November 29, 2012

UEFA Champions League - Match Official Appointments (MD6)

Tony Chapron (FRA) to attend Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (c)

(CRO) Dinamo Zagreb
GNK Dinamo Zagreb
FC Dynamo Kyiv
Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
Tuesday, 04 December 2012, 20:45 CET, Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO) Group A
Referee: Stanislav Todorov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Ventsislav Gavrilov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Nikolay Angelov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Ivan Valchev (BUL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Nikolay Yordanov (BUL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Georgi Yordanov (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Ariel Kenneth Scheiman (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Juan Antonio Fernández Marin (ESP)
Referee Liaison Officer: Željko Grgec (CRO)

Paris Saint-Germain FC
FC Porto
FC Porto (POR)
Tuesday, 04 December 2012, 20:45 CET, Parc des Princes, Paris (FRA) Group A
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Derek Rose (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alasdair Ross (SCO)
Fourth Official: Graham Chambers (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Steven McLean (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Jacques Antenen (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Mikkelsen (DEN)
Referee Liaison Officer: Michel Lebrun (FRA)

(FRA) Montpellier HSC
Montpellier Hérault SC
FC Schalke 04
FC Schalke 04 (GER)
Tuesday, 04 December 2012, 20:45 CET, La Mosson, Montpellier (FRA) Group B
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: William Campbell (NIR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Iouri Baskakov (RUS)*
Referee Liaison Officer: Alain Chiab (FRA)

(GRE) Olympiacos
Olympiacos FC
Arsenal FC
Arsenal London (ENG)
Tuesday, 04 December 2012, 20:45 CET, Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus (GRE) Group B
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (ESP)
Fourth Official: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Harry Been (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)
Referee Liaison Officer: Evangelos C. Machairas (GRE)

(ESP) Málaga CF
Málaga CF
RSC Anderlecht
RSC Anderlecht (BEL)
Tuesday, 04 December 2012, 20:45 CET, La Rosaleda, Málaga (ESP) Group C
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Fourth Official: Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Repka (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)*
Referee Liaison Officer: Manuel Díaz Morales (ESP)

(ITA) AC Milan
AC Milan
FC Zenit St Petersburg
Zenit St.Petersburg (RUS)
Tuesday, 04 December 2012, 20:45 CET, Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan (ITA) Group C
Referee: Tony Chapron (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredji Harchay (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Emmanuel Boisdenghien (FRA)
Fourth Official: Laurent Stien (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Mutschler (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: David Elleray (ENG)*
Referee Liaison Officer: Gregorio Dall'aglio (ITA)

(GER) Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund
Manchester City FC
Man. City (ENG)
Tuesday, 04 December 2012, 20:45 CET, Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund (GER) Group D
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Radojčić (SRB)
Fourth Official: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Miodrag Gogić (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Steen Dahrup (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefano Farina (ITA)
Referee Liaison Officer: Günter Risse (GER)

(ESP) Real Madrid
Real Madrid CF
AFC Ajax
Ajax Amsterdam (NED)
Tuesday, 04 December 2012, 20:45 CET, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid (ESP) Group D
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slyško (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radek Přihoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Patak (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Eggert Magnusson (ISL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
Referee Liaison Officer: Raúl Masso Zambudio (ESP)

(UKR) Shakhtar Donetsk
FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Juventus Turin (ITA)
Wednesday, 05 December 2012, 20:45 CET, Donbass Arena, Donetsk (UKR) Group E
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Fourth Official: Stefan Wittberg (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)
Referee Liaison Officer: Viktor Paradnikov (UKR)

(ENG) Chelsea London
Chelsea FC
FC Nordsjælland
FC Nordsjælland (DEN)
Wednesday, 05 December 2012, 20:45 CET, Stamford Bridge, London (ENG) Group E
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Angelo Boonman (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Fourth Official: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Richard Liesveld (NED)
UEFA Delegate: István Huszár (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Paul Allaerts (BEL)
Referee Liaison Officer: Gary Willard (ENG)

