26 May 2012

2014 World Cup prospective list of referees - CONCACAF zone

In the history of FIFA World Cups, the Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean Association Football (for short: CONCACAF) has remarkably often made big achievements with regard to officiating.

Paramount examples of that are not merely Mexican referees Benito Archundia, Marco Rodriguez and the Guatemalan Carlos Batres, who joined two World Cups each, but do also exist in deeper history taking into account the final referee of 1990 FIFA World Cup Italy, Mexican official Edgardo Codesal Mendez.
Edgardo Codesal Mendez (c.) (c) TARINGA
Mexico is along with New Zealand and Uruguay the only country that is allowed to supply two referees at a World Cup in recent history. As FIFA is applying the "confederation neutrality principle", which means a referee is only allowed to oversee matches if either no team or both teams are belonging to his own confederation. The time when UEFA officials like Luis Medina Cantalejo or Lubos Michel refereed important World Cup clashes of e.g. Germany or France against South American teams, is definitely over and FIFA will probably continue this precept at the next World Cups as well. 7 out of 8 teams that joined the semifinals at the last two World Cups belonged to the UEFA zone, only Uruguay were an exception. But, what if there are two semifinals with European-South American ties in 2014? Who will referee these matches then? For this reason, the importance or more likely the need of excellent referees from every confederation are immense.  The AFC referees have been very strong at the last World Cup, especially Ravshan Irmatov and Yuichi Nishimura. CONCACAF and the others have to follow.

FIFA has selected a total amount of seven officials from this confederation, who are on the list now. From the first list, which contained ten names, only Raymond Bogle (Jamaica), Walter Quesada (Costa Rica) and Enrico Wijngaarde (Suriname) have been removed.
The still remaining referees' chances should be analyzed in the following, whereas it must be emphasized that it is not totally clear how many officials will be selected per the respective federation. In 2010, the "minor confederations" AFC, CAF and CONCACAF were allowed to pose four officials each, including one solely acting as fourth official (3+1; CAF only had three due to Benouza's injury). The South American zone, CONMEBOL, was presented by five referees plus a fourth official (5+1). Besides, the Ecuadorian Carlos Vera and the Arabian Ali Albadwawi, who are both on the pre list, too, have stated that their confederations will pose seven officials (6+1), respectively five officials (4+1). In fact, that is one official more each, which could mean that also five CONCACAF officials will be nominated.

Having functioned as fourth official at 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, Salvadoran official Joel Aguilar has gained plenty of reputation during the last two seasons, especially in 2011, when he oversaw the Gold Cup final between the United States and Mexico and refereed the first leg of the Champions League final as well. The nomination for 2011 FIFA Club World Japan followed then, he oversaw a semifinal there. Before 2010, he had taken charge of matches at 2007 FIFA U17 World Cup Canada.
Born in 1975, he has quite a lot of experience to offer for his still young age. At the moment, he seems to be by far CONCACAF's no.1. Along with his excellent and young assistant referees William Torres Mejia (1975) and Juan Francisco Zumba (1982), he should be actually a very safe bet for the final list of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

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Another talent that is heavily pushed by CONCACAF and FIFA is the Guatemalan Walter Lopez Castellanos (l.), who has certainly the theoretical chance to follow in the steps of the already mentioned two times World Cup official Carlos Batres.
Two reasons reinforce that: apart from being 33 years old at the time, when the World Cup will be held, mentioned Carlos Batres is joining the FIFA Referee Committee and it is surely no disadvantage to have a countryman behind oneself. In addition, his prospective assistant referees are very strong. Alongside Walter's brother, Gerson Lopez Castellanos, an eagle eye concerning offside decisions, the two times World Cup assistant referee and - if a ranking for assistant referees existed - the probably best North- and Central American assistant referee from Costa Rica, Leonel Leal, is another very good reason for nominating this trio, since I personally cannot imagine that latter will have to stay at home.
Lopez Castellanos joined last year's FIFA U20 World Cup Colombia and showed, taking everything into consideration, good performances in mostly high profile matches. He has also arrived at the peak of refereeing in CONCACAF competitions, underlined by his appointment for (and good performance in) the Gold Cup semifinal between Honduras and Mexico in 2011.

