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Monday, March 2, 2009

Ben Foster: "I did a bit of research for the penalties."

Technological advances in world football have been in the news lately. Mostly with regards to enhancements for referees and/or goal line monitors.

Yesterday at the Carling Cup Final at Wembley Stadium (0 x 0 AET 4 x 1 penalties), Manchester United keeper, Ben Foster, used some new technology of his own.

An iPod.

"I did a bit of research for the penalties," said the 25-year-old. "We tried to find out everything we could about Spurs beforehand and, just before the shoot-out, I was looking at a video on an iPod with Eric Steele, our goalkeeping coach, and Edwin. It's a new innovation he's brought in since coming to the club and on it were some of Tottenham's penalties, including one from O'Hara. I was told that, if he was taking one, to stay as big as I can. Edwin hasn't got a bad record with penalties and he just told me to be as intimidating as possible. I stood up for as long as I could, and it is great it worked out for me."

Source: Guardian, 02 March 2009.

A Leg Up for Keepers

A few years ago at the World Cup, you may recall German keeper, Jens Lehmann, consulting a piece of paper before the penalty kick shoot-out against Argentina. It seemed to unnerve the Argentines, and the Germans prevailed in that quarterfinal tie.

But perhaps Mr. Foster's and Mr. Steele's innovation will become, as the BBC World Service stated today, "A part of the goalkeeper's kit."

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