June 5, 2016

EURO 2016 Referee Portrait: Sergei Karasev's Team from Russia


Full Name: Sergei Karasev
Nation: Russia
Residence: Moscow
Date of Birth: 12/06/1979
Age: 36
Occupation: Lawyer
Hobbies: ---
Referee since: 1995
International since: 2010
UEFA Elite Category since: 07/2015
Champions League Matches: 12
Europa League Matches: 8
International Matches (Total): 49
Yellow Card Average (Int.): 3,24 per match
2nd Yellow Card Average (Int.): 0,04 per match
Red Card Average (Int.): 0,18 per match
Domestic First Division Matches: 127
Biggest Achievements: U-21 EURO 2015 (Semifinal), selected for EURO 2016, selected for Olympic Games 2016

What you should know

Sergei Karasev's card statistics are quite ambivalent: Based on his 49 international matches and compared to the other 17 EURO Referees, he has the 2nd lowest Yellow Card average (which shows that he has a lenient line in most cases), but also the 2nd highest (Direct) Red Card average (which shows that he is consistent and strict when necessary - although maybe 1 or 2 of them were incorrect).

UEFA has recognized the Russian's talent quite early. After many observations by Referee Committee members like Jaap Uilenberg in his UCL debut at Schalke v Montpellier (with this blog's author in the stadium as well), he became part of UEFA's Mentor Programme. His mentor was Manuel Mejuto González of Spain, who himself refereed at EURO 2004 and 2008.

Karasev's team suffers from the absence of the usual Assistant Referee 1 Anton Averianov, who failed the fitness tests at the UEFA course. Nikolay Golubev, a real AR veteran from St Petersburg, replaces him - the 45-year old already officiated at Olympia 2004 and was Valentin Ivanov's Assistant Referee 1 in the legendary "Battle of Nuremberg" at World Cup 2006.

Refereeing Style 

Modern. Sergei Karasev is a typical UEFA Referee characterized by a high level of fitness and athleticism, a quite lenient line but a courageous attitude towards crucial decisions that have to be taken. His focus is more on applying the Laws than on managing the game. From my point of view, he is a quite complete referee who just needs more consistency and more constantly good performances.

His sign of recognition. Of course, his bald head. How to distinguish between him and Marciniak? Well, the Polish is always in movement with many small, robotic steps, while the Russian conveys a slightly more athletic, dynamic impression.

His Strengths*

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

His Points for Improvement* 

1| Co-operation in the team, distributing responsibilities better.
2| Stepwise approach in disciplinary control, using verbal warnings.
3| Tactical approach.
4| Additional Time Management
5| Approach, Body Language, Self-Appearance.

*based on our Referee Observation Reports since 2012

His Team

 Assistant Referees
Assistant Referee 1 (?): Nikolay B. Golubev
Nation: Russia
Residence: St Petersburg
Date of Birth: 09/11/1970
Age: 45 yo
Occupation: ---
Hobbies: ---
International since: 2002
Champions League Matches: 15
Europa League Matches: 39
International Matches (Total): 94
Domestic First Division Matches: 102
Biggest Achievements: Olympic Games 2004, World Cup 2006 (Round of 16), selected for EURO 2016

Assistant Referee 2 (?): Tikhon Kalugin
Nation: Russia
Residence: Moscow
Date of Birth: 03/12/1974
Age: 41 yo
Occupation: ---
Hobbies: ---
International since: 2001
Champions League Matches: 28
Europa League Matches: 16
International Matches (Total): 101
Domestic First Division Matches: 207
Biggest Achievements: U-21 EURO 2007 (Semifinal), U-21 EURO 2015 (Semifinal), selected for EURO 2016, selected for Olympic Games 2016

Additional Assistant Referees

Additional AR 1: Sergei Lapochkin
Nation: Russia
Residence: St Petersburg
Date of Birth: 28/04/1981
Age: 35 yo
Matches as AAR: 16
International himself? Yes. (Second Group)

Additional AR 2: Sergei Ivanov
Nation: Russia
Residence: Rostov
Date of Birth: 05/06/1984
Age: 32 yo
Matches as AAR: 20
International himself? Yes. (Second Group)

Chances at EURO 2016

Karasev only has small chances to reach more than the group stage. On his best days, he is absolutely capable of using it. For sure, the loss of his first Assistant Referee Anton Averianov could lower the team's chances. It all depends on how they perform in their first match.

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