“As a manager you have to live like a player.” It was put to him that that’s a long time to live like a player. “Yes, but for every passion there is a big price to pay,” Wenger countered. “I say that to the players. When you are hungry, it is only your stomach that is telling you it is hungry, it is just a part of your body. When you are hungry for success, it is the whole person, the whole life that wants that success. It is not just one part of your body that wants to win on Saturday afternoon, there is something in the structure of your personality that says this is vital to me and it is worth organising my life around this desire. That is the core of your life."

I do a lot of things I do not like to do. I would prefer to be able to go out and enjoy my life. But I think that tomorrow I will be mentally dead, I will forget something, or I will not be competitive.” - Arsene Wenger

"Taking a penalty in practice, in front of nobody, is a different skill than taking a penalty in front of 40,000 people." - Anon

"Soccer Coaches are not just teaching a game - they are teaching a way of life." - Arsene Wenger


"Tactics are used to multiply the abilities of the players.” - Arrigo Saachi

Composure Under Pressure

“Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.” - Arthur Ashe

The Art of Coaching

"Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their players and motivate." - Vince Lombardi

Man’s Finest Hour

"I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious. " - Vince Lombardi


“A leader leads by example, not by force” - Sun Tzu


Thus we may know that there are five essentials for victory: (1) He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. (2) He
will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces. (3) He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks. (4) He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared. (5) He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign.”
- Sun Tzu


"Blessed is he who has learned to laugh at himself for he shall never cease to be entertained." - John Boswell


"I wanted to have a career in sports when I was young, but I had to give it up.  I'm only six feet tall, so I couldn't play basketball.  I'm only 190 pounds, so I couldn't play football.  And I have 20-20 vision, so I couldn't be a referee." - Jay Leno

On Winning a Professional Golf Tournament

Mahan gave credit to two things for his success this week, he replaced his Ping Anser putter for a Ping model called the "Nome", a mallet sized center shafted model that he credits with helping him see the line better. Secondly, he has worked hard on his attitude, "If I wanted to be the player that I thought I could be, I was going to have to change. I had to take it easy on myself, basically not try so hard. I didn't want to have my identity stuck with my golf score. They needed to be separated, and I need to play golf because I enjoy it, and accept the result and move on and not get attached to it." - Hunter Mahan

Ricky Fowler – Observations of Tiger Woods at the Crest of His Game

“Being In The Moment”

''It came out perfect, landed right on the crown of that ridge there, and the rest is history,'' Fowler said. ''I mean, he loves being in the moment, and that's where he kind of gets down, focuses and hits those shots. It was fun to see.'' Ricky Fowler on playing with Tiger Woods in the final round of the Memorial when Woodsie made 4 birdies in last 5 holes to win coming from 2 stroke deficit….Fowler, who was in the hunt, had an 83 on the final day playing with Woodsie.


"In Roseto, virtually no one under fifty one died of a heart attack or showed any signs of heart disease. For men over 65 the death rate from heart disease was, roughly, half that of the United States as a whole. In Roseto, “there was no suicide, no alcoholism, no drug addiction, and very little crime. They had no one on welfare, no peptic ulcers…people were dying of old age. That’s it….Roseto lay outside everyday experience, where the normal rules don’t apply. What Wolfe (the researcher) began to realize was that the secret of Roseto wasn’t diet, exercise, genes or location. IT HAD TO BE ROSETO ITSELF…The Rosetans were healthy because of where they were from, because of the world they had created for themselves in their tiny little town in the hills.” - Outliers. Malcolm Gladwell

Life Choices

“…The key to accepting responsibility for your life is to accept the fact that your choices, every one of them, are leading you inexorably to either success or failure, however you define those terms.  Some of the choices are obvious: Whether or not to stay in school? Whether or not to get pregnant?  Whether or not to hit the bottle?  Whether or not to keep this job you hate until you get another better-paying job? Whether or not to save some of your money, or saddle yourself with huge payments for that new car? Some of the choices are seemingly insignificant: Whom to go to the movies with?  Whose car to ride home in?  Whether to watch the tube tonight, or read a book on investing?  But, and you can be sure of this, each choice counts.  Each choice is a building block - some large, some small.  But each one is a part of the structure of your life…” - Neil Boortz

The Team Motif

"The magic that transforms a group into a team, is the play. A system of play that has to include everyone in both the attacking and the defensive phase. And in this context, it is clear that whoever is closest will have the most solutions. And by close I mean a compact team. In the defensive phase it means that you will you will burn less energy, because 10-metre runs don't wear you out like 20-, 30-, 40-metre runs. "The team will get there first, it will be calmer because it can apply pressing, have more collaboration. And during an attacking phase it will have lots of alternatives because everyone can move. This is the difference between a very organic team, a team with great understanding, and a team that has a collective ... many teams have soloists, and these break the harmony. Barcelona don't have soloists, we didn't have soloists, Ajax didn't have soloists. We had people who played with the team, for the team, all over the pitch, for the whole game." - Johan Cruyff


"Goalkeeping is the art of doing very little exceptionally well." - Anon