Stark in 2010
20 November 1969|
Landshut, West Germany
|Other occupation||Bank teller|
In addition to German domestic competitions, Stark officiated numerous matches in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. He was also selected as referee for various international tournaments, including 2008 Olympics, 2010 FIFA World Cup, and UEFA Euro 2012.
In 2007, he refereed five matches at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, including the semi-final between Chile and Argentina. The match finished as a 3–0 win for Argentina with Stark issuing seven yellow cards (out of nine) and two red cards against the Chilean team. Following the match, the Chilean players were restrained by members of the Toronto Police when they approached to meet fans outside the arena, as the police misunderstood the players' original intentions. The misunderstanding led the police to aggressively restrain Chilean players who defended fiercely, causing the use of electricity and pepper gas by the police. Some players were detained for several hours before being released. Stark left the stadium under escort, although he was not involved in the clash.
Stark retired from officiating in 2017 because he reached the age limit for German referees, which is 47. His final Bundesliga match officiated was between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Darmstadt 98.
2010 FIFA World Cup
|Date||Time (UTC+2)||Team 1||Score||Team 2||Round||Attendance|
|12 June 2010||16:00||Argentina||1–0||Nigeria||Group B||55,686|
|23 June 2010||16:00||Slovenia||0–1||England||Group C||36,893|
|26 June 2010||16:00||Uruguay||2–1||South Korea||Round of 16||30,597|
Stark lives in Ergolding, is married, as has one child.
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- Molinaro, John F. (19 July 2007). "Argentina advances to FIFA U-20 final". cbc.ca. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
- "Schiedsrichter-Quartett steigt in die Bundesliga auf" [Referee quartet promoted to the Bundesliga]. DFB.de (in German). German Football Association. 19 May 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2017.