EURO 2012: Greece vs Russia


Year
2012
Greece

Russia 
Date
16-Jun
City
Warszawa (POL)
Competition
Euro 2012
Stage
Group Stage
Reported by
Carlos, Maicon

Greece

1-0

Russia





Referee
Yellow
Card(s)
2nd Yellow
Card(s)
Direct
Red Card(s)
Penaltys
Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
6 (2-4)
0
0
0





GOALS
1-0       G. KARAGOUNIS (GRE, 45+2’)

YELLOW CARDS
G.  KARAGOUNIS (GRE, 61’), A. ANYUKOV (RUS, 61´), A. KERZHAKOV (RUS, 59), A. DZAGOEV (RUS, 70), P. POGREBNYAK (RUS, 90+3), J. HOLEBAS (GRE, 90+4)

SENDING OFFS

MATCH OFFICIALS
Function
Full Name
Origin

Final Mark
Referee
Jonas Eriksson
SWE
70,1
Assistant Referee 1
Stefan Wittberg
SWE
74,0
Assistant Referee 2
Mathias Klasenius
SWE
73,6
Additional Assistant Referee 1
Markus Strömbergsson
SWE
73,0
Additional Assistant Referee 2
Stefan Johannesson
SWE
67,2
Fourth Official
Hüseyin Göçek
TUR
65,0
Reserve Assistant Referee
Bahattin Duran
TUR
75,0
UEFA Delegate
Geir Thorsteinsson
ISL

UEFA Referee Observer
Pierluigi Collina
ITA

Blog Referee Observer
Maicon O
Carlos S
BRA
COL


Remarks concerning the final marks
The final marks that have been awarded by the Blog Referee Observer(s) for every official are aimed at expressing a general assessment on the respective official’s performance.
They comply with certain and different evaluation scales that are exposed and explained in the Referee Observation Checklist (a separate document).

Please not that because a problem with the signal in South America there was no time shown on the screen, so that some minutes could be a wrong or are an approximated minute of the actions.


The Referee

I. MATCH
·       Background
Last match of the Group Stage for both teams. The Greek team had to win if they wanted to continue in the Championship, meanwhile the Russian had to at least draw against them if they did not wanted to be send home. The match was tense because of this reason, especially at the final of it. This referee team came from a very good game between the German and Dutch team so the expectations were high. The field was perfect to play, there were good weather conditions and a good atmosphere in the stadium, something typical with Greek fans. The match had one key call to be solved and the referee team had to pay attention on the disciplinary aspect since both teams, specially the Greek, are vey technical.

·       Parameter Mark 1: Degree of Difficulty and Importance
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
80,0


II. CONTROL
·       Comment
The match was in his first half under full control, but since the time passed and the Russian knew they were out there started some conflicts and small riots. Jonas was able to control them but not 100%. The Greeks were not easy to control, and the time wasting was a problem with them, because they did all the possible to forget and stop the game. There was always the feeling that Jonas could have lost the control in every moment of the last 10 minutes, but at the end he didn´t.

·       Exemplary situations that strengthen the general impression
Minute
Situation and Assessment
85
Small riots because of one foul of Russia, it´s more a mixture of desperation of both teams
90+1
Again some small riots controlled by Jonas

·       Parameter Mark 2: Control
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
70,0


III. DECISIONS
·       Application of the Laws of the Game – Comment (advice: always refer to aspects like card management, infringement detection, the application of the advantage rule, holding in the penalty area after set pieces, simulation and lay extra ordinary high emphasis on match influencing or even decisive decisions)
Eriksson´s foul detection was ok, he had some failures but nothing extraordinary. The main decision was the possible penalty on Greek player in which we think Jonas got wrong but one could understand what he saw. The Greek player always looks for the contact and dices in a great form, but also the Russian defender´s leg is there and makes contact with the Greek player, therefore I would call a penalty, but Jonas decided to call it as a dive.. He had a clear line, with only one action to refute with his severity. His card management was like the one of quasi all Euro refs, he missed some cards, but at the end there was not big issue in that.

