Quotes of the FIFA World Cup

Jul 12 2014, 12:32 IST
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SummaryA selection of the best quotes from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

A selection of the best quotes from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Brazil 1 Germany 7. That semi-final.

Brazil entered the semi-final against Germany as joint favourites to win the World Cup but exited in pitiful fashion, losing 7-1 in one of the most incredible matches seen in the tournament's long history.

"I'm going to be remembered probably because I lost 7-1, the worst defeat in Brazil's history, but that was a risk I knew I was running when I walked into this position." Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

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"What was that? Hard to believe," former West Germany World Cup winning captain and coach Franz Beckenbauer.

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"We witnessed a collective implosion of Brazil. A total collapse of their team tonight. I don't know what the lads from Brazil were carrying on their shoulders. They weren't able to come to terms with that. In these pictures you keep seeing them crying, before the match or after the match. This team didn't have enough experience to come to terms with the pressure of a big tournament like this in their own country. They fell apart emotionally today, completely." Former Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn.

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"In nigh on half a century of watching football, that's the most extraordinary, staggering, bewildering game I've ever witnessed," former England striker Gary Lineker.

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"I didn't like Brazil from the start, but I didn't think Germany were going to be so imposing, so devastating, so decisive," Diego Maradona.

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Luis Suarez bites Giorgio Chiellini.

When the Uruguayan striker bit his Italian opponent towards the end of their Group D clash the World Cup had a major flashpoint that everyone had an opinion on.

"We were both just there inside the area. He shoved me with his shoulder, and my eye got left like that also," Suarez said afterwards in reference to Chiellini's mark.

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"Such behaviour cannot be tolerated on any football pitch, and in particular not at a FIFA World Cup when the eyes of millions of people are on the stars on the field," FIFA said in a statement upon delivering their World Cup record four month ban from all football and nine international match suspension.

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"Everyone knows what they've done to Luis. They wanted him out of the World Cup. Perfect, they did it. They chucked him out of there like a dog," Suarez's grandmother told Reuters after the ban was announced.

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"They can't forgive Uruguay that a son of

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