November 7, 2011

Thomas Einwaller to retire from international refereeing

The current no.1 of Austria, Thomas Einwaller, has announced his retirement from international refereeing. He confirmed that towards the Pay-TV-channel "Sky". He has however not given any reason for this step so far, but he stated that he will explain his decision during this day in a official ÖFB-announcement.

Einwaller is currently classified by UEFA in the Elite Development Group. Even though his countryman Schörgenhofer could have overtaken him, he is recently the no.1 of Austria. The insets in the Olympic Games 2008 and the FIFA U17 World Cup 2009 in Egypt count to his most important experiences as referee.

"There are especially two reasons for my decision. On the one hand, the temporal effort has become -with regard to a professional preparation - larger and larger, and on the other hand, my both longtime assistant referees Roland Heim and Norbert Schwab will not be available due to their career endings in 2012", Einwaller explained.


17 Comments:

  1. I'm a bit shocked.
    He is only 34 years old, he has an impressive career with all the tournaments that you have mentioned in the post.
    I really wonder about the reasons, I don't want to think he got angry to UEFA for Schorgenhofer overtaking. This can't be the reason.
    When referees retire so young, in my mind there is however always a bit of disappointment, because if they really love the world of refereeing, they couldn't think to retire in a early age. This, of course if it isn't for serious reasons.
    Waiting for other news

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  2. Just as assumption: perhaps UEFA told him that he will not stay in Elite Development, but you are right, personal reasons are more probable.

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  3. I don't agree, he can't say "the temporal effort has become larer and larger".
    he is a so young referee, he's in the right to do it, if he really loves his work.
    The second reason, about assistant, seems really absurd. They have to retire, ok, but he is 34!!!
    However we can't make processes, here. If this is his decision, we have to respect it.

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  4. Yes, your last sentence is the most important I think.

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  5. Anonymous7/11/11 16:08

    Although he stated "personal reasons", I am sure that Schorgenhofer's recent appointments contributed significantly to his early retirement - there is no more motivation for him.

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  6. I think it is surely a mixture of everything. If he had been appointed for more matches in the past and perhaps had been taken on the FIFA pre list again, I doubt that he would have made this step now.

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  7. Anonymous7/11/11 23:56

    Hi Suricate, hi bloggers!

    Thomas Einwaller's demission also means that Austria could designate one more referee for the FIFA list 2012.

    Taking the age restrictions into account and considering that a FIFA referee should have whistled at least two full seasons in the highest national league, this place could only go to Markus Hameter.

    Manuel Schüttengruber, 28-year-old one son of former FIFA referee Manfred Schüttengruber, is regarded as a promising potential FIFA referee but will be able to provide "only" one and a half years of experience in the Austrian Bundesliga by the end of 2011 ...

    Kind regards from Vienna,
    Peter

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  8. Peter from Vienna

    What you are saying about two years in the highest national league doesn't really matter. Here in Greece last year they nominated Anastasios Sidiropoulos who had 1 1/2 year at the Greek Superleague to replace Georgio Dalouka. Niklas must remember the case. And not forget that the English Stuart Attwell has been nominated with only a year at Premier League.

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  9. The FIFA requirement is for a referee to have been on the first division list for 2 years, not necessarily to have refereed first division games for 2 years.

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  10. According to the FIFA web site, the AR Roland Heim was born in 1973, so he will not have to retire within the next 7 years!

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  11. Anonymous8/11/11 18:55

    Hi Edward and Ref29!

    I know the exceptions of Stuart Attwell and some others. As far as I remember, Stuart Attwell was classified in pot 4 however, whereas English referees usually already started their international career in pot 3. Austrian referees though need to commence in the last category anyway and thus cannot be demoted even more.

    Kind regards from Vienna,
    Peter

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  12. Anonymous8/11/11 18:59

    @ Ref29:

    Roland Heim already HAS retired voluntarily earlier this year.

    Kind regards from Vienna,
    Peter

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  13. One has to say that Attwell was really a big exception. There were only five options to fill the two new slots, as Riley and Styles made place:
    - Andre Marriner (he then became FIFA ref)
    - Lee Probert (became FIFA one year later)
    - Stuart Attwell (the lucky guy)
    - Lee Mason (to my mind not good enough)
    - Mike Jones (probably a bit too old)

    So there was actually only to choose between Attwell and Probert, Attwell had 5 matches in the season when he became FIFA ref. Perhaps it was politics, perhaps they saw his talent, which he must show in the future. But Probert actually had the better matches in the 2008/2009 season.

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  14. I think by the way that they should give Michael Oliver the FIFA badge, this young guy is simply too good for non-FIFA. The same counted for Zwayer, thank Godness, DFB made the step to demote some older and worse ones. Rafati's FIFA bow was the worst joke DFB made concerning the FIFA list topic.

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  15. @Peter
    If Heim has already retired (in 2011), that is a different story; I just made a comment regarding one the reasons invoked by Niclas in the original posting: "assistant referees Roland Heim and Norbert Schwab will not be available due to their career endings in 2012".

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  16. I quoted from Schörgenhofer's statement. He probably meant that both will not be listed as FIFA AR anymore in Jan. 2012.

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