·       Important Decisions ((non)given cards should be mentioned, other important decisions in the opinion of the observer)
Minute
Situation and Assessment
35
One Russian player dives in the Greek area, he could have shown a YC for the dive
40
Possible YC action, but as his colleagues in the Euro, he prefers to talk with the players
44
Foul on Karagounis, it could have been a YC, but Eriksson keeps his line
50
Samaras looks for a foul, Eriksson sees it good
61
YC for Karagounis after what Eriksson sees like a dive. In fact its wrong since it is no dive, it´s a not given penalty for Greece. Alson when Karagounis makes all what he can to get the penalty, but the Russian defender leaves his foot there.
61
YC for Anyukov for a foul, correct
69
Zhirkov gets a YC after a foul, correct
70
YC for Dzagoev, correct
75
Dive of Russian player, it should have been a YC to maintain his line since he booked Karagounis in the 61´
80
Foul of Russian player, Eriksson maintains his line and did not show a YC
90+3
YC for Russian player Pogrebnyak after a hand ball trying to get Eriksson confused, correct
90+4
YC for Holebas because of time wasting

·       Parameter Mark 3: Decisions
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
64,0


IV. STYLE
·       Physical and Technical Aspects
Criteria
+
Expected level
-
Always close to the play, follows play at all times, and does not interfere with play

X

Flexible Diagonal System

X

Able to anticipate the action

X

Enters the penalty area when necessary

X

Appropiate, efficient and economic Positioning also at set pieces

X

Physical Condition in general

X

Adequate behaviour in dealing with injuries (awareness of serious injuries, possible advantages applied,
card-timing etc.)

X

Comment
His physical condition was in order, ist good to remark the weight loss in the referee. His diagonal was very ok like his approach. The rest was on expected level.
Minute
Situation and Assessment








·       Parameter Mark 4.1: Physical and Technical Aspects
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
75,0


·       Tactical Approach
Criteria
+
Expected level
-
The referee has a certain tactical approach, which is moving in the measures the Laws of the Game define, which is understood and consistent

X

The referee’s tactical approach is active, he is able to predict situations and to avoid conflicts by that

X

Personality and authority on the pitch

X

Adequate communication

X

Shows determination and courage in his decisions and has also tools to gain authority (adequate and clear gestures, using his whistle as kind of language) 

X

Shows respect

X

Comment
To remark that he had a good communication overall, but there was a little detail we did not like and was the way he put his finger on this mouth to shut up the players
Minute
Situation and Assessment








·       Parameter Mark 4.2: Tactical Approach
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
75,0

·       Summary of both sections (if necessary, give the minutes)
Positive Points
1.
Advantage, tried to interfere as least as possible

2.
Calmness in the field

Points for improvement
1.
Gestures to the players (like finger-shut up incident)

2.


·       Comment on the cooperation within the referee team
The referee had overall a good cooperation with his assistant referees, but there is the doubt if the AAR1 could have helped in the penalty situation. Also to remark that Jonas should have told the 4th Official to calm the coaches and substitutes down before the end of the match.

·       Parameter Mark 4: Style (factorized (50%) sum of both partial sections)
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
75,0


FACTORIZED SUM (FINAL MARK) – REFEREE
Parameter
Percentage
Mark
MATCH DIFFICULTY / IMPORTANCE
10 %
80
CONTROL
20 %
70
DECISIONS
40 %
64
STYLE
30 %
75

Final mark
70,1


Assistant Referee 1

I. MATCH
·       Comment
Not a difficult game this time, but did a good work in the actions he had.

·       Parameter Mark 1: Degree of Difficulty (only aspects concerning the AR1)
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
70,0

II. DECISIONS
·       Application of the Laws of the Game – Comment
Good in the offsides and with the fouls in front of him, always trying to help Eriksson with the fouls in front of him.

·       Overview
Criteria
+
Expected level
-
(Non-)Offside detection (evaluated independently (!) from the difficulty of the (non-)offside situations)

X

Quality of other decisions with regard to the
application of the Laws of the Game

X


·       Important Decisions (of course heavy attention to be paid on (non-)offside decisions)
Minute
Situation and Assessment



·       Parameter Mark 2: Decisions
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
75,0

III. STYLE
·       Physical and Technical Aspects
Criteria
+
Expected level
-
Physical Condition

X

Positioning and movement

X

Adequate alertness, mental awareness and concentration (e.g. decisions on situations happening in his area of vicinity)

X

Holds and moves his flag in accordance with the
Laws of the Game

X


·       Parameter Mark 3: Style
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
75,0


FACTORIZED SUM (FINAL MARK) – AR1
Parameter
Percentage
Mark
MATCH DIFFICULTY
20 %
70
DECISIONS
60 %
75
STYLE
20 %
75

Final mark
74,0


Assistant Referee 2

I. MATCH
·       Comment
More work than his colleague, he helped Jonas in every single foul he had in front of him. We would not blame him in the penalty situation since there is a player right in front of him.

