Bio
Martin Hansson
Born: 1971-04-06
Intl. since: 2001-01-01
Hometown: Holmsjo
Country: Sweden
Speaks: Swedish, English, German
Occupation: Firefighter
Hobbies: Hunting, Angling

Martin Hansson started refereeing when he was 15 with his own club and earned his FIFA badge just before his 30th birthday. Steadily he moved up from UEFA Cup qualifiers to Champions League matches, every year a little further up the ladder. The firefighter from Holmsjo officiated the finals of the EURO U21 and the 2008 Confederations Cup.

promotion, demotion

Hansson was a UEFA Elite category referee until the Ireland - France match (see below). He was put back to the premier development category and then again to the first class.

unders

Martin Hansson was selected to officiate at Euro U16 2001 (England), World Cup U17 2003 (Finland), Euro U21 2006 (Portugal) and the World Cup U20 2007 (Canada) and many more, see his palmares.

FIFA vs UEFA

Martin Hansson missed out on Euro 2008, but he was selected for the 2010 World Cup.

The Swede appeared in the 2009 Confederations Cup final, but in Europe he never gets any further than one stage past the group stage of the Champions League. It would seem there is a difference of opinion between the FIFA and UEFA referee committees about Martin Hansson.

Henry

It will follow him till long after his retirement: the double hand ball assist by Thierry Henry in the play-off for the World Cup, lost by Ireland against France because of that goal.

It must have been some sort of a consolation for the Irish to learn that the French didn't get past the first stage in the World Cup and Martin Hansson never got to take charge of a match there.

It also seemed a not very brave kind of compromise by FIFA to select Martin Hansson (they didn't want to keep him out because of one mistake in a row of excellent matches) for the World Cup, but not assign him a match.

Documentairy

You can see Mattias Löw's excellent documentary on Martin Hansson here. It's in Swedish with English subtitles and takes about 30 minutes.

Did you know
MARTIN AND TIERRY

  • UEFA named Martin Hansson as elite referee in the 15th UEFA Advanced Course for Elite and Premier Referees in february 2007.
  • Mixed. That must be the word for our reporters' view on the Swedish chief. Views going from "excellent" to "crap", from "cool" and "strong-willed" to bad words we had to delete.
  • Years ago in an interview Martin Hansson said he was glad he had a day job, being a fire man put thing in perspective. In 2009 though he became a professional, sayning he was glad he could concentrate on his refereeing.
Statistics
Statistics for MARTIN HANSSON
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 9 6 15
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 134 181 315
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 8 12 20
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.1 0.07 0.09
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 1.56 2.1 1.83
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.09 0.14 0.12