After these two Central American trios, the next official from the Southern part of this region follows. The Panamamian Roberto Moreno (r.) is certainly, despite of all the quality and class he surely has, the alleged outsider of this group of seven. This has its reason in the fact that on the one hand other federations have  more power and influence on the Committee and its decisions and on the other hand that the Panamanian league is assuredly not as challenging and professional as the American or the Mexican leagues. 
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Anyway, a very good duo of assistant referees have been prospectively appointed: 1977 born Daniel Williamson from Panama, also one of the best assistant referees in CONCACAF with a large international experience, and 1980 born Keytzel Corrales from Nicaragua will assist him, latter has already joined 2011 FIFA U17 World Cup at Elmer Bonilla's side.
He has joined six Gold Cups and was in charge of 13 World Cup qualifiers so far. In 2011, he refereed the 2nd leg of the Champions League final. Moreno also participated in 2008 Olympic Games China and 2010 FIFA Club World Cup (both times along with Williamson), where he received one match each. Based on the international experience, Moreno is therefore along with Mexican referee Rodriguez the number 1. The question is to what extent FIFA will be interested in his palmarès. His performances at the most important Gold Cup matches were very good by the way. Invitations to more competitions should clarify his quality on FIFA level, unfortunately, he has not received an Olympic call-up.

After this, there are still two nations that are both offering two officials each.
The US American refereeing have to cope with a sobering statistic: they did not pose any referee at the last two World Cups (except Kevin Stott as fourth official in 2006). Even though the USA had never been the biggest referee nation, it was certainly a reason for more development. The result of that is clear: two Americans are on the short list for 2014 World Cup.
Jair Marrufo, born in 1977, living in El Paso, Texas, and being the son of a former Mexican referee, has already a lot of international experience: After having participated in 2008 Olympic Games, he also received two Gold Cup call-ups, where he handled one match both times.
His regular assistant referee Charles Morgante will moreover not accompany Marrufo at a possible World Cup. Eric Boria from the United States and the Jamaican Ricardo Morgan, who has a large international experience and worked along with Marrufo at 2008 Olympic Games, too, are the new assistant referees.
In addition to this, he was observed by witnesses accepting a jersey of the Mexican player Blanco after the match. Due to his Mexican roots and probably this incident, too, he may not handle any Mexican team again, of course this is a disadvantage. Furthermore, he was suspended by the American federation for poor performances in 2009/10 and was subsequently removed from FIFA's prospective list of referees for 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.
His chances hence seem to be the smallest of all the officials, bolstered by the fact that FIFA seems to have taken a fancy to Mark Geiger. Latter had been nominated for 2011 FIFA U20 World Cup and refereed four matches in Colombia including the final between Brazil and Portugal. One could receive split impressions from him, after all, he proved to be a reliable referee. Mark Hurd from the United States and the Canadian Joe Fletcher complete his team, which worked at the U20 World Cup in this form as well. As former top class assistant referee Hector Vergara of Canada, who is holding the record of World Cup matches as assistant referee (14), is now joining FIFA Referee Committee, he might push his countryman Fletcher in a remarkable way.
Geiger and his assistant referees received a call-up for 2012 Olympic Games London and thus get the chance to cement their leading position "against" Marrufo's team.

