Adolf Scherer

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Adolf Scherer
Adolf Scherer 1962.jpg
Adolf Scherer in 1962
Personal information
Date of birth (1938-05-05) 5 May 1938 (age 81)
Place of birth Priekopa, Czechoslovakia (today part of Martin, Slovakia)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1962 CH Bratislava (72)
1962–1965 Slovnaft Bratislava (27)
1965–1967 Lokomotíva Košice (3)
1967–1969 VSS Košice (26)
1969–1972 Nîmes Olympique
1972 Strojárne Martin
1973–1975 Olympique Avignonais
National team
1958–1964 Czechoslovakia 36 (22)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Adolf Scherer (born 5 May 1938) is a former Slovak footballer. He is of Carpathian German descent. He played 36 games and scored 22 goals for the Czechoslovakia national football 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 3 goals, Czechoslovakia finished second.[2]

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 will be remembered 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).