Bio
Lubos Michel'
Born: 1968-05-16
Intl. since: 1993-01-01
Hometown: Svidnik
Country: Slovakia
Speaks: Slovak, English, Russian, German, Polish
Occupation: Manager, MP, referee
Hobbies: History, tennis, reading

Born in the then Republic of Czecho-Slovakia in 1968, Lubos Michel had an impressive career as a referee and he was considered one of the world's best. He was only 25 when he became a FIFA referee.

Tyres

Slovakian Michel, who used to run a car tyre factory (Pneupex), started his international career in 1995 with a match between San Marino an Albania, two very small football countries, and moved up slowly to lead, for instance, the 2008 Champions League final.

Matches

Take a look at his palmares, the list is very long.

WC 2006

Many people expected him to be the one to officiate the final of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, but because the last four teams were all European as well, only four matches were allocated to Lubos Michel. One being the quarter final Germany - Argentina.

EC 2008

Often regarded as one of the best referees in the world, it came to no surprise that Michel was elected for EURO 2008 in Austria/Switzerland. He took charge of 2 group stage matches and a quarter final.

Average

Looking at his palmares, you'll see that Lubos has quite a high booking average (over 4.5 per game). In the 2006 World Cup Michel ended high in the booking top, just after number one Valentin Ivanov.

2010

And again Lubos was on the 54 member shortlist of candidates for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but then (October 23, 2008) the Slovak Football Association announced he was retiring from international football due to 'personal and health problems'. An Achilles tendon injury seems to be the main health problem. He was recently operated on and had to pass on the WC 2010 qualifier Belgium - Spain to Tom Henning Ovrebo. Missing the 2010 World Championships must be painful for Lubos. He was very much looking forward to the tournament and had meant to end his career only after reaching this peak.

new job

Michel's first new job after football was in football, he is head of Shakhtar's international competitions department.

Did you know
BEST

  • Lubos Michel' won WorldReferee's bronze whistle in 2007.
  • Michel previously was a teacher before he became an international referee and a tyre factory manager and an MP.
  • Together with Anders Frisk and Markus Merk, Michel visited Sierra Leone for the red cross officiating a game between children from a refugee camp
  • Since 2006 Michel has been a Member of National Council of the Slovak Republic, the Parliament. He stood for the SDKU-DS, the Slovenian Democratic and Christian Union. He is also a member of the Committee on Human Rights, Minorities and the Status of Women.
  • In july 2008 Lubos left the SDKU-DS fraction and became an independent Member of Parliament (although he still abides in the SDKU party, he does not represent this party in parliament).
  • Michel founded the society "Talent". This society tries to support young Slovak football players.
  • At Kryvyj Rih on the 14th of May 2006 Lubos Michel participated in the Ukrainian Championship.
    He took charge of the "golden match" between Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kyiv. Both teams had scored 75 points after thirty match days. They had to play an extra-match to establish a winner. In extra time Shakhtar won by 2 - 1 and became champion (source: match reporter Tumanov).
Statistics
Statistics for LUBOS MICHEL'
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 15 7 22
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 217 270 487
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 14 17 31
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.12 0.06 0.09
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 1.72 2.14 1.93
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.11 0.13 0.12

