Panenka, Higuita and World Football's Other One-Hit Wonders

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Panenka, Higuita and World Football's Other One-Hit Wonders
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You may not have heard of The Knack, but here’s guessing you’ve heard them.

In 1979 the Los Angeles-based group’s first album, “Get the Knack,” spent five weeks atop the Billboard chart and their hit single, “My Sharona,” was the number one song of that year.

The band’s second offering, “...But the Little Girls Understand” only went Gold in the United States and their third album, “Round Trip,” sold only 150,000 copies.

By 1981 singer Doug Fiedger had left the group, and a year later The Knack broke up for good (there were, naturally, a handful of reunions), having been on the scene barely three years.

But “My Sharona” lives on. Most classic rock stations keep it on the loop, even if the majority of listeners would scratch their heads if asked who recorded it. The Knack were a one-hit wonder, just as Dexy’s Midnight Runners were with “Come on Eileen” and, in the world of classical music, Luigi Boccherini was with his “String Quartet in E Major” minuet.

World football has its share of one-hit wonders as well—those individuals who, for one reason or another, are remembered mostly for one thing.

The following slides reveal some of my personal favourites.

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