Funny Story Behind Panenka’s Penalty Kick

Andrea Pirlo tricked Joe Hart at the 2012 European Cup with this technique to taste the iconic moments of his career. Another Italian, Francesco Totti, did it first when he conquered Edwin van der Saar in the 2000 European Cup.

Zinedine Zidane instead scored his last goal in that way. In the final career match in the World Cup final. Uruguay veteran attacker, Sebastian Abreu asked to be remembered for taking part in trying to send La Celeste through the 2010 World Cup semifinals.

Leave aside for an international tournament. Because there is Lionel Messi’s left foot who is fluent in executing with such techniques. Usually to beautify Barcelona’s landslide victory or sometimes complement La Pulga’s trigol routine.

They seemed to be scheming with high blood pressure. Tension is muffled by a calm attitude. Understand the important meaning, but calm and elegant still should not be ruled out.

Mention one name, one way: Panenka. Let’s turn back until 44 years ago. Long before it was packed like the 2016 edition, the 1976 European Cup finals contained only the four best teams from the qualifying round. Yugoslavia hosts the arrival of three Western European teams: the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia and West Germany.

Long story short, the final match brings together the latter two countries. Score 2-2 at normal time forced the match to continue on penalties. Even though the West German goalkeeper was guarded by goalkeeper Sepp Maier, the executioners of point 12 fitting Czechoslovakia successfully carry out the task.

Germany is at a nadir, after the fourth kicker Uli Hoeness (who later became President of Bayern Munich) failed miserably. With a score of 4-3, the fifth penalty Czechoslovakia has the right to determine the champion.

Time is running to present historical moments. Antonin Panenka can act normally by placing the ball into a hard-to-reach corner with a hard strike. Seeing Hoeness’s execution soar away somewhere, Panenka was in contrast.

He ran to the white spot quickly as if he were going to kick hard. His shoes touch the bottom center of the ball. Raised low. Panenka kicks floating into the middle of the goal with a parabolic arch. The round skin moved slowly, but Maier hurriedly jumped to the left side of the body.

If Maier remained in the starting position, kicking the ball easily Panenka he hugged. If Maier remained silent for a while, life could be as if nothing had happened. Ah, the word ‘if only’ is irrelevant because we don’t breathe in the presupposition dimension.

Czechoslovakian champions and Panenka inherited a work.

As a result of losing bets

I wonder what was in the head Panenka at that time. Impressed nosy, annoying, and easy to provoke comments, ‘What is the action he didjust now?!’ Framing the media to his execution also led to his opinion of deliberately working on Maier.

The Cat’s career from Anzing, nicknamed Maier, has been tainted by the ‘beyond the’ Panenka action. But he swore, the ball of the ball was not to make Maier look silly. Who would be able to joke at such a critical period?

Maier might be uncomfortable when someone mentions Panenka’s name for the rest of his life. Panenka can only be understood if this is the case. “I chose the penalty technique like that, because I see and believe it’s the easiest and simplest way to score goals. Simple recipe,” he told the official UEFA website.

The process of creating the penalty was long before Panenka deceived Maier. He said, after regular training he used to bet with goalkeeper Ivo Viktor on penalties. As a kicker, Panenka lost too often. The money disappeared to pay for chocolate and beer.

Panenka then pondered how to conquer the tough goalkeeper. Much time he spent at night in search of solutions. “What if I slow down my kick and kick slowly to the starting position of the goalkeeper standing up?” Success! His luck improved on the bet at the end of the training session. Then he dared to practice it in a friendly match. Also some league matches.

At least thirty times Panenka executes in that style. Only once failed! Luckily this happened in a trial match. Even then, because there is a large puddle in front of the goal. As a result, the goalkeeper was reluctant to move quickly and the ball was caught.

For the Czechoslovakian national team, Panenka performed his trademark technique twice without fail. Of course including one crucial moment in Belgrade on June 20, 1976. Since then, the name is legendary.

Without the penalty, Panenka could easily be forgotten. He spent 14 years of his career defending mediocre clubs of the Bohemians of Prague. Panenka was not even involved in the only success of the Bohemians winning the Czechoslovak League in the 1982-83 season.

He hurriedly moved to the Austrian giant team, Rapid Vienna in 1981. With Die Gruen-Weissen, Panenka harvested glory with two Austrian League champions and three Austrian Cup trophies. Rapid Vienna’s recruitment occurred as a reward for Panenka with the Czechoslovakian national team.

In addition to delivering his national team championship, Panenka also penetrated the 1976 European Cup Tournament Team. In the next edition, Czechoslovakia was only able to win third place. Even so, Panenka was named Czechoslovakia’s Best Player in 1980.

Few footballers whose names are enshrined as the term of an iconic movement. There is a ‘Cruyff Turn’, referring to Johan Cruyff’s rotating action that took place during the Netherlands’s fight against Sweden at the 1974 World Cup. Meanwhile, the French used to call a hard somersault with ‘Une Papinade’, as did Jean-Pierre Papin.

Zidane also has an iconic move. The name, ‘Marseille Roulette’, is a technique that rotates 360 degrees while diverting the ball from one foot to the other. The name ‘Zidane’ is not used, but rather ‘Marseille’ as the city where it was born.

Other countries have different terms that refer to the same movement. The Brazilian calls, ‘Garrincha Turn’. Argentine soccer public can also identify it as ‘Maradona Turn’. While the PlayStation game labeled this movement with ‘Rocastle 360’, alluding to the name of Arsenal legend, David Rocastle.

In basketball, the typical movements of legendary players are also often presented in terms. Kareem Abdul Jabar has Skyhook. Hakeem Olajuwon is typical of Dream Shake. Dirk Nowitzki remembered through the One-legged fadeaway. Tim Duncan is deadly through Bank Shot. Michael Jordan has a powerful weapon called Jordan’s Fadeaway. This naming is important as a form of appreciation for the creation process which further enables modifications to occur.

Likewise for Panenka through innovation penalties. The name continues to be repeated when the clever technique is displayed again. Either the results were a success or a shameful failure. Penalty technique that distinguishes the fate of Panenka from other Czechoslovakian players.

Goalkeeper Ivo Viktor does have a more classy individual record with five times being Czechoslovak’s Best Player. Striker Zdenek Noheda who plays with Panenka may be listed as the player with the most appearances for the national team.

However, the name Panenka is still most likely to return in the following years. Without the need for people to know the career path or even the physical appearance of players born in Prague, 71 years ago.

Panenka was not like Cruyff who was so famous in the history of football. Not a generational player and tactician interpreting genius. Now, Panenka is the President of Bohemians 1905, the name of the modern-day Bohemians Prague. It is rather difficult to juxtapose these two figures in the same achievement box.

However, the name Panenka can be parallel to Cruyff in the context of the mention of the term iconic movement. Without the need for people to know what the fate of Panenka’s career after the historic kick.

Panenka’s meddlesome nipple is still the last touch to bear the European Cup trophy for Czechoslovakia. Even for the two new countries thereafter, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Because in the early 1990s many historical dynamics occurred. In addition to Czechoslovakia which was split into two countries, Germany also experienced unification. Only Panenka’s penalty is still intact and eternal.


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