(GER) Bayern München
FC Bayern München
FC BATE Borisov
Wednesday, 05 December 2012, 20:45 CET, Allianz Arena, München (GER) Group F
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Cryans (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: William Conquer (SCO)
Fourth Official: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Robert Madden (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: John Beaton (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Targo Kaldoja (EST)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Natri (FIN)
Referee Liaison Officer: Josef Maier (GER)

(FRA) OSC Lille
LOSC Lille
Valencia CF
Valencia CF (ESP)
Wednesday, 05 December 2012, 20:45 CET, Lille Métropole, Villeneuve d'Ascq (FRA) Group F
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Fourth Official: Dusko Miloseski (MKD)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Goran Spirkoski (MKD)
UEFA Delegate: Graham Hover (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)
Referee Liaison Officer: Claude Cauvet (FRA)

(ESP) FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona
SL Benfica
Benfica (POR)
Wednesday, 05 December 2012, 20:45 CET, Camp Nou, Barcelona (ESP) Group G
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andås (NOR)
Fourth Official: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tommy Skjerven (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Danijel Jošt (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)
Referee Liaison Officer: Antonio Uzcudun Gómez (ESP)

(SCO) Celtic
Celtic FC
FC Spartak Moskva
Spartak Moskva (RUS)
Wednesday, 05 December 2012, 20:45 CET, Celtic Park, Glasgow (SCO) Group G
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Mike Pickel (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tobias Welz (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-François Crucke (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)
Referee Liaison Officer: Roy Sandy (SCO)

(ENG) Man. United
Manchester United FC
CFR 1907 Cluj
CFR Cluj (ROU)
Wednesday, 05 December 2012, 20:45 CET, Old Trafford, Manchester (ENG) Group H
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Massimiliano Grilli (ITA)
Fourth Official: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andrea De Marco (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Nebojša Ivković (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christakis Skapoullis (CYP)
Referee Liaison Officer: David Allison (ENG)

(POR) Braga
SC Braga
Galatasaray AŞ
Galatasaray (TUR)
Wednesday, 05 December 2012, 20:45 CET, Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga (POR) Group H
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Fourth Official: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Nodar Akhalkatsi (GEO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Keith Hackett (ENG)
Referee Liaison Officer: José Ramalho (POR)

* UEFA Referee Committee Member


  1. Confirmed referees for MD6 (I hope I have not forgotten anyone):

    Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD), Milorad Mazic (SRB), Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP), Deniz Aytekin (GER), Felix Brych (GER), Bas Nijhuis (NED), Stanislav Todorov (BUL) = 7

    Logical presumptions
    Jonas Eriksson (SWE), William Collum (SCO), Craig Thomson (SCO), Nicola Rizzoli (ITA), Pedro Proenca (POR), Pavel Královec (CZE), Svein Moen (NOR)

    2 slots are according to my calculation remaining

    Stéphane Lannoy (FRA) with his comeback or Mark Clattenburg (ENG) as he was discharged last week.
    I have not taken Atkinson into account, he was just too weak in Lille. And then, there are names like Daniele Orsato (ITA) and Hüseyin Göcek (TUR) who could perhaps be involved in MD6.

    1. Orsato should be sure, all Elite development referees who did well in this CL group stage have been appointed in three matches (Aydinus, Stavrev, Mazic).
      Furthermore, today Orsato has been appointed for Catania-Milan in serie A, the match will be played tomorrow in the evening, so I'm going to think that he has his CL match on tuesday.
      Malaga - Anderlecht could be his match.

    2. Despite of Milan in that group? I rather presume that he could get ManU-Cluj.
      Aytekin with a committee member should be probable this time. Perhaps even Milan? I mean the ranking in the group is already decided.

      DFB has made significant appointments.
      Borsch, Lupp and Welz will accompany Kircher. These three will go with Brych into CL. Brych himself is at Schalke with two non fifa ARs. Stark with Salver and Pickel in 2nd Bundesliga.

    3. Malaga and Milan are already qualified, so the fight for third place is between Anderlecht and Zenit. By the way, it is also possible that he is appointed for a match on Wednesday.

