March 31, 2012

Marrufo and Perea to head semifinals

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The 34 year-old American professional referee Jair Marrufo from El Paso, Texas, has been appointed to oversee the first semifinal of this year's edition of CONCACAF's Olympic Games qualifying tournament. The son of a former Mexican referee will be in charge of El Salvador - Honduras that will be played in Kansas City tonight, while being accompanied by his countryman Eric Boria and the Surinamese Ramon  Louisville, who is one of the most experienced CONCACAF assistant referees and has potential chances to reach one of the next FIFA tournaments along with Enrico Wijngaarde. Walter López from Guatemala will function as Fourth Official.
Marrufo, who actually counted as favourite for the final match, after USA did not qualify for the semifinals, was already in control of two Honduran group stage ties against Panama (3-1) and Trinidad & Tobago (2-0). In both matches, he issued 4 yellow cards each.


Jair Marrufo (USA), prospective referee of FIFA World Cup 2014 (c) CONCACAF



In addition, CONCACAF has also assigned Jafeth Perea from Panama as the other semifinal referee. The 30 year-old was in charge of USA - Canada (0-2) in the group stage - there, he sent a Canadian player off with a straight red card - and also joined 2011 FIFA Under 17 World Cup in Mexico, where he refereed one match (Congo 1-0 Netherlands).
Perea's assistant referees will be Keytzel Corrales from Nicaragua, one participant of the U17 WC, too, and António Lopez from Puerto Rico, Hugo Cruz Alvarado from Costa Rica completes the team as Fourth Official.

The two winners of both semifinals, the finalists, will join the Olympic Games in London 2012.

Overview:

At Kansas City, 31 March 2012
El Salvador - Honduras
Referee: Jair Marrufo (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Eric Boria (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Ramon Louisville (SUR)
Fourth Official: Walter López (GUA)

Mexico - Canada
Referee: Jafeth Perea (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Keytzel Corrales (NCA)
Assistant Referee 2: António Lopez (PUR)
Fourth Official: Hugo Cruz Alvarado (CRC)


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March 28, 2012

UEFA unfolds 17th team at EURO 2012

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After having already published the names of the 12 match officials, who will head their referee teams at the matches of UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland/Ukraine, in last December, UEFA has revealed the full teams that will be in charge of the greatest and most popular football competition in 2012.
Even though most of the designations are no surprises at all, since they were able to be deduced by analyzing and interpretating the previously appointed teams in UEFA Champions League's K.O. Stage, there may be some kind of amazement with regard to the Standby Assistant Referees whose presence was not clear to us until today.


The selected officials are (enumerated by origin):

England
Referee: Howard Webb
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Mullarkey
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Kirkup
Reserve Assistant Referee: Stephen Child
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Martin Atkinson
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mark Clattenburg


France
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy
Assistant Referee 1: Eric Dansault
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Cano
Reserve Assistant Referee: Michaël Annonier
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fredy Fautrel
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ruddy Buquet

Germany
Referee: Wolfgang Stark
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Hendrik Salver
Assistant Referee 2: Mike Pickel
Reserve Assistant Referee: Mark Borsch
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Florian Meyer
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Deniz Aytekin

Hungary
Referee: Viktor Kassai
Assistant Referee 1: Gábor Eros
Assistant Referee 2: György Ring
Reserve Assistant Referee: Robert Kispál
Additional Assistant Referee 1: István Vad
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tamás Bognar

Italy
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli
Assistant Referee 1: Renato Faverani
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Stefani
Reserve Assistant Referee: Luca Maggiani
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Gianluca Rocchi
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Paolo Tagliavento

Netherlands
Referee: Björn Kuipers
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin E.J. Zeinstra
Reserve Assistant Referee: Berry Simons
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pol van Boekel
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Richard Liesveld

Portugal
Referee: Pedro Proença
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Santos
Reserve Assistant Referee: José Tiago Trigo
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Manuel de Sousa
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Duarte Gomes

Scotland
Referee: Craig Thomson
Assistant Referee 1: Alasdair Ross
Assistant Referee 2: Derek Rose
Reserve Assistant Referee: Graham Chambers
Additional Assistant Referee 1: William Collum
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Euan Norris

Slovenia
Referee: Damir Skomina
Assistant Referee 1: Primoz Arhar
Assistant Referee 2: Marko Stancin
Reserve Assistant Referee: Matej Zunic
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Matej Jug
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Slavko Vincic

Spain
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez
Reserve Assistant Referee: Jesús Calvo Guadamuro
Additional Assistant Referee 1: David Fernández Borbalán
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Clos Gómez

Sweden
Referee: Jonas Eriksson
Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Wittberg
Assistant Referee 2: Mathias Klasenius
Reserve Assistant Referee: Fredrik Nilsson
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Markus Strömbergsson
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Johannesson

Turkey
Referee: Cuneyt Çakır
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun
Reserve Assistant Referee: Emre Eyisoy
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Hüseyin Göcek
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bülent Yildirim




The selected Fourth Officials are: 

Marcin Borski (Poland) 
Tom Harald Hagen (Norway, r.)
Pavel Královec (Czech Republic)
Viktor Shvetsov (Ukraine) 


