Referees from Austria

Konrad Plautz
Intl. since: 1996
Hometown: Navis
Retired UEFA Elite Category referee Konrad Plautz passed his referee's exam in 1984. He was an assistant referee in the Austrian Bundesliga from August 1989 till July 1991. Since A
Robert Schörgenhofer
Intl. since: 2007
Hometown: Vorarlberg
The Europa League 2011 match Rubin - Twente was played in Moscow because Rubin's hometown Kazan was too cold to play. But it was cold in Moscow too. According to UEFA rules a match
Harald Lechner
Intl. since: 2010
Hometown:
promoted to the 3rd category in 2011 which changed into 2nd six months later.
Franz Wöhrer
Intl. since: 1969
Hometown: Vienna
When a German player called Volkert refused to leave the field in a friendly between Austria Wien and Nurnberg in 1968, Wöhrer had to forfeit the match. In those days there were
Erich Linemayr
Intl. since: 1966
Hometown: Linz
There were two legs of the final of the 1973 UEFA Cup and Linemayer's first leg was played twice. The first match (0-0) on the 9th had to be abandoned after 27 minutes because of h
Fritz Stuchlik
Intl. since: 1996
Hometown: Vienna
Fritz Stuchlik is all for an electronical device that can tell a ref that a ball has gone over the line.
Thomas Einwaller
Intl. since: 2005
Hometown: Scheffau
Thomas Einwaller was selected for the seventh UEFA 'talents and mentors' seminar as a member of the 'Refereeing Talent' group. This event took place at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon
Alexander Harkam
Intl. since: 2012
Hometown: Graz
In an interview Harkam told about asking his wife what he should do after it became clear he wasn't going to be a player. He was 19 at that time. So he married really young.
Oliver Drachta
Intl. since: 2010
Hometown:
Just 6 months in as an international ref, Oliver Drachta was promoted from the 4th to the 2nd UEFA Category at the start of season 2010-2011.
Paul Schiller
Intl. since: 1964
Hometown:
The 1970 Cup Winner's Cup final was played in a rain storm. There were only about 8000 spectators in the St Jacob's Stadium. The Cup was lifted under an umbrella.
Bernhard Brugger
Intl. since: 1999
Hometown: Salzburg
In 2008 Brugger received death threats, so the Austrian football association gave him a few matches off.
Günter Benkö
Intl. since: 1993
Hometown: Rauchwart
Benkö always liked to smoke cigarettes. Even at halftime during international matches Benkö sneaked out to the bathroom getting his dose of nicotine.
Manuel Schuettengruber
Intl. since: 2014
Hometown: Linz
Manuel Schuettengruber started with a referee course in 1997 and slowly made his way up.
Horst Brummeier
Intl. since: 1979
Hometown: Traun
Gerd Grabher
Intl. since: 1991
Hometown: Lustenau
England - The Netherlands, Euro 1996 (4-1). The list of his matches is impressive, his last year as an international referee was 1999.
Stefan Messner
Intl. since: 2001
Hometown: Graz
As a truck driver and wholesale trader and referee, Stefan Messner can't be at home very often, but when he is, he likes to be with his family (partner Michaela, son Clemens) or ru
Markus Hameter
Intl. since: 2012
Hometown: Tulln
Markus Hameter started his refereeing career in November 1996, inspired by his grandfather, who had been a referee for more than 30 years. Markus Hameter was promoted to the first
Gerald Lehner
Intl. since: 2002
Hometown:
In may 2007 Gerald Lehner was asked by the Russian Football Union to referee the Russian clash CSKA Moscow versus Zenit Petersburg in the their national title race, but at the last
Friedrich Seipelt
Intl. since: 1953
Hometown: Vienna
Fritz Seipelt was a FIFA referee from 1953 until 1962. He was active in the European Cup and at the 1958 World Cup where he took charge of two matches, one a quarter-final.
