Nicolae Rainea
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Nicolae Rainea
Nicolae Rainea
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Rainea in 1980
Born (1933-11-19)19 November 1933
Br?ila, Romania
Died 1 April 2015(2015-04-01) (aged 81)
Gala?i, Romania
Other occupation Technician, Footballer
Years League Role
1964-1984 Liga I Referee
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 and player.


Nicolae Rainea played football in the lower leagues of Romania for Laminorul Br?ila, Metalul Piatra Neam? and Constructorul Bârlad, he retired in 1959 to start his career as a referee, making his debut in Liga I in 1965.[2][3] 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.[4]

Rainea officiated the Italy v Argentina game at the 1982 World Cup. He was linesman in a later match between France and Northern Ireland.

Honours and legacy

Rainea was decorated by two presidents of Romania, Ion Iliescu and Traian B?sescu.[4] He was made honorary citizen of Gala?i where he resided and served four local council terms.[4]

Nicolae Rainea Stadium in Gala?i is named after him.

Personal life and death

In 2011, he celebrated 50 years of marriage.[4] He had a son and a daughter, both living in Sweden.[4]

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 Gala?i. He was 81 years old.[5]


  1. ^ UEFA Obituary
  2. ^ "Cel mai titrat arbitru român, Nicolae Rainea, a murit din cauza unor complica?ii pulmonare ?i cardiace severe" [Romanian top referee Nicolae Rainea died due to severe pulmonary and cardiac complications] (in Romanian). Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "Nicolae Rainea a fost "Regele" arbitrajului" [Nicolae Rainea was the "King" of the arbitration] (in Romanian). Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Povestea fostului mare arbitru Nicolae Rainea, omul care a înconjurat planeta de cinci ori FOTO". Adev?rul. 29 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Nicolae Rainea, cel mai mare arbitru român al tuturor timpurilor, a murit în aceast? diminea. Cite?te un interviu de colec?ie acordat Gazetei: "Am f?cut performan în cele 3 mari domenii din via?a mea"". GSP. Retrieved 2015.

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Preceded by
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dusan Maksimovi?
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

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