Mexico's Marco Rodriguez (r.), widely better known as "Chiquidracula", has as already mentioned joined two World Cups, where he oversaw two Group Stage matches both times and issued four red cards in these four matches. He must be seen as card happy referee, who certainly enjoys being in the middle of attention to a certain extent. This became clear when he had issued two yellow cards at the same time in last year's Mexican final. As consequence, he was suspended by the federation, as he abused the normal function of a referee. His strengths are probably the technical area and his presence, even though one really has to say that control was not really assured in his previous World Cup clashes. Until now, he has also joined four Gold Cups in the United States (in 2011, he was in charge of a semifinal there).
(c) ZIMBIO
In addition to this, he has refereed an enormous amount of 15 World Cup qualifiers in CONCACAF zone, he sent eleven players off in these ties. 2007 FIFA Club World Cup and 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup Egypt count to his international palmarès as well. At South Africa's World Cup, he accompanied Benito Archundia in the third-place match between Uruguay and Germany.
Born in 1973, he still could reach two World Cups. His chances are difficult to evaluate, in particular due to the immense dents he suffered during the last two years.
Doubts have to be raised whether he will attend 2014 FIFA World Cup, which is intensified by his rising countryman Roberto García, who participated in 2011 FIFA U17 World Cup in his home country. He there officiated five matches, three of them with Brazilian involvement including their loss in the third-place match against Germany. In the first four matches, one could receive a flawless impression of this referee, unfortunately, he blatantly fell for an obvious dive in the last match of the competition. At this competition, he was accompanied by Alejandro Ayala and Marcos Quintero.
His international experience is naturally not that large as his countryman's one. In 2009, he had refereed one match at Gold Cup, before he took control over the 2nd leg of the Mexican league final in April 2012 between Santos Laguna and Monterrey. He will be one of 16 referees at 2012 Olympic Games London.
Besides, he appeared as calm and more likely lenient referee in his only FIFA tournament so far - contrary to Rodriguez.
There is one point which could define or indicate a tendency exposing FIFA's preference between these two Mexicans: the assistant referees.
Mexico's no.1 (c) Femexfut
While José Camargo (l.) (1973) and Alberto Morín (1980) accompanied Rodriguez at 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa (Camargo also assisted him at 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany), these best Mexican assistant referees will prospectively assist García. At the same time, the also experienced Marvin Torrentera (1971) and Marcos Quintero (1973) will be at Rodriguez' side. Torrentera was Archundia's second assistant referee in 2010.
This move must mean something. It seems to be a strong signal for García, but not necessarily one against Rodriguez. As Mexico had two referees at the last World Cups each, why not this time as well? I cannot imagine that FIFA is going to ignore a two times World Cup referee.
For this reason, I undoubtfully expect two Mexican referees.


Taking everything into account, one has again to lay emphasis on the importance of political decisions. It is quite sure that Mexican or American officials will have - in case of doubt - more arguments for a potential nomination. Despite of the fact that pending tournaments like the Olympic Games, the Club World Cups and the youth tournaments will make the so far received impressions clearer, there is already a tendency which can be drawn and which is embodied by the results of the recently done poll in this blog, which is naturally not representative.

The community of this blog would select the following five officials (4+1) for the next World Cup from CONCACAF zone (in chronological order in compliance with the descending amount of received votes, the percentage of all the votes in brackets [ ] ):

1. Joel Aguilar (SLV) - William Torres Mejía (SLV), Juan Francisco Zumba (SLV) [ 88% ]
2. Mark Geiger (USA) - Mark Hurd (USA), Joe Fletcher (CAN) [ 73% ]
3. Roberto García (MEX) - José Camargo (MEX), Alberto Morín (MEX) [ 61% ]
4. Walter Lopez Castellanos (GUA) - Leonel Leal (CRC), Gerson Lopez Castellanos (GUA) [ 50% ]
4. Marco Rodriguez (MEX) - Marvin Torrentera (MEX), Marcos Quintero (MEX) [ 50% ]
6. Roberto Moreno (PAN) - Daniel Williamson (PAN), Keytzel Corrales (NCA) [ 38% ]
7. Jair Marrufo (USA) - Eric Boria (USA), Ricardo Morgan (JAM) [ 19% ]

Finally, this is my choice as well, although I more likely think that there will be a fight between Geiger's and Lopez Castellanos' team for the fourth place as main referee. I finally believe that history has shown that Mexican referees are obviously favourized by the world federation FIFA.

40 Comments:

  1. As always, a fascinating analysis to read, Niclas.
    I agree with many things that you said, but I want also to write my thoughts as well.

