Rugby League footballers in Sydney regularly make the news for being boofheads or alcohol fuelled neanderthals, but the list of quotes below shows that lack of grey matter is not confined to one code or one country. Coaches and commentators are also not exempt.
It may be that sports persons are soft targets to ridicule for lack of education or sophistication, given that they spend their time, often since childhood, training rather than studying. The quotes below however are at a much more basic level.
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The 25 Most Stupid Footballers Quotes... In The World...Ever
25: "Leeds is a great club and it's been my home for years, even though I live in Middlesborough."
24: "He dribbles a lot and the opposition don't like it - you can see it all over their faces."
23: "If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again."
22: "They're the second best team in the world, and there's no higher praise than that."
21: "A game is not won until it is lost."
20: "I definitely want Brooklyn to be christened, but I don't know into what religion yet."
19: "I never wanted to leave. I'm here for the rest of my life, and hopefully after that as well."
18: "I never make predictions, and I never will."
17: "That's football, Mike, Northern Ireland have had several chances and haven't scored but England have had no chances and scored twice."
16: "The minute's silence was immaculate, I have never heard a minute's silence like that."
15: "I never comment on referees and I'm not going to break the habit of a lifetime for that prat."
14: "I faxed a transfer request to the club at the beginning of the week, but let me state that I don't want to leave Leicester."
13: "I couldn't settle in Italy. It was like living in a foreign country."
12: "There are two ways of getting the ball. One is from your own team-mates, and that's the only way."
11: "Germany are a very difficult team to play...they had 11 internationals out there today."
10: "You've got to believe that you're going to win, and I believe we'll win the World Cup until the final whistle blows and we're knocked out."
9: "The first ninety minutes of a football match are the most important."
8: "The world looks a totally different place after two wins. I can even enjoy watching Blind Date or laugh at Noel's House Party."
7: "You've got to take the rough with the smooth. It's like love and hate, war and peace, all that bollocks."
6: "My parents have been there for me, ever since I was about 7."
5: "I can see the carrot at the end of the tunnel."
4: "I always used to put my right boot on first, and then obviously my right sock."
3: "We haven't been scoring goals, but football's not just about scoring goals. It's about winning."
2: "We must have had 99 per cent of the match. It was the other three per cent that cost us."
1: "A contract on a piece of paper, saying you want to leave, is like a piece of paper saying you want to leave."
Often declared to be the most famous of the stupid sport quotes, although said by some to have been spoken rongue in cheek:
“Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it's much more serious than that.”
Bill Shankly (1913-1981), former international soccer player and manager of Liverpool Football Club