June 9, 2016

EURO 2016 Referee Portrait: Viktor Kassai's Team from Hungary


Full Name: Viktor Kassai
Nation: Hungary
Residence: Tatabánya
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: 35
Europa League Matches: 17
International Matches (Total): 119
Yellow Card Average (Int.): 4,02 per match
2nd Yellow Card Average (Int.): 0,11 per match
Red Card Average (Int.): 0,03 per match
Domestic First Division Matches: 267
Biggest Achievements: UEFA Under-19 EURO 2005 (Semifinal), FIFA Under-20 World Cup 2007 (Round of 16), UEFA EURO 2008 as 4th Official, FIFA Olympic Games 2008 Final, FIFA World Cup 2010 (Semifinal), UEFA Champions League 2011 Final, UEFA EURO 2012 (Group Stage), FIFA Under-20 World Cup 2013 (Group Stage), UEFA Champions League 2016 Final as 4th Official, selected for UEFA EURO 2016

What you should know

Viktor Kassai is one of the most seasoned referees at the final tournament. Nobody else has been joining the highest UEFA Referee Category for a longer time: Kassai is an Elite Group Referee since January 2008.

The Hungarian tourism manager with hubs in Budapest and Thessaloniki is therefore EURO-experienced: After participating in EURO 2008 as 4th Official, he was nominated as one of 12 main referees for EURO 2012. He became publicly known for his Additional Assistant Referee's goal error in Ukraine-England which made UEFA send the Hungarian crew at home after group stage.

Having refereed the Champions League 2011 Final in Wembley (FC Barcelona vs ManUtd.), Kassai knows big stadiums and how to control this kind of matches. That's also a reason why he has been assigned to take charge of the EURO 2016 opener in Stade de France tonight.

Refereeing Style 

Decision Taker or Game-Manager? Even though Viktor Kassai has sophisticated management and leadership abilities, it is difficult to say whether he is a rather lenient or pedantic referee. Probably, it depends on the game. There have already been matches where he applied a very lenient line such as in the World Cup 2010 semifinal Germany vs Spain where he gave the first foul after almost 20 minutes. But there have already been numerous ties which did not end with 22 players on the field of play or with more than 7 yellow cards and a very pedantic line in his foul selection. So - difficult to classify Kassai. Maybe he possesses the ability to flexibly adapt his approach to the requirements of the match. Or maybe he is simply unpredictable. If I had to decide, I think his attitude towards the game is nonetheless management-orientated.

His advantage. He has made through many ups and several downs. This might have helped him to draw the right conclusions prior to this tournament and it is really interesting to see how much is possible for him - the opener match already is a remarkable achievement and comeback to UEFA's Refereeing peak.

His Strengths*

1| Application of Law 12.
2| Tactical Approach, keeping control and speed in the game.
3| Co-operation with assistant referees.
4| Not influenced by crowd pressure.
5| Physical Condition.

His Points for Improvement* 

1| More consistency in disciplinary control, uniform line, moment for 1st YC.
2| Player Management, Approach against Dissent, Acceptance.
3| More concentration and alertness.
4| Positioning and Movement.
5| Body Language.

*based on our Referee Observation Reports since 2012

His Team

Assistant Referees

Assistant Referee 1: György Ring
Nation: Hungary
Residence: Budapest
Date of Birth: 18/03/1981
Age: 35 yo
Occupation: ---
Hobbies: ---
International since: 2008
Champions League Matches: 26
Europa League Matches: 12
International Matches (Total): 84
Domestic First Division Matches: 213
Biggest Achievements: UEFA Under-21 EURO 2009 Final, UEFA Champions League 2011 Final, FIFA Under-20 World Cup 2011 (Round of 16), UEFA EURO 2012 (Group Stage), selected for UEFA EURO 2016  

Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth
Nation: Hungary
Residence: Budapest
Date of Birth: 24/03/1978
Age: 38 yo
Occupation: ---
Hobbies: ---
International since: 2008
Champions League Matches:12
Europa League Matches: 9
International Matches (Total): 65
Domestic First Division Matches: 221
Biggest Achievements: UEFA Under-17 EURO 2011 Final, UEFA Under-21 EURO 2013 Final, FIFA Under-20 World Cup 2015 (Round of 16), selected for UEFA EURO 2016 

Additional Assistant Referees

Additional AR 1: Tamás Bognar
Nation: Hungary
Residence: Sárvár
Date of Birth: 18/11/1978
Age: 37 yo
Matches as AAR: 47
International himself? Yes. (1st Group)

Additional AR 2: Ádám Farkas
Nation: Hungary
Residence: Eger
Date of Birth: 02/01/1982
Age: 34 yo
Matches as AAR: 16
International himself? Yes. (3rd Group)

Reserve Assistant Referee

Reserve AR: István Albert
Nation: Hungary
Residence: Békéscsaba
Date of Birth: 17/01/1980
Age: 36 yo

Chances at EURO 2016

His team's appointment for the opener match proofs that UEFA trusts them by 100%. Probably, he is no candidate for the final so that they have chosen him for the first big match. Hopefully, he can savour a more successful competition than in 2012. Kassai's chances to reach the K.O. phase are definitely solid - also considering his solid form.

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  1. György Ring
    Domestic First Division Matches: 213
    Vencel Tóth
    Domestic First Division Matches: 221

    1. Vencel Tóth international since 2008 too and not 2015.

    2. Thanks a lot. Do you know Kassai's domestic matches no? Our sources only have stats since 2012 or so..

    3. Yes, of course :) He has 292 matches (Ref, FO, AAR) and 267 as a referee.

    4. Perfect, thanks!:)

    5. I am happy that i help you :)


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