Penalty kicks are truly the stupidest way to determine the winner in the biggest game of the biggest tournament in the biggest sport in the world. They might as well switch to arm wrestling or board games to settle the tie. At the very least, why not take the kick from 30 yards out to give the goalies a chance? *
* My experience of watching parts of three games this year surely qualifies me to identify and fix deficiencies in a sport I haven't played since high school.