November 27, 2011

UEFA Europa League, MD5, Referee Appointments

Harald Lechner (AUT), 29 years old, UEFA classification: Second Group (still..)

30 November 2011

Group A, 18:00
Rubin Kazan - Shamrock Rovers
Referee Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referees Alain Hoxha (AUT), Andreas Fellinger (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referees Rene Eisner (AUT), Alexander Harkam (AUT)
4th Official Markus Hameter (AUT)

Group A, 21:05
Tottenham - PAOK
Referee Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referees Angelo Boonman (NED), Rob van de Ven (NED)
Additional Assistant Referees Ed Janssen (NED), Reinold Wiedemeijer (NED)
4th Official Jeroen Sanders (NED)
Blog Referee Observer Carlos Salcedo (COL)

Group B, 21:05
Standard Liège - Hannover 96
Referee Antonio Damato (ITA)
Assistant Referees Cristiano Copelli (ITA), Massimiliano Grilli (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referees Gabriele Gava (ITA), Christian Brighi (ITA)
4th Official Carmine Russo (ITA)

Group B, 21:05
Vorskla - Kobenhavn
Referee Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referees Dmitry Zhuk (BLR), Andrei Getikov (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referees Sergei Tsinkevich (BLR), Valeri Velichko (BLR)
4th Official Denis Scherbakov (BLR)

Group C, 21:05
Rapid Bucuresti - Hapoel Tel-Aviv
Referee Zsolt Szabó (HUN)
Assistant Referees Robert Kispal (HUN), Zsolt Varga (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referees Roland Veizer (HUN), Ádám Farkas (HUN)
4th Official Peter Solymosi (HUN)

Group C, 21:05
Legia - PSV
Referee Firat Aydinus (TUR)
Assistant Referees Serkan Ok (TUR), Aleks Tascioglu (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referees Baris Simsek (TUR), Ozgur Yankaya (TUR)
4th Official Hakan Ceylan (TUR)

Group G, 19:00
Malmö - AZ Alkmaar
Referee Mark Courtney (NIR)
Assistant Referees Eamon Shanks (NIR), Paul Munn (NIR)
Additional Assistant Referees Raymond Crangle (NIR), Mervyn Smyth (NIR)
4th Official Arnold Hunter (NIR)

Group G, 19:00
Metalist - Austria Wien
Referee Pavel Cristian Balaj (ROU)
Assistant Referees Zoltán Székely (ROU), George Adrian Vidan (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referees Alexandru Deaconu (ROU), Robert Dumitru (ROU)
4th Official Sebastian Coltescu (ROU)

Group H, 19:00
Maribor - Club Brugge
Referee Libor Kovarik (CZE)
Assistant Referees Krystof Mencl (CZE), Patrik Filipek (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referees Radek Matejek (CZE), Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
4th Official Tomas Kocourek (CZE)

Group H, 19:00
Braga - Birmingham
Referee Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referees Magnus Sjöblom (SWE), Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referees Daniel Stalhammar (SWE), Johan Hamlin (SWE)
4th Official Michael Lerjeus (SWE)

Group I, 19:00
Stade Rennes - Udinese
Referee Sergey Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referees Thikon Kalugin (RUS), Dmitry Mosyakin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referees Stanislav Sukhina (RUS), Maksim Layuskhin (RUS)
4th Official Vitaly Meshkov (RUS)

Group I, 19:00
Celtic - Atlético
Referee Eric Braamhaar (NED)
Assistant Referees Arend Brink (NED), Wilco W.A. Lobbert (NED)
Additional Assistant Referees Pol van Boekel (NED), Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
4th Official Maarten Ketting (NED)

01 December 2011

Group D, 21:05
Sporting - Zürich
Referee Peter Rasmussen (DEN)
Assistant Referees Henrik Sönderby (DEN), Lars Rix (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referees Jakob Kehlet (DEN), Kenn Hansen (DEN)
4th Official Michael Johansen (DEN)

Group D, 21:05
Vaslui - Lazio
Referee Milorad Mazic (SRB)
Assistant Referees Milovan Ristic (SRB), Igor Radojcic (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referees Bosko Jovanetic (SRB), Vlado Glodjovic (SRB)
4th Official Milenko Vukadinovic (SRB)
Blog Referee Observer Chefren (ITA)

Group E, 21:05
Stoke - Dynamo Kyiv
Referee Florian Meyer (GER)
Assistant Referees Holger Henschel (GER), Christoph Bornhorst (GER)
Additional Assistant Referees Tobias Welz (GER), Markus Wingenbach (GER)
4th Official Jochen Drees (GER)

