Milorad Mažić

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Milorad Mažić
Milorad Mažić.jpg
Mažic officiating the 2017 Confederations Cup Final
Full name Milorad Mažić
Born (1973-03-23) 23 March 1973 (age 45)
Vrbas, SR Serbia, Yugoslavia
Domestic
Years League Role
2006–present SuperLiga Referee
2009–2012 Liga I Referee
International
Years League Role
2009–present FIFA listed Referee
2013–present UEFA Elite Referee

Milorad Mažić (Serbian Cyrillic: Милорад Мажић, pronounced [mǐlorad mǎʒitɕ]; born 23 March 1973) is a Serbian international association football referee. He became a FIFA referee in 2009. Beside working in the Serbian football league system, Mažić officiated numerous matches in the UEFA Champions League (including the 2018 Final game) and the Europa League, as well as the 2016 UEFA Super Cup. He refereed matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2016, 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup (including the final match). He was selected as a referee for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He was awarded a Silver Medal for Merits of the Republic of Serbia. He was selected the best Serbian referee nine times in a row.

Refereeing career[edit]

During the summer of 2006 Mažić was selected to referee the Serbian SuperLiga matches for the upcoming 2006–07 season.

In 2008, Mažić refereed for the first time the Eternal derby between Belgrade football clubs Red Star Belgrade and FK Partizan; throughout the years, he achieved the absolute record (both in former Yugoslav and Serbian football history), refereeing 13 matches between Belgrade's "eternal rivals".[citation needed]

His first international appearance happened in March 2009 at the European Under-17 Championship qualifications, and also at the Championship itself, where he officiated the match between Germany and Italy. Soon thereafter, he refereed the friendly match between Montenegro and Wales on 12 August 2009.[citation needed] On 7 September 2009, Mažić acquired his first experience in the European club competition, refereeing the return leg of the Europa League first qualifying phase tie between Llanelli and Motherwell.[citation needed] In total, Mažić refereed 12 league matches that season in Serbia's top flight.[citation needed]

In October 2009 he refereed his first international senior match — a 2010 World Cup qualifier between Finland and Wales in Helsinki. The same season also saw him referee a Romanian Liga I match between FC Politehnica Timișoara and Dinamo București on 23 November 2009.[citation needed]

In the UEFA Champions League, Mažić first appeared at the Camp Nou Stadium on 19 September 2012, refereeing Barcelona vs Spartak Moscow match (3:2). During the same season, as referee of the UEFA Elite-development category, he officiated one of the semi-final matches of the UEFA Europa League – at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium in Istanbul, on 25 April 2013, which was a precedent for a referee of the Elite-development category. He also refereed the semi-final first leg match between Fenerbahce SK and Benfica. Soon thereafter, following his success in that match, he was awarded the UEFA Elite category in June 2013.[citation needed]

In early April 2014, Mažić was selected as the referee of the Champions League quarter-final first leg match between PSG and Chelsea at Parc des Princes. A month later, he refereed a Europa League semi-final match, the return leg between Valencia and Sevilla at Mestalla.[citation needed]

2014 World Cup[edit]

Mažić refereed the Germany vs. Portugal group stage match in Salvador da Bahia. In the 11th minute of the contest, he awarded a penalty shot to Germany,[1][2] and later, in the 37th minute with Germany now up 2–0, Mažić showed red card to Portugal's Pepe.[3][4] In the next game, Mažić refereed the Argentina vs. Iran group stage match in Belo Horizonte.[5] After the game, Iranian manager Carlos Queiroz, unsatisfied with the referee, was quoted saying: "Will this man be able to sleep tonight? Or for the rest of his life?".[6]

2014–2016[edit]

Having refereed the round-of-16 return leg in March 2015 between Borussia Dortmund and Juventus, Mažić was awarded the Champions League quarter-final first leg between Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid.[7] The match ended 0–0 and he handed out five yellow cards. After the match Mario Suárez, who received one of the cards, said "The referee is very bad. They can't use a Serbian referee for these type of games". This was taken by some as an ethnic slur. Mario Suárez later apologized, tweeting that he just meant "that games of this magnitude should be given to a referee from one of the big leagues". However, after that match, Mažić was positively evaluated.[8][9] Mažić later refereed the Europa League semi-final return leg in mid-May, his third time being involved in a match at this stage of competition, between Dnipro and Napoli that was played in Kiev instead of Dnipropetrovsk due to the Ukrainian conflict.

