Cup that's no bad thing, is it. Certainly the last couple of years have not been easy and they have been full of ups and downs and challenges along the way, but we have got over the line and now we head towards the World Cup.feedback

Stephen Constantine

The best example of continuity is Myanmar. They qualified for the U-20 World Cup 2015 on merit, average age on the senior national team is about 24 and have got a coach (former U-19 coach Gerd Ziese put in charge of Myanmar senior side) for the last eight years.feedback

Joel Matip

It was not always easy for me, but I hope this chapter is now finished. I did not understand what was going on around me. I only wanted to stay here at Liverpool and play. In the last two years after the World Cup [in 2014], I was only on international duty one time. I tried to play and represent my country, do my best and achieve something but all the surrounding things were not the best. I always tried it and tried it. I spoke to the old coach a lot and he always tried to change some things. I said, 'OK, I will try it again'.feedback

Kevin McKenna

The call for a second referendum has been triggered by the high-handed and disdainful attitude of the UK government. The uninitiated, on first encountering an SNP conference, might think that they were already stepping on to independent turf and that only the flourish of a civil servant’s pen was required to make it official. After two or three days of being held in the embrace of such boundless optimism you sometimes find yourself desperately seeking a dose of misery just to feel normal and Scottish once more; a Pink Floyd album perhaps, or a video of Great Scotland World Cup disasters.feedback

Mustafa Amini

It's sort of half a dream come true. At the end of day, yes, I've been selected in the squad but, of course, I want to help the team qualify for a World Cup. That's massive and I want to be able to get the chance to debut and show Australia and show Ange what I can do as well.feedback

Ted Ligety

If she stays healthy, she's the one that has the best chance of having the most World Cup wins of all time.feedback

Bobby Motaung

We have never submitted a bid to sign Mabena. What you are saying, I'm also reading it in the news. People like to sign players on our behalf. At the moment, we are concentrating on our development. We had three players at the U20 Africa Cup of Nations, and they could well play at the U20 Fifa World Cup. We are not looking to have a big squad, and if we happen to sign anyone from outside, it would be because we need them.feedback

Bill Beaumont

Agreement on an optimised global calendar that provides certainty and sustainability over the decade beyond Rugby World Cup 2019 represents an historic milestone for the global game. But more than that, this agreement has player welfare and equity at heart, driving certainty and opportunities for emerging rugby powers and laying the foundations for a more compelling and competitive international game, which is great for unions, players and fans. This process has been complex, and there was no silver bullet.feedback

Kristof Terreur

He's always missed something – someone who can guide him. He trusted the wrong people and that why things have gone wrong, although has played at the World Cup which was a career high for him. But after that, it all went wrong again.feedback

Anthony Vanden Borre

I am the first to admit I have too long relied on my talent. My attitude irritated Mario Been, he told me I had missed a good career. It made me think, it was time to turn the knob. At 24, I found a balance in my life. I want to go to the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 with the Red Devils.feedback

Eddie Jones

For us everything's about the World Cup. If you look at where we are now, we've been together approximately eight weeks. You're together eight or nine weeks to get to a World Cup final. When you get to the World Cup final, no one's 100%. Everyone's carrying injuries.feedback

Eddie Jones

It's the team that prepares with the mind-set that nothing's going to stop them being at their best that wins the World Cup. You want to develop a winning mentality. It's a great dress rehearsal for us for the World Cup. All these milestones along the way are nice but they're not things that we cherish. It's what we do in the future that matters.feedback

Jonathan Joseph

I am honoured to join the club, but if we end up losing in Ireland we will all be massively disappointed. We want to win the Grand Slam. We are going to train unbelievably hard and treat it like it is our World Cup final, giving it our all. We are not thinking about the Lions at all: our focus is on England and now it is about Ireland on Saturday and getting the win.feedback

