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  • Published: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446466049
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 176

On Penalties

"Extremely entertaining and fearlessly erudite" Evening Standard

The penalty shoot-out is the greatest set piece of sporting drama ever conceived. Cruel, arbitrary, tortuous and unfair, it has also presented the England football team with a new and infinitely more punishing manner in which to lose. Three times in the past decade the nation has sat on the edge of its collective sofa and watched the seemingly inevitable unfold as Stuart Pearce, Chris Waddle, Gareth Southgate, Paul Ince and David Batty have selected the wrong shots in the lottery of international championship shoot-outs. Except it's not a lottery. There is an art to scoring penalties, which calls upon a unique combination of physical prowess and psychological strength. Score and few will remember, miss and, as the above list of names testifies, no one will forget.The author explores the growing significance of the penalty from its stilted arrival in 1890 to its spectacular, scene-stealing climax at the end of the 20th century. Talking to some of the game's most successful players and managers, the question the book seeks to address is simple: can England overcome their fear of the penalty?

  • Pub date: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446466049
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 176

About the Author

Andrew Anthony

Andrew Anthony is a feature writer and investigative journalist. He has written for the Observer since 1993, and also writes for the Guardian, Vogue and the Saturday Telegraph. His features cover a wide range of subjects: politics, crime, sport, literature, TV and popular culture. He was nominated for Feature Writer of the Year in 2000 and Sports Writer of the Year in 2003. He is also the author of On Penalites.

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Praise for On Penalties

“A wonderfully entertaining read”

New Statesman

“A tour de force of narrative journalism”


“Extremely entertaining and fearlessly erudite”

Evening Standard

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