The Turkish Football Legend without football in his feet

Cuneyt Cakir
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A Turkish UEFA Elite association football referee. He directed many matches of Super Lig and Champions League. Today he is 40.

Early Life :
Cakir was born in 1986 at Izmir in Turkey.

Career :
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 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 semi final between FC Barcelona and Chelsea at Camp Nou, Barcelona. Çakır 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 5 March 2013, Çakır officiated the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester United and Real Madrid, and, in a controversial[8] decision, questionably 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.

Çakır officiated the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final match of Juventus vs. Barcelona at Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany on 6 June 2015 and used his yellow card three times.

In 2016, Çakır officiated two different semi-final matches in the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League, the first referee to do so.

In 2017, 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.

Happy Birthday to this well known living legend in the world of Football.