I know we're all tied up in our All Time Draft, but I had this debate last night in a bar with a friend, concerning the 'Panenka'.
For those who don't know, a 'Panenka' is the way Zidane kicked his penalty in the World Cup Final. It was named after a Czechoslovakian player. This was during a Euro Final 76: West Germany - Czechoslovakia. 2-2 after full time and OT, so the game goes to a shootout.
Czechoslovakia (have no idea how to spell that) is up 4-3, and 1 kick left. If Panenka scores they win, he misses and West Germany can get back in it. And he pulls this..
While I agree it took HUGE balls, and I admire the artistry in such a tension filled situation, personally I hate the kick. Do it if you're up 4-0 with 10 minutes to go, but not in an important situation. I think it's extremely vain. Zidane even admitted it saying he wanted to do something to be remembered by (he got served on that subject ).
Anyways, my buddy took the 'artsistc' side saying it's magnificent, full of bravery..blabla. If I'm a manager, it would definitely be one of my rules: no Panenkas. Score the penalty, period.
What about you guys?
Poll coming (never done one so I'll try to figure it out).
I agree that it's very difficult to pull off but if done correctly it's almost impossible to stop for a goalie. So I'm for it if it's a player like Zizou taking the penalty but some people are just not meant to do it.
Lemme ask you a question...
what do you think about passing the penalty shot, like Cruyff did successfully once upon a time and Henry&Pires botched it last year... That has got to be the most pointless thing I've ever heard being done on a football pitch.
Just to let you know, and I want to make this perfectly clear, I hate Italy as a team and the players for everything they represent. For people of my generation they're like the Dolphins. I grew up with them always winning everything. Playing boring football and winning in the end. They replaced the Germans who always kicked our asses in the early 80's.
I love Italy and Italians, though. So don't take anything personally.
Here, just for you, I think the pinacle of sports memories for me was the Euro 2000 final. Not only the fact we won, but the heartbreaking, gut wrenching way we beat Italy was awesome.
Well thanks for clearing that up, haha. I just started really following soccer about 3 or 4 years ago so this is still all very new and exciting to me. I wish I was into it when we (USA) played host to the 1994 World Cup. One of my cousins from Rome visited my family during that entire summer; he stayed with my great grandmother. My uncle took him to a couple of games at the Meadowlands, which was great for him because he saw Italy play.