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  1. #1 Default What are some good (and bad) penalty taking techniques? 
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    I know a lot of this is unproven but sometimes subjectively it feels like some things are more likely to result in success than others. Here are some I've noticed:

    1) Always take a long runup (e.g. the Romania guy who missed against Pat Bonner in 1990 took just a 2 step runup)

    2) Do not stare at the corner where you are going to target - the goalkeeper will read your intent. (Rivaldo did this against Turkey in 2002 and Rushtu went the right way, though didn't save it)

    3) If you're REALLY skillful, don't decide on which direction you'll kick until after the goalkeeper has dived (Mendieta was a master of this as the 2001 CL final demonstrated)

    4) If you sense the goalkeeper always dives, hit it straight down the middle (as Lineker did against Cameroon). But it must be exactly down the middle. If you place it just off center then the goalkeeper will probably save it and it will just look like a poor penalty.

    5) Aim for the inside side-net (Van Nistelrooy was great at this and Dudek couldn't keep him out despite guessing the right way).

    6) Aim low rather than high. A powerful shot can easily go over the bar, but it cannot go underneath the turf (a bit late for Baggio or Waddle)

    7) Until you start your run up, stare at the floor, so you don't give the keeper any clues where you are looking (Beckham vs Argentina in 2002 - even though it was a terrible penalty!).
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    I know you risk blazing it, but hard and high takes the keeper out of the equation
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mersey Dudek View Post
    First time I've seen a penalty like that since this: https://youtu.be/HDyyU6H81X0?t=45s
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    if you have the ability to make yourself cross eyed ,use that so the keeper cant figure were you want to put the ball by looking at your eyes
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    What are the overall stats in world football for % of penalties scored v % missed or saved.

    I would wager about 65% are scored 17.5% missed and 17.5% saved.

    If anyone's got time to count all the penalties of all time and let us know that would be great
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    1 simple step to the best penalty technique

    1: be German
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mersey Dudek View Post
    Remember seeing this live. Me and my dad busted up laughing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raf_the_laf View Post
    What are the overall stats in world football for % of penalties scored v % missed or saved.

    I would wager about 65% are scored 17.5% missed and 17.5% saved.

    If anyone's got time to count all the penalties of all time and let us know that would be great
    I googled it. For the Premier league since 1992:

    1,994 awarded of which 1,668 were scored (84%), 246 (12%) were saved and just 80 (4%) were missed.
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    If you can hit it hard, high and off centre, you'll score every time. Surely that shouldn't be too hard for a professional footballer? Murphy and Shearer used to be good at that.

    I'm always surprised the keepers aren't better at gaming the players who don't look at the ball (like Phil and Mendieta). Just slightly fake to go one way and then go the other. Has to be worth a try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wavdeep View Post
    I googled it. For the Premier league since 1992:

    1,994 awarded of which 1,668 were scored (84%), 246 (12%) were saved and just 80 (4%) were missed.
    Cheers for that. I'm surprised those saved and missed are so low.

    Maybe the percentage scored is too high. So we should make it harder by putting the penalty spot further back. Although I think most would be against that.

    I suppose the point of a penalty is to give the opposition a "reward" for having been illegally denied a good chance, so an 84% chance of scoring is a fair reward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raf_the_laf View Post
    Cheers for that. I'm surprised those saved and missed are so low.

    Maybe the percentage scored is too high. So we should make it harder by putting the penalty spot further back. Although I think most would be against that.

    I suppose the point of a penalty is to give the opposition a "reward" for having been illegally denied a good chance, so an 84% chance of scoring is a fair reward.
    Saved was always going to be much higher than a complete miss tbf . But I’d have guessed the amount scored in the PL example would be less than 84% . Missed pens aren’t a huge surprise . Unless Motson is on commentary and you’d think it was the first time it’s ever happened based on the overreaction he constantly does.
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    Pick your spot, stick to it and go for placement but with power aiming for the side netting.

    Top bins are good if you’re feeling on game
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    Straight down the middle is statistically a very good choice because most goalkeepers will dive to either side. The reason that more penalty takers don't aim that way is because it looks embarrassing on the odd occasion they don't come off. See Higuaín this evening for example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redhoops View Post
    Saved was always going to be much higher than a complete miss tbf . But I’d have guessed the amount scored in the PL example would be less than 84% . Missed pens aren’t a huge surprise . Unless Motson is on commentary and you’d think it was the first time it’s ever happened based on the overreaction he constantly does.
    Yes, agreed it does seem high. In shootouts it seems to be a fair bit lower, though I'm struggling to find an overall stat. I guess a lot of PL penalties are taken when the result is already reasonably assured and the pressure is off - and usually by penalty specialists as opposed to Gareth Southgate or David Batty.
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    Something like 1 in 25 pens the keeper stays central, its strange why so many players choose to pick a corner instead of hitting it hard down the middle.
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    Spend a few minutes at the start of the game to see whether the keeper is left or right handed, and put the penno low and hard to the opposite side. Most are right handed, and a kick to his left side usually results in a goal. I remember Istanbul - Dida was so right sided - he saved two pennos to that side (although Alonso followed up and scored on one). The pennos that went to his left he was left stranded for.
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