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Erich Linemayr


Erich Linemayr took charge of three matches in two World Cups ('74, '78), two in the 1980 European Championships and the European Cup final in 1979.

It is said that he would have officiated the 1978 final if the Netherlands, one of the finalists, had not had an Austrian coach, Ernst Happel.

Linemayer did get a final: the final of the 1980 Copa de Oro de Campeones Mundiales or Mundialito (little World Cup) a tournament in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the World Cup. The Mundialito 1980 was actually held in Januari 1981. The teams were the national teams of the countries that won the World Cup plus the Netherlands, twice runners up. The Netherlands were invited because England had declined.

Chile 1973
Linemayr was nominated to referee the second leg of UEFA - CONMEBOL Intercontinental Play-off in Santiago de Chile on November 21st, 1973, but the team of the Soviet Union did not enter their place.
source: Heinrich Wurzer

1978 World Cup final
Linemayr was one of the assistants in the 1978 World Cup final.
source: Heinrich Wurzer

In EURO 1980 Italy Linemayr refereed third place Play-off in Naples CZE vs ITA 1-1, ending in penalties: 9-8. When the penalties were equal at 8-8 Czech goalkeeper Netolicka saved the shot of Collovati. The Italians said the ball was behind the goal line, but Mr. Linemayr said: the whole of the ball was not behind the goal line.
source: Heinrich Wurzer

The last "great match" of Linemayr took place at 23rd September 1981 when he refereed the 1982 World Cup qualifier Romania versus Hungary 0-0. Another notable match was in the 2nd round of the 1974 World Cup when he refereed Federal Republic of Germany versus Poland (1-0) at the Waldstadion in Frankfurt. It was called the "Wasserschlacht von Frankfurt" or the "Regenschlacht von Frankfurt", because the field was soaked after strong rain.
source: Heinrich Wurzer

Mr. Linemayr passed away on Monday, June 6th, at his home in Upper Austria.

From our reporter: EPV