June 3, 2016

EURO 2016 Referee Portrait: Clément Turpin's Team from France


Full Name: Clément L. J. Turpin
Nation: France
Residence: Montceau-les-Mines
Date of Birth: 16/05/1982
Age: 34
Occupation: Referee Manager
Hobbies: ---
Referee since: ---
International since: 2010
UEFA Elite Category since: 07/2015
Champions League Matches: 6
Europa League Matches: 10
International Matches (Total): 48
Yellow Card Average (Int.): 3,77 per match
2nd Yellow Card Average (Int.): 0,04 per match
Red Card Average (Int.): 0,27 per match
Domestic First Division Matches: 141
Biggest Achievements: U-19 EURO 2011 (Semifinal), U-21 EURO 2015, selected for EURO 2016, selected for Olympic Games 2016

What you should know

Clément Turpin is the most inexperienced of the 18 EURO Referees: 48 international matches and only 6 Champions League matches - nobody else has refereed less than that. It can be hardly denied that he joins the tournament mainly for political reasons (a hosting nation like France needs a referee...). BTW: His assistant referee 2 Nicolas Danos is replaced by Cyril Gringore due to injury.

This is no surprise though: The 34-year old is the youngest EURO Referee since Peter Mikkelsen (Denmark) in 1992 (he was 32 back then).

No wonder that Turpin is considered a huge talent: He went through several talent programs and has been heavily pushed inside the French Football Federation and also in UEFA. Among others, he joined a mentor program in the European football association - his mentor was Roberto Rosetti, the referee of the EURO 2008 Final.

Refereeing Style 

Decision-Taker. Turpin's focus is clearly on making decisions and staying in the background, being hardly visible and radiating a modest, but nonetheless self-confident image. This is underlined by the circumstance that he has the highest sending-off-ratio of all 18 EURO referees (1 sending off in every 3rd international match).

His idea of refereeing. Be brave enough to make courageous and unpopular decisions. In many matches, Turpin did not shy away from taking influential decisions, regardless whether against the home or away team.

His Strengths*

1| Courage to take unpopular decisions.
2| Application of Law 12, specially Advantage Rule..
3| Physical Condition, Sprinting Abilities, Tempo Changes.
4| Positioning and Movement.
5| Decision-Selling.

His Points for Improvement* 

1| Huge problems in the Identification and Punishment of Simulation.
2| Stepwise Disciplinary Control, Verbal Warnings.
3| Co-operation in the officiating team.
4| Management of Additional Time.
5| Approach, Body Language.

*based on our Referee Observation Reports since 2012

His Team

Assistant Referees

Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano photo
Nation: France
Residence: Limoges
Date of Birth: 23/07/1973
Age: 42 yo
Occupation: ---
Hobbies: ---
International since: 2008
Champions League Matches: 17
Europa League Matches: 23
International Matches (Total): 89
Domestic First Division Matches: 236
Biggest Achievements: Olympic Games 2008, EURO 2012 (Semifinal), U-20 World Cup 2013, U-21 EURO 2015, selected for EURO 2016, selected for Olympic Games 2016

Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos
Nation: France
Residence: Muretain
Date of Birth: 27/09/1980
Age: 35 yo
Occupation: ---
Hobbies: ---
International since: 2013
Champions League Matches: 6
Europa League Matches: 11
International Matches (Total): 41
Domestic First Division Matches: 247
Biggest Achievements: U-21 EURO 2015, selected for EURO 2016, selected for Olympic Games 2016

Additional Assistant Referees

Additional AR 1: Benoît J. Bastien
Nation: France
Residence: Épinal
Date of Birth: 17/04/1983
Age: 33 yo
Matches as AAR: 18
International himself? Yes.

Additional AR 2: Fredy Fautrel
Nation: France
Residence: Avranches
Date of Birth: 31/10/1971
Age: 44 yo
Matches as AAR: 37
International himself? Yes. 

Chances at EURO 2016


Given Turpin's experience, his chances to reach more than the expectable 2 group stage games per referee are rather low. But you never know. Maybe he will get something more - also as 4th Official.

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