Group E, 21:05
Maccabi Tel-Aviv - Besiktas
Referee Serge Gumienny (BEL)
Assistant Referees Mark Simons (BEL), Frank Bleyen (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referees Luc Wouters (BEL), Alexandre Boucaut (BEL)
4th Official Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)

Group F, 21:05
Athletic Bilbao - Slovan Bratislava
Referee Hannes Kaasik (EST)
Assistant Referees Marko Leevand (EST), Jaanus Mutli (EST)
Additional Assistant Referees Kristo Tohver (EST), Eiko Saar (EST)
4th Official Jan Roos (EST)

Group F, 21:05
RB Salzburg - PSG
Referee Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referees Dvir Shimon (ISR), Elias Biton (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referees Meir Levi (ISR), Asaf Kenan (ISR)
4th Official Alon Yefet (ISR)

Group J, 19:00
AEK Larnaca - Maccabi Haifa
Referee Andre Marriner (ENG)
Assistant Referees Darren Cann (ENG), Simon Long (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referees Anthony Taylor (ENG), Kevin Friend (ENG)
4th Official Michael Oliver (ENG)

Group J, 19:00
Schalke 04 - Steaua Bucuresti
Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP, photo)
Assistant Referees Javier Aguilar Rodriguez (ESP), Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referees Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP), Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
4th Official Javier Turienzo Alvarez (ESP)

Group K, 19:00
Odense - Wisla Krakow
Referee Laurent Duhamel (FRA)
Assistant Referees Michael Annonier (FRA), Christophe Capelli (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referees Wilfried Bien (FRA), Alexendre Castro (FRA)
4th Official Philippe Kalt (FRA)

Group K, 19:00
Twente - Fulham
Referee Marijo Strahonja (CRO)
Assistant Referees Sinisa Premuzaj (CRO), Zeljko Novosel (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referees Igor Pristovnik (CRO), Damir Batinic (CRO)
4th Official Ante Vucemilovic-Simunovic jr (CRO)
Blog Referee Observer Edward A. (GRE)

Group L, 18:00
Lokomotiv Moskva - Sturm Graz
Referee Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referees Stefan Lupp (GER), Guido Kleve (GER)
Additional Assistant Referees Robert Hartmann (GER), Peter Sippel (GER)
4th Official Guido Winkmann (GER)

Group L, 19:00
AEK Athens - Anderlecht
Referee Robert Malek (POL)
Assistant Referees Krzysztof Myrmus (POL), Maciej Wierzbowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referees Szymon Marciniak (POL), Hubert Siejewicz (POL)
4th Official Pawel Gil (POL)
Blog Referee Observer Edward A. (GRE)


  1. petschovschi28/11/11 01:19

    Fresh news from Romania: appointment for Hategan in Champions League MD6 !

  2. Aytekin and Karasev got second matches, Antonio Lahoz in Schalke-Steaua. Duhamel and Meyer AGAIN in Europa League, Meyer got important match, but Duhamel's match: I would appoint second category referee to that match not elite referee.

  3. All Thursday appointments

    Lokomotiv - Sturm: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
    AEK - Anderlecht: Robert Malek (POL)
    AEK Larnaca - M. Haifa: Andre Marriner (ENG)
    Schalke - Steua: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
    OB - Wisla: Laurent Duhamel (FRA)
    Twente - Fulham: Marijo Strahonja (CRO)
    Sporting - Zurich: Peter Rasmussen (DEN)
    Vaslui - Lazio: Milorad Mazic (SRB)
    Stoke - Dinamo Kiyv: Florian Meyer (GER)
    M. Tel Aviv - Besiktas: Serge Gumienny (BEL)
    Athletic - Slovan Bratislava: Hannes Kaasik (EST)
    Salzburg - PSG: Liran Liany (ISR)

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  5. 3 Spanish Referees have been appointed for CL MD 6. Alberto Undiano Mallenco, Carlos Velasco Carballo and David Fernandez Borballan.

  6. Plus 2 Portugese referee have been appointed for CL MD 6. Jorge Sousa and Pedro Proenca.

  7. Full portuguese appointmens:

    Referee: Jorge Sousa
    Assistants: Bertino Miranda - João Santos
    Fourth: Rui Costa
    Additional assistans: Artur Soares Dias - Carlos Xistra.


