Polish referee Szymon Marciniak continues to make history, securing his second consecutive title as the best football referee of the year by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS). With an impressive 175 points, Marciniak surpassed the 2020 winner, Italian Daniele Orsato, who gathered 95 points, and Frenchman Clement Turpin, who claimed the third spot with 64 points.
Outstanding Achievements and Unprecedented Hat-Trick
This marks Marciniak’s second recognition, following his outstanding performances in the past twelve months. Notably, the 42-year-old officiated the UEFA Champions League final (Manchester City vs. Inter Milan) and the Club World Cup final (Manchester City vs. Fluminense 4-0). Remarkably, Marciniak made history by being the first referee to oversee the finals of the World Cup, Champions League, and Club World Cup within a year.
In an unprecedented hat-trick, Marciniak also officiated the World Cup final in Qatar, where Argentina defeated France in a penalty shootout (3-3, penalties 4-2). Looking ahead, Marciniak expresses his goal of officiating the Euro Championship final.
Setting the Bar for Refereeing Excellence
Marciniak’s remarkable achievements extend to being the first referee to oversee both the Champions League and Club World Cup finals, as well as the World Cup semi-final and final in a single year. Former international referee Rafał Rostkowski commends Marciniak’s stellar performances, emphasizing the historic nature of his accomplishments.
Marciniak’s dedication and skill are evident not only in his extensive repertoire of high-profile matches but also in his consistently excellent officiating. As he eyes the opportunity to officiate the Euro Championship final, Marciniak continues to set the bar for refereeing excellence on the global stage.