Bio
Markus Merk
Born: 1962-03-15
Intl. since: 1992-01-01
Hometown: Otterbach
Country: Germany
Speaks: German, English, French
Occupation: Dentist
Hobbies: Thriathlon, cross country skiing, social work, travelling

Markus Merk, born March 15, 1962 in Kaiserslautern, Germany, has been a referee for over 21 years. He was born very near the stadium at Kaiserslauern, the Fritz-Walter Stadium, which he still describes as 'a very emotional place'. He was 12 when he first started going to games and was immediately 'impressed by the way the referees and their assistants worked'.

Career

Merk started refereeing at the age of 15 and joined the DFB (the National German Soccer Federation) in 1984. In 1985 he made his first appearance in the second division of the Bundesliga, Germany's top soccer league. In 1988 he moved up to the first division. He's been a FIFA-Referee since 1992 and as such officiated over 60 matches to date (2006). His palmares include the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, the final of the 1997 Italy tournament for cup winners (Paris St. Germain - FC Barcelona), the opening game and one of the semi-finals (Holland - Italy) of Euro 2000, the Korea - Japan match in the 2002 World Championships, the Champions League final 2003 in Manchester (Juventus - AC Milan) and the Euro 2004 final at Lisbon's Estadio da Luz (Portugal - Greece).

Federal cross of merit

Since early 2004 Merk is also the man with most matches to his name in the Bundesliga. At last count he's led over 264 matches. He was chosen Best National Referee for the 1994/95, 1995/96, 1999,200 and 2002/03 seasons and was voted World Referee in 2004. Merk was awarded the 'Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany' in 2005 for his sporting and social dedication. Special mention was made of his work for the "Indienhilfe Kaiserslautern"-association (Help for India, Kaiserslautern), a fund that supports agricultural projects, free medical treatment, schools and orphanages in India.

World Cup 2006

Although Merk appeared in the 2006 World Cup finals, he didn't make it to the quarter-finals, quiet exceptional for a famous and experienced ref like Merk. Maybe it was because he wasn't at his best, but probably it was because he is a German and a European and all the teams left were European.

last

His last CL match was PSV-Inter (0-1), december 2007. Not the most exciting match of his career, he showed no yellow cards, but one red card to PSV sider Mendez.

Did you know
SHORT BIOGRAPHY

  • Markus Merk won WorldReferee's golden whistle in 2007.
  • During EURO 2000 David Beckham was fined 4,000 for spitting at Herr Merk and sarcastically applauding one of his decisions.
  • Merk's wife is called Birgit and their only child is called Benedikt.
  • Since 2004, Merk is an honorary member of his birth town's FC Kaiserslautern.
  • Markus Merk features in a song by the popular German band Ketccar. The song is called 'Einer' and appears on the Hamburg band's second album entitled 'Von Spatzen und Tauben, Dachern und Handen'. Merk stated he was not particularly impressed with the fact ("I'm a household name in Germany"). Merk went on to say he didn't care much for pop music but was keen to know if any royalties were forthcoming.
  • Merk sold his dental practice in 2005. From then on he was also working as an inspirational speaker.
  • Markus Merk has his own website: www.merk-es-dir.de.
  • In his spare time Merk supports schools projects in southern India. In 1993 he established a village for disadvantaged children at Sogospatty located near the Indian city of Trichy.
  • During the 2003 Confederations Cup semi final Camroon-Colombia, led by Merk, 28 year old Camreroon midfielder Marc Vivien Foe collapsed in the heat. He was carried off to the side line and received treatment and oxygen for over 45 minutes. Foe never recovered. the match continued, Camroon won 1-0. It was the first time a player died during an international tournament.
  • Merk abandoned the 2004-2005 CL quarter-final Inter- AC Milan in the 2nd half because Inter fans were throwing things at him. The match had been stopped for about 30 minutes, to no avail.
Statistics
Statistics for MARKUS MERK
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 7 11 18
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 159 200 359
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 15 23 38
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.05 0.08 0.07
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 1.2 1.52 1.36
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.11 0.17 0.14

