Szymon Marciniak (Referee) Wiki, Age, Bio, Salary, Height, Net Worth, Wife, Partner, Referee Stats, Nationality

Szymon Marciniak Biography – Szymon Marciniak Wiki

Szymon Marciniak is a Polish professional football referee. He has been an international referee since 2011. He began his career as a football referee at the age of 21. The Polish referee has notched up three games at the 2016 European Championships and two at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Szymon Marciniak was once a fiery young midfielder with Polish top-flight club Wisla Plock and was, in his own words, “a difficult player to referee”.

On having been a footballer, Marciniak told UEFA.com: “It helps being a former player, for sure. I was a leader, playing in central midfield, and was a crazy player to be honest. If you’d asked me many years ago if I’d like to become a referee, I’d have replied: ‘Absolutely not’. I was a difficult player to referee. This makes it much easier for me now to have good relationships with troublemakers on the pitch because I was the same. It helps me know what I should say or do in some situations – sometimes I just do nothing because I know a player’s frustration can be so high it is better not to say anything and then after a short while make a joke or say something funny.”

Marciniak started refereeing in 2002. “At the beginning I was still a player, in the fourth division, but I knew it would be very difficult to achieve success as a big player. I got promoted very quickly as a referee because they had a special pathway for former players – a lot of referees had retired and they needed young referees so it was a big chance for me.”

On his first steps as an international referee, Marciniak said: “My career started with the UEFA CORE [Centre of Refereeing Excellence] training programme. One referee from Poland got invited and fortunately it was me. This was the most important thing for me, working with David Elleray – he has been the most important person for my career so far and we are still in contact now. When I started with CORE, I thought I could referee but when you go to a UEFA competition it is a totally different world.”

On 15 August 2018, Marciniak took charge of the 2018 UEFA Super Cup match between Real Madrid CF and Club Atlético de Madrid, which was played at the Lilleküla Stadium in Tallinn, Estonia. The Polish referee was accompanied by five compatriots: assistant referees Pawel Sokolnicki and Tomasz Listkiewicz, additional assistant referees Pawel Raczkowski and Tomasz Musiał, and reserve official Radoslaw Siejka. Romania’s Ovidiu Alin Hategan acted as the fourth official.

In the 2016/17 season, he was named as the fourth official for the UEFA Europa League final in Lyon, which saw Club Atlético de Madrid defeat Olympique de Marseille. He was also the fourth official for the 2016 UEFA Super Cup in Trondheim, where Real Madrid CF overcame Sevilla FC.

In May 2022, Marciniak was appointed as a referee for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Other UEFA referees at the 2022 World Cup include Istvan Kovacs (Romania), Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain), Stephanie Frappart (France), Danny Makkelie (The Netherlands), Daniel Siebert (Germany), Michael Oliver (England), Daniele Orsato (Italy), Slavko Vincic (Slovenia), Clement Turpin (France) and Anthony Taylor (England).

Szymon Marciniak Age

Marciniak was born on 7 January 1981 in Płock, Poland. He is 41 years old as of 2022.

Szymon Marciniak Nationality

Marciniak is of Polish nationality.