CASTROL SPOT ON WITH PENALTY RESEARCH

The group games are history and now it’s knockout football only at Euro 2008.

As a result, the 8 remaining coaches will have included one extra drill in all training session as from today, that of penalty taking.

Past competitions are still wet from the tears of players who’ve blown it from the spot, causing personal, team and national angst.

But today, Footy Boots with tournament sponsors Castrol can reveal the most detailed analysis ever of the penalty kick ? though sadly, they’re aren’t any figures provided on resultant pizza commercials.

The main upshot is this – it’s looking good for Germany and Portugal but ominous for Spain and Holland.

Holland have been involved in shootouts in the past four European championships, losing three. England have lost more shootouts in major competitions than any nation ? two in European championships and three in World Cups.

The table below highlights penalty performance of the teams remaining in the competition who have taken part in previous penalty shoot outs. For the record, Croatia, Russia and Turkey have yet to face the dreaded spot kicks. We’ve left England in there just to remind Fabio that he’s got his work cut out in the future!

Country

Played

Won

Lost

Win %

Germany (includes West Germany)

6

5

1

83%

Portugal

2

2

0

100%

Spain

5

2

3


40%

Italy

6

2

4

33%

Holland

5

1

4

20%

England

6

1

5

17%

In addition, Castrol has analysed every single penalty from the last three seasons in the top five leagues in Europe and the Champions League and Uefa Cup (the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1).

Of the 1527 penalties:

74.7% resulted in a goal
18.2% were saved
3.5% hit the woodwork but didn’t result in a goal
3.6% were off target

Castrol Euro 2008 penalties success

So, three quarters (74.7%) of all penalties are successful and if the shot is on target the keeper will save just under one in five efforts (18.2%).

Regarding individual performances, if Portugal have to take spot kicks, then Cristiano Ronaldo will be one of their five players to make the long, lonely walk forward from the halfway line. The graphic below shows his success and failures.

Castrol Euro 2008 penalties Ronaldo

As for goalkeepers, Gianluigi Buffon’s save against Romania in Italy’s group game is the main reason why they’ve made the quarter finals. His personal graphic is as follows.

Castrol Euro 2008 penalties Buffon


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