Cüneyt Çakır is a highly respected professional football referee from Turkey. He was born on November 23, 1976, in Istanbul, Turkey. Recognized for his clear decision-making and authoritative presence on the pitch, Çakır has been entrusted with officiating several high-profile matches in both Turkish and international football.
Çakır started his refereeing career in the Super Lig, the top tier of Turkish football, in 2007. His consistent and standout performances in domestic matches led to his addition to the FIFA International Referees List in 2006, enabling him to officiate in international competitions.
Over his career, Çakır has been selected for several major international tournaments, showcasing his skills on the world stage. He has officiated matches in two UEFA European Championships, in 2012 and 2016, as well as in two FIFA World Cup tournaments, in 2014 and 2018.
In club football, Çakır has frequently been chosen to oversee matches in the UEFA Champions League, including numerous quarter-final and semi-final ties. Notably, he was the referee for the 2015 UEFA Champions League final between Barcelona and Juventus.
Apart from his refereeing career, Çakır also works as an insurance agent in Turkey, managing to successfully balance his professional life with his footballing duties.
Çakır is renowned for his calm demeanor, his thorough understanding of the game's rules, and his ability to effectively manage matches, even under high-pressure situations. His contributions to the sport have earned him recognition as one of the top referees in modern football. As of my last update in September 2021, Çakır continues to be an active referee in Turkish and international football.