Wolfgang Stark

Wolfgang Stark ( born November 20, 1969 in Landshut ) is a German FIFA referee of DJK Altdorf in Bavaria.



The banker is DFB referee since 1994. In the 2nd Bundesliga, the 190 cm tall man had since 1996 53 inserts in the Bundesliga since 1997 222 inserts. His first game in the Bundesliga was on April 4, 1997 1 FC Cologne against MSV Duisburg. (As of beginning of the season 2012/2013 )

In 2010 he was elected judge of the year by the German Football Association (DFB). He was elected to the worst referee of the first half of the season 2010/11 In a survey of the journal kicker under 286 players from 1 league.

On May 21, 2011 Stark led the final of the DFB cup between MSV Duisburg and FC Schalke 04 in Berlin's Olympic Stadium. Schalke 04 won the match 5-0 and was the fifth time Cup winner.

On May 15, 2012, he headed the relegation return to the 18th place in the first football league, in which Fortuna Dusseldorf (3rd 2nd league) after the 2-1 in the first leg with a 2-2 (1: 1) against Hertha BSC ( 16 1st League ) the ascent was perfect. The encounter was several times before the crash: only Berlin fans fired flares on the field, in injury time the game was stopped for 20 minutes because Düsseldorf fans had prematurely stormed the lawn. Referee Wolfgang Stark filed a criminal complaint for assault against the player Levan Kobiaschwili of Hertha BSC. The DFB sports court sentenced Kobiaschwili on 4 June 2012 to a seven -month ban until 31 December 2012. It is the longest barrier, which was by then in German professional football imposed on a player. On December 8, 2012 the 16th round of the Bundesliga in 2012/13 led the game Stark Borussia Dortmund and VfL Wolfsburg at Signal Iduna Park. Here, the referee had taken together with the two assistants a wrong decision, for which Wolfgang Stark had apologized immediately after the game in an interview. The game ended with 2:3 in for guests.


FIFA referee since 1999 he is doing and headed 28 A- international caps and 54 European games. In use, it was also at the U -17 World Cup 1999 in New Zealand and the U-18 European Championship in Sweden in 1999. In September 2001, he was for four weeks referee in the Japanese J- League.

Also in the U -20 World Cup 2007 Canada came Stark used, but was at the center of serious riots following the semi-final between Chile and Argentina. Chilean players felt massively disadvantaged because Argentines by swallows provoked some yellow and red cards against the Chilean player. Had during the game Chilean player nor prevented after a controversial decision Starks one of her fans to it to attack Stark, so attacked after game both players and spectators Stark, the only protected folders could leave the place. During the subsequent riots, the Canadian police arrested temporarily several Chilean player.

In 2008 he was appointed alongside Christine Beck as the only male German referee with the wizard Jan-Hendrik Salver and Volker Wezel to the Summer Olympics in Beijing. He was appointed by the world governing body FIFA to contingent of officials of the Football World Cup 2010 On May 14, 2010. Jan -Hendrik Salver and Mike Pickel support strong here as assistant referees.

On 12 June 2010 he led the game between Argentina and Nigeria at the World Cup in South Africa, which 1:0 Argentina decided for themselves. Although the Argentine coach Diego Maradona complained several times about Starks game line, neutral observers certified him as the specialist journal kicker an " error-free " performance. Similarly, sovereign headed Stark and his second World Cup match Slovenia against England. The schedules are the referee just for this game, which decided about the possible German knockout round opponents, but has been criticized in some quarters of the media. On his third WRC assignment Stark Uruguay refused the knockout victory against South Korea a penalty.

As the eve of the semi-final first leg of the UEFA Champions League 2010/11 between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona Starks appointment was known as an arbitrator, Spain had a heated argument about his possible bias. So strong was because the corresponding expressions as fans of Lionel Messi.

On 20 December 2011, UEFA announced that Stark was nominated as one of the twelve referees who will lead the games in the European Football Championship 2012.

9 May 2012 Stark led the final of the UEFA Europa League in Bucharest between Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao's 3-0 Madrid could decide for themselves.

In the 2012 European Football Championship Stark led the preliminary round Group A match between hosts Poland and Russia, and left a good impression. In the politically charged and emotionally charged game he retained at all times an overview and underlined its reputation as Germany's currently best Impartial. The top officials in the German referee Wolfgang Stark being congratulated on his performance. " Stark was aligned in a tricky duel his game management on the character, was generous in challenges and strictly against unsportsmanlike tendencies " praised Lutz Michael Fröhlich, the deputy chairman of the DFB referee commission.

Herbe reviews brought Stark to be used in the second he directed EM- game 2012. In the encounter Croatia against Spain on 18 June 2012 ( Group C ), the referee denied the Croats according to observers and expert opinions a clear penalty. This assessment is also supported former Swiss referee Urs Meier FIFA, the comments as a TV pundit and refereeing decisions. The Croatian player Vedran Ćorluka designated Stark in response to another wrong decision as " blind fish ". " Two clear penalty: Strongly spared us," the Spanish press is quoted. A nichtgeahndetes hand game the Spaniard Iniesta was placed immediately before the assist of the referee as a wrong decision to the load. Croatia difference due to the match result (0-1 ) after the first round. Wolfgang Stark was not considered for the games of the elimination round. Despite his retirement, he received praise and a strong back.

On March 30, 2013 Stark came in the Czech Gambrinus Liga at the top match between Sparta Prague and FC Viktoria Plzeň used. He is the first foreign referee, who led a game in the top Czech league. Sparta Prague could win the game 1-0.

Overview tournaments

  • Football World Cup 2010 in South Africa ( 3 inserts):
  • European Football Championship 2012 in Poland and Ukraine ( 2 inserts):

Private life

Stark is married and has one child. His main job is busy at the Sparkasse Landshut in the area of ​​sales management. However, the profession he had to reduce scope for his refereeing to 50 % in 2007.