Based on 126 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR LUBOS MICHEL'
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
Ukrainian Premier League
Metalurh ZaporizhyaMetalist Kharkiv2008-10-051 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2010 qualifiers - Europe
CroatiaEngland2008-09-101 - 4 3 (2-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2008-2009
group stageInternazionaleWerder Bremen2008-10-011 - 1 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundWisla KrakowBarcelona2008-08-261 - 0 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2008
1/4 finalsNetherlandsRussia2008-06-211 - 3 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageFranceItaly2008-06-170 - 2 7 (4-3)1 (1-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
group stageSwitzerlandTurkey2008-06-111 - 2 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2007 - 2008
1/2 finalsBayern MunichZenit2008-04-241 - 1 4 (0-4)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2007-2008
finalManchester UnitedChelsea F.C.2008-05-211 - 1 8 (4-4)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageGlasgow RangersLyon2007-12-120 - 3 5 (3-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageOlympiakosReal Madrid2007-11-060 - 0 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePortoLiverpool2007-09-181 - 1 6 (1-5)1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundSevilla FCAEK2007-08-152 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2008 qualifiers
PortugalFinland2007-11-210 - 0 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
DenmarkSpain2007-10-131 - 3 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
ItalyFrance2007-09-080 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
CroatiaRussia2007-06-060 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
GreeceNorway2006-10-071 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
NetherlandsEngland2006-11-151 - 1 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
EnglandUkraine2000-05-312 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
CroatiaGermany2000-03-291 - 1 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
FranceCroatia1999-11-133 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
GermanySouth Africa1997-11-153 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SwedenDenmark1996-08-140 - 1 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
HungaryAustria1996-04-240 - 2 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2006-2007
1/4 finalsManchester UnitedAS Roma2007-04-107 - 1 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st knockoutBayern MunichReal Madrid2007-03-072 - 1 7 (3-4)2 (1-1)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
group stageWerder BremenChelsea F.C.2006-11-221 - 0 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageArsenalCSKA Moskva2006-11-010 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageManchester UnitedCeltic2006-09-133 - 2 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundValenciaSalzburg2006-08-223 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2006
1/4 finalsGermanyArgentina2006-06-301 - 1 7 (3-4)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
round of 16BrazilGhana2006-06-273 - 0 8 (2-6)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePortugalMexico2006-06-212 - 1 9 (4-5)1 (0-1)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)
group stageSwedenParaguay2006-06-151 - 0 8 (3-5)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2005 - 2006
1/2 finalsMiddlesbroughSteaua2006-04-274 - 2 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2005-2006
1/4 finalsBarcelonaBenfica2006-04-052 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
1st knockoutArsenalReal Madrid2006-03-080 - 0 5 (1-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSchalke 04PSV2005-11-233 - 0 2 (2-0)0 (0-0)2 (2-0)0 (0-0)
group stageJuventusBayern Munich2005-11-022 - 1 7 (5-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageManchester UnitedBenfica2005-09-272 - 1 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundMonacoBetis2005-08-232 - 2 7 (2-5)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Confederations Cup 2005
finalBrazilArgentina2005-06-294 - 1 5 (1-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageArgentinaGermany2005-06-212 - 2 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBrazilGreece2005-06-163 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2006 qualifiers - Europe
play-offsSwitzerlandTurkey2005-11-122 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
BelgiumSpain2005-10-080 - 2 9 (4-5)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
ScotlandItaly2005-09-031 - 1 7 (3-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UkraineDenmark2005-03-301 - 0 7 (2-5)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
AustriaEngland2004-09-042 - 2 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2004-2005
1/2 finalsLiverpoolChelsea F.C.2005-05-031 - 0 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st knockoutReal MadridJuventus2005-02-221 - 0 8 (3-5)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBarcelonaCeltic2004-11-241 - 1 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageChelsea F.C.CSKA Moskva2004-10-202 - 0 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageInternazionaleWerder Bremen2004-09-142 - 0 4 (2-2)1 (0-1)2 (2-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundMaccabi Tel AvivPAOK2004-08-251 - 0 4 (3-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2004
1/4 finalsSwedenNetherlands2004-06-260 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSwitzerlandFrance2004-06-211 - 3 4 (3-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageGreeceSpain2004-06-161 - 1 7 (5-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2003 - 2004
1/2 finalsMarseilleNewcastle United2004-05-062 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2003-2004
1/4 finalsReal MadridMonaco2004-03-244 - 2 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
