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Soccer Report Extra Podcast: Episode 25 – Bobby Goes Oh For Five!

Written by on July 18, 2011 | 9 Comments »
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After an unbelievable weekend of improbable results, Bobby admits defeat in the ‘predictions’ game.  Undeterred, McMahon & O’Callaghan break apart the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final between USA & Japan, and ponder how the Americans came up on the losing end after playing their best match of the tournament.  Then the boys make their way through the ‘Round Of The Underdogs” at the Copa America, as all four of the favourites from the Quarterfinal stage go down to defeat, including hosts Argentina and defending champs Brazil.

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9 responses to “Soccer Report Extra Podcast: Episode 25 – Bobby Goes Oh For Five!”

  1. Gillian says:

    Aw, now I feel bad for not paying attention to the Copa America.

    Thoroughly enjoyed the comprehensive analysis of the WWC Final.

  2. paul says:

    this was a bad weekend for favored teams.

    the brazil vs. paraguay game was the first time i’ve ever seen a team miss every PK in a shoot out.

    i have no clue what so ever as to how this copa america is going to turn out. at least if paraguay advance there are sure to more gratuitous crowd shots of larissa riquelme .

  3. Sandra says:

    Andre Santos penalty kick was SAVED by Villar – it did NOT go sky high!

  4. LA says:

    Gents,

    Erudite and FORENSIC (and maybe an understatment).

    You answered every question I had about the final, unusually for a one-way medium that is podcasting, including the choke factor and penalties. You may have not said it, but you put it as nicely as can be done with honesty.

    Totally agree on penalties. An amazing test of mental abilities, and a key part of the game both as a threat to come, and the actual event. I would be curious if great penalty takers in the past have shown correlations to performance, skills, positions, or styles. With a mountain of data, it would be a great regression question.

    1/2 way through the rest of the podcast. Too much to respond to, but very true (and very funny).

    Top Quality. Will recommend. Long may it continue.

  5. LA says:

    On Neymar, I think there is a little bit more bite to come than from Robinho, a little bit more going on.

  6. LA – thank you for the positive comments. WE aim to do the best podcast we possibly can and so suggestions and observations are welcomed.

    Some penalty kick links
    http://www.gelfmagazine.com/archives/the_game_theory_of_penalty_kicks.php

    http://news.discovery.com/tech/penalty-kick-mathematics.html

    The success rate of each penalty kick changes throughout the competition:

    First kick 86.6%
    Second kick 81.7%
    Third kick 79.3%
    Fourth kick 72.5%
    Fifth kick 80%
    ‘Sudden death’ kicks 64.3%

    “The researchers looked at the percentage success rate of players of different positions. Attackers successfully convert 83.1% of their penalties, midfield players convert 79.6% and defenders convert 73.6%.”
    http://www.penaltyshootouts.co.uk/research.html

  7. LA says:

    Very interesting. The fourth kick rate catches the eye. Will check out the links.

    If you could get the podcast on Stitcher radio, it would be great. It is a popular app on smartphones. I have written them as well.

  8. Soccerlogical says:

    First of all, Hope Solo’s looks are definitely overrated!

    Alex Morgan is definitely the hottie of the team, with Megan Rapinoe a sexy second and Abby Wambach the “Rosie O’Donnell”.

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