January 14, 2013

IFFHS honours Pedro Proença as the World's Best Referee 2012

The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) has recently published its annual ranking of international match officials. For the past year 2012, Portugal's Pedro Proença has been honoured as the World's Best Referee.

Pedro Proença Oliveira Alves Garcia (Portugal) (c) kicker

Having been in charge of both UEFA Champions League and UEFA EURO 2012 final in Munich and Kyiv respectively, this choice does not pose a huge surprise. Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey) and Howard Webb (England) have come second and third place. 
In addition, two countries are represented twice, since Howard Webb and Mark Clattenburg (England) as well as Wolfgang Stark and Felix Brych (Germany) are included in the list.
Unfortunately, IFFHS' ranking again underlines its high extent of labouring under a fundamental misapprehension: although the headline "World's Best Referee" arouses the impression that this ranking would pose a Worldranking, the ranking itself cannot hold this promise:

1.   Pedro Proença - Portugal - 174 points (UEFA)
2.   Cüneyt Çakır - Turkey - 73 points (UEFA)
3.   Howard Webb - England - 72 points (UEFA)
4.   Viktor Kassai - Hungary - 50 points (UEFA)
5.   Wolfgang Stark - Germany - 40 points (UEFA)
6.   Ravshan Irmatov - Uzbekistan - 35 points (AFC)
7.   Damir Skomina - Slovenia - 26 points (UEFA)
8.   Wilmar Roldán - Colombia - 20 points (CONMEBOL)
9.   Felix Brych - Germany - 15 points (UEFA)
10. Stéphane Lannoy - France - 13 points (UEFA)
 ~   Nicola Rizzoli - Italy - 13 points (UEFA)
12. Milorad Mažić - Serbia - 11 points (UEFA)
13. Carlos Velasco Carballo - Spain - 8 points (UEFA)
14. Mark Clattenburg - England - 6 points (UEFA)
15. Carlos Vera - Ecuador - 5 points (CONMEBOL)

26 Comments:

  1. 1) It was impossible to guess a different name for the winner ;)
    2) Again, it seems that for IFFHS exists only our confederation (UEFA) That's wrong. We can read 13 UEFA referees listed, and just 2 men from other confederations: Roldan and Irmatov. CAF doesn't exist, as well as CONCACAF and OFC.
    3) Stark is in the fifth place, with 40 points. Brych is the number 9, with 15 points. Please, I would lik to read explanation. Of course, they evaluated his appointment for EL final, but this was probably the worst year for Stark in international comeptitions, considering the fact that he was never appointed in CL 11/12 K.O. stage and the problems he had in his first appointment for CL group state 12/13. It's really incredible to read his name prior to Brych.
    4) Iwould like to know what Webb did, in order to get the third place.

    And that's enough for now :D
    probably in the next days, other points to follow... by the way, this time I think that we can't blame them for Proença, it was for sure an excellent 2012 for the Portuguese referee, but the problem of IFFHS is that they look only at UEFA

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    1. Anonymous18/1/13 16:37

      Proenca okay, but Webb and Wolfgang Stark at the front is amazing, but because obviously only statisticians or non-experts have submitted their vote...

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    2. Anonymous18/1/13 16:55

      These unknown figures who avoid the public, make only important. This statistic is worthless

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  2. That list was created according to CL, EL and EURO 2012 appointments for Europe's referees. That's not about match performances. Proença has got two finals. Cakir has got only CWC final. But his performance was excellent. and other CL Semi final performances like this.

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  3. As always, this ranking is created by narrow-minded voting. Only appointments are taking into account. If we see on the performances... it wouldn't be Proenca for sure ;) Not happy with it, but of course results were known long before the voting :)

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  4. As we all know: predictable...

    I have only one thing to say:
    Saying Yuichi Nishimura is worse than the whole list is just funny.

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    1. Nice clue, Cagatay, realy nice!

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  5. 30.1. Al-Hilal - Al Nassr: Kinhöfer/Häcker/Fischer

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  6. I have objections to the IFFHS ranking list and the exact places 4 & 5 . And so Viktor Kassai who zajmuje 4th place, at this point be mainly poor performace on ME - 2012,and a few weak metches. To same applisto beinng in 5th place Wolfgang Stark, ME and weak queue MD.1 CH.L, after which GERMANY has been suspended

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  7. Of course Stark is only there because of his big name, his accomplishments in general (EURO and EL final) and Brych should be actually above him. In the end, that's a ranking which is semi-official, so one should post it, but I doubt there is an overvalue we can draw.

