Bio
Abraham Klein
Born: 1934-03-29
Intl. since: 1964-01-01
Hometown: Haifa
Country: Israel
Speaks: Hungarian. Hebrew, Romanian, English
Occupation: PE teacher
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Born in Timisoara, Romania, Abraham Klein is probably Israel's most important referee to date. Klein was active at the World Cups of 1970, 1978 and 1982. In every world Cup Klein had at least one great match to officiate.

1970 Mexico

England versus Brazil: Klein tried unsuccessfully to end the game, but players didn't hear the whistle. "It was such a great game I let it continue for a few minutes".

1978 Argentina

Argentina versus Italy: before half-time Klein denied Argentina a penalty kick: "At half-time, as I walked into the tunnel, I was booed at by 80,000 people."
Klein also refereed the third place match. It is often regarded he was denied the final, because of possible politcal links between the Netherlands and Israel.

1982 Spain

Italy versus Brazil in which Paolo Rossi scored a hat-trick. Klein was a linesman in the final.

Statistics
Statistics for ABRAHAM KLEIN
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 1 0 1
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 12 4 16
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 1 1 2
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.06 0 0.03
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 0.67 0.22 0.44
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.06 0.06 0.06

Based on 18 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR ABRAHAM KLEIN
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
WC 1982
2nd roundItalyBrazil1982-07-053 - 2 2 (2-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Intercontinetal Cup
Nacional (UR)Nottingham Forest1981-02-111 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1982 qualifiers - Europe
ItalyYugolsavia1980-11-152 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
AustriaHungary1979-09-263 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
IsraelNetherlands1965-01-260 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1978
3rd placeBrazilItaly1978-06-242 - 1 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd roundAustriaGermany FR1978-06-213 - 2 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageItalyArgentina1978-06-101 - 0 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1978 qualifiers - Europe
ItalyEngland1976-11-172 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Olympic Games 1976
3rd placeSoviet Union OTBrazil OT1976-06-292 - 0 3 (2-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePoland OTCuba OT1976-06-180 - 0 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Brazilian Independence Cup (Minicopa)
finalBrazilPortugal1972-07-091 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
YugolsaviaParaguay1972-06-222 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageYugolsaviaBolivia1972-06-141 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1970
group stageBrazilEngland1970-06-071 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Olympic Games 1968
3rd placeJapan OTMexico OT1968-10-242 - 0 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st stageSpain OTBrazil OT1968-10-141 - 0 1 (1-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1966 qualifiers - Europe
ItalyPoland1965-11-016 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)