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What They're Saying
June 6th, 2008 6:45AM



"It was a national trauma. Penalty kicks had just become this huge mountain that the players were incapable of scaling."

-- Geir Jordet, a sports psychologist at the Norwegian School for Sports Sciences who has worked with the Dutch national teams in recent years to improve penalty-kick shooting. The Dutch, who open their Euro 2008 campaign on Monday, have exited four major tournaments on botched penalty kicks. Among the advice given Dutch players is to pull up their socks and breathe deeply before taking the spot kick. (Wall Street Journal)

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