Serhiy Scherbakov

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Serhiy Scherbakov
Personal information
Full name Serhiy Hennadiovych Scherbakov
Date of birth (1971-08-15) 15 August 1971 (age 46)
Place of birth Donetsk, USSR
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1992 FC Shakhtar Donetsk 70 (16)
1992–1993 Sporting Clube de Portugal 25 (5)
National team
1991 USSR U-20
1991 USSR U-23 3 (1)
1992 Ukraine 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Serhiy Gennadievich Scherbakov (Russian: Серге́й Геннадиевич Щербаков born 15 August 1971 in Donetsk) is a former Ukrainian football (soccer) midfielder.


He capped for USSR U-20 team at the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship. He shared the golden shoe with Pedro Pineda in that tournament as the highest scorer with 4 goals.

Scherbakov had been brought to Sporting CP by Bobby Robson in 1993, but following their Uefa Cup exit against Casino Salzburg Robson was sacked. The players hosted a dinner party for him, but afterwards Serhiy was involved in a serious car accident that left him paralysed from the waist down, and had used a wheelchair ever since.[1] Scherbakov went to a pub used by a Russian community, stayed until early hours and then shot a set of traffic lights. His car was hit side on. Had he been wearing the seat belt, the injuries would have been minor.[2] The Resident newspaper also reported that he had been "over the legal alcohol limit" at the time and had jumped a red light. The accident fractured Scherbakov's skull and his spinal column in three places. During rehabilitation he vowed he would once again don the Sporting jersey on the pitch someday but he never regained use of his legs. After the crash, Sir Bobby Robson said that had the crash not happened, Scherbakov would have gone on to become one of the best midfielders in Europe. He was only 22.[3]

Currently, he is working with several football-related charities, such as the Federation of Football that unites football lovers that have cerebral paralysis, as well as a youth scout, and lives in Moscow.


  1. ^ Dart, James (2007-07-05). "Did Denis Law score seven goals and still end up on the losing side?". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2007-07-04. 
  2. ^ Robson, Bobby; Harris, Bob (1999). My autobiography : an Englishman abroad (Updated ed.). London: Pan Books. pp. 161,162. ISBN 978-0330369855. 
  3. ^ Smyth, Rob; Ashdown, John (2010-04-07). "Is the Premier League Big Four the most dominant ever?". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2010-04-07. 

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