The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose.”
– Ernie Banks
“Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.”
– Frank L. Gaines
“When you’re riding, only the race in which you’re riding is important.”
– Bill Shoemaker
“Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.”10
– Jackie Joyner-Kersee
“I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability.”
– Bruce Jenner
“A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.”
– Mary Lou Retton
“Number one is just to gain a passion for running. To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid gets really good at it, that’s cool too.”
– Pat Tyson
“Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown.”
– Ross Perot
“You have to do something in your life that is honorable and not cowardly if you are to live in peace with yourself.”
– Larry Brown
“There may be people that have more talent than you, but theres no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.”
– Derek Jeter
“Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.”
– Ted Williams
“One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.”
– Knute Rockne
“The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.”
– Ken Doherty
“An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.”
– Emil Zatopek
“Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back… play for her.”
– Mia Hamm16
“When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.”
– Terry Bradshaw
“Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss.”
– Doug Williams
“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”
– Paul “Bear” Bryant
“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.”
– Marv Levy
“I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.” – Tom Landry
“Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.”
– Laird Hamilton
“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.”
– Bo Jackson
“I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.”
– Sandy Koufax
“If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.”
– Ben Hogan
“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.”
– Rogers Hornsby
“Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.”
– William James
“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.”
– Mike Singletary
“If at first you don’t succeed, you are running about average.”
– M.H. Alderson
“Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.”
– Liane Cardes
“Good is not good when better is expected.”
– Vin Scully
“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.”
– Tommy Lasorda
“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”
– Billie Jean King
“You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.”
– Herb Brooks
“What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle, and giving 110 percent all the time.”
– Don Zimmer
“If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.”
– Mark Spitz
“How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.”
– Lou Holtz
“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.”
– Matt Biondi
“Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.”
– George F. Will
“The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.”
– Steve Young
“The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.”
– John Madden
“You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.”
– Arthur Ashe
“What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.”
– Andre Agassi
“The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.”
– Pele
“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team. ”
– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.”
– George Halas
“Stubbornness usually is considered a negative; but I think that trait has been a positive for me.”
– Cal Ripken Jr.
“You’ve got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference.”
– Chris Evert
“When you win, say nothing, when you lose, say less.”
– Paul Brown
“The hardest skill to acquire in this sport is the one where you compete all out, give it all you have, and you are still getting beat no matter what you do. When you have the killer instinct to fight through that, it is very special.”
– Eddie Reese
“The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.”
– Arnold Schwarzenegger
“When I go out there, I have no pity on my brother. I am out there to win.”
– Joe Frazier
“During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball.”
– Mickey Mantle
“I never left the field saying I could have done more to get ready and that gives me piece of mind.”
– Peyton Manning
“Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you.”
– Eddie Robinson
“You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out, but you gotta suit up for them all.”
– J. Askenberg
“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.”
– Arnold Palmer
“Most talented players don’t always succeed. Some don’t even make the team. It’s more what’s inside.”
– Brett Favre
“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”
– Michael Jordan
“To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.”
– Picabo Street
“Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.”
– Lou Brock
“You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self motivation.”
– Homer Rice
“You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave–win or lose.”
– Gordie Howe
“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.”
– Hank Aaron
“I didn’t believe in team motivation. I believe in getting a team prepared so it knows it will have the necessary confidence when it steps on the field and be prepared to play a good game.”
– Tom Landry
“If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.”
– Herschel Walker
“Your biggest opponent isn’t the other guy. It’s human nature.”
– Bobby Knight
“If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.” – – Carl Lewis
“If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.”
– Ronnie Lott
“Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.”
– Lou Holtz
“If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.”
– Carl Lewis
“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”
– Michael Jordan
“Make each day your masterpiece.”
– John Wooden
“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.”
– Pat Riley
“Win If You Can, Lose If You Must, But NEVER QUIT!”
– Cameron Trammell
“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.”
– Mike Singletary
“If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.”
– Mario Andretti
“Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.”
– Ted Williams
“What do do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.”
– Dean Smith
“Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.”
– Larry Bird
“If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?”
– Joe Namath
“You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.”
– Michael Phelps
“Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do.”
– John Wooden
“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”
– Lance Armstrong
“Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.”
– Phil Jackson
“The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.”
– Joe Paterno
“Adversity cause some men to break; others to break records.”
– William A. Ward
“Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.”
– Satchel Paige
“Some people say I have attitude – maybe I do…but I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there. ”
– Venus Williams
“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”
– Babe Ruth
“It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.”
– Evander Holyfield
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”
– Muhammad Ali
“There are only two options regarding commitment. You’re either IN or you’re OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between.”
– Pat Riley
“A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.”
– Jack Dempsey
“It ain’t over till it’s over.”
– Yogi Berra
“You’re never a loser until you quit trying.”
– Mike Ditka
“Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.”
– Jim Valvano
Michael Jordan
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”
– Wayne Gretzky
“The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.”
– Wayne Gretzky
“Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.”
– Dan Gable
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
– Michael Jordan
“It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.”
– Vince Lombardi

