Referees from Hungary

Viktor Kassai
Intl. since: 2003
Hometown: Tatabanya
Viktor Kassai won WorldReferee's golden whistle in 2010.
Istvan Vad
Intl. since: 2007
Hometown: Budapest
Istvan Vad's son is also named Istvan Vad and he hopes the three year old will become a referee one day.
Sandor Puhl
Intl. since: 1998
Hometown: Eger / Budapest
His two European finals (1993 UEFA Cup, 1997 Champions League) were both with Dortmund.
Zsolt Szabo
Intl. since: 1999
Hometown: Budapest
Since his international debut in 1999, Zsolt Szabo had quite a career albeit on a "lower" level. He took charge of matches in under 21/19/18 finals, in the Uefa Cup and in qualifie
Tamas Bognar
Intl. since: 2009
Hometown: Sarvar
Tamas Bognar was born in Sarvar. He made his debut in the Hungarian First League in 2006 and earned his FIFA badge in 2009. he is a UEFA Category 2 referee, promoted at the start o
Karoly Palotai
Intl. since: 1970
Hometown: Gyor
Karoly Palotai was the first referee to show a red card on a World Cup finals. It was in 1974, 4 years after the introduction of yellow and red cards in football. The player's name
Istvan Zsolt
Intl. since:
Hometown: Budapest
He wrote his autobiagraphy: A palya kozepen (In the middle of the pitch)
Sándor Andó-Szabó
Intl. since: 2008
Hometown: Budapest
Sandor likes musicals and ABBA (well, it's your own fault if you put that on Facebook)
Laszlo Vagner
Intl. since: 1991
Hometown: Budapest
Vagner retired at the end of 1998, because he wanted to make room for younger referees. First he only wanted to retire from the international stage, but later he changed his mind a
Mihály Fábián
Intl. since: 2007
Hometown: Miskolc
Mihaly Fabian was only 22, when he refereed his first match in the highest division.
Lajos Nemeth
Intl. since: 1983
Hometown:
Gyula Emsberger
Intl. since: 1963
Hometown: Tatabanya / Felsogalla
Active as a FIFA referee from 1963 until the end of 1973. He was a linesman at the 1970 World Cup. Emsberger died March 6, 2011.
Attila Hanacsek
Intl. since: 1997
Hometown: Mosonmagyarovar
Attila Hanacsek has been a FIFA referee from 1997 till the end of 2006. A long time but he never got further than the group stage of the UEFA Cup and then only for two matches, and
Adam Farkas
Intl. since: 2015
Hometown:
His wife, Eszter Urban is referee too.
Sandor Piller
Intl. since: 1993
Hometown: Békéscsaba
First League ref from 1990 and FIFA ref from 1992, Sandor Piller retired in 1999 because of his job.
Gyula Gere
Intl. since: 1961
Hometown: Budapest
Gere was a top referee in the 1960's, but after he made serious mistakes in the Austria-Greece European Championship qualifier match (November 5, 1967.) FIFA dropped him. He retire
Attila Juhos
Intl. since: 1996
Hometown: Budapest
Juhos had a high temper match in the middle of the 90's. He was heavily critized by the MTK fans and when he went home by car, he saw that somebody follow him. Although he lived on
Mihaly Ivancsics
Intl. since: 1924
Hometown: Budapest
Ivancsics, as many Hungarian people, had to change his name for a "Hungarian version": in his final years he was referee under the name Ivanyi.
Lajos Hartmann
Intl. since: 1984
Hometown: Budapest
On October 1st 1994 Debrecen played against Vasas. In the 85th minute linesman Sandor Marton (who took part in the World Cup) signed that an object was thrown to him from the stand
Ferenc Bede
Intl. since: 1998
Hometown: Budapest
After sending off three players of Ujpest in a 2000 match against Dunaferr, Ferenc Bede had to abandon the game in the 44th minute because he got injured by a hail of objects throw
Ferenc Karako
Intl. since: 2016
Hometown:
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Laszlo Padar
Intl. since: 1977
Hometown: Szentes / Szeged
Internationally Padar took charge of 48 matches: qualifiers and intertoto matches and one match in the u19 World Cup. He was a First League referee between 1975 and the end of 1988
Adam Nemeth
Intl. since: 2012
Hometown: Budapest
Adam Laszlo Nemeth started refereeing in 1998. His first first division match was in 2008 and he became a FIFA referee in 2012. He was an UEFA category 3 referee until the end of 2
György Müncz
Intl. since: 1971
Hometown: Budapest
A talented youth player who got inured and turned to refereeing. A physically strong referee, severe and always close to the ball. Nationally from 1961 and internationally from 197
János Megyebíró
Intl. since: 2002
Hometown: Gyula
His wife was Beata Bohus, who capped 69 times in the hungarian woman national handball team and take part in the Summer Olympics in 2004.
