Pierluigi Collina is one of the most
recognisable faces in sport. For six consecutive years he was voted Best
Referee in the World by FIFA and is widely considered the best referee of his
generation. He currently serves as UEFA’s Chief Refereeing Of?cer, with
responsibility for the refereeing of UEFA competitions.
An economics graduate of Bologna University
and a ?nancial advisor by profession, Collina enrolled on a refereeing course
on the suggestion of a friend and made his debut in Serie A in 1991. He went on
to of?ciate over 240 Serie A games and more than 100 international matches.
Chosen to join the elite FIFA referee list he oversaw several
memorable and high pro?le games - from the 1996 Olympic Games ?nal to Manchester
United’s second Champions League victory in 1999 and the 2002 WorldCup Final.
Pierlugi’s natural authority, sense of fair
play and striking presence made him an iconic ?gure in football and sport more
widely, being uniquely respected by players, fans, coaches, of?cials and
Drawing parallels between business and
football, Pierluigi considers the leadership, planning, decision-making and
execution necessary for peak performance, especially under pressure. His simple
creed is as relevant to the fast-moving world of commerce as it is in
refereeing: make use of all the resources at your disposal, analyse each team’s
tactics to ensure you’re in the right place at the right time, and defuse tense
situations quickly and fairly. Above all, learn from your mistakes - but resist
the temptation to make matters worse by compensating for them.
Preparation and fairness equals respect
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