Şazi Tezcan

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Şazi Tezcan
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Tezcan in 1947
Personal information
Full name Şazi Tezcan
Date of birth 1907 (1907)
Place of birth Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
Date of death 1962 (aged 54–55)
Place of death Turkey
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)

Refereeing career
Other occupation Physical education teacher
Years League Role
1948 FIFA listed Referee
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Şazi Tezcan (1907 – 1962) was a Turkish football player and referee. He became Turkey's first referee to officiate an international match, and became a FIFA referee in 1948.

Playing career[]

Born in 1907 in Istanbul,[1] Tezcan played as a goalkeeper for Darüşşafaka, Kasımpaşa, and Beykoz.[2] He was also a physical education teacher at the Commercial High School.[2] In 1928 Tezcan broke his arm, and was unable to continue playing and working as a teacher.[2]

Refereeing career[]

In 1932 Tezcan attended the Turkish Football Federation's first training courses for referees, obtaining his diploma and starting his refereeing career.[2] On 28 November 1937, Tezcan officiated a match at the Taksim Stadium between Fenerbahçe and Greek side Enosis, which ended in a 3–2 win for AEK.[2] Tezcan expelled Esad'ı of Fenerbahçe, despite yellow and red cards not existing at the time;[3] the referee was punished with a lifetime ban.[2] The Istanbul District Disciplinary Board overturned the decision on 5 March 1938.[3]

On 1 October 1940, a new law was enacted in Turkey where referees were officially licensed: Tezcan was given the first "national referee" license.[2] On 4 May 1947, Tezcan refereed an international game between Syria and Lebanon at the Beirut Municipal Stadium,[4] becoming the first Turkish referee to officiate a match between two international sides.[2] He became a FIFA referee in 1948, earning the FIFA badge.[2]


Tezcan died in 1962.[2]


  1. ^ "Şazi Tezcan - Spordb". www.spordb.com. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g h i j Karakuş, Anıl (22 December 2017). "İlk Milli hakemimiz Şazi Tezcan". gzt. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b Görgün, Ege (31 October 2011). "Aynı anda hem hakemdi hem spor yazarı: B. Şazi Tezcan". Goal.com. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  4. ^ K., A. (3 May 1947). "Cinq minutes aveq M. Tezcan arbitre international". Le-Jour.

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