Jorge Sampaoli

We have a group of analysts who have produced a clear report of what happened in the Ranieri era, and what's happening now with the complete about-turn in morale and how the team is now back to being as dangerous as they were last year. We have modified our plans. Leicester have demonstrated that they will play this game as if it were a World Cup final and we know that by not winning by the margin we deserved in the first match we're going to be under a lot of pressure and that if we don't go for it it'll be an uphill battle.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

It will be part of the evaluation, and I am sure it will not help the United States to get the World Cup.feedback

Gianni Infantino

We are now in the process of defining the bid requirements. In the world there are certainly many countries with travel bans, visa requirements and so on and so forth. What is obvious is that when it comes to the World Cup, like the Olympic Games ... any team, including the supporters and officials of that team who have qualified, need to have access to the country. Otherwise there is no World Cup. The requirements will be clear. Then each country can make up their decision whether they want to bid or not. It's nothing to do with the U.S. or not the U.S., it's a general sporting criteria.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

If players cannot come because of political decisions, or populist decisions, then the World Cup cannot be played there.feedback

Graham Arnold

They [Grant and Vukovic] have the opportunity to be part of a World Cup and be part of a Confeds Cup and it's about how bad they want it.feedback

Carli Lloyd

It's disappointing. We came in fourth place. We scored one goal. … Long gone are the days of always winning, and it's not going to be easy – 2019 [World Cup], 2020 [Olympics], it's going to be really hard.feedback

Gilberto Silva

At the moment, Brazil suffer from a dependence on Neymar, but that may change with Jesus. He can help Neymar and lift a bit of the responsibility of his shoulders. But it's not only about Neymar and Jesus. The players need to take their responsibility to deliver what is expected from them. The experience they have now is very different from the 2014 World Cup. The World Cup qualifiers in South America are a big test and help you mature. That's the level of difficulty you'd face at a Confederations Cup or a World Cup, but, in 2014, Brazil didn't have the experience of the qualifiers.feedback

Terry Francona - Fox Sports Interactive Media

Coming up with a time to do it, I'm sure is the most confounding part for everybody. It's a shame because it's such a great idea, you know like the World Cup in soccer.feedback

Raymond Kopa

To win the Ballon d'Or was a real high point. It's the trophy that's dearest to me because it capped a year filled with other trophies. I never would have received that magnificent honor without my Spanish title win, the European Cup and my third place at the World Cup. 1958 was my year.feedback

Colin Smith - Panmure Gordon & Co.

Every fan will be required to have a fan ID to enter the stadiums, both for the Confederations Cup and for FIFA World Cup, and so we have got trust in the authorities that everything will be done. What we can be sure of is that this will be a festival of football and there is no place in such festivals of football for those that are not here to support the sport and support the game.feedback

Tim Vickery

Centre-forward has been the problem position for the Selecao. Mano Menezes played without one, Scolari brought it back and it worked [with Fred], until World Cup when it did not. Gabigol is an option now that he is getting some minutes at Inter, and scored his first goal. I think he is an interesting player. There also is Luan of Gremio, who offers a different option. With Luan, you have a false no.9, who can drop deeper and link with the midfield.feedback

Tim Vickery

It's incredible you think that, but peaking too soon is a concern for Brazilians. The change has been brutal, six games, scoring 17 goals and conceding just one, and that was an own goal. Maybe they need to concede now, to go behind, because we need to see how Neymar and Gabriel Jesus will react to a negative situation. We are less than a year-and-a-half away from the next World Cup, and we need to see how they will react when they go behind in a game.feedback

Drew Doughty

This season has been tough. Playing in the World Cup in the beginning, it feels like we've been playing every other day.feedback

Guillermo Fayed

I don't think there is any secret to it all. They have some great equipment and on top of that that all have great technical basics. Aksel Lund Svindal is a skiing giant and has loads of podium finishes. Concerning Kjetil Jansrud we did laugh a bit the last time but he doesn't embarrass himself in the slalom. He boasts 60 World Cup slalom starts. They are versatile skiers when young and afterwards they put all their talents towards the speed events.feedback

