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Why the perfect corner is an inswinger to the near post


In some ways, the first goal of this Premier League season was extraordinary: Adama Diomandé, Hull City’s Norway striker, executing an acrobatic overhead kick that skimmed in off the underside of the crossbar. In one respect, though, it was not so unusual: like 13.9 per cent of goals scored in the top flight this season, it came from a corner. Despite this significant statistical importance, corners still enjoy a mixed reputation among fans. They are a byword for antediluvian tactical primitivism, when executed well; or for unforgivable slapdashery and lack of professionalism, when executed poorly. Sir Alex Ferguson once said that Charlie Adams’s delivery from the corner quadrant was worth £10 million; but The Numbers Game, a 2013 book that attempted to apply Moneyball-style analytics…


Source: The Times May 09, 2017 23:05 UTC


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