A truly iconic football image. The moment the Panenka was created West Germany had come to dominate the football world over the four years from 1972 to 1976. They had become European Champions in 1972 and World Champions in 1974, and Bayern Munich’s three consecutive European Cups had seen them become the dominant force in
Yugoslavia, the side that had ended British hopes for the 1976 European Championships, by beating Wales in the quarter-finals, were rewarded with the honour of hosting the final tournament, which for the final time in the competition’s history would contain just the last four. Joining the hosts were reigning World and European Champions West Germany,
Whilst the top sides in Europe prepared for the semi-finals of the 1976 European Championship, England were setting out on the road to qualification for the next major tournament, the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. After five weeks of preparation in the Home Internationals and the US Bicentennial tournament, Don Revie’s team faced their most
With England fully in preparation mode for the forthcoming World Cup qualifier in Finland, and with Italy their main rival in the quest to qualify for Argentina 1978, Don Revie went back to experimental mode for the second match of the 1976 US Bicentennial tournament. Following on from the heartbreak of a last minute loss
Whilst the top four sides in Europe were preparing for the Finals of the 1976 European Championships, England had flown halfway around the world to prepare for the qualifying tournament for the 1978 World Cup. The United States was celebrating its Bicentennial and a four team tournament had been arranged as part of the festivities.
Wales could be excused for their disappointing Home Internationals campaign, as they alone of the sides involved had bigger fish to fry in May 1976. The lone representative from these Isles in the European Championship quarter finals faced an uphill task as they tried to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg in Zagreb,
The 1976 club season came to a close on a triumphant note for English football as Liverpool clinched a UEFA Cup/League Championship double for the second time in three years as they held Bruges to the draw required to win the trophy. Unusually the second leg of the UEFA Cup final was the last match