'I was crying inside after I missed the penalty. I wanted to die'

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How do you explain this victory in relation to the length of your hair?
Korean journalist stumps Senegal coach Bruno Metsu after they beat France.

Oh yeah, we're the perpetual underdogs, the team that doesn't study the opposition, that takes supporters on to the team coach, is not really bothered, likes a pint and the craic. And yet we're in the last 16. If that scenario were true, we'd have to be the greatest group of guys that ever played.
Mick McCarthy on the difference between the Republic's image and reality.

A team of impertinents and battlers led by Roy Keane. Cameroon Tribune previews the Ireland match after Keane's banishment.

Gary Lineker: Trevor Brooking's in the Sapporo Bowl. What's it like, Trevor? Trevor Brooking: Well, it's a bowl shape, Gary.

Football is a game and people have to be cunning.
Rivaldo after the Brazilian was fined for feigning injury against Turkey.

This is what happens when you have village referees in the World Cup.
Christian Vieri after Graham Poll denied Italy two legitimate goals against Croatia.

We have only one world-class player, which is Oliver Kahn.
Franz Beckenbauer, former coach and captain, expects a short stay for Germany.

Sometimes in such a Herculean struggle, an outside body can influence the outcome. Once again, God will decide the outcome. And we will win.
Juan Sebastian Veron before Argentina 0 England 1.

The Danish people love Stig Tofting's no-nonsense style. There's no flicks and farts.
Jan Molby, former Denmark midfielder.

There was a sly hand-job on the line.
David Pleat, ITV summariser, after Germany's Torsten Frings used an arm to prevent an American goal.

I was crying inside after I missed the penalty. I wanted to die. I felt the sky was falling in. Then after I scored the winner I couldn't hear anything. I was dumbfounded. My head began to ache and I didn't sleep that night.
Ahn Jung-Hwan, South Korea's Italian-based striker, after defeating the Azzurri.

I always thought that Korea was corrupt. This proves it.
Daniel Santanche, Italian MP, accuses the Koreans of receiving "help" from the match officials.

David Seaman looked a broken man afterwards. I told him: "If you keep thinking about Ronaldinho's goal you will break yourself down. You must stop. It is over."
Sven Goran Eriksson after England's exit.

I haven't seen Brazil's winner yet. It's not that I'm avoiding it, just that my little girl has been watching the Teletubbies all the time.
Seaman at home in England.

We were encouraged to open ourselves to the Japanese cuisine on offer, but after being away from home for so long I could have died for a McDonald's.
Danny Mills on England's last meal in the Far East.

Just because a coach comes from overseas, it doesn't mean he is a tactical genius.
Tony Adams, former England captain, following the defeat by Brazil.

Normally when you swap shirts they're soaked in sweat but David Beckham's smelt of perfume. Either he's big on protection from BO or he sweats cologne.

All the European teams who've gone were too defensive, as if they were scared. England were the worst, with Emile Heskey always 18 metres from his own goalkeeper. They ignored their football culture. It's terrible to see them play like that.
Guus Hiddink, Korea coach.

Michael Ballack's tactical foul was utterly necessary. He sacrificed himself for the whole of Germany. The entire country should stand up and applaud him.
Rudi Völler, Germany coach, after Ballack's "professional foul" earned a booking which put him out of the final.

If you thought I looked tense, you try sitting in that dug-out when it's your arse in the bacon-slicer.
Mick McCarthy.

They are better than us, which is the difference.
Eriksson's on Brazil.