February 11, 2013

Brych and Webb get Champions League top clashes

After having already shown a very good performance in last year's semifinal decided between Chelsea FC and FC Barcelona, German top class referee Felix Brych has been now appointed to be in charge of this Champions League Round of 16's top match between Real Madrid and Manchester United, while UEFA assigned Englishman and experienced final referee Howard Webb to oversee the other duel of the evening between Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Dortmund.

Felix Brych, Germany's new no.1 (?) (c) ZIMBIO

Brych's so far only appearance at Santiago Bernabéu



(ESP) Real Madrid
20:45
Manchester Utd. (ENG)
13 February 2013, 20:45 CET – Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain
Referee
Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1
Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2
Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official
Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1
Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2
Tobias Welz (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer
Bertrand Layec (FRA)
UEFA Delegate
Janis Mežeckis (LVA)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer
Raúl Masso Zambudio (ESP)


(UKR) Shakhtar Donetsk
20:45
Borussia Dortmund (GER)
13 February 2013, 20:45 CET – Donbass Arena, Donetsk, Ukraine
Referee
Howard Webb (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1
Mike Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2
Darren Cann (ENG)
Fourth Official
Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1
Michael Oliver (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2
Andre Marriner (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer
Jean Lemmer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate
Adonis Procopiou (CYP)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer
Sergii Prystupa (UKR)

69 Comments:

  1. Spanish newspaper MARCA has also confirmed Brych's appointment.
    Interesting: "Quienes le conocen consideran un colegiado claramente alemán, muy tranquilo pero a la vez muy autoritario que nos se deja intimidar por el entorno. Incluso cuando estamos hablando de un partido del calibre del que se celebra mañana y que enfrenta a dos de los mejores equipos de Europa. Brych forma parte de la nómina actual de jóvenes y prometedores árbitros de UEFA donde estarían también el italiano Nicola Rizzoli o el bulgaro (!!) Viktor Kassai." ;)

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    1. Nicola Rizzoli young and promising? ;)

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    2. At least he is looking young ;)

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    3. Anonymous11/2/13 17:51

      Big mistake of MARCA

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  2. 4th official of Brych Thorsten Schiffner
    and of Webb Stephen Child AAR1 Oliver Michael AAR2 Marriner Andre

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    1. Thx as always for your provision of information ;)

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  3. What about Europa League?
    Appointments to be revealed tomorrow?
    By the way, Webb was a candidate for Milan-Barcellona, now I think that the referee could be Kassai.

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    1. Obviously tomorrow, normally they publish it on Monday as well.
      Nope to both, Webb is not possible due to Mark Blackbourne being the match delegate in Giuseppe Meazza, Kassai due to Vagner as referee observer.

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    2. Cakir or Skomina would be my choises.

      Kassai could take Arsenal - Bayern.

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    3. I could also imagine Craig Thomson for Milan-Barca.

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    4. Anonymous11/2/13 17:54

      I think...

      Arsenal-Bayern: Skomina
      Milan-Barcelona: Kassai

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    5. I say it again:
      As UEFA referee observer László Vagner, who has been appointed to observe and assess the officiating team in charge of the match AC Milan-Barcelona, comes from Hungary, Viktor Kassai is unable to handle this match.
      Same goes for every English referee, because the UEFA delegate of this match comes from England. Referees, UEFA referee observer and delegate have to come from different countries.

      I agree on the prediction for Arsenal-Bayern, Skomina seems logical, but here there are many opportunities.

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    6. By the way, I don't know why the UEFA delegate has to come from a different country than the referee.
      Have you the explanation for that?
      I don't see any conflict in a such situation

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    7. That's a good question. According to UEFA's statutes, the delegate has to be neutral. Neutrality probably meaning here: neutral with regard to every other participant in the match, including referees. So rather a principle than something really sensible.

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  4. You are welcome!

