This Day In Sports History (June 20th) — Czechoslovakia Soccer

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It was on this day in 1976 that Czechoslovakia won the UEFA European Football Championship.  They would beat West Germany in the finals for their first ever European Championship title.

The final tournament began on June 16 and consisted of only four teams: Czechoslovakia, West Germany, Netherlands and Yugoslavia (host).  Czechoslovakia beat the Netherlands 3-1 in extra time in one semi-final match, while West Germany defeated Yugoslavia 4-2 in extra time in the other semi-final game.  Czechoslovakia opened the scoring in the finals just eight minutes in on a goal from Ján Švehlík. They would add a second in the 25th minute, but West Germany would answer with goals in the 28th and 89th minute, tying the game at 2-2. After extra time solved nothing, penalties were required to decide a winner. The Czechs would score on all five of their shots, while West Germany would miss one, giving Czechoslovakia the victory.

Here is a look at the final penalty shot that won Czechoslovakia the championship in 1976.

Notable Birthdays

Carlos Lee, MLB – Born on June 20, 1976 (age 37) in Aguadulce, Panama

Frank Lampard, Soccer – Born on June 20, 1978 (age 35) in London, England

Josh Childress, NBA – Born on June 20, 1983 (age 30) in Harbor City, California

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