Referee Ivan Eklind bio

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Switzerland - Germany
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Born
1905-10-15
Intl. since
1931-01-01
Hometown
Stockholm
Country
Sweden
Speaks
Swedish
Occupation
shop manager
Hobbies
 
Matches Bio Did you know? Palmares

World Cup Final

2010-07-06

Ivan Henning Hjalmar Eklind became a FIFA referee in 1931 and retired from refereeing in 1952. A very long time to be an international referee and Eklind took charge of 6 matches in 3 World Cup finals, the first one in 1934 (three matches and the final), the last one an amazing 16 years later in 1950.
Eklind died in 1981.

Well
You can deduct from the dates that Eklind was only 28 when he took charge of the final and he had been an international referee for only 2 years. It's clear the authorities, be it Mussolini or FIFA or both, chose for gullibility over experience.
The final did not end well for the Czechs and Eklind (see did-you-know section).

From our reporter: James Ng