      Impressive domestic appointments for Lorenzo Manganelli this year: he officiated Milan-Inter, then Sampdoria-Genoa and now Juventus-Torino.
      Three derbies and very important matches in 7 appointments until now. Probably at moment the best Italian assistant referee, since Stefani and Faverani are making weird (anyway not so blatant) mistakes.

    4. + 2 crucial NO offside calls in BVB-Ajax and Porto-Dinamo, which went all right. I once said it, it's a pity that he is so "old".

    5. Nic, AJAX ( NED )... ;)

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    7. He is old yes, but not that old.
      As 1974 born, he can still have a chance for an important tournament.
      He become a FIFA assistant thie year, otherwise he could have been chosen as Rocchi regular assistant, instead of Di Liberatore or Cariolato.
      By the way, no hopes for EURO2016, to my mind, but he sould be taken into account (of course if he goes on in this impressive career) for the 2018 WC.
      All the other best Italian assistants for that date will be out due to age (Stefani, Faverani, Cariolato, Di Liberatore). So, let's wait and we will see.
      By the way, appearing in CL group stage is already a big honour, and he could be appointed also in the knockout stage, since Tagliavento and Orsato have not regular assistants umtil now. Orsato probably will referee onlyin EL since it's too early now for him, but Tagliavento could get at least a round of 16 match, like last year happened.
      More generally, a possible overview of Italian assistants in the next important tournaments could be:

      BRAZIL 2014 Stefani and Faverani (I think sure)
      FRANCE 2016 Di Liberatore and Cariolato (very possible)
      RUSSIA 2018 Manganelli and Tonolini


    8. Anonymous2/12/12 00:40

      It seems that Stéphane Lannoy has another problem... He was appointed in Ligue 1 today for Nice Paris and 3 days ago, Ruddy Buquet replaced him in the French federation website... And no information about that, this is quite strange...

  2. 02.12.2012
    Jonas Erikson, Mathias Klasenius, Daniel Warnmark (SWE)

  3. I'm too busy this time to make overview, but the most interesting matches and referees:

    Lech Poznań - Śląsk Wrocław (Paweł Gil)

    Spartak Moscow - Zenit St. Petersburg (Sergey Karasev, Mosyakin, Kharlamov, Arslanbekov)

    Al-Ittihad - Al-Ahli (Abdulrahman Al-Amri; he seems to be new Al-Ghamdi, it's first time since many years when this clash is refereed by Saudi crew)

    West Ham United - Chelsea (Atkinson, Kirkup, England, Swarbrick)

    Fulham - Tottenham Hotspur (Foy, McDonough, Ganfield, Moss)

    Manchester City - Everton (Probert, Halliday, West, Taylor)

    Olympique Lyon - Montpellier (Jaffredo, Chevreux, Philippe, Varela Teles)

    Bayern Munich - Borussia Dortmund (Gagelmann, Anklam, Thielert, Siebert)

    Juventus - Torino (Rocchi, Manganelli, Tonolini, Vuoto, Romeo, Ciampi)

    Ajax Amsterdam - PSV Eindhoven (Kuipers, van Roekel, Zeinstra, Wiedemeijer)

    Real Madrid - Atletico Madrid (Undiano Mallenco, Diaz Perez del Palomar, Calvo Guadamuro, Figueroa Vazquez)

    Dinamo Moscow - Rubin Kazan' (Eskov, Kalugin, Gavrilin, Miroshnichenko)

    Anzhy Makhachkala - CSKA Moscow (Bezborodov, Tselovalnikov, Bereznev, Kuznetsov)

    1. Thank you for this interesting info.
      Who will referee Schalke?

    2. Brych/Christ/Willenborg/Schriever

    3. Austrian ref Manuel Schüttengruber (*1983) with his first match in Swiss Football League:
      Servette - FC Thun: Schüttengruber/Kühr/Riedel/Jancevski

      He is a promising talent, will probably be promoted to FIFA list next year. His father was the former FIFA ref Manfred Schüttengruber.

