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The Referee (2010)
"Rättskiparen" (original title)

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Swedish soccer referee Martin Hansson had a successful journey towards his big dream in life, the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Then one dark night in Paris on November 18th, 2009, all hell broke loose.

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Thierry Henry ...
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Arsène Wenger ...
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Martin Hansson, Sweden's highest ranked football/soccer referee, began 2009 with a vision in mind; to reach and ref at the FIFA World Cup Finals 2010 in South Africa. Martin did well and had a great year till the final hurdle; the FIFA WC 2010 Playoff France vs Republic of Ireland in Paris on November 18th... Written by Mattias Löw.

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What price do you pay to be a world class soccer referee?


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2 August 2010 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Rettskiparen is an unusual sport documentary because it deals with the personal aspects of being a football referee on top level. Normally sport documentaries are not so keen on what is going on beneath the surface and focuses on the matches and the goals or the conflicts within the team or between players. Instead Rettskiparen deals with the personal sacrifice that Martin Hansson has to go through in order to be a referee. It works very well and is an interesting story from the beginning to end. I would not mind a one hour documentary but the character himself is maybe not interesting enough for that length, who knows? Overall a truly recommended film about a very lonely and idealistic man.


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