Did you know…

►With 3.5+ billion fans, soccer is the most popular sport on the planet.

►A soccer ball is around 28 inches in circumference. More than 80% of the world’s soccer balls are produced in Pakistan.

►The 1950 World Cup final between Uruguay and Brazil at the Maracana Stadium recorded the highest number of spectators―199,854.

►The first ever women’s World Cup was held in 1991 in China, and was won by the United States.

►The first live coverage of a soccer match shown on television, was in the year 1937. It was a practice match between Arsenal and Arsenal Reserves at the Highbury stadium on September 16.

►During a match played in Paraguay between Sportivo Ameliano and General Caballero, a total of 20 red cards were shown.

►In the 1996 African Nations’ Cup, Liberian player George Weah paid for the team’s uniforms and all the expenses, so that the team could play in the tournament.

►On traditional soccer balls, there were 32 panels, meant to depict each country of Europe.

►Except for 1930 and 1950, European teams have reached the final of every World Cup.

►The Football Association Challenge Cup, more popularly known as the FA Cup, is the oldest soccer competition in the world.

►The World Cup trophy weighs nearly 13 pounds, and is made of 18 carat gold.

►More than 200 countries enter qualifications for the World Cup in present times.

►At a cost of $14 billion, the 2014 FIFA World Cup is easily the most expensive ever.

►Until the year 1882, there were no crossbars on the goals, which meant that any ball that went in between the two side posts at any height was considered a goal.

►The stereotypical soccer ball design of black pentagons and white hexagons resembles the Telstar communication satellite launched by NASA in 1962.

► The first player to be red carded was Chilean player Carlos Caszely, during the 1974 World Cup.

► In 2002, German international Oliver Kahn became the first goalkeeper to win the most valuable player in a World Cup.

► In the year 1998, April Heinrichs became the first woman to be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

► In 1889, Rotherham United goalkeeper Arthur Wharton, born in Ghana, became the first African professional soccer player.

► Sir Stanley Matthews was never ever booked in his long career that lasted 33 years.

► Pelé is the only player in the world who has been part of 3 different World Cup winning teams.

► Pelé’s scoring ability has been matched by no one ever. He has scored 8 goals in a game, 5 goals six times, 4 goals thirty-one times, and a hat-trick on 92 occasions.

► In the 1982 FIFA World Cup, Italian goalkeeper Dino Zoff was also their captain. Italy won the tournament, making Zoff, who was 40, the oldest captain to win the World Cup.

► Just Fontaine of France scored 13 goals in the 1958 World Cup, which is the most by any player in a single FIFA World Cup.

► Turkey’s Hakan Sukur holds the record for the fastest goal in a World Cup game, when he scored one against South Korea within 11 seconds from the start, in 2002.

