Cüneyt Çakır

Cüneyt Çakır (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈdʒynejt ˈtʃakɯɾ], born 23 November 1976) is a Turkish football referee. He has been FIFA listed since 2006 and a member of the UEFA Elite since 2010.

Cüneyt Çakır
Cüneyt Çakır 2018
Çakır refereeing in 2018
Full name Cüneyt Çakır
Born 23 November 1976 (age 42)
Istanbul, Turkey
Other occupation Insurance agent
Years League Role
2001–present Süper Lig Referee
Years League Role
2006–present FIFA listed Referee
2010–present UEFA Elite Referee

Refereeing career

Çakır has refereed more than 250 matches including 12 Super Lig derbies, 5 of those being The Intercontinental Derby; between Fenerbahçe S.K. vs Galatasaray S.K., and was selected for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals in Sweden in 2009, taking charge of three games including England's penalty shoot-out win against the hosts in the semi-finals.[1]

He made his UEFA debut as the fourth official in the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round game between Skonto FC and Sliema Wanderers F.C. in July 2003. He took charge of two matches at the 2007 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Austria and was also the referee for two UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying fixtures.[2]

He made his international refereeing debut in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup, taking charge of two games including the group stage fixture between FC Twente and FC Schalke 04 in December 2008. He oversaw Fulham's second-leg win against Hamburger SV in the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League semi-finals, one of seven matches he refereed in total in the competition that season.[3]

On 29 September 2010, Çakır made his debut in the Champions League Group Stage when he took charge of group D fixture between Rubin Kazan and Barcelona, ending in a one all draw.[4] He also took charge of the match between Chelsea F.C. and FC Spartak Moscow on 3 November 2010.[5]

He has also refereed the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match Manchester City-Dynamo Kyiv on 17 March 2011, which ended in a 1–0 win for City, but Dynamo Kyiv advanced to the next round after winning 2–1 on aggregate. In that game, Çakır sent off Mario Balotelli and dished out eight yellow cards. In August 2011, he officiated five games including semi-final between Portugal and France 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, hosted in Colombia.

On 24 April 2012, he officiated the Champions League semi final between FC Barcelona and Chelsea at Camp Nou, Barcelona. Çakır sent off John Terry in first half. Chelsea won 3–2 on aggregate. On 11 June 2012, he officiated the Euro 2012 Match between Ukraine and Sweden.

On 18 June, he also officiated the Euro 2012 match between Italy and Ireland where he was very precise when it came to ensuring the correct distance from the ball to the defenders' wall,[6] though he also angered the Irish by sending off Keith Andrews one minute before the end of the game. He was not selected to referee a quarter-final game but he was fourth official in the England v Italy quarter-final. On 27 June 2012, he officiated the semi-final match between Portugal and Spain. Çakır showed 9 yellow cards in this match in 120 minutes.[7]

On 1 July 2012, he was appointed as fourth official in the Euro 2012 final, between Spain and Italy, which was played in Kiev. On 14 December 2012, he was appointed to referee the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup Final, between Corinthians and Chelsea, which was played in Yokohama. Corinthians won 1–0. Çakır sent off Gary Cahill in this game.

On 5 March 2013, Çakır officiated the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester United and Real Madrid, and, in a controversial[8] decision, sent off Manchester United player Nani during the second half of the match, a decision that enraged Sir Alex Ferguson in what became his last Champions League game as United manager. On 9 July 2014, he was appointed to referee the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-final match, between Netherlands and Argentina, which was played in São Paulo.

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Çakır in October 2016

Çakır officiated the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final match between Juventus and Barcelona at Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany on 6 June 2015 and showed his yellow card three times.[9][10] In 2016, Çakır officiated two different semi-final matches in the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League, the first referee to do so. Çakır officiated the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League semi-final match between Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid at Vicente Calderón in Madrid, Spain on 10 May 2017.

In the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League, Çakır officiated the group stage match between Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain in December 2017,[11] as well as the round of 16 game between FC Barcelona and Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge on 20 February 2018.[12] Later, he refereed the semifinal second leg match between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich at Madrid.[13]

Çakır officiated the first round of the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League between Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain.[14]

FIFA World Cup

2014 FIFA World Cup – Brazil
Date Match Venue Round
17 June 2014  Brazil Mexico Fortaleza Group stage
26 June 2014  Algeria Russia Curitiba Group stage
9 July 2014  Netherlands Argentina São Paulo Semi-final
2018 FIFA World Cup – Russia
Date Match Venue Round
15 June 2018  Morocco Iran Saint Petersburg Group stage
26 June 2018  Nigeria Argentina Saint Petersburg Group stage
11 July 2018  Croatia England Moscow Semi-final


