What influence does the number of corner balls have on the score?

Standard situations are one of the easiest ways to score. While there are not so many penalties that are almost a guarantee for the goal, so you see in every game more than 10 corner kicks. The continuation of the game from the corner of the field may not be an announcement of the goal, but it means a danger to the goalkeeper of the opposing team. In the case of stronger teams each corner kick confirms their superiority in the game, for weaker teams it may be one of the few opportunities to create a scoring chance. Theoretically, the participation of two players is enough to score the goal – the player who flanks and the scorer. In theory, there is no easier way to score

On average, 1/10 corners is a goal

In the beginning a few numbers from the statisticians. According to these, every tenth corner ends with a goal. However, it is not easy to transfer this knowledge to a specific game. In general, the number of corner kicks in the game fluctuates at 10 and we do not see a goal scored in each game in this way. However, there are games such as the match between Manchester United and Leicester, in which three corner-strokes in the first half brought the hosts home. So you have to believe the statistics on the word. Even if they say that the chance of scoring after a corner for each team is 25%.

As examples can serve the games of the World Championships 2014 in South Africa. In the group stage, 19 goals (4% of all goals in the group stage) were scored after having played from a corner kick (it took 474 corners). 14 national teams have scored at least 1 goal in this way. It is interesting that 11 of them made it to the next phase. So are goals after corners only the domain of the best teams?

Not necessarily. For example, in the seasons 2005-2009, Real Madrid scored only 11 goals thanks to corner kicks. To accomplish this, the Royal made 778 corner kicks – a catastrophic average of 1 goal / 70 corner kicks. This is all the more surprising given that they have conceded even fewer goals in this way – only 8 after 884 corners of the opposing teams (average 1 goal / 80 corner balls).

We can explain it? If they have scored so few goals then they must have players in the team who play perfectly with their heads. And if it really was, why did they score so little? Football is sometimes inexplicable.

After all, how do you explain the fact that in the 2014/2015 season FC Barcelona had the biggest number of corner kicks (96) after 13 games, after which their players scored … 0 goals? In the same period Real has turned 6/53 corner kicks indirectly to goals and an absolute phenomenon at that time was Ateltico Madrid, who scored 7 of all 19 goals scored (36%) just after corner kicks (to achieve that, he needed only 64 corner kicks ). Certainly the small size of many Barcelona players plays a role here (eg Messi, Iniesta, Alba). The pride of Catalonia knows its own weaknesses and plays the standard situations differently.

Although the proportion of goals scored after corner-strokes remains the same in the top leagues, there are also exceptions. While in the World Cup in Brazil in this way 7% of all goals were scored, in the Champions League 2011/2012 8%, in the season 2012/2013 of the English Premier League, the players have 13% all goals scored after corner kicks. Quite a lot, right?


Corner kicks secured Greece the triumph in Euro 2004

In the case of goals scored after a corner kick, you never know for sure if this was a planned action of the whole team or just a happy sequence of events, combined with inattentiveness of the opponents. This was certainly completely meaningless for the Greek fans. Your team has provided one of the biggest surprises in football history. Would this have been possible without efficiency in the execution of corner joints? No way.


Otto Rehhagel, Greece coach was aware of the weaknesses of his team. For his players to have any chances against technically better opponents, he had to use a corresponding tactic.


His plan for games against favorites France, then strong Czechs and host Portugal was so easy. Iron defense and the expectation of standard situations, eg corner joints. He probably could not foresee in his most beautiful dream that his team’s tactics would secure the title of the best team on the continent.


Defenseless, sacrificial play for the entire team on the defensive and finally a bit of luck (and maybe what?) In the cornerstops, Greece have a goal and at the same time secured the victory both in the semi-final against Czechs and in the final against Portugal. The Greeks were called the most sensational winner in European history and at the same time a winner who played the ugliest. But that did not bother any of them.




Two corner-strokes from Beckham and a memorable United’s triumph in 1999

Throughout the 1998/1999 Champions League season, Manchester United has thrilled football fans across Europe. The team of Alex Ferguson has defeated after great games more teams on his way to the final. In May 1999, however, what in the English team on Barcelona’s Camp Nou did not work out as before. Without his two playmakers Paul Scholes and Roy Keane, the team that used to defy their opponents with their intensity, ready-for-attack, and technical abilities was just a shadow of their own.


And when the Bayern looked in the direction of the scoreboard and counted the seconds to the end of the game, the United players have tried again. The result? A corner kick. David Beckham has put the ball in the quarter circle. In the penalty area of ​​Olivier Kahn, all Ferguson players have reported, including the giant Peter Schmeichel. Cross, confusion in the box and goal! 1: 1.


The Germans are desperate and there are still a few tens of seconds left until the end of the game. Another action from United and … another corner kick. Beckham flanks again and the “killer with the baby face” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shoots the ball close to the goal. 2: 1 !!! The English are in ecstasy and the Bavarians could not stand up for a long time and do not believe what just happened. A little more than 100 seconds and 2 corner kicks have separated them from the longed for trophy.


Examples can be called endless. Two golden headballs from Zinedine Zidane in the World Cup Final 98 against Brazil, equalizer of Marco Materazzi in the final against France in the 2006 World Cup in Germany or the goal of Didier Drogba in the last minute of the 2012 Champions League Final against Bayern. Are you still of the opinion that the corner joints have no meaning?