Victor Muffat-Jeandet

It is truly remarkable what he has done in order to win five overall World Cup titles in a row. I don't think there is any secret to it all, it's just that he is one of the best skiers of all time. He has really raised the bar high for the general standings these last few years. He has done everything to achieve that objective. He was gifted at an early age and had good results as a youngster and now he's a little more mature.feedback

Isabelle Charest

Our athletes are getting on World Cup podiums in impressive numbers in this pre-Olympic season so it really bodes well for Pyeongchang, . I'm looking forward to working closely with them to help them deal with the mounting pressure and the unique Games environment so they shine when their date with history comes.feedback

Erik Guay

I am happy to be here as the race leader after a big crash I had in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (downhill World Cup race) last month.feedback

Heyneke Meyer

At the 1999 World Cup he played with a knee ligament damage. As a player and person he was a warrior and a fighter.feedback

Reinhard Grindel

If the World Cup stops being as attractive, then fan and sponsor support suffers, as does its marketing.feedback

Gianni Infantino

The football fever you have in a country that qualifies for the World Cup is the biggest promotional tool for football you can have.feedback

Gianni Infantino

We have to shape the football World Cup of the 21st century.feedback

Victor Montagliani

It's definitely a possibility because the rules now allow for it. I also respect the fact that each country has the possibility to put on the World Cup (alone) and I think the discussions will happen quite soon as to what is our region is going to look like at this World Cup as I think it is an opportunity for CONCACAF.feedback

Victor Montagliani

It's obviously a possibility. It's time for it (World Cup) to come back (to CONCACAF). It is pretty obvious the president-elect is a supporter of sport, a supporter of the Olympic movement.feedback

Jose Daniel Ferrer

We would put three or four activists on a street corner, talking about the news of the day, like the football World Cup. Eventually the activists would bring the conversation to the topic they wanted people to opine on, and at that point, another two would come over with a camera. We realized if it was a group of men, there was nothing better than to send a pretty female journalist along.feedback

Bruce Arena

We're going to have a lot of pressure on us. We're not only expected to qualify for the World Cup, we're also expected to be successful in group play and to get into the round of 16 and then hopefully the quarterfinals.feedback

Soren Kjeldsen

It's difficult to describe my feelings. We both came in this week in good form and we just gelled so well. A friendship has been built as well, and I think that's the whole point of the World Cup of Golf.feedback

Sunil Gulati

His experience at the international level, understanding of the requirements needed to lead a team through World Cup qualifying, and proven ability to build a successful team were all aspects we felt were vital for the next coach. I know Bruce will be fully committed to preparing the players for the next eight qualifying games and earning a berth to an eighth straight FIFA World Cup.feedback

Sunil Gulati

While we remain confident that we have quality players to help us advance to Russia 2018, the form and growth of the team up to this point left us convinced that we need to go in a different direction. With the next qualifying match in late March, we have several months to refocus the group and determine the best way forward to ensure a successful journey to qualify for our eighth consecutive World Cup.feedback

Juergen Klinsmann

Sometimes you learn more from defeat than wins. Not everything will go perfectly in 2017 on the path to the World Cup. The team is still in the process of finding itself. We've seen strong improvements of some young players this year but we're still hoping one or two younger players will emerge.feedback

Joachim Loew

(The 2018 World Cup) is of course our main aim, and beyond that of course, is the European title that is happening in different countries for the first time. This is, of course, a special challenge. We did not make it this year, we got knocked out in the semi-final and for me it is a big aim to achieve what we haven't managed in the last years – to be European champions.feedback

Gianni Infantino

It's easy for the world champions to have an opinion about the World Cup. What can I say to him. That he must be open to renewal, for football, for football development. Not everyone has the chance to qualify for the World Cup every time like Germany do.feedback

Sunil Gulati

It limits the numbers of confederations that are bidding. We will look at it, we have got great relationships with Canada and Mexico, we also have a country with 320 million people that has hosted a World Cup with a lot of terrific stadiums and great infrastructure.feedback

