Pierluigi Collina

The World’s Greatest Football Referee

One of the most recognised celebrities on the planet, Pierluigi has refereed at the highest level including the 2002 World Cup Final, the 1999 Champions League Final and the 1996 Olympic Games Final, plus countless World Cup and international matches, as well as in Serie A in his native Italy. He is uniquely respected by the players, managers and fans where his calm authority and sense of fair play under great pressure made him the best in the world’s most popular sport.

Pierluigi Collina

The World’s Greatest Football Referee

One of the most recognised celebrities on the planet, Pierluigi has refereed at the highest level including the 2002 World Cup Final, the 1999 Champions League Final and the 1996 Olympic Games Final, plus countless World Cup and international matches, as well as in Serie A in his native Italy. He is uniquely respected by the players, managers and fans where his calm authority and sense of fair play under great pressure made him the best in the world’s most popular sport.

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Biography

Collina is still involved in football, as an unpaid consultant to the Italian Football Referees Association (AIA), as the Head of Referees for the Football Federation of Ukraine since 2010, and as a member of the UEFA Referees Committee. Pierluigi was educated in Bologna, Italy, where he attained his degree in Economics, and worked as a financial consultant. He was voted the Best Referee in the World by IFFHS, International Football Federation of History and Statistics in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 & 2003. He was also named Commendatore dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, one of the highest honours, in Italy in 2003 and Doctorate “honoris causa” in Science by The University of Hull in 2004. Through his refereeing, he featured in several advertising and PR activities for international brands like e.g. adidas, Mastercard, Snikers and Castrol.

Topics

  • Insights into What it Takes to be the Best
  • The Importance of Preparation
  • How to Manage Conflict
  • Teamwork
  • Decision Making Under Pressure
  • Communication

Publications

  • The Rules of the Game (2003) (Translated in more than 10 different languages and 20 countries)

Awards

  • Italian Football Hall of Fame: 2011
  • IFFHS’ World’s Best Referee of the Year, Winner (6 times): 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • Honorary degree: Doctor of Science (2004), awarded by Hull University “for his contribution to the world of sport”
  • Serie A Referee of the Year (7): 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Testimonials

“Pierluigi was excellent both during his presentation and his onstage interview. He was upbeat, humorous and informative and was extremely well received.”

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