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."

Blatter gave an insight into the latest changes concerning referees, including the decision to introduce goal-line technology, which will be implemented for the first time in December at the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012.
The FIFA President thanked the various referees for their work thus far for football and wished them all the very best on the road to Brazil 2014: "You dedicate a significant part of your lives to football, a game of self-discipline and respect and one that represents a battle where fair play must reign. And you are the ones who oversee these games".
On Monday, the focus was on fitness and medical information as well as theory and match analysis. Head of the FIFA Refereeing Department, Massimo Busacca, gave the candidates an insight into the subjects of physical fitness, diet and the avoidance of injuries. In the afternoon, scenes from matches were discussed and debated using video analysis. On Tuesday, after a fitness test, the referees went on to the pitch at FIFA's headquarters for the first practical units of the programme.

(c) FIFA
In his opening speech, Busacca (photo) called upon his wealth of experience as a former world-class referee and gave an overview of the forthcoming tests and the content of the seminar, as well as plans for the coming months as far as Brazil 2014 is concerned. "It is important to underline that this is an open list," he explained. "It is like a national team, and we're the FIFA national team. Those referees who are not here today need to know that they can still make it, while others can always drop out of the group. We want to have the best referees available at the 2014 World Cup."
The 43-year-old underlined what an honour it is to take part in a FIFA World Cup. "Seize the opportunity – they don't tend to come along very often in a referee's career. In fact, this morning I was wondering whether I ought to make a comeback for 2014," he said with a wry smile.
This week will see the referees become attuned to the specificities of FIFA tournaments, since FIFA World Cups see teams from different countries and different cultures pitted against one another, unlike what happens in the domestic game. This will be a new sensation for those in the elite group looking to make their FIFA World Cup debuts, but an experienced team of instructors will be looking after the referees both this week and throughout the next two years on the road to Brazil.

(c) FIFA
Once this seminar is over, the next few months will focus on communication and observation. All 52 referees will officiate at FIFA tournaments in 2013 and be monitored by the FIFA Referee Team in their national confederations. A second seminar will then be held at the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, before a final one the following year.

source: FIFA.com

Related Items:
Prospective List of Referees joining World Cup 2014

116 Comments:

  1. FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in October:

    Viktor Kassai, Gábor Erös, György Ring, István Vad

    Tamás Bognar, Robert Kispál, Zsolt Attila Szpisjak, Adám Németh

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  2. David Fernández Borbalán, Raúl Cabañero Martínez, Jesús Calvo Guadamuro, Carlos Clos Gómez with a match, too.

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  3. F. Taveira25/9/12 17:55

    Artur Soares Dias with first match in EL group stage.

    4/10

    Arb: Artur Soares Dias
    Árb. Ass: Rui Licínio
    Árb. Ass: João Santos
    4ª Árbitro: António Godinho
    Árb. Ass. Adic: João Capela
    Árb. Ass. Adic: Carlos Xistra

    and

    Árbitro: Manuel Jorge de Sousa
    Árb. Ass: Bertino Miranda
    Árb. Ass: Ricardo Santos
    4ª Árbitro: Venâncio Tomé
    Árb. Ass. Adic: Duarte Gomes
    Árb. Ass. Adic: Bruno Paixão

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  4. petschovschi25/9/12 18:00

    16.10

    Kovacs (ROM)- Szekely,Nagy (4th: Balaj)

    Tudor (ROM)- Nica, Onita (4th: Petrescu)

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  5. Crisi in Conmebol

    Roberto Silvera, Diego Abal and Wilson Seneme failled the fitness test at Zurich!

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    1. :O Roberto Silvera is not surprise to me. But Seneme and especially Abal?

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    2. Seneme isn´t a surprise, if I talked about something in the last month was Seneme´s physical condition, I did not see him well.
      Abal had a muscular problem in the 5th lap, as far as I know.
      We still don´t know what FIFA is going to do, maybe they will get a second chance, because all were injurys produced in Zurich...
      We still dont know, but I can say if the are out from the list the second chance of the countries are Dario Ubriaco (Uru); Néstor Pitana (Arg) and Leandro Vuaden (Bra)

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    3. Well given the history of these tests FIFA will give them another chance as they did in the last World Cup. But after that they will be surely out.

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    4. As far as I am informed, there is a basic test that has to be passed, and then there is the yoyo-test which can be failed. But I am not sure whether this is right. At least a totally bad sign that two referees of this class repeatedly fail them.

