Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Physicists explain the science behind the greatest soccer free-kick ever

Description: In 1998, Brazilian footballer / soccer player Roberto Carlos scored a ridiculously bendy free-kick against France. It seemed to be missing the goal until the last second when it took a seemingly impossible swerve at the last second. There's been debates for years about whether it was a fluke, but it's still often regarded as (one of) the greatest free-kicks ever taken.

The video of the seemingly impossible kick is here. (turn volume down)

Anyway, a group of scientists got together and made have gone onto explain the science of that free-kick in an impossibly detailed analysis:

For a summary of this research go here.

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