Referees from Germany

Wolfgang Stark
Intl. since: 1999
Hometown: Ergolding
In January 2011 German football magazine Kicker asked 286 professional Bundesliga players which referee was the worst of the first half of the season (2010-2011) and most
Felix Brych
Intl. since: 2007
Hometown: Munchen
In 2011 Brych was under investigation for tax evasion. In October his house was searched.
Markus Merk
Intl. since: 1992
Hometown: Otterbach
Markus Merk won WorldReferee's golden whistle in 2007.
Florian Meyer
Intl. since: 2002
Hometown: Burgdorf
Florian Meyer was voted best referee of the first half of season 2010-2011 in a poll held under professional Bundesliga players. Worst was Wolfgang Stark.
Herbert Fandel
Intl. since: 1998
Hometown: Kyllburg
The love of music and football runs in Fandel's family, his dad was an administrator with a football team, his three brothers are also referees and his mother is a
Helmut Krug
Intl. since: 1991
Hometown: Gelsenkirchen
In his 240 national matches Krug showed 975 yellow cards and awarded 89 penalties.
Felix Zwayer
Intl. since: 2012
Hometown: Berlin
Felix Zwayer became a DFB Referee in 2004 and started refereeing in the 2nd Bundesliga since 2007 and 1st Bundesliga since 2009. In 2012 he became a FIFA Referee. UEFA category 2.
Deniz Aytekin
Intl. since: 2011
Hometown: Oberasbach
Aytekin owns his own internet company with 75 employees. He has a personal fitness coach and in his office he has a treadmill and a shower to keep fit during business hours.
Kurt Tschenscher
Intl. since: 1958
Hometown: Reilingen / Mannheim
Kurt Tschenscher was the first referee to show a yellow card, the recipient was Mexican player Gustavo Pena.
Manuel Gräfe
Intl. since: 2007
Hometown: Berlin
In 2005 Gräfe was one of three referees that incriminated German referee Robert Hoyzer about match fixing manipulation when talking against the German Football Association (DFB)
Aron Schmidhuber
Intl. since:
Hometown: Ottobrunn
His friends call him Peter. Schmidhuber never knew his father who left for Israel before he was born.
Siegfried Kirschen
Intl. since:
Hometown: Brandenburg
It was the Frankfurter Allgemeine that came with the news about Siegfried Kirscher's Stasi past. Apprently he had been a so called "Inoffizieller Mitarbeiter" - an unofficial emplo
Bernd Heynemann
Intl. since: 1989
Hometown: Nettersheim
Bernd Heynemann has a website showing information about his life and career.
Peco Bauwens
Intl. since:
Hometown: Koln
Bauwens held a doctorate in law, probably, the sources are not clear about it. He worked in construction. Bauwens' wife was Jewish and killed herself in 1940, a fact that doesn't r
Hartmut Strampe
Intl. since: 1993
Hometown: Handorf
Hartmut Strampe holds 2 records. Both occurred in the same match Borussia Dortmund - Bayern München (1:1), April 2001, He showed 10 yellow cards to players from one team (Bayern
Michael Weiner
Intl. since: 2002
Hometown: Giesen
Even though the Bulgarian federation doubled the salary for referees, Michael Weiner was asked to take charge of a LitEx-Levski match just to be sure the ref wasn't bought.
Walter Eschweiler
Intl. since: 1971
Hometown: Bonn
A Peruvian player called Velásquez, shaped like an oran utang according to Eschweiler - bumped into him with his shoulder during the 1982 World Cup match Italy - Peru. The Germa
Knut Kircher
Intl. since: 2004
Hometown: Rottenburg
Knut Kircher works as a development engineer for Daimler Chrysler.
Tobias Stieler
Intl. since: 2014
Hometown:
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Karl-Heinz Tritschler
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Karl-Heinz Trischler was the referee of the final of the 1989 European Cup won by AC Milan. He also officiated at the 1988 Olympic Tournament (1 match).