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    5. There are rumors that say there are 9 refs which did not passed the test.
      3 confirmed are the conmebol ones and we know that all Concacaf refs passed the test

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    6. Anonymous27/9/12 06:23

      If the list is indeed open, as Busacca claims, FIFA should replace the referees who failed the fitness test.

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  6. Deniz Aytekin will referee one of the U21 play-offs, first leg, assisted by Guido Kleve and Stefan Lupp.

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    1. I would assign him for ITA-SWE.

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    2. We have talked about Brych, but it seems that Aytekin is another rising star in the world of German football refereeing.

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  7. The looming result of the poll is interesting, or perhaps just expected.

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  8. FYROM - Croatia
    Referee: Peter Rasmussen (DEN)

    Serbia - Belgium
    Referee: Pavel Kralovec (CZE)

    Wales - Scotland
    Referee: Florian Meyer (GER)

    Armenia - Italy
    Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO)

    Bulgaria - Denmark
    Referee: Tony Chapron (FRA)

    Czech Republic - Malta
    Referee: Anar Salmanov (AZE)

    Faroe Islands - Sweden
    Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)

    Kazakhstan - Austria
    Referee: Tamás Bognar (HUN)

    Republic of Ireland - Germany
    Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

    Estonia - Hungary
    Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)

    Netherlands - Andorra
    Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)

    Turkey - Romania
    Referee: Howard Webb (ENG)

    Albania - Iceland
    Referee: Tony Asumaa (FIN)

    Slovenia - Cyprus
    Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)

    Switzerland - Norway
    Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)

    Luxembourg - Israel
    Referee: Leontios Trattou (CYP)

    Russia - Portugal
    Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)

    Greece - Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Referee: Antonio Damato (ITA)

    Liechtenstein - Lithuania
    Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)

    Slovakia - Latvia
    Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)

    England - San Marino
    Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)

    Moldova - Ukraine
    Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)

    Belarus - Spain
    Referee: Serge Gumienny (BEL)

    Finland - Georgia
    Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR)

    Belgium - Scotland
    Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)

    Croatia - Wales
    Referee: Alexandru Dan Tudor (ROU)

    FYROM - Serbia
    Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)

    Czech Republic - Bulgaria
    Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)

    Italy - Denmark
    Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)

    Austria - Kazakhstan
    Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)

    Faroe Islands - Republic of Ireland
    Referee: Lorenc Jemini (ALB)

    Germany - Sweden
    Referee: Pedro Proença (POR)

    Andorra - Estonia
    Referee: Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)

    Hungary - Turkey
    Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)

    Romania - Netherlands
    Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)

    Albania - Slovenia
    Referee: Daniel Stålhammar (SWE)

    Cyprus - Norway
    Referee: Pawel Gil (POL)

    Iceland - Switzerland
    Referee: Alan Kelly (IRL)

    Israel - Luxembourg
    Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)

    Portugal - Northern Ireland
    Referee: Thorsten Kinhöfer (GER)

    Russia - Azerbaijan
    Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)

    Bosnia and Herzegovina - Lithuania
    Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)

    Latvia - Liechtenstein
    Referee: István Kovács (ROU)

    Slovakia - Greece
    Referee: William Collum (SCO)

    Poland - England
    Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

    San Marino - Moldova
    Referee: Marios Panayi (CYP)

    Ukraine - Montenegro
    Referee: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)

    Belarus - Georgia
    Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)

    Spain - France
    Referee: Felix Brych (GER)

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    1. Is this official? Are those the real appointments?

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    2. I think they are.

      friendly
      Brazil - Japan
      Matcin Borski, Rafał Rostkowski, Tomasz Listkiewicz, Adam Lyczmański
      *Lyczmański is oficially suspended so I'm much surprised.

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    3. Thanks Yun, as always.
      Very strange that UEFA site has revealed all the appointments almost two weeks before, it could be even a mistake?

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    4. Yes Edward, take a look here:

      http://it.uefa.com/worldcup/season=2014/matches/index.html

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    5. I think it's next step of the war between Blatter and Platini :)

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    6. No Turkish Referees for the World Cup Qualifiers. Surprising!
      UgurB

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    7. Excellent appointments, congratulation to those who have made them.
      Of course, as German, I am very content with Brych's, Rizzoli's and Proenca's appointments. Kruzliak with a good match, too. I like them a lot this time.

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    8. The only appointment I really don't like is Greece - Bosnia. Both teams have 6 points and Bosnia is not an easy team. I would expect a better referee (perhaps ED or even Elite) at this match. I don't say that Damato is not good enough but IMO this match needs more experience.

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    9. And this isn't the first time for Damato in refereeing Greece's national team.
      His debut in a match between national teams was just Greece-Latvia (EURO 2012 qualifying) two years ago, probably you remember, Edward.
      The particular thing is that he lives in Puglia, an Italian region very close to Greece, he just needs a ship, but of course I imagine that he uses a plane, like every referee.

