The Slovenian Elite referee, after a very long injury, has decided to retire from refereeing, starting a different adventure in football.
The most successful Slovenian football referee Damir Skomina has announced during a today's press conference at NNC Brdo that his refereeing career is over.
Skomina started in 1992, and made his debut at the Primorska League match between Rakek and Korta, and in April 2000 in the 1st Slovenian football league in the match between Beltinci and Primorje.
In October 2008, after six years on the international list and in his seventeenth refereeing season, he got for the first time the chance to hear the Uefa Champions League anthem, by officiating a game in the competition. In the same year, he also became the first Slovenian at the Olympic Games, while at the 2008 European Championships he was fourth official.
Skomina took a new step forward in 2012, when he became the first Slovenian referee at the Uefa European Championships and the first Slovenian referee to receive the honor of officiating in the Uefa Super Cup final. This was followed by the Uefa European Championship 2016 in France, where he was one of three referees who refereed four matches. In addition, he regularly refereed European club competitions, where he was increasingly entrusted with the most prestigious matches. In 2017, as the first Slovenian referee in the Uefa Europa League final in Stockholm, he led the match between Manchester United and Ajax.
In 2018, he also made his debut at the WC, which was a new historical milestone for Slovenian refereeing in general. And then the crown of his career, the Uefa Champions League final 2019 between Liverpool and Tottenham.
Damir Skomina's success should be a challenge to many young referees who follow in his footsteps. He was in the middle for hundreds of domestic and international matches, most of them in the 1st Slovenian football league, where he refereed 354 matches. He ended his field career last November: in a match between home team Brugge and Borussia Dortmund, he was forced into retirement by an injury. It was also his only match in his long career that he ended prematurely.
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