A guest who perhaps needs no introduction will join Referee Abroad’s 2024 summer tournaments: former FIFA and UEFA referee, as well an official on the EURO 2008 Final, Peter Fröjdfeldt will be with us for the IberCup Estoril in Portugal! He will coach and offer his feedback, tips and advice to our group of referees.

Peter obtained his FIFA badge in 2001 and refereed international games until his mandatory retirement, at age 45, in 2009. Among the most important games in his career is certainly the UEFA Cup Final in 2008 between Zenit and Glasgow Rangers.

He was also a referee at Euro 2008 where he was considered by many pundits the best referee alongside current UEFA chief of refereeing Roberto Rosetti. At the Euros he officiated 3 games including the top clash between the Netherlands and Italy and the quarter final between Portugal and Germany. He was also Rosetti’s 4th official in the main final between Spain and Germany.

In his career he refereed many other important games, including in the UEFA Champions League. To mention a few, the all-English quarter final of the CL between Liverpool and Arsenal in 2008 and the other quarter between Arsenal and Juventus in 2006. He refereed a total of 68 international games in UEFA/FIFA competitions.

After retiring in 2009, he became a very well respected UEFA Referee Observer. He observed many of today’s top referees including Danny Makkelie, Anthony Taylor, Szymon Marciniak, Bjorn Kuipers and Felix Brych. He was also appointed head of refereeing for the Swedish Allsvenskan (Premier League) and was a coach for many of the most promising up-and-coming European FIFA referees.

His fame was further increased by being chosen as one of the five referees who features in the documentary about Euro 2008 called “Kill the Referee”. The documentary, produced by UEFA, showed referees during their preparations for the Euro games. One of his catch phrases became very well known in the refereeing world thanks to this film: “Expect the Unexpected”.

Peter is a long time friend of Referee Abroad having attended other tournaments in the past, including the IberCup Andalucia and Paris World Games.

Referee Abroad is the exclusive provider of referees to all IberCup tournaments in Europe, including IberCup Spain, Cascais, Andalucia, Estoril and Barcelona. Our relationship with IberCup dates back to the first ever edition in 2010, and we now send over 300 referees annually to their events.

Interested in participating as a referee at the IberCup Estoril? We still have a very limited number of places available – find out more and apply now here.

Welcome back, Peter. We are looking forward to meeting you once again!