September 30, 2012

UEFA Champions League - Referee Appointments (Group Stage MD2)


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FC Bayern München
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SL Benfica
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Schalke 04
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Montpellier Hérault SC
Arsenal FC
Olympiacos FC
RSC Anderlecht
Málaga CF

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) will be in charge of Benfica - Barcelona (c) TRT Spor
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September 28, 2012

2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers UEFA zone - Referee Appointments (October)

Due to a potential faux pas of the European football governing body UEFA, the referee appointments for October's FIFA World Cup Qualfying matches are already made public. 

Nicola Rizzoli will take charge of the Group C match between Republic of Ireland and Germany
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September 25, 2012

Meeting at Zurich as a milestone on the officials' road to Brazil

Potential referees for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ are meeting for the first time in Zurich this week, with 52 people hailing from 46 different countries taking part in an initial referee workshop being held from 24-28 September. Having undergone medical tests over the past few days, the 52 candidates were officially welcomed by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter on Monday morning.

"I would like to congratulate you for being selected for this trip to the World Cup at Brazil 2014," said Blatter. "The preparations ahead of the tournament are incredibly important. You will form my team, which will be the 33rd team at the World Cup and one of the most important."

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September 22, 2012

Inofficial Referee Categories for UEFA zone

Joining this blog's "Elite Group": Pavel Královec
World of Football Refereeing will prospectively feature an own but naturally inofficial referee category system as counterpart to UEFA's official group system classifying their officials into Elite Group, Elite Development Group, First, Second and Third Group. There will be merely small changes related to the group system itself, but significant ones concerning the officials belonging to the respective groups.
Its implementation strengthens the opinion-related part of this blog on the basis of its great community.
It must be emphasized that this system is certainly not perfect at all due to the limited opportunities one has as neutral observer being not involved in UEFA's procedures. The allocation of the officials to their groups depends on the collected impressions of the performances received and communicated by our community of this blog.
Furthermore, the referee categories will be updated every quarter year; the next update will be hence made shortly after the last matchday in UEFA's club competitions in December.
A feedback in form of comments is very much appreciated.

System Overview
Referee Categories 22/09/2012

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Stark has been certified an "unacceptable performance" (?)

Following multiple and diverse forms of Turkish media, German FIFA referee Wolfgang Stark has been certified an "unacceptable performance" at last week's UEFA Champions League Group H encounter between Manchester United and Galatasaray Istanbul. 
According to these sources, Norwegian UEFA referee observer Jon Skjervold awarded him a 6.3 having made three crucial mistakes including two missed penalty kicks to the Turkish side and a wrong penalty he awarded to the home team. Galatasaray later lost the clash by 0-1.

The observer's scale, the European governing body utilizes, comprises a scope from 6.0 to 10.0, which is the best mark possible a match official can get, 6.0 to 6.9 means an "unacceptable performance" that could have immense consequences for the respective referee. 
Wolfgang Stark, having been sent home after two missed penalty kicks in a EURO 2012 match between Croatia and Spain both favouring the later champions, is currently joining UEFA's Elite Group featuring the - on paper - 22 best European match officials. In addition, he was in charge of last season's UEFA Europa League final at Bucharest, Romania.

The quality of the reports issued in the mentioned media cannot be verified by me so that this piece of news must be considered without certainty.
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Carlos Torres retires due to injury but takes new responsibility

Paraguayan FIFA official Carlos Torres, who is still recovering after undergoing surgery on the meniscus over a year ago, announced that the treatment takes longer than expected and, after reflecting with his family, decided to retire from active refereeing. 
Torres said that, however, he will not quit refereeing completely, but will join the Referees Department of the Paraguayan Football Association and will help with the recruiting and training of new referees.
Torres started refereeing at age 16 and remained active until last year, when he got injured. He recalled its way through the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2007 Copa America, as well as his first appearance in a first division match, Caaguazu – Colombia, in December 1990. On the international list since 1998, Carlos Torres enjoyed his career, but regrets that he was not able to referee at a World Cup, although he was pre-selected by FIFA on the initial list for South Africa 2010 and also for Brazil 2014. 

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September 21, 2012

UEFA starts investigation concerning Lazio fans' behaviour

Uefa has begun disciplinary proceedings against Lazio for "improper conduct" by the club's supporters during Thursday's Europa League tie against Tottenham. 

The Control and Disciplinary Body will meet on 18 October to discuss the case. 
Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend were reportedly subjected to monkey chants during the 0-0 draw .
European football's governing body charged the Rome club after receiving reports from Romanian referee Ovidiu Alin Hategan and delegate Adonis Procopiou of Cyprus. 
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September 18, 2012

UEFA Europa League - Referee Appointments (Group Stage MD1)


Deniz Aytekin will take charge of Thursday's clash between Internazionale and Rubin Kazan at Milano's Giuseppe Meazza Stadium. UEFA has published all the other appointments, too, featuring a mixture of expected names and very interesting designations.
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September 17, 2012

Aydinus' quickstart

Turkish official Firat Aydinus has been nominated to be in charge of Wednesday's classic clash between FC Bayern München and Valencia CF. I doubt that someone in our community would have expected that before, personally I was pretty much stunned by this appointment for some reason.

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September 16, 2012

UEFA Champions League 2012/13 - Referee Appointments (Group Stage MD1)


UEFA has published the first package of referee appointments for the first matchday of 2012/13 UEFA Champions League season including absolute top clashes like Real Madrid - Manchester City that will be handled by Slovenian official Damir Skomina.
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