April 15, 2012

UEFA Champions League - Semifinals - Appointments (I)




 

FC Bayern München  
  2:1
Real Madrid
MATCH FACTS: UEFA CL Semifinal, 1st leg • Tuesday, 17 April 2012, 20:45, Allianz Arena, München
Referee
Howard Webb
ENG

Assistant Referee 1
Mike Mullarkey
ENG

Assistant Referee 2
Stephen Child
ENG

Fourth Official
Mike Dean
ENG

Additional Assistant Referee 1
Martin Atkinson
ENG

Additional Assistant Referee 2
Mark Clattenburg
ENG

UEFA Delegate
Harry Been
NED

UEFA Referee Observer
Vítor Melo Pereira
POR


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Chelsea London
1:0
FC Barcelona
MATCH FACTS: UEFA CL Semifinal, 1st leg • Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 20:45 CET, Stamford Bridge, London
Referee
Dr. Felix Brych
GER

Assistant Referee 1
Mike Pickel
GER

Assistant Referee 2
Mark Borsch
GER

Fourth Official
Manuel Gräfe
GER

Additional Assistant Referee 1
Florian Meyer
GER

Additional Assistant Referee 2
Deniz Aytekin
GER

UEFA Delegate
Sune Hellströmer
SWE

UEFA Referee Observer
Jozef Marko
SVK









102 Comments:

  1. First name was expected.
    Webb.
    No surprises for now, ok.

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  2. Interesting: There are six referees, who had matches of both teams in this CL season.

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  3. Not so much related to the Champions League appointments, but I want to ask what do you think about this goal scored (?) by Chelsea today in the FA Cup semifinal against Tottenham. It was the 2-0. Match ended in a 5-1 win.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CIe7d4L30pI
    It seems that the ball was far away even from the goal line.
    I'm a bit shocked. Atkinson asked his assistant (Simon Beck) about that, but it was impossible to see for him because there were many people covering the position of the ball.
    Atkinson would have to decide by himself, from his better position.

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    1. The Assistant was Mick Mc Donough. He didn't wear a FIFA badge.

      Did you see the Tottenham goal Chefren? Any comments. My feeling is Atkinson was correct at letting the advantage.

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    2. I'm sorry. I read the name of the assistant on weltfussball.de and the first assistant mentioned wass Beck. A mistake, probably.

      I saw the Tottenham goal, Edward. Atkinson gave a correct advantage yes, but at that point, after the goal, I think he would have to book Cech, yellow card and not red because the goal was scored.

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  4. Solely based on your link, Atkinson appears to have had to make the decision of his own accord. There was absolutely no way Beck could see the ball coming into the goal area. If it's true that it's Atkinson's decision, then it is a very grave error, one that will once again, reinforce the call for goal line technology.
    As you can see above, Atkinson is set to be AAR at Bayern - Real. It is surely too late to make a change in personnel for that match, but does anyone think Atkinson could be dropped for EURO 2012? After all, a major part of the AAR's job is judging goal line situations.
    This is a big flaw in UEFA's plan of naming the officials almost six months before the tournament. The referees simply have too much time to make terrible mistakes! See also Thomson and his assistant.
    Can you imagine your national team's squad announced half a year before a major tournament?
    I know I can't.

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  5. What the assistant referee could have seen, is, that the Chelsea player, who is lying partly in the goal (Terry, I think), is offside when the shoot comes on the goal. And I think he is active, because he is disturbing the defender and the goalkeeper, if not even touching the ball. This would have been the easier decision

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    1. After studying the rulebook, I have to correct me. It was no offside, because two defenders were lying on the goalline. So, I revoke my earlier comment.

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    2. No Philipp, you were perfectly right, it is offside. There was only one defender behind the goalie.

