CZECHOSLOVAKIA 2 WEST GERMANY 2 – 1976 European Championship Final – The Red Star Stadium, Belgrade – 20th June 1976

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 2 WEST GERMANY 4 (AET) – 1976 European Championship Semi Final – The Red Star Stadium, Belgrade – 17/06/76

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,

WALES 1 YUGOSLAVIA 1 – 1976 European Championship Quarter Final 2nd Leg, Ninian Park Cardiff – 22nd May 1976

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,

YUGOSLAVIA 2 WALES 0 – EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER FINAL 1st LEG – Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb – 24th April 1976

Wales had waited 18 years to appear on the big stage again, after their excellent World Cup campaign in 1958 where they had run Pele and Brazil close in the quarter final, only losing 1-0. A qualification group containing Austria, Hungary and Luxembourg had climaxed with a 1-0 win over the Austrians in Wrexham with

PORTUGAL 1 ENGLAND 1 – 1976 European Championship Qualification Group 1, Jose Alvalade Stadium, Lisbon 19th November 1975

England headed to Lisbon for their final qualifier in fairly low spirits. The defeat in Bratislava had handed the initiative in the group to Czechoslovakia. However there was a glimmer of hope for Don Revie’s men after Portugal had held Czechoslovakia to a 1-1 draw 7 days before England’s trip to Lisbon. That left the

CZECHOSLOVAKIA 2 ENGLAND 1 – European Championship Qualification Group 1- Tehene Pole, Bratislava – 30th October 1975

England’s hopes of returning to the grand stage in World football took a huge blow after a bizarre and brutal few days in Bratislava. The weather, referees and bad fortune conspired to hinder England’s hopes of qualification for the 1976 European Championship Finals and left Don Revie once again cursing his luck. Once again, Revie

SWITZERLAND 1 ENGLAND 2 – International Friendly – St Jakobs Park, Basle – 3rd September 1975

The new international season would prove to be a pivotal one in the reign of Don Revie as England manager. The Three Lions were three points clear of Czechoslovakia at the top of the table, but had played a game more and faced their biggest rivals in a pivotal qualifier in a months time. It