      By the way, el classico in Swiss football League will be refereed by non-FIFA ref Patrick Graf:
      GC Zürich - FC Zürich: Graf Patrick/Arnet Matthias/Heiniger Alain/
      Jaccottet Adrien

  4. Another Second Category referee is appointed for EL MD6. Ilias Spathas from Greece. Don't know the full team yet.

  5. Thanks Yun Hyeon again for the research!

    Interesting to see Spathas in a match in EL. It could be Dnipro-AIK Solna, since Johannes Reijgwaart is observer there. He is an important observer.

    1. Or Bilbao - Sparta Praha with Josef Marko as observer.

    2. edward only Spathas got a match from Greek referees according to your sources?any other?e.g sidiropoulos?

    3. I know Spathas for sure got a match. I don't know about Sidiropoulos.

    4. @darko


      You can read here about Spathas.

    5. my sources say that there is another match...
      And by they way who is better for you Spathas or Sidiropoulos?Spathas is relative of old "famous" Sp

    6. Can you translate it for me its Greek,and my Greek is not so good :)

    7. Basically it says that Spathas will play a game for the first time in EL being a Second Category Referee. His chance is big and is expected to be observed by a committee member.
      Then the author states that the suggestion for this appointment was made by Vassaras and Collina who are looking for young referees who work a lot and are probable for the future to be in the Elite Category.
      Finally it mentions that after this appointment and if his performance is good a promotion may come for him to first category.

    8. Spathas and Sidiropoulos

      Difficult question. My selection: Spathas.

      He is more sure and always very strict with players which seems to work for him. He doesn't afraid to take difficult decisions (penalties, red cards, etc). However he has a bad last name due to his father but his is very careful and tries to show that it doesn't affect him.
      Sidiropoulos on the other hand is a good referee but makes stupidly mistakes. IMO he doesn't want to have situation inside the penalty area because he lacks the determination to make difficult decisions. In European matches he is very good because no-one pressures him like in Superleague. Another minus is that he because FIFA referee after only 1 year in Superleague (the known situation with Daloukas).

    9. What about Stavros Tritsonis? He was at U17 Euro and then he nearly get no match.
      I also recognized that Kakos showed 8 reds in 5 matches in Super League so far :O

    10. Tritsonis for me is a good referee. But he had 2 bad reviews in the last 2 years (both 7.9) which blocked his chances for a promotion. Given his age if he won't be promoted in December then he will probably lose the FIFA badge since he will already be FIFA for 3 years.

      This year in Super League Tritsonis got many matches (5) and did very well including a Panathinaikos - Paok clash.

    11. edward how is Daskalopoulos doing? Good future IMO.

    12. He is in his second year in Super League. Good referee but he had some problems. He didn't had any big match so far. I quess time will tell.

  6. Yes, many things are possible. Would like to know the names already now :D

  7. According to, Aytekin has a match on Tuesday, Brych on Wednesday. Would fit with Group C for Aytekin and SHA-JUV for Brych.

  8. Stanislav Todorov will probably not handle Montpellier-Schalke, as Baskakov already observed him a month ago in EL.

    By the way, what if Vad does not get a CL match? Do you think he will be relegated then?

  9. And of course Atkinson cannot be appointed for CL, because he had EL on MD5. This should actually exclude him for this matchday.

  10. Kralovec again in group D
    another excellent appointment for Mazic, Dortmund - City

  11. The best appointments so far in this CL season if you ask me.

  12. Mateu Lahoz Montpellier-schalke
    Milan-zenit chapron
    dinamo-dynamo kiev todorov
    olympiakos-arsenal Mallenco
    malaga-anderlecht aytekin
    psg-porto thomson

  13. UEFA probably is going to promote Mateu Lahoz.
    But there is also place for Mallenco again.

  14. Undiano already whistled that match last season. Calvo Guadamuro and Teixeira Vitienes are at Georgios Karaiskakis for the 2nd time this season, after OLY-S04.
    Mateu Lahoz already had Schalke in EL last year.
    For Chapron, it could mean a test for Elite Group.

