March 25, 2012

UEFA Champions League - QF - Appointments (I)

Quarterfinals, 1st legs:




Benfica
-:-
Chelsea London
MATCH FACTS: Tuesday, 27 March 2012, 20:45, Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal
Referee
Paolo Tagliavento
ITA

Assistant Referee 1
Andrea Stefani
ITA

Assistant Referee 2
Luca Maggiani
ITA

Fourth Official
Paolo Valeri
ITA

Additional Assistant Referee 1
Daniele Orsato
ITA

Additional Assistant Referee 2
Luca Banti
ITA

UEFA Delegate
Milovan Djukanovic
MNE

UEFA Referee Observer
Eugen Strigel
GER










APOEL
-:-
Real Madrid
MATCH FACTS: Tuesday, 27 March 2012, 20:45, GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus
Referee
Felix Brych

GER
Assistant Referee 1
Mark Borsch

GER
Assistant Referee 2
Stefan Lupp

GER
Fourth Official
Knut Kircher

GER
Additional Assistant Referee 1
Markus Wingenbach

GER
Additional Assistant Referee 2
Peter Sippel

GER
UEFA Delegate
Tryvge Bornö

NOR
UEFA Referee Observer
Zdravko Jokic

SRB



Olympique Marseille
-:-
Bayern München
MATCH FACTS: Wednesday, 28 March 2012, 20:45, Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France
Referee
Carlos Velasco Carballo
ESP

Assistant Referee 1
Roberto Alonso Fernández
ESP

Assistant Referee 2
Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez
ESP

Fourth Official
Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
ESP

Additional Assistant Referee 1
David Fernández Borbalán
ESP

Additional Assistant Referee 2
Carlos Clos Gómez
ESP

UEFA Delegate
Mark Blackbourne
ENG

UEFA Referee Observer
Roberto Rosetti
ITA










AC Milan
-:-
FC Barcelona
MATCH FACTS: Wednesday, 28 March 2012, 20:45, Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano, Italy
Referee
Jonas Eriksson
SWE

Assistant Referee 1
Stefan Wittberg
SWE

Assistant Referee 2
Mathias Klasenius
SWE

Fourth Official
Daniel Stålhammar
SWE

Additional Assistant Referee 1
Markus Strömbergsson
SWE

Additional Assistant Referee 2
Stefan Johannesson
SWE

UEFA Delegate
Mikalai Varabyov
BLR

UEFA Referee Observer
Herbert Fandel
GER











44 Comments:

  1. Absolutely unexpected.
    Luca Maggiani has Juventus-Inter this evening, then in two days again on the pitch in Benfica-Chelsea. So much work for him.
    By the way, very nice to see again Brych. But waht about Stark? You said that he was appointed this week? Maybe again in Europa League? Is that possible?

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  2. Yes, this football site just said that a German team would be in EL and one in CL this week. As Stark had no R16 and Brych not the best performance (even though I still believe it was still good), we of course thought it would be Stark. But Brych was kind of personal tip, Tagliavento's appt comes totally unexpected. I would have preferred Rocchi or Rizzoli for this match.
    Anyway, Tagliavento has arrived at the peak of referees and a FIFA tournament should be only a question of time. The ARs of Brych indicate that Stark is in EL. Brych has neither Salver/Pickel, nor Meyer/Aytekin. So Stark perhaps for Sporting-Metalist.

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  3. Yes, right. And however the match is APOEL - Real, with all my respect for Cypriot football, it would be a not so difficult match for Brych. It's important to make more experience for him, I think that Stark in this match would have been wasteful. Instead, there are many interesting matches in EL. We can read the appointments in this way.
    At any rate, we have other 2 appointments without EURO2012 referees. I think this isn't the best way to prepare the tournament. As Cagatay said, UEFA should justify that.

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    1. It just means that at least one of the 12 selected referees has not more than a Round of 16 match, my instict tells me that Thomson's mistake must have had consequences.

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  4. Finally, I want to underline the first Orsato appointment in this knockout stage.

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  5. Anonymous25/3/12 12:39

    I thought that skomina, eriksson or maybe even thomson would referee apoel vs real madrid but i really did not expect felix brych (he should referee ac milan vs barcelona)

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  6. Anonymous25/3/12 14:16

    -.- Tagliavento... I am disappointed...

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  7. Tagliavento certainly on a high at the moment. Reminds me of the sudden rise of Velasco Carballo two years ago.

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    1. UEFA is setting new standards. You cannot say anymore: Ref XY may not ref a semifinal because he has been ELITE for 3 months.
      I am not sure whether Tagliavento is overestimated, I think not, but considering the EURO ahead of us and UEFA, it is surprising.

