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1976 team of the tournament

Published: Wednesday 1 June 2011, 2.30CET
Victorious Czechoslovakia featured prominently in the 1976 UEFA European Championship select XI, with Ivo Viktor, Ján Pivarnik and Antonín Panenka among six representatives.

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Published: Wednesday 1 June 2011, 2.30CET

1976 team of the tournament

Victorious Czechoslovakia featured prominently in the 1976 UEFA European Championship select XI, with Ivo Viktor, Ján Pivarnik and Antonín Panenka among six representatives.
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GK: Ivo Viktor (Czechoslovakia)
Viktor was the goalkeeper famously lobbed from the opposition half, but not beaten, by Pelé at the 1970 FIFA World Cup, but at the 1976 UEFA European Championship the 34-year-old enjoyed the best week of his career. His performances against the Netherlands and even more so West Germany were the stuff of legend. After several telling saves, some bordering on the miraculous, he was voted into third place in the 1976 Ballon d'Or. Five times the Czechoslovakian Footballer of the Year, Viktor ended his career in 1977 with 63 caps.

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DF: Ján Pivarník (Czechoslovakia)
Pivarník went into the 1976 UEFA European Championship buoyed by success with ŠK Slovan Bratislava but recovering from a knee operation. Yet the 1974 Czechoslovakian player of the year's performances in Yugoslavia were nothing short of heroic, his courage and determination instrumental in his side's victory. He never did reclaim the captaincy that was his before his operation, but glory in Belgrade made up for both his lost armband and the frustrations of the 1970 FIFA World Cup, when he travelled to Mexico but did not play. He became a coach, mostly in the Middle East.

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DF: Ruud Krol (Netherlands)
One of the central figures in the emergence of Dutch 'total football' during the 1970s, Krol was a classy, authoritative defender who could play just about anywhere. He came to prominence with AFC Ajax, winning back-to-back European Champion Clubs' Cups, but it was at the 1974 FIFA World Cup where he really made his name. Although the Oranje only finished third at the 1976 UEFA European Championship, he was the outstanding Dutchman on view. He went on to captain his country to another World Cup final in 1978 and accumulated a then-national record 83 caps.

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DF: Anton Ondruš (Czechoslovakia)
Captain of Czechoslovakia's triumphant 1976 UEFA European Championship team, Ondruš led by example in Yugoslavia. Superb against the Netherlands and West Germany, the tall, teak-tough centre-back was a dominant figure, especially in the air. He scored the opener against the Dutch, a towering header, and although he was credited with the Netherlands' equaliser after deflecting in a Ruud Geels cross, he made amends with the third successful penalty in the shoot-out victory over West Germany in the final. He eventually bowed out with 58 caps.

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DF: Franz Beckenbauer (West Germany)
One of football's all-time greats, Beckenbauer established his international pedigree by captaining West Germany to their first UEFA European Championship title in 1972, and at the FIFA World Cup on home soil two years later. In 1976 the Kaiser led FC Bayern München to a hat-trick of European Champion Clubs' Cup victories and collected his second European Footballer of the Year award but, on his 100th international appearance, suffered penalty shoot-out defeat in the European Championship final against Czechoslovakia. The Bavarian went on to prosper as West Germany coach, winning the 1990 World Cup.

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MF: Rainer Bonhof (West Germany)
Bonhof was instrumental as West Germany came from two goals down in the semi-finals and final. The VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder provided fabulous assists for both goals in the final and was the first German player to step forward in the penalty shoot-out. The youngest member of the 1974 FIFA World Cup-winning team, Bonhof would have been the senior figure in Jupp Derwall's 1980 squad but was ruled out by injury on the eve of the tournament. The sharp-shooting midfielder ended his international career the following year with 53 caps and nine goals.

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MF: Jaroslav Pollák (Czechoslovakia)
Pollák only played an hour for Czechoslovakia at the 1976 UEFA European Championship finals before he was dismissed in the semi-final for an ill-timed tackle. Yet he had dominated the game, destabilising the Netherlands with his ceaseless industry and clever link-up play. Czechoslovakia won the trophy without him but there were many who regretted that Pollák, who also starred in qualifiers against England and the Soviet Union, was unable to make a greater contribution. Nicknamed 'Bobby' for his resemblance to Bobby Charlton – in playing style and thinning hair – Pollák won 49 caps.

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MF: Antonín Panenka (Czechoslovakia)
The standout moment of Panenka's long career came in Belgrade on 20 June 1976 when he scored the winning penalty against West Germany in the UEFA European Championship final shoot-out. Displaying nerves of steel, the Czech midfielder audaciously lifted the ball over the diving Sepp Maier into the centre of the goal – a cheeky chip that would forever bear his name. The FC Bohemians Praha playmaker played at the 1980 finals and the 1982 FIFA World Cup, where he scored two more penalties, and also helped SK Rapid Wien to the 1985 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final.

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MF: Dragan Džajić (Yugoslavia)
A dazzling dribbler, Džajić was named his nation's best player of the previous 50 years in 2004. The FK Crvena zvezda midfielder won more caps for the former Yugoslavia than any other player (85), scored 23 international goals and made it into UEFA's team of the tournament at two UEFA European Championships. Firstly in 1968, and then eight years later when he found the net against West Germany and the Netherlands. A supplier of goals as well as an adroit finisher – he scored 287 goals in 590 games for Crvena zvezda – Džajić's delivery with his magical left foot was a joy to behold.

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FW: Zdeněk Nehoda (Czechoslovakia)
A fabulously unpredictable all-round centre-forward, Nehoda played a record 90 times for Czechoslovakia, scoring 31 goals. Strong in the air and gifted on the ground, the FK Dukla Praha striker was an upcoming star when he helped his country to 1976 UEFA European Championship success. The 24-year-old headed the winning goal in the semis against the Netherlands, and made no mistake with his penalty – the second of Czechoslovakia's spot kicks – in the final shoot-out. Nehoda scored twice at the 1980 finals and played in his only FIFA World Cup in Spain two years later.

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FW: Dieter Müller (West Germany)
Müller's was undoubtedly one of the most remarkable international debuts of all time. When he came on in the 79th minute of the 1976 UEFA European Championship semi-final against Yugoslavia, West Germany were 2-1 down. Within three minutes he had headed them level and the 1. FC Köln striker scored twice more in extra time to complete an extraordinary hat-trick. The 22-year-old struck again in the final to become the tournament leading scorer and went on to top the Bundesliga goal charts for the next two seasons. Despite scoring twice at the 1978 FIFA World Cup, taking his international tally to nine in 12 matches, he was never selected again.

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