Fútball (and soccer) fans are living the life right now. The World Cup is the most watched sporting event in the world. Hundreds of millions of people across the world tune in every day to watch the best teams in the world compete for the greatest glory of being named the best in the world.
By the end of this week, much of the Group of 16 will have played their matches. Already, a number of teams have met on the pitch in the knockout round. The games have been great so far, but let’s not move too fast in this World Cup. It’s easy to forget the great games that were played during the long, grueling group stage.
We wanted to take a moment to think back on those great Group-series games with some quotes from players, coaches, and more. The group stage this year saw a number of upsets, with perennial powerhouses like England, Spain, and Portugal failing to make it out. Here in the US, World Cup fever has reached record highs as the country takes on Belgium for a chance in the quarter-finals.
Robin van Persie on Netherlands crushing victory over Spain: “It was a crazy game. We could have scored five… Oh right, we did score five, but we could have scored six, seven or eight.”
Uruguay’s coach Oscar Tabarez on his team’s victory against Italy: “When that vital goal went in, I felt something explode within my chest. Uruguayan players never forget the passion they had in their childhood and the feeling of being a supporter. They did what they’ve all dreamed about.”
Brazilian superstar Ronaldo congratulated German player Klose on matching his goals scored in the World Cup stating: “Welcome to the club, Klose. I can only imagine your happiness! What a great World Cup!”
Argentina’s goalie Sergio Romero on Lionel Messi’s late game-winning goal against Iran: “Thank God El Enano [the Dwarf] rubbed the lamp at the end. It was a difficult, hard-fought match, but we knew it would be.”