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Do or Die: Penalty Shoot-Out stats

Its ‘Do or Die’ time for teams who made it through to the last 16 in World Cup 2010. In past world cups we’ve seen some history making moments from goalkeepers and penalty kickers alike.
Castrol’s team of performance analysts have studied every penalty taken in Europe’s top five leagues and the UEFA Champions League over the last four years plus a number of international matches to create the Castrol Edge Penalty Analysis System thats been endorsed by Peter Schmeichel.

The Great Dane believes the Castrol Edge Penalty Analysis system can give goalkeepers an edge ahead of any expected shoot outs. Below are some interesting stats sourced from (June 26, 2010)
  • Just 58% of midfielders manage to convert spot-kicks in shoot-outs
  • The older a player is, the less likely he will score – with only a 71% success rate in the over 28’s
  • Left footed players only convert 50% compared to 69% for right footed players
  • Goalkeepers wearing red jerseys have never saved a penalty at a World Cup whereas those wearing green save the most!
  • Strikers convert 74% of penalties, defenders convert 69% and midfielders convert 58% in FIFA World Cup™penalty shoot-outs
  • 85% of players under 23 score their penalty, 78% of 23 to 28 year olds convert their kicks and 71% of over 28’s score their penalty  in a FIFA World Cup™
  • Save percentage by colour: green 38%, black 35%, blue 31%, grey 28%, yellow 24%, purple 18%, orange 14%, red 0% in a FIFA World Cup™

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The last fan standing: 38 World Cup Matches

Football fanatic, Thulani Ngcobo (in pic above with Zakumi) last year won an MTN competition to become the “last fan standing” for his his wide knowledge of football. The big prize of an all-expenses-paid trip around the country to watch 38 World Cup matches in all 9 host cities at 10 World Cup stadiums has crowned him the new Guinness World Record holder for the individual who has attended the most matches at a World Cup. IOL (26 June 2010)… read more

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Cape Town’s Giant Vuvuzela muted

The world’s biggest trumpet measuring at 37 meters situated on one of the unfinished flyover roads in Cape Town have drawn lots of attention. The giant vuvuzela would have to be powered by the horn of a giant truck.

The authorities in Cape Town have put the plans ice to sound the monster instrument for fears the deafening sound could wreak havoc on the roads below.

“Hopefully, we are going to come to a compromise where we can blow it at special occasions, the final, the semi-finals and perhaps the quarter-finals,” says Francoise Marais marketing manager for Hyundai South Africa, makers of the giant vuvuzela.

South Africa have bowed out of the World Cup 2010 and have made history as the first World Cup host team to exit the competition in the group stages. While we making history we might as well honk the world biggest trumpet.

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Cape Town Stadium turned into an abattoir

Yesterday Portugal faced off against Korea DPR at the beautiful Cape Town Stadium at 13h30. I was one of the lucky 63, 644 fans to witness a goal scoring feast that happens to also be the highest score at World Cup 2010 thus far.

I was pleasantly surprised at the efficiency at which the transport system operated from the CBD to the drop off point near the stadium. Looking at all the fans queuing to get into the stadium I must admit I was a bit worried we weren’t going to make it in time for the kickoff. Then again without much hassle we were in the stadium listening to thousands of fans blowing their vuvuzelas.

All in all I had a fantastic day in the Mother City being pleasantly surprised by the efficiency at which everything ran building up to and including the match of the day. But the highlight of my day was watching a high scoring match seeing that I only had this one world cup ticket. Ke Nako!

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Jabulani Soccer Ball Review

The Adidas Jabulani is the official match ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The ball was unveiled in Cape Town, South Africa, on December 4, 2009.

The name ”JABULANI” originates from the indigenous language isiZulu, one of the eleven official languages of the Republic of South Africa, which is spoken by almost 25% of the population. Literally translated, “JABULANI” means “to celebrate”.

What did the players have to say prior to the World Cup:

Michael Ballack: “Fantastic, the ball does exactly what I want it to.”

Petr Cech: “You can feel the energy coming towards you, like a shot.”

Frank Lampard: “A very strong ball, true to hit.”

Kaká: “For me, contact with the ball is all-important, and that’s just great with this ball.”

The beautiful game of football is always evolving and so the balls used in the game have evolved. Fifa wants “fair play” but he way balls are being designed suits the goalscorer. What about the goalkeepers? What are your thoughts?


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Vuvuzela sound toned down

The Vuvuzela plastic horn have become the unofficial sound of the Soccer World Cup 2010 and have become the talking point among many.

Portugal’s Christiano Ronaldo told reporters the plastic horn affects the players’ focus on the pitch.

“A lot of players don’t like them, but they are going to have to get used to them,” says the Galactico star.

South Africa-based company Masincedane Sport who started mass producing the plastic horn in 2001 have come up with a toned down version by simply modifying the mouthpiece.

“There is now a new vuvuzela which will blow noise that is 20 decibels less than the old one,” says Neil van Schalkwyk, a partner at Masincedane Sport.

The sound level of the instrument has been measured at 131 dB(A) at the opening of the horn and at 113 dB(A) two metres in front of the opening, both dangerously high levels for unprotected ears.

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The Greatest Goals in World Cup history

The World Cup is described as the largest sporting event on the planet and with only 4 days left to World Cup 2010 the excitement is building and world cup fevah (fever) is hitting everyone. Bafana Bafana fans are going out in their droves to buy paraphernalia in support of the national team. Every other car is sporting the South African flag on it and i’m loving the way the we getting behind the national team.

For the 10 Greatest Goals in World Cup history click here, compliments of bookmaker Boylesports.

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