Referee Cüneyt Cakir bio

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Born
1976-11-23
Intl. since
2006-01-01
Hometown
Istanbul
Country
Turkey
Speaks
Turkish, English
Occupation
Insurance agent
Hobbies
Reading, watching movies
 
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Cüneyt Cakir

2013-03-12

"My goal is the World Cup", he once stated, and why not. For starters he officiated a qualifier for the UEFA Cup and one for Euro 2008 in 2007.
He moved up to 'UEFA premier development category referee' at the start of 2010 and to Elite in June 2011.

semi final
In April 2010, despite of being "only" premier development, Cakir was assigned a semi-final of the Europa League, and in September of the same year a CL group stage match. A reason may have been the bad performances of some elite category refs that year. Perhaps UEFA just wanted some fresh talent quickly.

prof
Cakir and his colleague Firat Aydinus were the first professional referees in the Turkish Super League.

2011
Cakir was selected for the 2011 World Cup u20.

2012/ 2013
Cakir handled matches at Euro 2012. He is currently (2013) active in the UEFA Champions League.

2014
His name is on the long list for the 2014 World Cup.

From our reporter: James Ng