Bio
Karl Kainer
Born: 1915-04-09
Intl. since: 1957-01-01
Hometown: Wolfsberg
Country: Austria
Speaks: German
Occupation:
Hobbies:

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 that a few hours later the plane with the English team would crash killing 22, including 7 players.

Karl Kainer took charge of a match in the 1964 European Championships.

the ball 50 years later

After the match Karl Kainer kept the match ball at his home in Wolfsberg (Carinthia).
Nearly 50 years after the horrible plain crash of Munich-Riem, a delegation of Manchester United contacted Karl Kainer's family. Karl-Heinz Kainer, Mr. Karl Kainerâ??s son (he was born in August, 1941), handed out the "souvenir" back to the famous British Club.

Thanks to Heinrich Wurzer

Dates

On the FIFA lists as a deputy in 1955/56 and 1956/57 and as a centre referee between 1957 and 1964.

Kainer said he took charge of 1954 matches, 28 between national teams.

Karl Kainer died on april 14th, 2006, a few days after his 91st birthday.

Did you know
BALL

  • Kainer has been a driver, a baker, a teacher and a manager of a insurance company.
  • The famous matchball was brought to Manchester in 2008 by Karl's son Karl-Heinz Kainer. No for keeps, just to be on show for a couple of weeks in the Club Museum.
Statistics
Statistics for KARL KAINER
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 1 0 1
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 0 0 0
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0 0 0
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.25 0 0.13
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 0 0 0
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0 0 0

Based on 4 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR KARL KAINER
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
European Cup 1964-1965
1/2 finalsLiverpoolInternazionale1965-05-043 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
PolandIreland1964-05-103 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1964
1/8 finalsYugolsaviaSweden1963-06-190 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1957-1958
1/4 finalsCrvena ZvezdaManchester United1958-02-053 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)