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    10. Georgia Bosnia could become hot.
      And Fernández Borbalán can make as many mistakes as he wants to, at least it seems to be so. SUI-NOR is important, to my mind one of the most important ones at the matchday.

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    11. Chefren is correct. Damato did whistle Greece - Latvia (1-0) but denied a clear penalty at this match for Greece. This proves my point. I can't see how he can handle a match like this. BTW the last referee in a duel between Bosnia and Greece was Claus Bo Larsen.

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  9. Quite expectable appointments. If we had guessed the referee categories for these matches, we would probably not have made many mistakes.
    Interesting matches for all four Italian referees. Regarding the Germans, I doubt, that POR-NIR is easier than WAL-SCO, although Meyer is Elite and Kinhöfer Cat.2... By the way, Kinhöfer's first qualifier, although he is on the list since 2006.

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  10. Important thing to remark: Proença the only refeere with already 2 appointments in Brazil 2014 qualifying, correct me if I'm wrong.

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    1. Unfortunately, yes ;)

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    2. No, Thomson has two. Finland/France and now Romania/Netherlands.

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    3. You are right USAref, thanks.
      The Scottish referees are reaching anyway good apppointments in the last times.

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  11. And of course we should underline also the most relevant appointment of the two matchdays, that is Spain-France for Brych.
    Brych is the future, Stark is the past

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    1. Am I right you all say about it with a pleasure?

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    2. A wonderful chiasm, Chefren :D And you are right, and I am also saying this with pleasure.



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    3. Brych never be so good in control like Stark in my humble opinion. And he must improve his using of whistle, personality and ability to cope in difficult matches. Now he's far behind Wolfgang Stark. Of course, now after miastakes he'll be far before Stark in UEFA classifications what I say in a very sad way. And one more, any other referee in UEFA has brave to red card player for dissent or trying to kick an opponent (maybe Cuneyt Cakir). Stark is always paramount example how to cope with unsporting behaviour in football and saying such things with pleasure is not good thing. Pleasure? Because one of the referees had terrible performance? Oh men...

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    4. Pleasure not because a referee had a bad night last week and is seemingly below Brych now, but because Brych deserves this chance, has performed an excellent development during the past 2 years and has renewed German refereeing, and I stress that: he is not behind Stark and I guess he is, in the decision makers' minds, higher considered than Stark for at least a year. In fact, Germany have at the moment the luck to have two very good officials at international level, I do not say that as a German but trying to evaluate that in an objective way.
      Experience is not the only thing that counts, Stark's way to interact with players was often arrogant, players do not like his way he communicates with them. How can you say he is a paramount example how to deal with unsporting behaviour? His way of communication often fails. You are right though that he has perhaps more courage than others or does not hide behind big names. It is only logical that UEFA and FIFA will focus more on a 1975 born excellent referee who has still room for development in the next years instead of a 1969 born official who has definitely produced too many big mistakes and has after 2014 no prospect.

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    5. Everything OK, but he's example how to deal with unsporting behaviour. His approach was often arrogant but from long time it's not. He change his arrogant approach on self-confident and official one. That's it. The best control from all referees on the World. He doesn't hesitate about yellow or even red cards for dissent or violent conducts. Or maybe you just like when referee is blind for that or try to talk with stupid players? No, no tolerance to idiots on the field.

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    6. Completely agree, but the problem is that you should find a compromise between protecting the laws and not loosing control. In 2007, CHI-ARG, he had good decisions and did not offer any tolerance, but he admitted in an article prior to euro that he made the mistake that he did not read the tension of the match.
      Stark had many excellent days, I guess I have seen more than 150 Bundesliga matches of him in their major length, really many excellent days, but then he has those ones when he does not bear any form of criticism on the pitch and makes blatant mistakes. Anyway, a luxury problem considering his international career, it is his style which made him successful and I can only repeat what I often said, for my taste - contrary to the public opinion at that time - his el clásico performance was one of the best of the k.o. stage in this season and by far better than FdB a week later.

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  12. Lannoy and Mazic the only referees from the WC short list without a match. Lannoy had an injury, but Mazic?
    Benquerenca, Aydinus, Gräfe (injured) and Vad are also missing so far.

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    1. I am very curious with Vad... What will be with his career after that mistake? I think write him off due to that would be very wrong solution.

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    2. And maybe Mazić, Benquerenca and Aydinus will whistle friendlies.

