The Art and Science of the Penalty Kick

Jun 28, 2016, 12:32 PM

This week on The Play Podcast, George Quraishi is joined by Bobby Warshaw (Harrisburg City Islanders), Cole Grossman (Stabaek), and resident goalkeeping expert Matt Pyzdrowski (Helsingborgs IF) to describe the moment by moment emotions of taking a penalty kick, and discuss what might have gone wrong for Lionel Messi in his big Copa Centenario penalty against Chile. When the kicker stands over the ball looking at the goalkeeper in the goal, what is thinking? How does it feel? What does he want to focus on? And when the goalkeeper stands in the goal and stares down the kicker, what is he looking for? What tell does he want to find? Every tiny detail matters.