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Vladimír Hriňák (25 February 1964 – 25 July 2012) was a Slovak football referee. He took up refereeing in 1982,[1] and was promoted to the Czechoslovak First League for the 1992–93 season.[2] In 1993, he became a FIFA-listed match official, and in a 16-year international career, he refereed over 100 UEFA matches.[2] In 2008, Hriňák was selected as the fourth official for the Champions League final between Manchester United and Chelsea, as part of an all-Slovak team headed by Ľuboš Micheľ.[3] Hriňák's final international fixture was a match between Villarreal and Red Bull Salzburg in the group stage of the 2009–10 Europa League on 17 December 2009.[2][4]

Vladimír Hriňák
Born (1964-02-25)25 February 1964
Died 25 July 2012(2012-07-25) (aged 48)
Other occupation Teacher, sales manager
Years League Role
1992–1993 Czechoslovak First League Referee
1993–2009 Slovak Super Liga Referee
Years League Role
1993–2009 FIFA Referee
1993–2009 UEFA Referee

After retiring from refereeing, Hriňák took up several positions within the Slovak Football Association and was also the chairman of the Bratislava Football Association referees committee.[2]


  1. ^ "Vladimir Hrinak". Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "European football mourns Vladimir Hriňák". Union of European Football Associations. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Final whistle goes to Micheľ". Union of European Football Associations. 19 May 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Villarreal-Salzburg - Lineups". Union of European Football Associations. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2012.

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