Ferdinand Marschall
Intl. since: 1954
Hometown: Waldzell
Hubert Forstinger
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Hubert Forstinger took charge of a match in the 1992 European Championships and a semi-final match of the 1991 European Cup. More matches, see
Carl Erich Steiner
Intl. since:
Hometown: Vienna
Erich Steiner was the first Austrian Referee not only to referee in World Cup but also in the European Cup. He took charge of 3 matches at two World Cup finals: two in 1954 (a quar
Helmut Kohl
Intl. since: 1984
Hometown:
Ljubomir Barin, a Craot player's agent and match fixer for Bordeaux and Marseille, told the French magistrates when he finally got caught, he had given Helmut Kohl 310.000 French F
Josef Bucek
Intl. since: 1971
Hometown: Graz
Josef Bucek was on the FIFA list from 1971 until the end of 1981. The quarter-final of the 1981 European Cup between Spartak Moskva and Real Madrid must have been his match with th
Heinrich Retschury
Intl. since:
Hometown: Vienna
France hasn't always been an important football nation with a great national team. Once (in the 1912 Olympic Tournament) they lost 17-1 against Denmark and in a match officiated by
Gerhard Grobelnik
Intl. since: 2009
Hometown: Vienna
Gerhard Grobelnik is a referee since april 1991. He started refereeing in Austria's top league in July 2003 and received his FIFA badge in 2009. He is a UEFA Category 3 referee.
Dietmar Drabek
Intl. since: 1997
Hometown:
Dietmar Drabek became a referee in 1982.
Rene Eisner
Intl. since: 2010
Hometown:
A prolific striker for FC Ligist, a (not so very good) side from a local Liga, who turned to refereeing for good after an injury made him quit playing in 2001. Rene Eisner became a
Alfred Wieser
Intl. since:
Hometown: Klagenfurt
Alfred Wieser was one of the candidates of the World Championships 1994 in the USA. Although he was not selected for the World Cup, he was and still is a popular person and is know
Heinz Fahnler
Intl. since: 1978
Hometown: Vienna
Heinz Fahnler became a referee in 1962 and in his first years in Austrian highest leagues he was called Roter Heinzi (red Heinzi) due to many expulsions of football players in his
Dominik Ouschan
Intl. since: 2015
Hometown:
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Robert Sedlacek
Intl. since:
Hometown: Vienna
A FIFA referee in his 40s in the 1990s and elected chairman of the Austrian Referee Committee in 2011.
Eugen Braun
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Eugen (sometimes "Erwin") Braun was active in the Mitropa Cup and took charge of one match in the 1934 World Cup finals.
Josef Stoll
Intl. since:
Hometown: Vienna
Josef Stoll was the referee of the 1964 European Cup final between Inter and Real Madrid.
Manfred Schüttengruber
Intl. since:
Hometown: Linz
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Alois Beranek
Intl. since:
Hometown: Vienna
A player for Wacker and ASV Hertha Wien, Alois Beranek was the first Austrian Referee in the FIFA World Cup. He refereed from 1930 till 1954. He took charge of two matches in two W
Friedrich Kaupe
Intl. since: 1985
Hometown:
A referee from 1972 until 1994, with 117 matches in the Austrian Bundesliga since 1981. FIFA 1985-1993,
Heinz Holzmann
Intl. since:
Hometown: Mannersdorf
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Gerhard Kapl
Intl. since: 1969
Hometown:
Gerhard Kapl was an international referee who became an even more important person after his retirement. As head of the UEFA discipline committee, Totti's 3 match ban during the 20
Wolfgang Sowa
Intl. since: 1998
Hometown: Vienna
This Austrian referee who had a FIFA badge between 1998 and 2005, took charge internationally of qualifiers and youth matches. He was a category 3 ref.
Hugo Meisl
Intl. since:
Hometown: Vienna
There is a Hugo Meisl street in Vienna.
Alfred Grill
Intl. since:
Hometown: Vienna
Alfred lived in Villach (Carinthia/Austria) but originated from Vienna. He was active internationally for at least ten years, his last season was 1959/60. Among the matches he took
Adolf Mathias
Intl. since:
Hometown: Modling
A player for FC Brunn who became a referee after he bet with a friend about not losing a match.
Dimitris Wlachojanis
Intl. since: 1962
Hometown: Wien
Dimitris "Taki" Wlachojanis was born in Greece in 1923. He became a referee in Vienna in 1950.
Franz Mayer
Intl. since: 1960
Hometown: Klosterneuburg
An international referee active in the 1960s.
Julian Weinberger
Intl. since: 2018
Hometown:
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Alfred Haberfellner
Intl. since: 1960
Hometown: Vienna
The 1963 Intercontinental Cup match Milan-Santos, Haberfellner was a FIFA ref for only six years (1960-1965) and the other matches he took charge of were in the lower rounds of Eur
Christopher Jaeger
Intl. since: 2018
Hometown:
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Roman Steindl
Intl. since: 1988
Hometown: St. Pölten
Roma Steindl was already 39 when he got his FIFA badge, a bit late to have a career. When he retired because of his age in 1994 he had officiated in 37 international matches.
