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article imageOp-Ed: Funny football interviews dug from the depths of YouTube

By Christopher Bates     Dec 24, 2011 in Sports
Although footballers (and managers) aren’t renowned for their academic prowess, they do, however, take part in some comical spontaneous interviews. So as we’re fast approaching Christmas, I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you.
First it's the outspoken Welshman Craig Bellamy. Following a 2-0 loss to Finland in a 2010 World Cup qualifier, Bellamy found it all a bit too hard to digest.
He certainly had no trouble speaking his mind though, saying: "They're not a good side," before adding, "none of us [have] a glimmer of hope of qualifying. They're not a good side, like I said. I do feel we're a better side, I know we've just lost....."
The current Liverpool man then made remarks concerning Finland goalscorer Jonatan Johansson. "Johansson.....he scored.....don't know how, don't think he's a good enough player to score."
Although the interviewer probably should've sent Craig on his way, he continued: "What do you do for Wednesday, Germany?"
Craig replied: "I don't know.....don't know, we just try and get over this today.....don't know what I do in the next hour mate.....don't know, I don't know mate to be honest."
He doesn't know, alright!
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is always a bundle of fun.
This press conference was held after Spurs gave away an injury-time penalty in the FA Cup 3rd round against Leeds United, which Jermaine Beckford calmly scored to make it 2-2, thus forcing a replay at Elland Road.
Without thinking it through, a journalist asked Harry: "Is a replay something that you really didn't want, either way?"
Much to the amusement of the other journalists, Redknapp sarcastically replied: "No I was really looking forward to it, I thought it'd be a good idea with a minute to go.
"I thought we'd give them a goal because I'd like to go to Elland Road on a Tuesday night. I haven't been up there for a few years."
And now it's back to the legendary Craig Bellamy. In a game that was overshadowed by the news that John Terry had slept with Wayne Bridge's girlfriend, Manchester City managed to fend off Chelsea 4-2.
It was in a post-match interview when Bellamy was asked about John Terry.
The reporter said: "Be honest Craig, going into the game, did it (the incident) galvanise you at all, as a group?"
Bellamy replied: "I think you guys (the media) make a lot more of it, ya know? I know what JT's like and nothing surprises me about him, so I'm not going to comment on that guy.
"I think everyone in football knows what the guy's like, so, ya know? That's off the field. But on it he's an outstanding player.....he's a great captain for Chelsea, so it's always going to be difficult when you play him and his team."
Well, in all fairness, the reporter did ask Craig to be honest.
And if you enjoyed those, here's the best of the rest.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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