Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing
Attributed to the professional football coach Vince Lombardi, this proverb stresses the importance of reaching a goal no matter what effort is required. (Compare It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game.)
Soccer Terms For When The World Cup Is The Only Thing On TVThe fact that American English speakers call soccer, well, soccer, may set us apart from the rest of the world, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have love for the sport played with one’s feet.
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