Lajos Somlai
Intl. since: 1972
Hometown: Budapest
A Hungarian First League referee between 1966 and 1978. Internationally (rather) active from 1972 until 1977.
Pal von Hertzka
Intl. since: 1934
Hometown:
Hungarian referee Pal (von) Hertzka Vitéz took charge of quarter-final in the 1938 World Cup finals and two in the 1936 Olympics. Von Hertzka died in 1979.
Sandor Petri
Intl. since: 1968
Hometown: Szigetszentmiklos
National referee between 1958 and 1977 and FIFA badge holder between 1968 and 1977 Sandor Petri has also been secretary-general (Hungary was communist in those days...) of th
Sandor Kuti
Intl. since: 1977
Hometown: Budapest
Kuti was banned because of the Hungarian corruption scandal in the 1980's, but later he came back and took part in lower divisions.
Csaba Sapi
Intl. since: 2005
Hometown: Derecske
Sapi got his FIFA badge in 2005 and was selected for qualifiers of the UEFA Cup and youth tournaments. Sapi was taken off the FIFA list at the end of 2008. According to our corresp
Miklos Nagy
Intl. since:
Hometown: Budapest
After his retirement in 1985 Miklos Nagy has been a referee instructor for 20 years. He was a First league ref from 1979 and a FIFA ref from 1981.
Sandor Varga
Intl. since: 1989
Hometown: Szolnok
Former First League player, former futsal and beach soccer referee, former First League referee (1987-1998), former FIFA referee (1989-1995) and stil (2009) a referee observer.
István Vad Sr
Intl. since: 1991
Hometown: Budapest
If you don't read Hungarian you have to use a translation machine. With the Google one let loose at the Hungarian Wiki page you get this: The time Dalnoki Jeno Fradiban was
Andor Dorogi
Intl. since: 1950
Hometown: Budapest
Andor Dorogi was almost 50 when he took charge of his match in the 1962 World Cup finals. (Two years before that he officiated a quarter-final of the European Championships.) Dorog
Attila Abraham
Intl. since: 1997
Hometown: Pécs
Abraham wanted to end his international career in 2003, but the Hungarian FA asked him stay on for one more year.
Janos Posa-Polareczky
Intl. since: 1958
Hometown: Kispest
This wine man from Kispet was a player before he turned to refereeing. Janos Posa died in 1990. FIFA 1950 - 1962.
Gusztav Bircsak
Intl. since: 1965
Hometown: Budapest
Bircsak was a very good footballer, he played alongside Ferenc Deak, one of the best Hungarian forwards.
László Molnar
Intl. since: 1986
Hometown: Zalaegerszeg
Molnar was a tough right back in the 1970's. He played mostly for Zalaegerszeg, but spent time with Honved too. He played 211 matches in the highest division, but after a traffic a
Lajos Horvath
Intl. since: 1961
Hometown: Szolnok
International referee from 1961 until 1967. Lajos Horvath died in 2002.
Antal Hutak
Intl. since: 1986
Hometown: Budapest
Hutak is an inventor, he had 23 patents in medicines and cosmetics.
Akos Fehery
Intl. since: 1902
Hometown:
Akos Fehery appeared in the hungarian national team in left back position. Between 1918 and 1919 he was the trainer of hungarian national team with big success: the team won all th
György Danko
Intl. since: 1949
Hometown: Budapest
Gyorgy Danko was on the international list for at least seven years until season 1957/58, his last as a referee.
Ferenc Gerö
Intl. since:
Hometown:
In december 1928, Gero was the referee in the match between Szegedi Bastya-Ferencvaros. While the underdogs home team had an advantage (1:0), a spectator entered the field and hit
Lajos Aranyosi
Intl. since: 1962
Hometown: Budapest
Lajos Aranyosi's career took off when he was asked to fill in for a referee who hadn't shown up. His debut in the highest league was in 1959. Aranyosi has been a FIFA referee twice
János Biróczky
Intl. since: 1966
Hometown: Budapest
A national referee between 1961 and 1973 and an international referee between 1966 and 1969. Bíróczky János died in 1984.
Sandor Harangozo
Intl. since: 1952
Hometown: Budapest
A player (one cap for his national team) and an international referee from 1952 until 1959. Sandor Harangozo died in 1992.
Sandor Szabo
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Sandor Biro
Intl. since:
Hometown: Budapest
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Zoltan Szarka
Intl. since: 2000
Hometown: Szombathely
Zoltan Szarka's father Zoltan Szarka was the second goal keeper for the Hungarian Olympic team that won 1968, Zarka never played, but must have received a Gold medal.
