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Who are the best penalty takers?

Post by Super Progress on Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:46 pm

Recently I was talking with some friends about Balotelli's ability at the penalty spot. None of us could think of a single time where we had seen him miss and we got into a discussion of who the best penalty takers are and have been. I mentioned Mendieta who had a somewhat similar style of penalty taking and I can't remember him missing too many either. Luis Figo was known in his day but I remember a miss against Juve in the semifinal in 2003 and one against old man Burgos(Atletico Madrid).



Poor Burgos Biggrin

I'm assuming there must be a German out there with a pretty good record as well.
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Re: Who are the best penalty takers?

Post by debaser on Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:49 pm

Rickie Lambert has a 100% success rate I believe.
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Re: Who are the best penalty takers?

Post by Jaime on Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:05 pm

Yeah I don't ever remember Mendieta missing. I was just reading in the leadup to the Madrid derby that Falcao hasn't missed this season he is 8/8. Xabi Prieto also rarely misses in fact I can't think of one time where he missed.
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Re: Who are the best penalty takers?

Post by The Chosen Glenn on Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:10 pm

who is best, Xavi or Zidane?

I'm going to chuck the names Pirlo and Ballack in.

Alan Shearer scored over 100 penalties, many of them headers.
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Re: Who are the best penalty takers?

Post by Balack was Coward on Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:21 pm

Robben Ok not Robben.

There isn't anybody better than Zlatan Ibrahimovic though.
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Re: Who are the best penalty takers?

Post by Kimbo on Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:23 pm

Shola, not even joking. cheers
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Re: Who are the best penalty takers?

Post by christmasborocooper on Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:39 pm

Yakubu had similar technique to Mendieta. He did miss some though.

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Re: Who are the best penalty takers?

Post by messiah on Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:01 pm

Ronaldinho missed a few but he is up their

Mario hush fakes slightly and waits until the keeper moves then its too late, not really impressed by those kind of pk takers but its damn effective.

Rvp takes a good OK too
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Re: Who are the best penalty takers?

Post by Pierre Littbarski on Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:05 pm

ADP
JDT
Niang (old one that plays for Besiktas not Milan kid)
Balotelli
Shola
Le Tiss
Shearer
Drogba
Ballack


* Graham Alexander when he played for Burnley/Preston was amazing but some on here won't know him.
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Re: Who are the best penalty takers?

Post by abundance on Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:13 pm

debaser wrote:Rickie Lambert has a 100% success rate I believe.
wow didn't know about that.

Le Tissier also has a pretty impressive record with a single miss, hasn't him?


Roberto Baggio converted 111 out of 126, not the very best percentage around but still impressive given the huge amount of attempts.
(sadly one of the miss decided a wc)

Cruyff had a excellent conversion rate too IIRC.
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Re: Who are the best penalty takers?

Post by Pierre Littbarski on Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:23 pm

Shit, forgot Simao.
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Re: Who are the best penalty takers?

Post by Fey on Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:10 am

Guidetti!!!
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Re: Who are the best penalty takers?

Post by Puro on Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:29 am

Balotelli, Berbatov, Falcao, Agüero, Messi, Soldado, Muller, Cristiano. I would count on those guys for penalties in the World Cup KO stages.
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Re: Who are the best penalty takers?

Post by christmasborocooper on Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:51 am

I'd be a bit concerned about Berbatov out of those..I know he's cool as fuck generally..but I've always got that doubt he'll try something too fancy like he's done before and fuck it up.
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Re: Who are the best penalty takers?

Post by Puro on Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:38 am

christmasborocooper wrote:I'd be a bit concerned about Berbatov out of those..I know he's cool as fuck generally..but I've always got that doubt he'll try something too fancy like he's done before and fuck it up.

Getafe's Diego Castro is almost a sure shot at penalties like Leighton Baines. I haven't seen him miss one in years. Then again I don't watch Getafe much.
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Re: Who are the best penalty takers?

