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Bülent Yıldırım (referee)

Bülent Yıldırım (born 1 March 1972 in Pınarbaşı, Kayseri Province, Turkey) is a Turkish football referee.[1]

Bülent Yıldırım
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Bülent Yıldırım
Born (1972-03-01) 1 March 1972 (age 47)
Pınarbaşı, Kayseri Province, Turkey
Years League Role
1994 TFF Third League Referee
1994 TFF Second League Referee
2001-03 TFF First League Referee
2003-present Süper Lig Referee
1994 Turkish Cup Referee
Years League Role
2011 FIFA listed Referee

He was educated in Political Science and Public Administration at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. Currently, he is employed at the Ministry of Economics serving as the head of the Internior Auditing Department.[2]

He started a football referee career in 1994. Tıldırım was promoted to Süper Lig referee in the 2003-04 season's fourth match of Elazığspor-Adanaspor on August 30, 2003. He acted as official in more than 300 competitions sofar.

With effect of January 1, 2011, he was tasked by the UEFA as referee at high-level matches. During the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying round, he served in the matches Ukraine gainst Sweden and Italy against Ireland. At the semifinal match of the same event, he was the linesman at the match Spain-Portugal. He refereed at 2012–13 UEFA Europa League. Yıldırım was named to serve as a referee in the Group F match between Portugal and Luxembourg at the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification round. He oversaw about sixty matches at FIFA and UEFA level in addition to thirty national competitions among them three for Turkish national team matches.[3]


  1. ^ "Bülent Yıldırım". World Referee. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
  2. ^ "TFF Süper Kupa maçını Bülent Yıldırım yönetecek" (in Turkish). Türkiye Futbol Federasyonu. 2013-08-05. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
  3. ^ "FIFA'dan Bülent Yıldırım'a görev". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2013-10-09. Retrieved 2013-10-09.