    I will begin talking about Rodriguez, which is surely the most experienced CONCACAF referee now, at least regarding to World Cup. He has joined already twice the biggest tournament, and, as you wrote too, this is the reason for which he could get more attention by FIFA. The performance on the pitch are important too, but FIFA will surely take into account the prior experience of every referee, so reasoning in that way, the spot for him should be sure.
    Roberto Garcia is going to gain experience, too, but at moment (May 2012) Rodriguez is surely ahead.
    About the USA referees: this is another crucial point of discussion. First of all, I want to say that even though USA is a country not so interested in football as others, it's anyway a very important federation, and they have nothing to envy to Mexico. Therefore, my wish is that this time they will be able to send at least a referee at World Cup. But where is the problem? The problem probably is in the searching of a strong candidate. If we talk about Marrufo, we have to say that he had a great chance, being in the 2010 Pre-list, but what happened later? Maybe they understood that he was not so adequate. Anyway, now the rising name of Geiger could be the right one. And with two names on the pre list, the chances to see at least one of them, are more.
    Roberto Moreno from Panama would deserve this World Cup just merely looking at his palmares. FIFA referee from 1996 (I think that it's the record, if you are able to find a 1995 FIFA referee still active...), a great experience, the World Cup probably is the only tournament missing in his long career. I have to be honest, I don't know him so much, I watched his match at Club World Cup two years ago and he appeared good, but of course it was only a match. My opinion is that Panama is not a so strong federation, and you wrote it, too. But please FIFA take into account this kind of referees, with a very long-time badge and a decennary experience (another example is Diatta), because they deserve the World Cup for sure more than many other new names. Several of them appeared in some previous World Cup pre list, but for a reason or another reason they were out. Having many years of experience is not the evidence of being good or excellent, but it's anyway very, very important (as I said also talking about Rodriguez).
    The Guatemalan Walter Lopez is another name that I don't know so much, so I agree with your speech: Carlos Batres in the FIFA committee will surely push his fellow countryman but we have to underline also his age (1980 born): there isn't hurry, to push him. He is quite young (even though international referee from 2006), and in the World Cup would be better to see very experienced men.
    Last but not least, Joea Aguilar. No doubts about the still young (1975) Salvadoran referee: he deserves to be in the 2014 World Cup, having officiated as fourth official in South Africa and also having shown often to be a safe bet, along with his assistants.

    Therefore, my five names, at moment, are:
    Aguilar
    Rodriguez
    Geiger
    Moreno
    Lopez

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    1. Thanks a lot for this great analysis too Chefren.
      I agree with most of your points, especially what you outlined concerning guys like Moreno and Diatta is very right. But just one thing, I would not underestimate García, I even think that he has already become Mexico's no.1, CONCACAF was often so clear, now it is like every other federation very open, everything is possible. Ok, not like every federation. OFC is boring.

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    2. Great job, boys! I have to emphasize I would like to see great young Garcia not actor Rodriguez :)

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  2. Portugal-FYROM
    Alan Kelly (IRL)
    Marc Douglas(IRL); Allen Lynch (IRL)
    Carlos Xistra (POR)(4th)

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  3. Gautier or more likely Stien with a blatant error. The 3-1 was scored with the hand, very clearly in my opinion. The rest was ok.

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    1. At least, it was offside.

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    2. and a clear handball as well, funny was that our commentary needed 8 replays and then did not mention that the handball was clear, but only that one could argue about offside. And such a guy may comment on EURO matches.

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  4. Great, as always :) I give you all appointments, that I have for friendlies. Maybe you'll make a new post with all and will fill that later?

    22.05.2012, 19.00, Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas, Madrid, Spain
    ALBANIA - QATAR
    Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
    Assistant Referees: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP), Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
    4th Official: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)

    22.05.2012, 20.45, Wörthersee Stadion, Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Austria
    POLAND - LATVIA
    Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
    Assistant Referees: Alain Hoxha (AUT), Richard Hübler (AUT)
    4th Official: René Eisner (AUT)

    23.05.2012, 19.00, BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, United States of America
    EL SALVADOR - NEW ZEALAND
    Referee: Terry Vaughn (USA)
    Assistants Referees: ?
    4th Official: ?

    23.05.2012, 19.15, Shizuoka Ecopa Stadium, Shizuoka, Japan
    JAPAN - AZERBAIJAN
    Referee: Abdul Malik bin Abdul Bashir (SIN)
    Assistant referees: Jeffrey Goh Gek Pheng (SIN), Yew Mun Tang (SIN)
    4th Official: Minoru Tojo (JPN)

    23.05.2012, 20.00, Estadio Nacional del Perú, Lima, Peru
    PERU - NIGERIA
    Referee: José Luis Espinel Mena (ECU)
    Assistant Referees: ?
    4th Official: ?