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    3. And don't forget the U21 playoff.
      Probably several elite names will be there, too.
      Do you agree?

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    4. In the last edition there were only Elite Development and 1st Category refs but this time I can see there i.e. Benquerenca

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    5. petschovschi27/9/12 12:28

      Sure bets for U21 play-offs should be: Karasev, Aytekin, Hategan, Gautier, Gocek, Lahoz, Jug.
      Other possible names: Benquerenca, Aydinus, Mazic, De Sousa, Bebek, van Boekel, Studer (or Kever)

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  13. Vad will act as fourth in Kassai's match Russia - Portugal.
    And I think that he will be appointed for a match in Europa League next week.

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  14. And for everyone who is interested in reports of Borussia - Ajax, Celtic - Benfica, Spartak - Barcelona and Udinese - Anzhy - THEY WILL COME SOON :D I'm very busy with site about refereeing where I'm redactor. Patience pls :)

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    1. BTW what is the site you are redactor?

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    2. www.sedziapilkarski.pl

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  15. By the way, in my opinion Russia - Azerbaijan is a too poor appointment for an elite development referee.
    Still don't know what they want to do with Stavrev, chaotic appointments for the Macedonian referee. The debut in CL wth Barça one year ago seemed an important signal...



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    1. He's some kind of Borski to me :) Nothing special, only normal matches without personality. Consistent performances but it's something between ED and 1C. I saw him in Legia - Rosenborg. He was good but missed quite obvious penalty.

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  16. My own appointments made the weekend before cl md1 (so I would not appoint Stark for this match once again):

    12 OCT

    Serbia - Belgium
    Daniele Orsato (ITA)
    Luca Maggiani (ITA)
    Nicola Nicoletti (ITA)
    Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)

    Wales - Scotland
    István Vad (HUN)
    Robert Kispál (HUN)
    István Albert (HUN)
    Sandor Andó-Szabó (HUN)

    FYROM - Croatia
    Peter Rasmussen (DEN)
    Henrik Sönderby (DEN)
    Niels Hög (DEN)
    Jakob Kehlet (DEN)

    Armenia - Italy
    Björn Kuipers (NED)
    Sander van Roekel (NED)
    Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
    Richard Liesveld (NED)

    Czech Republic - Malta
    Simon Evans (WAL)
    Edward King (WAL)
    Alun Boore (WAL)
    Huw Jones (WAL)

    Bulgaria - Denmark
    Marijo Strahonja (CRO)
    Sinisa Premuzaj (CRO)
    Igor Krmar (CRO)
    Domagoj Vuckov (CRO)

    Kazakhstan - Austria
    Robert Malek (POL)
    Marcin Lis (POL)
    Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
    Pawel Gil (POL)

    Faroer Islands - Sweden
    Maksim Layushkin (RUS)
    Ilya Baryshnikov (RUS)
    Aleksei Kharlamov (RUS)
    Aleksei Eskov (RUS)

    Republic of Ireland - Germany
    Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
    Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
    Massimiliano Grilli (ITA)
    Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)

    Estonia - Hungary
    Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)
    Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE)
    Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)
    Ilias Spathas (GRE)

    Netherlands - Andorra
    Kenn Hansen (DEN)
    Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)
    Lars Rix (DEN)
    Michael Johansen (DEN)

    Turkey - Romania
    Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
    Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
    Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
    Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)

    Slovenia - Cyprus
    Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
    Henrik Andren (SWE)
    Joakim Flink (SWE)
    Daniel Stalhammar (SWE)

    Albania - Iceland
    Mark Courtney (NIR)
    Paul Munn (NIR)
    Thomas Fairfield (NIR)
    Arnold Hunter (NIR)

    Switzerland - Norway
    Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
    Stephen Child (ENG)
    Simon Beck (ENG)
    Martin Atkinson (ENG)

    Russia - Portugal
    Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
    Renato Faverani (ITA)
    Andrea Stefani (ITA)
    Antonio Damato (ITA)

    Luxembourg - Israel
    Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR)
    Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
    Andrey Volodyin (UKR)
    Sergii Boiko (UKR)

    Slovakia - Latvia
    Andre Marriner (ENG)
    Stuart Burt (ENG)
    Adam Watts (ENG)
    Michael Oliver (ENG)

    Liechtenstein - Lithuania
    Vlado Glodjovic (SRB)
    Vladimir Jovanovic (SRB)
    Milan Minic (SRB)
    Bosko Jovanetic (SRB)

    Greece - Bosnia & Herzegowina
    Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)
    Anton Averianov (RUS)
    Aleksei Lebedev (RUS)
    Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)

    Moldavia - Ukraine
    Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)
    Walter Vromans (BEL)
    Gregory Crotteux (BEL)
    Alexandre Boucaut (BEL)

    England - San Marino Artyom Kuchin (KAZ)
    TBA
    TBA
    TBA

    Belarus - Spain
    William Collum (SCO)
    Martin Cryans (SCO)
    Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
    Kevin Clancy (SCO)

    Finland - Georgia
    Libor Kovarik (CZE)
    Patrik Filipek (CZE)
    Krystof Mencl (CZE)
    Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)

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    1. Still waiting for Artyom Kuchin full appointments.
      Problems in the communications with Kazakhstan? :)

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    2. :D I only know two names by hard but lose them always...

