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Ion Crăciunescu (born 27 September 1950) is a Romanian former football referee and player. Born in Craiova, he comes from the town of Râmnicu Vâlcea. Crăciunescu was a footballer at Chimia Râmnicu Vâlcea and Universitatea Craiova until he retired in 1975, choosing to start a new career as a referee.[1] He became an international referee in 1984. Although he never refereed at a World Cup or European Championship finals, he was selected as one of five referees for the 1995 King Fahd Cup (later known as the FIFA Confederations Cup). He is best known for officiating the 1995 UEFA Champions League Final between Ajax and Milan. He retired as a professional later that year. From 2003 to 2005, he was the president of the Romanian Referees Committee. His son, Theodor Crăciunescu was also a football referee.[2][3]

Ion Crăciunescu
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Ion Crăciunescu in 2010
Born (1950-09-27)27 September 1950
Craiova, Romania
Other occupation Footballer
Years League Role
1981–1996 Liga I Referee
Years League Role
1984–1996 FIFA-listed Referee




Chimia Râmnicu Vâlcea
Universitatea Craiova


  1. ^ a b "INTERVIU Ion Crăciunescu, fost arbitru internaţional: „M-am făcut arbitru ca să mă răzbun"" [INTERVIEW Ion Crăciunescu, former international referee: "I became a referee to get revenge"] (in Romanian). Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Retragere surprinzatoare din arbitrajul romanesc. Motivul pentru care Teo Craciunescu a renuntat la cariera" [Surprising retreat from Romanian arbitration. The reason Teo Craciunescu quit his career] (in Romanian). Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Aşchia nu sare departe de trunchi! TOP 10 perechi tată-fiu care au scris istorie pentru fotbalul românesc" [The splinter does not fall far from the tree! TOP 10 father-son pairs who have written history for Romanian football] (in Romanian). Retrieved 28 October 2017.

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