The selected StandBy Assistant Referees are:


Marcin Borkowski (Poland)
Damien Macgraith (Ireland)
Roman Slysko (Slovakia, r.)
Oleksandr Voytyuk (Ukraine)



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March 27, 2012

UEFA Europa League - QF - Appointments (I)

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AZ Alkmaar

-:-
Valencia CF
MATCH FACTS: Thursday, 29 March 2012, 21:05, AZ Stadion, Alkmaar, Netherlands
Referee
Martin Atkinson
ENG

Assistant Referee 1
Mike Mullarkey
ENG

Assistant Referee 2
Peter Kirkup
ENG

Fourth Official
Andre Marriner
ENG

Additional Assistant Referee 1
Mike Jones
ENG

Additional Assistant Referee 2
Michael Oliver
ENG

UEFA Delegate
Steen Dahrup
DEN

UEFA Referee Observer
Nuno Castro
POR










FC Schalke 04
-:-
Athletic Bilbao
MATCH FACTS: Thursday, 29 March 2012, 21:05, Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Referee
Pedro Proença
POR

Assistant Referee 1
Bertino Miranda
POR

Assistant Referee 2
Ricardo Santos
POR

Fourth Official
João Capela
POR

Additional Assistant Referee 1
Manuel de Sousa
POR

Additional Assistant Referee 2
Duarte Gomes
POR

UEFA Delegate
Jaroslav Dudl
CZE

UEFA Referee Observer
Pierluigi Collina
ITA










Atlético Madrid
-:-
Hannover 96
MATCH FACTS: Thursday, 29 March 2012, 21:05, Estádio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain
Referee
Stéphane Lannoy
FRA

Assistant Referee 1
Eric Dansault
FRA

Assistant Referee 2
Frédéric Cano
FRA

Fourth Official
Antony Gautier
FRA

Additional Assistant Referee 1
Fredy Fautrel
FRA

Additional Assistant Referee 2
Ruddy Buquet
FRA

UEFA Delegate
Adrian Titcombe
ENG

UEFA Referee Observer
Johannes Reijgwaart
NED











Sporting
-:-
Metalist
MATCH FACTS: Thursday, 29 March 2012, 21:05, José Alvalade, Lisboa, Portugal
Referee
Wolfgang Stark
GER

Assistant Referee 1
Jan-Hendrik Salver
GER

Assistant Referee 2
Guido Kleve
GER

Fourth Official
Manuel Gräfe
GER

Additional Assistant Referee 1
Florian Meyer
GER

Additional Assistant Referee 2
Deniz Aytekin
GER

UEFA Delegate
Wolfgang Thierrichter
AUT

UEFA Referee Observer
Luis Medina Cantalejo
ESP










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March 25, 2012

UEFA Champions League - QF - Appointments (I)

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Quarterfinals, 1st legs:




Benfica
-:-
Chelsea London
MATCH FACTS: Tuesday, 27 March 2012, 20:45, Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal
Referee
Paolo Tagliavento
ITA

Assistant Referee 1
Andrea Stefani
ITA

Assistant Referee 2
Luca Maggiani
ITA

Fourth Official
Paolo Valeri
ITA

Additional Assistant Referee 1
Daniele Orsato
ITA

Additional Assistant Referee 2
Luca Banti
ITA

UEFA Delegate
Milovan Djukanovic
MNE

UEFA Referee Observer
Eugen Strigel
GER










APOEL
-:-
Real Madrid
MATCH FACTS: Tuesday, 27 March 2012, 20:45, GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus
Referee
Felix Brych

GER
Assistant Referee 1
Mark Borsch

GER
Assistant Referee 2
Stefan Lupp

GER
Fourth Official
Knut Kircher

GER
Additional Assistant Referee 1
Markus Wingenbach

GER
Additional Assistant Referee 2
Peter Sippel

GER
UEFA Delegate
Tryvge Bornö

NOR
UEFA Referee Observer
Zdravko Jokic

SRB



Olympique Marseille
-:-
Bayern München
MATCH FACTS: Wednesday, 28 March 2012, 20:45, Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France
Referee
Carlos Velasco Carballo
ESP

Assistant Referee 1
Roberto Alonso Fernández
ESP

Assistant Referee 2
Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez
ESP

Fourth Official
Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
ESP

Additional Assistant Referee 1
David Fernández Borbalán
ESP

Additional Assistant Referee 2
Carlos Clos Gómez
ESP

UEFA Delegate
Mark Blackbourne
ENG

UEFA Referee Observer
Roberto Rosetti
ITA










AC Milan
-:-
FC Barcelona
MATCH FACTS: Wednesday, 28 March 2012, 20:45, Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano, Italy
Referee
Jonas Eriksson
SWE

Assistant Referee 1
Stefan Wittberg
SWE

Assistant Referee 2
Mathias Klasenius
SWE

Fourth Official
Daniel Stålhammar
SWE

Additional Assistant Referee 1
Markus Strömbergsson
SWE

Additional Assistant Referee 2
Stefan Johannesson
SWE

UEFA Delegate
Mikalai Varabyov
BLR

UEFA Referee Observer
Herbert Fandel
GER











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