Referees from Turkey

Cuneyt Cakir
Intl. since: 2006
Hometown: Istanbul
"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
Hüseyin Göcek
Intl. since: 2008
Hometown: Istanbul
In 2011 Hüseyin Göcek was promoted to the UEFA Category 1.
Halis Ozkahya
Intl. since: 2009
Hometown:
Because of his looks and style of refereeing they say in Turkey Ozkahya has an "Italian Style".
Firat Aydinus
Intl. since: 2006
Hometown:
Aydinus has handled 13 derbies in Turkey (Galatasaray-Besiktas-Fenerbahce),
Selçuk Dereli
Intl. since: 2003
Hometown: Kahramanmaras
Physical education teacher Dereli took charge of the final of the Euro u19 championships in 2003. During his international matches Selcuk Dereli seems to be easy on the cards.
Bulent Yildirim
Intl. since: 2007
Hometown: Ankara
Bulent Yildirim is a UEFA Category 1 referee and since season 2010 - 2011 active in Champions League qualifiers.
Ali Palabiyik
Intl. since: 2015
Hometown:
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Ahmet Cakar
Intl. since:
Hometown: Istanbul
Metin Tokat
Intl. since:
Hometown: Ankara
A few qualifiers and UEFA Cup matches and then it was over for Metin Tokat. Who;s father was FIFA referee Talat Tokat.
Mete Kalkavan
Intl. since: 2013
Hometown:
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Dogan Babacan
Intl. since: 1968
Hometown: Istanbul
in the 1950s
Oguz Sarvan
Intl. since: 1991
Hometown:
Oguz's father was the FIFA referee Muzaffer Sarvan. Oguz Sarvan was a FIFA re
Halil Umut Meler
Intl. since: 2017
Hometown:
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Hilmi Ok
Intl. since: 1973
Hometown: Istanbul
The former football player (1948-1960) Hilmi Ok became a referee (FIFA season 1973/74 until probably 1980) after an injury and then president of the Central Referee Committee.
Bulent Demirlek
Intl. since: 2003
Hometown: Bursa
Since he became an international referee, Bulent Demirlek has been taking charge of youth matches and qualifiers. He retired internationally at the end of 2008.
Alper Ulusoy
Intl. since: 2016
Hometown:
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Yusuf Namoglu
Intl. since: 1986
Hometown:
Talat Tokat
Intl. since: 1979
Hometown: Ankara
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Orhan Erdemir
Intl. since: 1999
Hometown: Istanbul
Orhan Erdemir has studied in New York, but came back because of his father's illness.
Erol Ersoy
Intl. since:
Hometown: Izmir
Qualifiers, youth matches and the lower stages of the UEFA Cup. Ersoy retired internationally in 2002.
Ertugrul Dilek
Intl. since: 1970
Hometown: Istanbul
Dilek told the press he once chased a man down his stairs who tried to bribe him.
Kuddusi Müftüoglu
Intl. since: 2003
Hometown: Anatlya
A FIFA refere from 2003-2005 and in 2007.
Muhittin Bosat
Intl. since: 1997
Hometown: Istanbul
FIFA referee from 1997 until 2003.
Baris Simsek
Intl. since: 2013
Hometown:
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Ihsan Türe
Intl. since: 1980
Hometown: Izmir
Ihsan Ture, FIFA ref for over 10 years, wrote a book and was in the media a lot because he was the one who dared to go public about match fixing in Turkey.
Mustafa
Intl. since:
Hometown: Kocaeli
During his international career, Mustafa Culcu took charge mainly of qualifiers. The ex-army man retired at 45.
Cem Papila
Intl. since: 2005
Hometown: Zonguldak
Cem Papila's international career was very short, it lasted only two years, from the beginning of 2005 till the end of 2006. He also quit nationally in that year. Papila is often s
Tolga
Intl. since: 2011
Hometown: Izmir
A UEFA category 3 referee
Yunus Yildirim
Intl. since:
Hometown: Manisa
Yunus Yildirim had been FIFA referee for only two years: 2006-2007. He came back in 2009 as a UEFA Category 4 referee, now cat 3.
Orhan Cebe
Intl. since: 1974
Hometown: Izmir
The first leg of the final of the Balkan Cup may have been Orhan Cebe's most important international match.
Erman Toroglu
Intl. since: 1989
Hometown: Istanbul
Toroglu is often on tv and he is rather controversial, making enemies with his antics. Important enemies, one even had him kicked out of his club.
Bülent Uzun
Intl. since: 1999
Hometown: Izmir
In 2005 Bulent Uzun was the first one of referees heard in front of a Parliamentary Commission looking into sports violence, bribery and unfair competition.