      Artyom Kuchin, Serik Zhappasbayev, Yevgenyi Belski, Aleksander Gauzer.

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  17. And 16 OCT:

    Croatia - Wales
    Anastassios Kakkos (GRE)
    Dimitrios Bozatzidis (GRE)
    Christos Akrivos (GRE)
    Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)

    Belgium - Scotland
    Alberto Undiano (ESP)
    Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
    Roberto Díaz Pérez (ESP)
    César Muñiz Fernández (ESP)

    FYROM - Serbia
    Huseyin Göcek (TUR)
    Cem Satman (TUR)
    Orkun Aktas (TUR)
    Bülent Yildirim (TUR)

    Italy - Denmark
    Wolfgang Stark (GER)
    Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER)
    Mike Pickel (GER)
    Florian Meyer (GER)

    Czech Republic - Bulgaria
    Ovidiu Hategan (ROU)
    Octavian Sovre (ROU)
    Zoltán Szekely (ROU)
    Radu Petrescu (ROU)

    Germany - Sweden
    Damir Skomina (SVN)
    Primoz Arhar (SVN)
    Matej Zunic (SVN)
    Slavko Vincic (SVN)

    Faroer Islands - Republic of Ireland
    Oliver Drachta (AUT)
    Roland Brandner (AUT)
    Richard Hübler (AUT)
    Markus Hameter (AUT)

    Austria - Kazakhstan
    Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
    Emmanuel Boisdenghien (FRA)
    Stephan Luzi (FRA)
    Said Ennjimi (FRA)

    Andorra - Estonia
    Eli Hacmon (ISR)
    Dvir Shimon (ISR)
    Oren Bornshtain (ISR)
    Orel Grinfeeld (ISR)

    Hungary - Turkey
    Sergei Karasev (RUS)
    Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
    Dmitry Mosyakin (RUS)
    Vitaly Meshkov (RUS)

    Romania - Netherlands
    Marcin Borski (POL)
    Rafal Rostkowski (POL)
    Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
    Szymon Marciniak (POL)

    Cyprus - Norway
    Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
    Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
    Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
    Goran Spirkoski (MKD)

    Albania - Slovenia
    Alexandru Tudor (ROU)
    Cristian Nica (ROU)
    Aurel Onita (ROU)
    Ionut Marius Avram (ROU)

    Iceland - Switzerland
    Alon Yefet (ISR)
    Amihay Mozes (ISR)
    Dvir Shimon (ISR)
    Liran Liany (ISR)

    Russia - Azerbaijan
    Deniz Aytekin (GER)
    Guido Kleve (GER)
    Christoph Bornhorst (GER)
    Marco Fritz (GER)

    Portugal - Northern Ireland
    Matej Jug (SVN)
    Bojan Ul (SVN)
    Marko Stancin (SVN)
    Mitja Zganec (SVN)

    Israel - Luxembourg
    Artur Soares Dias (POR)
    Rui Tavares (POR)
    Pedro Baptista (POR)
    Bruno Miguel (POR)

    Bosnia & Herzegowina - Lithuania
    Mike Dean (ENG)
    Simon Long (ENG)
    Jake Collin (ENG)
    Michael Oliver (ENG)

    Latvia - Liechtenstein
    Kristo Tohver (EST)
    Dmitri Vinogradov (EST)
    Silver Koiv (EST)
    Hannes Kaasik (EST)

    Slovakia - Greece
    Tony Chapron (FRA)
    Fredji Harchay (FRA)
    Huseyin Ocak (FRA)
    Clément Turpin (FRA)

    San Marino - Moldavia
    Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
    Jukka Pekka Koskela (FIN)
    Jukka Honkanen (FIN)
    Tero Nieminen (FIN)

    Ukraine - Montenegro
    Stephan Studer (SUI)
    Sandro Pozzi (SUI)
    Jean-Yves Wicht (SUI)
    Stephan Klossner (SUI)