  1. ^ "Referee Cüneyt Çakır takes Turkey to Euro 2012 semifinals -- and beyond". Today's Zaman. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  2. ^ The FA
  3. ^ The Sun
  4. ^ "2010-11 UEFA Champions League Group D". UEFA.com. 29 September 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2010.
  5. ^ "Chelsea v Spartak". UEFA.com. 3 November 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2010.
  6. ^ "Referee Likes his distance". goalpost.tv. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Referees confirmed for quarter-finals". UEFA.com. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  8. ^ Cüneyt Çakır ruins second leg between Manchester United and Real Madrid (5 March 2013).
  9. ^ "Çakır to referee UEFA Champions League final". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 18 May 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  10. ^ "En büyük final Cüneyt Çakır'ın". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 18 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Cüneyt Çakır to officiate in Bayern clash". Paris Saint Germain. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  12. ^ "The infamous Cuneyt Cakir set to be referee for Barcelona-Chelsea game". Calciomercato.com. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Cüneyt Çakır to referee Madrid second leg". FC Bayern Munich. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Liverpool v Paris St-Germain". BBC Sport. 17 September 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Uzbekistan Ravshan Irmatov
FIFA Club World Cup Final Referee
Succeeded by
Brazil Sandro Ricci
Preceded by
Netherlands Björn Kuipers
UEFA Champions League Final Referee
Succeeded by
England Mark Clattenburg
2007 UEFA European Under-19 Championship

The UEFA U-19 Championship 2007 Final Tournament was held in Austria with matches played from 16–27 July 2007. Players born after 1 January 1988 were eligible to participate in this competition.

The draw was made on 13 June 2007. The venues were the Linzer Stadion in Linz, the Waldstadion in Pasching, the Fill Metallbau Stadion in Ried im Innkreis and the Vorwärts-Stadion in Steyr.

2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

The 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship began on 15 June 2009, and was the 17th UEFA European Under-21 Championship. This was the first tournament after the competition reverted to a two-year format, following the single-year 2006–07 competition, which allowed the change to odd-numbered years. Sweden hosted the final tournament in June 2009; therefore, their under-21 team qualified automatically. Players born on or after 1 January 1986 were eligible to play in this competition.

2009–10 Trabzonspor season

This article shows statistics of the club's players in the season.

In the 2009-10 season Trabzonspor arrived fifth in the Süper Lig.

The top goalscorer of the team was Umut Bulut who scored 18 goals.

2010 Turkish Cup Final

The 2010 Turkish Cup Final took place in Şanlıurfa on May 5, 2010. It was the 48th season of the Turkish Cup.

Trabzonspor won the match 3–1 against Fenerbahçe.

2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup

The 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup was the 18th FIFA U-20 World Cup. Colombia hosted the tournament between 29 July and 20 August 2011, with matches being played in eight cities. The tournament was won by Brazil who claimed their fifth title.At a FIFA Executive Committee meeting held in Sydney on 26 May 2008, Colombia beat the only other candidate country, Venezuela, for the right to organize the U-20 World Cup. It was suggested by the then-Vice President of Colombia Francisco Santos Calderón that it was needed to withdraw from the race with Brazil to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup so the nation could concentrate on hosting the "best possible games".In an inspection tour of development works in March 2010, Jack Warner, then the vice president of FIFA, said that the completion of this tournament could provide Colombia with a launch pad to become a possible host for the 2026 World Cup. The official song of the tournament was "Nuestra Fiesta" by Colombian singer Jorge Celedón.

2012 FIFA Club World Cup

The 2012 FIFA Club World Cup (officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012 presented by Toyota for sponsorship reasons) was a football tournament that was played from 6 to 16 December 2012. It was the ninth edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organised tournament between the champion clubs from each of the six continental confederations as well as the league winner from the host nation. The tournament was hosted by Japan.Corinthians won the title for the second time after defeating Chelsea 1–0 in the final.

2012 FIFA Club World Cup Final

The 2012 FIFA Club World Cup Final was the final match of the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup, a football tournament hosted by Japan. It was the ninth final of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organised tournament between the winner clubs from each of the six continental confederations, as well as the league winner from the host nation.

The final was contested between CONMEBOL winners Corinthians and UEFA winners Chelsea, and took place at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on 16 December 2012. Corinthians defeated Chelsea 1–0 after a header from Paolo Guerrero, which meant Corinthians won their second FIFA Club World Cup, then known as FIFA Club World Championship, twelve years after winning their first in 2000. The match kick-offed at 19:30 JST and was officiated by Turkish referee Cüneyt Çakır.

Both clubs entered the competition after winning their respective club football competitions. Corinthians won the 2012 Copa Libertadores, following a 2–0 win against Boca Juniors in the final, while Chelsea won the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League, having defeated Bayern Munich 4–3 in a penalty shoot-out, after being held 1–1 in normal time. This was Corinthians's second time competing in the tournament, having won the competition in 2000, following a 4–3 penalty shoot-out win over Vasco da Gama.

2012 Turkish Super Cup

2012 Turkish Super Cup (Turkish: TFF Süper Kupa) was the 39th edition of the Turkish Super Cup since its establishment as Presidential Cup in 1966. The match was contested between the 2011–12 Süper Lig champions Galatasaray and the 2011–12 Turkish Cup winners Fenerbahçe, making the game the 372nd edition of Kıtalar Arası Derbi. The game was the first to take place since 2010 Turkish Super Cup, as 2011 Turkish Super Cup was cancelled because of 2011 Turkish sports corruption scandal.