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  5. Anonymous11/2/13 21:46

    Very good predictions so far I must say! :)

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  6. Hi i read your discussion about the observer must come from a country other than the judge and it's true. In contrast in SOUTH AMERICA, namely the COPA-LIBERTADORES matches is someting that the country whoseteam gospodażem matches nomited technical REFEREE, and observer and it is an interesing phenomenon because where else there is no such thing

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  7. @ Kika: Nice, thanks!
    @ Anonymous: Thanks, next week the next prognoses will have to come and I am sure I will have not even one hit there :b
    @ Jaco: Yes, right. In CONMEBOL zone, the observer comes from the hosting team's nation, at least in the early stages of the competition. The same counts for the fourth official
    An example:

    14 February 2013
    Gremio (BRA) – Huachipato (CHI)
    Referee: Diego Abal (ARG)
    Assistant Referee 1: Hernan Maidana (ARG)
    Assistant Referee 2: Juan Belatti (ARG)
    Fourth Official: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
    Referee Observer: Salvio Fagundes (BRA)

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  8. Nicola Rizzoli will be the first European referee to officiate a match in the Indian League, ever.
    It will happen on 23 February.
    AIA and Indian Football Association came to an agreement, which also means cooperation.
    Match will be: East Bengal - Mohun Bagan (Calcutta derby)

    Here the news:
    http://www.repubblica.it/ultimora/sport/CALCIO-ARBITRI-NICCHI-RIZZOLI-VERSO-DIREZIONE-GARA-IN-INDIA/news-dettaglio/4300267

    Very interesting.



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    1. He has to be on 21 Febraury alread in India, for this reason he is surely out from: Galatasaray Schalke (but it was already clear due to Collina presence) and probably also out from Arsenal - Bayern (19 Febraury).
      He is surely appointed for a SECOND LEG match on March!

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    2. Interesting appointment. So ManU-Real is still possible for him.

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    3. Anonymous13/2/13 02:35

      Rizzoli had Schalke-Arsenal in November, so I can´t imagine that he would get Arsenal again. If italian referee, it should be Rocchi. With regard to the incidents after last years Arsenal-Milan, Skomina wouldn´t be an intelligent appointment of UEFA because Wenger was banned for criticism concerning him. So IMO, there are only Cakir, Kuipers, Kassai left for Arsenal-Bayern. Now we can start to guess. I personally say Cakir because in this years competition he was in charge of matches by Dortmund, Real, Barca, Juve and he can´t be part of Gala-Schalke. So only Porto-Malaga, Paris-Valencia and Arsenal-Bayern are possible.

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    4. I would say Cakir at Emirates and Kuipers in Allianz Arena, while Kassai should get the match at Camp Nou, where he never was so far, or, depending on the first leg, Schalke-Galatasaray.

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    5. I would give Arsenal-Bayern to Rocchi and the second leg to Velasco or are there any reasons against him?
      I think, Kassai for Schalke is a good idea, Cakir could get PSG-Valencia.

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    6. Concerning Velasco: Not really. He should get a match, he had Montpellier-Arsenal but that is not the biggest problem. There are many opportunities and open questions: what about Lannoy? Benquerenca?..

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  9. Europa League referees on 14 february.

    BATE (BLR) – Fenerbahce (TUR)
    Alan Kelly (IRL)

    Internazionale (ITA) – CFR Cluj (ROU)
    Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)

    Levante (ESP) – Olympiacos (GRE)
    Manuel Gräfe (GER)

    Zenit (RUS) – Liverpool (ENG)
    Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

    Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) – Girondins (FRA)
    Alexandru Dan Tudor (ROU)

    Leverkusen (GER) – Benfica (POR)
    Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

    Newcastle (ENG) – Metalist (UKR)
    Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)

    Stuttgart (GER) – KRC Genk (BEL)
    Manuel De Sousa (POR)

    Atlético (ESP) – Kazan (RUS)
    István Vad (HUN)

    Ajax (NED) – Steaua (NED)
    Stanislav Todorov (BUL)

    Basel (SUI) – Dnipro (UKR)
    Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

    Anzhi (RUS) – Hannover (GER)
    Marijo Strahonja (CRO)

    Sparta Praha (CZE) – Chelsea (ENG)
    Daniele Orsato (ITA)

    M’gladbach (GER) – Lazio (ITA)
    Sergei Karasev (RUS)

    Tottenham (ENG) – Lyon (FRA)
    Pedro Proença (POR)

    Napoli (ITA) – Plzen (CZE)
    Pol van Boekel (NED)

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  10. To me it's a bad Skomina tape to match ARSENAL vs BAYERN. He judged at this stage last season, played in a rematch between ARSENAL vs MILAN (EMIRETES-STAGE), and the were activist and Gunners coach him for a lot of bad game spretensji

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  11. Logical appointments which should pass off without too much fuss. Not really alot to be said on them.

