When Réthy was born, his parents had to leave their home country because of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. They emigrated to Brazil where they stayed until they went to Germany in 1968. Réthy obtained his Abitur certificate so he was able to attend Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz where he studied literature and journalism. In the meantime he worked in the sports archive of the ZDF and became a freelancer later. Since 1987, he has been salaried.
- the Euro 1996 (Germany vs. Czech Republic) in England
- the 2002 FIFA World Cup (Germany vs. Brazil) in Japan and South Korea
- the Euro 2004 (Portugal vs. Greece) in Portugal
Réthy speaks German, Hungarian, Portuguese and English fluently, as well as French and Spanish.
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