Former England international goalkeeper David James faced down industry sharpshooters in the SBC Penalty Shootout at Stamford Bridge, the home of SBC Events’ annual Betting on Football Conference.
James, who sits second in the list of goalkeepers for most Premier League clean sheets with 169 in 572 matches, faced strikes from industry representatives in a penalty shootout competition which was ultimately won by Betradar’s Chris Wedemeier.
In the first round, only Wedemeier, Golden Race’s William Charalambous and Trustly’s Sam Barrett could find a way past the former Liverpool and Manchester City goalkeeper.
The next stage of the competition saw several successful attempts apiece for Wedemeier and Charalambous, before Wedemeier struck the decisive blow, bringing back memories of Ricardo’s quarter final shootout winner at Euro 2004 for the day’s star goalkeeper.
The other SBC Penalty Shootout participants were Betcart’s Joao Amaro, BetOnBrazil’s Craig van Flute, CalvinAyre’s Rebecca Liggero, eMerchantPay’s Chris Smart and Mark Bell, Favbet’s Nikos Chalikias, VSoftCo’s Simon Westbury, Trustly’s Nicholas Tucker, Oddslife’s Alexandru Teodorescu, OPTIMA’s David Macías, SBC Global’s Rasmus Sojmark and Secure Trading’s Paul Gent.
SBC Founder Rasmus Sojmark commented: “We had a great time on the Stamford Bridge pitch and David James was a great guy to be involved in the fun. Congratulations to Betradar and Chris Wedemeier, who managed to extend Germany’s fine record of penalty success.”