"There's pressure, sure, but it's a single action" – Andreas Brehme on why Germany are so good at penalties

Why are Germany so good at penalties
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Germany are famously good at taking penalties. We all know it. The numbers speak for themselves...

In World Cup history, the Germans (and we're including West Germany in this article) have contested four shootouts: 1982, 1986, 1990 and 2006. They've won them all. They've taken 18 penalties and missed just once (against France in 1982... they still won that match). This, despite the fact that opposition's goalkeepers have dived the correct way 50% of the time.

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