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