The website displays databases for all UK sporting statues, US baseball statues and world cricket statues, and world football statues. The bronze statue of Tofik Bakharamov is place in front of the offices at the Tofik Bakhramov Stadium.
But who is Tofik Bakhramov? He’s the linesman who famously judged England’s third goal to have crossed the line in the 1966 World Cup Final agaist West-Germany. Bakhramov (29 January 1925 – 26 March 1993) is commonly known as the Russian linesman in the United Kingdom for that (he was living in the former Sovjet Union, but is born in what now is called Azerbeijan). The referee was selected on the Fifa panel only two years before the famous World Cup final. In 1993, the stadium was named after the famous football referee Tofiq Bahramov who died in the same year.
According the BBC Tofik Bakhramov “is remembered in Azerbaijan as an inspirational figure who brought international attention to Azerbaijani football and refereed some of the most important matches in the former Soviet Union.”
For who’s interested in the famous situation where Tofik Bakhramov judged it was a goal for England in the extra time of the World Cup final, check the video below from 5:46 minutes.
Do you know a referee who has a street named after him? A building or foundation? Please let me know.
“@dutchreferee: The @SportingStatues database is online. Who is the only referee with a statue? http://t.co/SrKj3syde1”
Clearly a goal
@SportingStatues thanks for that. Here’s the link of my blog post http://t.co/SxeOqg9Svl Posted credits and link to your website.
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RT @BillBWFC: “@dutchreferee: The @SportingStatues database is online. Who is the only referee with a statue? http://t.co/SrKj3syde1”
There’s only 1 #referee with a statue. A reader of the blog suggested Jack Taylor deserves one 2. Your suggestion? http://t.co/KdyotZhudj
@dutchreferee How about @AndrewLincoln97? Could cast it during a match. Doesn’t leave the centre circle 😉
@dutchreferee Han I think we all know a few refs who have statues.. Somewhere in the centre circle!!! #reffamily