Bio
Goran Maric
Born: 1959-09-05
Intl. since: 1998-01-01
Hometown: Zagreb
Country: Croatia
Speaks: Hrvatsk. german, English
Occupation: MP
Hobbies: walking, charities

Goran Maric was an international referee during the 90s of the last century. He retired internationally in 2002. Now he is a businessman and it seems also a politician. The next bit is from nacional.hr, don't ask me what it all means exactly (HDZ = Croatian Democratic Union):

career

Goran Maric spent years as a leading premier league football referee, but received his doctorate in economic sciences while still working as a referee, and is now number seven on the Diaspora slate. He has an interesting career as he held directorships in the 1990s at the Hrvatska tiskara Company, the Vjesnik daily and the Tisak distributor, until he was kicked out by the administration of Ivica Racan. He is currently the director of the Stedinvest Company, and lectures to economics students. Maric is from Grude, and has lived in Zagreb since he was 18. He joined the HDZ a month ago (2007, EK) because it was felt that he could win votes in Herzegovina..

referee

He got his FIFA badge the year after he took charge of the final of the Croatia Cup in 1997. There were some doubts about that final, won by Dinamo Zagreb, the then president Tuchman's team, with a dodgy penalty near the end of the match.

In another match, Maric awarded 3 penalties to one team, Marsonia, who were thus able to enter the first league.

Internationally he did some qualifiers, just a few and his first one, for which he got good marks from the referee observer, was the one with the highest profile. He retired a year early after another falling out with the Croatian referee commission boss with whom the relation has always been bad.

Maric also became a TV analyst known as "Hawk-eye". He was usually very critical about Croatian referees.


(source: our correspondent Croref)

Statistics
Statistics for GORAN MARIC
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 0 0 0
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 15 11 26
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 1 1 2
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0 0 0
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 1.5 1.1 1.3
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.1 0.1 0.1

Based on 10 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR GORAN MARIC
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
Euro 2004 u21 qualifiers
Greece u21Spain u212002-09-061 - 0 9 (6-3)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2002 - 2003
qualifiersMouscronFylkir2002-08-293 - 1 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Intertoto 2002
2nd roundZalgirisSochaux2002-07-141 - 2 3 (2-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2002 u21 qualifiers
Belarus u21Poland u212001-09-043 - 3 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2002 qualifiers - Europe
UkraineNorway2001-06-020 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2000 - 2001
qualifiersZalgirisRuch Chorzów2000-08-102 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
AustriaIran2000-09-015 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SlovakiaSaudi Arabia2000-05-241 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1999 - 2000
qualifiersBylis BallshInter Bratislava1999-08-260 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2000 qualifiers
San MarinoSpain1999-03-310 - 6 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)