How to Master Penalties: The 4 Tactics Top Players Use to Succeed from 12 Yards

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How to Master Penalties: The 4 Tactics Top Players Use to Succeed from 12 Yards
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With the 2014 World Cup just over a month away, preparations for any in-game eventuality will be undertaken by each club. For England, most notably, as well as other nations, the art of penalty taking will be thoroughly practiced— more so for the Three Lions, considering they have been eliminated from three World Cups and three European Championships in the last 14 years by penalties, as documented by the Daily Mail.

In order to stop the rot, managers need to look at which players have the best conversion record to better their chance of progressing in penalty shootouts.
 
Former Southampton midfielder Matthew Le Tissier was a player renowned for his spot-kick taking, scoring 48 out of 49 career penalties.

For present players in the EPL, Everton left-back Leighton Baines has yet to miss any of his 11 top flight penalties taken, according to Liverpool Echo.

Southampton’s Rickie Lambert boasts the best record through all the English tiers, however. The 32-year-old has scored 34 out of 34 penalties taken.

So what are the techniques players use that manage to earn them a very impressive conversion rate?

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