May 27, 2016

Champions League Final 2016 Referee Portrait: Mark Clattenburg's Team

UEFA has chosen English Elite Referee Mark Clattenburg to oversee tomorrow's Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid in Milan's Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. 'Meet' the refereeing team already today. 
A portrait.


Full Name: Mark Clattenburg
Nation: England
Residence: Newcastle upon Tyne
Date of Birth: 13/03/1975
Age: 41
Occupation: Professional Referee
Hobbies: Golf, Reading

Career Stats and Milestones 

Referee since: 1990
International since: 2006
UEFA Elite Category since: 01/2012
Champions League Matches: 24
Europa League Matches: 15
International Matches (Total): 92
Yellow Card Average (Int.): 3,77 per match
2nd Yellow Card Average (Int.): 0,09 per match
Red Card Average (Int.): 0,03 per match
Domestic First Division Matches: 275
Biggest Achievements: U-20 World Cup 2011 (Semifinal), UEFA EURO 2012 as AAR (Group Stage), Olympic Games 2012 Final, U-17 World Cup 2013 (Group Stage), UEFA Super Cup 2014 Final, selected for UEFA EURO 2016, selected for UEFA Champions League 2016 Final

What you should know

Mark Clattenburg is no referee who does not know what it means to cope with social pressure from the media scrutiny. In the past, he has often got into the spotlight of some affairs, e.g. with regard to an alleged use of inappropiate language against a dark-skinned Chelsea player. After last week's FA Cup Final, the name "Clattenburg" was surely part of some eye-catching headlines in the English press.

Clattenburg knows both teams by heart. It will be his eight appearance in a match of Atlético Madrid - they only lost one of the matches under his control. Some weeks ago, he even took charge of their semifinal win over Bayern München. Meanwhile, Clattenburg refereed Real Madrid five times so far - they won all matches.

Along with his compatriot Martin Atkinson, Clattenburg is one of two English referees selected for matches at EURO 2016. 

Refereeing Style 

Game-Manager. Clattenburg usually succeeds in managing the match with his authentic body language. His quite particular gestures - that may appear as a bit odd at times - make the players accept his decisions and follow his leadership.

His symbol of recognition. The piercing high sound of his whistle - or rather the way how he uses his Fox40 Classic. By covering its side holes, he makes glasses burst... almost at least.

His Strengths*

1| Player Management, Verbal Warnings
2| Approach, Body Language, Self-Presentation, Signals
3| Application and Interpretation of the Laws of the Game
4| Disciplinary Control
5| Physical Condition, Positioning

His Points for Improvement* 

1| Sometimes: Keeping Control and the Overview
2| More Prevention against Unsporting Behaviour / Dissent
3| Advantage Rule: Game Advantage or only Ball Advantage?
4| Alertness on Pushing-Pulling-Tactic of defenders inside the penalty area
5| Co-operation with Assistant Referees (specially in Offside Situations)

*based on our Referee Observation Reports since 2012

His Team

Assistant Referee

Assistant Referee 1: Simon P. Beck
Nation: England
Residence: County Bedfordshire
Date of Birth: 15/05/1972
Age: 44 yo
Occupation: ---
Hobbies: ---
International since: 2009
Champions League Matches: 24
Europa League Matches: 15
International Matches (Total): 77
Domestic First Division Matches: 219
Biggest Achievements: U-20 World Cup 2011 (Semifinal), Olympic Games 2012 Final, U-17 World Cup 2013 (Group Stage), UEFA Super Cup 2014 Final, selected for UEFA Champions League 2016 Final, selected for UEFA EURO 2016 

Assistant Referee 2: Jacob D. ("Jake") Collin
Nation: England
Residence: Liverpool
Date of Birth: 28/12/1972
Age: 43 yo
Occupation: ---
Hobbies: ---
International since: 2010
Champions League Matches: 14
Europa League Matches: 11
International Matches (Total): 51
Domestic First Division Matches: 203
Biggest Achievements: selected for UEFA Champions League 2016 Final, selected for UEFA EURO 2016

Additional Assistant Referees

Additional AR 1: Anthony Taylor
Nation: England
Residence: Wythenshawe
Date of Birth: 20/10/1978
Age: 37 yo
Matches as AAR: 55
International himself? Yes. (1st Group)

Additional AR 2: Andre M. Marriner
Nation: England
Residence: Birmingham
Date of Birth: 01/01/1971
Age: 45 yo
Matches as AAR: 52
International himself? Yes. (1st Group)

Reserve Assistant Referee

Reserve AR: Stuart Burt
Nation: England
Residence: County Northamptonshire
Date of Birth: 03/03/1980
Age: 36 yo

Recent Reports

UCL Semifinal: Atlético Madrid 1:0 Bayern München (no report yet) 
UEL Quarterfinal: Athletic Bilbao 1:2 Sevilla FC
UCL Round of 16: Atlético Madrid 7:6 pso PSV Eindhoven
UCL Group Stage: Bayer Leverkusen 1:1 FC Barcelona
UCL Group Stage: Real Madrid 1:0 Paris SG
UCL Play-Off: Valencia CF 3:1 AS Monaco
UCL Semifinal: Bayern München 3:2 FC Barcelona
UCL Round of 16: FC Basel 1:1 FC Porto

4th Official

Full Name: Viktor Kassai
Nation: Hungary
Residence: Tatabanya
Date of Birth: 10/09/1975
Age: 40 yo
Occupation: Travel Management Agent
Hobbies: Movies, Squash, Travelling

Referee since: 1990
International since: 2003
UEFA Elite Category since: 01/2008
Champions League Matches as Referee: 35 (among others: UCL Final 2011)
Europa League Matches as Referee: 17
International Matches (Total) as Referee: 119
Experience as 4th Official: UEFA EURO 2008

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  1. This time the interview on has been published:

    1. Interesting read - thanks.


  2. Clattenburg is one excellent referee.
    Good chance tomorrow.

  3. OT
    A question to German readers: today in Italy it is reported that Bibiana Steinhaus was the first referee in 2.Bundesliga's ranking for this season, but Fandel decided to promote only male referees with lower marks, and now this is seen as scandal (discrimination)... is that true? It would be nice to know more. When news are reported, there is always something missing.

    1. It seem's to be correct an Fandel says that she will not be promoted because the performance in the last years.
      Steinhaus is very controversial discussed since years...

      It happend really often in germany's 2. Bundesliga, that the first referee in ranking is not promoted after one year. This was also in case of Benjamin Brand and former Michael Kempter.

    2. Thanks for your answer. That is unfair. A referee should get what he achieves on the pitch. If I were Bibiana Steinahus, I wouldn't find motivations to go on. Another question is about the rules. Was it legal what Fandel did? I mean, what about the rules? Is there the chance to use discretion in order to promote other referees, and not the first based on ranking?

    3. Fandels decision is covered by the guidluines...
      There is written that not the ranking is the only basement and at least it's only a decision of the commission.

    4. In read in a newspaper that Steinhaus should became a Bundesliga referee 3 years ago, but she said NO, because she will lost her FIFA bagde in case of that, don't know if it's true

    5. Furthermore IMO her average performance in 2nd Bundesliga was like that: Solid refereeing, sometimes important mistakes, mostly not sooo much acceptance from the players and no clear line in her foul selection. Considering the past years, a promotion would be under no circumstance deserved. But that is only my opinion.

    6. Niclas i can fully agree!
      But every year the same discussion so not a big surprise


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