Referees Top 10 - 2014
Number 1: Bjorn Kuipers
As a son of a referee Bjorn Kuipers decided early in his life to become a referee as well.
Number 2: 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.
Number 3: 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 4: Kristinn Jakobsson
After having taken charge of the final of the 2006 u19 Euro Championships and qualifiers for large tournaments and the Champions League, Kristinn Jakobsson, one of Worldrefere's reporter's favorites, made a giant leap forward in 2008 with reaching the group stage of the Champions league. He was on the UEFA premier referees list, but when that category disappeared Jakobsson ended on the 1st category list
Number 5: 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 6: Peter Green
Green is wearing his FIFA badge since 2006 and is on the AFC elite panel since 2008.
Number 7: 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 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.
Number 9: Clément Turpin
Turpin is a UEFA Second Category referee. He is the youngest ever in France to get the FIFA badge.
Number 10: Pavel Cristian Balaj
Cristian Balaj seems to be doing well for himself, not only in Romania, but in Europe too. At the time of writing he is listed as a second class category referee by UEFA, but is 'under observation' and has a great chance to be promoted coming summer. Balaj is well-known for his style; he allows the game to flow freely, but he is very tough when it comes to nasty fouls.
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Bummer! Just outside our top 10: Olegario Benquerenca
Whatever you say about Olegario Benquerenca, you can't say he is boring. The Portuguese 2010 World Cup quarter-final referee who often ends up on both our best and worst referees list, has a style of his own. Whether it's on TV or on the field, Olegario is always a little campy.