Erkan Göksel
Intl. since: 1981
Hometown: Istanbul
FIFA ref from 1981 until the end of 1988.
Sadik Deda
Intl. since: 1989
Hometown:
Deda was a FIFA referee from 1989 until 1993.
Muzaffer Sarvan
Intl. since: 1968
Hometown: Izmir
A FIFA referee from 1968 until probably 1976 or a year or two earlier. Muzaffer has a son,
Ismet Arzuman
Intl. since: 2005
Hometown: Diyarbakir
Turkish referee Ismet Arzuman had a short international career. He started in 2005 and retired in 2007.
Faruk Talu
Intl. since: 1958
Hometown: Istanbul
Faruk Talu was a FIFA referee from 1958 until 1968.
Vahap Beyaz
Intl. since: 1995
Hometown:
Vahap Beyaz was a FIFA referee from 1995 till the end of 1997.
Sulhi Garan
Intl. since: 1950
Hometown: Istanbul
Writer, journalist, radio commentator, literature teacher, professional player (Besiktas, striker) in his youth, and FIFA referee Sulhi Garan took charge of a match at the 1960 Oly
Cezmi Basar
Intl. since: 1956
Hometown: Ankara
A FIFA referee from 1953 (say the Turkish FA) or 1956 (say FIFA) until 1970, (other sources have him on the FIFA list from 1961 until 1972), Cezni Basar became a referee in 1949.
Tolga Ozkalfa
Intl. since: 2015
Hometown:
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Bulent Yavuz
Intl. since: 1990
Hometown: Ankara
Yavuz is a former army colonel, former FIFA referee (1990 - 1995) and former president of the Central Referee Committee.
Ali Aydin
Intl. since:
Hometown: Ordu
Ali Aydin used to be really heavy, when his friends advised him to do something about it he took a referee course. What started as a hobby became more serious when he was asked for
Nejat Sener
Intl. since: 1965
Hometown: Bursa
Internationally active from 1965 until 1971 (or a year or two later).
Hasan Ceylan
Intl. since: 1990
Hometown: Izmir
A FIFA referee from probably 1990 until 1994.
Hakki Gürüz
Intl. since: 1955
Hometown: Izmir
This FIFA ref was also an economist. Born in Thessaloniki, Guruz died in Izmir, 2000. Turkish sites have him as a FIFA ref from 1961 until the end of 1964, but his name appears on
Umit Oztürk
Intl. since: 2019
Hometown:
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Serdar Cakman
Intl. since: 1993
Hometown: Ankara
A FIFA referee for three years (1992-1995) and now a person of some controversy as we are to believe.
Vedat Yüksel
Intl. since: 2008
Hometown: Mersin
Vedat Yuksei was a FIFA referee from 2008 till somewhere in 2009.
Sabahattin Ladikli
Intl. since: 1971
Hometown: Ankara
At least three important finals nationally but internationally Ladikli was active for only one or two years, around 1971.
Deniz Ates Bitnel
Intl. since: 2015
Hometown:
Deniz Ates Bitnel is a FIFA referee since 2015. His occupation was fitness trainer until he become a professional referee.
Fehmi Pazarci
Intl. since: 1972
Hometown: Izmir
FIFA referee in 1972 and 1973.
Orhan Gönül
Intl. since: 1958
Hometown: Ankara
Orhan Gonul was on the FIFA list from 1958 until 1963.
Ziya Türkdogan
Intl. since: 1972
Hometown: Ankara
Internationally active between 1971 and 1978.
Sabri
Intl. since: 1994
Hometown: Istanbul
A FIFA referee from 1974 until the end of 1997.
Semih Zoroglu
Intl. since: 1958
Hometown: Istanbul
Semigh Zoroglu was active internationally from 1958 until 1964.
Mustafa Gerceker
Intl. since: 1960
Hometown: Kayseri
FIFA referee probably from 1960 until 1967.
Nihat
Intl. since: 1976
Hometown: Ankara
FIFA 1976-77 until 1981/82
Macit Saridana
Intl. since: 1972
Hometown: Ankara
Saridana was a FIFA referee in 1972. Still he got to take charge of a third round UEFA Cup match between Liverpool and Berlin. (if our sources got it right). (Saridana is sometimes
Cihat Ergun
Intl. since:
Hometown: Istanbul
In the 1940s Cihat Ergun was a player for Istanbulspor. He was an international referee in and possibly before season 1959/60.
Cumhur Demir
Intl. since: 1980
Hometown: Istanbul
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Coskun Kutai
Intl. since: 1989
Hometown:
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Unsal Cimen
Intl. since: 1994
Hometown: Mugia
FIFA referee 1992-1994.