Ferdinand Biwersi
Intl. since: 1969
Hometown: Bliesransbach
Biwersi was invited to take charge of the second leg of the 1969 Turkish Cup final between Galatasaray and Goztepe.
Gerhard Schulenburg
Intl. since:
Hometown: Hannover
Half an hour before kick-off, Peter comes rushing into the dressing room, face red and eyes wide, shouting: "He's in the fucking referee's dressing room again, I've just seen h
Peter Sippel
Intl. since: 2003
Hometown: Munchen
UEFA Category 2 referee Peter Sippel entered the Bundesliga in 2000 and held his FIFA-badge from 2003 until the end of 2011.
Daniel Siebert
Intl. since: 2015
Hometown:
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Hermann Albrecht
Intl. since: 1993
Hometown: Baisweil
Active in the Bundesliga from 1989 till 2005 and FIFA referee from 1993 till 2003. He reached the 2nd round of the 2003 UEFA Cup.
Albert Dusch
Intl. since: 1951
Hometown: Kaiserslautern
Dieter Pauly
Intl. since:
Hometown: Monchengladbach
Puly got to take charge of the 1989 European Cup second round match Red Star Belgrade vs AC Mian twice. The first time the match had to be abandoned in the second half because of t
Volker Roth
Intl. since: 1978
Hometown: Salzgitter
Roth only pulled his red card twice in 129 matches in the Bundesliga.
Thorsten Kinhöfer
Intl. since: 2006
Hometown: Herne
Thorsten Kinhöfer became a Bundesliga referee in 1997 and earned his FIFA badge in 2006 but really started internationally with a CL qualifier in 2007. Probably too late to bec
Christian Dingert
Intl. since: 2013
Hometown:
Michel style
Heinz Aldinger
Intl. since: 1973
Hometown: Walbingen
His match in the 1980 EC was interupted when just before half-time riots broke out and players on both sides were caught by police tear gas blowing across the pitch.
Hans Joachim Weyland
Intl. since: 1966
Hometown: Oberhausen
Tall (1.92) and rather heavy, Hans Joachim Weyland is often described as a giant. He took charge of a match in the 1974 World Cup finals in his own country and of the (unofficial)
Karl-Josef Assenmacher
Intl. since: 1983
Hometown: Hürth
England needed a draw, but lost 0-2. It was in 1993 but the English still talk about it: Koeman pulled do
Lutz Michael Fröhlich
Intl. since: 1994
Hometown: Berlin
Active in the Bundesliga from 1989 until 2005 and internationally from 1994 until 2002.
Bastian Dankert
Intl. since: 2013
Hometown:
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Jan Redelfs
Intl. since: 1976
Hometown: Hannover
151 matches in the Budesliga and for instance a match in the 1981 u20 World Cup. After his retirement West-German Jan Redelfs worked for FIFA. He died in 1995.
Hans-Jürgen Weber
Intl. since:
Hometown: Essen
First Bundesliga referee from 1984 until 1999, 8 years on the FIFA panel (1991-1999) and now a referee observer and developer.
Georg Dardenne
Intl. since: 1994
Hometown: Nettersheim
National referee from 1987 untill 2000 and on the FIFA list from 1994 till 1999. he had to stop, shortly before retirement age, because of his day job.
Franz-Xaver Wack
Intl. since: 2000
Hometown: Biberach
Dr Franz-Xaver Wack - another German referee/dentist - had to stop prematurely because of an ankle injury in 2007.
Werner Föckler
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Tobias Welz
Intl. since: 2013
Hometown:
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Helmut Fleischer
Intl. since: 2000
Hometown: Sigmertshausen
In August 2005 Helmut Fleischer received threatening phone calls after he had awarded a penalty to Kaiserslautern. His private phone number was posted on the internet by Koln suppo
Alfred Birlem
Intl. since: 1927
Hometown:
Alfred Birlem played the referee in a Swedish film called Hans livs match. It's film about a boy playing for Sweden who has to let the Danes (their archenemies) win the ma
Marco Fritz
Intl. since: 2012
Hometown: Korb
UEFA category 2 Marco Fritz became a DFB referee in 2006, started refereeing in 2nd Bundesliga since 2008, in the 1st Bundesliga since 2009 and received his FIFA assesment in 2012
Edgar Steinborn
Intl. since: 1995
Hometown: Sinzig
Long time referee Edgar Steinborn was active in the Bundesliga from 1988 till -2004 and carried a FIFA badge from 1995 till - 2002. He retired because of his age.
