May 14, 2012

Ivan Kružliak appointed for UEFA U17 EURO Final

The up-and-comer referee Ivan Kružliak from Slovakia has been nominated to blow the final whistle at this year's UEFA U17 EURO Slovenia between Germany and the Netherlands. The match will be kicked off in Ljubljana on Wednesday, 16th May, at 18:00 CET.


The 28 year-old, who enjoys sports and reading in his leisure time, is therefore rewarded for his good performances in his two group stage encounters, which were the duels between Georgia and Germany (0-1) and between the Dutchmen and Belgium (0-0). Ivan Kružliak managed his FIFA bow at the start of 2011.
He will be assisted by Haralds Gudermanis (LVA) and Milutin Djukić (MNE), while Mattias Gestranius (FIN) will function as fourth official.

Ivan Kružliak spoke to Dan Ross,, about his final nomination and career path in general.

The UEFA European Under-17 Championship provides as important an opportunity for match officials as it does for players. Slovakia's Ivan Kružliak, the referee selected to officiate tomorrow's final, is testament to that, as he prepares for the biggest match of his career to date. He spoke to about his time in Slovenia and how he came to take up his whistle. When did you first become involved in officiating? 
Ivan Kružliak: I started at 16. My father and his friends were all referees so it was always in my mind that one day I could do it. Then I had quite a serious injury to my hand. I was a goalkeeper, so I had to stop playing for half a year. That's when I began my refereeing career, then when I was 21 I had to choose if I wanted to play or be a referee. I think I chose right. Now I'm 28, so some people might call me experienced, but I'm still young and this is my first final tournament. How have you found your first final tournament?
Kružliak: It has been really good, the organisation has been excellent. We have had perfect conditions for training, and the stadiums are great. All teams have behaved well, nothing serious has happened, so we've enjoyed it. The referees are all in the same base. Do you analyse each other's performances?
Kružliak: After each game we have a briefing with an observer, where we watch clips of situations and analyse them. The first meeting is just with the team of officials from that game, but then we have a meeting as a group and we watch videos of the other games to learn from our colleagues and also look at the teams themselves for our future games. That analysis must be valuable...
Kružliak: It is a very useful experience. As referees joke, "learn from mistakes, but the mistakes of another referee". It is not possible to be faultless every time, we are only human. But I think that so far in Slovenia everything has been good from our side, which is very important. Only one team can officiate the final, how does the selection process work?
Kružliak: At the beginning there are six referees and eight assistants, then the Referees Committee has the big task of picking the best performers to stay for the semi-final and the final. How does it feel to be the man in the middle for the final?
Kružliak: When I started my refereeing career I never thought I would be in the FIFA list – now I'm in the final of this European Championship! It is a great feeling, a great experience and I am really enjoying it. I'm not nervous yet, but before every game I think a referee should feel a little nervous. It helps them to concentrate and to prepare for the game.



  1. wygląda na to że Lubos MIchel szybko dorobił się nastepcy i w ciągu najbliższych lat ten chłopak będzie jednym ztych którzy sędzioją mecze LIGI MISTRZÓW to tylko kwestia czasu.Młody Kruzliak tak jak kiedyś wspomniany Michel we wczesnym wieku został sędzią FIFA 440-ro latek zszedł wcześnie z boiska na emeryture tylko z powodu kontuzji więc Kruzliak rusza jego śladem

  2. Zwayer with heavy work:

    1. The second yellow card given in 86' could have been even a straight red, anyway it's ok.
      The handball several minutes later is not foul, in my opinion.
      The straight red card in 90' is correct.
      Zwayer appeared lenient with Regensburg keeper, anyway he was able to hide his waste of time. I mean that he wasted time but not in a blatant way.

    2. I agree. The assistant ref 2 was Harm Osmers, the son of Hans Joachim Osmers, himself a Bundesliga referee as well.
      He is another talent to be taken into account.

    3. And that is Dingert in the first leg. No comment needed I hope.

  3. I hope that Ivan Kružliak can have a great future.

    About Avram, a feeling just based on the pic I have seen on the internet: he seems a chaotic referee. I don't like.

    1. Have you seen one of his matches in the last season? It was TUR-GER (u19? i am not sure). A nightmare, really a catastrophe. It was a surprise that UEFA again sends him to such a tournament.

  4. Weak performance. Many phantom fouls and 2 strange corner kicks, a missed penalty to GER (76'), but a very good call by Djukic who correctly saw that the ball did not cross the line in minute 38.

    Control 20%: 80
    Decisions 40%: 50
    Style 30%: 70 too pedantic today
    Difficulty 10%: 60


    AR1 Gudermanis 75,0
    AR2 Djukic 80,0

  5. Just finished

    Cyprus Cup Final

    AEK Larnakas - Omonoia 0-1

    Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
    Assistants: Mark Borsch (GER) Stefan Lupp (GER)
    Fourth Official: Marios Tsaggaris (CYP)


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