World famous physicist Professor Stephen Hawking has had his say on Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, labelling the Uruguayan striker a ‘ballerina’.
Speaking in an analysis session commissioned by bookmakers PaddyPower, Hawking also delved into the factors that could be the difference between success and failure for England at the World Cup this summer.
Referring specifically to England’s game against Uruguay next month, Hawking says there must be European referee to wave away simulation attempts by Luis Suarez.
“The data shows we also need to hope for a European referee,” he said.
“European referees are more sympathetic to the English game and less sympathetic to ballerinas like (Luis) Suarez. “
The 72-year-old, Oxford-born physicist famous for a number of best-selling books on various scientific issues, also believes that England appearing in red will aid their chances of World Cup glory, with the colour connoting more aggression and dominance to the opposition.
“Statistically England’s red kit is more successful and we should play 4-3-3 rather than 4-4-2. Psychologists in Germany found red makes teams feel more confident and can lead them to being perceived as more aggressive and dominant. Likewise, 4-3-3 is more positive so the team benefits for similar psychological reasons.”
In what was a remarkable coup for PaddyPower’s World Cup promotion scheme, Hawking also gave his advice to England with regard to penalty taking. He believes that a run up of more than three steps will serve players best, but that velocity is nothing without placement.
Hawking made specific reference to Chris Waddle in his penalty analysis, who missed a spot-kick in a World Cup semi-final against Germany in 1990.
“If only I had whispered this in Chris Waddle’s ear before he sent the ball into orbit in 1990. Use the side foot rather than laces and you are 10% more likely to score,” Hawking added.
“The statistics confirm the obvious. Place the ball in the top left or right hand corner for the best chance of success - 84% of penalties in those areas score. The ability of strikers to place the ball results in them being more likely to score than midfielders and defenders.”
So as England’s first World Cup game against Italy sits just 16 days away, Roy Hodgson, Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard have probably been given the most intelligent advice of their careers to date. The key factors for success; red shirts, 4-3-3, and penalties in the top right hand corners. Simple.
Watch Stephen Hawking's full analysis of England's World Cup chances in Brazil.