The game of football cannot be completely enjoyed without the assistance of a referee to keep the game disciplined. They help make decisions on the pitch and keep every player at their best performance in the game. Here’s a list of referees who have officiated European matches and have seen themselves become the best of the best in their fields.
1. Felix Brych
The 42-year old German referee is ranked the world’s best referee as well as a successful referee too. Since getting his license in 2007, he has officiated in notable matches like UEFA Europa League Finals, the 2017 Champions League Final, was selected as one of the referees for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Brych is also a qualified doctor of law.
2. Mark Geiger
Mark is another successful and very good referee in Europe but hails from the United state of America. He has quite a vast experience and skill. He has officiated in the Major League Soccer, been part of the FIFA International Referees List since 2008, also a Member of the professional Referee Organization. He succeeded in winning the MLS Referee of the year in 2011 and 2014.
3. Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Mateu Lahoz is especially popular and widely known in the Spanish League. He was rated as one of the best referees in 2019, he is a notable referee who officiated during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Lahoz also made the list for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. He has also officiated many El Clasicos between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
4. Viktor Kassai
The 42-year-old Hungarian Referee was named the International Referee for FIFA since 2003. He also officiated the 2010 World cup semi-final game between Germany and Spain, as well as the 2011 Champions League Final. He was the first referee to give a penalty after viewing a video replay.
5. Bjorn Kuipers
Bjorn Kuipers is a 44-year-old Dutch referee, and also a FIFA listed referee since 2006 and also a UEFA Elite Group referee Bjorn Kuipers has officiated so many important Football matches like the 2011 UEFA Super Cup, the 2013 UEFA Europa League Final, and the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Final. He has also officiated the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final and the recent 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup Final.
6. Cuneyt Cakir
Cakir is a well known FIFA International referee and is also one of the best referees in the world. The 40-year-old Turkish referee officiated the 2012 Champions League Semi-final between Barcelona and Chelsea. He also holds the record of the first referee to officiate two different semi-final matches in Champions League history.