Referees Top 10 all time
Number 1: 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.
Number 2: Cüneyt Cakir
"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.
Number 3: 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.
Number 4: Bjorn Kuipers
As a son of a referee Bjorn Kuipers decided early in his life to become a referee as well.
Number 5: Felix Brych
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
Number 6: Ravshan Irmatov
Ravshan Irmatov has been very busy in 2009 and 2010, officiating at youth tournaments, qualifiers, the AFC Champions League and the World Cup
Number 7: Viktor Kassai
This Hungarian referee debuted in the first league in 1999 He received his FIFA badge in 2003 and immediately started refereeing UEFA Cup matches. Kassai is an UEFA Elite Category referee.
Number 8: Frank de Bleeckere
A third generation referee, Belgian Frank de Bleeckere started as a football player, but too often injured he decided to change his career. Belgian's World Cup record holder with 7 matches had to retire at the end of 2011 because of the age limit.
Number 9: 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.
Number 10: Jorge Larrionda
This referee, full name Jorge Luis Larrionda Pietrafiesa, was born 9 March 1968. Jorge was a football player himself, as striker he made it into the sixth division. As referee he made his debut in the first division in 1993 and was an international referee since 1998. He was seen by many as the very best referee in South America.
Larrionda retired at the end of 2011.
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Bummer! Just outside our top 10: Nicola Rizzoli
Nicola Rizzoli is active in the Italian Serie A since 2002. In 2007 he received his FIFA badge and in August of that year he started with a CL qualifier. After only a year and a half
he took charge of a Champions League group stage match. Rizzoli was promoted to the elite category at the beginning of season 2009-2010.