Massimo Busacca – The man in the middle

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Massimo Busacca
Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League clash against Weder Bremen will be officiated by Swiss referee Massimo Buscacca.  The 41-year-old has previously officated in 96 UEFA matches and 32 UEFA Champions League matches.

Some info on the man in the middle…

• Massimo Busacca has steadily enhanced his reputation since succeeding Urs Meier on Switzerland’s élite list, with the 2007 UEFA Cup final following the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the crowning glory in May 2009 when he took charge of the UEFA Champions League final.

• From Monte Carrasso, in the Italian-speaking southern canton of Ticino, Busacca reached the highest domestic level in 1996 and within three years was cutting his teeth in UEFA youth matches. He took charge of his first Swiss Cup final in May 2005.

• Busacca has long been a UEFA Champions League regular, notably serving as fourth official to Meier for the 2002 final between Real Madrid CF and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Hampden Park. He was back in Glasgow for the 2007 UEFA Cup final, won by Sevilla FC won 3-1 on penalties after a 2-2 draw against RCD Espanyol.

• He was also selected for UEFA EURO 2008, where he refereed the group matches between the Netherlands and Romania and Greece and Sweden and the Germany-Turkey semi-final.

• A company director and keen skier, Busacca was the referee for seven matches in the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League, culminating in FC Barcelona’s 2-0 final defeat of Manchester United FC in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. Also selected for the 2010 World Cup and that year’s UEFA Super Cup.

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