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  6. Felix Brych got Chelsea-Barcelona

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    1. exactly not Cakir!His observer Josef Marko and delegate hellstromer Sune(swe)
      As for webb V.Melo Pereira observer and Been Harry (NED) delegate

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  7. Yes, big surprise.
    Chelsea - Barcelona
    Referee: Felix Brych (GER) – Stadium: Stamford Bridge, London (ENG)
    Assistant referees
    Mike Pickel (GER)
    Mark Borsch (GER)
    Fourth official
    Manuel Gräfe (GER)
    Additional assistant referees
    Florian Meyer (GER)
    Deniz Aytekin (GER)

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  8. So, what about Stark?
    I have to be honest, I'm a bit shocked. Maybe Brych appointment is deserved, but again with Chelsea and again at Stamford Bridge?
    Now Wolfgang Stark is out also from the appointment in the second leg at Camp Nou.
    The final for him, or nothing. That is very weird.
    Bayern is still there.
    I would like to read, as soon as possible, Niclas opinion.

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  9. Mohammed Abdul Fattah16/4/12 11:41

    I don’t know why UEFA is doing such a very appointment how they appoint Brych again in Stamford Bridge for Chelsea after Chelsea Vs Napoli. I don’t like their policy. It doesn’t make any sense for everybody here.
    I think that Rizzoli, Çakır or Proenca were the deserved candidate for this big & strong match.

    Chefren you are totally right, but we may also see Stark on EL final.

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  10. I can't understant how UEFA can appoint again Brych at the CL (3rd time in a row). UEFA seems to wait for Real to go to the final in order to appoint Stark at this match. But I have a feeling we will see Stark again at the EL.

    Furthermore I have to agree with Niklas about the Euro list. What is the point of publishing the List in December and having Thomson in it and not giving him a game after his mistake at Twente. They could Publish the List just after the Quarter-finals.

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    1. petschovschi16/4/12 16:21

      From my point of view appointment of Brych in a SF of Champions league is normal. Few reasons:

      -he is a big name in european refereeing in last years.
      -in last 2 seasons of CL he was in charge in 2 QFs: Lyon-Bordeaux (2010) and Real Madrid- Tottenham (2011). A semifinal is 2012 a normal evolution for him
      -maybe the fact that Brych won't be at Euro 2012 pushed him for this semifinal (as a compensation)

      About Cakir: he has only 1 year in Elite and a CL semifinal in this moment would have been too soon. Also I would say that Cakir is not Top7 in Europe...

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    2. Sorry, petschovschi. Cakir is a FIFA referee from 2006. Carballo from 2008. Velasco Carballo got the appointment for a CL semifinal in 2011.
      So now it's early for Cakir? I think you are wrong...

      Anyway, I agree when you say that Brych is pushed now in CL also because he will be not in Poland and Ukraine, so Stark will have his time during EURO.

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    3. Cakir is one of those (like Kassai) FIFA and UEFA must like a lot. It has different reasons, I do not know which ones moved both federations to push him to this extent. I think that he is a mirror of the refereeing style UEFA wants to have, the same counts for Brych and Kassai. Leniency, hard football, natural approach.

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    4. petschovschi16/4/12 17:11

      Until this season Cakir had only 3 games in Champions league (all these games in group stage 2010/2011).
      This season he was in charge for the 1st time in knock-out phase of Champions league. in this order I think a semifinal is too early for him at this moment.

      Regarding Velasco: a very fast promotion like the Velasco's one is not something usual in european refereeing. Not all the referees in Europe have the luck to be promoted so superfast like Velasco (esspecially if you don't come from Italy, Spain or England where the level of games is much higher like in rest of Europe).

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    5. Right. One must recognize that the Velasco-case only shows what is possible, not one may not say that this then becomes the rule. But, after no CL K.O. match was enough to nominate him for EURO 2012, everything seems to be possible for him.

      Have your look in VeltinsArena, 360° panorama HQ picture made on Saturday in the derby against Dortmund, awesome arena (click "Fortsetzen ohne Facebook")
      http://revierderby-panorama.de/

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    6. Niclas, ok.
      You are right: Velasco case is not the rule. So I should think that Velasco is a big talent, compared to other Elite referees.
      And so, I ask: do you really see something special in him?
      My honest answer is no, and I haven't still understood why UEFA loved him so quickly.

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    7. Politics and obviously many good marks in his CL matches. That is all what counts.

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  11. fussball.de is a better source then...
    I liked Brych's performance at Stamford Bridge, contrary to you. But I think it does not make sense prior to EURO. However, this is probably consensus.

