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Where to aim a penalty kick

If you watch hundreds of kicks, it’s possible to make some conclusions.

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A World Cup penalty kick shootout can be one of the tensest ways to end a match. But where’s the best spot to place a kick?

Data scientist Pablo López Landeros pored over hundreds of kicks and tracked where keepers dove, where players kicked the ball and, most importantly, when they scored a goal. As the above video shows, the results provided some conclusions — and also raised some questions about the best spot for a penalty kick.


Further Reading:
Check out Pablo’s dataset above, as well as some of the visualizations built off of it.
Histories of the Panenka kick, like the above, are a good way to waste the afternoon.

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