The first in a two-part series intended to illuminate the philosophy of football as practiced by La Liga’s premiere Josés, ‘MouMou’ Mourinho of Real Madrid and ‘Pep’ Guardiola of FC Barcelona, and thereby edumacate fans worldwide on the sport of soccer, the art of coaching and Renaissance and Golden Age speculum texts.
Today we consider MouMou and Niccolò Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’ (c. 1513), a treatise inspired by Ferdinand I of Aragón and dedicated to the great Lorenzo de Medici of Florence.
A wise ruler ought never to keep faith when by doing so it would be against his interests. –Machiavelli.
“A return to Inter? I won’t exclude it. But I always want the best for all.” — MouMou
Whosoever desires constant success must change with the times. — Machiavelli.
“I want new risks, new experiences, and now is the moment to decide.” –MouMou
It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both. — Machiavelli.
“If [Real Madrid] do to me what happened with Alcorcón, they’ll be dead and buried to me.” –MouMou
The end justifies the means. — Machiavelli
“Look, [Chelsea’s] not entertaining? I don’t care; we win.” — MouMou
I’m not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it. — Machiavelli
“I intend to create the football team in relation to my image and my football philosophy.” — MouMou
Politics have no relation to morals. — Machiavelli
“I am not concerned about how Chelsea are viewed morally.” –MouMou
There are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehend; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, and the third is useless. — Machiavelli
“Sometimes you see beautiful people with no brains. Sometimes you have ugly people who are intelligent, like scientists.” –MouMou
War should be the only study of a prince. He should consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes as ability to execute, military plans. — Machiavelli
“He knows everything about his players – what time they go to bed, what they eat, how long they train. Mourinho wants to control every aspect of their lives.” – Portuguese journalist Neto, on MouMou.
If injury has to be done to a man, it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared. — Machiavelli
“If they don’t touch me, I won’t touch anyone. If they touch me, I’ll be ready to hit back even harder.” — MouMou
MouMou quotes from: goal.com, soccerlens.com/jose-mourinho, sport.com
Machiavelli quotes from: brainyquote.com, thinkexist.com