Wolfgang Stark of Germany will referee our final Champions League qualifying game against CSKA Sofia at Anfield.
Born on November 20th 1969, he is one of the youngest officials on the European circuit and has been on the FIFA list since 1999.
The Bank Employee started refereeing in the lower divisions of the Bundesliga in 1994 and spent two seasons before being promoted to the top division. He has now over 100 top flight Bundesliga games to his name since his debut in the top flight in 1997 and is regarded not far behind Germany’s top referee ? Markus Merk.
He has yet to figure in a major tournament mainly because of Markus Merk, but his time will come sooner rather than later. He has two FIFA U’17 tournaments under his belt, and even experience in Japan’s J-League during September 2001.
It will also be his third game involving Liverpool, just under two years ago he was at Anfield for the UEFA Cup 3rd round second leg clash against Vitesse Arnhem when a single Michael Owen goal gave us a 2-0 aggregate win over the Dutch side. Then last season he was in the middle of our 1-0 against Deportivo La Coruna in Spain during the group stage of our successful Champions League campaign.
Harry Ehing and Thorsten Schiffner will be his assistants and Felix Brych will be the fourth official.
Some memorable matches involving German officials and Liverpool.
2nd October 1968 (K.Tschenscher) ? Emlyn Hughes’ first European strike for Liverpool cannot stop Liverpool going out of the Fairs Cup to Athletico Bilbao on the toss of a coin after both legs ended up 2-1 home wins.
28th April 1976 (F.Biwersi) ? Liverpool come back from a 2-0 deficit at half time to beat FC Bruges 3-2 in the first leg of the UEFA Cup Final.
31st October 1996 (H.Strampe) ? A high scoring Cup Winners’ Cup game at Anfield as Sion are beaten 6-3.
5th February 2001 (M.Merk) ? Two goals from Michael Owen in Italy saw us win at AS Roma in the 4th round 1st leg of the UEFA Cup.
17th September 2002 (H.Fandel) ? Liverpool lose their first game of the Champions League group stage 2-0 to Rafa Benitez’ Valencia.
20th March 2003 (M.Merk) ? Celtic end Liverpool’s participation in the UEFA Cup with a 2-0 second leg win at Anfield.