Laszlo Gyori
Intl. since: 1979
Hometown: Bekescsaba
Gyori was the long time record holder in Hungary. He had 213 appearences in the first league, this record was broken by Sandor Puhl in 2000.
Béla Nagy
Intl. since: 1974
Hometown: Budapest
In his youth Bela Nagy was a player for the team of railway workers, he was an international referee from 1974 till the end of 1979. He retired from refereeing in 1988.
Laszlo Koros
Intl. since: 1978
Hometown: Gyor
Koros was attacked in the media in the spring of 1987. After the Eger-MTK match, Jozsef Verebes, who was the head coach of MTK and the Hungarian national team, said that Koros was
Ede Herczog
Intl. since: 1907
Hometown: Budapest
Ede Herczog, who became an international referee in 1907, took charge of a semi-final in the 1912 Olympic tournament. Herczog was born in Pecsenyéd (nowadays Pöttsching, Aust
Vencel Toth
Intl. since: 1995
Hometown:
His son, Vencel Toth jr. is a FIFA assistant referee from 2008.
Károly Balla
Intl. since: 1950
Hometown: Budapest
Karoly Balla was a Hungarian referee who took charge of a match in the 1960 European Championships. But it may very well be Gyula Balla who did that. Karoly Balla was on the intern
Frigyes Klug
Intl. since:
Hometown: Budapest
In 1926, the two biggest clubs were MTK and FTC in Hungary. They wanted a referee from abroad for their match, because they were unhappy with the quality of the local referees, but
Bela Szabo
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Bela Szabo was a footballer, and during his years as referee he was a coach too, for youth teams.
Ferenc Palasti
Intl. since:
Hometown:
A Hungarian international referee from the 1940's. (possible dates: 1914-1973)
Jozsef Schiessler
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Bela Divinyi
Intl. since: 1983
Hometown: Debrecen
His nickname was Kolbasz ("Sausage")
Gabor Plasek
Intl. since: 1988
Hometown: Budapest
Budapest born Gabor Plasek refereed his first match in the first league in the spring of 1986.
Arpad Kamaras
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Arpad Kamaras (aka Kamarassy) was an international referee in the late 1940s. He died in 1978.
Attila Dubraviczky
Intl. since: 2004
Hometown: Györ
First league referee between 1998 and 2006. After he missed the whole spring of 2006, he tried to come back in summer, but he was unable to pass the fitness test, so he had to reti
György Vadas
Intl. since: 1965
Hometown: Budapest
In Hungary there are rumours that Vadas had to retire from the international stage because he refused to help Internazionale beat Celtic in the 1965 European Cup Final. But these s
Jeno Sramko
Intl. since: 1958
Hometown: Debrecen
Hungarian First League referee from 1957 and FIFA ref between 1958 and the end of 1962. Jeno Sramko died in 1990, age 76. (He was on the international list as a deputy ref i
Gyöngyi Krisztina Gaál
Intl. since: 2002
Hometown:
The only reason for Worldreferee.com focusing on men's football is lack of time and editors. So who knows what we will do in the future. Gyongyi Gaal (pronunciation see below) is a
Geza Kiss
Intl. since: 1994
Hometown: Csorna
A FIFA referee for only three years (1994-1996) but a national ref for 20. Geza Kiss retired from officiating in 2002.
László Vizhanyo
Intl. since: 1967
Hometown: Budapest
FIFA ref 1967-1970. Laszlo Vizhanyo died in 1997.
Ferenc Schubert
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Gábor Soós
Intl. since: 1964
Hometown: Budapest
International referee for only one season, Gabor Soos died in 1990.
Aladar Olah
Intl. since:
Hometown:
As the most referees from before the First World War, Aladar Olah was football player at the same time. He played for FTC and MAC. Olah died in 1967, age 84.
Gabor Boronkay
Intl. since: 1925
Hometown:
Gabor Boronkay was a FIFA refere between 1925 and 1934. He took charge of a match in the 1928 Olympic Tournament. He died in 1962 at age 81.
Imre Veres
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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E. Kiss
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Katalin Kulcsar
Intl. since: 2004
Hometown:
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Ferenc Majorszky
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Gyorgy Szigeti
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Istvan Molnar
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Bela Ordody
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Ordody was succesful in ice hockey too. He took part as a goalkeeper in the 1928 Winter Olympics. He only played one match, but he is a record holder, because he was 48 years and 2
Erno Görö
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Vilmos Hernádi
Intl. since: 1954
Hometown: Budapest
On the international list from 1954 until the end of 1961 (in 1956 he was listed as a deputy ref), Hernadi took charge of a final of the European Cup Winners' Cup. Hernadi died in
Lajos Rubint
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Mihaly Halasz
Intl. since: 1974
Hometown:
Played in lower levels, but retired early at age 29.
