April 3, 2012

UEFA Europa League - QF - Appointments (II)


Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) in charge of Athletic Bilbao - FC Schalke 04 (c) GETTY IMAGES


Valencia CF
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AZ Alkmaar
MATCH FACTS: Thursday, 05 April 2012, 21:05, Estádio Mestalla, Valencia, Spain
Referee
Pável Kralovec
CZE

Assistant Referee 1
Martin Wilczek
CZE

Assistant Referee 2
Antonin Kordula
CZE

Fourth Official
Libor Kovarik
CZE

Additional Assistant Referee 1
Miroslav Zelinka
CZE

Additional Assistant Referee 2
Radek Prihoda
CZE

UEFA Delegate
Rudolf Zavrl
SVN

UEFA Referee Observer
Peter Mikkelsen
DEN










Athletic Bilbao
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FC Schalke 04
MATCH FACTS: Thursday, 05 April 2012, 21:05, San Mámes, Bilbao, Spain
Referee
Nicola Rizzoli
ITA

Assistant Referee 1
Renato Faverani
ITA

Assistant Referee 2
Andrea Stefani
ITA

Fourth Official
Luca Banti
ITA

Additional Assistant Referee 1
Paolo Tagliavento
ITA

Additional Assistant Referee 2
Andrea de Marco
ITA

UEFA Delegate
Roland Tis
BEL

UEFA Referee Observer
Francesco Bianchi
SUI










Hannover 96
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Atlético Madrid
MATCH FACTS: Thursday, 05 April 2012, 21:05, AWD Arena, Hannover, Germany
Referee
Mark Clattenburg
ENG

Assistant Referee 1
Mike Mullarkey
ENG

Assistant Referee 2
Stephen Child
ENG

Fourth Official
Mike Dean
ENG

Additional Assistant Referee 1
Anthony Taylor
ENG

Additional Assistant Referee 2
Andre Marriner
ENG

UEFA Delegate
Stanislaw Speczik
POL

UEFA Referee Observer
Marc Batta
FRA










Metalist
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Sporting
MATCH FACTS: Thursday, 05 April 2012, 21:05, Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv, Ukraine
Referee
William Collum
SCO

Assistant Referee 1
Derek Rose
SCO

Assistant Referee 2
Alasdair Ross
SCO

Fourth Official
Robert Madden
SCO

Additional Assistant Referee 1
Euan Norris
SCO

Additional Assistant Referee 2
Steven McLean
SCO

UEFA Delegate
Cristian Bivolaru
ROU

UEFA Referee Observer
Iouri Baskakov
RUS










53 Comments:

  1. Nicla, I'm really surprised. Many things to explain: three NOT EURO 2012 referees and Rizzoli in the only match that is already decided.
    Well done UEFA...

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    1. Královec and Rizzoli are reasonable choices. I would have preferred Webb instead of Clattenburg.
      Perhaps Thomson is injured? The appointment was perhaps already made and so they just switched Collum from the AAR1 spot to the referee spot? No idea, but UEFA cannot mean his appointment seriously if an injury is not the reason. Both prior matches of Collum were below 70 level, the Hannover match even far below.

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    2. I think that Thomson is out for his mistake, not injuried.
      Take into account that UEFA had to change his decision (red card), so it should be impossible to see him again on the pitch so soon.

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    3. That's why I simply cannot understand why UEFA is publishing the EURO refs in December. Why did not they wait? Now, Moen would have had more chances. What will UEFA do with Thomson in Poland/Ukraine? After no match (as it appears) as preparation, one match at the finals and then adieu? That cannot be the reason for the intense work of the last 2 years. Either they support him to cope with the heavy mistake (this would mean giving him immediately further matches, as DFB is applying this policy), or they should delete him from the list of EURO 2012.

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  2. By the way, Collum, always Collum, I don't know what UEFA sees in this referee.
    Maybe this was a appointment for Thomson, but... I'm not satisfied.
    Really not.
    Anyway, Kralovec deserved this appointment with a great performance in his last match, Lazio-Atletico.

