Yesterday, I was in Schalke Arena, normally I am standing in "Nordkurve", this time I thought it could be pretty good to sit (then I was able / allowed to take the good camera along with me..), a nice opportunity to make some good photos and to be closer to the action. And of course, I could observe the Portuguese referee Manuel Jorge de Sousa.
The full appointment:
UEFA Europa League 2011/12, Group Stage, Matchday 2, Gelsenkirchen, Arena Auf Schalke
FC SCHALKE 04 3-1 MACCABI HAIFA
Referee Manuel Jorge Neves Moreira de Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1 Bertino Cunha Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2 José Carlos Neves Ramalho (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Vasco António Moreira Santos (POR)
4th Official Cosme Cunha Machado (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer Neale Barry (ENG)
UEFA Delegate Jan Damgaard (DEN)
|Arena Auf Schalke from the outside.|
|The officials (f.l.): Machado, Santos, Ramalho, Miranda, Soares, Barry, Sousa|
|The Portuguese quintet warming up (fr.l.): Vasco Santos, Manuel Sousa, Bertino Miranda, José Ramalho, Artur Soares Dias|
|One of both must have had a nice joke; Soares and Miranda often laughed..|
|The match is under way|
|5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ..|
Match statistics (c) UEFA FR
Apart from the fact that Schalke played a good 2nd half, they had many, too many mistakes in their play. The allowed Haifa too many goal attempts which resulted in one goal.
Manuel de Sousa is a typical Portuguese referee: he reminds me on Olegário Benquerenca concerning his outward apperance and gestures, the style is more like Proenca's.
Two and a half years ago, I saw Proenca in Arena when we drew with APOEL Nicosia. At this time, he was not on top level of Europe but showed a very good perfomance. We all know what a few months later came...I am quite sure that this story could repeat itself as I am convinced that de Sousa will be promoted as soon as possible and could follow the steps of Benquerenca and Proenca. Latters are not the youngest anymore, Soares Dias and de Sousa seem to be Portugal's future with regard to their refereeing.
The only mistake of the evening was made by Ramalho who wrongly disallowed a goal scored by Schalke. It was one metre no offside.
It has to be mentioned that UEFA actually appointed José Cardinal as AR1, he appeared as such at UEFA.com on Wednesday. He was however replaced by Bertino Miranda.