It's a timely book. In the last 15 years, the penalty shoot-out has played an increasingly important role in the outcome of the major international football tournaments. It has denied the English national side on three famous occasions. The Dutch and Italian sides have been tormented even further by the cruellest of ways to settle a game (the former missed five kicks from the spot versus the latter in the semi-final of the 2000 European Championships in front of their own fans). Anthony notes that previous literature on penalties has been sparse. Indeed, serious thinking on the issue has been lacking from many of the so-called major football nations. But, with a high percentage of the most important games in world football ending in this manner, this entertaining work is correct to analyse and draw attention to such a dramatically decisive factor; spot on. --Trevor Crowe
"From the Trade Paperback edition."