Euro ’76 : The Champions From Czechoslovakia

Towering captain KAROL DOBIAS of Spartak Trnava is flanked by veteran goalkeeper IVO VICTOR of army club Dukla Prague and the rest of the Czechoslovakia Startelf just prior to the 1976 UEFA European Championships Final opposite defending tournament champion West Germany at the Stadion Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.


GK – Ivo VICTOR ———————- Dukla Prague (63 caps)
DF – Koloman GOGH —————– Slovan Bratislava (55 caps, 1 go)
DF – Jan PIVARNIK —————— Slovan Bratislava (39 caps, 1 go)
DF – Anton ONDRUS —————– Slovan Bratislava (58 caps, 9 go)
DF – Karol DOBIAS ——————– Spartak Trnava (67 caps, 6 go)
MF – Jozef MODER ——————– Lokomotiva Kosice (17 caps, 3 go)
MF – Jozef CAPKOVIC ————— Slovan Bratislava (16 caps, 0 go)
MF – Antonin PANENKA ———– Bohemians Prague (59 caps, 17 go)
MF – Marian MASNY —————— Slovan Bratislava (75 caps, 18 go)
FW – Zdenek NEHODA ————— Dukla Prague (90 caps, 31 go)
FW – Jan SVEHLIK ——————— Slovan Bratislava (17 caps, 4 go)

MF – Ladislav JURKEMIK ———– Inter Bratislava (57 caps, 3 go)
for Svehlik (79th min)
FW – Frantisek VESELY ————– Slavia Prague (34 caps, 3 go)
for Dobias (94th min)


As West Germany’s European and World Cup champion goalkeeper SEPP MAIER of three-time defending European Cup titlist Bayern Munich contemplates what just transpired, match-winning Czechoslovakia midfielder ANTONIN PANENKA of Bohemians Prague celebrates his cheeky and decisive penalty kick in the shootout of the 1976 UEFA European Championships Final at the Stadion Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

Almost all of the Czechoslovak participants in the Final of the 1976 European Championships eventually, having passed the minimum age barrier of 31 years old, received the requisite government permission required to play professional football in the West.

ZDENEK NEHODA signed with West German 2.Bundesliga club SV Darmstadt 98 in January of 1983 and scored 14 goals in 33 second division games before joining West Germany international striker HORST HRUBESCH, who scored two goals in the Final to win the title in the Final of the 1980 UEFA European Championships, in Belgium with Standard Liege twelve months later. The Czechoslovak captain, defender KAROL DOBAIS, concluded his career by spending three seasons in the Belgian top flight with KSC Lokeren while sweeper ANTON ONDRUS had an unproductive year with Club Brugge before moving on to France and CS Thonon. Six of the Czechoslovak champions from Euro ’76 in Belgrade ultimately found their way south to neighboring Austria.

ANTONIN PANENKA signed with SK Rapid Vienna and was an extremely influential player as the Gruen-Weissen posted a pair of back-to-back Austrian Bundesliga titles in 1982 and 1983. Despite his advanced age, Panenka racked up an impressive 63 goals in 127 league games for the Green-Whites over four and a half seasons. In the veteran Czechoslovak’s final campaign in the Austrian capital, Rapid Vienna advanced to the Final of the 1985 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup against English side FC Everton.


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