Based on 132 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR MARKUS MERK
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
Champions League 2007-2008
group stagePSVInternazionale2007-12-120 - 1 0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageLiverpoolBesiktas2007-11-068 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageCelticAC Milan2007-10-032 - 1 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
Euro 2008 qualifiers
NorwayTurkey2007-10-171 - 2 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
PortugalSerbia2007-09-121 - 1 4 (1-3)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
NetherlandsRomania2007-03-240 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
EnglandMacedonia2006-10-070 - 0 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly tournament
AustriaJapan2007-09-070 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SwitzerlandItaly1995-06-190 - 1 5 (3-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
RomaniaTurkey2007-08-222 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
EnglandBrazil2007-06-011 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
BrazilEngland2007-06-011 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
BrazilSwitzerland2006-11-152 - 1 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SwitzerlandBrazil2006-11-151 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
BrazilSweden2006-11-152 - 1 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
EnglandArgentina2000-02-230 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
NetherlandsBrazil1999-10-092 - 2 2 (2-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
AustriaHungary1998-03-252 - 3 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
EnglandHungary1996-05-183 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
ItalyFrance1994-02-160 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
NetherlandsItaly1992-09-092 - 3 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SwitzerlandBulgaria1992-04-280 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2006-2007
1/2 finalsChelsea F.C.Liverpool2007-04-251 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePortoArsenal2006-12-060 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageLiverpoolBordeaux2006-10-313 - 0 1 (1-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2006
group stageGhanaUSA2006-06-222 - 1 5 (4-1)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBrazilAustralia2006-06-182 - 0 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSerbia and MontenegroNetherlands2006-06-110 - 1 6 (4-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2005-2006
1/2 finalsBarcelonaAC Milan2006-04-260 - 0 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st knockoutBarcelonaChelsea F.C.2006-03-071 - 1 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
group stageArtmedia PetrzalkaPorto2005-12-060 - 0 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageLille OSCManchester United2005-11-021 - 0 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageReal MadridOlympiakos2005-09-282 - 1 6 (2-4)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundAjaxBrøndby2005-08-243 - 1 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2006 qualifiers - Europe
play-offsSlovakiaSpain2005-11-161 - 1 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
IrelandSwitzerland2005-10-120 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
RussiaPortugal2005-09-070 - 0 7 (3-4)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
TurkeyGreece2005-06-040 - 0 5 (3-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
IsraelFrance2005-03-301 - 1 4 (3-1)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
NetherlandsCzech Republic2004-09-082 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2004-2005
1/4 finalsInternazionaleAC Milan2005-04-120 - 3 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st knockoutJuventusReal Madrid2005-03-092 - 0 4 (3-1)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePSGCSKA Moskva2004-12-071 - 3 6 (3-3)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageOlympiakosMonaco2004-11-031 - 0 7 (4-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageCelticBarcelona2004-09-141 - 3 4 (3-1)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundManchester UnitedDinamo Bucuresti2004-08-253 - 0 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2004
finalPortugalGreece2004-07-040 - 1 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageDenmarkSweden2004-06-222 - 2 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
group stageFranceEngland2004-06-132 - 1 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2003-2004
1/2 finalsPortoDeportivo La Coruna2004-04-210 - 0 4 (3-1)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1/4 finalsArsenalChelsea F.C.2004-04-061 - 2 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st knockoutAC MilanSparta Prague2004-03-104 - 1 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageLazioBesiktas2003-11-261 - 1 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
group stageAjaxCelta de Vigo2003-10-221 - 0 5 (0-5)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundGalatasarayCSKA Sofia2003-08-133 - 0 3 (2-1)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2004 qualifiers
play-offsCroatiaSlovenia2003-11-151 - 1 8 (5-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
ItalyWales2003-09-064 - 0 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
GreeceSpain2002-09-070 - 2 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Confederations Cup 2003
1/2 finalsCameroonColombia2003-06-261 - 0 7 (5-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBrazilTurkey2003-06-232 - 2 7 (5-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2002-2003
finalJuventusAC Milan2003-05-280 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1/4 finalsInternazionaleValencia2003-04-091 - 0 4 (2-2)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd group stageJuventusManchester United2003-02-250 - 3 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd group stageAjaxAS Roma2002-12-102 - 1 5 (1-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageDynamo KyivFeyenoord2002-10-232 - 0 3 (0-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageAS RomaReal Madrid2002-09-170 - 3 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundFenerbahce SKFeyenoord2002-08-270 - 2 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2002 - 2003
