Friday, February 5, 2010

Top Higuita Moments

The amazing Columbian goal keeper-come-attacker Rene Higuita:

Monday, February 1, 2010

The Curious Case of the Penalty Pass!

It is legal to pass the ball to another player in a penalty kick... Yet, no one dares to try it! The odds of scoring from the spot on a wide open goal are more tempting than making a pass in the box. There are however some curious souls that tried the pass... Here are some successes and failures:

First we have Cruyff... Ajax were winning by 4 or 5 goals at that point... So it was worth the try :)



The goal again in Dutch and an interview with Cruyff after the match:



Arsenal Vs. Man City. Pires and Henry try to score in similar fashion... Arsenal was leading 1-0 at the time... Risky!



The interview with Henry and Wenger afterwards... Good to see that they're laughing about it:



This is what was supposed to happen with Pires and Henry:



As to the rules of penalty kicks... the pass does NOT violate them:
After the referee blows his whistle, which is the signal for the kick to be taken, the kicker must kick the ball in a forward direction (not necessarily at the goal, though this is almost always the case). The ball must be kicked after a run-up by the taker, who may slow his run but may not completely stop once the run-up has begun. If the taker scores after violating this rule, the kick must be re-taken.

Dan Magness attempts to break a 'keepy uppy' world record by not letting the ball touch the ground for 30 miles... Respect!

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