What football can learn from the tennis tiebreak

In 2012 Portugal lost to Spain after a penalty shoot-out in the semi-final of the European Cup. Did Portugal get a fair chance?

In 2012 Portugal lost to Spain after a penalty shoot-out in the semi-final of the European Cup. Did Portugal get a fair chance?


With the World Cup moving to the knockout stage in some days, a few teams are destined to be ‘knocked out’ because they lost a penalty series.

Statistical analysis based on historical shoot-outs has shown that the team taking the first penalty kick, thereby starting the series, historically won in ~60% of the times.

This statistic should not be underestimated – teams starting the penalty series have a ~50% bigger chance of winning!

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First days in Malta

After a short night due to work deadlines the day before, I travelled to Malta on June 6. Here, I will enjoy a week-long holiday. The first 2 days I will be by myself, but Sunday June 8 Sarah will join me. The flight was, I am pleased to say, completely uneventful. Somehow I was a little surprised, but maybe that’s because the last time I flew I went to the U.S., where going through security and all seems a bit more stressful.

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