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  12. Anonymous13/2/13 14:22

    By the Way, i inform you that Stephane Lannoy passed successfully fitness tests at Rome and Will referee PSG - OM in coupe de France. So i think he may be appointed for champions league soon.

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    1. Anonymous13/2/13 17:10

      Did any referee fail these fitness tests or all participants passed them?

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    2. Thanks for the info regarding a possible Lannoy-comeback. I have no info whether someone failed it, sorry.

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  13. refereeingworld.blogspot.com/2013/01/another-injury-for-lannoy.html?m=1
    Then,it seems that his second injury wasnt serious one?

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  14. First half by Brych overall good. Match was not easy but neither so difficult.
    Several minor situations to be reviewed, by the way he showed to be consistent and so I think correct decision to let the game flow when Real Madrid asked for a penalty. The YC given were correct.
    Assistants faultless. Lupp almost not involed, Borsh with at least 3 correct decisions.
    Additional assistant referee not involved.

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    1. Yes, I am envious at him as he is able to follow this match that closely. One of the best CL matches I can remember so far. I hope the second half is going to be as good as the first one.

      No penalty absolutely ok, a classical borderline situation which I would assess at "not enough for a penalty". Apart from that, I nearly did not recognize a mistake. The corner prior to the 0-1 was correct as well. Fritz seemed involved in one corner decision (when Wellbeck nearly scored the 1-2). Also a good sign at the beginning to book van Persie. The only small thing: perhaps he missed one or two fouls in favour of ManU, at the beginning.

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    2. Webb & co.

      Effective man-managment, brilliant positioning (as always) and two rejected penalty appeals. There was no foul on Lewandowski in 12' (clear body challenge), but in 5' it should have been penalty to Borussia when Rakitskyy was pulling Lewandowski by shirt at free kick... Both Webb and Oliver should have seen it :/

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    3. Weltfussball.de's ticker (a German and hence not very neutral page) called it not enough for a penalty. I did not see it, try to watch it tomorrow, thanks so far for the overview.

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  15. Varane on Evra: I'm sorry, it was a DOGSO. I can understand the decision about the possible penalty in first half, but here when you are the last man and you hold the opponent making him fall down, it's enough to whistle.
    It can be evaluated as crucial mistake, by the way I will try to read carefully the situation, if a yellow card might have been appropriate.

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  16. Dogso? Never. It was no clear goal scoring opportunity, never in a million years for my taste. Evra did not have the ball under total control, had no pace. But I will rewatch it tomorrow as well. Tactical foul yeap, yellow card yes, dogso no in my opinion.
    I guess he did not whistle it as a foul because Evra suddenly fell by loosing his knee balance although his legs were not touched. Taking this situation out of consideration, Brych recommended himself for much higher tasks.

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    1. Anonymous13/2/13 22:59

      Come on. Denying obvious goal scoring opportunity. Evra did have the ball under control. Varane was the last defender. And his legs were touched, clearly visible in analysis on tv. It is a pity, very good performance, but one crucial mistake. Brych: 7.9.

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    2. I have watched again the situation, the YC could be enough, you are right. But the foul is 100% clear, I have no doubts about that.

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    3. And I agree with Anonymous, the contact between the legs is clear!

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    4. I hope to have a few clips or screens tomorrow on the blog to be able to analyze it. My live-impression was with the many replays the Spanish directors offered to us: foul 100%, but no dogso. But as I said, let us sleep about it and rewatch it tomorrow.

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    5. By the way, the most interesting thing would be to know what Brych would have given if he had whistled it at all as a free kick.

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    6. Brych 7.9 - missed foul on Evra (not Dogso, agreed Nic). Blowing before 3 mins stoppage is up and at a corner is poor. Inconsistent detection for United at times, something of a homer (and home effect in such atmospheres has been proven to influence referees).

      Positives: Good demeanour. All cautions correct yellows. Great fitness. Great assistance by AR's; spoke to players in good manner.

      Bizarre one: Ramos forearm to Evans in first 10 - probably not able to be seen by ref or AAR

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    7. Hi Nikos,
      I will not consider the final whistle prior to the corner as a mistake, but in my opinion the situation was not managed in the best possible way, since he whistled a few seconds (1 or 2) prior to 93:00 and the corner was ready to be kicked.
      Furthermore, I think that 2 minutes of added time in first half were a wrong decision, becayse nothing relevant happened. Then, in second half all the substitutions and other stuff, and he gave 3 minutes. Not consistent here.

