European Championship Stories: 1976 – The Birth Of The Penalty Shoot-Out


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Dave says:

    Given the size of the goal and the size of the ball, there is no technical reason why a player with anything like pretension to being professional (or having the aspiration to be considered as good as one) shouldn’t score. The only thing that can stop them is whether their own mental and physical fatigue overcomes their technical ability.

    In other words, the penalty shoot-out rewards those who can convert their talent into performance most effectively, which is to say, the essence of sport.

    The other point to add is that after Hoeness missed, the next shoot-out Germany would play in 1982 would see Uli Steilike miss. Since then, no Germany male has missed in a shoot-out, a record worthy of a post in itself, and something which lay behind Italy’s dramatic victory in 2006 over germany, where they just knew that unless they could win in extra-time, they would lose on penalties.

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