Bio
Stefano Farina
Born: 1962-09-19
Intl. since: 2001-01-01
Hometown: Ovada (AL)
Country: Italy
Speaks: Italian, English
Occupation: Referee, Business Management Consultant
Hobbies: ancient Rome

Ovada born Farina officiated his first official match in 1979. He was 18 years old at the time.

1995

Stefano Farina made his Serie A debut in 1995.

2001

In 2001, after 7 years in the Italian Serie A, Farina finally received his FIFA badge.

2006

In 2006 Farina refereed in Monaco the SuperCup final Barcelona-Sevilla.

2009

Stefano finished his career in 2009 after 236 matches in Serie A.
He then became director of 4th division (Serie D) referee commission.

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BIO

  • Apparently it's not unusual for Italian referees to receive presents from clubs. Mostly Christmas presents, little things comparable to what a lot of people get from their employers or clients at the end of the year. Italian referees are used to get salamis, pasta, a nice bottle of wine, things like that, but in 2000 the manager of AS Roma sent them a rolex watch. A club, though, is not an employer and refrees are not clients and a watch is not a normal Christmas present, still none of the 35 referees sent them back and none of them admitted receiving them, untill a newspaper exposed it. According to a spokesman from Roma, gifts like rolexes were normal procedure, but journalists found only a muscle exerciser given by Inter Milan, coming anywhere near the price of a rolex. Refrees can't receive expensive gifts without being suspect of rigging matches. A week after the news came out, Dino Baggio, who was sent off for a crude foul while playing for Parma against Juventus, spat in the direction of referee Stefano Farina and made a gesture that Farina was on the take by rubbing his thumb and forefinger around his pulse.
  • Stefano Farina once added no less than 7 minutes extra time to a match between Brescia and Juventus. Juventus didn'manage to score and Brescia won 2-0.
  • In october 2005, Stefano farina asked the Italian referee comission to be exempt from a match after he was approached by a man in front of his hotel offering him money to help Empoli win the game against Genua.
  • Before he became a professional referee, Farina was an insurance agent. He has a passion for ancient Rome.
  • Maybe not very interesting matches for a top referee, but Farina probably enjoyed travelling to Tahiti and New Zealand to take charge of two World Cup qualifiers in 2004.
Statistics
Statistics for STEFANO FARINA
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 6 5 11
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 75 98 173
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 4 4 8
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.12 0.1 0.11
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 1.53 2 1.77
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.08 0.08 0.08

Based on 49 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR STEFANO FARINA
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
Champions League 2007-2008
group stageLyonBarcelona2007-11-272 - 2 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)
group stageArsenalSlavia2007-10-237 - 0 4 (3-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageGlasgow RangersVfB Stuttgart2007-09-192 - 1 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2006 - 2007
round of 16Werder BremenCelta de Vigo2007-03-142 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2006-2007
group stageHamburger SVCSKA Moskva2006-12-063 - 2 3 (1-2)1 (1-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
group stageBarcelonaChelsea F.C.2006-10-312 - 2 10 (5-5)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageArsenalPorto2006-09-262 - 0 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundAustria WienBenfica2006-08-081 - 1 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2008 qualifiers
IsraelRussia2007-10-172 - 1 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SlovakiaIreland2007-09-082 - 2 2 (2-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
TurkeyGreece2007-03-282 - 2 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
RomaniaBulgaria2006-09-022 - 2 7 (4-3)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Super Cup
BarcelonaSevilla FC2006-08-250 - 3 7 (1-6)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2005 - 2006
1/4 finalsZenitSevilla FC2006-04-061 - 1 4 (2-2)2 (1-1)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
round of 16BaselStrasbourg2006-03-092 - 0 6 (1-5)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2006 qualifiers - Europe
NetherlandsMacedonia2005-10-120 - 0 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
HungarySweden2005-09-070 - 1 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SpainLithuania2005-06-041 - 0 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SlovakiaLatvia2004-10-094 - 1 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
PolandEngland2004-09-081 - 2 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2005-2006
1st knockoutReal MadridArsenal2006-02-210 - 1 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageAnderlechtChelsea F.C.2005-11-230 - 2 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageManchester UnitedLille OSC2005-10-180 - 0 7 (4-3)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageOlympiakosRosenborg2005-09-131 - 3 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundThunMalmö2005-08-233 - 0 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2004 - 2005
round of 16MiddlesbroughSporting2005-03-102 - 3 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2004-2005
group stageArsenalRosenborg2004-12-075 - 1 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
group stageLyonFenerbahce SK2004-11-034 - 2 4 (0-4)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageMonacoDeportivo La Coruna2004-09-282 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundAnderlechtBenfica2004-08-243 - 0 4 (2-2)1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
OFC Nations Cup 2004
2nd roundNew ZealandVanuatu2004-06-022 - 4 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd roundTahitiFiji2004-05-290 - 0 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2006 qualifiers - Oceania
2nd stageNew ZealandVanuatu2004-06-022 - 4 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd stageTahitiFiji2004-05-290 - 0 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
GermanySweden2006-08-203 - 0 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
EnglandUruguay2006-03-012 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
GermanyArgentina2005-02-092 - 2 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)
GermanyFrance2003-11-150 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2003 - 2004
3rd roundGalatasarayVillarreal2004-02-262 - 2 0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd roundSteauaLiverpool2003-11-061 - 1 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2003-2004
group stageMonacoAEK2003-09-304 - 0 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 2nd roundCSKA MoskvaVardar2003-07-301 - 2 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2004 qualifiers
AlbaniaIreland2003-04-020 - 0 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2002 - 2003
2nd roundCelta de VigoViking2002-10-313 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundFulhamHajduk2002-10-032 - 2 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2002-2003
qualifiers 2nd roundPartizanHammarby2002-08-074 - 0 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2001 - 2002
1st roundLeeds UnitedMarítimo2001-09-273 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2001-2002
qualifiers 2nd roundLevski SofiaBrann2001-07-250 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2002 qualifiers - Europe
PortugalCyprus2001-06-066 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)