Rudi Glöckner

Rudolf "Rudi" Glöckner (born March 20, 1929 – died January 25, 1999) was the first German to referee a football World Cup final when he took charge of the 1970 FIFA World Cup final between Brazil and Italy in Mexico City.

Glöckner had a long international career, officiating at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and also matches in the 1976 European Championship. He attracted considerable criticism for his part in the game between Wales and Yugoslavia at Ninian Park, Cardiff in which the Welsh were eliminated in the quarter-final; Glockner having to be escorted from the field of play.

In total he refereed at four Olympic Games and two World Cups.


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