Antonín Panenka selected into 1980s Austrian league’s starting eleven

Austrian sports journalists and historians have picked retired Czech footballer Antonín Panenka into their ideal starting eleven in the 1980s Austrian league.

Panenka, who is perhaps most famous for his winning penalty in the UEFA Euro 1976 where his softly-chipped ball up the middle of the goal startled viewers with its cold confidence, played in the Austrian league throughout the 1980s. As an attacking midfielder in Rapid Vienna from 1981-1985 he scored 63 goals in 127 games and won two Bundesliga titles as well as the Austrian Cup.

The selection of an ideal team for every decade in which the Austrian Bundesliga has been played started last year with the ideal eleven of the 1970s. The project should culminate in 2024 with celebrations of the fiftieth anniversary of the league.

Author: Tom McEnchroe