DutchReferee.com in 2012

2012 was a good year for DutchReferee.com. The site got more interesting articles and more people have read them.

Thank you all for reading, commenting, sharing or liking!

If you have any suggestions, just let me know. Already got some replies to my Twitter and Facebook requests. Some people ask me to write about topics like racism and advantage in special occasions. And suggested referees for interviews: Skomina, Cakir, officials from other sports, futsal referees. Just contact me via @DutchReferee, my FB page or e-mail (dutchreferee at gmail.com) to send your requests.

Below I’ve added some stats from 2012 on DutchReferee.com

Best read referee articles

Most people read articles on the website domain. These are the best read articles on the blog:

    Photo courtesy Domenic Aquilina, Malta Football Association Photographer. His website.

    Photo courtesy Domenic Aquilina, Malta Football Association Photographer. His website.

  1. “Pleas join the Respect For Richard Campaign”
  2. The CL kits for 2012/2013 are released
  3. “Ambitious referee Azzoprdi from Malta goes for World Cup”
  4. “Cakir only new elite referee for 2011/2012 season”
  5. “New referee kits for season 2012/2013 in The Netherlands and France”
  6. “Extra ball on pitch causes goal and confusion”


Totally the Dutch Referee Blog got visitors from 125 different countries in the whole world. Malawi got the referee/viewer who stayed on average the longest time on my blog: 9.01 minutes. The countries with the most visitors are:

  1. UK flag United Kingdom

  2. Dutch flag: The Netherlands

  3. US flag: United States

Portugese players can’t stop after first yellow card

The last card stats: Portugal also leads the second yellow card competition.

Players in Portugese Liga ZON Sagres also got the most yellow and straight red cards on average per match.

(NB: I’m working on a visualisation of the totals, but that takes some time because I’ve to work. Hope to get it on the blog before the end of the week.)

A short explanation for the the infographic below. It shows the countries where most second yellow cards are given based on data from Worldfootball.net and Futebol365.pt. How darker the tint, the more reds due to second yellow are handed out.

Portugal scores 0,233333 in the stats, which means that after approximately (1/0.233333=) 4 matches a red card is given due to a second yellow. Number 2: Greece (after 4,44 matches). Equal on 3: Russia and Austria (after 5,45 matches). Danish players have the best score: red due to second yellow after just 22 matches.

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No data available of light blue countries.

Portugese national league ‘reddest’ in Europe

Players in Portugese national league get the most straight red cards per match in Europese national leagues. Each five matches in 2010/2011 season Portoguse referees showed (on average( one straight red card.

Belgium, Spain, Romania and The Netherlands complete the top five of countries with hard players. Or are the referees just mild in countries like Norway (1 straight red in 21 matches), Czech Republic (1 in 15) or Ukrain (1 in 14)?

In the infographic below, you can see the ‘reddest’ country based on data from Worldfootball.net and Futebol365.pt. How darker the tint, the less matches are played on average before a straight red card is handed out. The value ‘0,208333333’ in Portugal means that statistically five (5×0,208333333>1) matches need to be played for the first red card. No data available of light blue countries.

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These stats does only show an average. Portugal is not the country with most straight red cards. That ‘honour’ is for players in Spanish competition with a total of 59; 56 in Italy and 50 in Portugal.

With the start of the Dutch competition Dutch referee boss Dick van Egmond announced that referees should pull the red card faster out of their pockets in case of hard offences. The result: four straight red cards in nine matches.

Fifa u20 World Cup: disciplinary statistics

The Fifa u20 World Cup will start tomorrow. Here are some disciplinary stats about last tournaments with some amazing matches with four red cards.

The referees for this tournament are published here. Fifa says this tournament is a good springboard for young referees. “Five of them even directed a World Cup final: Arnaldo Coelho (BRA, 1982), Edgardo Codesal Mendez (MEX, 1990), Sandor Puhl (HUN, 1994), Horacio Elizondo (ARG, 2006) and Howard Webb (ENG, 2010)”, according to the Fifa press realease.

All stats below are from Fifa’s databases and provide info of previous u20 World Cups.

Most red cards in a match
4 Italy – Hungary 2009
4 Netherlands – Honduras 1995
3 Argentina – Netherlands 1983
3 Portugal – Argentina 1991
3 Spain – Uruguay 1991
3 Burundi – Spain 1995
3 Qatar – Brazil 1995
3 Mali – Cameroon 1999
3 Chile – Portugal 2007

Italy versus Hungary with four red cards.