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    1. "fussball.de is a better source then"---Exactly!!! :)
      Me myself had some dilemmas whether Cakir is the right name for this terrific tie...
      and, I believe that predictions are useless from now on. Anyone can get any match.
      By the way, I dont believe in conspiracy theories, however there could be a final stage change in the appoitment. After the release of the news maybe, but I dont know. We'll see

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    2. At any rate, Cakir should get the second leg match.
      And a big importance will have the score in Stamford Bridge, of course.

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    3. I am excited whether we will hear something from our Portuguese friends in the next days whether Proenca gets a 2nd leg..

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    4. Pedro is ready for Champions League final, I think.
      Collina as observer was a clear hint.

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    5. You can win much with him as observer. But you can lose much, too.

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    6. Proença won. And you know what?
      Maybe Collina after the match talked already about the (possible) final with him, giving the first suggestions. I can think that he said something like: "we are considering you for the final match of Champions League, you should BLA BLA BLA and so on..."

      :D

      Bertino Miranda was almost perfect, yes you can say that probably the match was not so difficult, no big calls, and we are accostumed to think that big calls are always important, in order to judge a referee. but I'm quite suire that Pierluigi Collina was positively impressed.

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  12. We know that formal mistakes are heavily disliked by confederations, CAF suspended Coffi Codjia after ALG-EGY, not for his weak performance, but for the fact that he did not make a headbutt on him by an Algerian player official, he did not write it in the match report. That was his biggest and last mistake.
    Was Stark's mistake to book a wrong player the reason for this? Speculation, I think no..
    The performances in CL were overall satisfying, in EL, too. Since Collina is there, everything has changed, perhaps they want that Stark focuses on EL this season, he is then a 99% candidate for the final. Anyway, it is hard to understand that Undiano and Lannoy get a CL K.O. match but Stark does not.
    It furthermore underlines that Brych is belonging to the top5 in Europe, even though he has no EURO nomination.

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    1. With Brych appointment, I'm almost sure about Mazic in a Europa League semifinal, probably first leg.

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    2. :D Mazic in a ESP-ESP tie would be colourful.

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    3. If he is on the FIFA list (and probably suggested by UEFA) we should really realize that tomorrow his name will be shown in a Europa League semifinal appointment.
      Or in a second leg match, of course.

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    4. If an ELITE Development referee should get a semifinal, then it is Královec to my mind.

      Some friendly matches under German control:

      NORWAY-ENGLAND
      Gräfe, Bornhorst, Henschel
      SWEDEN-SERBIA
      Brych, Kleve, Achmüller
      FRANCE-SERBIA
      Kircher, Häcker, Scheppe

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    5. Reading the appointments for that friendlies, I see how much EURO2012 is close, just one month and half and we will be in Poland and Ukraine.

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    6. 53 days!! (and I think something like 786 to WC 2014 :D)

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    7. Another friendly and the first international match for Felix Zwayer:
      AUSTRIA-UKRAINE
      Zwayer, Häcker, Kleve

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  13. Furthermore, I think that Mazic is going to become a UEFA Elite referee starting from june.
    Do you agree?

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    1. This doesnt fit to my understanding.
      Pavel yes! without a doubt...
      However, we have already forgotten about Schörgenhofer, Collum, Grafe: how easy?

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    2. We have not forgotten them, but UEFA's policy probably does not allow a promotion of the referees you mentioned. What did Schörgenhofer receive after the controversial red card in the PLZ-BAR match? 1 EL, Twente-Steaua. Wow..not much. Collum, difficult to evaluate, Gräfe as well after the failed tests. Kelly was good at Schalke-Plzen, but he did not get anything either.

      My bets:
      OUT: Blom, Meyer, Benquerenca
      IN: Mazic, Královec, Gräfe

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    3. petschovschi16/4/12 16:07

      As far as I know Mazic was not in charge in a Champions league game until now.
      Do you think that a referee will be promoted to Elite without a game in Champions league? I think not.
      In this order I don't think that we will see Mazic in Elite in june. Also i don't think that Mazic will receive a SF in Europa League.

      P.S: about the possible promotions in june:
      - Kralovec in Elite (almost sure I would say)
      - Vad (and maybe Hategan) in Elite Development (but I'm not sure)

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    4. About that, I'm still wondering why UEFA did not allow Mazic to make his debut in Champions League group stage.
      Stavrev was allowed but then where is he now?
      I think that UEFA should consider this situation.

