The Czechoslovak Football Legend Antonín Panenka, 71, who was admitted on Wednesday for COVID-19 in an intensive care unit (ICU), is “stabilized” although with mechanical respiration, the club reported this Friday Bohemians 1905, of which he is honorary president.

“The president of the club is stabilized and today he will be transferred to a hospital in Prague, where he will be treated under the supervision of his family doctor,” a Bohemians spokesman explained to Efe.

Panenka was admitted two days ago to the Benes General Hospital, 46 kilometers from Prague, where he was diagnosed with COVID-19, and was later taken to the ICU.

After two days of uncertainty, the ex-footballer has come out of danger and he is confident in his recovery, according to what his wife, Vlasta, who is by his side, has told the club.

“Tonda says that he is going to fight and that he is very excited to return to normality,” the club quoted his wife in a statement.

Although stabilized, Panenka needs “oxygen supply” mechanically, the Bohemians statement continues, stating that the player still “breathes badly and has a strong cough.”

History of football, legend of penalties

Panenka began his sporting career with the Bohemians in 1968 and played 678 games for the Verdiblanco team until 1981, when he signed for Rapid Vienna, the club where he ended his career in 1985.

He was international with the selection of the defunct Czechoslovakia on 59 occasions, in which he scored 12 goals.

Panenka, known for his unmistakable mustache, became a star when he scored a penalty with a soft and choppy kick down the middle in the final of the 1976 Yugoslavia Euro Cup.

That goal gave his country the title in the final against Germany and gave him a place in football history by naming one of the most imitated and risky shots from the eleven meters.