Walter Eschweiler

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Walter Eschweiler, 2016
Consul Walter Eschweiler and Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut on December 12, 2015 in Paris

Walter Eschweiler (born September 20, 1935 in Bonn ) is a former German football referee . Eschweiler whistled several times European Cup final and led a game in the 1982 World Cup .

Whistle of the Nation

From the mid-1970s to the early 1990s, Walter Eschweiler was one of the best-known German football referees, both nationally and internationally. He gained great fame through his role as referee in the game show Spiel ohne Grenzen produced by Westdeutscher Rundfunk in the 1960s to 1980s, as well as through a 1993 commercial for Maoam chewy sweets . On the other hand, it also has longer national and international deployment statistics. As a long-standing Bundesliga (since 1966) and FIFA referee (since 1971), he whistled 286 Bundesliga matches, 89 international matches and a number of European Cup matches, including six final pairings. In addition, Walter Eschweiler led the first cup final in German women's football in 1974 .

The highlights were managing the 1979 UEFA Super Cup between FC Barcelona and Nottingham Forest , the second leg in the 1980/81 UEFA Cup between AZ 67 Alkmaar and Ipswich Town and the final in the 1981/82 European Cup Winners' Cup between FC Barcelona and Standard Liege .

At the 1974 World Cup, he served as linesman in two games. At the Soccer World Cup 1982 he was used as a referee and on June 18, led the match Italy - Peru (1: 1). During the encounter he was accidentally run over by the Peruvian player José Velásquez . Eschweiler fell backwards and lost his pipe and cards in the process. He then received brief treatment and finally whistled the game to an end. In the first and second final round he had two missions as a linesman. Other highlights are Eschweiler's referee appearances in 14 farewell games, among others by Franz Beckenbauer , Uwe Seeler , Sepp Maier , Horst-Dieter Höttges , Pelé , Hermann Ohlicher , Dino Zoff and Ronnie Hellström .

He whistled the student World Cup final between Uruguay and Paraguay in Montevideo. He was also used at military world championships in Italy, Belgium, Egypt and Germany.

Sports diplomat

Eschweiler worked as a trained diplomat with the rank of consul in the Foreign Office since 1958 .

Since 1986 he has been active as a sports representative in the department for international sports relations: He looks after athletes and large associations ( IOC , FIFA , UEFA , DFB , DOSB , etc.), introduces people from sports and politics to one another. His responsibilities are large events, trips abroad and transfers of athletes. Only for celebrity games does he act as a referee about 20 times a year.


Eschweiler is today a supporter of Bayer 04 Leverkusen .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Commercial , accessed January 24, 2020
  2. RP Online: Which celebrity holds which club ( Memento from July 17, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) (No. 52 in the gallery)