·       Parameter Mark 1: Degree of Difficulty (only aspects concerning the AR2)
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
80,0

II. DECISIONS
·       Application of the Laws of the Game – Comment
Good offside detection, he was good with the fouls in front of him, always calling the attention of Jonas when he saw something, he was a big support for the referee during the game. Maybe the only situation in which he failed was the penalty, but as I said before, we can not blame him 100% since there was a player in front of him.

·       Overview
Criteria
+
Expected level
-
(Non-)Offside detection (evaluated independently (!) from the difficulty of the (non-)offside situations)

X

Quality of other decisions with regard to the
application of the Laws of the Game

X


·       Important Decisions (of course heavy attention to be paid on (non-)offside decisions)
Minute
Situation and Assessment
61
Wrong not given penalty for Greece (foul on Karagounis)
69
YC for the #5 of Russia called by the AR

·       Parameter Mark 2: Decisions
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
70,0

III. STYLE
·       Physical and Technical Aspects
Criteria
+
Expected level
-
Physical Condition

X

Positioning and movement

X

Adequate alertness, mental awareness and concentration (e.g. decisions on situations happening in his area of vicinity)
X


Holds and moves his flag in accordance with the
Laws of the Game

X

Remark: His movements of the flag are in the border line to be considered exaggerated.

·       Parameter Mark 3: Style
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
78,0


FACTORIZED SUM (FINAL MARK) – AR2
Parameter
Percentage
Mark
MATCH DIFFICULTY
20 %
80
DECISIONS
60 %
70
STYLE
20 %
78

Final mark
73,6


Additional Assistant Referee 1

I. MATCH
·       Comment
Not big issues, the ones he had were solved without problems.

·       Parameter Mark 1: Degree of Difficulty (only aspects concerning the AAR1)
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
65,0

II. DECISIONS
·       Application of the Laws of the Game, Involvement – Comment
Not issues to report, supported the referee when he had to

·       Overview
Criteria
+
Expected level
-
Important decisions in the penalty area (e.g. fouls like holding after set pieces, goal-decisions etc.)

X

Quality of other decisions with regard to the
application of the Laws of the Game

X


·       Important Decisions
Minute
Situation and Assessment



·       Parameter Mark 2: Decisions
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
75,0

III. STYLE
·       Physical and Technical Aspects
Criteria
+
Expected level
-
Positioning and movement

X

Active involvement, adequate alertness, mental awareness and concentration (e.g. decisions on situations happening in his area of vicinity)

X


·       Parameter Mark 3: Style
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
75,0


FACTORIZED SUM (FINAL MARK) – AAR1
Parameter
Percentage
Mark
MATCH DIFFICULTY
20 %
65
DECISIONS
60 %
75
STYLE
20 %
75

Final mark
73,0


Additional Assistant Referee 2

I. MATCH
·       Comment
Not much challenged but he failed in the key situation of the match, the penalty, where he had a clear view of the foul and the contact between the players.

·       Parameter Mark 1: Degree of Difficulty (only aspects concerning the AAR2)
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
75,0

II. DECISIONS
·       Application of the Laws of the Game, Involvement – Comment
As said before, he failed in the key situation, the rest was in order.

·       Overview
Criteria
+
Expected level
-
Important decisions in the penalty area (e.g. fouls like holding after set pieces, goal-decisions etc.)


X
Quality of other decisions with regard to the
application of the Laws of the Game

X


·       Important Decisions
Minute
Situation and Assessment
61
Not given penalty for Karagounis, the AAR had a clear vision

·       Parameter Mark 2: Decisions
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
62,0

III. STYLE
·       Physical and Technical Aspects
Criteria
+
Expected level
-
Positioning and movement

X

Active involvement, adequate alertness, mental awareness and concentration (e.g. decisions on situations happening in his area of vicinity)

X


·       Parameter Mark 3: Style
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
75,0


FACTORIZED SUM (FINAL MARK) – AAR2
Parameter
Percentage
Mark
MATCH DIFFICULTY
20 %
75
DECISIONS
60 %
62
STYLE
20 %
75

Final mark
67,2



Fourth Official
·       Comment
Could have had more control of the coaches and substitutes, especially at the end of the match when all stood up and did not remained sited until the end of the match

·       Final mark
FINAL MARK
65,0



Reserve Assistant Referee
·       Comment
Nothing to report, once again we hope the chair was comfortable to him

·       Final mark
FINAL MARK
75,0


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