36-year-old Viktor Kassai will be the youngest person to referee a Champions League final, the top football match between clubs on the continent. As a result of successful performance at last year’s World Cup as well as at Champions League and European Championship qualification games in the 2010-2011 season, Kassai was one of the favorites to referee the final.
He will be the second Hungarian to referee a Champions League final as 1997 final between Juventus of Italy and Dortmund of Germany was refereed by Sándor Puhl (also the referee of the 1994 World Cup final in the United States). Before 1992-93, the top European club competition’s name was European Cup whose final was refereed twice by Hungary’s Károly Palotai.
Viktor Kassai will also be the third Hungarian to be present in the final of the top European club competition held in the Wembley Stadium. In 1971 the legendary Ferenc Puskás was there as coach of Greek side Panathinaikos but lost 1-0 to Ajax Amsterdam of the Netherlands. Seven years later, Hungarian player Lajos Kű was on the pitch for his Belgian side FC Bruges that lost to England’s FC Liverpool (also 1-0).