    Referee: Pedro Proença
    Assistants: Tiago Trigo - Ricardo Santos
    Fourth: Hugo Miguel
    Additional assistans: João Capela - João Ferreir

  8. Very interesting news, I am going to look for the German appts as well.

    Finally, Collina followed my words :D
    Hategan, de Sousa...I knew that they will get a CL match, but I still wonder whether Vad and Mazic get one, too...

    In my system, I also had Koukoulakis and Kovarik.
    I gave Hategan a match on MD2 and de Sousa Genk-Chelsea.

    Interesting that Benquerenca does not get a CL match after Napoli-Bayern, finally, the perfomance principle counts.

  9. and I had Karasev on the last MD, too, for Otelul-Basel.

  10. Did Benquerença lose Euro2012 after Napoli-Bayern?
    Ok I think it was just the last clue. UEFA thoughts were already on Proença.
    Do you agree?

  11. 100%
    even though, I wonder why it had taken UEFA so long to see which Portuguese is the real no.1.
    We have known that for a long time, Benquerenca was not different in Napoli-Bayern than all the other times. Pedantic, not faultless etc..

    I said it a few months ago when I observed de Sousa in Arena (Schalke-Haifa). This referee is a mixture of Proenca and Benquerenca. (Proenca: way of refereeing, Benquerenca: outward appearance :D). He has great chances and I think de Sousa will become Portugal's no1 when Proenca and Benquerenca will have retired. He has everything he needs to become that except a CL match, and he has that now, too.

  12. Another SAD info. An assistant at Belgium tried to kill himself 1 hour before the kick-off.


  13. Some people criticized DFB head Zwanziger for his statement that the journalists please would not ask him how Rafati tried to commit suicide.
    One sentence later, he said that he slashed his wrists and was streaming with blood.
    The German anti suicide help - organisation protested against this statement, they explained it would be an incentive for other people to commit suicide as soon as one describes how Rafati did it. They were right because two refs in one week cannot be an accident.

  14. I wrote a mail to DFB whether they knew the referees for CL MD6. The answer is typical of their communcation policy..:

    "Thanks for your mail. The appointments are not final to date, as soon as they are, we are going to publish them."


  15. A final sign that Benquerenca has lost favour with UEFA??

    Also, are we any closer to finding out the publication date for EURO 2012 referee list??

  16. Carlos heard something around 20 December, in a newspaper article, Collina said that he is going to publish the list in December. Probably, a few days prior to christmas..

  17. I think a few days before Christmas and however after the last Europa League Matchday (14 - 15 december).

  18. F. Taveira28/11/11 23:03

    Benquerença is injured. And he is classified as injured in theportuguese LIGA appts for some time already.

    About Sousa. It's totally deserved. Hope he makes a good performance. He will take a place in the Elite Development next January.

  19. Braga - Birmingham OBSERVER : Zdravko Jokic ,
    OB - Wisla - Zoran Petrovic , VASLUI - Lazio - Kyros Vassaras...

  20. Hi Suricate, hi bloggers,

    interesting that UEFA nominated Deniz Aytekin for Lokomotiv Moskva - Sturm. Usually, for some reason, encounters with Austrian clubs were not whistled by German referees, and vice versa (apart from friendly matches). This situation seemed similar to those of England - Scotland and Belgium - Netherlands for example.

    Kind regards from Vienna,

  21. Mazic has Vassaras and a very important match, also for the teams involved in the group.
    He was announced for Champions League Matchday 5, now probably he will get the appointement next week.

  22. Ok, this explains a lot why Benquerenca did not get matches in the past, but perfomance related reasons would have been reasonable, too..
    I agree Peter, normally this is avoided. Austrians normally never have German teams (except friendly matches, e.g. Messner in GER-NOR), Kinhöfer had Bröndby-Ried this season and now it is Aytekin. The crucial thing about that is that three of the 6 officials are from Bavaria, Sippel and Hartmann about 50 kms away from AUT. But no problem to my mind..
    I think it is however a difference between ENG-SCO, GER-AUT etc and BEL-NED because in Belgium, some Dutch refs may referee matches, hence, there is a cooperation. This does not exist in ENG-SCO and in GER-AUT either, I am still waiting for a Thomson appoint in Old Trafford :D
    Hagen, de Sousa and Strahonja should replace Chapron, Gumienny and Johannesson.

  23. WOW, Elleray for Liran Liany !!

  24. Liran Liany is at the Talents program and considered for Promotion since he is too young in age. So being observed by a Committee member is something natural.