  15. Some remarks, I don't know if you agree.

    Aytekin is a hot name for promotion and now I think that Graefe will return in Category 1, sorry for him, not his fault at all, of course, but he is by the way not that young, too.
    And the debut of Lahoz in my opinion was also pushed by the bad performances and the injury of Borbalan, which for sure will be not promoted in Elite.
    The situation of Frenche referees in CL now it's difficult. Who will referee match in KO stage? Lannoy even though he skipped the whole group stage, or UEFA will try to give trust to Chaprn with a round of 16 match?
    What is your opinion?
    Regards for now

  16. I could imagine that if Lannoy is thus seriously injured that he is unable to return on the pitch in 2013 and if Chapron manages to get promoted to Elite, which he would deserve following his last performances, that FIFA will perhaps even replace Lannoy by Chapron on the pre list for 2014. At least, Chapron already got a FIFA tournament. And it's obvious that UEFA is going to promote Chapron, sending Elleray does not allow any other interpretation - or, they plan to relegate him, which would be not deserved. Chapron to Elite, Gautier to ED and Turpin to 1st seems very probable. Fautrel should leave 1st group then.

    1. Anonymous3/12/12 07:57

      Ennjimi should leave 1st group before Fautrel IMO.

  17. I can confirm Orsato for a match on wednesday.

  18. Nice, I would assign him for Lille-Valencia.

    1. Wednesday's referees should be: Orsato, Rizzoli, Nijhuis, Eriksson, Stavrev, Brych, Benquerença (?), Clattenburg

    2. 2 matchdays in a row for Benquerence is as far as I know impossible.

      One can guess the appointments taking the observers as indicators. My guesses would be these ones (no room for Clattenburg):

      SHA-JUV (Gifford): Brych
      CHE-NSJ (Allaerts): Hagen
      BAY-BAT (Natri): Collum
      LIL-VAL (Sarvan): Nijhuis
      BAR-BEN (Antonov): Eriksson
      CEL-SPM (Hauge): Orsato
      MNU-CFR (Skapoullis): Stavrev
      BRA-GAL (Hackett): Rizzoli

    3. I totally forgot Svein Moen. Then Moen to Lille, Nijhuis to Chelsea and Hagen without a match.

  19. Yes I forgot Moen, too.
    Surely no Benquerença, but I think that Clattenburg will be appointed.

  20. Nijhuis for Chelsea - Nordsjaelland.

    1. Strange appointment, easy match and not an important observer.
      What about hisfuture?

    2. I agree. Must mean UEFA's mind has been made up already, be it promotion, demotion or most probably, remaining in ED. I think he could be overtaken by Makkelie and Gözübüyük in a couple of years, maybe little longer in the latter's case. Bottom line, I don't see Nijhuis as the future of Dutch Elite refereeing.

    3. Kuipers was by the way excellent in the domestic top clash between Ajax and PSV.

  21. Eriksson and not Brych for Shakthar-Juventus.
    Unexpected appointment!

  22. Shakhtar - Juventus: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
    Chelsea - Nordsjaelland: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
    LOSC - Valencia: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
    Bayern - BATE: Willam Collum (SCO)
    Barcelona - Benfica: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
    Celtic - Spartak: Felix Brych (GER)
    Man U. - Cluj: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
    Braga - Galatasarai: Nikola Rizzoli (ITA)

  23. Anonymous3/12/12 11:49

    The appointments for wednesday have been released:

    SHA-JUV: Eriksson, Klasenius, Wärnmark, Wittberg, Johannesson, Strömbergsson (Markus!)
    CHE-NOR: Nijhuis, Boonman, van de Ven, van Dongen, von Boekel, Liesveld
    BAY-BAT: Collum, Cryans, Conquer, Mulvanny, Madden, Beaton
    LIL-VAL: Stavrev, Kirovski, Kostadinov, Miloseski, Meckarovski, Spirkoski
    BAR-BEN: Moen, Haglund, Andas, Midthjell, Skjerven, Johnsen
    CEL-MOS: Brych, Borsch, Lupp, Pickel, Zwayer, Welz
    MAN-CFR: Orsato, Tonolini, Grilli, Manganelli, De Marco, Bergonzi
    BRA-GAL: Rizzoli, Faverani, Stefani, Di Fiore, Damato, Valeri

  24. Most of the appointments are reasonable, it's also interesting to see that some officials refereed every team of a special group (Kralovec Group D, Stavrev Group F, Nijhuis Group E..). Brych came a bit unexpected, or Eriksson to be more precise. But logical appointments in a way, Eriksson was very strong in Arsenal-Schalke.

