João Etzel Filho participated in the World Cup 1962. He was a FIFA referee from season 1956/57 until 1963.
Colombia were 4-1 behind against the Soviet Union and had 20 minutes left. The match ended in a draw and years later Etzel Filho, of Hungarian descent, said he hated the Soviet Union after the 1956 invasion of Hungary and he has hinted the draw was his doing.
Filho was president of the CBF Referee Commission in 1986-1987.
- No idea how seriously we have to take the bloggers and web-historians, but fact is Etzel Filho's name often appears together with the words ladrão (thief) and fixing. His reputation is not good, for what it's worth.
- His World Cup match was a exceptional one. The Soviet Union scored three goals in three minutes, then Colombia made 3-1 and in the second half the Soviets finished it off 4-1. You'd think, but suddenly Colombia scored one straight from a corner kick (a so-called "olympic goal", the only ever in a World Cup finals and they went on ending the match in a 4-4 draw.
- The site www.museudosesportes.com.br has a story from a 1963 newspaper about a Spanish referee officiating at the time in Brazil who received 30 million Cruzeiros from Etzel Filho to fix a match. The Spaniard gave half back to Etzel Filho and the other half to charity.
Statistics for JOAO ETZEL FILHO
Based on 4 international matches
MATCHES FOR JOAO ETZEL FILHO
|South American 1963|
|Bolivia||Peru||1963-03-21||3 - 2||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|
|Argentina||Colombia||1963-03-10||4 - 2||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|
|group stage||Soviet Union||Colombia||1962-06-03||4 - 4||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|
|Copa Libertadores 1961|
|1/2 finals||Santa Fe||Palmeiras||1961-05-21||2 - 2||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|