  25. Do you have a full and to-date list of the members of the talent program?
    There was one, if I remember correctly (showing the refs and mentors, Cantalejo for Attwell and Turpin e.g.), but I just do not know where I saw it.

  26. Hi Suricate,

    Elite talent group:

    Luis Medina Cantalejo:
    Clement Turpin
    Stuart Attwell

    Talent group:

    Alan Snoddy:
    Milorad Mazic + Milovan Ristic
    Tom Harald Hagen + Svein Inge Wiken

    Jørn West Larsen:
    Alan Black + Gareth Eakin
    Arman Amirkhanyan + Zaven Hovhannisyan
    Artyom Kuchin + Yevgeniy Belskiy

    Konrad Plautz:
    Anar Salmanov + Mehman Mahmudov
    Stanislav Todorov + Ivo Kolev

    Peter Fröjdfeldt:
    Liran Liany + David Biton
    Matej Jug + Gregor Rojko

    Peter Jones:
    Antti Munukka + Jan Peter Aravirta
    Gediminas Mazeika + Vytautas Simkus

    Kind regards from Vienna,

  27. Thanks a lot, Peter!
    It is a bit strange: Todorov was always assisted by Angelov and Gavrilov in EL, Kolev had 3 matches at the u17 Euro 2011 and then? I think they should appoint him, too.
    This Mr Snoddy seems to have worked very very well with Hagen and Mazic.
    Nothing to see from Black and Amirkhanyan at the moment, Kuchin could get a EL match on MD6.

  28. Tomorrow I will watch Mazic in Vaslui - Lazio. A report will be ready on worldreferee in the next days.

  29. I will watch Strahonja in Twente and Malek at AEK - Anderlecht. Reports will be ready at the end of the week.

  30. István Vad with CL MD6 !!!

    Full Team:

    Referee: István Vad
    Assistant Referee 1: Györgyi Ring
    Assistant Referee 2: Robert Kispal
    Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mihaly Fabian
    Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sandor Szabo
    4th Official Tamás Bognar

    Thanks, Edward and Chefren!

  31. DRAGAN:
    What do you think of Bas Nijhuis' perfomance in TOT-PAO, especially about the Defoe's disallowed goal?

  32. In my opinion, the decision was correct, because the forward's sliding into the defender was a foul. But the decision was made too late, the game went on for at least 5 seconds, and Nijhuis waited until the goal was scored. But maybe just a communication problem with the headset? Nevertheless, (finally) a situation, where the AAR had a positive impact...

  33. Well, about Nijhuis, it´s clear the AR told him something, but how long did he need? It´s a mistake, because he did not gave the foul at the moment he had to and he gave it only when he saw it would be a goal, also that kind of tackle muss have a disciplinary effect, an other misteke by Bas and his AAR. The other situation, the penalty, it was not penalty and also not red, I think Bas did not want to give it but AAR made him give it.... An other big mistake...

  34. Referees data1/12/11 10:09

    I'm tired of reading about Hategan is going to become the youngest referee this nex week in CL. Data says that the difference between Hategan and Vad is minimal. Vad took Marseille-Zilina on 2010-10-19, so at 31 years old + 4 months + 20 days, and Hategan is going to take a CL at 31 + 4 + 20/21 days (it depends on if his match is on tuesday or wednesday). So they are very, very close.

  35. On worldreferee Hategan date of birth is 17 July 1980, on is 14 July.
    What is the right one?
    It's also important for Champions League debut...

  36. Anonymous1/12/11 10:56

    Lubos Michel is the youngest ref in UCL , born in 1968 and debut in 1998

  37. Yes, that's right.
    16 September 1968: Lubos Michel got his first Group Stage match.
    He was 30 years and 4 months old.

  38. Obviously, I meant 1998. 1968 is his year of birth.

  39. About Nijhuis. Not a good performance, many mistakes. The penalty wasn't and the goal Defoe scored and it was disallowed was a correct decision but he should have whistled sooner.

  40. Nijhuis..not satisfying from what I got to know through you.

    Vad is according to the data I have in my system younger than Hategan.
    But who cares? If Kempter had not been influenced in these affairs, he would have become the youngest by far.
    If you are good enough, you are old enough. Experience is important but the latest final appointments show that the federations do not really pay too much attention to that.

    Balaj: 7,5
    Damato: 8,3

  41. It wasn't handball in Tottenham - PAOK. Wrong penalty, I totally agree. It was maybe difficult to see, but the player stopped the ball with his body.