Hans Frankenstein
Intl. since: 1929
Hometown:
A former goal keeper and international referee between 1929 and 1937 who was was active in for instance the Mitropa Cup.
Gerald Losert
Intl. since:
Hometown: Salzburg
Gerald Losert is a retired Austrian referee who was active internationally in the 80's.
Franz Latzin
Intl. since:
Hometown: Villach
Besides being an international referee Franz Latzin was a skilled manual worker in a small metal processing concern in Villach (Carinthia).
Eduard Babauczek
Intl. since: 1963
Hometown: Vienna
On the way to the match LASK vs Wacker Innsbruck, September 1968, Eduard Babauczek, his wife, and lines man Heinrich Rau, were killed in a car crash.
Karl Finzinger
Intl. since:
Hometown: Pichl
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Alois Kessler
Intl. since: 1971
Hometown: Loben Goss
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Adolf Miesz
Intl. since:
Hometown:
When Adolf took charge of a friendly between Germany and Denmark in 1931, he was an Austrian, when he again handled a friendly with the German team in 1941 his country was taken ov
Gustav Jiranek
Intl. since: 1951
Hometown: Vienna
On the international list from season 1950/51 until 1956/57.
Friedrich Mayer
Intl. since: 1951
Hometown: Vienna
There was a Fritz Mayer from Vienna who was listed as - what was called then - a deputy FIFA referee in 1951. Three years later Friedrich Mayer appeared on the same list (centre re
Wilhelm Schmieger
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Werner Spiegl
Intl. since:
Hometown: Vienna
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Karl Kainer
Intl. since: 1957
Hometown: Wolfsberg
When Karl Kainer took the match ball, that had the signatures of the Man U players, with him after the 1958 European Cup semi-final against Red Star Belgrade, little did he know th
Max Seemann
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Rudolf Roman
Intl. since:
Hometown: Vienna
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Johann Beck
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Johann Beck took charge of a match at the 1948 Olympic Games.
Emil Göbel
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Thomas Gangl
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Thomas Gangl was never on the FIFA list, still we found an international match with him in the centre.
Arthur Pernkopf
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Karl Czerny
Intl. since:
Hometown: Vienna
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Hans Schmidt
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Manuel Schüttengruber
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Josef Jegel
Intl. since: 1972
Hometown: Kufstein / Schwoich
Josef Jegel was on the international list in 1972 and 1973.
Geo Fuchs
Intl. since:
Hometown:
One of the founders of First Vienna, later Wiener FC, Geo Fuchs also took charge of matches around the turn of the century, among them the first ever Austrian international match b
J Zwicker
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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D Grünbaum*
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Max Adler
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Josef Tittl
Intl. since: 1965
Hometown: Vienna
FIFA referee in 1965 and 66, Josef Tittl was a lines man at the 1966 World Cup in England.
Johan Prybil
Intl. since:
Hometown: Vienna
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Johann Pribyl
Intl. since:
Hometown: Vienna
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Arnold Gabler
Intl. since: 1954
Hometown: Graz
An international referee during season 1954/55 and a deputy ref two years prior to that.
Fritz Mayer
Intl. since:
Hometown:
There are more Fritz Mayer's than one in Austria, but this Fritz must have been the first Fritz Mayer taking charge of FIFA matches.
Ladislaus Lokvenc
Intl. since:
Hometown: Vienna
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Walter Fercher
Intl. since: 1971
Hometown: Klein St Paul
Walter Fercher was an international referee for two years: 1971 and 1972.
Hermann Melzer
Intl. since:
Hometown: Vienna
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Heribert Schram
Intl. since:
Hometown: Traiskirchen
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Ernst Fuhrer
Intl. since: 1950
Hometown: Vienna
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Egon Gruber
Intl. since: 1967
Hometown: Innsbruck
An international referee for one or two seasons, last one was 1967/68.
Sebastian Gishamer
Intl. since: 2019
Hometown:
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Viktor Chebat
Intl. since: 1958
Hometown: Villach
Viktor Chebat was on the international list from 1958 until 1961. "Viktor" is his first name on the FIFA lists. Some sites (all spawned from the same data base) have him as "Ernst"

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