Johannes Malka
Intl. since: 1959
Hometown: Herten
On August 24th, 1963, Malka awarded the first ever penalty of the Bundesliga (Eintracht Frankfurt vs FC Kaiserslautern).
Wieland Ziller
Intl. since:
Hometown:
100 matches in the DDR-Oberliga, 40 something in the Budesliga after what the Germans call "die Wende" and about twenty international matches. But Wieland Ziller was implicated in
Werner Treichel
Intl. since: 1957
Hometown: Berlin
Berliner referee Werner Treichel held a FIFA badge from 1955 till 1958. He took charge of two Cup finals in (west) Germany, only 3 others have done that, and in later life became t
Manfred Neuner
Intl. since: 1985
Hometown: Leimen
Manfred Neuner, FIFA referee from 1985 until 1991, died in 2001.
Rudolf Kreitlein
Intl. since: 1962
Hometown: Stuttgart
Rattin, the Argentinian who was sent off in the Worldr Cup against England in 1966 thinks it was all a conspiracy against his team. He cursed at Kreitlein, he says, but he did so i
Josef Kandlbinder
Intl. since: 1958
Hometown: Regensburg
Kandlbinder considered the German Championship final Hamburg vs Koln the highlight of his career. The ref from Regensburg actually suffered a convulsion in his leg towards the end
Emil Schmetzer
Intl. since:
Hometown: Mannheim
Emil Schmetzer took charge of a match in the 1954 World Cup. He died September 1973.
Babak Rafati
Intl. since: 2008
Hometown: Hannover
Rafati was voted second worst referee of the first half of season 2010-2011. The poll was held under 286 professional Bundesliga players by a magazine called Kicker. Worst referee
Klaus Ohmsen
Intl. since: 1971
Hometown: Hamburg
Internationally active from 1971 until 1976. Ohmsen was a linesman for two matches at the 1974 World Cup. 131 matches Bundesliga between 1964 and 1981. Ohmsen died in 2. December 2
Hans-Peter Dellwing
Intl. since:
Hometown: Osburg
Active in the German first and second League for twenty years, 1974-1994.
Rudolf Frickel
Intl. since: 1974
Hometown: Munich
German ref of the year 77-78, WE found him on the international list for only one year (1976) but he must have ben active longer than that. See his palmares. Referee in the nationa
Wolf-Günter Wiesel
Intl. since:
Hometown: Ottbergen
Now an official at the team Hannover 96, Wolf-Gunther Wiesel was a FIFA referee in the early 1990s.
Karl Weingärtner
Intl. since:
Hometown: Offenbach / Frankfurt
The Italians won the match against the Americans not only because they scored the only goal but also because the Italians stopped Weingartner from sending off Archille Piccini for
Bibiana Steinhaus
Intl. since: 2005
Hometown: Hannover
Bibi Steinhaus is a FIFA referee from Germany, active internationally since 2005. She is "the sheriff" of her town. As referee she was active in the u20 women world cup in 2008 and
Manfred Rössner (Rö
Intl. since: 1980
Hometown: Gera
One of the very few referees who changed countries while officiating for FIFA, Manfred Rössner started his career as a referee from the DDR (GDR) and ended it as a German.
Günther Baumgärtel
Intl. since: 1961
Hometown: Hagen
Günther Baumgärtel was a West-German Bundesliga referee from 1953 and a FIFA referee from 1961 until he retired in 1967. He took charge of 39 international matches. Günthe
Helmut Fritz
Intl. since: 1964
Hometown: Ludwigshafen
Active internationally from 1964 until 1968.