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    5. petschovschi16/4/12 16:24

      Stavrev (and few other guys like Aydinus, Borski etc.) failed the fitness test in Antalya in january.
      As far as I remember someone here mentioned this fact at that time.

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    6. I know, the meaning of my words was different.
      I wanted to say that, even though Stavrev got his first CL match, then he was forced to a stop due to the failed tests.
      So, what is the reason of Mazic without a Champions League match, now?
      I don't remember so big mistakes in his Europa League matches.

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    7. I wouldn't have expected Mazic to be promoted to Elite yet, but seeing his name on the prospective list for 2014 makes me think otherwise. Kralovec is an obvious case, I'm sure he will be promoted.
      I assume that Benquerença and Blom will loose Elite status. Maybe Gräfe will replace Meyer.
      In my opinion the main candidates for promotion to Elite development are Manuel Sousa and Istvan Vad.

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    8. @ Chefren: have you seen Udinese-AZ?

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    9. Hagen would be an alternative (instead of Mazic). Královec' and his 4th appointment for EURO could also indicate the promotion (?)

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    10. Yes Niclas, he did a mistake giving the card to a wrong player, after the penalty.
      Do you think that it was a big mistake? UEFA will suspend him?
      At any rate, he was corrected by players (or assistants, I don't remember) a few later.


      By the way, do you really think that Stark it's out from CL knockout stage, due to his wrong card showed in Milan-Barcellona?
      It would be an exaggerate decision.

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  14. This is a fully deserved appointment. Felix Brych was excellent this season, but I thought rather about Europa League semi-final's second leg than Champions League. Again, UEFA surprised me with appointments. My wish is Wolfgang Stark for Europa League final, but I remember fantastic Frank de Bleeckere who deserved to be in CL/EL final and never got it...

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  15. jonas eriksson for sporting-bilbao and thomson for atletico-valencia

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    1. Good for Eriksson, but for Thomson it seems less deserved.
      Anyway he has to referee because he will be in Ukraine and Poland, that's why.

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    2. It seems that the additional assistant referees in every Thomson appointment are always different. Why? Where is Euan Norris?

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  16. Anonymous17/4/12 11:06

    what do you think about the down grade about Benquerença,,
    its amazing...
    after the world championship he seems to bo very the future,,
    thank you;

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    1. I think that the injury was a big problem for him, anyway before that, his last performance in Napoli was not so good. A penalty whistled was wrong.
      Now I'm wondering about the nwe categories. Is a injury a good reason to put him out from Elite? Maybe not at all. A so long-time and experienced referee with a World Cup (as you wrote) in which we shoed anyway good performance and was almost pefect in the quarterfinal Uruguay-Ghana.
      I don't know, but I'm going to think that he will be kept in Elite category.

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  17. I think he has announced his retirement in February ?!

    @ Chefren: I already said it in the comment, I do not think that the card mistake has meant Stark's end in this CL season.

    Pls wait 2 hours next time. This is a CL thread, not EL. We have three discussions then and nobody can have the total overview :S

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  18. Anonymous17/4/12 15:16

    what do you think about french referees?

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    1. One may not generalize. Which referee?

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  19. An excellent Webb so far, but the 1-0 was IMO offside.

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    1. Yes agreed, he was really good with calls, cards very reasonable.
      However, for offside I dont know... Yes, he is blocking the visual angle of Iker, but doesnt act...The rule should become easier.

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    2. A quite different second half. He bacame inconsistent with fouls. He ignored some brutal fouls to RM players. Ramos's card was a pink IMO...Rejecting penalty appeals was ok for me.

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  20. I don't agree with "excellent". Maybe I'm a bit fussy when I watch Webb, but I find always something weird. He often tries to avoid cards, he is too lenient. Never a red card, and this evening I saw many bad fouls.
    There were some controversial calls, I will explain everything in my report.
    It will be a very difficult work to prepare.
    About offside: yes, the problem is the stupid rule. If we read strictly the laws, it was a irregular goal. But in the last times here in Italy referees are trying to let the game flow as far as possible when a player in offside doesn't touch the ball.

