Antonín Panenka

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Antonín Panenka
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Personal information
Full name Antonín Panenka
Date of birth 2 December 1949 (1949-12-02) (age 67)
Place of birth Prague, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967-1980
1980-1985
1985-1987
Bohemians Praha
Rapid Wien
St. Pölten
National team
1973-1982 Czechoslovakia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Signature of Antonín Panenka (2004)

Antonín Panenka (born 2 December 1949) is a former Czech football player. He has played for the Czechoslovakian national team. He played most of his career for Bohemians Prague.  Panenka won UEFA Euro 1976 with Czechoslovakia. In the final against West Germany, he scored the winning penalty in the shootout with a softly-chipped ball up the middle of the goal as the goalkeeper dived away; this style of penalty is now called the Panenka penalty. In 1980, he won Czechoslovak Footballer of the Year.

Club career[change | change source]

An attacking midfielder known for the quality of his passing and his free kicks, Panenka played for Bohemians Praha for most of his career, joining the club in 1967. In 1981, Panenka left Bohemians for Austrian club Rapid Wien, where he won two Bundesliga titles and an Austrian Cup. In 1985 Rapid reached the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final; Panenka played as a substitute, but his side lost 3–1 to Everton.

Panenka penalty[change | change source]

Panenka came to international prominence playing for Czechoslovakia at UEFA Euro 1976, where Czechoslovakia reached the final, facing West Germany. After extra time, the match finished 2–2, and so the first penalty shootout in a European Championships final ensued. The first seven kicks were converted until West Germany's fourth penalty taker, Uli Hoeneß, ballooned his shot over the bar. With the score 4–3, Panenka stepped up to take the fifth Czechoslovakian penalty, to win the match under immense pressure. He feigned shooting to the side of the goal, causing German goalkeeper Sepp Maier dive to his left, and then gently chipped the ball into the middle of the net.