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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.


Mattias Löw


Orvar Anklew (collaborating writer), Mattias Löw (narration by) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Janne Andersson ... Himself
Sepp Blatter ... Himself (archive footage)
Birgit Hansson Birgit Hansson ... Herself
Martin Hansson Martin Hansson ... Himself
Thierry Henry ... Himself (archive footage)
Holmsjöborna Holmsjöborna ... Themselves
Bo Karlsson ... Himself
Mattias Löw ... Himself (voice)
Erik Niva ... Himself
Pelé ... Himself (archive footage)
Mikael Stahre Mikael Stahre ... Himself
Arsène Wenger ... Himself (archive footage)
Stefan Wittberg Stefan Wittberg ... Himself


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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







Release Date:

3 June 2010 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Schiedsrichter See more »

Filming Locations:

Blekinge, Sweden See more »


Box Office


EUR18,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo (Dolby 2.0)


Color (HD)| Color (HDCAM)

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Criticize the referee.
3 August 2010 | by nyt120See all my reviews

In this movie there is a journalist that mention the fact you must be able to critic the football referee when he makes a bad decision. I think in that statement lies the strength of this film because the referee also believe he should not go to the world cup if he makes a mistake. Which he does. A big one. The filmmakers meet him in very personal situations and also his family and despite the problems he has to survive he still believe that this is what he should do instead of being with his family. I fee after watching this film that referees are just like players and compete just like players. Before I saw the film I did not know that the competition was as strong between the referees. I am very happy to have seen this film and I look forward to more films that look a little deeper inside football and all the controversies around the game.

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