“The 12 are all referees from the elite group, so they are the top referees in Europe. They have all refereed UEFA Champions League matches during the past two seasons. What they can guarantee are two main elements – quality and experience. And only one referee, Howard Webb, was at UEFA EURO 2008. So there has been significant turnover.”
Cüneyt Çakır from Turkey was appointed after a lapse of sixteen years without a Turkish referee at a European Championship. The Turkish FA the selection of Çakır a “historic achievement“.
“I am extremely proud, happy and grateful to be one of the twelve referees who will go to the European Championship finals and can enjoy this tournament. I want to send a big gratitude to everyone in Swedish football: from refereeing colleagues and observers to the players and coaches who all in different way have developed me as a soccer referee.”
Bjorn Kuipers was pretty happy he got called personally by Pierluigi Collina to tell him the good news. “A very nice conversation.” Watch the interview Dutch media had with the referee from The Netherlands:
Stéphane Lannoy from France got much support from his national referee chief Marc Batta.
“This is clearly a confirmation of the skills of Stéphane, you do not qualify for a World (2010) and a European Championship without proof of quality. But after enjoying this appointment, Stéphane will have to continue to work hard to prepare for this next stage.”
Pedro Proença from Portugal was selected instead of fellow countryman Olegario Benquerenca. Referee boss Vítor Pereira thinks Portugese referees are all good quality: “This appointment seems to be a reflection of the overall quality of the Portuguese arbitrators and arbitration, their commitment and dedication to refereeing.”
“Wolfgang Stark to the Elite of European referees. He has represented the German referees excellently at the World Cup in South-Africa. The nomination for the EC is a confirmation of his constant performance in latest years.”
Scottish FA’s latest news is about Renfrewshire referees who show their respect for veterans. Hope for them they didn’t miss Craig Thomson appointment for Euro 2012. UPDATE: John Fleming, Scottish referee boss is delighted: “Firstly, I am absolutely delighted for Craig. He is a tremendously hard-working referee and this is great news for all referees in this country.”
“For me, the choice of UEFA and the possibility of being in the Euro Ukraine and Poland is a very special emotion and above all, a dream come true.”
Howard Webb completes the list of twelve. A picture of him got uploaded on Uefa.com long before the list was online, but until the final list was published there was still some doubt among British people on Twitter wether Martin Atkinson would be chosen from the UK.
UPDATE: British FA congratulates mr. Webb with some words of David Elleray, Chairman of The FA’s Referees Committee: “We are delighted that following the Champions League Final and World Cup Final appointments, Howard has once again been appointed to a major international tournament.”
‘Referees in the media’ will be published each Monday on the Dutch Referee Blog and provides remarkable or interesting quotes and links to articles worth reading.
“With hard work, determination and commitment I’m sure the OFC referees will be just as good, if not better, than the top confederations.”
By Japanese FIFA fitness instructor Toshio Utsumi, who has to prepare the Oceanian referees O’Leary, Kumar and Namo for the u20 World Cup in Colombia, on the website of OceaniaFootball.com.
“I don’t know if it was because I’m a female too, and they’re used to being refereed by men. Or maybe because I was younger than them.”
By rugby referee Sarah Bennison in The Guardian, who faced disrespect from female players officiating their matches.
Oostrom in police magazine
During work (as police officer, jth) and on the pitch I constantly have to make decisions. So, during my job I practise for refereeing, and vice versa.
By talented 21-year-old referee Ingmar Oostrom in Dutch police magazine Korpskrant. Oostrom wants to become the youngest referee in professional football in The Netherlands. He needs one more promotion to get appointments for matches in Jupiler League, the second level in Holland.
“The fact that our associates go abroad is not only because the get economically important offers. Our leaders are picked because of their technical qualities, not for other reasons.”
By Marcello Nicchi, president of the Italian Referee Association (AIA), in newspaper la Repubblica. He regrets the fact that referee bosses Collina and Rosetti went to respectively Ukrain (2010) and Russia (2011).
We just finished a really incredible day and are nearly at the end of our WWC 2011 journey.
By American refereeing trio on their blog after just after having whistled in match for 3rd place between Sweden and France.