Most yellow cards in a match
13 Morocco – Italy 2005
12 Austria – USA 2007
11 Spain – Argentina 1995
11 Brazil – Argentina 1995
11 Mali – Cameroon 1999
11 Spain – Ghana 1999
11 Uzbekistan – Argentina 2003
10 Brazil – Costa Rica 2009
10 Ghana – South Africa 2009
10 Czech Republic – Argentina 2007
10 Mexico – Congo 2007
10 Costa Rica – Germany 1999
10 Australia – Colombia 1993

Fastest cautions
1’ Lukas Kuban, CZE v. ARG 2007
1’ Grygoriy Yarmash, UKR v. NGA 2005
1’ Anthony Grbac, AUS v. CHI 1987
1’ Osaro Obobaifo, NGA v. BRA 1985
2’ Sameehg Doutie, RSA v. HON 2009
2’ Fabio Sciacca, ITA v. TRI 2009
2‘ Semih Aydilek, GER v. KOR 2009
2’ Mohamed Cisse, CIV v. IRL 2003
2’ Youssef Safri, MAR v. URU 1997
2’ Rashid Al Muhazaa, QAT v. RUS 1995
2’ Ransford Banini, GHA v. BRA 1993

Fastest expulsions
2’ Carlos Felipe, POR v. HON 1995
4’ Melli, ESP v. BRA 2003
6’ Tariq Al Jumah, JOR v. ZAM 2007
15’ Gary Medel, CHI v.ARG 2007
17’ Nery Turcios, HON v. MAR 2005

Gary Medel from Chile got a red card from Wolfang Stark during the 2007 u20 World Championship in Canada.

Facts about referees in World Cup finals

Some more statistics about the World Cup. Fifa announced today that Howard Webb will get the final of 2010’s World Cup in South Africa. The last English referee was Jack Taylor in the match between The Netherlands and West Germany. In all 19 WC finales (including 2010) there were 4 referees from Britain.

Referees in World Cup finals

2010 Howard Webb (England)
2006 Horacio Elizondo (Argentina)
2002 Pierluigi Collina (Italy)
1998 Said Belgola (Marocco)
1994 Sandor Puhl (Hungary)
1990 Edgardo Codesal Mendez (Mexico)
1986 Romualdo Arppi Filho (Brazil)
1982 Arnaldo Coelho (Brazil)
1978 Sergio Gonella (Italy)
1974 Jack Taylor (England)
1970 Rudolf Glöckner (East Germany)
1966 Gottfried Dienst (Switzerland)
1962 Nickolaj Latychev (Russia)
1958 Maurice Guigue (France)
1954 William Ling (England)
1950 George Reader (England)
1938 Geroge Capdeville (France)
1934 Ivan Eklind (Sweden)
1930 Jan Langenus (Belgium)
Source: Fifa

Number of referees per country
4 England
2 Italy
2 France
2 Brazil
1 Argentina
1 Hungary
1 Sweden
1 Belgium
1 Marocco
1 Switzerland
1 Mexico
1 East Germany
1 Russia

Youngest referees in a World Cup final

Everyone is talking about the age of Ravshan Irmatov (32), who got five matches during this World Cup. But he wouldn’t be the youngest if he got the final this year.

29 Ivan Eklind from Sweden (1934)
38 Howard Webb (2010; he’ll become 39 on the 14th of July)
39 Jan Langenus from Belgium (1930)
39 George Capdeville from France (1938)
39 Arnaldo coelho from Brazil (1982)
39 Edgardo Codesal Mendez from Mexico (1990)
39 Sandor Puhl from Hungary (1994)

Oldest referee in a World Cup final

These days there’s an age limit for international refereeing at 45. Earlier World Cups proved that also older referees are able to get the most important match in the world.

54 George Reader from England (1950)
51 Rudolf Glöckner from East Germany (1970)
49 Nickolaj Latychev from Russia (1962)

Total number of yellow cards in World Cup finals: 40
Maradona is the only player with two yellow cards in World Cup finals who’s not sent off. And yes, it was against the same opponent: West Germany. In both finals in 1986 (win) and 1990 (loss) he got one yellow card.

Total number of red cards in World Cup finals: 4
Monzón and Dezotti (both from Argentina) were sent off in 1990. Marcel Desailly during France’s WC win in the home country against Brazil. And the last red card was from Zinedine Zidane in the most recent World Cup final in 2006 in Germany.

