Zakumi's game is Fair Play
March 4, 2010 11:17 AM Subscribe
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The paradinha is a devastating penalty kick tactic popularized by Pelé in the 1970s, and increasingly adopted by Brazilian players. This week soccer's primary governing organization, FIFA, will discuss the maneuver as it prepares for the 2010 FIFA World Cup
As the Wall Street Journal
The paradinha (pronounced par-a-JEEN-ya) is performed on a penalty kick by the shooter, who pauses unexpectedly before striking the ball—or even swings his foot through the air several times—before making contact. It's designed to throw off the goalkeeper's timing. When executed properly, the move can have jaw-dropping results.
The paradinha is not currently banned, and FIFA says the earliest a ban could be put in place is 2011. As a result, "it will be up to each referee to decide whether to permit the move at the  World Cup ... or whether to punish the maneuver as 'unsporting behavior'."
The WSJ article has an embedded video of a recent paradinha performed in a Brazillian match, also available on youtube
(skip to 0:45). If you just want to see the paradinha performed over and over again, this video
is a good start. Here is what happens when the paradinha doesn't work out
, the official mascot for the 2010 World Cup, says "Zakumi's game is Fair Play."