Who is Felix Brych?
Felix Brych born on 3 August 1975 is a German football referee. He referees for SV Am Hart München of the Bavarian Football Association. He is a FIFA referee and is ranked as a UEFA elite category referee. Outside football Brych is a qualified doctor of law, having written his doctorate about sport.
Felix Brych Biography, Wiki
Felix Brych was born in Munich, Brych was refereeing in the German lower leagues at the tender age of just 24.
He impressed enough to make his 2. Bundesliga bow in 2001, before reaching the top league in Germany just three years later. By 2007 he was regularly involved in European matches and has since worked his way up to internationals.
Not afraid to stamp his authority on games and brandish his cards, Brych is perhaps best remembered in the UK for sending off Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic for a high tackle against Otelul Galati in 2011.
Back in his maiden World Cup in Brazil, Brych sent off Uruguayan Maxi Pereira and cautioned six more in his two matches at the finals.
And in World Cup 2018 he caused huge controversy by failing to award Serbia a penalty against Switzerland when Aleksandar Mitrovic appeared to be being held down by two Swiss players.
A lawyer outside of football, Brych is a qualified doctor of law.
Felix Brych Refereeing Career
Felix Brych started refereeing in the Bundesliga in 2004 and was awarded his FIFA badge in 2007. He refereed his first senior international match in October that year, taking charge of Romania’s 2–0 win over Luxembourg in UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Group G. In February 2008, Brych was appointed to referee the 2007–08 UEFA Cup Round of 32 match between Panathinaikos and Rangers, and in October 2008, he officiated the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Group D match between Liverpool and PSV Eindhoven.
Brych officiated the first leg of the 2011–12 Champions League semi-final between Chelsea and Barcelona, a match that finished with a win for the Blues over the defending champions. In August 2013 he officiated an international friendly between England and Scotland at Wembley Stadium.
On 14 May 2014, Brych refereed the 2014 UEFA Europa League Final between Sevilla and Benfica. The match finished 0–0 after extra time and went to a penalty shoot-out, which Sevilla won 4–2, in what was considered a controversial officiating.
On 12 May 2017, Brych was chosen by UEFA as the referee for the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final, played in Cardiff on 3 June 2017 between Juventus and Real Madrid. He was joined by assistants Mark Borsch and Stefan Lupp, and the fourth official was Serbian Milorad Mažić. Bastian Dankert and Marco Fritz served as the additional assistant referees, with Rafael Foltyn appointed as the reserve assistant referee.
On 29 March 2018, Brych was selected by FIFA as one of the referees to officiate at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, his second FIFA World Cup. Brych was joined by assistants Mark Borsch and Stefan Lupp. He refereed just one game at the tournament, Switzerland’s 2–1 win over Serbia. However, after controversially not awarding Serbia a penalty, FIFA made the decision that Brych would officiate no further matches at the tournament.
In the UEFA Euro 2020 he was rehabilitated and rerefereed one game of the Round of 16, Belgium’s 1-0 win over Portugal, one Quarter-final (Englands 4-0 win over Ukraine and finally the Semi-final game of Italy against Spain in the Wembley Stadium London of 6 July 2021.