Quotes of the World Cup
- Posted by Sid Lowe
In the aftermath of England's capitulation against Germany and the build-up to Argentina's match against the same opposition, Demichelis announced: "If I play as badly against Germany as John Terry did, I won't be able to go home to Argentina."
At about the same time he said it and argument was brewing in his kitchen, where Demichelis' pot was attacking his kettle.
As if it wasn't bad enough to have a fellow professional attacking your performance -- and Terry's display against Germany was truly lamentable -- to have Demichelis do so was a real kick in the teeth. At least it would have been but for one thing: if Demichelis tried to kick Terry in the teeth, he'd probably miss.
Demichelis was in a glass house but that didn't stop him throwing stone after stone after stone. He seemed to have forgotten his own hideous error against South Korea. Or his dreadful display in the final of the Champions League when he couldn't have turned more slowly if his feet were nailed to the floor.
He appeared to be setting himself up for a fall. And fall he inevitably did. Two days later, Germany put Argentina to the sword -- with Demichelis playing the starring role as the bad guy who kept everyone onside for the opening goal and stood dazed and confused for pretty much the rest of the match, sadly tearing up his Johannesburg to Buenos Aires ticket as he returned to the dressing room.
Not that Demichelis is alone. Oh no, far from it. People have been opening their big mouths all World Cup and, as the Spanish phrase goes, as a result flies have been finding their way in. Mind you, they haven't all been wrong, as CBCSports.ca's collection of the choicest quotes of the World Cup so far goes to show...
"It feels like I have been punched by Muhammad Ali"
- Diego Maradona reacts to Argentina's World Cup exit.
- Dutch striker Wesley Sneijder.
- So says Lukas Podolski. So might have said just about any player at the tournament.
- Spain's Joan Capdevila really gets to grips with the history of the hosts.
- Kaka's granny is not one for a simple "that's nice dear." But she probably did wipe his face clean with spit on a hankie.
- Luis Fabiano can't believe that the referee didn't see Frank Lampard's shot sneak over the German line. No one else could believe that the referee didn't see his spot of impromptu volleyball. And, anyway, what is it with Brazilians and their grannies?
- Indeed he does, Cristiano Ronaldo, indeed he does.
- Asked if the "love" between him and his players, who he is seen constantly hugging and kissing, is the key to Argentina's early success, Diego Maradona protests a little too much.
- FIFA boss Sepp Blatter really doesn't get it, does he?
- Fabio Cannavaro doesn't like the look of Italy's future and immediately rushes off to play in the Middle East. Where he says it has "always been my dream to play." Sure it has.
- Says Guus Hiddink of the German playmaker with Turkish roots. It really doesn't look that way, Guus. In fact, it looks like he chose very much the right passport.
- Vicente del Bosque gets just a little tired of Maradona's constant griping.
- Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has no doubt which side of the cheat/hero debate he's on.
- Let's face it, Franz Beckenbauer is not wrong.