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  8. Anonymous26/3/12 11:32

    Olympique Marseille - Bayern Munchen: Velasco Carballo (ESP)
    AC Milan - FC Barcelona: Eriksson (SWE)

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  9. As I expected. Absolutely deserved appointment for Jonas Eriksson. I'm following his season this year and I think that he was the first name for this match. Niclas already knows everything, we have talked many times about that.
    Seventh appointment in this Champions League for Eriksson, after a playoff, 4 group stage matches and a round of 16. To be added also a match in Europa League some weeks ago. His background is at moment the best possible, he reaches this very important appointment maybe in the best period of his long career.
    I think that UEFA did a really good choice, based on the previous performance. By the way, no big problems in all the last matches that he officiated.
    For sure, among the EURO2012 referees, he is one of those who are having a considerable and excellent path, on the road to Poland and Ukraine.
    Having said that, there is nothing more to add.

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    1. I agree. Deserved appointment. It will be an important test for him.

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    2. Also indicated by Fandel's appointment. Mostly, the observers tell us a lot. I do not know how to estimate Rosetti's appointment for Velasco, it is Roberto's first CL match as observer as far as I know, so I actually expected observers with a higher reputation as such (not to underestimate Rosetti's reputation as ref), e.g. Elleray, Dallas ..

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  10. A curios thing is that Eriksson will referee Milan-Barcellona in the day of his birth. He will turn 38 years. It happened several months ago to Benquerença, too. It was Napoli-Bayern.
    UEFA referee observer in San Siro will be again Herbert Fandel, after Milan-Arsenal in which he observed Kassai.

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  11. Expected appointments, Eriksson is a very probable candidate for the EL final.

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  12. Mikalai Varabyov (I don't know what country is he from) as UEFA delegate.

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  13. Nice to see Roberto Rosetti as UEFA observer for Carballo.
    Really interesting.

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  14. Varabyov sounds Belarussian..

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  15. Europa League: Quarter-finales, 1st leg:
    AZ-Valencia
    Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
    Schalke 04-Athletic
    Referee: Pedro Proença (POR)
    Sporting-Metalist
    Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER)
    Athlético-Hannover 96
    Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

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  16. So again i may see Proenca, Miranda and de Sousa in Arena, great.
    The rest is pretty good. My question would be whether we see 3 CL semifinal candidates there? Lannoy as surprise? He has quite a good season.

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  17. Who will be the referee of the meaningless Real Madrid - APOEL next week?

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    1. I would probably nominate Svein Oddvar Moen.

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  18. I think that Tagliavento missed a clear penalty for a handball (59').
    It was probably a crucial mistake for the hesit of the game.
    What do you think?

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    1. F. Taveira28/3/12 00:34

      i agree. For me that was handball. No natural position, Terry moves his arm in direction to the ball. However the short distance between both players can be a justification to Tagliavento's decision. He missed other handball later in the game made by Obi Mikel. Some fouls missed but , apart from that, decent work. Assistants just reasonable. 4th official with a lot of work to control the Chelsea bench.

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    2. To my mind, a correct decision. Later we can discuss more.

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    3. I think that it's a clear penalty, look at this pic, when the Benfica player is shooting the ball. Terry is so close yes, but tell me if you can stay with the hands in that way, like a keeper. To my mind, absolutely not. Just a few seconds before that, Terry had the arms in a correct position. He didn't allow the ball to pass through the area. He was in the clear situation to avoid that, but he didn't do it. So, 100% penalty.
      Am I wrong?

      http://img166.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=925413990_vlcsnap_2012_03_28_12h09m48s9_122_27lo.jpg

      http://img252.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=925415955_Immagine_122_178lo.jpg

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    4. I agree with Chefren. 100% penalty. Having your hands like this it is not natural.

      BTW Brych was pretty good. He missed 2 YC (1 for Apoel and 1 for Real) but the match was extremely easy.

      And there may be a penalty before Real 2nd goal. My mark will be around 75.

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    5. And there is another thing to add. In the previous match (Chelsea-Napoli) there was a similar foul by Dossena. Brych whistled correctly the penalty and it was a good call.

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    6. In yesterday's occasion everything happened extremely fast. In a similar occasion I would be content with an so-called advantage.

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    7. Unfortunately, you did not show the screenshot when the ball nearly touched Terry. He pulled both arms away, so there is no movement to the ball.
      Criteria to be fulfilled (always depending on how the ref and AR2 in this case have weighn it up):

      Movement to the ball with hand/arm? --- No.
      Did the player have his hands in an unnatural position? --- Yes.

      Both criteria has to be fulfilled to call it a deliberate handball. Calling this situation 100% penalty is in my opinion wrong, since not all the criteria was fulfilled. I can understand Tagliavento's call, I like it, but I would have done the same if he had whistled it.
      Furthermore, I think that Tagliavento fell too easily for Benfica's dives (Gaitan, Cardozo) in the midfield, the cards were ok, but he appeared a bit nervously I think, or perhaps more likely hectically. This is not meant in a negative way, just had the impression. In addition, he had problems with his movement, sometimes ran too much, too fast, had to stop abruptly because he was in the path of the ball and so on. But he showed that one can give him quarterfinals in CL.

      Onto Brych. My mark is an 80. Which penalty situation do you mean? (who fouled whom?). Just to be sure we are talking about the same situation.
      I liked that he was not impressed by the clown Ronaldo (even though it goes without saying). He has improved his movement, was closer to the action, this aspect was criticized last time in Chelsea-Napoli, also I think that the too long whistles did not appear yesterday. All in all, the not issued YCs are no mistakes, he had his lenient line, closed both eyes two times and I think it was ok in this way.

