1. Cüneyt Cakir
"My goal is the World Cup", he once stated, and why not. For a start he officiated a qualifier for the UEFA Cup and one for Euro 2008 in 2007.
He moved up to a UEFA premier development category ref at the start of 2010 and to the Elite in June 2011.
And despite of being "only" premier development, in April 2010 Cakir was assigned a semi-final of the Europa League, and in September of the same year a CL group stage match. A reason for this could be the bad performances of some elite category refs. Perhaps UEFA wants new blood quick.
Cakir and his colleague Firat Aydinus will become the first professional referees in the Turkish Super League starting this spring.
2011 - Cakir was selected for the 2011 World Cup u20.
2012 - He has been appointed to handle matches at Euro 2012
2014 - His name is on the long list for the 2014 World Cup.
2. Ravshan Irmatov
He has been very busy in 2009 and 2010, officiating at youth tournaments, qualifiers, the AFC Champions League and the World Cup 2010
Ravshan Irmatov took charge of the first match of the World Cup finals, quite an honour. He did well and got 5 matches in all, including a quarter and a semi-final. Please go to "matches" and click on the matches, the Worldreferee reporters were quite enthusiastic about his performance.
Irmatov whistled the final of the 2008 Club World Cup LDU Quito - Manchester United in (as always) Japan. He showed a direct red to Man U's Vidic.
The 2011 Asia Cup final between Australie and Japan.
There won't be important tournaments without him for a while: Irmatov is selected for the 2012 Olympic Tournament and his name is on the list of 52 for the 2014 World Cup
3. Pedro Proença
His full name is Pedro Proença Oliveira Alves Garcia. In the First division since 1998, international since 2003. Already a year later he officiated the final in the Euro u19.
Always one step behind Olegario Benquerenca until 2012. That was his year: he got the CL final, was selected for the European Championship and got that final as well.
Pedro Proença made his debut in the CL in September 2007 with the match PSV-CSKA Moscow.
He is climbing steadily and was promoted to the elite category at the beginning of season 2009-2010.
Proença took charge of the final of Euro 2012. And he is on the short list for the 2014 World Cup.
4. Damir Skomina
Malta, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Far Oer, Anothosis Famagusta, Rabotnicki Kometal, Debreceni VSC, names of some of the teams Slovenian referee Skomina encountered at the start of his international career. But since the 2009/10 season he belongs to the elite category. Two years later he was assigned the CL quarter-final Chelsea vs Benfica.
Summer 2007 Skomina was one of six to officiate at the under 21 European Championships and he was in charge of the final, won by the Netherlands 4-1 against Serbia.
From then on Skomina was assigned to matches with slightly better teams, he got to the round of 32 of the UEFA Cup in 2008. CL round of 16 in 2011
Skomina was also 4th official at EURO 2008.
2008 - 2010
Skomina was selected for the Olympic Games in Beijing, august 2008. He was also on the 54 member shortlist of candidates for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
No more shortlists, Skomina got on the final list for Euro 2012.
Again Skomina appeared on the list of (this time) 52 referees for the World Cup.
5. Milorad Mazic
Milorad Mazic became FIFA referee in 2009. He is a UEFA Elite Development Category ref after having been a Category 1 referee for two years. Presently busy taking charge of matches in the Europa League but expected to go to the Champions League soon.
3 year's international experience and not yet an elite category referee, still Mazic is on the long list of 52 for the 2014 World Cup (and he will be Elite by then).
6. Halis Ozkahya
Halis Ozkahya is a UEFA Category 2 referee, promoted from 4 in 2011.
7. Jonas Eriksson
Jonas started refereeing in 1994 and made his debut in the Allsvenskan in 2000. Two years later Eriksson earned his FIFA badge.
The Swede was promoted to the elite category at the beginning of season 2009-2010.
Eriksson is slowly on his way up. He went beyond the UEFA Cup group stage in 2007.
December 2008 Eriksson reached the group stage of the Champions League for the first time.
March 2012 he was assigned a CL quarter-final match.
When the three partners sold the TV company (sports rights) in which Jonas Eriksson had a 15 % share, he became multimillionaire overnight
He has been appointed to handle matches at Euro 2012
He is on the long list of 52 for the 2014 World Cup.
