In 1980, reigning UEFA European champions Czechoslovakia, were invited to tour Australia. Czechoslovakia played three matches against Australia in Canberra (4-0), Sydney (5-0) and Melbourne (2-2). It was Australian soccer's Centenary year and the first time an international team of such stature had played in Canberra.
Dr Jozef Venglos, once coach of Australia, brought his team to put on a show. The first two thrashings left Australia with a lot of work to do in the final match at Olympic Park. A draw was earned by an Eddie Krncevic goal on 55 minutes to salvage something in the series.
The iconic Antonin Panenka, chip-shot penalty-kick namesake, was involved in all three matches. The Czechoslovakian team kicked-off a year of numerous high-profile friendly internationals in Australia.
Czechoslovakia was a bridge between the Anglo-Saxon-Germanic-Nordic peoples of northern and western Europe and the Slavonic nations of the east. Their soccer was seen as an early yardstick for Australia's coach, Rudi Gutendorf, in preparing for the 1982 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.
This design favours the theme of the tour and includes the Australian and Czechoslovakian squads on the back.
Czechoslovakia Tour 1980 T-shirt
- Unisex, regular fit
- Crew neck
- Mid-weight, 180 GSM
- 100% combed cotton
- Neck ribbing, side seamed, shoulder to shoulder tape, double needle hems, preshrunk to minimise shrinkage
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