Luis Medina Cantalejo

Luis Medina Cantalejo ( born March 1, 1964 in Seville, Spain ) is a Spanish football referee. He is an international FIFA referee since 2002.


Cantalejo that is sports expert by profession, was used until the 2004/2005 season in addition to some UEFA Cup games in three Champions League games. In the following season he again received three games of the highest UEFA competition and was with some qualifiers, including the relegation match Australia - commissioned Uruguay for the FIFA World Cup 2006.

In the 2005/06 season, he led the final of the Copa del Rey in Spain. In his home country he is one next to Manuel Mejuto González at the best referee, so he was appointed his assistant Victoriano Giraldez Carrasco and Pedro Medina Hernandez for the football World Cup, match officials initially used only as an agent, following the retirement of González as one of 21.

His biggest success so far at European level, the European U21 Championship in Germany in 2004. Here he led the final between Italy and Serbia and Montenegro.

With the Football World Cup 2006 in Germany he whistled the games Germany against Poland on 14 June 2006, Netherlands vs Argentina (0-0 ) and the second-round match between Italy and Australia. In the game Italy - Australia he caught with a controversial penalty kick for Italy - the latest in World Cup history, a few seconds before the end of the game, according to expert opinion ( Urs Meier ) but justifiable - stir. The penalty led to a goal for Italy and for leaving Australia.

Cantalejo was among the 12 referees who remained after the second round of the tournament. He then headed the quarterfinal match between Brazil and France (0-1).

In the final of the 2006 World Cup between Italy and France, he was employed as a fourth official. In the 110 minutes he told the referee Horacio Elizondo (Argentina ) to have perceived a headbutt from Zinedine Zidane on Marco Materazzi. Zidane was then the red card. After the game consistently reported both coach Marcello Lippi (Italy) and Raymond Domenech (France), Cantalejo have seen the assault only on a TV set. The application of a - so irregular in football - video evidence, however, was officially objected, after the game by Cantalejo and FIFA.

Cantalejo led the final of the UEFA Cup 2008/2009 between FC Shakhtar Donetsk and Werder Bremen on May 20, 2009 in Istanbul ( 2-1 aet). He was supported by his compatriots Jesús Calvo Guadamuro and Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar at the lines and Alfonso Perez Burrul as fourth official.