Podolski joins ‘elite’ German club after penalty miss

German Football
By German Football June 19, 2010 06:47

Podolski joins ‘elite’ German club after penalty miss

When Serbia goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic saved Lukas Podolski’s penalty he helped the Germany striker gain entry to one of the world’s smallest clubs, albeit one which Podolski would have never wanted to join, the one belonging to German penalty failures.

Podolski became only the second German to miss a penalty inside normal time, and the first since July 1974 when Uli Hoeness saw his effort saved by Poland’s Jan Tomaszewski in the World Cup second group phase.

And in penalty shoot outs, Germany have missed just twice – and Hoeness failed too.

West Germany lost the first shoot-out at a major finals at Euro 76 when the then Czechoslovakia won the final 5-3 on penalties after Hoeness blasted over the bar and Antonin Panenka chipped the winner.

Uli Stielike was the other to miss but got away with it in 1982 when he became the only German to miss a penalty in the World Cup finals, against France in the semi-finals in Spain.

But Stielike survived, with Harald Schumacher saving two penalties to deliver Germany into the final.

German Football
By German Football June 19, 2010 06:47
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