1/4 finalsLiverpoolCeltic2003-03-200 - 2 4 (0-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2002
round of 16DenmarkEngland2002-06-150 - 3 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageJapanRussia2002-06-091 - 0 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2001-2002
1/4 finalsManchester UnitedDeportivo La Coruna2002-04-103 - 2 6 (0-6)2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd group stageReal MadridPorto2002-02-191 - 0 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd group stageBarcelonaGalatasaray2001-12-052 - 2 6 (2-4)2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageOlympiakosDeportivo La Coruna2001-10-311 - 1 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2001 - 2002
1/4 finalsInternazionaleValencia2002-03-141 - 1 4 (1-3)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2002 qualifiers - S. America
UruguayArgentina2001-11-141 - 1 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2002 qualifiers - Europe
DenmarkCzech Republic2001-06-022 - 1 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
IcelandNorthern Ireland2000-10-111 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2000 - 2001
1/4 finalsCelta de VigoBarcelona2001-03-153 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
round of 16AS RomaLiverpool2001-02-150 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2000-2001
2nd group stagePanathinaikosValencia2000-12-060 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st group stageGlasgow RangersGalatasaray2000-10-170 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st group stagePSVManchester United2000-09-263 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
1st group stageBarcelonaLeeds United2000-09-134 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2000
1/2 finalsItalyNetherlands2000-06-290 - 0 9 (5-4)1 (1-0)2 (0-2)0 (0-0)
group stageSloveniaSpain2000-06-181 - 2 6 (4-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBelgiumSweden2000-06-102 - 1 4 (3-1)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 1999-2000
1/4 finalsChelsea F.C.Barcelona2000-04-053 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd group stageFiorentinaValencia2000-03-011 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st group stageReal MadridOlympiakos1999-10-263 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st group stageBarcelonaArsenal1999-09-291 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1999 - 2000
1/4 finalsLeeds UnitedSlavia2000-03-163 - 0 0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
3rd roundBenficaCelta de Vigo1999-12-091 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2000 qualifiers
NorwayGreece1999-09-041 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
PolandSweden1999-03-310 - 1 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UkraineRussia1998-09-053 - 2 3 (1-2)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1998 - 1999
1/2 finalsBologna AGCMarseille1999-04-201 - 1 6 (2-4)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 1998-1999
1/4 finalsOlympiakosJuventus1999-03-171 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageInternazionaleReal Madrid1998-11-253 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageArsenalLens1998-11-250 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageCroatia ZagrebPorto1998-11-043 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageJuventusGalatasaray1998-09-162 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1997 - 1998
1/2 finalsInternazionaleSpartak Moskva1998-03-312 - 1 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
3rd roundAtlético de MadridCroatia Zagreb1997-12-091 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundLazioVitoria Guimarães1997-09-302 - 1 0 (0-0)1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1997 - 1998
1/4 finalsLokomotiv MoskvaAEK1998-03-192 - 1 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
Champions League 1997-1998
group stageDynamo KyivBarcelona1997-10-223 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1998 qualifiers - Europe
SwedenLatvia1997-09-101 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
NorwayFinland1997-04-301 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SpainSlovakia1996-10-134 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1996 - 1997
finalBarcelonaPSG1997-05-141 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 1996-1997
1/4 finalsAjaxAtlético de Madrid1997-03-051 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageJuventusManchester United1996-09-111 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiersGlasgow RangersAlania Vladikavkaz1996-08-073 - 1 4 (2-2)1 (0-1)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1996 - 1997
3rd roundBoavista FCInternazionale1996-12-030 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
2nd roundAnderlechtVitoria Guimarães1996-10-290 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1995 - 1996
1/2 finalsDeportivo La CorunaPSG1996-04-040 - 1 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1996 qualifiers
RussiaFinland1995-11-153 - 1 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
IrelandAustria1995-06-111 - 3 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1995 - 1996
2nd roundLyonLazio1995-10-172 - 1 8 (1-7)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundSevilla FCBotev1995-09-122 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiersOsijekSlovan Bratislava1995-08-220 - 2 0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1994 - 1995
1/4 finalsReal ZaragozaFeyenoord1995-03-162 - 0 0 (0-0)2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 1994-1995
group stageAnderlechtHajduk1994-11-020 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageAEKAjax1994-09-281 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1993 - 1994
2nd roundAberdeenTorino1993-11-031 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1993 - 1994
1st roundBrøndbyDundee United1993-09-152 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1994 qualifiers - Europe
EstoniaMalta1993-05-120 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
PolandTurkey1992-09-231 - 0 5 (1-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 1992-1993
1st roundZalgirisPSV1992-09-300 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Olympic Games 1992
group stageParaguay OTMorocco OT1992-07-303 - 1 3 (0-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSpain OTColombia OT1992-07-244 - 0 11 (4-7)4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)