New and updated World Cup referee stats

More and updated stats about the World Cup referees.

Most cards this World Cup
Howard Webb: 17 yellow cards (in 3 matches)
Yuichi Nishimura: 15 yellows (including one second yellow card) and 1 red card (in 4 matches)
Khalil Al Ghamdi: 15 yellow cards and 1 red card (in just 2 matches, so his average number of cards per match is the highest during the South Africa World Cup)

Lowest average number of cards
1 by Michael Hester: 1 card in 1 match
2,66 by Ravshan Irmatov: 8 yellows in 3 matches (Saturday he’ll officiate his 4th match)
3 by Massimo Busacca: 2 yellows and 1 red in 1 match
3 by Wolfgang Stark: 9 yellows in 3 matches
3 by Viktor Kassai: 9 yellows in 3 matches
3 by Roberto Rosetti: 5 yellows and 1 red in two matches

Youngest/oldest referee (years/days)
24y 193d Juan Gardeazabal, ESP 1958
27y 62d Francisco Mateucci, URU 1930
53y 236d George Reader, ENG 1950

Most red cards
6 Arturo Brizio Carter, MEX 1994-1998
5 Joël Quiniou, FRA 1986-1994
4 Jamal Al Sharif, SYR 1986-1994
4 Felipe Ramos Rizo, MEX 2002
4 Graham Poll, ENG 2006
4 Valentin Ivanov, RUS 2006

Refereed most matches
8 Joël Quiniou, FRA 1986-1994
8 Jorge Larrionda 2006-*
7 Jan Langenus, BEL 1930-1938
7 Benjamin Griffiths, WAL 1950-1958
7 Juan Gardeazábal, ESP 1958-1966
7 Ali Bujsaim, UAE 1994-2002
7 Carlos Simon 2002-*
7 Frank De Bleeckere, BEL 2006-*
7 Benito Archundia, MEX 2006-*
6 Ivan Eklind, SWE 1934-1950
6 Arthur Ellis, ENG 1950-1958
6 Nickolaj Latychev, URS 1958-1962
6 Jamal Al Sharif, SYR 1986-1994
6 Arturo Brizio Carter, MEX 1994-1998
6 Gamal Ghandour, EGY 1998-2002
6 Roberto Rosetti, ITA 2006-*
6 Oscar Ruiz, COL 2002-*
Jorge Larrionda has officiated 4 matches during this World Cup and now holds the record with Joël Quiniou.

Carlos Simon is not sent home and got two good performances. There’s still a chance of him getting his 8th World Cup match. Frank De Bleeckere also got the chance to reach the amount of 8 matches, because he officiated 3 matches so far in SA.

During this World Cup Jorge Larrionda has officiated four matches, but he was send home after the controversial (non-)goal by Frank Lampard against Germany. Rosetti is also back home after an clear offside goal from Argentina against Mexico.

For everyone who missed the appointments of the quarter finals on my Twitter page: HOL-BRA Nishimura URU-GHA Benquerenca ARG-GER Irmatov PAR-SPA Batres.

Refereed most matches in a tournament
5 Horacio Elizondo, ARG 2006
5 Benito Archundia, MEX 2006
4 John Langenus, BEL 1930
4 Nikolai Latyshev, URS 1962
4 José Ramiz Wright, BRA 1990
4 Sandor Puhl, HUN 1994
4 Joel Quiniou, FRA 1994
4 José Torres Cadena, COL 1994
4 Franck De Bleeckere, BEL 2006
4 Lubos Michel, SVK 2006
4 Jorge Larrionda, URU 2006 and 2010
4 Roberto Rosetti, ITA 2006
4 Ravshan Irmatov, UZB 2010*
4 Hector Baldassi, ARG 2010*
4 Yuichi Nishimura, JAP 2010*

Baldassi officated three matches in the group stage and 1 match in the round of the last 16. Yuichi Nishimura refereed yesterday in the quarter final between Holland and Brazil. Ravshan Irmatov will officiate his 4th match on Saturday 3rd of June. Will he get the final?

And for everyone who missed the appointments of the quarter final stage via my Twitter account: HOL-BRA Nishimura URU-GHA Benquerenca ARG-GER Irmatov PAR-SPA Batres.

In a few days I’ll publish an interview with Jaap Uilenberg about the movie Kill the referee and next week about Dutch refereeing.

Have a good day, and if you have some good ideas for my blog, just let me know.