The UEFA Euro 1976 Final was the final match of UEFA Euro 1976, the fifth UEFA European Football Championship, UEFA's top football competition for national teams. The match was played at Stadion Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade, on 20 June 1976. The match was contested by Czechoslovakia and West Germany. In German, the match is known as the Nacht von Belgrad, or Night from Belgrade.

After extra time, the result was 2–2, and so the first penalty shootout in a European Championships final ensued. The first seven kicks were converted, until West Germany's fourth penalty taker, Uli Hoeneß, ballooned his shot over the bar. With the score 4–3, Antonín Panenka stepped up under immense pressure to take the fifth Czechoslovakian penalty, to win the match. German goalkeeper Sepp Maier dived to his left, while Panenka chipped the ball straight in the middle of the net.[2] The sheer cheek of the goal led a watching French journalist to dub Panenka "a poet", and to this day his winning kick is one of the most famous ever, making Panenka's name synonymous with that particular style of penalty kick.

Up to date, this was the last official match in which West Germany (and Germany after its reunification) did not come up victorious in a penalty shootout.



Czechoslovakia  2–2 (a.e.t.)  West Germany
Attendance: 30,790[1]
West Germany
GK 1 Ivo Viktor
SW 4 Anton Ondruš (c)
CB 5 Ján Pivarník
CB 12 Koloman Gögh
CB 3 Jozef Čapkovič
CM 2 Karol Dobiaš YC 55' Substituted off 94'
CM 8 Jozef Móder YC 59'
AM 7 Antonín Panenka
RW 10 Marián Masný
LW 11 Zdeněk Nehoda
CF 17 Ján Švehlík Substituted off 79'
DF 6 Ladislav Jurkemik Substituted in 79'
MF 16 František Veselý Substituted in 94'
Václav Ježek
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GK 1 Sepp Maier
SW 5 Franz Beckenbauer (c)
CB 2 Berti Vogts
CB 4 Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck
CB 3 Bernard Dietz
CM 7 Rainer Bonhof
CM 6 Herbert Wimmer Substituted off 46'
AM 10 Erich Beer Substituted off 80'
RW 8 Uli Hoeneß
CF 9 Dieter Müller
LW 11 Bernd Hölzenbein
MF 15 Heinz Flohe Substituted in 46'
MF 14 Hans Bongartz Substituted in 80'
Helmut Schön

Match rules


  1. ^ a b c "European Football Championship 1976 FINAL". euro2000.org. Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 26 December 2017. 
  2. ^ Scott Murray, Tom Bryant and Tom Henry (31 October 2007). "The footballers who have moves named after them". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 

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