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Cüneyt Çakır
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Personal information
Full name Cüneyt Çakır
Date of birth November 23, 1976 (1976-11-23) (age 43)
Place of birth    Istanbul, Flag of Turkey Turkey
Other occupation Insurance agent
Years League Role
Süper Lig
UEFA Champions League
Years Role
2006– Referee   

Cüneyt Çakır (born 23 November 1976) is a Turkish UEFA Elite association football referee.


He has been in the middle for more than 170 matches including 12 derbies (5 times Fenerbahce SK vs Galatasaray SK) in the Süper Lig and was selected for the U21 finals in Sweden in 2009, taking charge of three games including England's penalty shoot-out win against the hosts in the semi-finals.

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.

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.

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. He also took charge of the match between Chelsea F.C. and FC Spartak Moscow on 3 November 2010.

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. 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 semifinal between FC Barcelona and Chelsea at Camp Nou, Barcelona. Cakir sent off John Terry in first half. Finally 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, 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 4th referee in the England-Italy quarter-final. Next day, he was selected to referee the Portugal-Spain semi-final match in Euro 2012.

On 27 June 2012, he officiated the Euro 2012 semi-final match between Portugal and Spain. Çakır showed 9 yellow cards in this match in 120 minutes.

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. Cakir 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 decision, sent off Manchester United player Nani for serious foul play 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.


Çakır lives with his wife in Istanbul and works in insurance.

External links

UEFA Elite Referees

Martin Atkinson (ENG) · Deniz Aytekin (GER) · Ivan Bebek (CRO) · Felix Brych (GER) · Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) · Mark Clattenburg (ENG) · William Collum (SCO) · Jonas Eriksson (SWE) · David Fernández Borbalán (ESP) · Ovidiu Hațegan (ROU) · Sergei Karasev (RUS) · Viktor Kassai (HUN) · Pavel Královec (CZE) · Björn Kuipers (NED) · Szymon Marciniak (POL) · Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) · Milorad Mažić (SRB) · Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) · Bas Nijhuis (NED) · Daniele Orsato (ITA) · Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) · Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) · Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE) · Damir Skomina (SVN) · Paolo Tagliavento (ITA) · Craig Thomson (SCO) · Clément Turpin (FRA) · Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP) · Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

UEFA Euro 2012 Referees

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) · Jonas Eriksson (SWE) · Viktor Kassai (HUN) · Björn Kuipers (NED) · Stéphane Lannoy (FRA) · Pedro Proença (POR) · Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) · Damir Skomina (SVN) · Wolfgang Stark (GER) · Craig Thomson (SCO) · Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) · Howard Webb (ENG)

2014 FIFA World Cup Referees

Ravshan Irmatov · Yuichi Nishimura · Nawaf Shukralla · Ben Williams


Noumandiez Doué · Bakary Gassama · Djamel Haimoudi


Joel Aguilar · Mark Geiger · Marco Antonio Rodríguez


Enrique Osses · Néstor Pitana · Wilmar Roldán · Sandro Ricci · Carlos Vera


Peter O'Leary


Felix Brych · Cüneyt Çakır · Jonas Eriksson · Björn Kuipers · Milorad Mažić · Pedro Proença · Nicola Rizzoli · Carlos Velasco Carballo · Howard Webb

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