Bio
Sorin Corpodean
Born: 1965-03-29
Intl. since: 1997-01-01
Hometown: Cluj-Napoca
Country: Romania
Speaks: Romanian, English
Occupation: Referee
Hobbies:

Sorin Corpodean did mostly qualifiers and a few group stage matches for the UEFA Cup. He was listed as a second class referee category but demoted to the third class and then in 2009 he got arrested.

2001

We don't know whether the Romanian referees are mostly incapable and corrupt or the Romanian teams are all full of big-mouthed paranoids, but in Romania there seems to be a lot of criticism targeted at the national referees and at Sorin Corpodean in particular.
In march 2001 Dinamo Bucharest claimed Sorin had cost them the national title by awarding a penalty to their opponents Rapid Bucharest in the final minutes of the deciding match. They asked for him to be banned from officiating their matches for the next five years. Eventually the Romanian Referees' Association decided Corpodean had indeed acted very sloppily and banned him for the next four matches.

2001

On the other hand in November 2001 Rapid Bucharest players left the field in frustration one minute before the actual end of their match against Brasov. This because Corpodean did not award what was to them a clear penalty. Maybe this is where Sorin tried to make up for his earlier mistakes?

2006

And after all that we found this on the internet: "Sorin Corpodean a fost desemnat cel mai bun arbitru in 2006." We are quite sure this means Corpodean was elected best referee of 2006.

2009

In april 2009 Sorin Corpodean was arrested, together with FIFA assistant referee Marcel Savaniu, ex-FIFA referee Marcel Lica and the vice-president of the Romanian referee commission. A week before Gheorghe Constantin, the chairman of the Romanian Referees Committee, was put into custody already. They are all arrested on suspicion of taking money from Cornel Penescu, the president of FC Arges. Penescu himself was also put in jail.

source: Nicu Badescu

2009

Corpodean was removed from the FIFA List in June 2009 and is awaiting his trial, as a consequence of his involvement in the match fixing scandal. Because he was already 44, he decided to quit the refereeing all together.

Source: danp

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This is Marcel Savaniu, assistant referee escorted by the same policeman
(picture: ProSport)

Did you know
A LONG STORY SHORT

  • In 2001, Romanian champion, Dinamo Bucharest asked the Romanian soccer authorities to ban Sorin Corpodean from officiating their matches for the next five years. They protested Corpodean's decision to award a penalty to Rapid Bucharest in the final minutes of a Dinamo-Rapid match. The final score, 2-2, ruined Dinamo's chance to win the National Championship.
    The referees' commission ruled that Corpodean's decisions in the game were unsatisfactory and banned him for the next four games of the season. (with which they seemed to say that even though his decisions were wrong and possibly corrupt, they were only slightly so)
  • Under the Romanian football federation rules, a club can ask for a referee to be suspended. Largest team Steaua Bucharest even once asked for the use of foreign referees because they didn't trust their own anymore.
  • The Romanian referees salary was doubled in 2001 in an effort to curb corruption.
Statistics
Statistics for SORIN CORPODEAN
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 4 3 7
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 45 60 105
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 4 0 4
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.12 0.09 0.11
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 1.36 1.82 1.59
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.12 0 0.06

Based on 33 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR SORIN CORPODEAN
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
UEFA Cup 2008 - 2009
1st roundBellinzonaGalatasaray2008-09-183 - 4 3 (1-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2007 - 2008
1st roundSochauxPanionios2007-09-200 - 2 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 2nd roundM. NetanyaLeiria2007-08-300 - 1 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Intertoto 2007
3rd roundAaBAA Gent2007-07-292 - 1 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2006 - 2007
group stageAjaxAustria Wien2006-11-023 - 0 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundChornomoretsHapoel Tel Aviv2006-09-140 - 1 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2008 qualifiers
FranceFaroe Islands2006-10-115 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
RomaniaCyprus2006-08-162 - 0 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Intertoto 2006
3rd roundGrasshopperAA Gent2006-07-152 - 1 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2005 - 2006
group stageSlaviaMonaco2005-11-300 - 2 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 2nd roundZetaSiroki Brijeg2005-08-110 - 1 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2005-2006
qualifiers 1st roundPyunikHaka2005-07-202 - 2 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2004 - 2005
group stageAlemannia AachenZenit2004-12-022 - 2 6 (3-3)1 (1-0)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)
WC 2006 qualifiers - Europe
MaltaIceland2004-10-090 - 0 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2003 - 2004
2nd roundGençlerbirliğiSporting2003-11-061 - 1 8 (3-5)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2004 qualifiers
LithuaniaIceland2003-10-110 - 3 3 (2-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2002-2003
group stageAuxerreDortmund2002-11-121 - 0 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2002 - 2003
1st roundAlavésAnkaragücü2002-10-033 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2002 u21 qualifiers
play-offsSwitzerland u21Ukraine u212001-11-142 - 1 7 (2-5)0 (0-0)2 (2-0)0 (0-0)
Austria u21France u212001-04-241 - 1 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2001 - 2002
2nd roundUtrechtParma2001-10-181 - 3 7 (3-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundGençlerbirliğiHalmstad2001-09-201 - 1 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2002 qualifiers - Europe
LuxembourgSwitzerland2001-09-050 - 3 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
BelarusArmenia2000-10-112 - 1 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2001 u20
round of 16USA u20Egypt u202001-06-270 - 2 8 (5-3)1 (1-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
group stageIraq u20Brazil u202001-06-201 - 6 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2000 - 2001
3rd roundRayo VallecanoLokomotiv Moskva2000-12-072 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd roundRapid WienOsijek2000-11-090 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundNantesKrivbas FK2000-09-285 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2000-2001
qualifiers 2nd roundHapoel Tel AvivSturm Graz2000-08-021 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1999 - 2000
1st roundJuventusOmonia1999-09-305 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2000 qualifiers
MaltaIreland1999-09-082 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1997 - 1998
qualifiers 1st roundQarabagJablonec1997-07-300 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)