Nicolae Rainea

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Nicolae Rainea
Nicolae Rainea.jpg
Nicolae Rainea in 1980
Born (1933-11-19)19 November 1933
Brăila, Romania
Died 1 April 2015(2015-04-01) (aged 81)
Galati, Romania
Other occupation Technician
Domestic
Years League Role
1964–1984 Liga I Referee
International
Years League Role
1967–1989 FIFA-listed Referee

Nicolae Rainea (19 November 1933 – 1 April 2015[1]), nicknamed The Locomotive of the Carpathians, was a Romanian football referee.

Career[edit]

He refereed at three FIFA World Cups (1974, 1978, 1982), the UEFA Euro 1980 Final, the 1983 European Cup Final, the second leg of the 1978 European Super Cup and the second leg of the 1978 UEFA Cup Final.[2]

Rainea is chiefly remembered for his officiating of the Italy v Argentina game at the 1982 World Cup, when he allowed Italy's Claudio Gentile to commit numerous bad fouls on Argentina's Diego Maradona, yet showed Gentile only one yellow card. In a later match between France and Northern Ireland at the same tournament, serving as a linesman, he disallowed a legitimate goal by Northern Ireland's Martin O'Neill when the score was 0-0. France went on to win 4-1.

Honours and legacy[edit]

Rainea was decorated by two presidents of Romania, Ion Iliescu and Traian Băsescu.[2] He was made honorary citizen of Galați where he resided and served four local council terms.[2]

Nicolae Rainea Stadium in Galați is named after him.

Personal life and death[edit]

In 2011, he celebrated 50 years of marriage.[2] He had a son and a daughter, both living in Sweden.[2]

After an untreated mild cold turned into a pulmonary edema, Rainea suffered a cardiac arrest while in hospital and died on 1 April 2015 in Galati. He was 81 years old.[3]

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Preceded by
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dusan Maksimović
1978 UEFA Cup Final
Romania Nicolae Rainea
Succeeded by
Scotland Ian Foote
Preceded by
Hungary Károly Palotai
1978 European Super Cup
Romania Nicolae Rainea
Succeeded by
East Germany Adolf Prokop
Preceded by
Italy Sergio Gonella
1980 UEFA Euro Final
Romania Nicolae Rainea
Succeeded by
Czechoslovakia Vojtech Christov
Preceded by
France Georges Konrath
1983 European Cup Final
Romania Nicolae Rainea
Succeeded by
Sweden Erik Fredriksson