Based on 86 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR MARTIN HANSSON
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
Europa League 2014 - 2015
qualifiers 3rd roundDinamo MinskCFR Cluj2014-07-311 - 0 2 (2-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Europa League 2013 - 2014
group stageLiberecFreiburg2013-11-281 - 2 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageAZShakhtyor Karagandy2013-11-071 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageTrabzonsporLazio2013-10-033 - 3 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
play-offsVfB StuttgartRijeka2013-08-292 - 2 5 (1-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2013 - 2014
qualifiers 2nd roundMaccabi Tel AvivGyör2013-07-232 - 1 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2014 qualifiers - Europe
AlbaniaSlovenia2012-10-161 - 0 7 (3-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Europa League 2012 - 2013
group stagePartizanRubin Kazan2012-12-061 - 1 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageAtlético de MadridHapoel Tel Aviv2012-11-221 - 0 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageNewcastle UnitedClub Brugge2012-10-251 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageLeverkusenMetalist Kharkiv2012-09-200 - 0 2 (2-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
play-offsVideoton FCTrabzonspor2012-08-300 - 0 7 (3-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundAdmira WackerSparta Prague2012-08-010 - 2 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Europa League 2011 - 2012
group stageWisla KrakowFulham2011-10-201 - 0 3 (3-0)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageRubin KazanPAOK2011-09-292 - 2 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
play-offsRapid BucurestiSlask Wroclaw2011-08-251 - 1 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Europa League 2010 - 2011
round of 16PSVGlasgow Rangers2011-03-100 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
round of 32AjaxAnderlecht2011-02-242 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2012 qualifiers
GreeceIsrael2010-10-122 - 1 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2010-2011
group stageBayern MunichBasel2010-12-083 - 0 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePartizanBraga2010-11-030 - 1 4 (3-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSpartak MoskvaZilina2010-09-283 - 0 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2010-2011 qualifiers
play-offsSheriffBasel2010-08-240 - 3 6 (4-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2009-2010
round of 16PortoArsenal2010-02-172 - 1 5 (4-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBesiktasCSKA Moskva2009-12-081 - 2 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageAZArsenal2009-10-201 - 1 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageReal MadridMarseille2009-09-303 - 0 5 (0-5)1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Confederations Cup 2009
finalUSABrazil2009-06-282 - 3 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageEgyptItaly2009-06-181 - 0 3 (3-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2008 - 2009
1/4 finalsUdineseWerder Bremen2009-04-163 - 3 6 (5-1)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
group stageOlympiakosHertha BSC2008-12-184 - 0 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2010 qualifiers - Europe
play-offsFranceIreland2009-11-181 - 1 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
TurkeyArmenia2009-10-142 - 0 5 (3-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Northern IrelandPoland2009-03-283 - 2 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
IsraelSwitzerland2008-09-062 - 2 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2008-2009
1st knockoutBayern MunichSporting2009-03-107 - 1 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
group stageLiverpoolAtlético de Madrid2008-11-041 - 1 5 (0-5)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundSpartak MoskvaDynamo Kyiv2008-08-131 - 4 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
NorwayEstonia2014-11-120 - 1 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
BrazilIraq2012-10-116 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
AustriaNetherlands2008-03-263 - 4 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
NorwayWales2004-05-270 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2007 - 2008
round of 16Werder BremenGlasgow Rangers2008-03-131 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2008 qualifiers
NetherlandsLuxembourg2007-11-171 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
IrelandGermany2007-10-130 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
EnglandRussia2007-09-123 - 0 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
BelgiumPortugal2007-06-021 - 2 4 (1-3)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
ItalyLithuania2006-09-021 - 1 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2007-2008
group stageAS RomaManchester United2007-12-121 - 1 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageCelticBenfica2007-11-061 - 0 1 (0-1)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageVfB StuttgartBarcelona2007-10-020 - 2 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundGlasgow RangersCrvena Zvezda2007-08-141 - 0 7 (0-7)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2007 u20
3rd placeAustria u20Chile u202007-07-220 - 1 6 (4-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageUruguay u20Zambia u202007-07-070 - 2 4 (2-2)2 (1-1)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
group stageUSA u20Poland u202007-07-036 - 1 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1/4 finalsAustria u20USA u202007-06-302 - 1 12 (5-7)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageArgentina u20Czech Republic u202007-06-300 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
round of 16Spain u20Brazil u202007-06-114 - 2 9 (3-6)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2006 - 2007
group stageLeverkusenTottenham Hotspur2006-11-230 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2006-2007
1st knockoutInternazionaleValencia2007-02-212 - 2 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePSVGalatasaray2006-10-312 - 0 3 (0-3)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSpartak MoskvaSporting2006-09-271 - 1 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundMlada BoleslavGalatasaray2006-08-231 - 1 3 (0-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2006 u21
finalNetherlands u21Ukraine u212006-06-043 - 0 6 (1-5)1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
group stageNetherlands u21Italy u212006-05-291 - 0 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePortugal u21Serbia and Montenegro u212006-05-250 - 2 5 (2-3)1 (1-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2005 - 2006
round of 32ThunHamburger SV2006-02-161 - 0 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageCrvena ZvezdaAS Roma2005-12-013 - 1 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2005-2006
group stageJuventusRapid Wien2005-09-273 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2006 qualifiers - Europe
WalesAzerbaijan2005-10-122 - 0 2 (2-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Czech RepublicArmenia2005-09-074 - 1 2 (2-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
BelarusSlovenia2005-06-041 - 1 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2004 - 2005
round of 32PartizanDnipro2005-02-162 - 2 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBeverenBenfica2004-12-020 - 3 2 (1-1)1 (1-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
1st roundVentspilsAmica Wronki2004-09-161 - 1 4 (3-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 2nd roundAustria WienIllychivets2004-08-263 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)2 (2-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2004 u21 qualifiers
play-offsCzech Republic u21Switzerland u212003-11-191 - 2 8 (3-5)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2003 - 2004
1st roundTepliceKaiserslautern2003-10-161 - 0 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2003 u17
1/2 finalsArgentina u17Spain u172003-08-272 - 3 10 (5-5)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1/4 finalsBrazil u17USA u172003-08-243 - 0 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageNigeria u17Argentina u172003-08-190 - 1 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageMexico u17Colombia u172003-08-130 - 0 3 (1-2)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2002 - 2003
2nd roundGrasshopperPAOK2002-11-141 - 1 7 (2-5)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundBordeauxMatador Puchov2002-09-176 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiersGoricaRapid Bucuresti2002-08-291 - 3 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2001-2002
qualifiers 2nd roundSheriffAnderlecht2001-08-011 - 2 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)