    Poland - England
    Pedro Proenca (POR)
    Tiago Trigo (POR)
    Ricardo Santos (POR)
    Duarte Gomes (POR)

    Spain - Frankreich
    Felix Brych (GER)
    Mark Borsch (GER)
    Stefan Lupp (GER)
    Knut Kircher (GER)

    Belarus - Georgia
    Danny Makkelie (NED)
    Bas van Dongen (NED)
    Angelo Boonman (NED)
    Pol van Boekel (NED)

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  18. Klose is a sportman, but the fact that Damato did not see it should make Collina doubt..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3FNNU9EwoY

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    1. Oh yes Niclas, I was about to post this video, too.
      It's incredible that Banti, Di Fiore and Damato were not able to see the handball. Six eyes are not enough: I could also add the fourth official, if he was looking there, Posado.
      And I want also to ask: it was a correct decision to avoid che yellow card for Klose?
      In my opinion, a goal scored with the hand should be YC.
      Without Klose confession, Banti would have been in big troubles now, and of course also Damato.
      If you can, take a look to the 3-0. It seems a balatant offside, but there isn't a clear replay. Very difficult situation for Di Fiore.

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    2. I would generally trust Di Fiore, but I cannot comment on it, the tv cam is a second too late.
      It is hard to say whether the handball was deliberate leading to the goal that would entail a mandatory yellow.

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    3. Anonymous27/9/12 11:37

      You have to stop thinking like robots. There are times when common sense needs to be applied. I personally would not give a yellow card there (of course given the referee missed it).
      br
      alvaro

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  19. One thing is funny, Brych was behind Skomina and Rizzoli all the time (in the poll), and now, after the Spain-France appointment, he is in front of them ;)

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  20. Huge tasks for Doue and Bennett.

    CAF 1/2 Final first legs

    Esperance Tunis (TUN) - TP Mazembe (DR-CGO)
    Noumandiez Doue, Songuifolo Yeo, Moussa Bayere, Kouame N'dri (CIV)

    Sunshine Stars (NGA) - Ah Ahly (EGY)
    Daniel Bennett


    Bennett has by the way PASSED the fifa fitness test at Zurich.

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    1. I hope Neant Alioum won't get any further match.

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    2. Why not? He made his mistakes of huge impact, right, but he also showed skills considering his age. We must be honest, Africa does not have the same infrastructure concerning football organization like other confederations, we cannot expect a nearly complete referee at his age without experience.

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    3. I can expect Alioum in semi or final after he made such mistakes? Does referee who made incredible mistakes deserves semi or final? I think not. And really Africa have better referees than Alioum.
      Skills? Probably you meant awful positioning and lack of control in every match he whistle? Sorry, I can't see him in any match of high category.

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    4. It seems that you definitely hate Alioum ;)
      He was born in 1982 and therefore has still the need to do experience, his first FIFA tournament last year (U17 WC) at the age of 29 was anyway positive.
      Do you agree?

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    5. I am still confused how one can expect a totally complete referee without huge rooms for improvement from Africa at the age of 30. Men like Codjia have not managed more being 40 or even older, so..by the way, I cannot imagine that Menkouande has to stay at home in 2014. That is a big advantage Alioum has.

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    6. Not, I don't hate anyone!
      You obviously don't watch any CAF matches. In every Alioum's match there is at least 1 obvious and crucial mistake, there are visible lacks in positioning and no (really no) control. How such referee can be pushed so much? I don't expect totally complete referee only expect good level or 7,8-7,9 performance. And no, maybe I saw one performance with Alioum where he got 8,0 what is absolutely maximum considering his performances. And in CAF are many, many better referees than him: Bennett, Doue, Diatta, Jedidi, Jiyed, Ahrach and some more. Believe me, he would never be even in 3rd UEFA Category. Africa have better refs than Alioum only watch some CAF matches.
      U17 tournament was positive for Niclas and maybe you, for me he was the worst 'technical referee' at this tournament. His luck were performances without crucial mistakes.
      And stop such sh*t words like I hate someone, pls. It's not true. Alioum's poor performances and inexplicable pushing him are true...

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    7. Of course it is pushing, what else? And I agree, El Ahrach is a good referee. Concerning U17 WC, have a look at our flashback we wrote as very first project of our blogs, positioning problems, but excellent card management. You forgot to mention one name: Gassama, I maintain my attitude, this guy can become Africa's no1. Do you agree?

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    8. Yes, I forgot Gassama. Obviously much bigger talent than Alioum. What else in the case of Alioum? Nothing, same pushing, can't see skills.

