Bio
Gianluca Paparesta
Born: 1969-05-25
Intl. since: 2003-01-01
Hometown: Bari
Country: Italy
Speaks: Italian, English
Occupation: President of the College of Auditors Ostuni
Hobbies: Going to the cinema, collecting watches.

Bari born Paparesta simultaneously completed his military service in the Air Force and graduated from the university before he turned 23 years old.

Working man

He worked as a business consultant for Pricewaterhouse and got a post-graduates degree in \"Sport Law and Economy\".

Referee man

Paparesta refereed the final of the Copa Italia 4 times: in 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Today Gianluca Paparesta is the youngest referee in the history of international football, included in the directories of FIFA and UEFA.

Did you know
CAREER MAN

  • In 2006 when the Italian match-fixing scandal was under investigation Paparesta said he was "locked up in a locker room" by then Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi (the alleged ringleader of "a network" set up to influence referees), supposedly for failing to assure the club's victory in a game in the 2004-05 season. Paparesta said he did not report the incident because he feared it would have ended his career.
    Probably he should have reported the incident, because at the end he received an eight-month ban from the Italian referees' association. At first he was already banned for 3 months.
  • Gianluca Paparesta was invited by FIFA to participate in an official series of tests to determine the list of referees for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. But since he (was?) retired internationally it was al to no avail.
  • Gianluca Paparesta is one of the few worldreferees who has his own website.
  • Paparesta is often named in the Italian Moggi/Calciopoli scandal. Moggi was a powerful fixer of Juventus. Besides the story of how Moggi locked Paparesta in his own locker room, there is more:
    - 2004-2005: Chievo x Juventus: A shot on goal by Chievo player Pellisier is behind the goal line, but the goal was denied, Juve wins 1-0.
    - 2005-2006: Inter x Juventus: Juve wins 2-1, in the last minute a free kick was incorrectly rewarded after Nedved went down. Again Moggi visited the dressing room of Paparesta
    - 2005-2006: Juventus x Lazio: Juve player Cannavaro breaks a leg of Lazio-player Mudingayi but does not receive a booking. Lazio player Dabo is denied a goal, but receives a red card after protesting, Juve scores in 88th minute: 1-0
    This is from the book Verdachte voorzetten by Jurriaan van Wessem, who perhaps also watched the antijuve site.
Statistics
Statistics for GIANLUCA PAPARESTA
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 4 1 5
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 21 31 52
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 1 3 4
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.27 0.07 0.17
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 1.4 2.07 1.73
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.07 0.2 0.13

Based on 15 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR GIANLUCA PAPARESTA
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
UEFA Cup 2006 - 2007
round of 16ShakhtarSevilla FC2007-03-152 - 3 7 (2-5)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
round of 32PSGAEK2007-02-222 - 0 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
group stageLeverkusenBesiktas2006-12-142 - 1 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2005 - 2006
round of 32Lille OSCShakhtar2006-02-153 - 2 6 (4-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageAZMiddlesbrough2005-11-240 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundDinamo BucurestiEverton2005-09-155 - 1 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2005-2006
qualifiers 2nd roundLiverpoolKaunas2005-08-042 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2006 qualifiers - Europe
EstoniaRussia2005-03-301 - 1 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2004 - 2005
round of 16CSKA MoskvaPartizan2005-03-172 - 0 4 (2-2)2 (0-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBenficaDinamo Zagreb2004-11-252 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundNacional MadeiraSevilla FC2004-09-301 - 2 6 (3-3)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
Greece u21Germany u212004-04-272 - 1 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
AlbaniaSweden2004-02-182 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2003 - 2004
qualifiersLitexZimbru2003-08-140 - 0 4 (1-3)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Intertoto 2003
3rd roundHeerenveenLierse SK2003-07-194 - 1 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)