    1. Your opinion about Nijhuis observed by Allaerts in a so easy match?

    2. Allaerts had Soares Dias and Madden in his latest matches as ref observer. So I guess there really are kind of observer groups with a special task they are provided with - e.g. observing future referees in 2nd Group (Brummeier is such an observer). The advantage is perhaps that Allaerts could be able to speak Dutch (is he Flemish or of Wallonia?). And even if the match is easy, Chelsea have to win and are out of form with their new coach who receives buuuuuhs bei 40.000 supporters..

    3. Paul Allaerts is Flemish :)

  25. Well, a good set of appoitments for overall groupstage,and especially what we had on Tuesday. That will be very good to watch Kralovec and Mazic..After these performances, we may welcome our new Elite referees...

    A general assessment should reveal that referees that perform well are always pushed by UEFA. I didnt see any irregular appoitment for my taste.

  26. Atkinson gets Manchester Derby - nice appt, logical.

    Kirkup and Burt, with Clatts 4th O

  27. Unlucky debut for Todorov, I think that the match will be postponed.

  28. A remarkably good first half by Mazic. The only missed thing was the YC to Nasri in Min24 for his two-legged tackle. Good AR involvements with flags. Foul detection was ok, advantage when applicable. Thats good.

    1. In second half, I felt some weaknesses. But, it is ok.
      An obvious YC to again Nasri is missed in Min 48. Some wierd foul calls. Around Min 60s, he seemed off with control. A most probably wrong flag Balotelli(Not that sure about it)
      Not a great, but a positive performance to me

    2. Anonymous5/12/12 04:52

      I agree, Catagay! But the game was not good quality. Mažić was too " stiff ", earlier. Now, we have Milorad Mažić who understand the nature of the game. Nasri has earned a yellow card. But, that would kill the game-why put yourself in the limelight. IMO, he was insensible ( only 17 fouls ). Only when he had shown a yellow card. One, or two minor errors, like you said, not spoil the impression. This is good, expected performance!

  29. Crucial mistake in Chapron match: a blatant penalty missedin first half.
    Report to follow in the next days.

  30. What was the controversial for Mallenco tonight, I missed the Oly game unfortunately?

    1. He gave a wrong corner kick to Piräus before the 1-1.

  31. There were three or four crucial decisions for Aytekin, according to what I heard he wrongly disallowed a goal of Anderlecht and missed a penalty to Malaga. But let's wait for Carlos' report.
    Mateu Lahoz with a control-based performance, he was more lenient than Kassai at his best times...he really whistled nothing in favour of Montpellier, missed at least two or three obvious and partly even strong fouls by Schalke. Will be an 8.3, because the high level of match reading and control. Good assistants, who were however not faultless.

  32. By the way, Real's 1-0 was offside for me. Slysko did not raise the flag. Generally, it was a brilliant call because it seemed to be 5 metres offside but Slysko recognized how tight it really was, but still, it was about 20 cms offside. Have a look at dailymotion or so.

    1. Extremely tight..

    2. And seeing it again I would say worldclass call by Slysko..

    3. Anonymous5/12/12 16:11

      Nic, performance Mažić from your perspective?

    4. I watched this situation yesterday, I confirm everything you have said.
      At first, it appearead as a blatant offside (missed), but watching the replay and stopping it, you notice that maybe it's even not offside, an Slysko was able to understand that the situation was borderline, correctly not raising the flag.
      Even though there was a finger of Cristiano Roaldo in offside, I think that we must read it as an excellent and superb call.
      This probably explains why they called him back with Kralovec, surely a talent.

    5. But of course that could also be a gift for Jozef Marko, having a Slovakian in the CL. Because actually there is no need, Kordula is on the pre list, not Slysko...nonetheless, you are right, Slysko was an excellent assistant at Michel's side and still is it.