    23.05.2012, 20.30, Centro Total de Entretenimiento Cachamay, Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela
    VENEZUELA - MOLDAVIA
    Referee: Henry Gambetta Avalos (PER)
    Assistant Referees: Elbis Eduardo Gómez Contreras (VEN), Tulio Enrique Moreno Cedeño (VEN)
    4th Official: José Luis Hoyo Matheus (VEN)

    24.05.2012, 20.00, Red Bull Arena, Wals-Siezenheim, Austria
    TURKEY - GEORGIA
    Referee: Markus Hameter (AUT)
    Assistant Referees: Roland Brandner (AUT), Christian Trunner (AUT)
    4th Official: Gerhard Grobelnik (AUT)

    25.05.2012, 20.00, Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica
    COSTA RICA - GUATEMALA
    Referee: José Ernesto Peñaloza Soto (MEX)
    Assistant Referees: Wagner Catro León (CRC), Carlos Fernández Castro (CRC)
    4th Official: Wálter Enrique Quesada Cordero (CRC)

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    1. 25.05.2012, 20.30, Stadion Aldo Drosina, Pula, Croatia
      CROATIA - ESTONIA
      Referee: Mihály Fábián (HUN)
      Assistant Referees: Zsolt Szpisják (HUN), Zsolt Varga (HUN)
      4th Official: Marin Vidulin (CRO)

      25.05.2012, 20.45, Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels, Belgium
      BELGIUM - MONTENEGRO
      Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
      Assistant Referees: Cyril Gringore (BEL), Fredji Harchay (BEL)
      4th Official: ?

      25.05.2012, 20.45, Stadion Lokomotiv, Moscow, Russia
      RUSSIA - URUGUAY
      Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
      Assistant Referees: Nicky Siebert (NED), Patrick Langkamp (NED)
      4th Official: Sergey Karasev (RUS)

      26.05.2012, 15.00, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
      REPUBLIC OF IRELAND - BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
      Referee: Nikolaj Hänni (SUI)
      Assistant Referees: Beat Hidber (SUI), Charles Helbling (SUI)
      4th Official: ?

      26.05.2012, 15.30, Imtech Arena, Hamburg, Germany
      DENMARK - BRAZIL
      Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
      Assistant Referees: Markus Häcker (GER), Stefan Lupp (GER)
      4th Official: Chris Reisch (LUX)

      26.05.2012, 17.00, Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa, Leiria, Portugal
      PORTUGAL - FYR MACEDONIA
      Referee: Alan Kelly (IRL)
      Assistant Referees: Marc Douglas (IRL), Allen Lynch (IRL)
      4th Official: Carlos Miguel Taborda Xistra (POR)

      26.05.2012, 17.00, Wörthersee Stadion, Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Austria
      SLOVAKIA - POLAND
      Referee: René Eisner (AUT)
      Assistant Referees: Richard Hübler (AUT), Roland Braunschmidt (AUT)
      4th Official: Harald Lechner (AUT)

      26.05.2012, 18.00, AFG Arena, St. Gallen, Switzerland
      SPAIN - SERBIA
      Referee: Cyril Zimmermann (SUI)
      Assistant Referees: Matthias Arnet (SUI), Manuel Navarro (SUI)
      4th Official: ?

      26.05.2012, 18.00, St. Jakob Park, Basel, Switzerland
      SWITZERLAND - GERMANY
      Referee: Antony Gautier (FRA)
      Assistant Referees: Christophe Capelli (FRA), Laurent Stien (FRA)
      4th Official: Bruno Zurbruegg (SUI)

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  5. 22.05.2012, 19.00, Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas, Madrid, Spain
    ALBANIA - QATAR
    Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
    Assistant Referees: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP), Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
    4th Official: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)

    22.05.2012, 20.45, Wörthersee Stadion, Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Austria
    POLAND - LATVIA
    Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
    Assistant Referees: Alain Hoxha (AUT), Richard Hübler (AUT)
    4th Official: René Eisner (AUT)

    23.05.2012, 19.00, BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, United States of America
    EL SALVADOR - NEW ZEALAND
    Referee: Terry Vaughn (USA)
    Assistants Referees: ?
    4th Official: ?