In July 2015 Mažić got hired by the Egyptian FA to referee the country's biggest league derby between Cairo cross-town rivals Al Ahly and Zamalek. The match of the Egyptian Premier League was played on 22 July 2015 in a neutral venue in Alexandria without a crowd.[10][11] Mažić was appointed in February 2016 to referee the UEFA Europa League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at the Old Trafford Stadium, and was the only non-British referee (apart from Carlos Velasco Carballo) to referee the derby between these two giants.[citation needed]

Euro 2016[edit]

UEFA Referees Committee appointed the Serbian referee team, led by Milorad Mažić, to run matches at the Euro 2016 in France. The Serbian referee team was firstly appointed to referee the Republic of Ireland vs Sweden group stage match at the Stade de France in Paris on 13 June, which ended 1–1. They refereed the match on 17 June in group D between Spain and Turkey at the Alianz Riviera in Nice which Spain won convincingly (3–0). In the next phase of the Cup, the Serbian team was appointed to run the Round of 16 match between Hungary and Belgium at the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse, which the Belgians won with a convincing score (4–0).[citation needed]

During the tournament, Mažić also worked as a fourth official twice, at the Poland vs Portugal and France vs Iceland quarterfinal matches. The general impression was that Mažić refereed successfully in all three of his matches, keeping constant quality and even enhancing it. Thus, he was proposed, beside Mark Clattenburg from England and Viktor Kassai from Hungary, to be a candidate for the final match. Ultimately, Clattenburg was appointed to be the referee at the final match.[12]

2016–2018[edit]

Mažić and his assistances are receiving their awards after the final match of 2017 Confederations Cup

At the beginning of the 2016/17 season, the UEFA Referees Committee appointed Mažić to officiate the 2016 UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Sevilla at the Lerkendal Stadium in Trondheim, Norway.[13] After an exciting match, Real Madrid won hitting a goal at the very end of the 120 minutes lasting match.

Mažić refereed the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Final match between Chile and Germany played in Saint Petersburg on 2 July 2017; Germany upset Chile in a hard-fought, physical match (1–0).[14]

On 26 May 2018, Mažić and his assistants refereed the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final between Liverpool and Real Madrid in Kiev.[15]

2018 FIFA World Cup[edit]

On 29 March 2018, FIFA announced that he will officiate some matches at 2018 FIFA World Cup along with Milovan Ristić and Dalibor Đurđević as assistant referees.[16]

The Serbian team officiated 3 matches. The first match was between South Korea  and Mexico in Rostov on Don on 23 June. After that they were appointed to referee Senegal  v. Colombia match in Samara on 28 June. At the next phase, the Serbian team was appointed  to run quarter final match between Brazil and Belgium in Kazan on 6 July.  Milorad Mazic was the 4th official once at this tournament.

Mazic was very successful in all three of his matches.[17][18][19] Serbian team stayed until the end of the WC with other candidates for finals match. Due to Croatia playing in the finals, the Serbian team was not eligible for the final match.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kelly, Cathal (16 June 2014). "Germany embarrasses flailing Portugal with ease". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Thoughts on the Referees: Day Five". 16 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Pepe Red Card Hotter on Twitter Than Lionel Messi's Goal". Indo-Asian News Service. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Pepe's red card: The world responds ..." ESPN FC. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  5. ^ FIFA.com. "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ - Matches - Argentina-Iran - FIFA.com".
  6. ^ Forjanes, Carlos (26 May 2018). "Mazic, the referee who left Cristiano raging at the World Cup". Diario AS. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  7. ^ ""Milorad Mazic to referee derby at Calderón" 12 April 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015".
  8. ^ ""Suarez risks hot water over Serbian slur". Agence France-Presse"". Canning, Kieran (14 April 2015). 20 July 2015.
  9. ^ ""Mario Suarez: A Serbian referee shouldn't be in charge of these matches"". Conn, Tom (15 April 2015). 20 July 2015. Archived from the original on 22 July 2015.
  10. ^ "RELIVE: Ahly v Zamalek (Egyptian Premier League) – Egyptian Football – Sports – Ahram Online". english.ahram.org.eg. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  11. ^ ""Mažić sudi veliki derbi Egipta". B92. 20 July 2015". B92.net. 20 July 2015.
  12. ^ ""Thoughts on the Referees: Day Five"". Day Five. 16 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Milorad Mažić to referee UEFA Super Cup". uefa.com. 20 July 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Germany survive Chile onslaught to win Confederations Cup". Reuters. 2 July 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  15. ^ "MAŽIĆ BEZ GREŠKE: Srpske sudije odradile sjajan posao u finalu Lige šampiona". Večernje novosti. 26 May 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  16. ^ "List of Match Officials at 2018 FIFA World Cup" (PDF). fifa.com. 29 March 2018. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  17. ^ "KEITH HACKETT on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  18. ^ "KEITH HACKETT on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  19. ^ "John Paul Motta on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Netherlands Björn Kuipers
FIFA Confederation Cup Final Referees
2017
Succeeded by
TBA
Preceded by
Germany Felix Brych
UEFA Champions League Final Referees
2018
Succeeded by
TBA