      As for Milorad Mazic's performance, I just did not watch it (I watched Schalke). Turan has watched it though and will make a detailed report!

    6. P.S.: I am downloading Todorov's clash at the moment.

  33. Do you think that a change on the Pre list it's impossible now?

    Todorov had a crucial call in the last minute of additional time of second half, you will watch it. I don't want to say anything. :)

    1. I just know it was a penalty but did not see the reason by now ;)
      At least, the field conditions were of course grave in the first half.
      By the way, the pitch in Montpellier was awful, a technically high match was impossible.

  34. Todorov's penalty is one of the sort I hate to give. The Croatian striker provokes the contact, the goalkeeper has no chance to escape the contact and could not see him coming..AAR1 immediately indicated penalty, which is a correct call, let's say, it's no mistake, but again, the goalkeeper could actually do nothing against it.

    1. Totally agree, I don't like this kind of penalties too.
      You are forced to whistle because there is a contact, but that contact is provoked and the keeper is unable to escape. It's clear that he tries to catch the ball, but if a player has an unfair behavior, he will be always able to get an easy penalty. This rule should be changed, because the keeper is highly penalized.

  35. Nijhuis with 3 handball penalties in 8 minutes! (3 penalties in one half is a CL record)
    No 1 was wrong, because not in the penalty area
    No 2 was correct
    No 3 was rather wrong than correct

    1. petschovschi6/12/12 00:03

      I can't say I'm a fan of Nijhuis but this time I have to say that I agree with him:

      1st penalty: it's an obviously handball. Question is: in or outside the penalty area ? I can't tell from the replays (feet are for sure outside the area, but the hand could be on the line), but probably the penalty was given by asisstant (as always in these kind of situations)

      2nd penalty: 100% penalty

      3rd penalty: I agree 100% with Nijhuis, the defender blocked the shot with his left hand (the defender increased the area of his body). If you watch the replay you can see that the defender's protest was about his position in the moment of handball (he pretended that was outside the area) and not about the handball...

  36. I think I am not exaggerating when I say that could mean Nijhuis' demotion. Remember this strange incident at Tottenham last year, then crucial mistake in JUV-SHA and now again at least one, probably even two crucial mistakes..

  37. And in general, I agree with Philipp's interpretation. Stavrev also with a correct penalty.

  38. Eriksson missed a penalty for Juvenusin first half, handball not seen.
    He was far away from the situation (free kick: long ball in area) and he had many players obstructing his view. Therefore, the mistake must be assigned 100% to Strombergsson, he had a free view and he was there for that.
    Furthermore, the own goal which decided the match started from an offside position of Lichtsteiner: not so blatant but neither tight. Mistake made by second assistant Daniel Wärnmar.

  39. Penalty given by Brych for Celtic is a real joke. And a decider for qualification Round of 16.

    1. petschovschi6/12/12 00:05


    2. Perhaps you should consider the clear penalty Tony Chapron denied Celtic vs Spartak Moscow earlier in the group. These things always even themselves out, a soft award yes but not an incorrect one.

    3. I agree. I can imagine that such a contact is not whistled in Scotland on every matchday, but still it's a correct one to my mind.
      But I was stunned when reading that Chapron had missed a penalty in the first clash. I watched this match, can you describe the situation? Because actually I cannot remember such a situation.

    4. @ Ryan: nice that you now join discussions with us, the blog depends on that ;)

    5. Hi Niclas, you are correct very rare to see a penalty like that given in Scotland.

      You can see it in this video at 1.20-1.30

    6. Thanks a lot, I really missed that one. This completely changes my interpretation of David Elleray as Chapron's observer. Again, thanks.

    7. I feel he felt perhaps slightly intimidated by the undoubtedly hostile crowd, this I feel can be further seen in that video when he misses the red card and has to be told about the incident by I believe his assistant. It is interesting to note that he seems to have a good position on both incidents so it is curious. I feel he is being pushed simply for the "need" to have a french presence in the champions league with Lannoy being out.

