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This too shall pass

Grondona’s longtime slogan

1990 “We, the managers, are the first to know exactly who the hooligans are, along with the police and the journalists. We assume our responsibility to eradicate these people from the stadiums completely.”

1998 “Clubs have become charities because there are too many people who live off and use the clubs, even without making any contribution of their own.”

1998 “I would never run for office. I’ve been asked to run for mayor of Avellaneda but I don’t like doing something I don’t know enough about.”

1999 “The clubs know I am the least bad off all the leaders who can be president of AFA. They named me. I don’t ever plan on leaving. If the clubs want me to leave, now, that’s something else. I’m not going anywhere.”

2002 “As vice-president of FIFA, I have more power than any politician in Argentina.”

2003 “I do not believe a Jew can ever be a referee at this level. It’s hard work and, you know, Jews don’t like hard work.”

2006 “I only speak Spanish, but I’m at an advantage though: I’m very fluent in the language of football. And that’s a language not everybody can speak.”

2009 “I haven’t asked for power. The power is given to me every four years by the clubs, the leagues. It’s not mine. If it were, maybe I would act differently. But when you have the power, you use it.”

2011 “Yes, I voted for Qatar, because a vote for the US would be like a vote for England. And that is not possible. With the English bid I said: Let us be brief. If you give back the Malvinas Islands, which belong to us, you will get my vote. They then became sad and left. We always have attacks from England which are mostly lies with the support of journalism which is busier lying than telling the truth. This upsets and disturbs the FIFA family.”

2013 “If there’s something I’ve always been mindful of, it’s biology. It’s a hard science. Just do the math: I’m 81, in three years I’ll be 84. It should be irregular to want to keep doing this job at my age. I want to leave before I die.”

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