The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) has recently published its annual ranking of international match officials. For the past year 2012, Portugal's Pedro Proença has been honoured as the World's Best Referee.
|Pedro Proença Oliveira Alves Garcia (Portugal) (c) kicker|
Having been in charge of both UEFA Champions League and UEFA EURO 2012 final in Munich and Kyiv respectively, this choice does not pose a huge surprise. Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey) and Howard Webb (England) have come second and third place.
In addition, two countries are represented twice, since Howard Webb and Mark Clattenburg (England) as well as Wolfgang Stark and Felix Brych (Germany) are included in the list.
Unfortunately, IFFHS' ranking again underlines its high extent of labouring under a fundamental misapprehension: although the headline "World's Best Referee" arouses the impression that this ranking would pose a Worldranking, the ranking itself cannot hold this promise:
1. Pedro Proença - Portugal - 174 points (UEFA)
2. Cüneyt Çakır - Turkey - 73 points (UEFA)
3. Howard Webb - England - 72 points (UEFA)
4. Viktor Kassai - Hungary - 50 points (UEFA)
5. Wolfgang Stark - Germany - 40 points (UEFA)
6. Ravshan Irmatov - Uzbekistan - 35 points (AFC)
7. Damir Skomina - Slovenia - 26 points (UEFA)
8. Wilmar Roldán - Colombia - 20 points (CONMEBOL)
9. Felix Brych - Germany - 15 points (UEFA)
10. Stéphane Lannoy - France - 13 points (UEFA)
~ Nicola Rizzoli - Italy - 13 points (UEFA)
12. Milorad Mažić - Serbia - 11 points (UEFA)
13. Carlos Velasco Carballo - Spain - 8 points (UEFA)
14. Mark Clattenburg - England - 6 points (UEFA)
15. Carlos Vera - Ecuador - 5 points (CONMEBOL)