Czech legend Antonin Panenka, 71, in a 'serious condition in hospital'

Antonin Panenka taken to hospital and the 71-year-old Czech legend – famous for his trademark chipped penalty – is in ‘intensive care’

  • Antonin Panenka has been taken to an intensive care unit in hospital
  • The 71-year-old’s condition was confirmed by his ex-club, Bohemians Praha 1905
  • The former Czechoslovakia international is famous for his trademark penalty 
  • His chipped penalty down the middle won the 1976 Euros against West Germany 

Czech legend Antonin Panenka, 71, is currently in a serious condition and in intensive care in hospital, according to Bohemians Praha 1905.  

Panenka, who is famous for his chipped penalty down the middle which won the 1976 European Championships for Czechoslovakia, is in ‘intensive care’ say his former team for which he made 230 appearances and is now the club president.

The club tweeted: ‘Antonín Panenka was today in a serious condition transported to the ICU [Intensive Care Unit] to the hospital, where he is connected to the devices. 

Antonin Panenka, 71, is in intensive care in hospital, his ex-team Bohemians Prague announced

The former Czechoslovakia player is famous for his chipped penalty in the 1976 Euros final

‘We will not comment on his condition yet. Tondo, fight!’

The club refused to state the reasons why the 71-year-old club legend has been hospitalised.  

In a distinguished 26-year playing career, Panenka played for Bohemians Praha 1905 and then Rapid Vienna, where he won two Austrian Championships and three Austrian Cups, and then featured for four other sides.  

He also registered 59 caps for Czechoslovakia, scoring 17 goals from 1973-1982 and was a member of the 1976 Euros winning-squad.  

Lionel Messi scored a penalty for Barcelona with a ‘Panenka’ against Atletico Madrid in June

Andrea Pirlo famously outfoxed Joe Hart with a ‘Panenka’ for Italy against England in 2012

Since that moment in the final, where he won the shoot-out contest against West Germany in Belgrade, a delicate penalty chipped down the middle with the goalkeeper diving to either side has been known as a ‘Panenka’. 

It has been used by a host of world stars over the years, including Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie. 

Andrea Pirlo also famously performed a ‘Panenka’ against England in a penalty shoot-out, which Italy won in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.  

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