June 4, 2016

EURO 2016 Referee Portrait: Szymon Marciniak's Team from Poland



Referee


Full Name: Szymon Marciniak
Nation: Poland
Residence: Płock
Date of Birth: 07/01/1981
Age: 35
Occupation: Professional Referee
Hobbies: Cycling
Referee since: 2002
International since: 2011
UEFA Elite Category since: 07/2015
Champions League Matches: 8
Europa League Matches: 12
International Matches (Total): 49
Yellow Card Average (Int.): 3,71 per match
2nd Yellow Card Average (Int.): 0,16 per match
Red Card Average (Int.): 0,12 per match
Domestic First Division Matches: 186
Biggest Achievements: U-21 EURO 2015 Final, selected for EURO 2016

 
What you should know

Marciniak knows how to handle EURO finals - at least at U-21 level. Last summer, he officiated Sweden's win over Portugal under the eyes of Pierluigi Collina - and excelled with a calm and sovereign performance.

Let the players protest - Marciniak is used to headwind: He was a cyclist before his active referee career.

He is the most inexperienced referee of all EURO Referee just looking at the time when he started officiating. Most referees started around 1990, Marciniak in 2002. Having become international in 2011, he only needed 4,5 years to become Elite. Be sure: He can reach something big in France.

Refereeing Style 

Pleasantly unremarkable. In almost all of his recent international matches, Szymon Marciniak was hardly visible. Usually he has a modest and pleasantly calm interaction with the players, keeps his matches under control and, above all, keeps them at a very calm and smooth level. This does not mean that he is passive though: Considering his relatively small experience, his body language skills and player management are everything but unremarkable...

His signs of recognition. A baldy with a robotic running pattern, a Michelin Man like body posture and a quite individual interpretation of diagonal movement - that's Marciniak :). Though he is one of the best referees at the tournament, I dare to say.


His Strengths*

1| Personality, Soft Skills, Body Language.
2| Player Management, Communication, Verbal Warnings.
3| Tactical Approach.
4| Foul Detection & Advantage Rule.
5| Fitness, Stamina, Sprinting Abilities.



His Points for Improvement* 

1| Positioning (during the game as well as at set pieces).
2| Movement: Flexible Diagonal and Elegance
3| Anticipation and Prevention.
4| Disciplinary Control (careless, reckless, excessive force; SPA; simulation).
5| Co-operation and Communication with Assistant Referees



*based on our Referee Observation Reports since 2012

 His Team 

 Assistant Referees

Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki
Nation: Poland
Residence: Nasielsk
Date of Birth: 01/04/1980
Age: 36 yo
Occupation: ---
Hobbies: ---
International since: 2010
Champions League Matches: 8
Europa League Matches: 17
International Matches (Total): 59
Domestic First Division Matches: ---
Biggest Achievements: U-21 EURO 2015 Final, selected for EURO 2016


Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (does any ring bell? click)
Nation: Poland
Residence: Warsaw
Date of Birth: 06/10/1978
Age: 37 yo
Occupation: ---
Hobbies: ---
International since: 2011
Champions League Matches: 8
Europa League Matches: 17
International Matches (Total): 68
Domestic First Division Matches: ---
Biggest Achievements: U-21 EURO 2015 Final, selected for EURO 2016

Additional Assistant Referees


Additional AR 1: Pawel M. Raczkowski
Nation: Poland
Residence: Warsaw
Date of Birth: 10/05/1983
Age: 33 yo
Matches as AAR: 33
International himself? Yes. (First Group)


Additional AR 2: Tomasz A. Musial
Nation: Poland
Residence: Kraków
Date of Birth: 19/02/1981
Age: 35 yo
Matches as AAR: 31
International himself? Yes. (Third Group)

Reserve Assistant Referee

Reserve AR: Radoslaw P. Siejka
Nation: Poland
Residence: Łódź
Date of Birth: 17/09/1974
Age: 41 yo



Chances at EURO 2016





He might appear as an outsider given his small international experience, but I could imagine that this tournament could mean his ultimate breakthrough at UEFA level. Definitely a referee belonging to the pool of officials that have realistic chances for the quarterfinals - and maybe even more.

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