Viliam Schrojf

Viliam Schrojf

Viliam Schrojf in 1962
Personal information
Full name Viliam Schrojf
Date of birth 2 August 1931
Place of birth Prague, Czechoslovakia
Date of death 1 September 2007(2007-09-01) (aged 76)
Place of death Bratislava, Slovakia
Height 1.79 m (5ft 10½in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1954 Křídla vlasti Olomouc
1955–1965 Slovan Bratislava 240 (0)
1965–1966 Lokomotiva Košice
1967–1968 Slavia Melbourne
1969–1973 First Vienna FC
National team
1953–1965 Czechoslovakia 39 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Viliam Schrojf (2 August 1931 – 1 September 2007) was a former Slovak football goalkeeper. He received 39 caps for Czechoslovakia.


He was a participant at the three consecutive World Cups 1954 FIFA World Cup, 1958 FIFA World Cup and at the 1962 FIFA World Cup, where Czechoslovakia surprised the world and went through to the final, losing to champions Brazil. The success of Czechoslovakia was largely attributed to Schrojf's superb performance. The final however proved to be a black day for Schrojf, with two Brazilian goals resulting from his mistakes. With his country leading 1–0, he expected a cross from Amarildo and left the goal, allowing the Brazilian to score from an acute angle. Halfway through the second half, with his side already 1–2 down, the sun got into his eyes and he failed to catch a simple ball properly, which landed directly at the feet of Vava, who took the opportunity to become the first ever player to score in two different World Cup finals.

On club level, Schrojf played mostly for Slovan Bratislava and then for Lokomotiva Košice.


On 2 September 2007, the Slovakian media reported that Schrojf had died the previous day, aged 76; the cause of death has not yet been disclosed.[1]


  1. "Slovakian goalkeeping legend dies". 2 September 2007. Retrieved 2 September 2007.
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