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World Cup Quotes

Scenes of 2014 World Cup Teams
Scenes of 2014 World Cup Teams
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The World Cup is the world’s most widely viewed sporting event. Media-followed globally, the World Cup attracts massive attention and riveting entertainment to sport fans across the world. The World Cup is held every four years and it usually lasts about a month (from June to July). It starts out with 32 teams that are narrowed down to two finalists and, finally, a victor. Due to the World Cup’s massive popularity, there have been many notable quotes about the event. Below a few such quotes are listed.

A fan holds up a replica of the World Cup.
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Note: All quotes were sourced from and credit to the speaker is listed below each saying.

“Brazil goes into every World Cup expecting to win - so when it is in Brazil it is expected even more. You can't understand what the World Cup means to our country.”

“The World Cup is a very important way to measure the good players, and the great ones. It is a test of a great player.”

“You have to show up in the World Cup, and in the World Cup anything can happen.”
Lionel Messi

“The World Cup is a truly International event.”
John Motson

“It's the only sport that's played in every country in the world. It's played and watched all over the world, it's the most popular sport in probably 90% of the countries, and then with the World Cup, you have the most viewed tournament of any sport in the world.”
Claudio Reyna

“Soccer is a great game, and the rich variety of styles and passions that come with being truly global makes the World Cup a nonpareil event in the universe of competitive sport.”
Serge Schmemann

“The World Cup is not just a great global sporting event, it is also inscribed with much deeper cultural and political importance.”
Martin Jacques

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