The French Stéphanie Frappart will write football history on Wednesday.
The 36-year-old referee is the first woman to lead a men's Champions League game in the match between Juventus Turin and superstar Cristiano Ronaldo against Dynamo Kiev (9 p.m. / live on DAZN *).
Last year, on August 14, Frappart had already called the match for the Uefa Supercup between Liverpool FC and Chelsea (7: 6 after penalties).
It was time for it, said Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp at the time: “I am very happy that we can be part of this historic moment.
It's overdue. "After the game, the German praised:" If we had played as she whistled, we would have won 6-0. "
Despite the sovereign performance, Uefa took its time for the next Frappart mission, which led the women's World Cup final in 2019.
In the Europa League she was on October 22, 2020 as a referee for the game Leicester City against Zorya Luhansk from Ukraine (3-0).
Now the promotion to the Champions League followed much faster.
"Frappart has shown over the years that she is one of the best referees," said Roberto Rosetti, chief referee at Uefa, and added: "Worldwide."
Frappart played soccer himself
Bibiana Steinhaus, who was the first woman to play in the men's Bundesliga in Germany, but surprisingly ended her career a few weeks ago, was one of this elite.
As a farewell, she headed the Supercup game between FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund, but she will continue to be used as a video referee in the Bundesliga.
Like Steinhaus, Frappart used to be a footballer herself, but at an early age she decided to pursue a career as a referee.
As a 19-year-old she was used not only in women's but also in men's games in the seventh French division.
Her main job is for the French Workers' Sports Federation.
Every viewer has the opportunity to follow the tournament live on the DAZN streaming service (11.99 euros per month)
If you don't have a subscription, you can watch the game for free.
DAZN offers all new customers the opportunity to test the offer for one month free of charge.
You can cancel the subscription within the first month.