Referees Top 10 - 2013
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: Alireza Faghani
Faghani became a referee in 2007 and a year later he got his FIFA badge, which shows the trust AFC have in him. He is also one of the top referees in Iran.
Number 3: Bjorn Kuipers
As a son of a referee Bjorn Kuipers decided early in his life to become a referee as well.
Number 4: Stéphane Lannoy
Stéphane Lannoy is a French federation referee since 1998. Lannoy played football until he was 20, didn't think he was good enough to become a professional and turned to refereeing instead. Something he had been doing already, while playing.
Number 5: 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 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: Deniz Aytekin
A UEFA category 1 referee since 2012
Number 8: 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.
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Bummer! Just outside our top 10: Firat Aydinus
Aydinus has been refereeing in the Turkish Super League since 2003. He is an international referee since 2006, Aydinus has been taking charge of youth matches, qualifiers and the UEFA Cup group stage matches. January 2012 he moved up from UEFA Category 1 to the Elite Development category