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Alan Hansen

  • Scottish athlete
  • Born June 13, 1955

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 teams' 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.


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.




If you're going to be wrong, be dramatically wrong.




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!




Even though they won't finish in the top four this season, they will still be of the contenders next season.




I think when people talk about ambition and talking to him, it might have seemed that he wasn't ambitious.




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




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.




Playing for 14 years definitely took its toll mentally. I decided when I was playing my last season that when I retired from football I would never go back into it, and I've never regretted that decision.




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




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.




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.




Live television is always stressful and the more you do it, the more you realise what can go wrong.




We got stuffed 4-1, but it was just great to play against, it was like an education. You think you are half good and then you go and play against a side like that!




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.




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




People say I'm bad at a lot of things. One I agree with is that I'm a bad driver.




When I was playing football, I always felt in complete control. When I play golf and come under pressure, it's a completely different ball game.




I don't miss playing football, but I do miss going into the dressing room every day and having a laugh.




Everybody likes Brazil and we want the Brazilians to come out.




I don't think anyone enjoyed it. Apart from the people who watched it.




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




The pressures are intense, because the rewards for success and the penalty for failure are more and more.




The World Cup needs a brilliant Brazilian team.




He's sharp, he can score and he doesn't worry about missing.




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




I think the reality is that, that money was probably badly spent.




What I always do is just look at the players, look at the best 11 they can put on the pitch.




I had no plans once I finished my football career, which was a problem, so I had to go looking for work. Television was the one area that it was easier to get a job than anywhere else.




These guys live and breathe football; they get something out of going to the training ground every day.




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.




I always wanted to be a golfer, only I realised that if I'd played golf I would have been skint.



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