UEFA Champions League matchday 4, how many air miles referees collect ?

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This week I was watching the UEFA Champions League football games, in particular the Manchester City game against Barcelona, won by Kevin De Bruyne with his amazing free kick ūüėČ While football teams have their own charter flights, referees also need to travel from one country to the other.

I started to wonder how many¬†flights and how many miles the referees have to fly to get to their games. As an example I looked up¬†all the games of matchday 4¬†in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. As I don’t have the referees home adress I took the biggest airport nearby. Please note that those flights are based on my personal presumption and might not be factually the correct flights ūüėČ

  • Besiktas – Napoli : referee Mark Clattenburg¬†(United Kingdom) travelling¬†from London Heathrow to Istanbul (1563¬†mi)
  • Borussia M√∂nchengladbach – Celtic Glasgow : Portugese referee Manuel De Sousa was¬†flying¬†from Portugal to D√ľsseldorf (1158 mi)
  • Atl√©tico Madrid – Rostov : Scottish referee Craig Thomson took a flight from Edinburgh (or Glasgow) to Madrid (1071 mi)
  • Ludogorets – Arsenal : Dutch referee Bas Nijhuis from Amsterdam to Sofia (1091 mi)
  • Benfica – Dynamo Kyiv : French ref Cl√©ment Turpin from Paris CDG to Lisbon (915 mi)
  • Manchester City – FC Barcelona : Hungarian referee Victor Kassai from Budapest to Manchester (1029 mi)
  • PSV Eindhoven – Bayern Munich : referee¬†Gianluca Rocchi from Florence to Eindhoven (593 mi)
  • Basel – PSG : referee¬†Ovidiu HaŇ£egan from Bucharest to Basel-Mulhouse airport (913 mi)
  • Monaco – CSKA Moskva : Slovenian ref Matej Jug, from Ljubljana to Nice (396 mi)
  • Borussia Dortmund – Sporting Lisbon : Dutch referee Danny Makkelie has¬†-most likely- made the trip by car ūüėČ But a flight from Amsterdam to D√ľsseldorf is also possible (111 mi)
  • FC Copenhagen – Leicester City : German ref Felix Brych from Munich to Copenhagen (504 mi)
  • FC Sevilla -Dinamo Zagreb : Felix Zwayer took a flight from Berlin to Seville (1397 mi)
  • Tottenham Hotspurs – Bayer Leverkusen : Jonas Eriksson from Sweden to London (910 mi)
  • Legia Warsaw – Real Madrid :¬†Pavel Kr√°lovec from Prague to Warsaw (324 mi)
  • FC Porto – Club Brugge : Spanish referee¬†Alberto Undiano Mallenco might have taken the car, but perhaps Bilbao – Porto ? (327 mi)
  • Juventus – Lyon : Bj√∂rn Kuipers from Amsterdam to Turin (510 mi)

I collected all the flights via http://my.flightmemory.com/luchtzak and here are the results!

Our referees have travelled a total of 12811 miles or 20618 km just to reach their assigned soccergames.

UEFA Champions League referee travel

1 COMMENT

  1. I remember being on a flight between Manchester and Brussels together with famous Italian referee Colina, the day after a Champions league game in Manchester. Maybe he had to transit in Brussels because there was no direct flight home?

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