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  21. Generally speaking, Webb was pretty good throughout IMO. BUT:
    Marcelo in the final minute... Why oh why doesn't he send him off? On TV (both in real time and on the replays) it looked like THE example of violent conduct, one which is shown to beginning referees. Of course, we have a different angle but AR Child was right on top! I'm a big fan of Howard Webb and I think he could have done much worse in this match, but personally I find this call simply inexplicable. What are your views?

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    1. And then I even fail to mention Ramos' foul, which is also easily punishable by a red card...

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    2. Both were red cards, this is Howard Webb style and this is also the reason for which I really don't like him.

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  22. Mohammed Abdul Fattah17/4/12 23:13

    Webb today out of this form at all , there is clear penalty call for Rebery in the first half ,however he gone in very long discussion with the players after every foul. Moreover I think Mercello has to be sent off for his violent conduct towards Muller.

    Webb - 70

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    1. Penalty for Ribery in this situation? Come on, with AlGhamdi-style perhaps, but pls, it is more likely a dive than a PK

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    2. Al Ghamdi style: every contact is a foul, well said Niclas.
      You are totally right :)

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  23. And ones again (I agree with Chefren) Webb showed what I dislike, that afraid style in which he does not want to make decisions, the red card was clear, is one of those play action that are showed in the first ref class as red card, but its Webb I did not expercted more of him....

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  24. Once again Webb was weak. He is a referee that is afraid to make difficult decisions. This is the main reason I dislike him. He is definitely overrated and specially after the dreadful WC final he should retire IMO. Poor performance.

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  25. I do not see where he was poor.
    Many calls were good, I liked many aspects about his style, but there were many calls which were bad and many aspects that I disliked. Average performance.
    The first half was excellent in my opinion, because the players accepted his style after some fouls.
    To my mind, Robben's yellow was dark as well. Marcelo must be off without any doubt. This small monkey is known for that, obviously, Webb did not want (!) to send anyone off in a semifinal. Ramos yellow card was - according to Webb's measures, still yellow, but I would have issued the red one. About possible penalty kicks: one time, there was a sliding tackle by Ramos, who played clearly the ball, Gomez cried like a kid, but he was right! Ramos made a fair tackle, but the other defender not, it was a foul in the end (no idea about minute, have to look it up).
    Stephen Child, I have praised him so often, but today I have no chance to do that. He should have told Webb that Marcelo has to be off, then the offside goal. I think it is a 50-50 decision after having watched it again, but Luiz Gustavo clearly pulls up his leg which might have irritated Casillas.

    We may not forget one aspect: Superb match, open result for the 2nd leg, no time for a Cakir experiment at all. If the Turkish gets a 2nd leg, it should have been an already decided one. But on the other hand...performance principle does not care about that.
    And: the match difficulty, Chefren, I recommend you to set it onto 100. I think we should say that a minimum for this stage of the competition is 80, it was intense for 90 minutes, so a 100 might be adequate.

    My marks will be about (have to watch it once again):
    Control 25%: 70
    Calls 30%: 50
    Style 25%: 70
    Neutrality 10%: 80
    Difficulty 10%: 100
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    68,0

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    1. Forgot one aspect: good to give the fouls Ribery provoked, but not to caution Arbeloa. There were contacts which he had to whistle, but not in this dramatical way the small French performed.

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    2. I'm going to change immediatly the match difficulty.

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    3. Ok good, I agree by 99% with your report

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  26. I had to change also "Calls" because Webb was going to reach anyway a too high mark, after what he showed.
    Do you know a thing, Niclas? Maybe we focus too much on minor aspects, and the mark is influenced. I think, just to make an example, that at this level every referee has an acceptable style and leadership on the pitch.
    Do you understand what I mean? Sometimes the mark for a wrong and important call, is "hidden" by other marks. Anyway, we have this pattern and I have nothing to say, it's ok. We have to consider every aspect of a referee.
    But tell me, what about the probably penalty in second half?
    Do you think Coentrao tackle on Gomez was fair?
    Many, many doubts. I had to watch it again and again.
    Sergio Ramos, for sure, was going to catch the ball, anyway.