Ibrahim Acar
Intl. since:
Hometown: Ankara
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Ibrahim Aksoy
Intl. since:
Hometown: Manisa
Internationally active in the 1990s. His very last match seems to have been in 2000.
Ozcan Oal
Intl. since: 1988
Hometown: Istanbul
Oal's last year as a FIFA ref was 2000. He was internationally active for at least two years maybe more.
Metin Aydogan
Intl. since:
Hometown: Istanbul
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Ahmet Akcay
Intl. since:
Hometown: Izmir
A referee from the 1980s
Dundar Karakaplan
Intl. since: 1955
Hometown:
Dündar Karakaplan was a FIFA referee during season 1955-56. He died in 2000.
Mustafa Balöz
Intl. since:
Hometown: Izmir
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Sazi Tezcan
Intl. since:
Hometown:
1950 was probably the last year he was active internationally. There was a match Syria -Lebanon in 1936 he took charge of.
Kazim
Intl. since:
Hometown:
If he was a FIFA referee, he must have been active in the 1980s. Kazim Unlusoy died in 2000.
Resat
Intl. since: 1955
Hometown:
Önen was on the FIFA list in season 1955/56 as a deputy referee.
Omer Karabag
Intl. since: 1972
Hometown: Istanbul
A FIFA referee probably in seasons 1971-72 and 72-73.
Bedri Cakir
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Adnan Akin
Intl. since:
Hometown: Istanbul
A national referee in the 1930s and 1940s and internationally active in the 1940s, last year probably 1950.
Ali Timur
Intl. since: 1958
Hometown: Adana
A FIFA referee probably only during season 1958/59
Ertugrul Aybay
Intl. since: 1975
Hometown: Ankara
Active in the 1970s and FIFA referee for possibly only one or two seasons.
Feyyaz Tugrul
Intl. since:
Hometown: Izmir
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Samih Duransoy
Intl. since: 1949
Hometown: Istanbul
Season 1950-51 was probably his last year as an international referee.
Yilmaz
Intl. since: 1977
Hometown: Ankara
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Abdi Parlakay
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bursa
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Feridun Kilic
Intl. since: 1951
Hometown: Istanbul
He was on the FIFA list during season 1951-52 and we found him as a deputy referee in 1956. (Kilic, a Slav sounding name, is without dots on the i's and is Turkish for "sword")
Ilyas Ayan
Intl. since: 1978
Hometown: Adana
An international referee from the early 1980s
Muzaffer Tuncalp
Intl. since:
Hometown: Izmir
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Muzaffer Ertug
Intl. since: 1951
Hometown: Ankara
On the FIFA list from 1951 until season 1958/59.
Rifat Atakani
Intl. since:
Hometown: Istanbul
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Zülbahar Sagnak
Intl. since: 1951
Hometown: Ankara
FIFA referee from 1951 until the end of season 1957/58.
Muvahhit Afir
Intl. since: 1960
Hometown: Istanbul
Afir was born in 1917 in Istanbul. He played professional football as a goalkeeper between 1933 and 1943. From 1955 he was active as a referee in the Turkish first division. On the
Ahmet Bagatir
Intl. since:
Hometown: Istanbul
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Ziya Ozan
Intl. since: 1951
Hometown: Ankara
Ziya Ozan was a FIFA referee in season 1951/52.
Veli Necdet Arig
Intl. since: 1965
Hometown: Ankara
An international referee on and off during the 1960s, last season probably 1971-72. Veli Necdet Arig died in 2009.
Yilgor Oktem
Intl. since:
Hometown: Ankara
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Faik Gokay
Intl. since: 1952
Hometown: Ankara
FIFA referee 1951-1957. The first season he was a deputy ref. He was active in both the football (1 year general-secretary) and the basketball federations.
Hamdi Emin Cap
Intl. since:
Hometown: Istanbul
A player and a referee. Took charge of a friendly match Turkey - Soviet Union in 1924.
Resat Nayir
Intl. since:
Hometown: Istanbul
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Sedat
Intl. since: 1971
Hometown: Istanbul
An international referee from around 1970 until 1973.
Nuri Bosut
Intl. since: 1934
Hometown: Istanbul
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Hüsamettin Böke
Intl. since: 1957
Hometown: Ankara
A goalkeeper for Fenerbahce and the Turkish national team and a FIFA referee. He was first listed as a "deputy" referee from 1951 and then as a referee in 1957. Böke died in 19
Ibrahim Firla
Intl. since: 1972
Hometown: Izmir
A FIFA referee for one season only: 1972-73.
Ahmed Adem Gogdun
Intl. since:
Hometown: Istanbul
Gogdun is a referee from the 1930s and 40s. (his name has umlauts on the o and the u and a little thingy on the second g)

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