  42. Have now seen the handball decision, certainly wrong, but the movement of the player's hand was potentially influencing Nijhuis' perception.

    Concerning the disallowed goal:
    a superb decision. I however agree, it took them too long and only by the fact that he was seriously injured, Janssen seemed to have told Nijhuis that it was a foul.

  43. @ Carlos: I think that it was Nijhuis' decision to point at the spot, the AAR was not able to see it, hence, the situation did not belong to his area of responsibility.

  44. and a sentence to Damato in Liège-Hannover:
    Excellent perfomance throughout the whole match. Brilliant. Also assistant referees great.
    There are only two points of criticism:
    he has a bit exaggerated gestures and a way of showing the cards. And there was a difficult offside decision made by Copelli. The ball was originally thought for a striker who was clearly in offside, but he recognized it and therefore did not move towards the ball. The Hannover defenders therefore stopped their action and Copelli had already raised his flag due to offside. But then another striker appeared there who was 5 metres onside.
    It is always difficult, the behaviour of the defenders were potentially influenced by the striker being in offside, but how could Copelli detect that without waiting??!!
    A 50-50 call, to my mind, rather a right decision.
    It was a very hot atmosphere, as always in Liège.
    Moreover, he had three opportunities to book Pogatetz for fouls, he never did it and obviously, everything went right.
    Two early bookings, one for diving (very well detected) and after that Damato had a calm evening. was solid, but if I had not been interested in refereeing, I would never have thought that this referee with this style had ever been in a CL match.

  45. IMO the AAR told Nijhuis to give it because he didn't gave it straight away.

  46. There is actually no hesitation visible.
    But if you are right, we need not think whether it was right or wrong..the AAR may not decide that.

  47. Gräfer/Häcker/Kleve/Dingert/Welz have got a CL match on MD6, Tuesday.

  48. Sorry for out of topic information. David Fernandez Borbalan appointed on El Clasico

  49. Repot about Mazic is ready on worldreferee, a good performance yesterday!

  50. Malek on the other hand in AEK - Anderlecht was not good. Many small mistakes in an easy match and some clear bookable occasions which he didn't gave. Below average performance. IMO time for a demotion!!!.

  51. Anonymous2/12/11 14:59

    Edward, thanks for Malek, are you follow Strahonja?

  52. Anonymous2/12/11 15:01

    Edward, thanks for Malek, are you follow Strahonja?

  53. Yes I will post my report tomorrow. Overall a good performance!!!

  54. Nice to hear that.

    Antonio Mateu Lahoz was brilliant in Schalke-Steaua, an amazing perfomance, one had the impression he would have been top referee for 15 years or so..

    I am not going to open a new thread on it, but the tension is increasing here concerning the euro 2012 drawings.
    My wish is (no joke): ESP GER FRA POR. Then we can show the three other teams who is the champion :D *irony*
    Several security instances are afraid of a group like: NED ENG IRL + XY.

    I think that we will face ESP and two smaller countries (at least football-related)
    Your wishes/fears?

  55. A good group for my team (GRE)

    Poland, Russia, Greece, Ireland

    Niklas I hope your wish to become true.

  56. Poland-Russia would be also very interesting.
    I would however not underestimate those teams like SWE, IRL or RUS...they can reach a lot.

    Mateu Lahoz report:

  57. there was a test drawing, a final rehearsel.
    There it was:
    GER, ESP, IRL, GRE ;)

  58. What a draw! Poland in weakest group (like qualifiers), Germany in great fantastic group (elite). Good luck for all teams! BTW, Niclas, what do you think about Borbalan?

  59. Could reach a lot..
    Perhaps not enough to join the development group just now, but probably very soon.

    The drawing is superb.
    I must admit that I hoped to play against big names, because one knows them. We do not know how Greece can play against big teams, or we do not know how Poland/Ukraine will play. E.g.: we drew with both (2-2/3-3), but they were merely friendlies, no idea about their real quality in tournament conditions.

    NED, GER, POR, DEN is certainly stellar, but group C is very good, too. Trappattoni against the Italians will be very interesting, I predict: Goodbye Italy

  60. MMhh :) Trapattoni isn't so happy, do you know, Niclas?
    However Italy has Spain, ok, but Croatia and Ireland means a favorable draw.

    Germany, Holland, Portugal and Denmark: trhat's incredibile. It means no Proença and Kuipers in the Germany group stage matches :)


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