Gary Bettman

The game plan is to use this (World Cup) as a foundation for new, more energized effort to give us a bigger presence outside of North America.feedback

Gary Bettman

The fact we are doing a World Cup and we believe it is going to be huge success, and that we are going to continue to do it on a regular basis does not mean we can't also do the Olympics.feedback

Reinhard Grindel

For me it is incomprehensible why the organising committee insisted on that for so long. For me this frustrating issue is more proof the organising committee of the World Cup wanted to block out things, that there was no transparency there and that the public was partly misled. I condemn that.feedback

Reinhard Grindel

It was known that Franz Beckenbauer had been active in advertising for Oddset during the 2006 World Cup. It was not known to us that he received the noteworthy sum of 5.5 million euros out of the organising committee pot.feedback

Gianni Infantino

So, there is, I would say, no limit to whatever is good for football. We will see, but it's true that CONCACAF did not have the World Cup for a long time.feedback

Vincent Menard

And the result Bruno, is that Greece beat you in Lisbon and deprived you of a coronation as you stretched out your arms. So here in France we want to avoid that scenario. That would be a disaster after beating Germany, our nemesis, in the semi, only to lose to Portugal in the final. We are reassured that les Bleus have won the last two competitions held at home, Euro '84 and the '98 World Cup, I see a hat trick and France to win the final 2-1.feedback

Vincent Duluc

At the moment in the Euro, we're seeing countries one after the other who are slapping the curse that's been afflicted. We finally saw Germany eliminate Italy and we finally saw France eliminate Germany. So we are a little fearful that Portugal could finally beat France, after France snatched a Euro 2000 final and a World Cup final in 2006.feedback

Eduardo Paes

And I know the British, they will love Rio as they did in the (football) World Cup.feedback

Audrey Gaughran - Amnesty International

As part of its major business, it has awarded the World Cup to a country where migrant workers are subjected to systemic abuse of their labour rights. As such, it has to act given that those workers are going to be at risk of abuse on World Cup contracts.feedback

Steve Tew

His bursting on to the international stage took the game to another level and was probably an important spark for the game, getting the opportunity to go fully professional because what he did at the '95 World Cup certainly turned some heads.feedback

Sepp Blatter

It was agreed inside the group that we go to Russia because it has never been to eastern Europe, and for 2022 we go back to America. And so we would have the World Cup in the two biggest political powers.feedback

Kate Davies

Falling in-store prices and promotions around the Rugby World Cup are likely to be the main factors why the quantity bought in the retail sector increased in September at the fastest monthly rate seen since December 2013.feedback

Vincent Menard

This latest win for Hirscher means he takes another step towards the World Cup Crystal Globe, but no-one's ever won the title four times in a row before. Former champion Franck Piccard is an admirer….feedback

Franck Piccard

You prepare for it as you would for any race but you know deep down it's not just any race. That's the real difficulty. It's exactly the same slope but it's as if you are competing in the World Cup, you have to give that extra bit of soul, extra intensity and extra presence so that on the day, you really feel that you are giving the race of the century. And generally speaking, that is what happens when you succeed in this type of competition. You prepare for it as you would for any any event, but you experience it as a great race.feedback

Michael Connarty

There's clear evidence which I have seen, paper evidence showing that a substantial amount of money changed hands to buy votes from the African Federation, which then tipped the balance and the Executive of FIFA to award the World Cup to Qatar and my report is recommending that recognition of that breach of law, that in fact they should rerun the 2022 World Cup process.feedback

Robin Dutt

I think the main reason is that, in 2000, Bundesliga clubs were asked to create centres for trainees and the clubs are doing outstanding work with a very good technical and tactical education. The results were first visible at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The clubs followed suit over the past few years with their professional teams.feedback

Roberto Rotter

At first we thought there would not be enough hotel rooms to house all the fans, everyone coming for the World Cup. Today I'd say we're going into a very calm situation with a World Cup which will be very positive in terms of hotels.feedback