    8. That even could be more the truth than a mere feeling.

  40. Anonymous6/12/12 00:15

    Moen with a good match in Barcelona!

  41. Also Bas Nijhuis with an abysmal performance with 1 wrong penalty and a very debatable award all within 7 minutes! Should be demoted in my view after several other controversial incidents.

    Collum with 2 red cards did anyone get to see these?

    Oh and hello by the way, I'm an amateur referee in Scotland and have been an armchair viewer on this blog for a while.

    1. The first red for a heavy studs-up tackle in midfield, and the second one as a second yellow for a dive. Both correct IMO, at least fitting to his rather pedantic style in this match.

    2. Collum does tend to have a pedantic style, he is the same in the Scottish league. I would expect a further appointment for him this season in Europe.

  42. Now watched the penalty given by Brych, to my mind there isn't any contact.
    Big mistake, this penalty gave the round of 16 to Celtic...

    1. I think there is some contact, at least the hands at the body, but probably the knees are also touching each other. Nevertheless, a soft penalty, but I doubt, that it is counted as crucial mistake.

    2. well, it seems that will cost a final to Brych...
      No way, a crucial mistake, I dont know about the rest of performance bu 7.8 is inevitable


    This is the first penalty situation in Nijhuis match. It wasn't difficult (in my opinion) to understand that the handball was out of penalty area, he had a free view, the player was clearly out, even though the touch with the hand happened a bit behind, it was very hard to evaluate it as a possible penalty.

    Furthermore, I think that in the second situation (penalty missed by Chelsea) he was helped by AAR2 Richard Liesveld: at first, he hadn't whistled.

  44. I cannot understand you with regard to Brych's penalty. I do not want to defend him, but that was a penalty. Sky made a magnifier to enlarge the situation, there is a clear contact.


  45. Some other, general remarks.
    @ Cagatay: 7.8 means crucial mistake, otherwise 8.0-8.2. Brych however was at least expected level in the rest of the match. Correct red card, good appearance in the rest of the match (improved his advantage management).

    And in general, do not be too fast with crucial mistakes...we know, at least since EURO, that observers are referee-friendly as long as it is possible. And this penalty by Brych e.g. is probably doubtful, not meant in a negative manner, just doubtful because Samaras of course wanted that and the foul was very crude. But then we also must say Todorov's penalty would be a mistake, contact yes, but an inevitable and provoked one. But we don't do that.

    Concerning Nijhuis, it's just the fact that handball penalties have been controversies many times in the last weeks. The first one stays a mistake, the second one is right, the third one is very doubtful. 1 metre. It was a metre, not more. The hand did not move to the ball. Perhaps he enlarged his body volume, but was it reckless or even deliberate? I don't think so. Nijhuis punished the player for something he could not avoid, in my opinion.

    Collum with a very brave call. Nothing happens, and suddenly this foul. Straight red was the absolutely right decision, the dive is just amusing, because there was no opponent in a circle of a metre around the player who fell.

    Many things to discuss at this matchday, and unfortunately more mistakes that on Tuesday.

    1. The one with my remark: Of course, we are also always with the side of referee. But with the highlight that I watched there is no knee contact and no pull, but just a touch, then he lets himself down. The mark that I have mentioned is in the exitance of a crucial mistake, but of course none of us can know about observer's attidute...

      By the way, I also have my doubts on Stavrev's penalty...

    2. It was also hard, but I think one can give this one. Valencia's player fell a bit easily, but nonetheless Lille defender's behaviour is clumsy.
      I have written an analysis on some situations, check the replay from behind the goal on Brych's penalty situation, to my mind, it shows the recklessness of the behaviour of Spartak's defender.

  46. Some important piece of news.
    Berlin is said to get the 2015 UCL final. Not official, but many newspapers are saying that.

  47. Replies
    1. I'm going to buy the ticket :D

    2. Me too, but of course for the final 1 year earlier ;)

  48. I have to say that I disagree with the Bulgarian referee team and the Israeli Match delegate in Zagreb. The match should have been postponed around minute 20, goals were nearly scored only due to the pitch conditions..


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