Dr Andy Harland
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Free-kick study 'encouraging' for footballers

Dr Andy Harland of Loughborough University analyses what new free-kick trajectory findings mean for footballers.

Brazilian Roberto Carlos's 1997 free-kick against France curved so sharply that it left goalkeeper Fabian Barthez standing still and looking puzzled.

Now, a study published in the New Journal of Physics suggests that the long-held assumption that the goal was a fantastic fluke is wrong.

  • 02 Sep 2010
  • From the section UK