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    1. Hannover-Liège was also spot-on from him.

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    2. Are you happy with Rizzoli?
      It's the EURO2012 team, but without Rocchi.

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    3. I am not happy with the appointment because I thought Schalke would keep its clean slate with Rizzoli, Faverani and Stefani, clear victories in UCL last year under their control, now, we get them again and will probably lose 1-4 or so...UEFA must consider Schalke very highly since last year (Lannoy, Kelly, Thomson, Kassai, Proenca, Rizzoli).

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    4. Anonymous3/4/12 14:37

      Hah, I wasn't happy about Kralovec's Lazio - Atletico performance, just too inconsistent and not good style to that kind of match... - Qudamah H. Nader

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    5. I think that it was anyway a not so challenging match.
      For sure, Kralovec is really better than Collum

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  3. Anonymous3/4/12 12:36

    I don't think that Craig Thomson is injured, he just handled Motherwell - Rangers last Saturday.

    Kind regards from Vienna,
    Peter

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  4. Anonymous3/4/12 14:35

    Not, he didn't handled it. Official appointment was changed on the same matchday. Iain Robertson Brines replaced him, so it seems to be injury... - Qudamah H. Nader

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  5. Do you think that Milorad Mazic could be a chance for a semifinal?

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    1. Anonymous14/4/12 00:42

      http://www.scribd.com/carlosalcedo94/d/89286937-2014FWC-REFEREES-Open-List-RefCo-March2012-1p
      HMMM ...

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  6. I am speechless. The appointments are weird. 2 ED referees and 1 recently promoted to Elite and the only decided match goes to Rizzoli (my personally best referee). Something is not good.

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  7. Metalist - Sporting

    UEFA Delegate Cornel Cristian Bivolaru (ROU)
    UEFA Referee observer Iouri Baskakov (RUS)

    Another weird thing. Iouri Baskakov was Referee's observer 3 weeks ago at Olympiakos - Metalist and now again he has Metalist. UEFA should be more careful.

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    1. Where is the problem between Baskakov and Metalist? Russia - Ukraine?
      I don't think that Baskakov should be interested in the teams, but just in the referee's performance.

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    2. I just said that he was observer in another Metalist match 3 weeks ago. Just that.

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  8. Francesco Bianchi from Switzerland to observe Rizzoli and Peter Mikkelsen (DEN) for Kralovec.

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  9. Athletic Club de Bilbao - Schalke

    UEFA Delegate Roland Tis (BEL)
    UEFA Referee observer Francesco Bianchi (SUI)

    Valencia - Alkmaar

    UEFA Delegate Rudolf Zavrl (SVN)
    UEFA Referee observer Peter Mikkelsen (DEN)

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  10. And finally

    Hannover - Atletico

    UEFA Delegate Stanisław Speczik (POL)
    UEFA Referee observer Marc Batta (FRA)

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  11. Marc Batta for Clattenburg, this is the most important observer.

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  12. The observers tell us everything.
    I think they should have promoted Královec first, but ELITE should be for sure after EURO 2012. Blom out, Meyer out, Královec promoted and another one, too. Mazic? Collum? Kelly?

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  13. The categories will be changed before the day before the CL final. My guess is Blom will be out but don't know about others. Kralovec seems a fair bet for promotion.

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    1. Anonymous3/4/12 15:52

      We have Tagliavento, now probably Kralovec. I say no for such inconsistent referees in Elite. - Qudamah H. Nader

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    2. Tagliavento is not always spot on, that is right, but Královec? I am surprised.
      Meyer hopefully replaced by Gräfe then.

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    3. Anonymous3/4/12 16:00

      Yes, Kralovec is extremely inconsistent in disciplinary measures and foul detection to my mind. The same with Tagliavento. I don't like referees, which haven't any criteria to evaluate a foul play and are inconsistent in card policy. That is dangerous in every match - Qudamah H. Nader

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    4. UEFA seems to like certain referees. Kralovec, Tagliavento (probably because of Collina) and even Blom.