Jim Boyce

The situation, as far as I'm aware, is that the FIFA executive committee was awaiting a report set up by all the stakeholders involved in the World Cup – television companies, leagues, sponsors – meeting between now and the World Cup in Brazil. The plan was that there would be no further discussion on the World Cup in Qatar until December at the end of this year.feedback

Jim Boyce

100 per cent I can confirm that the FIFA executive committee has not decided to move the World Cup.feedback

Elias da Silva

We know that the World Cup is a war, no? So if Portugal are going to practice, they want, like I say, somewhere more hidden. Here with the buildings around it's difficult because the press can find a place to film those key practices. So it's difficult, the major problem was really the buildings around.feedback

Robbie Deans

We know each other well, as teams. There is a huge amount of history, There is no more history than that between the Wallabies and the All Blacks. And there is a lot of history at World Cup time so it is going to be great.feedback

Stefan Grobe - Euronews

Football in the United still has a competitive disadvantage against the other big professional sports, and that is money. Baseball, basketball, ice hockey and American football are multi-billion dollar operations that dominate the market. But maybe the World Cup enthusiasm is going to change that.feedback

Nasser Al Khater

Our position from the beginning was we will be ready to host the World Cup whenever the international football community decides is the best time to host the World Cup. Whether that be summer, whether that be winter, fall, spring, we will be ready. As long as the decision made has the concensus of the international community, we will be ready.feedback

Sarah Leah Whitson - Human Rights Watch

The government needs to ensure that the cutting edge, high tech stadiums it's planning to build for World Cup fans are not built on the backs of abused and exploited workers.feedback

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Our commitment now is to work and starting now because we have a lot to do. We have the World Cup 2014, and we have the Olympics in 2016. Brazil is lucky because we had been working hard for a while. We are investing billions of dollars in infrastructure.feedback

Clarence Seedorf

But I think after the World Cup, it will be different.feedback

Cécile Skovron-Mathy

It's with the strength of Maori tradition that the All Blacks start this world cup. The Haka is the symbol of their strength, but will it be enough to help the hosts battle their way to a second World Cup crown.feedback

François Chignac

The singing will continue here for some time. In a few hours, the South African parliament will pay homage to Madiba, ahead of Tuesday's grand ceremony in Johannesburg's giant football stadium where during the 2010 World Cup Nelson Mandela made his last public appearance.feedback

Slimane Yacini

That's it for The Corner join us for more as the 20 th Football World Cup begins to take shape. Bye for now.feedback

Slimane Yacini

Welcome to the World Cup Corner. After twelve years away from a major international football tournament Belgium return to the top table with a win over Algeria.feedback

Fridolin Achten

And a good German football team at the World Cup! That would be cool.feedback

Simone Matias

The country has the money to host the Olympics and the World Cup. Where is the money for education, and for health and for everything else?feedback

Cecilia Dube

For me it's three weeks only I'm not trading but already I've seen a big difference, it's like my life is in a halt or something. It's not moving just for three weeks. So think for the whole month. After that whole month we don't know what's going to happen. It might happen that after the World Cup, they say no traders anymore.feedback

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Rio de Janeiro is prepared to host the Olympics and is prepared to host the World Cup with a lot of tranquility. It's not because of one catastrophe that we will think that it's going to happen every year, or all the time.feedback

Jose Fortunati

If the project is not voted on, we won't have a World Cup in Porto Alegre. There's no Plan B, nor C, nor Z.feedback

Andrea Rua Espada

Argentina is celebrating victory and they still haven't played Germany yet, a team Argentina have faced in the World Cup final twice before. In 1986 they won, while in 1990 it was Germany. After so many years of waiting to get this far, Argentina and their fans already feel like winners.feedback

Fabian Farge

The media presence here is unprecedented since the death of John Paul II. The shock resignation of Benedict XVI and the election of a new pope has mobilised the world's media, it is similar to the Olympics or the World Cup, everyone wants to cover this event live.feedback