    23.05.2012, 19.15, Shizuoka Ecopa Stadium, Shizuoka, Japan
    JAPAN - AZERBAIJAN
    Referee: Abdul Malik bin Abdul Bashir (SIN)
    Assistant referees: Jeffrey Goh Gek Pheng (SIN), Yew Mun Tang (SIN)
    4th Official: Minoru Tojo (JPN)

    23.05.2012, 20.00, Estadio Nacional del Perú, Lima, Peru
    PERU - NIGERIA
    Referee: José Luis Espinel Mena (ECU)
    Assistant Referees: ?
    4th Official: ?

    23.05.2012, 20.30, Centro Total de Entretenimiento Cachamay, Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela
    VENEZUELA - MOLDAVIA
    Referee: Henry Gambetta Avalos (PER)
    Assistant Referees: Elbis Eduardo Gómez Contreras (VEN), Tulio Enrique Moreno Cedeño (VEN)
    4th Official: José Luis Hoyo Matheus (VEN)

    24.05.2012, 20.00, Red Bull Arena, Wals-Siezenheim, Austria
    TURKEY - GEORGIA
    Referee: Markus Hameter (AUT)
    Assistant Referees: Roland Brandner (AUT), Christian Trunner (AUT)
    4th Official: Gerhard Grobelnik (AUT)

    25.05.2012, 20.00, Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica
    COSTA RICA - GUATEMALA
    Referee: José Ernesto Peñaloza Soto (MEX)
    Assistant Referees: Wagner Catro León (CRC), Carlos Fernández Castro (CRC)
    4th Official: Wálter Enrique Quesada Cordero (CRC)

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  6. 26.05.2012, 19.45, Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway
    NORWAY - ENGLAND
    Referee: Michael Weiner (GER)
    Assistant Referees: Christoph Bornhorst (GER), Holger Henschel (GER)
    4th Official: Geir Åge Holen (NOR)

    26.05.2012, 20.00, Red Bull Arena, Wals-Siezenheim, Austria
    FINLAND - TURKEY
    Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
    Assistant Referees: Stefan Kühr (AUT), Roland Riedel (AUT)
    4th Official: Dieter Muckenhammer (AUT)

    26.05.2012, 20.00, Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    NETHERLANDS - BULGARIA
    Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (ESP)
    Assistant Referees: Victoriano Díaz Casado (ESP), Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (ESP)
    4th Official: ?

    26.05.2012, 20.00, EverBank Field, Jacksonville, United States of America
    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - SCOTLAND
    Referee: Élmer Arturo Bonilla Ruiz (SLV)
    Assistant Referees: William Alexander Torres Mejía (SLV), Douglas Alexander Bermúdez Caballero (SLV)
    4th Official: Terry Vaughn (USA)

    26.05.2012, 20.15, UPC-Arena, Graz, Austria
    CZECH REPUBLIC - ISRAEL
    Referee: Richard Trutz (SVK)
    Assistant Referees: Ondrej Brendza (SVK), Peter Chládek (SVK)
    4th Official: ?

    26.05.2012, 20.30, Stade Mustapha Tchaker, Blida, Algeria
    ALGERIA - NIGER
    Referee: Youssef Essrayri (TUN)
    Assistant Referees: Yamen Melloulshi (TUN), Mohsen Ben Salem (TUN)
    4th Official: Mehdi Abid Charef (ALG)

    26.05.2012, 20.30, Kufstein Arena, Kufstein, Austria
    GREECE - SLOVENIA
    Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
    Assistant Referees: Alain Hoxha (AUT), Andreas Fellinger (AUT)
    4th Official: Markus Hameter (AUT)

    27.05.2012, 21.00, Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes, France
    FRANCE - ICELAND
    Referee: Sébastien Delferière (BEL)
    Assistant Referees: Yves De Neve (BEL), Frank Bleyen (BEL)
    4th Official: Guillaume Debart (FRA)

    28.05.2012, 20.00, Kufstein Arena, Kufstein, Austria
    UKRAINE - ESTONIA
    Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
    Assistant Referees: Alain Hoxha, Armin Eder (AUT)
    4th Official: Markus Hameter (AUT)

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  7. 29.05.2012, 20.00, Red Bull Arena, Wals-Siezenheim, Austria
    TURKEY - BULGARIA
    Referee: Gerhard Grobelnik (AUT)
    Assistant Referees: Roland Braunschmidt (AUT), Christian Trunner (AUT)
    4th Official: René Eisner (AUT)