      My marks for Brych:
      Control 25%: 80
      Calls 30%: 85
      Style 25%: (due to the visible improvements and the controlled leniency/excellent fitness): 85
      Neutrality 10%: 80
      Difficulty 10%: 50

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      approx. 81

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  19. Anonymous27/3/12 22:51

    Hi Chefren,

    what about Mark Clattenburg
    who was promoted this year?

    Kind regards from Vienna,
    Peter

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    1. Hi Peter,
      it seems that Clattenburg is going to overcome Atkinson. UEFA has a high regard of him, anyway I was not able to see his last performance in Bayern - Basel. Reading here and there, it seems that he had some problems with handballs. Anyway, I think that he can improve, as he is still quite "young" (of course talking about referees age".

      Regards!

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  20. Mohammed Abdul Fattah29/3/12 11:29

    I believe that there is 100% penalty call for Alexis Sánchez on 15” & YC for the goalkeeper. No doubt about it, However Eriksson I think that he depend on his AAR1 on this incident which he was unlikely.

    For my Eriksson mark is 70.

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    1. You said it right, Mohammed. It was a decision by Strombergsson, it's clear if you look again the video. Immediatly after the episode, Strombergsson talks in the headset with Eriksson and he says that it isn't penalty neither diving.
      I'm reading that many people agree on this interpretation, because it seems that Sanchez was already falling before the contact, and however was his will to go against the keeper.
      You can give for sure penalty and maybe you are not wrong, but I think that it's a not so clear situation.
      I would be curious to hear Fandel's opinion :)
      Niclas?

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    2. It was a very tricky situation. Certainly no 100% call. I can see why it has not been given, but in the end to me it seems to be something like 60% penalty. Sanchez is desperately looking for contact, but still Abbiati somehow actively catches his foot.
      It was funny, I watched the match one one channel and the commentator was calling it an absolutely correct decision not to award a penalty. Then I watched the half-time highlights on another channel and the so-called experts were asking how blind the AAR had to be not to spot the blatant penalty... Well, there is not always black or white, is it?

      In general, Eriksson had good control, but some problems with foul detection. Report to follow later today. Mark will probably be around 70-72.

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  21. it is a strange video on youtube, but just watch it from 0:28.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buRThmAAHKU

    Your interpretation now?

    My is: correct decision here as well. I emphasized it 100 times. Goalkeepers have to be allowed to try to get the ball, he did not get it but is not responsible for being there, Alexis more likely booted the goalkeeper in my opinion.
    Pls avoid to call such situations 100% yes or no, that does not (always) exist.

    Velasco did not do very well, struggled with card policy and missed a handball preceding the 0-1 for Bayern.
    Assistants top.
    Did not see the full Barca match, but my impressions were that Eriksson was not good, but just ok.

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    1. Puu that is so hard to say. Penalty yes/no, I think we find enough people for both answers..

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  22. Mohammed Abdul Fattah31/3/12 12:37

    My predications for CL for this week:-

    Barca – Milan
    I think that we will see Webb or Stark at Camp Nou, However Stark has been appointed for group stage match between them in San Siro.

    2) Bayern - Marseille
    Ref: Nicola Rizzoli

    3) Chelsea-Benfica
    Ref: Cüneyt Çakir

    4) Real-Apoel
    Ref: Viktor Kassai

    What about you guys????

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    1. Barcellona - Milan
      Bjor Kuipers (NED)

      Bayern - Marseille
      Damir Skomina (SVN)

      Chelsea - Benfica
      Wolfgang Stark (GER)

      Real Madrid - APOEL
      Kevin Blom (NED) or Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

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    2. Barcelona - Milan:
      Björn Kuipers

      Bayern - Marseille:
      Damir Skomina

      Chelsea - Benfica:
      Wolfgang Stark

      Real-APOEL:
      Craig Thomson

      EL:

      Bilbao - Schalke:
      Pavel Královec

      Valencia - AZ:
      Viktor Kassai

      Metalist - Sporting:
      Nicola Rizzoli

      Hannover - Atlético:
      Howard Webb

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    3. Barcelona-Milan:
      Howard Webb

      Bayern-Marseille:
      Björn Kuipers

      Chelsea-Benfica:
      Wolfgang Stark

      Real–APOEL
      Viktor Kassai

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  23. Mohammed Abdul Fattah31/3/12 14:43

    Dear Chefren,

    I don’t think that 2 Referee from the same country will be appointed for 2 different matches at the same stage. It’s never happen so I believe that either Kuipers or Blom could be there. In case of UEFA appoint any official from Netherland.
    I think Webb opportunity is going to be more since he didn’t get any English League match for this week.

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  24. Anonymous31/3/12 21:08

    Hmm..., Craig Thomson was substituted by Iain Brines in Motherwell - Celtic today. AR were Derek Rose and Graham Chambers. I think Craig will whistle match next week (CL or EL) or he is injured...

    Sincerely, L.Z.I. Bonfils

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