Szilard Sipos
Intl. since:
Hometown: Miscolc
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Imre Josza
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Jozsef Fehervari
Intl. since: 1962
Hometown: Budapest
International deputy referee in season 1955/56 and referee 1962 - 1965. Jozsef Fehervari died in 2005.
Robert Jaczina
Intl. since: 1979
Hometown: Budapest
Although he wasn't too active in the international stage, in Hungary he had important matches in the 1970's and 1980's. He retired in 1985 and died in 17. February 2015 after a lon
Josef Szilvasi
Intl. since: 1971
Hometown: Kaposvar
FIFA referee between 1971 and 1974.
Szabolcs Saskoy
Intl. since: 2005
Hometown: Budapest
Saskoy has a controversial career in and outside the pitch. He was heavily critized when in the Kispest-MTK match the visitors equalized in the 98th (!) minute, after that Saskoy d
Alfred Hajos
Intl. since:
Hometown: Budapest
Olympic swimmer, football player, international referee and architect, Alfred Hajos (born in Budapest as Arnold Guttmann) was a versatile man.
Laszlo Bálint
Intl. since:
Hometown:
If anyone can tell us the first name of this Hungarian ref from the 1920s we would be much helped.
Ferenc Viragh
Intl. since:
Hometown: Cegled
On the international list in seasons 1960/61 and 1961/62.
Ferenc Horvath
Intl. since: 1902
Hometown: Budapest
Ferenc Horvath lost an arm when he was a child.
Gyula Balla
Intl. since: 1957
Hometown: Szolnok
Gyula Balla was on the international list from 1957 until 1964. There were two Hungarians referees called Balla active at the same time, so we may have mixed them up. Gyula Balla d
Arthur Battishill Yolland
Intl. since: 1902
Hometown: Budapest
Born in Hoylake, Chester, England, Athur Battishill Yolland moved to Budapest in 1896 to teach English language and literature at the university. He took up playing football for BT
Kolos Lengyel
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Not even a FIFA referee but suspended for life in 2011 after having played a major role in a match fixing scandal(ette).
Istvan Kamaras
Intl. since: 1971
Hometown: Pecs
He retired unexpectedly in 1972 (age 36), because he was fed up with match fixings and due to his job he couldn't spend enough time on refereeing.
Bela Balla
Intl. since: 1961
Hometown: Kistarcsa
Bela Balla was on the international list in 1961 and 1962.
János Almási
Intl. since: 1969
Hometown: Szolnok
He was goalkeeper in Szolnok, but forced to retire after a serious injury.
Laszlo Major
Intl. since:
Hometown: Budapest
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Tibor Wottava
Intl. since: 1966
Hometown: Budapest
A FIFA referee between 1966 and 1970. Died in 1980.
Tibor Kristof
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bekescsaba
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Laszlo Tatrai
Intl. since: 1978
Hometown: Budapest
A referee from 1974 and FIFA ref from 1979 until the end of 1982 when he retired.
Karoly Schopp
Intl. since: 1963
Hometown: Budapest
A first League referee 1961-71 and on the international panel 1963-65.
Balázs Berke
Intl. since: 2019
Hometown:
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Lajos Odry
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Internationally active in or until season 1950/51. Lajos Odry died in 2033 age 91.
Gyula Lauber
Intl. since: 1975
Hometown: Budapest
On the international list in 1976, maybe a year before that as well.
Vilmos Kosztner
Intl. since: 1960
Hometown: Budapest
Vilmos Kosztner died in 1965, relatively young, aged 52. He was a FIFA referee for only one season 1960/61.
Laszlo Hamori
Intl. since: 1975
Hometown: Pecs
Hámori was originally appointed as linesman in the 1976 European Cup Final (Bayern-St. Etienne 1-0), but he disallowed a legal goal in the previous weekend. The President of the
Laszlo Marton
Intl. since: 1973
Hometown: Tata
National referee 1967-79, on the FIFA panel in 1973. Died in 2008.
Sandor Kaposi
Intl. since: 1959
Hometown: Budapest
Kaposi was a promising goalkeeper in the first league, he played in MTK.
Jozsef Katona
Intl. since: 1972
Hometown: Budapest
International referee in the year 1972. Jozsef Katona died in 2003.
Lajos Rigo
Intl. since: 1957
Hometown: Matravideki
On the international list only during season 1957/58.

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