Year-end special: Top ten offbeat quotes in Indian football

Goal lists down 10 unconventional remarks from the Indian football fraternity that caught the readers off guard.

"If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys"

- Eelco Schattorie dealt in idioms while describing the poor effort from his team against Salgaocar.



"Do you know who I am? I am Nathan Hall? Oh well!"

- Arthur Papas ran out of words after a journalist recognized him as Nathan Hall in the post-match press conference following a Pailan Arrows - United Sikkim clash.


"I'm disappointed with the fourth official. I think he wanted to do something interesting and maybe go home and tell his wife that he sent the coach off."

- Eelco Schattorie made sure everybody gets to know the official's hidden agenda.



"Bongy, bongy, bongy, bongy the bus came."

- Marcos Falopa described the bus journey from Kolkata to Kalyani in his usual style.


"AIFF has sold the league to Bengaluru FC."

- Iqbal Ahmed, Mohammedan Sporting's football secretary alleged that the newcomers are being favoured.


"It’s like a Santosh Trophy in a shorter version."

- Bhaichung Bhutia brought out an innovative simile to describe the IMG-Reliance tournament.


"India can be the number one football loving and watching nation in the world."

- The AIFF president Praful Patel highlighting what he thinks of the country's playing skills. Rank 154, right?


"It’s like slow death."

- Valanka Alemao opined what the proposed Indian Super League (ISL) would do to clubs like Churchill Brothers, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal.


"I also thank Roberto Carlos."

- Madan Mitra, the West Bengal sports minister had one his usual faux pas, as he referred to Carlos Alberto Torres as Roberto Carlos during the Coca-Cola World Cup Trophy Tour.



"I will not invite Karim to my birthday party."

- Pune FC coach Mike Snoei was precise about the invitees' list as he leaves Mohun Bagan coach Karim Bencherifa out of it.