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    9. You do not see Gassama's skills or still referring to Alioum? You are right, we are limited as I personally could only watch 2 cl matches so far of the Cameroon referee, one of them the quite ok final.

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    10. Not, I don't see Alioum's skills. Gassama is very talented :)

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    11. I was joking, I know that you don't hate people, don't worry :)

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    12. And you are right, I should watch more CAF matches, I judge Alioum only looking at his international performance, that is wrong.
      Anyway, if I say that he can improve, considering his young age, do you agree?

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    13. Of course, why not, but he often shows lack of basic skills. Firstly, he must improve positioning that is awful. Secondly, he must improve self-confidence and body language (he often shows he hesitate and is not sure what he does). Finally, card management is quite good and his strength.

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    14. Gassama, Gassama, Gassama!
      #GassamaToTheFinal
      (sorry, I had that represed since the olympic games)

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    15. AFCON final next year, perhaps, but it would be a success if he will manage to get a quarterfinal or something like that at a World Cup.

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  21. It could be interesting to know if all UEFA referees have passed the FIFA tests at Zurich.
    Niclas, have you got any info about that?

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  22. UEFA has taken the appointments from their site...

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  23. http://www.uefa.com/worldcup/season=2014/matches/index.html

    UEFA has removed the names of the referees, as I guessed probably yesterday there was a mistake of the webmaster, which revelead the appointments so early.
    Anyway now, everything is known, and I don't think that they are going to change.


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  24. Oh dear UEFA. FIFA pays a lot of attention to the circumstance that these are confidential appointments to be published 2 days before kick-off..

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  25. Manuel Gräfe continues his comeback with a match in the Regionalliga (4th level) this weekend. Kircher and Kinhöfer have also matches in Regionalliga, so three FIFA referees in 4th division.
    How is it in your countries? Are FIFA refs appointed in leagues lower than 2nd division?

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    1. I guess that is quite unique in Germany, although in England, some officials do get Championship matches as far as I remember. RFEF is applying the opposite, strict league-referees only handling matches in one specific league.

      Strange appointments in Bundesliga. 3 Bundesliga officials will function as fourth officials, although their origin is quite far away from the venue city.
      http://s14.directupload.net/images/120927/3rn8unts.pdf

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    2. Anonymous27/9/12 23:21

      Well, here in Slovenia Skomina sometimes officates in the 2nd Division. I really don't remember seeing him in lower leagues, however it is no surprise to see Vincic or Zganec even in the 3rd Division.

      Of course we cannot compare Slovenian 3rd Division to German or English :)

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    3. In Turkey, FIFA Refs officiate in Premier League and Division 1.

      Ugur B.

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    4. Anonymous28/9/12 15:41

      When does the specialization referee/AR starts in your countries (i.e. Div. 1, Div. 2, Div. 3 or right from the beginning)? Can we open a discussion on this subject? It will be interesting to know how different countries consider the specialization referee/AR at this time, 12 years after FIFA made the split in 1992.

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    5. Anonymous28/9/12 15:43

      I meant 20 years, of course:)

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    6. Specialization in Germany is conducted mostly when you have to decide: do I want to become a Bundesliga referee or Bundesliga assistant referee (= being in 2nd Bundesliga, you have to be aware of that in case of promotion). But there are many officials also in 3rd or 2nd division who are only referee or only assistant.

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    7. A suitable example for that is Mike Pickel. A bad 2nd Bundesliga referee who was nearly relegated, then DFB adviced him to focus on being an assistant referee and you know the end of the story.

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    8. Additions for Germany:
      Many of the current Bundesliga referees have been Bundesliga assistants before, I think that is unusual in other countries. Some examples: Brych has been Stark's assistant, Aytekin was on Perl's side, Zwayer accompanied Gräfe, Fritz was in Kempter's team. And the new FIFA refs Welz and Dingert (Brych's successor and Salver's precedessor as Stark's AR 1) had 119 resp. 94 BL apperances as assistants.
      In the lower divisions nearly all the referees are also assitants, one or two levels higher.

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    9. And they appeared often on Fandel's side, that is significant in a way..

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    10. Anonymous28/9/12 19:04

      You mentioned that Brych was Stark's assistant... I never knew that!!! At that time, Brych was doing both referee and AR or just AR and later (at what level?) switched to referee? I have not heard of referees in Italy, Spain, France who were ARs before. Can anyone let us know how things work in ITA, ESP, FRA, ENG, BRA, ARG, URU, MEX, AUS, USA, etc, so we could have a general image?

