Antonin Panenka speaks in SoFoot about the penalty kick that made him world-famous made.
At the end of this year is Antonin Panenka 70. The French magazine SoFoot went to the Czech ex-international search in Kunice, a small village near Prague. Panenka gained worldwide fame in the final of the european CHAMPIONSHIPS in 1976.
That match, as an opponent of the West-Germany of Franz Beckenbauer, Sepp Maier and Uli Hoeness, was turned out to be a 2-2-tie. A penalty shootout was the winner indicate. In a 4-3 position for the former Czechoslovakia missed Hoeness his penalty.
The following strafschopnemer was Antonin Panenka. He shot the ball, then it was Czechoslovakia European champion. What he then did, was never shown. While Sepp Maier to the left, popped up, put Panenka the ball with a marker in the middle of the goal. The ‘Panenka’ was born.
More than forty years later, the Czech back on that legendary moment. “To be honest, I already knew two months in advance that I have that penalty kick, as would stairways, if I get the chance. Of course I had then no idea of that in the finale would happen, but when we got to the penaltyreeks started, I knew it. I was almost sure that I was going to score, because the German goalkeeper never had a training of the Bohemians ( his former club, nsdc) had attended’, he laughs.
Crazy or genius
After the match, there was in the media a lot to do about the penalty. Panenka: ‘Pele said: “If you have a penalty kick as the kick, you need either a genius or a madman.” Now, I do not consider myself a fool, so pull your conclusions. ( laughs)
“My goal was always to get the people to play. I wanted them to be happy. When I was in Austria played soccer, I made an atypical goal even was elected the most beautiful goal of the last forty years. Special things to do, that is always my style.’
Sepp Maier stated after the final that Panenka the rules of football are not respected and so had ‘valsgespeeld’. They are the words of a life traumatised keeper.
‘Panenka waves that blame road: ‘I have heard, but unfortunately he has me for a long time do not want to meet. That was the mistake of the German media, that after that penalty mocking him. Twenty years ago, he set out to Prague came, we played golf and a few beers drunk. When he had it digested and he had to forgive me. After all, I had no bad intentions.’