In ruling out penalties missed within normal, added and extra time we are letting the likes of Martin Palermo, Pat Nevin, David Beckham, Arjen Robben, Jonathan Soriano and Yakubu right off the hook, we know.
Ditto the Scotland team, for while there may well be penalty experts aplenty north of the border their senior team has never once required their sudden death services.
Lucky escapees of this subjective list include Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Clarence Seedorf while fellow serial offenders England, if nothing else, can claim to top the league of penalty phobic nations.
1 Anthony Gerrard â Wembley 2012
The last Carling [League] Cup Final before Capital One stepped in to sell you credit on plastic sees Cardiff sub Anthony rather than big cousin Steven end LFC’s six-year trophy drout, both having missed.
2 Andrea Pirlo â Istanbul 2005
Yes the very man who stole the show in Italy’s Euro 2012 quarter-final shoot-out is one of three to falter against Jerzy Dudek when asked to stand up and be counted by AC Milan, who’d just blown a three-goal Champions League Final lead. If you happen to be straining to recall England’s latest surprise demise out of sheer teary ennui it was Ashley twins, Cole and Young who were the Kiev culprits. Likewise Batty and Ince in St Etienne, 1998; Beckham and Vassell in Lisbon, 2004 and Gerrard, Lampard and Carragher in Gelsenkirchen 2006… by the way.
Joint 3 Chris Waddle, Stuart Pearce and Gareth Southgate â Turin 1990 and Wembley 1996
Back when these things actually came with the power to shock, who cares that this trio “cashed in” with a pizza ad? Surely the true tragedy’s the laying of the foundations of a national psychosis after Lineker’s clinical quarter-final treatment of the unlucky Cameroonians had augured so well. Come 1996 and England owe their semi final berth to Spaniards Fernando Hierro and Miguel Angel Nadal for misses of their own before bogeymen Germany duly step in, once again. Back to the World Cup of Pavarotti and while Donadoni and Serena memorably lapse versus Argentina in their own semi, Salvatore “Toto Gol” Schillaci did not even have the nerve to take one until that real showdown: the 3rd place play-off. Diego Maradona also misses en route to the final but then luckily for him so does Stojkovic, BrnoviÄ and HadÅ¾ibegiÄ. Andreas Brehme fittingly wins the FIFA World Cupâ¢ with one for the Germans in the 85th minute to underline that perhaps 1990 was THE ultimate year for penalty drama â
until, that isâ¦
Joint 4 Diana Ross and Roberto Baggio â Chicago and Pasadena 1994
A missed penalty opens and closes the USA-based big oneâ¢ to usher in Sepp Blatter’s era of footballing folderol. Italian Buddhist Baggio’s effort represents one very small step for meditation and simultaneously ensures Brazil keep the bloody thing.
5 John Terry â Moscow 2008
MUFC post a rare shoot-out victory having failed in the FA Cup’s very first â at home to Southampton in 1992 â and subsequently in Cardiff, Szekesfehervar and Wembley as well as, funnily enough, in Moscow.
6 Guy Butters â Wembley 1999
Butters of Gillingham remains as keen to forget as Chelsea’s Terry, and MCFC’s Nicky Weaver has probably had as many reminders as Edwin van der Sar of their distinctly contrasting celebrations and matchday attire. City gain promotion the hard way just for for a change.
7 Jaap Stam â Amsterdam 2000
On such things hang a Frank Rijkaard resignation, with Italy the grateful benefactors. Frank de Boer and Paul Bosvelt also missed in this Euro semi-final on home soil that denied the co-hosts a final versus World Cup holders France as well as a sense of closure for their Euro 96 and World Cup 98 exits at exactly the same stage and by the same method.
8 Daniel Timofte â Genoa 1990
Romania’s Timofte was last to go and first to miss against the Irishâ¦ or was it more of a Packie Bonner save! Any Celtic fondness for the form was to be dispelled by the consecutive misses of Matt Holland, David Connelly and Kevin Kilbane against Spain in South Korea 2002.
9 Uli Hoeness â Belgrade 1976
Antonin Panenka is rightly lauded for his audacious winner for Czechoslovakia v West Germany in this Euro final but it took Uli the fooly to miss… The rot can hardly be said to have set in for Die Mannschaft, however â despite Uli Stielike’s 1982 failure in Seville when Schumacher put Battiston in hospital and stayed on the pitch to defy the combined might of France’s remaining takers. The Czechs? They kept it up and scored all nine of their penalties to clinch 3rd place against host Italy at Euro 1980.
10 Sergio Ramos â Madrid 2012
Ramos of Real makes such a fine villain and by missing in the Bernabeu semi, second leg versus Bayern Munich he paved the way for Schweinsteiger to temporarily banish some demons of his own. Temporarily? Of course, it was Olic and Schweinsteiger who obligingly conspired to allow Didier Drogba’s last kick for the club to snatch the Champions League for Chelsea in Bavaria.