Bio
Tofik Bakhramov
Born: 1926-11-29
Intl. since: 1964-01-01
Hometown: Moscow / Baku
Country: USSR
Speaks: Russian
Occupation:
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Two matches in the World Cup finals, one in 1966 and one in 1970. But Tofik Bakhranov will be remembered as the lines man in the final in 1966 who may be the only person in the world who saw Geoff Hurst's shot go over the line after the ball had bounced off the bar. It was in the extra time and England won the World Cup. Bahkramov lived in the USSSR when he was a referee, then his country became Azerbaijan. He died in 1993.

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The goal is still talked about. Using computers, the University of Oxford in 1995 concluded that the ball did not completely go over the goal line.

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Bakhramov started as a player in 1940 and he even played for Neftchi until a leg injury made him change his career. FIFA referee from 1964.

Did you know
ON OR OVER THE LINE?

  • In 2004, Sir Geoff Hurst, the one who scored that controversial goal, unveiled the monument to Bakhramov in Baku in front of the renamed Tofik Bakhramov stadium. In a speech he said: "I can tell you 100 per cent that the goal I scored in the World Cup Final against Germany in 1966 was a real goal. On behalf of the whole of England I would like to thank the family of Tofik Bakhramov."
  • They used to have centre referees as linesmen at the World Cup. Apparently the matches were thought to be too important to be handled by linesmen. Unlike these days, all referees started their career running the line. A man like Bakhramov though, an experienced centre referee in the Soviet Union, would not have been a linesman for many years and would probably have handled his job on the line thinking as a centre referee, maybe watching other things as well. Nowadays being a linesman (assistant referee) is something you have learn, something you have to have develop special skills for, not something any referee can do.



  • This is Tofik Bakramov's son Bahram. He still receives foreign journalists to talk about his father. How his father was a hero when he came back home in 1966 and about the government offering him an apartment and a car (you have to know about the USSR, to appreciate the gifts) and to show the dvd of the moment to prove it was a goal..





Statistics
Statistics for TOFIK BAKHRAMOV
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 2 1 3
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 1 2 3
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0 0 0
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.1 0.05 0.07
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 0.05 0.1 0.07
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0 0 0

Based on 21 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR TOFIK BAKHRAMOV
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
European Cup2 1973 - 1974
1st roundFola EschBeroe1973-09-221 - 4 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1974 qualifiers - Europe
TurkeyLuxembourg1972-12-103 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
DenmarkScotland1972-10-181 - 4 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1972 - 1973
1st roundNorrköpingUTA Arad1972-09-272 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Intercontinetal Cup
1st legIndependienteAjax1972-09-061 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1971 - 1972
finalWolverhamptonTottenham Hotspur1972-05-031 - 2 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd roundBologna AGCZeljeznicar1971-11-032 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1972 qualifiers
BulgariaHungary1971-05-193 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1970 - 1971
1st roundGornik ZabrzeAaB1970-09-308 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1970
group stagePeruMorocco1970-06-063 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1969 - 1970
2nd roundLeeds UnitedFerencváros1969-11-123 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
preliminary roundTPS TurkuKB1969-08-210 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1967-1968
1/2 finalsManchester UnitedReal Madrid1968-04-241 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd roundRapid WienEintracht Braunschweig1967-11-151 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundKuopio PSSaint-Etienne1967-10-040 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
Euro 1968 qualifiers
HungaryGermany DR1967-09-273 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1966 - 1967
1/2 finalsSlavia SofiaGlasgow Rangers1967-04-190 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1966-1967
1/4 finalsAjaxDukla Prague1967-03-011 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1966
group stageSpainSwitzerland1966-07-152 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1965 - 1966
2nd roundOlympiakosWest Ham United1965-12-012 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1966 qualifiers - Europe
FinlandItaly1965-06-230 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)