Former FIFA Referee, Pierluigi Collina, is to receive the International Personality Award at the 16th eircom International Soccer Awards on Sunday 26 February. 

Collina began refereeing in 1977 and graduated to the FIFA Panel in 1995.

In his career, which spanned 10 years, he refereed the Olympics Final in 1996, the 1999 Champions League Final between Manchester United and Bayern Munich, the World Cup Final between Brazil and Germany in 2002 and the UEFA Cup Final in 2004.

After refereeing in Euro 2004, Pierluigi Collina retired as an International Referee on reaching the mandatory retirement age of 45. 

Collina refereed the Republic of Ireland V Yugoslavia Euro 2000 qualifier at Lansdowne Road on 1st September 1999.

In all 17 Awards will be presented on the night including International Goal of the Season.