Antonín Panenka

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Antonín Panenka
Panenka in 2019
Personal information
Full name Antonín Panenka
Date of birth (1948-12-02) 2 December 1948 (age 75)
Place of birth Prague, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1958–1967 Bohemians Prague
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1981 Bohemians Prague 230 (76)
1981–1985 Rapid Wien 127 (63)
1985–1987 VSE St. Pölten
1987–1989 SK Slovan Wien
1989–1991 ASV Hohenau
1991–1993 Kleinwiesendorf
Total 357 (139)
National team
1973–1982[1] Czechoslovakia 59 (17)
Representing  Czechoslovakia
UEFA European Championship
Winner 1976 Yugoslavia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Signature of Antonín Panenka (2004)

Antonín Panenka (born 2 December 1948) 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. His play became known as "cavadinha" in Brazil and as "Panenka" in Europe. The player was in fact a talented midfielder, with good vision of the game and distribution of passes and a specialist in dead balls in free kicks. The most famous move was the result of reflections on new ways of taking penalties after having missed two in the same match. Antonin "Toni" Panenka is still recognized as one of the best-known footballers from the former Czechoslovakia and is considered to be one of the best midfielders in the world of his generation.

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.

International career and Panenka penalty[change | change source]

Panenka made his international debut in 1973. He 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.

Honours[change | change source]

Club[change | change source]

Rapid Wien

International[change | change source]


Individual[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Antonin Panenka – International Appearances". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.
  2. "Historie ankety Fotbalista roku" (in Czech). Archived from the original on 6 July 2018. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  3. "Legends". Golden Foot. Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  4. "ERIC BATTY’S WORLD XI – THE SIXTIES" Retrieved on 26 November 2015