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Bunter
159123.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 6:01 am Reply with quote

"Now Alan, you've had a tough time of things this episode, so I'm going to give you a chance to redeem yourself with an easy one.

What nationality was the linesman who helped England win the 1966 World Cup Final?"

F: Russian

A: Azerbaijani


Tofik Bakhramov drew attention to himself early in the World Cup when he denied a Swiss goal in the first round game between Switzerland and Spain. The Spanish won 2-1 and the Swiss were eliminated.

When the infamous goal was struck at 2-2 by Geoff Hurst, Tofik could only communicate non-verbally to the referee Gottfired Dienst of Switzerland as they did not share a language.

Tofik was called "the Russian linesman" as Azerbaijan was then a part of the Soviet Union.

A study by Oxford University students in 1995 showed that the ball did not completely cross the line, and therefore it should not have been given.

Tofik was originally a footballer, but injured his leg so badly it stopped him from a full career. He became a referee instead, and eventually became general secretary of the Football Federation of Azerbaijan.

The Azerbaijan national stadium is named the Tofik Bakhramov Stadium in his honour.

He described football matches as "
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duels...full of unforeseen turns and even real miracles. And who does not want to be a magician if even for just 90 minutes?"


Source:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tofik_Bakhramov

 
eggshaped
159126.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 6:05 am Reply with quote

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A study by Oxford University students in 1995 showed that the ball did not completely cross the line, and therefore it should not have been given.


Honestly, I wont trust another study to come out of that tin-pot excuse for a university.

 
Menocchio
159878.  Mon Mar 26, 2007 5:23 am Reply with quote

Good thought Mr B - appeared in RX10 of the first series but was never broadcast.

The Stalingrad line explains the why...


The national football stadium in Baku is the Tofik Bakhramov Stadium. Today, of course, every Englishman remembers Tofiq Bakhramov - why?

ANSWER
He was the Azerbaijani linesman who decided that Geoff Hurst’s second goal had crossed the line in extra time in the 1966 World Cup final against West Germany. The Germans protested but Bahkramov stood firm. When asked why after the game Bahkramov replied ‘Stalingrad’.

 

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