Antti Munukka of Finland will referee Sunday's UEFA European Under-17 Championship final in Vaduz between Spain and England, assisted by Angelo Boonman of the Netherlands and Matej Žunič from Slovenia, with Bulgaria's Stanislav Todorov as fourth official.
Munukka, 28, joined the FIFA list at the start of the year having acted as fourth official in several UEFA Europa League games, while his international bow came in the U17 elite round in March. He follows in the footsteps of Roberto Rosetti, Bo Karlsson and Anders Frisk in refereeing UEFA's junior national-team final. UEFA.com spoke to the four officials.
Referee: Antti Munukka (Finland)
It's a great privilege to have a final in this kind of tournament, I'm very happy. It's been excellent here – excellent guys, an excellent country and good training. UEFA has taken good care of us.
Assistant referee: Angelo Boonman (Netherlands)
For us it's a big honour to be here, especially when you hear you have the final − it's unbelievable. That's why you are here, to make the best of it, and now we have made it to the final we want to have a good performance as a team in the final. We have 16 nationalities [of officials at the U17 finals] and you learn a little bit from every country. And then the observers, Kyros Vassaras of Greece and Jozef Marko from Slovakia; they have the experience of World Cups and big matches, so they can explain everything to us. We know the basics, that's why we are here, but now we know the extra things.
Assistant referee: Matej Žunič (Slovenia)
We've gained a lot of experience and, on the other hand, a lot of friendships, which is important. To learn how they do things in the other countries, to find out their approaches, it is a different mentality. There are differences in the small things around refereeing that are good to pick up – preparations, warming up for matches.
Fourth official: Stanislav Todorov (Bulgaria)
It is fantastic to be in the final. I refereed a semi-final, it was my final, but of course I'm happy to be in the last game. We've spent a lot of time here, had a good time and made friendships.
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