Secrets to winning on penalty shootouts – A statistical analysis

Recent penalty shootouts in the last-16 round of FIFA World Cup has once again sparked a really old debate in the world of football – “Are penalties are a fair way to decide a game of football?”. Three out of eight games in pre-quarterfinals were decided by penalties and cost the likes of Spain, Denmark and Colombia place in the next round. Simon Jenkins recently compared penalty shootouts to Love Island in his piece on the Guardian. Penalty shootouts have never managed to find the approval of football purists, and…

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Ranking the kits of the FIFA top 20: Do Wales still rate above England?

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The latest round of FIFA world rankings caused another stir of controversy, with Wales rising above England for the first time ever and France dropping 17 places below Romania, it’s easy to see why it’s got people’s backs up. However, just because a country has better individual players, it by no means ensures them a higher ranking. Though FIFA’s system is flawed, and confusing, we’ve come up with a much better way of working out FIFA’s top 20, and that’s by judging them on their kits. See how we’ve ranked…

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(Video) Arsenal keeper David Ospina performs STUNNING double save in Copa America clash

News this week has been dominated by Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is on the verge of linking up with Arsenal. READ MORE: Arsenal Transfer News Juventus agree to sell Arsenal target to top European club Arsenal and Chelsea urged to splash £25m on new Paul Pogba Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been concerned lately that his lack of a truly world class shot stopper is hindering his side’s title aspirations. However, an occurrence on Friday night from the Copa America may pique the Frenchman’s interest. Arsenal stopper David Ospina is…

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Copa America – Nine-man holders out as knockout stages begin

Just like Europe’s leading club competition the Champions League, the Copa America has become exceptionally difficult to retain over the years due to the endless conveyer belt of quality that seems to come from right across the world’s smallest permanently inhabited continent. Uruguay are the latest team to fail in their attempts to triumph for a second time in succession, losing to hosts Chile in an ill-tempered clash on Thursday morning. It was not a major surprise that the holders fell, as they never looked convincing in scraping through the group…

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Neymar handed four match ban and WILL MISS the rest of the Copa America

Brazil have been handed a huge blow with the news that Neymar has been handed a four match ban and will now miss the rest of the Copa America for his sunning off against Colombia, the BBC reports. The Barcelona forward was given his marching orders for clashing with Colombia players at the end of the 1-0 defeat earlier this week. He was initially given a one-game ban, ruling him out of Brazil’s final group stage clash with Venezuela on Sunday, but after consideration, the South American Football Confederation have…

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Jackson Martinez admits he’s waiting for Arsenal’s £25m offer

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In demand Porto striker Jackson Martinez has admitted that he is waiting for Arsenal to come in with a £25m offer for his services this summer, according to the Daily Express. READ MORE: Arsenal News and Gossip Arsenal legend backs star man to lead Gunners to the title Nine Premier League bargain buys The Colombian international is currently on Copa America duty in Chile and has already confirmed that he will be leaving Portuguese giants Porto in this summer’s transfer window. Reports recently claimed that he would be on his…

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Copa America – Unpredictability emphasised by Brazil loss

The second round of group matches is almost complete, and the Copa America could not be more wide open, with a couple of shock results leaving some to question where the balance of power truly lies on the international stage in South American football. Pleasingly, the less fancied sides are proving competitive and adding to the drama in what has been an entertaining first week of the tournament. It began with Chile registering a comfortable victory over Ecuador, who went on to lose disappointingly against Bolivia, highlighting their regular failure…

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(Video) Radamel Falcao cryptically confirms Chelsea move is done deal

Former Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao virtually confirmed that his move to Chelsea is a done deal on Wednesday night when cornered by journalists. READ MORE: Chelsea News and Gossip Stamford Bridge redevelopment: Chelsea may spend three years in exile Four players better than Eden Hazard The 29-year-old had just helped Colombia overcome Brazil in the Copa America by registering a shock 1-0 win. The result has placed Colombia right back in the hunt to qualify from their group, but the questions he faced in the mixed zone after the…

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Copa America Group C – Time for Brazil to prove a point

A humiliating defeat in their own World Cup will, despite their best efforts, never be forgotten by Brazil. In his second spell in charge, former captain Dunga has had to pick up the pieces of the nightmare in Belo Horizonte and his first shot at competitive redemption begins here as they take on Peru in their opening Copa America match. Performances in friendlies have at least been encouraging, with the recent 2-0 victory over Mexico the latest in a series of positive results, but those matches will not have been able…

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