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The Referee (2010)

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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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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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God's Lonely Man.
28 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The life of a soccer referee is far, far away from that of the all-too-famous stars of the sport despite the fact that the referees are in the middle of it all. Mr. Hansson who stars in this documentary seems to involuntarily end up in the center of attention on a frequent basis. Whether his mistakes or need-to-be-seen is the driving force behind this is left to the viewer to make out. However one thing is certain about this film, the sport of soccer has lost its track of a game. On top level it has become something far more sophisticated and cynical. Money and politics seem to play far too much a part in this "sport" and the referees are just the tools for great Mafia-style associations like FIFA and UEFA. At the bottom of all this there is the referee, his family, relatives, friends and neighbors. They are all in one way or the other affected by what is going on but no one really seems to care. A truly insightful documentary to the topic of soccer refereeing. Beside the skillful portrait the dramaturgy plays an important and instrumental part in this film. Truly recommended.


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