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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.
NEW Mar 24 2017
“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.” said Sunil Gulati speaking about World Cup. It’s one of the 110 quotes about World Cup you can find on this page. 88 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Gianni Infantino and Reinhard Grindel. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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Gareth Southgate

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 recognized what the end looks like and what the environment needs to look like.

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.

Eddie Jones

You guys know the history of rugby. You know what the All Blacks had to go through to win the World Cup in 2011. They lost the semi-final against us in 2003 in Australia, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reinhard Grindel

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

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.

Gianni Infantino

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sunil Gulati

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Eduardo Paes

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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….

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jim Boyce

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fridolin Achten

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Delia Fischer

Such behaviour cannot be tolerated on any football pitch and in particular not at the FIFA World Cup when the eyes of millions of people are on the stars on the football field.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Martin Halliwell

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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?

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