“Good in my head and my sneakers”

Clément Turpin inaugurated his second World Cup in a row on Thursday, by main the Uruguay-South Korea match (0-0, photograph). Yet one more stripe on the highest worldwide stage for the French referee who says he’s comfortable and nonetheless formidable.

By successful his second choice for a World Cup, after 2018, Clément Turpin (40) joined his predecessors Pierre Schwinte (1962 and 1966) and Michel Vautrot (1982, 1990) on the French refereeing listing at world stage, and nonetheless has just a few years forward of him to hope to equal Joël Quiniou and his three ultimate phases (1986, 1990, 1994). What a good distance for the person who stunned French soccer by changing into in 2008 and on the age of 26 the youngest referee within the historical past of Ligue 1 (document crushed in 2016 by François Letexier then in 2018 by Willy Delajod). Fourteen years later, his many honorary designations, nationwide or worldwide (see field under) not shock anybody. And Clément Turpin isn’t glad. Upkeep.

French referees on the World Cup

“With this second World Cup, your online business card is filling up a bit of extra. You stroll within the footsteps of Michel Vautrot and different Joël Quiniou…
They’re landmarks! However I do not actually wish to take into consideration all that but. While you begin wanting within the rearview mirror, it is the start of the top. Me, I desire to look forward, saying to myself, ”what is the subsequent goal, what is the subsequent problem”? First, there may be this World Cup, for which we needed to qualify. And now that we’re there, we should be environment friendly. After which we’ll see. However what has already been achieved, I’ll have a look at it when I’m by the hearth, with my kids, my grandchildren maybe, and I’ll then say to myself: ”That was not unhealthy!”. At present, it occurs in entrance!

So in entrance, what’s there? A World Cup ultimate?
Sportingly, it’s unattainable to foretell one thing like that. Like I mentioned, let’s deal with the primary sport first as a result of it is a purpose that may be mastered. We do not know if there might be a second, a 3rd… Let’s focus our efforts on that, and we’ll see what occurs subsequent.

The satisfaction of being at this Mondial, you share it together with your two assistants [Cyril Gringore et Nicolas Danos]. Is it a collective success?
Precisely. If right this moment, we handle to be “on the prime”, to be on the most important matches, it’s not due to Clément Turpin alone. It is as a result of I am with the most effective. You can’t declare to expertise the most effective in case you are not accompanied by the most effective. And right this moment they’re round me. We kind an outdated couple, if I dare say. And I additionally affiliate Jérôme Brisard, who has been my video referee for a while. They’re all devoted to the efficiency of our crew. We now have saved collectively an expertise that’s priceless, in good occasions and in unhealthy occasions, and I connect nice significance to this expertise. He’s the guts of our trio. I am coming to this World Cup very decided and with numerous confidence as a result of our crew is united!

What are the keys, technical and relational, to the success of your refereeing crew?
Technically, all of the assistant referees current in Ligue 1 are on the prime, little question about it. However humanly, we’ve skilled so many issues, I repeat, that we all know one another completely. We all know when issues are going effectively or when issues aren’t going effectively, and what everybody wants in these moments. We all know learn how to anticipate issues and learn how to help one another. In brief, we all know one another by coronary heart. That is why the crew hasn’t modified.

The work have to be put again on the loom day by day. This requirement is the value of the best stage. There isn’t any thriller.

Stéphanie Frappart is with you on this World Cup, a primary within the historical past of the competitors.
It is extremely good. We now have already carried out the Olympics collectively, the UEFA Tremendous Cup, the Euro. She certified, it is stunning, congratulations! There isn’t any longer any distinction between women and men.

Climbing to the best stage requires numerous work for a referee. How does he handle to remain there?
Staying on the highest stage requires much more necessities than to attain it, as for the gamers, I think about. You must put the work again on the job day by day, in order to not fall into routine, to face the competitors. This requires critical day by day coaching, a wholesome life-style, nice rigor, emotional and household stability. It’s constructing. This requirement is the value of the best stage. There isn’t any thriller.

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With out wanting again an excessive amount of as you say, what’s your greatest reminiscence as a high-level referee?
I put three in my little secret field, which I can not separate. My first Coupe de France ultimate [2010]with The Marseillaise, the President of the Republic, the Stade de France, it is nonetheless a spotlight; my first World Cup match in 2018, in Russia, between Uruguay and Saudi Arabia, in Rostov-on-Don; and the final Champions League ultimate, in entrance of my household, my kids.

