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With the 2010 World Cup set to resume on Friday at the quarter-final stage, just eight teams remain as we reach the business end of the competition - it's time to separate the men from the boys.

Although we may have only experienced just one penalty shoot-out thus far in South Africa, UK, with the help of the Castrol Edge Penalty Analysis tool, ponders who could step forward to potentially make themselves a hero...

Netherlands v Brazil

Friday 2 July, 1500 BST
Nelson Mandela Stadium, Port Elizabeth

Unfortunately for Netherlands boss Bert van Marwijk, he isn’t blessed with a squad packed full of natural penalty takers. That said, Arsenal’s Robin van Persie will undoubtedly be a prime candidate to step forward courtesy of his nine out of 10 penalties converted at both club and international level.

Liverpool’s Dirk Kuyt is another that will surely put himself in the reckoning and he’s every reason to feel confident of beating Julio Cesar from 12 yards. Having scored six out of six from the penalty spot over the last few years, Kuyt has the necessary cool head to succeed in a shoot-out - witness his decisive penalty in the Champions League semi-final shoot-out with Chelsea in 2007 - and could be key if penalties are to come to fruition.

Rafael van der Vaart, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder may all be called upon while experienced duo Mark van Bommel and Giovanni van Bronckhorst are also options. Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg will be charged with attempting to foil Brazil’s takers although the Ajax No.1 will need to improve on his record of not saving a penalty from three faced in the past if the Netherlands are to prevail.

Five likely takers - Netherlands

Van Persie



Van der Vaart


* Brazilian internationals have hit the target with their last 46 penalties, though six of those have been saved. None have been put over the bar or past the post.

* The pressure builds significantly the longer shoot-outs go on, with 69% of the first six converted compared to 57% from number seven onward.

* Save percentage by shirt colour: green 38%, black 35%, blue 31%, grey 28%, yellow 24%, purple 18%, orange 14%, red 0% in a FIFA World Cup™

In Elano, Brazil seemingly possess the perfect penalty-taker (with his nine out of nine successful spot kicks), although with the former Manchester City star sidelined through injury, the likes of Kaka, Luis Fabiano, Michel Bastos and Gilberto Silva will be required to step up to the plate having taken penalties in the past.

Wolfsburg striker Grafite (who will almost certainly start on the bench on Friday) could quite plausibly be Dunga's ace in the pack in that he may be called upon if extra-time is to materialise having converted nine out of 10 penalties for his club over the last couple of years.

When it comes to attempting to keep the Netherlands out, in Julio Cesar Brazil certainly have one of the best goalkeepers in world football amongst their ranks. The Inter man has saved three penalties from the 10 he's faced, including one against fierce rivals Milan and Brazilian compatriot Ronaldinho back  in January of this year.

Five likely takers - Brazil


Luis Fabiano

Gilberto Silva

Michel Bastos


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