14th Referee Cup a great success
Best advertisement for the referees – Hanover wins
Full house, best weather, lots of V.I.P.‘s, smiling faces, fair games – these are some of the superlatives that the 14th Referee Cup of SV Eintracht Lueneburg on June, 22nd/23rd had to show.
18 teams finally took part, including teams from eight different national associations and 30 years after the first participation already for the twelfth time a team of the Referee Association Lahti (Lahden Erotuomarikerho) from Finland.
But once again, the organizers had managed to win some FIFA referees to officiate the tournament matches as a special highlight: Adia Cisse (FIFA Referee Assistant/Senegal), Charymurat Kurbanov (FIFA Referee/Turkmenistan), Kader Zitouni (FIFA Referee Tahiti, recently 4th official in the final of the U20 World Cup in Poland) and Mapathé Gaye (Premier League Referee/Senegal). The colleagues were assisted by DFB staff member Guenther Thielking (Hagen) and Fatou Gaye (FIFA Referee Instructor from Senegal, 1999 in the USA first African referee at a Women’s World Cup and Olympian).
With much engagement and joy but also very fair, the games were played. The party on the evening of the first day, in which the club‘ pub ownerl invited to a crossbar shooting, did not detract from the fun of playing on Sunday. At the end, 171 goals were scored – the last goal scored the Referee Association Hanover to a 1-0 winner against the defending champion, the Referee Association Harburg. Third was a Berlin referee selection by a 3-1 against the Referee Association Duisburg-North. An outstanding sixth place was taken by the hosts of the SV Eintracht Lueneburg.
Crew member Oliver Vogt: “So much positive feedback – we are looking forward to the 26th/27th of June 2021, the 15th Referee Cup! It was the hoped-for promotional event for referees with many interested visitors in the Siegfried Körner Stadium. The networking between colleagues from all over the world has also been great. I hope that with this event we were able to show our young referees that it is a lot of fun to practice this hobby. At this event, you were finally not alone on the court and was exposed to criticism, but you could play with many like-minded football, share experiences and have fun. Of course I would not forget to thank all the volunteers and sponsors who have just great support this event!”
For the visiting FIFA guests, the referees of the SV Eintracht had prepared a full program: on Thursday before the tournament Senegal Premier-League referee Mapathé Gaye officiated his first international game: the U15 Girls SV Eintracht against Teutonia Uelzen (0:0). On Friday, the landscape around Lueneburg had to be explored on a trolley ride with muscle power, on Monday was a trip to Hamburg on the program. Tuesday it finished with a visit at the sports school in Barsinghausen and at outside temperatures of +36°C at end of the day with one hour tobogganing in the frosty „Snow Dome“ in Bispingen.