The Turkish Cuneyt Cakir has been appointed to lead the Croatia-Spain meeting this Monday, corresponding to the round of 16 of the Eurocup, which will be played at the Parken stadium in Copenhagen. Cakir will be assisted by his compatriots Bahattin Duran and Tarik Ongun, the fourth official will be the Swede Andreas Ekberg and the German Bastian Dankert will be in the VAR.
Born in Istanbul 44 years ago and international since 2007, he will direct his third game in this European Championship, after Hungary-Portugal and Ukraine-Austria.
It is one of the most common in European competitions in recent years (he refereed the 2015 Champions League final between Barcelona and Juventus), as well as international meetings of teams in the rankings and in the final stages.
Cakir was the fourth official in the final of Euro 2012, in which Spain beat Italy 4-0, and the main official in the semifinal in which Vicente del Bosque’s team beat Portugal on penalties.
In the last European Championship the Turk also led Spain, in the defeat in the round of 16 against the Italian team by 0-2.
Croatia has fond memories of the Ottoman. It was the referee for a 2-0 win against Serbia in 2013 and for the semifinal of the last World Cup in Russia, in which the checkered team beat England in extra time (2-1).