Japanese player takes 30-SECOND run-up to spot-kick

Is this the most ridiculous penalty ever? Japanese player takes 30-SECOND run-up to spot-kick (but his bizarre tactic works!)

  • The bizarre penalty was taken by a player from Ryutsu Keizai Ogashi high school
  • The team’s Number 5 waited 14 seconds before even starting his long run-up
  • Taking tiny steps, and a hop, the player inched closer to the ball before striking
  • Despite the unusual method, he managed to send the goalkeeper the wrong way
  • The penalty was the second time an unusual moment from the All Japan High School tournament went viral after a choreographed free kick last week
  • A Japanese high school football player may have kicked the most ridiculous penalty ever by taking a 30-second run-up to the spot.

    Despite the unconventional method, the player from Ryutsu Keizai Ogashi high school was able to send the goalkeeper the wrong way and convert for his team.

    However, judging by the reactions to a video of the run-up and subsequent goal, the successful penalty is unlikely to serve as a blueprint for professional players who want to remain popular among their fans.

    The match at the All Japan High School tournament between Ryutsu Keizai Ogashi and Kindai Wakayama finished level, and was taken to penalties.

    Ryutsu Keizai Ogashi missed their first spot kick, with their opponents scoring.

    It was then that the match took a bizarre turn, with Ryutsu Keizai Ogashi’s Number 5 stepping up to the spot.

    A Japanese high school football player may have kicked the most ridiculous penalty ever by taking a 30-second run-up to the spot. Despite the unconventional method, the player was able to send the goalkeeper the wrong way and convert for his team (pictured)

    A Japanese high school football player may have kicked the most ridiculous penalty ever by taking a 30-second run-up to the spot. Despite the unconventional method, the player was able to send the goalkeeper the wrong way and convert for his team (pictured)

    Video of the penalty showed the team’s Number 5 – in no rush whatsoever – walking up to the spot and placing the ball down at his feet.

    After staring at the ball for a few seconds, the player began to take some steps backwards from the ball while looking directly at the goalkeeper.

    The referee blew his whistle to signal that the player may commence. However, Number 5 appeared determined to do things in his own time.

    Video of the penalty showed the team's Number 5 - in no rush whatsoever - walking up to the spot and placing the ball down at his feet, before slowly walking backwards

    Video of the penalty showed the team’s Number 5 – in no rush whatsoever – walking up to the spot and placing the ball down at his feet, before slowly walking backwards

    The referee blew his whistle to signal that the player may commence. However, Number 5 appeared determined to do things in his own time. After standing still for 14 more seconds (pictured), all while staring at the goalkeeper, he began his run up

    The referee blew his whistle to signal that the player may commence. However, Number 5 appeared determined to do things in his own time. After standing still for 14 more seconds (pictured), all while staring at the goalkeeper, he began his run up

    After standing still for 14 more seconds, all while staring at the goalkeeper, he began his run up.

    Taking tiny steps, Number 5 slowly inched towards the ball, with anticipation in the stadium building with each passing second. 

    Barely feet from the ball, the player did a little hop, but still didn’t strike it.

    Finally, the player chose his moment and kicked the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the goal, with the goalkeeper diving to his left, levelling the score to 1-1.

    Taking tiny steps, Number 5 slowly inched towards the ball, with anticipation in the stadium building with each passing second. Barely feet from the ball, the player did a little hop, but still didn't strike it

    Taking tiny steps, Number 5 slowly inched towards the ball, with anticipation in the stadium building with each passing second. Barely feet from the ball, the player did a little hop, but still didn’t strike it

    Finally, the player chose his moment and kicked the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the goal, with the goalkeeper diving to his left, levelling the score to 1-1

    Finally, the player chose his moment and kicked the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the goal, with the goalkeeper diving to his left, levelling the score to 1-1

    Cheers could be heard from the crowd, although perhaps more out of relief that Number 5 finally took his penalty kick. Ryutsu Keizai Ogashi went on to win the penalty shoot-out 4-2, but some commentators were left bamboozled.

    ‘Enjoy this utter ridiculousness,’ one person wrote while sharing the video. ‘And in today’s episode of mad things to happen in the All Japan High School tournament… a 30 second penalty run-up,’ another person wrote.

    ‘Longest penalty take. What’s going on there Japan?’ a third person wrote, adding a crying-laughing emoji.

    ‘I’ve never wanted someone to miss more in my life. That’s including the Italia 90 semi final,’ a fourth person said, referencing England’s defeat to Germany in 1990. 

    The incident is not the first time this All Japan High School tournament hit the headlines as a result of an unusual set piece.

    Last week, the Takagawa Gakuen team from Yamaguchi pulled off a stunning move in their match against the Star Ridge team.

    After a Takagawa Gakuen player was fouled down the right flank, a group of attackers formed a circle on the other side of the box, holding hands and dancing around as their team-mate lined up the free kick.

    After holding hands and dancing around as their team-mate lined up the free kick, the attackers suddenly broke formation and sprinted in different directions towards the goal

    After holding hands and dancing around as their team-mate lined up the free kick, the attackers suddenly broke formation and sprinted in different directions towards the goal

    The ball was whipped in towards the back post, with the defenders caught completely off guard

    The ball was whipped in towards the back post, with the defenders caught completely off guard

    One Takagawa Gakuen player connected beautifully and headed home

    One Takagawa Gakuen player connected beautifully and headed home

    The players ran off to celebrate their unique set piece success, while the Star Ridge players looked on forlornly

    The players ran off to celebrate their unique set piece success, while the Star Ridge players looked on forlornly

    The Star Ridge players were completely befuddled, with the defence in total disarray as the players lined up with no idea what to expect from the set piece.

    Just as the kick-taker began his run up, the circle suddenly dispersed, with the attackers sprinting towards the goal in all directions with perfect timing and sending the defence into a confused frenzy.

    The ball was whipped in towards the back post and was beautifully headed in to cap off a move that was cute and effective in equal measure.

    Takagawa Gakuen went on to win the game 4-2 to progress to the second round of Japan’s 100th annual National High School Soccer Tournament.