As the sun sets on another year we are all left to look back on the sporting moments of the last 365 days. It's been a year of memorable moments including some unforgettable quotes from the most outspoken characters in the world of football. So, here are some of our stand out quotes from the year.
Emmanuel Adebayor accused his mother of using witchcraft to ruin his goal scoring abilities (November 30)
‘They should stop talking, they should stop doing juju on me, they should leave me alone.’
Steven Gerrard rallied his team-mates together after Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-2 (April 13)
‘This does not f****** slip now. Listen, Listen. This is gone. We go to Norwich. Exactly the same. We go again.’
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers criticized Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho for adopting negative tactics to ruin Liverpool's title chances (April 27)
‘Jose is happy to work that way and play that way and he will probably shove his CV and say it works but it’s not my way of working. Credit to Chelsea for that, they sat in really deep. There were probably two buses parked today instead of one.’
Jose Mourinho on Chelsea's title chances last season (February 10)
‘The title race is between two horses and a little horse that needs milk and needs to learn how to jump. Maybe next season we can race.'
Mourinho’s animal innuendos continued to the delight of the media... (December 10)
‘Last year we were close and we didn’t have the team playing at such a high level as we do this season, so we can dream we will do it. But let’s see if the sharks let us, because there are a few sharks in the ocean.’
Mourinho on the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge (November 1)
‘At this moment it’s difficult for us to play at home, though, because playing here is like playing in an empty stadium.’
Harry Redknapp voiced his concern over the fitness of Adel Taarabt (October 19)
'No, he's not fit. He's not fit to play football, unfortunately. He played in a reserve team game the other day, and I could have run about more than he did. I can't keep protecting people who don't want to run about and train, who are about three stone overweight. What am I supposed to keep saying, keep getting your 60, 70 grand a week and don't train? What's the game coming to?’
Mario Balotelli took to twitter to tease England fans as they looked towards the Italy and Costa Rica game (June 19)
‘If we beat Costa Rica I want a kiss, obviously on the cheek, from the UK Queen.’
Luis Suarez attempted to pull wool over the world's eyes as he found an excuse for his second, yes second biting incident.. (June 28)
‘After the impact, I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent. At that moment I hit my face against the player, leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth.’
Neymar’s agent Wagner Ribeiro launched a scathing attack on then-Brazil manager
Luiz Felipe Scolari after their 7-1 defeat against Germany (July 10)
‘An old jerk, arrogant, repulsive, conceited and ridiculous.’
The Manchester United and Ireland legend Roy Keane released his autobiography this year ruffling a few feathers with it.
On 'that' career ending tackle on Alf-Inge Haaland (October 6)
‘I did want to nail him and let him know what was happened. I wanted to hurt him and stand over him and go: “Take that, you c***.” I don’t regret that. But I had no wish to injure him.’
And when Keane left Sir Alex Ferguson and Old Trafford? (October 6)
‘It was another little hand grenade they threw at me. I said to Ferguson: “Can I play for somebody else?” And he said: “Yeah, you can, because we’re tearing up your contract.” So I thought: “All right, I’ll get fixed up.” I just thought, “F****** p****” and I stood up and went: “Yeah, I’m off”.’
Perhaps our favourite quote comes from the talismanic Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The striker was not impressed on learning that he came second on a recent poll of the greatest Swedish sportsmen. He responded:
'Thanks, but coming second is like coming last. On the list I am first, second, third, fourth and fifth, with all due respect to others.'
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