    29.05.2012, 20.45, Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma, Italy
    ITALY - LUXEMBOURG
    Referee: Sascha Kever (SUI)
    Assistant Referees: Matthias Arnet (SUI), Devis Dettamanti (SUI)
    4th Official:

    30.05.2012, 20.00, Stadion Feijenoord, Rotterdam, Netherlands
    NETHERLANDS - SLOVAKIA
    Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
    Assistant Referees: Nikolay Golubev (RUS), Alexey Lebedev (RUS)
    4th Official:

    30.05.2012, 20.00, Stade de Suisse Wankdorf Bern, Bern, Switzerland
    SPAIN - KOREA REPUBLIC
    Referee: Alain Bieri (SUI)
    Assistant Referees: Bruno Zurbruegg (SUI), Sandro Pozzi (SUI)
    4th Official: Cyril Zimmermann (SUI)

    30.05.2012, 20.15, Nya Gamla Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden
    SWEDEN - ICELAND
    Referee: Peter Rasmussen (DEN)
    Assistant Referees: Niels Høg (DEN), Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)
    4th Official: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)

    31.05.2012, 21.00, Stade Auguste Delaune, Reims, France
    FRANCE - SERBIA
    Referee: Knut Kircher (GER)
    Assistant Referees: Detlef Scheppe (GER), Markus Sinn (GER)
    4th Official: Pierre Chevreux (FRA)

    02.06.2012, 17.00, Pepsi Arena, Warsaw, Poland
    POLAND - ANDORRA
    Referee: Sébastien Delferière (BEL)
    Assistant Referees: Walter Vromans (BEL), Yves De Neve (BEL)
    4th Official: Hubert Siejewicz (POL)

    02.06.2012, 18.45, Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon, Portugal
    PORTUGAL - TURKEY
    Referee: Stéphan Studer (SUI)
    Assistant Referees: Manuel Navarro (SUI), Sandro Pozzi (SUI)
    4th Official:

    05.06.2012, 20.00, MMArena, Le Mans, France
    FRANCE - ESTONIA
    Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
    Assistant Referees: David Elias Biton (ISR), Shabtai Nahmias (ISR)
    4th Official: Philippe Jeanne (FRA)

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  8. In Netherlands - Bulgaria, Fernando Teixeira Vitienes has whistled a penalty for a handbal, which was very similar to the one whistled by Kassai in CL semifinal. Do you think it was correct?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WmsEonaH4-A

    Furthermore, mexican referee Peñaloza Soto had heavy work in Costa Rica - Guatemala: 2 straight red cards. In this link, at the end of the video, you can see the sedond one, that appeared totally correct and well seen:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OOZsfrWMRVc#!

    Finaly, Turpin gave a correct penalty in Belgium - Montenegro.
    Have you got other interesting things?

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    1. Thanks Yun for this many appointments!

      @ Chefren: Teixeira Vitienes cannot mean this penalty call seriously. Kassai's one was by far more reasonable than this one, even though I think both were incorrect.
      The Guatemalan player should be suspended for matches even in the WC qualifiers by his own federation. That is nasty, of course red.

      Brych had really nothing to do yesterday, AR2 Lupp (Olympic AR2) was great. A lot of difficult offside calls, disallowed a goal by BRA correctly and the 1-3 scored by DEN seemed to be offside. Hard to say because the foot of the Brazilian defender could have been level.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=lE4u0QmmoaA#t=169s

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    2. a better quality
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3kN_OT7RxU&feature=related

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    3. My impression is that Teixeira Vitientes is mistaken. I can't see something wrong at the situation. The hand seems to be on the ground so no penalty IMO.

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    4. Also very good to allow the small contact before the 0-3.

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    5. Lupp with one blatant error nonetheless. See 6:25

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    6. Bad mistake, a clear offside position.

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  9. Hi Edward, do you know anything about the straight red card to Kone, in Greece-Slovenia? I'm not able to find a video of that situation

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    1. Kone very stupidly hit an opponent after being fouled at the center line and in front of the Fourth official who very fast informed Schorgenhofer. It was a great call and a stupid action by the Greek player.

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  10. The Germans have failed at u19 EURO qualifiers. I hope Zwayer or Fritz have then chances.

