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Károly Palotai

Károly Palotai
Károly Palotai in 1974
Personal information
Date of birth

(1935-09-11) 11 September 1935

Place of birth Békéscsaba, Hungary
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Győri ETO FC
National team

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)
Years League Role
1970-1984 FIFA listed Referee

Károly Palotai (born 11 September 1935 in Békéscsaba) is a former Hungarian association football player and referee. He was an Olympic Gold winner as a player before turning to refereeing. He was a referee at three World Cup tournaments and officiated in two European Cup finals.

Playing career

He was a successful player with Győri ETO FC and also won a Gold Medal at the football tournament of the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, when Hungary defeated Czechoslovakia in the final with 2-1.

Refereeing career

Károly Palotai was a referee in the FIFA World Cups 1974, 1978 and 1982, as well as in the European Championship 1980 and the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich and the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. In addition, he officiated the finals of the European Champions' Cup 1976 and 1981, the European Cup Winners' Cup final of 1979 and the first leg of the finals of the UEFA Cup 1974/75.


  • Profile on
Preceded by
European Cup Final 1975
Michel Kitabdjian
European Cup Referees
Final 1976
Károly Palotai
Succeeded by
European Cup Final 1977
Robert Wurtz
Preceded by
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final 1978
Heinz Aldinger
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final Referees
Final 1979
Károly Palotai
Succeeded by
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final 1980
Vojtech Christov
Preceded by
European Cup Final 1980
António Garrido
European Cup Referees
Final 1981
Károly Palotai
Succeeded by
European Cup Final 1982
Georges Konrath
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