Delia Fischer

Here I quote from the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee Claudio Sulser: 'Such behaviour cannot be tolerated on any football pitch, and in particular not at a FIFA World Cup when the eyes of millions of people are on the stars on the field.feedback

Sam Jones

Sales have been just ridiculous, especially for the US. I would say it's probably double what is was last World Cup. World Cup fever is here so it's just absolutely crazy.feedback

Franck Piccard

She has already done that this year in the giant slalom, and I think she can do that in other disciplines as well, including the downhill. The Super G will not cause her many problems either if she's not afraid of speed. So if she breaks through there she has a good chance of winning the overall World Cup title.feedback

Ashlee Clarke

The fact that we won the World Cup finals the last two years, yes of course, it adds an extra bonus and pressure that you really want to perform and do a threepeat.feedback

Andrei Rodrigues

The violence on Sunday is not related to the World Cup. For the games in the World Cup we will use the example we followed in the Confederations Cup, there is a whole dynamic, a whole series of preparations and plans and evaluation of the risks, a whole scenario which will surely avoid this type of scenario.feedback

Sepp Blatter

What @DaniAlves2 tolerated last night is an outrage. We must fight all forms of discrimination united. Will be zero tolerance at #World Cup.feedback

Carlos Ulloa

We are fighting within a very responsible project so he can make it (to the world cup) and over the course of the road we will be able to see whether we will achieve it.feedback

Daniel Fey

Pyschic Paul has more than made amends for getting the Euro 2008 final wrong. Free from World Cup pressure, he can now retire in peace.feedback

Ali bin Al Hussein

I think it's better to play in winter. This way the weather would be better for the players and the fans. I don't see why a World Cup in Winter in Qatar should be a big problem.feedback

Martin Halliwell

The World Cup is an enormous thing for the satellite operators, an enormous event.feedback

Richard Lamb

The World Cup dominates all occasional use space in a country like Brazil. With good planning we're able to augment the capacity, maybe two years in advance, by relocating another satellite where possible, but in reality there is only a limited amount, and pretty much all the capacity will be used on the day.feedback

Dilma Rousseff

There are people who claim the resources for the World Cup should have been directed to healthcare and education. I hear and respect those opinions, but I don't agree with them. It is a false dilemma.feedback

Xavi Hernandez

We belong to a collective sport, in which the most important thing is to win titles: the World Cup, the Confederations Cup with the national team, the league, the Champions League with our clubs…all this motivate us. We are here because of good team work, this is the main reason why we have won this individual award.feedback

Iker Casillas

I have no doubt. It will be difficult to repeat the Spanish national team's golden era of many titles, but we hope it will happen again. Not everybody is lucky enough to win back to back European titles and a World Cup, in fact only the our national team has done it. The important titles are a result of a fusion of good players and coaches.feedback

Xavi Hernandez

It comes from all of them. We came through the youth ranks in Barcelona and Real Madrid. Our parents and family and also the Spanish National Team all played a part in our success. We are both from a generation of Spanish football players who have been lucky in winning the European championships twice and one World Cup. Therefore, this prize belongs to more people than just ourselves.feedback

Isabelle Kumar - Euronews

Discrimination as we have already said, doesn't stop with the colour of someone's skin, it is also a discrimination against poor people. So turning to the World Cup in Brazil, I'd like to ask you, can spending so much on a sporting event be justified?feedback

Isabelle Kumar - Euronews

The World Cup victory in 1998 was, of course, a sporting victory but also a social one, your rainbow team was recognised for being well integrated, so 20 years later, what is it like now?feedback

Lilian Thuram

Well it would be quite something to be playing in the World Cup in Brazil. As of course it would have been symbolically amazing to have playing in a World Cup in Africa.feedback

Isabelle Kumar - Euronews

So as I'm sure you can believe, we received lots of questions about the World Cup and about the French team. So I've chosen a question from Baba Bah, who asks what do you think about Samir Nasri not being selected for the team?feedback

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