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    1. I know what you mean, and our system differs from UEFA in this field. I think we have seen a paramount example yesterday of how a refereeing style and approach can influence a match. I think that it is therefore important. We can argue about the percentages. For EURO 2012, I suggest to make calls on 40 or 50%, in a tournaments, calls are the most important.
      To my mind, as you said, Ramos was a good tackle, Coentrao's was foul --> penalty.

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    2. Ttally right what you have said about EURO2012.
      We know the 12 refeeres, so I think we will have to pay extremely attention to the calls, more than what we are doing now.
      Yes, 40 or maybe 50% could be a right percentage.
      Even more in the knockout stage, calls will be crucial for the destiny of a team, I'm glad that you have totally understood.

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  27. Anonymous18/4/12 17:54

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  28. Hi everybody !

    Just tell me what de you think about the French Referee, Stéphane LANNOY ??

    Thnaks for your answer.

    Bye

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    1. I think it's a good one but he has got no chance to be referee for an anyway final.

      And you, what do you think about SL ?

      Cheers

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    2. This site does not need a registration.

      I think it would be presumptous to evaluate a referee from my position. I can only say whether I like his style, whether I think that his performances are good or not good. To my mind, he was subject to political decisions. How many CL games had he refereed when he was selected? 5. No comment on his both performances in South Africa.
      After WC 2010 - except Milan-Tottenham - I think that he had many good matches, I however do not watch Ligue 1 so that I can only deal with my impressions received on international level.

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  29. I think, yesterday's performance of Webb was difficult to evaluate, but I agree mostly with Niclas and Chefren. I would have give slightly weaker marks in control and style. In the second half, the control wasn't good anymore, he had to give overall nine cards, although he was lenient in the beginning. Generally, he allowed too many protests. Most of the difficult calls can't be completely solved. The Ribery-situation was a possible penalty, but it was better not to award him, the Gomez-situation was difficult to see, I'm not sure even seeing the slow motion, so no accusation here. Marcelo should have got a red card, Robben and Ramos could have, but yellow was still OK.
    His assessment of tacklings was not the best, because he was lenient in general, but then he whistled for some minor contacts. We may not forget Boateng's handball after a Ronaldo free kick in the first half.
    His style of doing warnings and bookings is very special. Actually, I like referees to be communicative, instead of just showing the card, but yesterday Webb was on the borderline to self-staging. He should not allow the players to touch him so much. Furthermoren he didn't keep up this style, but just showed the cards without words in the end.
    But all this is criticism on a high level, because the match was extremely difficult to referee.

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  30. On another subject; I had a discussion with a journalist on Twitter whether Felix Brych is a banker or a lawyer. I seem to recall he is a doctor in law, but the journalist says he works at the Bayerische Landesbank. Niclas, as you seem to know a lot about especially German referees, could you help me on this one?

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  31. He helps this bank as jurist ;)

    Brych with a nearly perfect performance IMO. No penalty for my taste right, very good communication and approach, but. There is a but. Terry must be off, Pickel can see it, Meyer must see it. Borsch with excellent and ultra-difficult offside calls, all right (except from minute 3). Keep this level, Felix, and ignore Drogba who is performing bad theatre so far.

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    1. The missed offside on keepeer longball could have been a serious problem.
      Borsch was also lucky.
      ;)

      I think that Brysh is doing better than Chelsea-Napoli, really better, especially about Drogba. I think also that his observer in Chelsea-Napoli (I don't remember his name, sorry) was able to explain how to do in that cases.

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    2. Just a great performance so far. Every single call seems to be correct. Very tight flags with all correct except the first one (maybe that was due to lack of concentration of first minutes)

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  32. Wow, after that match, with the Chelsea win, I think we will watch a superb match on tuesday at Camp Nou.
    Cüneyt Çakır?

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    1. Hmm, a quite difficult question....
      But one thing is obvious:
      Referee should be very careful about Drogba. Nothing else

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    2. Mohammed Abdul Fattah18/4/12 23:26

      Today Brych was very talent. I think there is no time for Cuneyt Çakır because this will be very tight match in Camp Nou. Might be Rizzoli with deserved appointment or Kassai.

