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Antonín Panenka – Profile

Full Name: Antonín Panenka
Date of Birth: December 2, 1948
Place of Birth: Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic)
Position: Midfielder / Attacking Midfielder

Early Life and Club Career
Antonín Panenka was born and raised in Prague. He began his football career at the local club Bohemians Praha, where he made his debut in 1967. Panenka quickly established himself as a skilled midfielder, known for his technical ability, vision, and creative playmaking. He spent most of his club career at Bohemians Praha, amassing over 230 appearances and becoming a club legend.

International Career
Panenka is best known for his contributions to the Czechoslovak national team. He earned 59 caps and scored 17 goals for his country. His most famous moment came in the 1976 UEFA European Championship final against West Germany. The match went to a penalty shootout, and Panenka took the decisive fifth penalty for Czechoslovakia. With remarkable composure, he chipped the ball gently into the center of the goal as the German goalkeeper dived to one side. This audacious move, now known as a “Panenka,” secured the victory for Czechoslovakia and became one of the most iconic moments in football history.

Panenka’s “Panenka penalty” has become a legendary technique, often attempted by players worldwide in high-pressure situations. His creativity and flair on the field have inspired generations of footballers. After retiring as a player, Panenka continued to be involved in football, taking on various roles including coaching and club administration.

Personal Life
Antonín Panenka is also known for his modest and down-to-earth personality. He remains a beloved figure in the Czech Republic and is celebrated for his contributions to both club and national football.

Honors and Awards
– UEFA European Championship: 1976
– Czechoslovak First League: Various honors with Bohemians Praha
– Footballer of the Year in Czechoslovakia: Multiple nominations and awards

Antonín Panenka’s name is forever etched in football history, not only for his achievements but for his unique contribution to the sport’s cultural heritage through his famous penalty.