“A wonderfully entertaining read.” –New StatesmanFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
From the Inside Flap
The penalty shoot-out is great sporting drama - cruel, arbitrary, tortuous and unfair - everything we profess not to like about competition but secretly crave. Score, and few will remember; miss, and no one will forget. On Penalties
is an exploration of the growing significance of the penalty shot in soccer - from its arrival in the game in 1890 to its spectacular, scene-stealing climax at the end of the 20th century.