1st knockoutJuventusDeportivo La Coruna2004-03-090 - 1 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageArsenalLokomotiv Moskva2003-12-102 - 0 4 (1-3)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageOlympiakosGalatasaray2003-11-053 - 0 7 (4-3)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageLyonBayern Munich2003-10-211 - 1 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageAC MilanAjax2003-09-161 - 0 3 (0-3)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundDeportivo La CorunaRosenborg2003-08-261 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2004 qualifiers
play-offsNetherlandsScotland2003-11-196 - 0 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
NorwayRomania2003-06-111 - 1 3 (0-3)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
IrelandRussia2003-06-071 - 1 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SpainNorthern Ireland2002-10-123 - 0 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2002 - 2003
finalCelticPorto2003-05-212 - 3 7 (4-3)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2002-2003
1/4 finalsJuventusBarcelona2003-04-091 - 1 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd group stageAjaxValencia2003-03-111 - 1 7 (3-4)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
2nd group stageReal MadridDortmund2003-02-192 - 1 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd group stageAS RomaArsenal2002-11-271 - 3 3 (3-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePSVArsenal2002-09-250 - 4 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundZeljeznicarNewcastle United2002-08-140 - 1 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2002
group stageParaguaySouth Africa2002-06-022 - 2 8 (4-4)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2001 - 2002
1/2 finalsInternazionaleFeyenoord2002-04-040 - 1 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
3rd roundBrøndbyParma2001-12-060 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2001-2002
1/2 finalsManchester UnitedLeverkusen2002-04-242 - 2 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
2nd group stagePortoPanathinaikos2002-03-122 - 1 4 (1-3)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd group stageBoavista FCBayern Munich2002-02-200 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageGalatasarayPSV2001-10-302 - 0 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageDeportivo La CorunaLille OSC2001-10-231 - 1 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)
group stageDynamo KyivDortmund2001-09-112 - 2 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundPortoGrasshopper2001-08-082 - 2 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2000-2001
2nd group stageArsenalLyon2001-02-211 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd group stageAnderlechtLazio2000-11-221 - 0 7 (2-5)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st group stageGlasgow RangersMonaco2000-11-072 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Olympic Games 2000
group stageKorea Republic OTChile OT2000-09-201 - 0 5 (3-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageNigeria OTHonduras OT2000-09-133 - 3 5 (4-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2002 qualifiers - Europe
RomaniaGeorgia2001-10-061 - 1 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
ScotlandCroatia2001-09-010 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
NetherlandsIreland2000-09-022 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1999 - 2000
1/2 finalsLeeds UnitedGalatasaray2000-04-202 - 2 5 (3-2)2 (1-1)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
3rd roundAjaxMallorca1999-11-250 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 1999-2000
2nd group stageValenciaManchester United2000-03-210 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd group stageDynamo KyivRosenborg2000-03-012 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st group stageBoavista FCDortmund1999-11-021 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st group stageArsenalFiorentina1999-10-270 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st group stageOlympiakosMolde1999-09-283 - 1 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st group stageValenciaGlasgow Rangers1999-09-152 - 0 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Intertoto 1999
final roundAuxerreVfB Stuttgart2000-08-080 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
finalHamburger SVMontpellier1999-08-241 - 1 6 (1-5)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2000 qualifiers
MacedoniaYugolsavia1999-09-082 - 4 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
IsraelAustria1999-06-065 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1998 - 1999
1/4 finalsLokomotiv MoskvaMaccabi Haifa1999-03-043 - 0 6 (1-5)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 1998-1999
group stageLensDynamo Kyiv1998-12-091 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageManchester UnitedBrøndby1998-11-045 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePSVHJK1998-09-162 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 2nd roundSpartak MoskvaLitex1998-08-266 - 2 1 (0-1)1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1998 u21
1/4 finalsGreece u21Germany u211998-05-231 - 0 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1997 - 1998
3rd roundSteauaAston Villa1997-11-252 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd roundLazioRotor Volgograd1997-11-043 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1998 qualifiers - Europe
GeorgiaPoland1997-10-113 - 0 6 (3-3)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UkraineAlbania1997-08-201 - 0 4 (3-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
San MarinoWales1996-06-020 - 5 6 (4-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1997 u17
group stageMali u17Mexico u171997-09-113 - 1 7 (3-4)2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageGhana u17Bahrain u171997-09-075 - 1 6 (4-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1996 - 1997
2nd roundAIK SolnaNimes Olympique1996-10-310 - 1 0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1997 u18 qualifiers
Lithuania u18Netherlands u181996-10-170 - 2 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1996 - 1997
1st roundBarryAberdeen1996-09-243 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1996 qualifiers
LiechtensteinNorthern Ireland1995-11-110 - 4 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1996 u21 qualifiers
Moldova u21Germany FR u211994-12-141 - 1 4 (3-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)