    Some other CAF appointments:
    Ethiopia - Ctr. Afr. Rep.: Ramsy (MWI)
    Tunisia - Equatorialg.: Abid (ALG)
    Cape Verde - Tunisia: Jiyed (MRC)
    Côte d'Ivoire - Tanzania: Jedidi (TUN)
    Kenya - Malawi: Otogo (GAB)
    Malawi - Nigeria: Seechurn (MRI)
    Egypt - Mozambique: Kirwa (KEN)
    Zimbabwe - Guinea: Seechurn (MRI)
    Guinea - Egypt: Alioum (CMR)
    Liberia - Angola: Lemghaifry (MTA)

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  11. We have also some Under 21 appointments (in the next days, many matches will be played):


    EURO2013 Qualifying


    31/05/2012
    Bulgaria - Scotland
    Artur Soares (POR)

    Ukraine - Sweden
    Kristo Tohver (EST)

    Estonia - Spain
    Dawid Piasecki (POL)

    I think we will read interesting names in the next appointments.

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    1. 01/06/2012
      Bosnia - Belarus
      Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)

      San Marino - Greece
      Aleksander Gauzer (KAZ)

      Luxembourg - Netherlands
      Vladimir Vnuk (SVK)

      Slovenia - Malta
      Nikolai Yordanov (BUL)

      Czech Republic - Montenegro
      Vladimir Kazmenko (RUS)

      Far Oer - Macedonia
      Nerijus Dunauskas (LTU)

      Moldova - Poland
      Sandor Szabo (HUN)

      Portugal - Russia
      Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)

      Hungary - Turkey
      Vlado Glodjović (SRB)

      Norway - Azerbaijan
      Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)

      Slovakia - Romania
      Antti Munukka (FIN)


      Interesting appointment for our referee Mazzoleni.

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  12. friendly SWITZERLAND- ROMANIA

    R: Svein Odvar Moen (NOR)
    AR: Dag Roger Nebben (NOR), Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
    4th official: Beat Hidber (SWI)

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  13. Italy - Luxembourg this evening is going to be annulled due to the several strong earthquakes in the last days in the Northern Italy.
    There are aftershock every now and then.
    Very dangerous to play a football match and let me say, also inadequate.
    Parma is really close to the place where everything is happening.

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    1. By the way, one of the cities in which the earthquake of last sunday has brought down buildings is Mirandola, the hometown of Nicola Rizzoli.
      I hope he is ok now, there are also some victims there :(

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  14. Full italian appointments this week:


    29/05/2012
    Russia – Finland
    Friendly
    Mauro BERGONZI
    Riccardo DI FIORE – Walter GIACHERO
    Davide MASSA







    01/06/2012
    Portugal – Russia
    Euro2013 Under 21 Qualifying
    Paolo Silvio MAZZOLENI
    Lorenzo MANGANELLI – Fabiano PRETI
    Marco GUIDA


    02/06/2012
    Denmark – Australia
    Friendly
    Antonio DAMATO
    Elenito DI LIBERATORE – Mauro TONOLINI

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  15. Thanks Chefren, but Russia - Finland or Lithuania - Russia. I know at AIA-FIGC site is also Finland, but Finland doesn't play today.

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    1. Yes, it's a mistake by AIA.
      Match is Lithuania - Russia, to be played in Nyon (Switzerland).

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  16. Thank you very much for confirmation.

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    2. Don't mention it.
      Furthermore, the fourth official appointed for ITALY-LUXEMBOURG was Andrea De Marco.
      So the full appointment:
      Kever
      Arnet - Dettamanti
      De Marco

      Match has been totally annulled and not postponed.



      About Lithuania - Russia: there is a strange thing there.
      You can see this image:


      In which I cleary recognize Bergonzi and the first assistant, Di Fiore (FIFA Assistant). But the second assistant (Giachero) can't wear the FIFA badge, because he isn't on the list. So I'm looking for futher info. Maybe the new kits for the referees are not still available without the FIFA badge?
      Stay tuned and I will solve this enigma.

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    3. Also strange thing in Italy - Belgium U-19 match, where Charles Breakspear wore the FA badge not FIFA.

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    4. I confirm that it was because the new kit wasn't available without badge. He was Giachero, as written on AIA webiste.
      I don't know how much correct is that, even though in a friendly.

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