► Lothar Matthaus has appeared in the most number of World Cup games, a staggering 25.

► Bert Patenaude of the United States scored the first hat-trick in the World Cup, scoring all 3 in a game against Paraguay in 1930.

► Roger Milla from Cameroon holds the record for being the oldest player ever to score in a World Cup game. He was 42 when he scored in the 1994 finals.

► Sir Vivian Richards is the only person in the world to have played in both, the soccer World Cup and the cricket World Cup.
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► The first ever soccer World Cup was held in the year 1930, which was won by the host country, Uruguay.

► Brazil has won 5 World Cups, which is the most by any country.

► India pulled out from the 1950 World Cup because the players were not allowed to play bare feet.

► Arsenal were earlier known as The Arsenal. But under the management of Herbert Chapman, the team’s name was changed to Arsenal so as to appear at the top of the old Division One clubs list.

► Brazil never lost a single match when Pelé and Garrincha played together.

► Hungary beat El Salvador 10 – 1, making it the most goals ever scored in a World Cup soccer game.

► Scotland has been to the World Cup 8 times, and has been eliminated in the group stages on all 8 occasions.

► Only 6 of all the World Cups till now have been won by the host country.

► Rangers, a Scottish team, has won a staggering 54 titles.

► The entire Democratic Republic of Congo team was killed by lightening during a game in 1998. Surprisingly, no one from the opposite team were killed.
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► Soccer is called football in almost every country around the world, except the US and Canada, where it is called soccer.

► A single player, on an average, runs about 7 miles during an entire soccer game.

► Nigerian born Chelsea player Celestine Babayaro injured his leg while celebrating his debut goal in a preseason match, while Luigi Riva, an Italian international player, broke an arm of a spectator due to his powerful shot.

► Italian striker Giuseppe Meazza’s shorts fell off when he was taking a penalty shot in a semifinal match in the 1938 World Cup. However, he continued on calmly to take the shot, and scored the goal.

► Michael Laudrup was a part of the Barcelona team when they won against Real Madrid 5 – 0. He was also a part of the Real Madrid team when they won 5 – 0 against Barcelona.

► China banned the video game Football Manager 2005, because Tibet and Taiwan were included as separate countries.

► The USSA (1919 – 1921) was the first professional soccer league in the United States. Players were paid 35 cents for every goal that they scored.

► In 1950, the original world cup which was made of papier-mâché had to be replaced because of heavy rains.

► Till the year 1908, soccer balls were made from the inflated stomach tissue of Irish prisoners that had been executed.

► Till the year 1991, soccer was illegal in the US state of Mississippi.

► In the 1930 World Cup final in Uruguay, only 300 spectators watched the game.

► The United States has almost 18 million official soccer players, more than any other country in the world.

► Turkey went on to knock out Spain from the 1954 World Cup in a qualifier by drawing straws. Italian Luigi Franco Gemma was blindfolded and picked the straws to decide the winner.

► Martin Sylvester, an English referee had himself sent off during an Andover and District Sunday League game in 1998, after he punched a player during the game.

► In the 1930 World Cup final, referee Jean Langenus of Belgium was wearing a suit jacket, tie, and golfing pants while officiating in the game.

► Dutchman Dennis Bergkamp suffered from the fear of flying. This caused him to miss many international games for Arsenal.

► In 1978, Sir Alex Ferguson swore at a lady, and for this he was fired by St. Mirren.

► Cristiano Ronaldo was nicknamed ‘cry-baby’ when he was a child.

► David Beckham suffers from Ornithophobia, which is the fear of birds.

► In a qualifying match for the 1994 World Cup, Chilean goalkeeper Rojas faked being hit by fireworks. He was banned for life and Chile were banned from the 1994 finals.

► It was only in 1984 that professional soccer players were allowed to take part in the Olympics.

► Soccer is actually supposed to be a non-contact sport.

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