8. Howard Webb
The career of UEFA Elite Category referee Howard Webb hasn't gone that smoothly, still it didn't take him long to reach the top. And the top was in 2010 with not only the CL final but also the final of the World Cup.
Howard Webb's father was a referee and it was he who made his son aware of a referee's course. Howard passed the course when he was 19 years old and started refereeing locally. He became a referee in the Northern Counties East League in 1996. In the year 2000 he was included on the National List of Football League referees. By then he was only 29 years old. Three years later he was selected as a Premiership referee. In 2005 at the age of 34 he received his FIFA badge.
Webb's first international match was the friendly match between Northern Ireland and Portugal (1-1) on 15 November 2005.
His first big international tournament was EURO U-21 2006 in Portugal. His first Champions League match was between Steaua Bucharest and Lyon (0-3) on 26 September 2006.
In 2007 Howard Melton Webb was one of the referees to officiate at the World Cup U-20 2007 in Canada.
It came as a surprise to many that Howard Webb was selected for EURO 2008 in Austria/Switzerland. Probably the FA has a big say in the selection procedure... At least it was good for England to have one (plus two) man present at this tournament.
Webb took charge of two matches in the group stage. With very controversial rulings in the match Austria - Poland, when he allowed an off-side goal and awarded a penalty to Austria in the 92nd minute. Resulting in hundreds of angry e-mails from Polish viewers asking WorldReferee.com for his address/ head. Of course we didn't oblige.
CL final 2010
The other top referees were either not so top or German or Italian. A few were maybe a little too young, inexperienced, one maybe too old (Larsen). And then there was the fact that neither finalists came from England, since long.
WC final 2010
It was a bit of a surprise to see Webb's name for the final. For some reason FIFA did not want a South American for an all European final (like 4 years earlier) and the other top refs had more or less failed (Rosetti, Busacca, De Bleeckere) or were too young (Irmatov, Kassai). Again Webb's name came up after crossing out the other ones.
Webb is selected, even though we hardly saw him in the Champions League.
His name is on the long list, but will he still be active in 2014? Seen all, done all.....
9. Felix Brych
It's doctor Felix Brych. The German referee is a doctor in law. His paper was about sports. Brych was promoted to the elite category at the start of season 2009-2010
In 2004 Felix Brych was selected to start refereeing in the Bundesliga. He got his FIFA-badge in 2007. His first ever international match was a friendly between The Netherlands and Ireland also in 2007. In August 2007 his international career really took off in a Champions league qualifier.
In October 2008, a year and a half after he received his FIFA badge, Felix Brych officiated his first Champions League match.
Olympic Games 2012
Although Brych missed out on the Euro 2012 he is selected for the Olympic tournament and on the long list for the 2014 World Cup.
Cypriot Cup Final
After Roberto Rosetti in 2010, Massimo Busacca in 2011, the Cypriot Football Federation invited a very renowned international referee to officiate for its Cypriot Cup Final. Felix Brych was in charge of Omonia Nicosia vs AEL Limassol (1-0) played in Nicosia on May 16th 2012
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10. Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Alberto Undiano Mallenco made his debut in the Primera Division in October 2000 at the early age of 26. From 2004 and on he officiated in UEFA Cup matches and qualifiers. Mallenco got his first Champions League match in 2007, and a big one too: Bayern vs Spartak Moscow. That was the year he became an Elite Category referee.
Alberto Undiano Mallenco was the referee in the semi-final of the UEFA U21 Championship in 2006 (10 yellow cards!), and the final of the FIFA U20 World Cup 2007 in Canada won by Argentina (against the Czech Republic 1-2).
1994/1995 (Third Division)
1995/1996 (Second Division B)
1997/1998 (Second Division A)
2000/2001 (First Division, the youngest Spanish ref ever)
Since 2004 FIFA referee
Alberto Undiano Mallenco took charge of three matches in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Unlike his colleague Velasco Carballo, Undiano wasn't selcted for Euro 2012, but together with Velasco's his name did appear on the list of 52 for the 2014 World Cup.