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    5. Anonymous3/4/12 16:08

      Yes, unfortunately yes. I am curious about one thing - Nikolaev was able to handle Champions League semi-final last season and now is absolutely out of everything. On the other side, Blom was extremely weak last season and he is still Elite. I didn't see any reason to degrade Blom to 1st category now, because that season is better for him - Qudamah H. Nader

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    6. Not the entire season. Remember Scotland - Czech Republic last September. Was that an Elite performance? Absolutely not.

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    7. Anonymous3/4/12 16:18

      Ah, Scotland - Czech was in this season? Sorry, but after that was promotions or not? - Qudamah

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    8. The match was at the 1st half of the season. Promotions were made at December.

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    9. Anonymous3/4/12 16:27

      So now it isn't any reason to degrade him - Qudamah

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    10. Where did Nikolaev receive a semifinal pls? He had a round of 16 match and that was terrible.

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    11. Maybe he meant that he was just a candidate, and now it seems that it's out even from the Europa League group stage...

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    12. Oh ok. I can totally understand UEFA in the Nikolaev case, but then they should have removed Blom from the list, too, but Mr Uilenberg probably did not want that.

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    13. Anonymous3/4/12 17:28

      Yes, I meant he was taken into consideration. And yes, he was terrible in all matches which I watched. Absolutely correct UEFA removed him, but for me Blom is to weak for Elite too (as Tagliavento) - Qudamah

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  14. It's not something completely new. Before the WC 2010, in the last stages of the Europa League, there was only Kassai with a quarterfinal. All the other quarterfinals, semifinals and the final were given to referees, who didn't travel to South Africa. (Many of them are now participating at the EURO)

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  15. Maybe, we should leave away the idea of EURO-referees. I may understand the appoitments, then. Dont forget that last year Gummieny, Collum, Tagliavento had 1/4s as PD referees. Before that, Cakir got a 1/2 as PD. UEFA pushes such kinds of performances. Most probably they think Webb, Kassai, and such guys do not need more tests...

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  16. Promotions and demotions are being decided based on the entire season. Not just 1 half. Furthermore Blom got only 1 match at K.O. Rounds. So there is still reason for demotion.

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    1. Anonymous3/4/12 16:32

      OK, I didn't know. But Sporting Braga - Olympiakos was excellent by him - Qudamah

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    2. You mean Braga - Besiktas. I don't know, didn't watch the match.

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    3. Anonymous3/4/12 16:40

      Yeah, Braga - Besiktas of course ;) - Qudamah

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    4. http://footballrefereeing.blogspot.de/p/wofr-referee-ranking-uefa.html

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  17. Anonymous5/4/12 08:55

    who yout hink will get semifinals in europa league?

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  18. Rizzoli with a very good performance, but the 2-2 of Bilbao was clear offside. Was close, contrary movements, but Stefani could/should have seen it.

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  19. I have doubts about Metalist penalty by Collum.
    What do you think?

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  20. The defender seems to have his hand at the back of the Metalist player. He seems to push him. Difficult occasion camera isn't so clear. I tend to agree with Collum. He sees the defender's intention.

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    1. Right, there are not so clear images and cameras. But I have done some caps:, take a look here:
      http://img176.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=702703116_1_122_145lo.jpg

      I think that the hand of the defender on the back of his opponent is too weak to justify a such fall. It seems clear that Metalist player was jumping to hit the ball, and he did (almost) everything alone. I would not like to whistle that penalty, not seeing a so clear foul.
      In Italy there is an infraction called "bridge" (in italian: "ponte") that I have never understood so much. If a player jump, why the referee has to whistle foul to the opponent, that is often below him?

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  21. My guess is that Collum was advised by his AAR 1 (Euan Norris) to give the penalty.

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