Referee Gottfried Dienst bio

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Born
1919-09-09
Intl. since
1956-01-01
Hometown
Basel
Country
Switzerland
Speaks
German
Occupation
post man
Hobbies
 
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That Goal

2012-02-11

It was the goal in the final of the 1966 World Cup that brought Geoff Hurst, Tofik Bakhramov and Gottfriet Dienst together for ever. Hurst shot the ball, Bakhramov saw it go over the line and Dienst awarded the goal. Not an uncommon procedure, but was it in?

goal....
Diest later on admitted he had no idea whether it was a goal, he wasn't able to see it from where he was standing.

statue
Bakramov went home a hero as first ever Azeri referee in a World Cup, and Hurst (who scored a hat trick in that final) years later even went to Baku to reveal a statue of the referee / lines man. Dienst went on to officiate many more important tournaments, he died in 1998.

finals
Dienst is one of two referees to have taken charge of both a final in the World Cup and the European Championships. (The other one is Sergio Gonella)
He is also one of the very few who did two European Cup finals (1961, 1965)

From our reporter: James Ng