Günter Linn
Intl. since: 1979
Hometown: Altendiez
Gunter Linn was a FIFA referee from 1979 until the end of 1982. He has been a referee for almost 30 years (1958-1985).
Kurt Handwerker
Intl. since:
Hometown: Ketsch
Kurt Handwerker was active internationally between 1965 and 1968.
Walter Horstmann
Intl. since: 1970
Hometown: Gross Enschede
FIFA referee from 1970 until 1981
Günther Ternieden
Intl. since: 1957
Hometown: Oberhausen
Gunther Ternieden was an international referee from 1957 until 1962. He was listed as a deputy ref during season 1953/54. Ternieden took charge of the 1953 DFB-Finale between Kai
Sascha Stegemann
Intl. since: 2019
Hometown:
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Georg Muntau
Intl. since: 1929
Hometown:
From his palmares you can see he mostly (or perhaps always) took charge of matches in the Baltic region. George Muntau was from Koningbergen which is closer to the Baltic Republics
Karl Riegg
Intl. since: 1967
Hometown: Augsburg
FIFA referee from 1967 until the end of 1972.
Gerd Hennig
Intl. since: 1978
Hometown: Duisburg
Gerd Hennig was a FIFA referee from probably around 1978 until also probably the end of 1981. He came from West-Germany and took charge of 161 Bundesliga matches between 1964 and 1
Jörg Kessler
Intl. since: 2003
Hometown: Hohenkirchen
In his first year as FIFA referee Jörg Keßler already took charge of a match in the UEFA Cup. A promising start, but he retired a year later because he couldn't find the time
Alfred Ott
Intl. since: 1967
Hometown: Rheinbrohl
A referee from - then - West-Germany, who had his debut in the highest German League in 1963. He was an international referee for at least one season 1968/69, maybe two (66/67)
Wilhelm Peters
Intl. since: 1936
Hometown:
Wilhelm Hans Christian Carl Peters (Willi) was an international referee between 1936 and 1939. A perhaps promising career until the war broke out. Peters died in 1941 of a brain tu
Helmut Fink
Intl. since:
Hometown: Frankfurt
A national referee for at least twenty years (1930-1950) and referee at the 1936 Olympic Tournament. His last season was 1951-52.
Heinz Siebert
Intl. since: 1968
Hometown: Mannheim
Heinz Siebert was a FIFA referee in 1968 and probably also in 1969/70.
Carl Koppehel
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Active as a referee in the 1920s. His first match was in 1917 (South Germany vs Central Germany). In 1920 he went to Gotherburg for a, international tournament. Carl (sometimes wr
Riem Hussein
Intl. since: 2009
Hometown:
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Erich Asmussen
Intl. since: 1957
Hometown: Flensburg
Erich Asmussen was active as a referee from 1957/58 until 1959/60, he was a deputy ref the three seasons before that.
Paul Neumann
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Moritz Fuchs
Intl. since:
Hometown:
A German referee from the late 1920s and early 1930s. We found three international matches.
Albert Meissner
Intl. since: 1954
Hometown: Nurnberg
International "deputy" 1952/53, 1953/54 and cetre referee 1954/55 until season 1957/58.
Angelo Rossi
Intl. since:
Hometown: Stuttgart
Notwithstanding the Italian name, Angelo Rossi was a German referee, born in Switzerland of Italian descent, active in the 1920s. He started refereeing in 1911.
Edgard/Willi Ommerborn
Intl. since: 1954
Hometown: Saarbrücken
When Willi (or Edgar) Ommerborn was an international referee for season 1954/55 he came from a country named Saar, or Saarland, something like an interim country formed by the Alie
Paul Schröder
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Paul Kindervater
Intl. since: 1975
Hometown: Koln
FIFA referee for two or three years, last year 1977, 81 BundesLiga matches, Kindervater retired in 1979 after he got a few bad reports.