      Brych Mark ::::

      Control 90
      Calls 85
      Style 90
      Neutrality 85
      Match difficulty 90

      Final Mark - 88

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  33. For me, Kassai and Rizzoli MUST be used in an attempt to keep up this incredibly high standard of refereeing from the first legs!!!

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  34. Your comments to Brych?
    Mine: mark 90.

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    1. Excellent, even more if compared to Chelsea-Napoli (I don't know too much about APOEL-Real because I didn't watch that match).
      Anyway:

      MATCH DIFFICULTY: Yes it was the semifinal Chelsea-Barcellona, but finally appeared not so difficult as we expected (and we have also to recognize that Bayern-Real was more difficult for Webb). So, 90 and not 100. I don't know if you agree, Niclas.
      CONTROL: 90
      CALLS: 80 I think that the big mistake was the missed offside in the third minute, but luckily without any consequence. Felix Brych was able to judge every situation and I think that the penalty wanted by Barça was not such. Excellent job with Drogba and his simulations. He was respected on the pitch.
      STYLE: 80
      NEUTRALITY: 90


      FINAL MARK: 84,50

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    2. I agree. Top class performance by Felix Brych. It's a shame that they didn't send him to EURO instead of Stark.

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    3. Congratulations to Felix Brych!

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    4. I have thought about it again and I think that this was - considering everything (!), the match background, the match importance itself as a semifinal, the atmosphere, the difficult early stage of the match - the best CL performance in this season.
      He showed respect - he was respected. He made spot-on calls (except minute 13 Terry, perhaps red card), he had very good assistant refs and never made the impression that he could have suffered in his authority. Great, as he is my favourite referee, I am not objective, but I am glad that everyone saw his skills. Having seen him from 2nd Bundesliga to this level, it is amazing. Webb can be grateful that Brych showed this worldclass performance (am I wrong when calling it like that?), I forgot his performance for a while. Brych was by far better, ok, one cannot compare matches.

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  35. Mohammed Abdul Fattah21/4/12 10:59

    Here below is My Predictions regarding CL and EL for next week and final:-

    Champions League

    Real - Bayern : Kassai
    Barcelona - Chelsea: Rizzoli( Deserved )

    Final: Proenca or Stark
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    Europa League

    Bilbao - Sporting : Skomina
    Valencia - Atletiko: Kuipers

    Final: Cakir or Brych( Deserved )

    Are you are guys ?????? I hope to have your comments on the above. ( Niclas,Chefren, Carlos and Pascal )

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    1. Rizzoli for UCL final

      Brych for UEL final

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  36. Mohammed Abdul Fattah21/4/12 11:02

    Are you agree guys ?????? I hope to have your comments on the above. ( Niclas,Chefren, Carlos and Pascal )

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  37. Hello Mohammed Abdul Fattah,

    I agree, for the most of your predictions.
    Here you can read mine:

    http://footballrefereeing.blogspot.it/2012/04/uefa-europa-league-semifinals.html#comment-form


    that is:

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    Champions League semifinals: Kassai (of course) and Rizzoli. Rizzoli Barcellona and Kassai Real.

    Europa League semifinals: Skomina and Moen (here it's more difficult to choose the match for each referee)

    Champions League final: Pedro Proença (at any rate, with whatever team)

    Europa League final: Cuneyt Cakir

    I'm sorry for Wolfgang Stark. We will see him in EURO2012.

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  38. Kassai and Rizzoli would be good choices, but I do not trust that. After all the surprises, there is still a chance for Cakir.
    Pls wait with final predictions after next Tuesday when all the appts are known! A final prediction thread will follow next Thursday, please wait until it is online.
    No German team in a competition next week according to fussball.de.

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  39. It's difficult to make semi-final predictions without speculating who may be in chrage for the final.

    Kassai and Rizzoli would be logical choices for the CL second leg, but then again there are those rumours about Cakir. It's even harder to tell for EL. Lannoy and Skomina might be there.

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    1. Moen never had a EL match in the last 2 years (that is why he is not thus good in the referee ranking which I updated yesterday!). He is nonetheless a candidate I guess. Lannoy had a quarterfinal, if yes, it must be Bilbao-Sporting. It is so hard..

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  40. Cakir fo barca chelsea

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