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  8. Herbert Fandel has again emphasized in an interview that Kralovec' handball decision in City-Dortmund was correct (increase of body volume).

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    1. Yes, Proenca was the best referee in 2012, especially for his appointment and his performances in CL and Euro2012 finals. Its' amazing that 12 referess are form UEFA and only 3 outside Eurpoe !!!! I don't know if IFFHS has eyes only for UEFA (as Chefren said) or if the level of refereeing outside Europe is poor. I think that Nishimura must be in top 10, while Osses (Chile) in the 15's list, but who else ? Perhaps Amarilla ? M. Rodriguez ? Semene ? Silveira ? Hamoudi ? Al Badwawi ? or Geiger ?
      I'm surprized to see Webb in so high position, Skomina did better.

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  9. Kompany's red card rescinded after appeal as well as cards given by Taylor! Don't want to use brutal words for what I think about FA's decisions... :/ :/ :/

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    1. This is something against the referees and their discretion on the pitch, I really don't like. Here in Italy it never happen, there should be only a very particular case...

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    2. It was clear when one watched Dean's match and saw this hard but in my eyes reasonable red card (yellow could have been enough, too, as it was not really studs up here). But red cards should only be eliminated if a mistake is very obvious (like Stark's penalty where no handball existed).
      As we discuss refereeing, bans and punishments should not be our real matter, the problem is that it again shows how careless the FA deals with studs up fouls. The silly thing is: they said Foy's red card against Kompany in the Manchester Derby a few months ago was correct, but this one shown by Dean was wrong. More or less, there are now two judgments for nearly the same situation/kind of foul/extent of foul.

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  10. Iraq - Bahrain 1-1 AET. Match was decided at penalty shoot out.
    Iraq keeper the new hero! He saved two penalties and then he scored the crucial and last one. Final will be EAU - Iraq, so Shukralla there, as Yun said...

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  11. Anonymous16/1/13 10:59

    There are lot of tournaments this year: FIFA U-20, FIFA U-17, Confederations Cup, Euro U-21, Euro U-19, Euro U-17, FIFA beach soccer. Any information about referees for FIFA tournaments? (I know referees will be from pre-list but anybody have names?)

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    1. I am not sure but I believe the officials won't be appointed before April.

      UEFA U21 EURO: Bebek, Boiko, Gautier, Gil, Hategan, Jug

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  12. Anonymous16/1/13 13:26

    IFFHS is one calamity.....

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  13. www.iffhs.DE says it all

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  14. Today, they have released another ranking, about the world best referee of the 21st Century.

    http://www.iffhs.de/?790f00fccac03cdad53d4f02f85fdcdc3bfcdc0aec7482edb88201

    Markus Merk...

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    1. OMG Webb is considered better than Collina. How ludicrous.

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  15. A story in a German fan magazine about IFFHS and its founder/chairman. Interesting to read, use a translator.
    http://www.11freunde.de/artikel/auf-der-suche-nach-dr-alfredo-poege

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  16. Hi ofical info ASIAN FEDERATION. SUDA-ARABIAN REFEREE KHAIL AL-GHAMDI FINAL METCHES ZEA - IRAK, in GULF - CUP-2013.
    BANJAR AL-DUSSARI METCHES 3 place in GULF - CUP.

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  17. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=E0_Jy7tY4l4
    Very tense match yesterday for Rizzoli, Stefani and Faverani in Fiorentina-Roma (Coppa Italia).
    In the video, you can see the "fight" between Dodò and Cuadrado, and both were sent off for this reason. The other red card had been given to Taddei, for violent conduct.
    The match was very challenging for both assistants, and I think that they showed a faultless performance. Rizzoli had also many cards to give, but not crucial situations to evaluate.

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    1. Anonymous17/1/13 21:50

      Calls were correct but Rizzoli certainly should have sent each player off one at a time. By sending them both off at the same time an altercation was inevitable. Rizzoli is a top referee but that scrum could have been easily prevented.

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