Alois Pennig
Intl. since: 1954
Hometown: Mannheim
International referee 1954/55 - 1956/57. Penning was the referee of the first ever match for a European tournament, the Inter City Fairs Cup in 1955.
Willy Guyenz
Intl. since:
Hometown: Essen
Willy (Wilhelm?) Guyenz was active as a referee in the 1920s and early 1930s.
Konstantin Riso
Intl. since:
Hometown: Leipzig
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Gustav Manning
Intl. since:
Hometown:
German, British, American, Gustav Manning was born in London, he died in New York (1953) and lived in Germany. He started a few teams and football organizations in Germany, went to
Albert Sohn
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Sohn was a member of the Frankfurter Club Victoria.
Otto Kehm
Intl. since:
Hometown: Munich
One friendly between Austria and Hungary in 1918. The date was the 6th of October only two weeks or so before the Austro-Hungarian empire was dissolved. Kehm was one of the founder
Max Brandt
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Edgar Blüher
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Edgar Blüher the referee is probably the same as the famous player from Leipzig. He died in 1918.
Curt von Paquet
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Josef Wershoven
Intl. since: 1954
Hometown: Euskirchen
International referee from 1954 until 1957,
Paul Marum
Intl. since:
Hometown: Koln
In 1911 the English team was considered the best in the world and scores like 11-0 were not uncommon. But in the friendly against The Netherlands in Amsterdam it was still only 0
Erich Chemnitz
Intl. since:
Hometown: Leipzig
Chemnitz sometimes wrote in his passport when he had run out of paper during a match, he wrote in shorthand - illegible for others - and once he was held at a border for espionage.
Willi Langer
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Rudolf Pohl
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Fritz Bouillon
Intl. since: 1938
Hometown: Marburg
Born in Konigsberg, East Prussia, now a Russian enclave, Fritz Bouillon was a player for ASCO Konigsberg who turned to refereeing in 1928. He took charge of matches until 1950 whil
Karl Winkler
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Adolf Reinhardt
Intl. since: 1951
Hometown: Stuttgart
On the international list for only one season 1951/52. he was the first German referee to take charge of an international "A" match after WWII in 1952 (Austria-Ireland). Reinhardt
Walter Sanss
Intl. since:
Hometown: Dortmund
Walter Sanß was a pioneer in German football. Association president, leader of the team that won 16 - 0 against Russia in the 1912 Olympic tournament and also a part-time intern
Paul Heyne
Intl. since:
Hometown:
A player and one of the founders of the side Viktoria Berlin, Paul Heyne also took charge of a few international matches at the beginning of the 20th centuty.
Marion Pucka
Intl. since: 1952
Hometown: Berlin
Internationally listed in seasons 1953/54 and 1954/55. He was a intl deputy ref the season before that.
Ewald Skuballa
Intl. since: 1957
Hometown: Berlin / Hamburg
Ewald Skuballa was an international referee for one season 1957/58 and an international deputy referee in 1951/52.
Peter Muller
Intl. since:
Hometown: Soest ?
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Karl Wald
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Karl Wald was never an international referee, but he is the inventor of the penalty shoot-out to decide the winner after a draw. That was in 1970.
Friedrich Eix
Intl. since: 1953
Hometown: Emden
International referee only in season 1953/54. His last year as a referee was 1955.
Gunther Sparing
Intl. since:
Hometown: Kassel
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Michael Kempter
Intl. since: 2010
Hometown:
There seems to be an e-mail in which Kempter writes he hopes Bayern will lose to Milan.
Walter Zimmermann
Intl. since: 1951
Hometown: Gottingen/Wolfsburg
Zimmermann was on the international list for two seasons: 1951/52 and 1952/53.
Erich Burmeister
Intl. since: 1950
Hometown:
Burmeister took charge of the first German championship final after the war in 1948. FIFA since 1950, probably for only one season. He worked for BP, was a coach with Altenwerder a
Josef Nettekoven
Intl. since: 1953
Hometown: Bonn
Josef Nettekoven was an international referee for only one season 1953/54.

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