And the worst reminiscence?
Like that, no, I do not see [Sourire]... I’ve forgotten. In any case, it doesn’t need to be talked about!

Clément Turpin and his assistants Cyril Gringore (left) and Nicolas Danos (photograph PA IMAGES / ICON SPORT).

You began in Ligue 1 at solely 26 years outdated, you are actually 40. How do you assume you could have modified?
I used to be on edge once I began, the smallest factor took on monumental proportions. At present, I am a lot calmer, I’ve gained distance and top… If a foul sport occurs, I keep very calm and I attempt to perceive, however that is not the top of the day. world. However beware, I stay a competitor and I’m nonetheless as decided to hunt all potential and conceivable competitions. It is going to be essential to struggle to come back to hunt the place. However very quietly!

I consider I’m within the interval of my life when I’m most serene, each mentally and bodily. You may name it maturity.

Whereas the strain is rising increasingly!
Completely. However we all know the principles of the sport, we’ve to organize for it. Both we’re prepared and we will go for it with a number of good issues in retailer, or we’re not, we put the flip sign on the correct and others will go. You may’t carry out effectively in an emotional and ultra-high strain setting with out being good in your head and good in your footwear. I consider I’m within the interval of my life when I’m most serene, each mentally and bodily. You may name it maturity.

What primary high quality do you acknowledge in your self? And the principle flaw?
[Silence]… I consider myself as a employee, a perfectionist who likes to enter particulars. I typically trouble them with that. The failure ? Sadly, I maintain a grudge. My crew could make errors, make a foul resolution, it is inherent to our job, it occurs. However betraying the belief we’ve in one another is forbidden.

What did you set in your bag for this World Cup?
I’ll certainly spend numerous time on WhatsApp with the home, as a result of the household will miss. So I deliberate a superb laptop computer battery! While you depart for 4 weeks, away out of your spouse and three kids, that is a very long time. So I wish to put the video to share the standard moments, meals, hear the noises of the home, with out essentially speaking quite a bit. We really feel much less far-off. After which even when I am not a really huge reader, I took a superb ebook. He ought to compete. To not point out a packet of sweets, perhaps I should not say that by the way in which… [rire].

No fetish object?
I’m not superstitious. My solely little behavior is to show off the lights within the locker room earlier than leaving for the sphere. It is very eco-responsible, however I have been doing it systematically for fifteen years.

Apart from refereeing, what do you love to doe ?
Already, I’m devoting myself to my mission as Regional Technical Adviser in Arbitration in my Ligue de Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, I’m in touch with the arbitrators of the area, within the districts and the golf equipment. In any other case, I am an enormous fan of sports activities on the whole. I found an affinity with triathlon, an incredible exercise that my kids observe. I like mountain biking and crusing, too.

And when you hadn’t been a referee, what would you could have carried out?
Ah! I ask myself the query fairly often and … I’ve by no means discovered the reply! However I’m certain of 1 factor. After the arbitration, I’ll work on the human materials, probably the most stunning to work with. HR, folks administration, battle administration, and so forth. In refereeing, we develop numerous issues associated to that. So I do not know precisely my future, however human relations might be on the coronary heart of my exercise. »

His file

Born Could 16, 1982 in Oullins (Rhône)
FIFA Worldwide Referee (UEFA Elite class)


  • District referee (1997), league referee (2000), Younger Referee of the Federation (2001), Federal 4 referee (2005), Federal 3 (2006), Federal 2 (2007), Federal 1 (July 2008), FIFA referee (December 2009).


  • Competitions worldwide : Euro Espoirs 2015 (ultimate, 4th official), Euro 2016, Olympic Video games 2016, Confederations Cup 2017 (ultimate, video assistant), U17 World Cup 2017, World Cup 2018 (2 matches), Nations League ultimate part 2018 -2019, Euro 2020, Olympics 2020, Membership World Cup 2021, World Cup 2022 (1 match, ongoing)
  • Nationwide Finals : Coupe de France 2010 (4th official), Coupe de France 2011 and 2016, Champions Trophy 2014, Coupe de la Ligue 2018
  • Worldwide finals : Europa League 2021, Champions League 2022
  • Awards: UNFP Trophy for the most effective referee in Ligue 1 (2009, 2011, 2019, 2021)


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