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    11. Anonymous28/9/12 19:29

      In Slovenia "specialization" begins in the 3rd Divison and above. In 4th and 5th Division all referees act as assistants as well. And then they have a choice to make. A have a friend who had to decide whether to pursue as referee in the 3rd Division (and hope to climb up the ladder in the following years) or to became an assistant in 1st and 2nd Division (joint panel).

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    12. At that time, Brych was referee in 2nd division. When he was promoted in 2004, he stopped being an assistant completely. As mentioned before, this constellation is quite usual in Germany. Before the 4th official was introduced, the AR1 replaced the referee in case of injury, so it was an advantage to have assistants who have experience "in the middle". In the lower leagues without 4th official, it is still done like that. I don't know how it his handled in countries with specialised ARs, probably always a referee as 4th official.
      Picture of Brych+Stark: http://mediadb.kicker.de/news/1000/1020/1100/12000/artikel/775375/800-1348592208.jpg

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    13. In Greece we have full time Referees and full time assistants in each division. So the 4th official is always a referee.

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  26. But now 1000 thanks for posting these appts Yun Hyeon, I think we had a lot of luck to have detected UEFA's error to publish them..!

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  27. Here in Italy a serie A referee can officiate only in serie A, Coppa Italia and the Super Cup.
    Until a few years ago (June 2010) serie A and serie B had the same panel of referees, then there was a split and now serie A has its exclusive roster.
    I'm very surprised reading that Bundesliga referees can be appointed in the fourth division.

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  28. And that is really no rarity, ok, still a rarity, but no surprising appointment. Some matches are financially considered very important for smaller clubs, but nonetheless, it is kind of exaggerated.

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    1. In Poland, Ekstraklasa and I Liga referees also referee lower leagues (5th and lower).

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    2. In Greece SuperLeague referee can only whistle Football League matches (second division) when they are being punished for a match in order to come-back. Also they can whistle the Football League play-offs at the end of the season.

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  29. The poll's result:
    1 CAKIR
    2 PROENCA
    3 KASSAI
    4 SKOMINA
    5 BRYCH AND RIZZOLI

    To a certain extent, that could be an internal uefa ranking..

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    1. Yes, but we have to see that Brych, Rizzoli, Webb and Rizzoli probably lost votes, because they have an "opponent" in their own country. It was easier for the first four referees.
      Furthermore I am surprised, Rocchi got the least votes. In my opinion, the Italian duel is the closest at the moment, Rocchi is getting interesting appointments (Olympics, POL-ENG).
      In general, we have to wait, what happens in this season. That could change the order, so we should do another poll next summer.

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  30. Found a video with a rather strange goal scored.

    For me the goal is illegal.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW8xI20iDgE&feature=plcp

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    1. Anonymous27/9/12 23:04

      why illegal?

      rules sais that goal may be scored directly from kick off.

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    2. After it has been kicked and moved forward.

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    3. Anonymous27/9/12 23:27

      ball was kicked forvard directly to goal, absolutely legal. there is nothing said that two players must touch the ball before it is kicked in goal.

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    4. petschovschi27/9/12 23:42

      Imho it's illegal because the player who is in front of the ball is not in his own half.
      Before kick-off all the players should be in their own-half.

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    5. You can score directly on the kick off (it's false that the first pass is mandatory, it isn't) anyway th goal scored in this video is irregular becase the teammate can't stand in the half of the opponents before the start of the game.

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    6. Illegal.
      Law 8.
      Players have to stand in their own half, that was not the case.
      Furthermore, the player must not touch the ball again until it has touched another player.

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  31. Al-Gharafa - Al-Arabi
    Viktor Kassai - Gábor Erős, György Ring - Banjar Al-Dossari - Naif Al-Kadiri, Turki Al-Kaabi (HUN/QAT)

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  32. Rumors say that Paolo Valeri (still Cat. 2 referee) should be appointed for a Europa League match next week.
    Further info to follow, it isn't sure.

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  33. Big task for Mateu Lahoz.

    Sevilla Club de Fútbol SAD - Fútbol Club Barcelona
    sábado 29 de septiembre de 2012 Hora: 22:00
    Árbitro: MATEU LAHOZ-ANTONIO MIGUEL Comité Territorial Valenciano
    Cuarto Árbitro: ACOSTA LORENZO-JUAN Comité Territorial Tinerfeño
    Árbitro Asistente 1: CEBRIÁN DEVÍS-PAU Comité Territorial Valenciano
    Árbitro Asistente 2: NÚÑEZ FERNÁNDEZ-JON Comité Territorial Vasco
    Delegado/Informador: CASTILLO JIMÉNEZ-JUAN Comité Técnico de Árbitros

    source Soy Árbitro

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