The Penalty Shoot Out Is The Greatest Set Piece Of Sporting Drama Ever Conceived Cruel, Arbitrary, Tortuous And Unfair, It Has Also Presented The England Football Team With A New And Infinitely Punishing Manner In Which To Lose Three Times In The Past Decade The Nation Has Sat On The Edge Of Its Collective Sofa And Watched The Seemingly Inevitable Unfold As Stuart Pearce, Chris Waddle, Gareth Southgate, Paul Ince And David Batty Have Selected The Wrong Shots In The Lottery Of International Championship Shoot Outs.Except It S Not A Lottery There Is An Art To Scoring Penalties, Which Calls Upon A Unique Combination Of Physical Prowess And Psychological Strength In The Corridor Of Truth That Leads From The Penalty Spot To The Goal Line, A Succession Of English Footballers Have Had To Confront Not Only The Opposing Goalkeeper But The Hopes And Dreams Of Fans And Fellow Countrymen And, Of Course, Themselves Score And Few Will Remember Miss And As The Above List Of Names Testifies No One Will Forget.Talking To Some Of The Game S Most Successful Players And Managers, The Question The Book Seeks To Address Is Simple Can England Overcome Their Fear Of The Penalty
Andrew Anthony is a journalist who has written for The Guardian since 1990, and The Observer He is also the author of On Penalties 2000 and The Fall Out 2007.
- 176 pages
- On Penalties
- Andrew Anthony
- 26 December 2018 Andrew Anthony