Adolf Scherer

Adolf Scherer (born 5 May 1938) is a Slovak footballer who played as a striker. He is of Carpathian German descent. He played 36 games and scored 22 goals for the Czechoslovakia national team.[1] Scherer represented Czechoslovakia at the 1960 European Nations' Cup and 1958 FIFA World Cup, where he did not play any match. In the 1962 FIFA World Cup Scherer scored three goals, Czechoslovakia finished second.[2]

Adolf Scherer
Adolf Scherer 1962.jpg
Scherer in 1962
Personal information
Date of birth (1938-05-05) 5 May 1938 (age 84)
Place of birth Priekopa, Czechoslovakia
(today part of Martin, Slovakia)
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1962 CH Bratislava 115 (72)
1962–1965 Slovnaft Bratislava 43 (27)
1965–1967 Lokomotíva Košice 5 (3)
1967–1969 VSS Košice 42 (26)
1969–1972 Nîmes 97 (76)
1972 Strojárne Martin
1973–1975 Olympique Avignonais 65 (51)
National team
1958–1964 Czechoslovakia 36 (22)
Men's football
Representing  Czechoslovakia
FIFA World Cup
Runner-up 1962 Chile
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

In 1973 Scherer defected from communist Czechoslovakia to France, an illegal deed in the communist Czechoslovak system. After his emigration communist authorities in Czechoslovakia erased his name from official records and statistics.[3]

He now lives in the southern France, near Nîmes with his wife. he had two children, a daughter and a son. His son, Rudolf (also known as 'Tcheck'), is, like his father, well involved in football. He played for various clubs including Nîmes Olympique. Rudolf now trains Barbentane football club, a city near Avignon.

He was as a key player during the World Cup in 1962 when he scored the winning goal in the quarterfinal against Hungary and his late goal in the semifinal 3–1 derby against Yugoslavia. They eventually lost against the Brazilian team in the final (3–1).