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THE WORLD’S BEST REFEREE 2017 : THE CONSECRATION FOR FELIX BRYCH

THE WORLD’S BEST REFEREE 2017 :

FELIX BRYCH SUCCEEDS IN GERMANY MARKUS MERK


German referee Felix Brych has capped a stellar season with his election as The World’s Best Referee 2017 in the annual IFFHS Awards. He succeeds the english Mark Clattenburg , winner 2016 and the italian Nicola Rizzoli, winner of the Awards 2014 and 2015.

Brych, 42 years old, was already in the Top 5 in the last three years and was the referee in june 2017 of the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus. He won with a large margin before the english referee Martin Atkinson and the italien Niccola Rizzoli.

Selected journalists and experts from 91 countries around the World took part in the 2017 annual election of the Top referee, the 31th time it has been carried out by the IFFHS.

Felix Brych, born in München, has been a leading referee in the German Bundesliga since 2004. He has been in charge of more than 500 official matches in his career including 115 international confrontations. He succeeds in Germany Dr Markus Merk, who won the IFFHS Award in 2004, 2005 and 2007. His calm authority and his regularity made it possible to win this recognized World Award. Martin Atkinson has been a leading contender in England for the past few years while Nicola Rizzoli had won the Award two times before ending his referee career.

RANKING 2017 :
1 – Felix BRYCH (Germany) 178 points

2 – Martin ATKINSON (England) 73 points

3 – Nicola RIZZOLI (Italy) 59 points

4 – Mark CLATTENBURG (England) 50 points

5 – Nestor PITANA (Argentina) 46 points

6 – Bjorn KUIPERS (Netherlands) 44 points

7 – Damir SKOMINA (Slovenia) 40 points

8 – Cuneyt CAKIR (Turkey) 39 points

9 – Milorad MAZIC (Serbia) 38 points

10- Antonio MATHEU LAHOZ (Spain) 32 points

11- Gianluca ROCCHI (Italy) 20 points

12- Wilmar ROLDAN (Colombia) 18 points

13- Papa Bakary GASSAMA (Gambia) 17 points

14- Jonas ERICSSON (Sweden) 16 points

15- Viktor KASSAI (Hungary) 14 points

16- Fahad AL MIRDARI (Saudi Arabia) 6 points

Simon MARCINIAK (Poland) 6 points

18- Malang DIEDHOU (Senegal) 3 points

Alireza FAGHANI (Iran) 3 points

20- Cesar Arturo RAMOS (Mexico) 1 point

THE WORLD’S BEST REFEREE – IFFHS LIST OF WINNERS

1987 Romualdo Filho Brazil
1988 Michel Vautrot France
1989 Michel Vautrot France
1990 José Robert Wright Brazil
1991 Peter Mikkelsen Denmark
1992 Aaron Schmidhuber Germany
1993 Peter Mikkelsen Denmark
1994 Sandor Puhl Hungary
1995 Sandor Puhl Hungary
1996 Sandor Puhl Hungary
1997 Sandor Puhl Hungary
1998 Pier-Luigi Collina Italy
1999 Pier-Luigi Collina Italy
2000 Pier-Luigi Collina Italy
2001 Pier-Luigi Collina Italy
2002 Pier-Luigi Collina Italy
2003 Pier-Luigi Collina Italy
2004 Markus Merk Germany
2005 Markus Merk Germany
2006 Horacio Elizondo Argentina
2007 Markus Merk Germany
2008 Roberto Rosetti  Italy
2009 Massimo Busacca Switzerland
2010 Howard Webb England
2011 Viktor Kassaï Hungary
2012 Pedro Proença Portugal
2013 Howard Webb England
2014 Nicola Rizzoli Italy
2015 Nicola Rizzoli Italy
2016 Mark Clattenburg England

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