Post by Super Progress on Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:59 am

To up the ante we also have to take into consideration that some penalty takers never reach a situation where there is a lot of pressure on them and the whole world is watching. I suppose we could talk about big game penalty takers.
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Re: Who are the best penalty takers?

Post by bluenine on Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:20 am

Baggio had a great technique and temperament for taking penalties. Del Piero was also very good. I remember Andreas Brehme was pretty good at them as well.
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Re: Who are the best penalty takers?

Post by Axeslammer on Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:06 pm

First name that comes to mind is the legend that is Matthew Le Tissier (1 miss in 49 taken penalties) !

Best Dutch penalty taker ? Ronald Koeman I'd think...no idea what his stats (or Johan Neeskens' stats) are.
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Re: Who are the best penalty takers?

Post by Romford Pele on Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:09 pm

Balotelli Ale
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Re: Who are the best penalty takers?

Post by Jaime on Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:10 pm

Super Mourinho wrote:To up the ante we also have to take into consideration that some penalty takers never reach a situation where there is a lot of pressure on them and the whole world is watching. I suppose we could talk about big game penalty takers.

I don't remember Zidane ever missing one. But of the big ones that he took - semi final in Euro 2000 was one of the best penalties ever. He made one in the semi and final of the 2006 WC too.
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Re: Who are the best penalty takers?

Post by Balack was Coward on Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:19 pm

Does anybody else think Ballotelli is cheating the way he takes his? Sometimes he completely stops before striking the ball which is against the rules....
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Re: Who are the best penalty takers?

Post by debaser on Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:30 pm

Big Willy wrote:Does anybody else think Ballotelli is cheating the way he takes his? Sometimes he completely stops before striking the ball which is against the rules....

yep it's the C.Ronaldo style. Refs should start forcing retakes when they take the piss.
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Re: Who are the best penalty takers?

Post by debaser on Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:33 pm

XI Juanitos wrote:
Super Mourinho wrote:To up the ante we also have to take into consideration that some penalty takers never reach a situation where there is a lot of pressure on them and the whole world is watching. I suppose we could talk about big game penalty takers.

I don't remember Zidane ever missing one. But of the big ones that he took - semi final in Euro 2000 was one of the best penalties ever. He made one in the semi and final of the 2006 WC too.

the one in WC 2006 final was pretty lucky. no way he meant to play it off the bar, and it only just crossed the line.
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Re: Who are the best penalty takers?

Post by Jaime on Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:43 pm

debaser wrote:
XI Juanitos wrote:
Super Mourinho wrote:To up the ante we also have to take into consideration that some penalty takers never reach a situation where there is a lot of pressure on them and the whole world is watching. I suppose we could talk about big game penalty takers.

I don't remember Zidane ever missing one. But of the big ones that he took - semi final in Euro 2000 was one of the best penalties ever. He made one in the semi and final of the 2006 WC too.

the one in WC 2006 final was pretty lucky. no way he meant to play it off the bar, and it only just crossed the line.

Oh he totally meant it! Wink
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Re: Who are the best penalty takers?

Post by Pierre Littbarski on Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:53 pm

Coops - you forgot Mendieta !?
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Post by The Pröfessör on Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:57 am

Jovetic is one of the best I have ever seen, can't remember him ever missing a penalty.

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Post by 110% on Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:58 pm

Lampsy:

Lampard has dragged just 1 of his 54 penalties wide – the Fa Cup final vs Portsmouth (David James), but he's had 5 saved (so I don't know if others count that as a miss), but 48 goals out of 54 penalties isn't bad.

Type Down Middle Keeper’s Left Keeper’s Right GT
Goal 8 14 26 48
Saved 0 2 3 5
Wide 0 0 1 1
GT 8 15 31 54

http://www.thechels.co.uk/3469-frank-lampard-penalty-record/
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Re: Who are the best penalty takers?

Post by Axeslammer on Tue Jun 11, 2013 2:03 pm

110% wrote: but he's had 5 saved (so I don't know if others count that as a miss)

Erm, duh that's a miss...at least over here it doesn't count as half a goal or so Razz

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