June 3, 2016

EURO 2016 Referee Portrait: Felix Brych's Team from Germany


Full Name: Dr. F. A. Felix C. Brych
Nation: Germany
Residence: München
Date of Birth: 03/08/1975
Age: 40
Occupation: Referee Manager (Former Financial Lawyer)
Hobbies: Sports (Mountain Biking, Tennis, Volleyball), Music
Referee since: 1993
International since: 2007
UEFA Elite Category since: 01/2011
Champions League Matches: 37
Europa League Matches: 9
International Matches (Total): 96
Yellow Card Average (Int.): 3,54 per match
2nd Yellow Card Average (Int.): 0,16 per match
Red Card Average (Int.): 0,08 per match
Domestic First Division Matches: 215
Biggest Achievements: Olympic Games 2012, Europa League 2013 Final as 4th Official, Confederations Cup 2013, Europa League 2014 Final, World Cup 2014, selected for EURO 2016

What you should know

No, it's not Felix Braik, Britch or alike. Let me help you with pronouncing Brych's name: Click on the sound symbol underneath the right "Brych" translation here.

Contrary to first belief, Brych is no medicine. In fact he did a doctorate in law and worked for a financial institute besides his refereeing career. Now he is working for his regional referee department. He even got in conflict with the law once: Some years ago, there were official investigations - it was said that Brych dodged some taxes. The results of the investigations never became public. And yes...he was the one with the ghost goal in Bundesliga. A documentary - which unfortunately only exists in Thai language so far - shows his relation to the players, his way of communication and his team behind the scenes.

Brych is the EURO Referee with the highest number of Champions League matches (37).

Refereeing Style 

Authoritarian. Felix Brych usually keeps his matches under full control and maintains more distance to the players than most other officials. He achieves that with the aid of a quite strict approach as well as by preferring a relatively authoritarian interaction with the players. You will probably see him yelling at players at times and making his typical forefinger gestures which are not that respectful for many people. Maybe he is the most authoritarian referee among all EURO officials - nonetheless, his style can be described as quite modern, probably supported by his optic.

His signs of recognition. Standing left to the midfield line at kick-offs, finishing matches 20 seconds too early, but keeping full control in even difficult matches: This sounds like a typical Brych game.

His Strengths*

1| Match Control, even under difficult circumstances.
2| Player and Conflict Management.
3| Understanding of the game.
4| Accuracy in crucial decisions (almost no 7.9 in our reports for 5 years).
5| Physical Condition, Stamina, Sprinting Abilities.

His Points for Improvement* 

1| More stepwise, tactical approach - more balanced disciplinary control.
2| Self-presentation: Body Language, Whistle Language, Card Presentation.
3| Positioning and Movement.
4| Co-operation with assistant referees, distribution of responsibilities (catch off-the-ball-incidents better!).
5| Additional Time Management - don't finish it too early, enlarge it when needed.

*based on our Referee Observation Reports since 2012

 Assistant Referees

Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (2nd r.)
Nation: Germany
Residence: Mönchengladbach
Date of Birth: 16/03/1977
Age: 39 yo
Occupation: Police Officer
Hobbies: ---
International since: 2008
Champions League Matches: 38
Europa League Matches: 9
International Matches (Total): 94
Domestic First Division Matches: 170
Biggest Achievements: U-21 EURO 2011 (Olympic Play-Off), Olympic Games 2012, Confederations Cup 2013, Europa League 2014 Final, World Cup 2014, selected for EURO 2016

Assistant Referee 2: Stefan N. Lupp
Nation: Germany
Residence: Zossen
Date of Birth: 09/09/1978
Age: 37 yo
Occupation: Studied Business Economist
Hobbies: ---
International since: 2011
Champions League Matches: 20
Europa League Matches: 8
International Matches (Total): 63
Domestic First Division Matches: 177
Biggest Achievements: Olympic Games 2012, Confederations Cup 2013, Europa League 2014 Final, World Cup 2014, selected for EURO 2016

Additional Assistant Referees

Additional AR 1: Bastian Dankert (1st r.)
Nation: Germany
Residence: Rostock
Date of Birth: 09/06/1980
Age: 35 yo
Matches as AAR: 31
International himself? Yes.

Additional AR 2: Marco Fritz
Nation: Germany
Residence: Korb
Date of Birth: 03/10/1977
Age: 38 yo
Matches as AAR: 42
International himself? Yes. 

Reserve Assistant Referee

Reserve AR: Marco Achmüller
Nation: Germany
Residence: Bad Füssing
Date of Birth: 17/10/1979
Age: 36 yo

Chances at EURO 2016

Brych definitely belongs to the extended pool of referees with chances to referee the last matches including the final. He strongly depends on what "Die Mannschaft" does. At the last five big tournaments, Germany's national team always reached the semifinals - which could rule him out.

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  1. More portraits to follow in the next days (4 per day approximately).

    1. Excellent work, Niclas. Congratulations.

  2. Superb! There's no other word to describe your work, Niclas!

  3. "Leave me in peace, I'm refereeing." (From the video) I think I'll use that line from now on! :)

  4. Can somebody please explain me what does ''referee manager'' means?

    1. Someone who's in charge of assigning, training, and overseeing referees for a club, association, or federation. For instance, Collina is a sort of "referee manager" for UEFA.


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