Bio
Concetto Lo Bello
Born: 1924-05-13
Intl. since: 1958-01-01
Hometown: Syracuse
Country: Italy
Speaks: Italian
Occupation: politician
Hobbies:

Born and bred in Syracuse, Sicily, Concetto LoBello is considered one of the best Italian referees ever. According to the people who remember him, he was authoritarian, brave, narcissistic, tall, well dressed sporting a manicured mustache and - important for a referee - fair.

brave and fair

Lo Bello was known to be a modern referee who protected forwards. Because of his fairness he was not very well liked by the big clubs and big club owners like Agnelli (Juventus, Fiat) who tried to exclude him from their games.

Lo Bello caused Milan manager Nereo Rocco to say "He does not referee matches but uses them as a stage to show off". The great midfielder Gianni Rivera once got a four match ban for insulting Lo Bello ("I don't trust your word of honour")


matches

A referee from 1944, Concetto LoBello holds a record of 328 Serie A matches between 1954 and 1974. With him as referee Cagliary won their only Italian Championship.

Among the more than 90 matches he took charge of as an international referee were the finals of the:

1960 Olympic Games

1966 Club World Cup (Real - Penarol)

1968 European Cup (Man U - Benfica 4-1)

1970 European Cup (Feyenoord - Celtic 2-1)

1967 Cup Winners Cup (Bayern - Rangers 1-0)

1966 UEFA Cup (Zaragoza - Barcelona 2-4)

1974 UEFA Cup (Feyenoord - Tottenham 2 - 0) (he was already 50 when he lead this match)

politics

Lobello was a member of parliament for the (now defunct) Christian Democrats and he was mayor of his native Syracuse, albeit for only 5 months.

LoBello was not only active in football and politics, he ws also a hand-ball enthusiast, having held the title of president of the Italian Hand-ball federation for 15 years until his death in 1991.

Did you know
IL PRINCIPE

  • Concetto Lo Bello's son Rosario became a referee in the year his dad retired. Rosario Lo Bello was also a FIFA referee.
  • There is a book about him called Concetto Lo Bello, un maestro, un mito, una vita da imitare. A master, a myth, a life to imitate
  • He has a Sport Palace named after him in Syracuse.
  • Referee Lo Bello made such theatrical hand gestures that he at least three times accidentally knocked over a player.
  • In a 1969 match between Fiorentina - Cagliari, Lo Bello conceded a penalty to the away team and not only turned down two penalty claims from the home side, but also disallowed their equalizer. The public chanted "duce duce" implying Lo Bello was a dictator. Due to hostilities, Lo Bello was stuck in his changing room for hours.
  • This is a still from the 1970 European Cup final Celtic - Feyenoord. Probably the rules and regulations for referees were different in those days, but this would still be a weird place for a referee to stand. Lo Bello even had to jump to not to touch the ball.

    Lo Bello actually took charge of two European finals with Feynoord. Both times Feynoord won.
Statistics
Statistics for CONCETTO LO BELLO
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 4 5 9
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 2 5 7
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 2 3 5
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.07 0.08 0.07
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 0.03 0.08 0.06
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.03 0.05 0.04

Based on 61 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR CONCETTO LO BELLO
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
UEFA Cup 1990 - 1991
2nd roundPartizanReal Sociedad1990-11-071 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1973 - 1974
finalFeyenoordTottenham Hotspur1974-05-292 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
3rd roundStandardFeyenoord1973-11-273 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundNiceBarcelona1973-09-193 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1972 - 1973
2nd roundLeeds UnitedCarl Zeiss Jena1972-11-082 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1972 - 1973
1st roundBarcelonaPorto1972-09-270 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundLiverpoolEintracht Frankfurt1972-09-122 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1974 qualifiers - Europe
HungarySweden1973-06-133 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
DenmarkCzechoslovakia1973-05-021 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
CyprusBulgaria1972-11-190 - 4 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
MaltaHungary1971-11-140 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1971 - 1972
2nd roundDinamo ZagrebRapid Wien1971-10-202 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1972 qualifiers
NetherlandsGermany DR1971-10-103 - 2 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
MaltaGreece1970-10-111 - 1 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1970 - 1971
1st roundHonvédAberdeen1970-09-303 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1969 - 1970
finalFeyenoordCeltic1970-05-062 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1/4 finalsLeeds UnitedStandard1970-03-181 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
2nd roundCelticBenfica1969-11-123 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1970 qualifiers - Europe
CzechoslovakiaIreland1969-10-073 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1968 - 1969
1/4 finalsAEKSpartak Trnava1969-03-121 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Fairs Cup 1968 - 1969
1st roundMarseilleGöztepe Izmir1968-10-022 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1967-1968
finalManchester UnitedBenfica1968-05-284 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1/4 finalsGornik ZabrzeManchester United1968-03-131 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1968 qualifiers
Germany FRYugolsavia1967-10-073 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1966 - 1967
finalBayern MunichGlasgow Rangers1967-05-311 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Intercontinetal Cup
2nd legReal MadridPeñarol1966-10-260 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
2nd legReal MadridPeñarol1966-10-260 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1966-1967
1st roundZurichCeltic1966-10-050 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Fairs Cup 1965 - 1966
final (2nd leg)Real ZaragozaBarcelona1966-09-212 - 4 0 (0-0)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1966
1/2 finalsGermany FRSoviet Union1966-07-252 - 1 2 (1-1)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageEnglandMexico1966-07-162 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1965-1966
1/4 finalsBenficaManchester United1966-03-091 - 5 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
preliminary roundSliema WanderersPanathinaikos1965-10-101 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
Germany FRArgentina1973-02-142 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
HungaryGermany FR1972-03-290 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SwitzerlandHungary1970-11-150 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
AustriaGermany FR1969-09-211 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Germany FRWales1969-03-261 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
AustriaNetherlands1966-09-182 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SpainEngland1965-12-080 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SpainEngland1965-12-080 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
EnglandBelgium1964-10-212 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
BelgiumNetherlands1964-09-301 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
FranceBrazil1963-04-282 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
HungaryEngland1960-05-222 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
TurkeyNetherlands1959-05-100 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
TurkeyNetherlands1959-05-100 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
EgyptGermany FR1958-12-282 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1964
1/2 finalsDenmarkSoviet Union1964-06-170 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1/4 finalsHungaryFrance1964-05-232 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1963 - 1964
preliminariesBarcelonaShelbourne1963-10-153 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1962-1963
1st roundCSKA SofiaAnderlecht1962-10-242 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Fairs Cup 1961 - 1962
1/2 finalsValenciaMTK1962-04-253 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1962 qualifiers - Europe
BulgariaFrance1961-12-161 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1960-1961
1/4 finalsHradec KralovaBarcelona1961-03-151 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1962 qualifiers - Africa
MoroccoTunisia1961-01-221 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Olympic Games 1960
gold medalYugoslavia OTDenmark OT1960-09-103 - 1 2 (1-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st stageDenmark OTPoland OT1960-08-292 - 1 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st stagePoland OTTunisia OT1960-08-266 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Fairs Cup 1958 - 1960
1/2 finalsBarcelonaBelgrado XI1959-12-093 - 1 0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1959-1960
preliminariesWiener SCPetrolul Ploiesti1959-09-090 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)