Alan Hansen Quotes

Alan David Hansen (born 13 June 1955) is a Scottish former football player and BBC television football pundit. He played as a central defender for Partick Thistle, for the successful Liverpool team of the late 70s and 80s, and for Scotland. As a football pundit, Hansen is known for his outspoken views, particularly on team's defensive performances, frequently criticising what he believed was "diabolical" or "shocking" defending. He made his name as a pundit on Match of the Day from 1992 to 2014

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Alan Hansen


In '82 Brazil showed that you can't win the World Cup without a solid defense.

Alan Hansen


Potentially he could be. He scored the goal four years ago in France against Argentina that was extraordinary.

Alan Hansen


It's incredible considering the public perception that he was tight fisted and he was more than prudent, and lacked ambition to take Tottenham to where the fans wanted them to be.

Alan Hansen


I played against the Brazilians in '82, who were definitely the best team never to have won the World Cup.

Alan Hansen


Souness critics must eat humble pie as he transforms Newcastle.

Alan Hansen


I was born in a mining village, and you either played football or played football. If you didn't play, there was something wrong with you.

Alan Hansen


I think if Tottenham are going to be top four side, the fans and the club will need to get away from the philosophy of 'pretty football', that's got to go.

Alan Hansen


The Italians are very strong defensively. They showed in Euro 2000 how good defensively they are.

Alan Hansen


Manchester City have been in the doldrums for a while, they came up and went straight back down again.

Alan Hansen


I go by records and Bob Paisley is the No 1 manager ever!

Alan Hansen


The second half was easy to sum up - and absolute shambles! (on England losing to Denmark 4-1)

Alan Hansen


The boy can do anything, but to be the star of the World Cup you have got to get to the final and win it!

Alan Hansen


The scar on my forehead is from running through a plate-glass panel when I was 15. I had 27 stitches, which took two hours.

Alan Hansen


I only started concentrating on football as a career when I left school at 18. I played golf for the Scottish and British boys' teams.

Alan Hansen


I wouldn't say they're neglected, but everybody is going to grow old and we should be looking after the older generation more than we do at the moment.

Alan Hansen