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UEFA Technical Observer Mirel Albon ©

UEFA technical observers

UEFA's technical observers in Wales were Mirel Albon and, for the opening phase of the tournament, Hope Powell.

Mirel Albon, a league player in his native Romania from 1987–97, combined his playing career with the role of assistant referee (his wife, Teodora, is a leading referee in the women's game and handled the 2013 UEFA Women's Champions League final at Stamford Bridge) before embarking on life as a coach at the turn of the century. When he travelled to Wales, his CV included more than 300 international matches in women's football; ten league titles and four cups in Romania; and 42 games in the UEFA Women's Champions League with teams in his native Cluj-Napoca. He took over Romania's national sides at all youth levels in 2007 and led the women's Under-19s to the 2012 final tournament in Turkey.

Hope Powell was capped 66 times by England (scoring 35 goals) during her playing days with Millwall Lionesses, Fulham and Croydon and, in 2003, became the first female coach in England to earn a UEFA Pro licence. She was in charge of the national side from 1998 till August 2013, guiding England's women to a silver medal at UEFA EURO 2009 and coaching the Great Britain team that competed in the 2012 Olympic Games.