Twelve Yards

Author:   Ben Lyttleton
Publisher:   Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN:  

9780552169950


Pages:   416
Publication Date:   02 June 2016
Format:   Paperback
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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?

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Author:   Ben Lyttleton
Publisher:   Transworld Publishers Ltd
Imprint:   Corgi Books
Dimensions:   Width: 12.70cm , Height: 2.60cm , Length: 19.80cm
Weight:   0.289kg
ISBN:  

9780552169950


ISBN 10:   0552169951
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   02 June 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   To order   Availability explained
Stock availability from the supplier is unknown. We will order it for you and ship this item to you once it is received by us.

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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 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 penalty shootout is like a lottery; you never know what can happen, though I know that there is an outstanding book, Twelve Yards, that proves otherwise. * Gerard Houllier * Entertaining... splendid... masterful. Footballers of every nation should be reading this. * Sunday Times * Fascinating insight... highly recommended for fans, coaches and athletes in all sports. * Sir Clive Woodward, England World Cup-winning coach *


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 The penalty shootout is like a lottery; you never know what can happen, though I know that there is an outstanding book, Twelve Yards, that proves otherwise. Gerard Houllier 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


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Ben Lyttleton is a European football writer and broadcaster whose work has been syndicated in more than twenty countries. He is also a director of Soccernomics, the football consultancy.

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