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March 8, 2012 by Alexei Shishkin
Perhaps one of the cheekiest maneuvers in football is a method of taking spot kicks called the Panenka. Namesake of creator Antonin Panenka, the Panenka involves approaching the ball as if one is going to strike it with full force and then easing up at the last second and lofting the ball, usually down the middle of the goal past a helpless goalkeeper who has already committed to a side.
Czechoslovakian Antonin Panenka was born in 1948 and spent most of his career playing domestically for Bohemians Praha, where he scored 76 goals in 230 total appearances. Panenka was known more as a playmaker than a goal scorer, though, and in the 1976 European Championship, his name would be forever immortalized.