June 4, 2016

EURO 2016 Referee Portrait: Jonas Eriksson's Team from Sweden


Full Name: H. Jonas Eriksson
Nation: Sweden
Residence: Sigtuna
Date of Birth: 28/03/1974
Age: 42
Occupation: Professional Referee (former Businessman)
Hobbies: Family, Music, Downhill Skiing, Travelling
Referee since: 1988
International since: 2002
UEFA Elite Category since: 07/2009
Champions League Matches: 33
Europa League Matches: 26
International Matches (Total): 117
Yellow Card Average (Int.): 3,68 per match
2nd Yellow Card Average (Int.): 0,07 per match
Red Card Average (Int.): 0,08 per match
Domestic First Division Matches: 300
Biggest Achievements: U-19 EURO 2006 (Semifinal), UEFA EURO 2012 (Group Stage), UEFA Super Cup 2013 Final, U-20 World Cup 2013 (Semifinal), FIFA World Cup 2014 (Round of 16), Club World Cup 2015 (Semifinal), UEFA Europa League 2016 Final,
selected for UEFA EURO 2016,

 What you should know

The Swedish is everything but bribable. Having sold his shares in a company for sports rights some years ago, he became a multimillionaire over night. So you can be sure: He does every match out of joy and passion for the game.

Eriksson is used to top clashes at Champions League level and has almost met every big team on this continent once. A team he has not met for quite a long time is Paris Saint-Germain: According to our knowledge, he has asked UEFA to not appoint him for matches of the French capital club due to a personal friendship to one of PSG's club bosses.

EURO 2016 might be the last huge tournament for the Swedish. In the past, Eriksson told some newspapers that he intensely thought about retiring from active refereeing soon.

Refereeing Style 

Game-Manager. That's exactly what Eriksson excels in. For many, he is kind of "maître" in terms of man management on the field of play. With the aid of sophisticated body language skills and a high level of social competence, he is able to quickly gain the players' acceptance and respect. Pay attention to his coin toss - he will remind the players on mutual respect and probably point to the RESPECT-emblem at his shoulder.

His formulae for success. "Respect the players, then they respect you, too!" and "A look is worth a thousand words!" (reference)

His Strengths*

1| Player and Match Management, Control.
2| Personality, Charisma, Body Language.
3| Conflict Management, Deescalation.
4| Positioning, Movement, Stamina.
5| Teamwork.

His Points for Improvement* 

1| Disciplinary Control: Mandatory Cards have to be given!
2| Identification and Punishment of Serious Foul Play
3| Evaluation of Illegal Use of Arms and Elbows
4| Application and Signalling of the Advantage Rule
5| Signals: Gestures and Card Presentation

*based on our Referee Observation Reports since 2012

His Team

fr. l.: Strömbergsson (AAR2), Wärnmark (AR2), Eriksson (Ref), Klasenius (AR1), Johannesson (AAR1)

Assistant Referee

Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius
Nation: Sweden
Residence: Örebro
Date of Birth: 25/04/1975 
Age: 41 yo
Occupation: Banker
Hobbies: ---
International since: 2007
Champions League Matches: 30
Europa League Matches: 24
International Matches (Total): 98
Domestic First Division Matches: 226
Biggest Achievements: UEFA U-19 EURO 2009 Final, UEFA EURO 2012 (Group Stage), UEFA Super Cup 2013 Final, U-20 World Cup 2013 (Semifinal), FIFA World Cup 2014 (Round of 16), Club World Cup 2015 (Semifinal), selected for UEFA EURO 2016, selected for UEFA Europa League 2016 Final

Assistant Referee 2: G. Daniel Wärnmark
Nation: Sweden
Residence: Knivsta
Date of Birth: 30/12/1974
Age: 41 yo
Occupation: Restaurant Manager
Hobbies: Sports
International since: 2010
Champions League Matches: 20
Europa League Matches: 13
International Matches (Total): 73
Domestic First Division Matches: 211
Biggest Achievements: UEFA Super Cup 2013 Final, U-20 World Cup 2013 (Semifinal), FIFA World Cup 2014 (Round of 16), Club World Cup 2015 (Semifinal), selected for UEFA EURO 2016, selected for UEFA Europa League 2016 Final

Additional Assistant Referees

Additional AR 1: K. Stefan Johannesson
Nation: Sweden
Residence: Stocksund
Date of Birth: 22/01/1971
Age: 45 yo
Matches as AAR: 44
International himself? Yes.

Additional AR 2: K. Markus Strömbergsson
Nation: Sweden
Residence: Gävle
Date of Birth: 26/05/1975
Age: 41 yo
Matches as AAR: 52
International himself? No. 

Reserve Assistant Referee

Reserve AR: Mehmet Culum
Nation: Sweden
Residence: Malmö
Date of Birth: 01/01/1983
Age: 33 yo

Chances at EURO 2016

Jonas Eriksson is always a name to kept in mind for the really big games. The recent Europa League final is a proof of that. However, he is - maybe - not in the best form of his career from a technical perspective and so that his process strongly depends on his group stage performances.

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