Karol Dobiaš

* 1947  

  • "It goes without saying that I was brought up in humble conditions. That is logical because people were not paid millions like they are today. The salaries were average. My upbringing consisted of greeting people on the street and being fairly kind-hearted - which I think I am. In football, I learned to be tidy. I will not compare it with this era when players easily throw one, two, three jerseys into the crowd. Back then, we didn't have so many of them. Today, the players want new boots every months. We used to have Puma boots in the Trnava era, and the national team wore Adidas. I cherished mine. When it was raining, I washed them and filled them with newspaper. They laster for two years but today is a different era. Our era was humble. We played for a thousand crowns. We were modest. Modesty was essential."

  • "Then, after a couple years - I was no longer eighteen but rather twenty-five - we'd always go to a bar. We had some drinks and then at 3 or 4 a.m. returned back home. At 9 or 10, there was a training. We were young, our combustion worked well, and so we didn't mind. Two pairs of trousers, a beer to get ourselves back in shape and we carried on."

  • "Of course, every title was good for one simple reason - it had a financial effect. Back then, they paid us five thousand crowns for the title. At the time, that was big money. It meant that when I won four home matches, I got four thousand crowns. One thousand for each. I even received eight hundred crowns to cover my food expenses, for training. This was provided by the football club. Altogether, my monthly allowance was eight and a half thousand crowns. At that time, that was huge money because a factory director got three thousand or three thousand five hundred crowns. Back in the Trnava era, this is the money I've gotten plus some five thousand for the title. Today, people get two, three, four million for a title. We've had five thousand."

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Twenty thousand people were shouting at me that I betrayed the Slovak nation

Karol Dobiaš, 2017
Karol Dobiaš, 2017
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Karol Dobiaš was born on 18 December 1947 in Trnava. He trained to become a lathe operator. Ever since childhood, he was most interested in football. In 1965, he was admitted to the first league team Spartak Trnava. In 1970 and 1971, he was elected the best Czechoslovak football player. He played sixty-seven games for the national team. In 1976, he was part of a national team, which won the European Championship. After eleven years in Trnava, he transferred to Bohemians Prague. Despite being one of the players and having had offers from abroad, he didn‘t consider emigration because he didn‘t want to cause trouble to his parents. During communism, players were only legally allowed to go and play in a foreign club after they were thirty-two years old and had played forty-five matches for the national team. When he fulfilled those conditions, he moved to Belgium to play in KSC Lokeren. After his return, he settlet in Prague where he worked as a coach and later scouting young talents.