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The evolution of freekick techniques: From power free-kicks to the Mukaiten

Parth Shah
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Zico’s curlers

1986 World Cup Quarter Final, Guadalajara, Mexico, 21st June, 1986, France 1 v Brazil 1, (France win 4-3 on penalties), Brazil's Zico shapes to shoot from the penalty spot during the normal ninety minutes, his first kick of the game after coming on as a s

By the late 70s and early 80s, manufacturing technology had evolved enough and footballs were considerably lighter already. Zico, the Brazilian legend, was one of the best exponents of curling the ball over the wall and making it dip when it approached the net. Prone to hitting side-footed shots, and favouring placement over power, Zico scored plenty of goals using this technique.

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