Paris: Penalty-taking: a no-brainer, right? There you are, 11 metres (12 yards) from the goal -- no defender in front, as much runup as you want and a keeper who cannot move off his line. What's not to like?
Well... how about heart-stopping stress? The pressure of knowing that with a single kick, you will become either a national hero or a national joke?
It's no surprise that when the World Cup moves into the knockout phase, where penalty shootouts determine tied matches, psychologists are there in hand-holding mode.