Pierluigi Collina
Name: Pierluigi Collina
Endorsements: Vauxhall - Vectra; Comet

Born in Bologna in 1960, Collina graduated with a degree in economics. He is a financial adviser retained by several of Italy's major banks as well as for years being best known as one of the worlds finest soccer referees. He received recognition as the best referee for years 2002 and 2003. He retired from refereeing after 28 years, following a conflict of interest connected with his sponsorship deal with Opel.

Euro 2004 was his last major tournament but he did referee the Soccer Aid match for charity at Old Trafford in May this year. Pierluigi commands huge respect amongst both managements and footballers and that elite status made him the worldé─˘s only é─˙celebrity refereeé─¨.

Pierluigi is in great demand as a speaker, not only on sports related subjects but also on European and world finance due his specialisation in economics. He is also available for selected advertising and endorsement contracts.