Adventure, hustling and warm wings feature as Goal.com pick out the best quotes of the last week.
"George Elokobi is ready for the Premier League," he said to Sky Sports. "I've tested myself at League Two, League One and non-League. I've tested myself in the Championship - now bring on the Premier League." Wolverhampton Wanderers defender George Elokobi believes that George Elokobi is ready, according to George Elokobi.
"There have been no problems with me and Theo [Walcott]. I have to work with Theo for hopefully the next 15 years, so I have got to make it my business for me to get on with my players." What kind of time-defying England Under 21s outfit is Stuart Pearce running?!
Shut-eye | 'Sleepy-head' Cesc
"There are many funny players; Pepe Reina, [Dani] Guiza, 'El Guaje' [David Villa], me. The intellectual is [Carlos] Marchena; the big eater, Pepe Reina of course; the sleepy-heads, [Cesc] Fabregas and [Gerard] Pique; the womaniser, Sergio Ramos." Xavi outlines the strength of Spain, but not even big eaters and sleepy-heads could save them from Team USA.
"If the terms of the deal are decent – but also if the move is an adventure – then he would be interested," Didier Zokora's agent, Rachel Anderson, informs the Evening Chronicle that Sunderland will have to title their signing talks an Indy-esque 'Didier Zokora and the Stadium of Light', and possibly install a rope swing in the dressing room.
Newman's Lippi-Smacking Italian Dressing Down
"Unlike his doppelganger Paul Newman, who made a Hollywood career out of hustling people, [Marcello] Lippi cannot fool us. Newman, nominated for an Oscar for the The Hustler in 1961, famously returned to reprise the same role 25 years later in The Colour of Money to secure the Academy Award. Lippi, having returned to the Italy setup, is not going to win another World Cup with this set of players." Carlo Garganese meshes silver screen with silver fox as Lippi's Azzurri struggle
"Did the stars – and stripes –
just simply align perfectly for Bob Bradley and his men on a flawless
night in Bloemfontein? Or were the Spanish perhaps over-confident?
Did they let their guard down, too focused maybe on becoming the
first team to go 36 games unbeaten? Or did Pele just make one of his
ludicrous predictions on his Facebook page that Spain would waltz to
Confederations Cup glory?" KS Leong bemoans the dubious mysticism of Pele after La Furia Roja crash out.
"[Davide] Santon is only 18 and, for all talk
of him developing into an Italy and Inter legend, he has featured in
only 16 Serie A games and two Champions League matches in his career.
Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig amongst others have done an excellent
job in their roles as James Bond - but it was Sean Connery who was the
best 007. Santon has the talent and is radically maturing but he is
still not the finished article and is bound to commit mistakes,
something that Inter cannot afford if they want to conquer Europe." The name's Mondal. Subhankar Mondal. He's been pondering life without Maicon.
"Real Madrid are being linked with all these attacking players and have
indeed signed a few world class INDIVIDUAL players. Has anyone informed
them that they are leakier at the back than Rab C Nesbitt's vest?! The
only notable transfer target is [Alvaro] Arbeloa! Real need to sort out their priorities. Do
they even have any holding midfielders? The midfield by the sound of it
is gonna be Kaka, [Franck] Ribery and [Cristiano] Ronaldo, all of whom would rather tackle
Vanessa Feltz than track back!" furiousbing runs though a veritable who's who of random people as Madrid spend freely.
The 'warm wings' treatment.
"After the World Cup, all England people hate you. As myself, a fan from China, I hope
Rooney and Ferdinand kick your ass in Training ground. But, is Sir
Ferguson again, The same as hen's warmth wings, he started... You had
mutual success [with] each other; I thought you would love the club, love
this Kindly elderly, at least you will love before the elderly to
leave - but last summer I found I was wrong - you love the original is
Real!" unicellar sees his coherence lost in translation, but the message is nonetheless... staggering.
"Once upon a time at a club far far
away... “Cristiano has very important thing to announce; Cristiano
has understood you better in six months than he has ever understood
what the gaffer is saying, so he is going to let you in.” Zoran
Tosic: “Wow, you like me!” A few moments and a packed locker room
later... “CRISTIANO IS GOING TO MADRID.” Ryan Giggs: “Good
riddance.” Federico Macheda: “Why, Cristiano, why?! I have gotten
your hair-do and everything...” “With Real, Cristiano will be
great and the people will finally love him. Besides, my mother told
me to go there.”"
zefroth is a fly on the wall as 'CR7' flies the coup.
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