2015 Turkish Super Cup

2015 Turkish Super Cup (Turkish: TFF Süper Kupa) is the 42nd edition of the Turkish Super Cup since its establishment as Presidential Cup in 1966. The match is contested between both the 2014–15 Süper Lig and 2014–15 Turkish Cup champions Galatasaray and the 2014–15 Turkish Cup runner-up Bursaspor.

2015 UEFA Champions League Final

The 2015 UEFA Champions League Final was the final match of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League, the 60th season of Europe's premier club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 23rd season since it was renamed from the European Champion Clubs' Cup to the UEFA Champions League. It was played at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany, on 6 June 2015, between Italian side Juventus and Spanish side Barcelona.

For the second time – after 2010 – both teams came into the final with the possibility of winning a treble, having each won their national league and cup for the season. Barcelona scored the only goal of the first half after four minutes, through Ivan Rakitić. Ten minutes after the interval, Juventus equalised with a goal by Álvaro Morata. In the 68th minute, Luis Suárez put Barcelona back in the lead, and the final score of 3–1 was confirmed when Neymar scored with the last kick of the game. It was Barcelona's fifth trophy in the competition, and sealed their second treble, the other coming in 2009. It was also Juventus' sixth defeat in a European Cup final, the most by any club, a record they previously shared with Bayern Munich and Benfica.

As winners, Barcelona earned the right to play against the winners of the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League, Sevilla, in the 2015 UEFA Super Cup, and won that match 5–4. They also qualified to enter the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan as the UEFA representative, going on to beat Argentina's River Plate in the final.

2015–16 UEFA Champions League knockout phase

The 2015–16 UEFA Champions League knockout phase began on 16 February and concluded on 28 May 2016 with the final at San Siro in Milan, Italy, to decide the champions of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League. A total of 16 teams competed in the knockout phase.Times up to 26 March 2016 (round of 16) were CET (UTC+1), thereafter (quarter-finals and beyond) times were CEST (UTC+2).

2016–17 Antalyaspor season

Antalyaspor is a Turkish professional football club located in the city of Antalya.During the 2016-17 campaign they will be competing in the following competitions:Süper Lig, Turkish Cup.

2017–18 UEFA Champions League knockout phase

The 2017–18 UEFA Champions League knockout phase began on 13 February and ended on 26 May 2018 with the final at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, to decide the champions of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League. A total of 16 teams competed in the knockout phase.Times are CET/CEST, as listed by UEFA (local times are in parentheses).

2018 Saudi Super Cup

The 2018 Saudi Super Cup was the fifth edition of the Saudi Super Cup, an annual football match contested by the winners of the previous season's Saudi Pro League and King's Cup competitions.

Al-Hilal defeated Al-Ittihad 2-1 to claim the Saudi Super Cup in a final played in London at QPR’s Loftus Road Stadium.

2018 Turkish Super Cup

The 2018 Turkish Super Cup (Turkish: TFF Süper Kupa) was the 45th edition of the Turkish Super Cup since its establishment as Presidential Cup in 1966, the annual Turkish football season-opening match contested by the winners of the previous season's top league and cup competitions (or cup runner-up in case the league- and cup-winning club is the same). It was played on 5 August 2018 between the champions of the 2017–18 Süper Lig, Galatasaray, and the winners of the 2017–18 Turkish Cup, Akhisarspor.

2018–19 UEFA Champions League knockout phase

The 2018–19 UEFA Champions League knockout phase began on 12 February and is scheduled to end on 1 June 2019 with the final at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain, to decide the champions of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League. A total of 16 teams compete in the knockout phase.For the first time, the video assistant referee (VAR) system will be used in the Champions League knockout phase.Times are CET/CEST, as listed by UEFA (local times, if different, are in parentheses).


Cüneyt (IPA: [dʒynˈeːt]) is a Turkish given name for males. People named Cüneyt include:

Cüneyt Arkın, Turkish film actor

Cüneyt Bey of Aydın Turkish bey lived in the 15th century

Cüneyt Erden, Turkish professional basketballer

Cüneyt Çakır, Turkish football referee

Cüneyt Köz, Turkish footballer

Cüneyt Tanman, Turkish footballer

Football at the 2016 Summer Olympics CONCACAF–CONMEBOL play-off

The CONCACAF–CONMEBOL play-off for the 2016 Summer Olympics was a men's under-23 international football play-off between a team from CONCACAF (North, Central America and Caribbean) and a team from CONMEBOL (South America), with the winner qualifying for the final berth in the 2016 Summer Olympics men's football tournament.Colombia qualified to the Olympics with a 3–2 aggregate win over the United States, after a 1–1 draw in the first leg and a 1–2 win in the second leg.

Sandro Ricci

Sandro Meira Ricci (born 19 November 1974) is a Brazilian football referee. He refereed at 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, beginning with the match between Ecuador and Paraguay on 26 March 2013.In March 2013, FIFA added Ricci to its list of candidate referees for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.Ricci was the Brazilian referee at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, along with assistant referees Emerson de Carvalho and Marcelo Van Gasse. During his debut match France-Honduras, which was played on 15 June 2014, he was the first referee in the world to validate a goal by means of the newly introduced goal line technology.

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