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Penalties, PenalBall© And Parental Issues
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Mauijim (Manchester United) 3 years ago
Great stuff Greg.
The paragraph "Back to reality: technically, every single Premiership footballer should score.... " is my favorite paragraph ever read on footytube. Maybe the best paragraph ever read period. Nicely done
Mik0lai (KS Widzew Lódz) 3 years ago
The collective unconscious, morals, luck, skill, success rate, weather (pitch conditions), rules, referees, money, hooligans with lasers, goaltenders, gambling, so many variables!

Brilliant Article and great comments, really enjoyed reading this! Araz, Evertonjezzer and Greg make very interesting points. It is my belief (opinion) that referees are way too loose when it comes to calling penalties, and that's why we have seen so many. In a sport where a single goal can have such profound effects on the outcome, referees should be more conservative when it comes to handing them out. Such important decisions should definitely by looked at under a microscope, but it still has to be done fast and with little outside interference.

Someone mentioned weather, and that's a big one. We have all seen really wet matches, it can affect fouls, disadvantage goalkeepers, impair judgement, and effect the kick itself. The referees do what they can

References like Gyan and Suarez wreak of the notion that cheaters win in this world. And what about the hand of god? (sorry england fans) This penalty kick is certainly a subject of hot debate, especially when your nation’s success falls victim to one. To me it’s obvious, penalty kicks need to be more transparent, and referees need a change in protocol. But at the same time, it goes much deeper than that.
Ant (Liverpool) 3 years ago
Fantastic article

"Because taking a penalty is essentially asking the universe whether you are a winner or a loser. Score the goal and you're one of life's champions. Miss and you are some unloveable wretch, who deserves to be pelted with rotten fruit. "

Classic. Thanks for this
LeagueStar (Chelsea) 3 years ago
I missed a penalty this week three times the stupid ball hit the post.... Oh no that b**tch is having an affair. I knew it but I told myself it just wasn't true. Lmao nice article mate
Flavio1975 (CA River Plate) 3 years ago
What about video technology, like american footy or cricket? That could be a solution. If a player goes down, the referee could decide whether its a penalty or if its a dive or if it warrants 'going upstairs' to have a look at the replay. You could also use it for goals scored in offside positions, in other words let play go on and then depending on the outcome, decide whether to review the action or not. If the video system works, then who knows, maybe it can be used for yellow and red cards. I'm not saying to make the game a start and stop bore. I'm the first to admit I love a free flowing game, but I also get upset when I watch a team lose an important match or get knocked out of a tournament due to a refereeing blunder...
Totaldribble 3 years ago
True said. I think when/if it does get implemented its only going to be goal-line
I think the FA should grow some balls and do it before anybody else
[account-removed] 3 years ago
Connection with global warming LMAO brilliant! Thanks Greg for a good read
Jeroen (Barcelona) 3 years ago
Hehe, what a refreshing article. Maybe we are just puppets, controlled by a higher power for Its amusement. I can already imagine a God-like power laughing his ass off when Rooney misses a PK, when Terry literally slips up again, when Torres misses open goals.

Perhaps we should banish penalty kicks and replace them by a staring contest between the two best starers of the team if a PK is blown. Man, I'd hate to be up against Özil then.

Or perhaps we should replace PKs with a dance contest and let a professional jury (possibly Elvis, 2Pac and Michael Jackson - they aren't dead) decide who had the best moves to award a goal - or not. It would certainly spice things up a bit, and I'm sure the Power that rules us all would be very amused
TheBarcaShow (Footytube Staff) 3 years ago
I know it may sound absurd but perhaps the value of a penalty shot has fallen since they are becoming more common.

Anyways just thinking.... Has anyone ever considered moving the penalty spot further back?
Totaldribble 3 years ago
How long has the rule the positioning of the spot been?  Pretty sure there would be uproar if they ever considered it nevermind actually did it
Tanmay (Footytube Moderator) 3 years ago
A unique article - a mix of sport and your own existential issues. Football should have more of these
EvertonJezzer (Everton) 3 years ago
This concept fascinates me: the idea that a footballer's subconscious guilt compels him to miss penalties. Although players of inviolate good character miss too, I've noticed. Take John Terry, for instance. He seems to be missing quite a bit lately, and he's a paragon of moral rectitude. Oh, hang on a sec, I got that wrong. He's a moral rectum
Araz (Queens Park Rangers) 3 years ago
Around half of all the penalties taken this season have been missed, the historical average is about an 80% success rate. Why? A total mystery. But you are right, strikers should be able to score them 9 times out of 10 and they don't, you can just refer to England's record in major tournaments for further evidence that a penalty is a mysterious thing, like you say it's more a test of character than technique, but I always fall back on this example....

Gyan.... Formerly of Sunderland, now of.... Missing in action. In the World Cup Quarter-Final against Uruguay he exposed the biggest pair of Cajones I have ever seen, having fallen to pieces after he smashed the crossbar with a penalty in the dying minutes of the game that would have out Ghana through, when the game went to penalties he steps and demands to take the first one, which he promptly dispatches in to the top corner with brutal power and supreme confidence.

The act of a man with real character right? Well how is it then that he abandons his team and runs off to the middle-east 3 months in to a contract for a few extra beans without telling anyone. Aren't such bravery in the face of adversity and such cowardice in relative luxury massive contradictions where penalties are the yard stick of character?

Cracking article, love the bit about Downing, if he wins a penalty your idea would definitely be the right call. How about adding an blind folded element to your Penalball revolution?
Fiasc0 (Eintracht Braunschweig) 3 years ago
In the Bundesliga this season were given 36 penalties with 5 misses. This match the 80% quote nearly perfect.  Source: kicker
Greg (Tottenham Hotspur) 3 years ago
Araz.... When I say "test of character" I am not talking about moral character. It's character in the sense of nerve and self-belief. I'm sure there are many excellent penalty-takers who are flawed in every other aspect of their lives
Araz (Queens Park Rangers) 3 years ago
But I'm soooo confused!, Why can't good just be good and bad just be bad, would make things much simpler. Then I could worship John Terry for being the captain of his country and a brave heart leader of men in times of battle, instead of simultaneously have to juggle the thought that he is also an (alleged) racist, home breaker, cretin, and liar
Fiasc0 (Eintracht Braunschweig) 3 years ago
Quote: Nine times out of ten it comes to nothing. But if a player is fouled in the box, he'll normally get a penalty and his team should theoretically score. This should change.
[.... ].... The referee should just say: "Oh, he wasn't going to score anyway. We'll give you a free-kick. A penalty is too much. "

I think that´s the whole idea about this rule, the fouled team should teoretically score. It brings more entertainment to the game. In terms of media a 0-0 is wasted money, a 4-3 is worthy broadcasting
Totaldribble 3 years ago
I hope nexts years theme will be streakers, especially fit young blonde girls on a cold monday night...
Fiasc0 (Eintracht Braunschweig) 3 years ago
Fiasc0 (Eintracht Braunschweig) 3 years ago
[account-removed] 3 years ago
Well lets hope its not just strictly Mondays lol
Totaldribble 3 years ago
Also raining would be good
Markodon (NK Dinamo Zagreb) 3 years ago
Are you talking about strictly missed penalties or also the saved ones? I think most of "missed" penalties are actually saved. Therefore, maybe you should take keepers into consideration?
[account-removed] 3 years ago
I agree that every year keepers are taking their jobs to the next level, studying the opponents patterns and guessing the correct way more and more. Keepers are often an undervalued part of futbo. Great observation mate

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