The Europeans: 1976 – Not just Panenka

WE all remember the European Championship of 1976 for one thing – the cleverly “dinked” penalty by one of the Czech Republic’s favourite sons, Antonin Panenka. His audacious kick, deceiving the imposing figure of giant West German goalkeeper Sepp Maier, has become part of football folklore and copied by multitudes. But the European Championship of 1976, one of the great forgotten tournaments, had plenty to offer. It was a smaller, almost apologetic format, two semi-finals and a final and third place play-off, held in the old Yugoslavia. And for British fans, it was almost lost from sight – in those … Continue reading The Europeans: 1976 – Not just Panenka

Bohemians 1905: Marsupials “R” us

IF THE EUROPA LEAGUE hadn’t got in the way, we might not have visited Bohemians 1905 of Prague. Game of the People was scheduled to attend the Prague derby, Sparta v Slavia, on Saturday March 19. But Sparta are still in the Europa, and two days before the game, they were in action in Rome, beating Lazio to claim a quarter-final place. So the big clash was shifted to Sunday night and we had to seek another local game for our fix of continental football. We were not disappointed. For an authentic experience, Bohemians is an excellent location. Prague may … Continue reading Bohemians 1905: Marsupials “R” us