It shouldn't be that hard, should it? It's just a matter of placing a ball into a goal measuring eight feet high and eight yards wide, with only a six-foot man able to stop you. Yet the humble penalty kick has produced an inordinate amount of drama, trauma, boundless joy and shattered dreams since its invention in the late 19th century. And it is not just England who have suffered at its hands.
In Twelve Yards, Ben Lyttleton tells the definitive story of the spot-kick - how to take them, how not to miss them, and the different ways that penalty-takers and goalkeepers approach them, both physically and mentally. And everyone has a tale to tell. Why did Roberto Baggio miss in the 1994 World Cup final? How did Petr Cech dive the right way six times running to help Chelsea win the 2012 Champions League final? What would have happened if Antonin Panenka had missed his famous penalty in 1976? And what has John Wayne got to do with penalties?
Breaking down the statistical likelihood of scoring to within an inch of its life, while weaving together exclusive anecdotes from legends of the penalty with intriguing revelations by psychologists and sports scientists, this is the book that finally provides the answers to one of football's oldest questions. How do you score from twelve yards?
"Fascinating insight... highly recommended for fans, coaches and athletes in all sports." ( Sir Clive Woodward, England World Cup-winning coach)
"Entertaining... splendid... masterful. Footballers of every nation should be reading this." ( Sunday Times)
"A wonderful book: extremely well-researched, well-written and international in its scope. Ben Lyttleton has done something very rare in football writing: he has got access to some of the game's leading players and coaches and got them to talk articulately and thoughtfully about a key aspect of their game. Twelve Yards reveals the level of intelligence that exists within professional football: a more cerebral zone than many people realize." ( Simon Kuper, author of Football Against the Enemy and Why England Lose)
"The perfect palliative to ease the anxiety of footie fans, aficionados and players... With the aid of statistics, physics, psychology, body language and interviews with players, coaches and sports scientists, Lyttleton has advice and words of comfort, if not joy." ( The Times)
"A vivid read... Lyttleton appears to have spoken to everybody who's ever taken part in a penalty shoot-out of any significance. As a result, he serves up an almost endless series of terrific set-pieces." ( Reader's Digest)
A groundbreaking and fascinating exploration into the art, psychology, history and culture of the penalty kick - and how not to miss them.
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Descrizione libro TW Adult, 2014. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Brand New. 384 pages. 8.74x5.63x1.22 inches. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria zk0593072685
Descrizione libro Bantam Press, 2014. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110593072685
Descrizione libro Bantam Press, 2014. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0593072685