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    8. Ok perhaps 'mistake' is the wrong word. But either way he protected himself, and we should never blow at corners, something we are taught from the beginning. He knew United were dangerous from them, and there was time enough to play the corner. (reminded me of Brazil '78). United players were rightly annoyed. (as you say where was the 3 mins from anyway?)

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  17. Webb with second big mistake, I'm sure we can describe it as obvious and important. Missed red card to Fernandinho who deliberately hit Błaszczykowski by elbow in 74'.

    @ Admin
    Yes, we can discuss about the possible penalty for a foul on Lewandowski, but I think that taking into account one-sided character of the foul and very high possibility that Lewandowski would have reached the ball are enough reasons to whistle it as a foul.

    Excellent man-management, letting the game flow as possible, some missed foul but two big mistakes to me, what means max. 7.7 and to me 7.4 performance. A pity...

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    1. I agree about the general good impression and the missed sending-off to Fernandinho. This situation should have been at least a second yellow, probably Webb and his team did not see it at all.
      The not given penalty is not a clear mistake for me as the pulling seems not strong enough and Lewandowski goes down too easy.

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    2. I'm able to take your point about the penalty and generally agree with you, but Fernandinho offence should be punished by straight red card, no doubts at all.

      Here, my report:
      http://sedziowskieoceny.blogspot.com/

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    3. OK, I've changed my point of view. The pulling was obvious but Lewandowski goes down too easy, as Philipp S correctly pointed out. It's not crucial mistake for sure, it's just interpretation that can be a subject for discussion.
      I stay with missed straight red card as crucial mistake and the rest of performance was really good, so I diametrally change my mark from 7.4 on 7.9. I think it will be adequate.
      Small remark, I'm still a fan of whistling such penalties. Finally, I'm Al-Ghamdi fan!

      Kind regards!

      P.S.
      Post on my blog is actualized.

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    4. Let me give you my opinion since I was observing Webb.

      The Lewandowski situation didn't convince me at first. Even though the pulling exists IMO the Dortmund player fells way too easy. So a good choice by Webb and Oliver not to give this penalty.
      The incident with Fernardinho is at least a YC (resulted in a 2nd).

      Webb was good overall. Good management with players and he tried to apply his PL style to this game (not whistling every contact and let the game flow as much as possible). But for me he should have issued at least 3 more yellow cards for clear infractions of the LOTG. This doesn't make it expected level.

      I am at the process of downloading the match in order to watch some incidents again before making my final report.

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  18. I would like to see a Brych with more cards, sometimes, but I recognize that this isn't a crucial mistakes, as we have often said.
    I will make the report tomorrow, many minor situations to analyze.

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  19. First of all, Chefren, please write your report independently from our discussion but from your point of view.
    I have re-watched the scene and think that it is in the end a borderline situation. The crucial thing is that he missed this foul at all. For me it is no classical dogso, but in the end I agree with you that it would not have been a mistake either. So the sentence "never in a million years" was wrong, my live-perception differed from watching the scene a couple of times again. But I still think that not sending off Varane was no "clear and important mistake".

    I must say that I slightly share Nikos' impression. Calling someone a homer ref is a strong judgment, either proof it or leave it..in fact he missed a few fouls on both sides, but more on ManU's side, specially at the beginning. Do you seriously question his neutrality or integrity Nikos?

    Regarding the additional time, it's of course no mistake, but it was weird. I can on the one hand accept it because it was ManU's own fault. They needed 25-30 seconds to go to a corner-kick...but on the other hand, I think that standards and set pieces should be executed if they occur in the added time you signalized before.

    In the end I must say that Brych has overall again proven that he can handle such matches in a very good manner, just this missed foul is a pity.

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    1. 100% agree and just now I have sent you my report!
      Excellent analysis.

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    2. Will be uploaded in a few moments, thx!

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    3. Great report Chefren!

      It seems only we in England got the benefit of the Ramos misdemeanour in the box within the first 7-10 mins. This was at a corner, and Ramos clearly moves elbow/forearm towards Evans head in swift motion. Potentially a big scenario for Brych and AAR.

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    4. Thanks Nikos. Nice to read that you liked my report.
      I missed that situation, I will try to watch again via download, if possible... ;)

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    5. Was it at a Real or ManU corner? (right or left side of the pitch would be sufficient).
      I have the match on DVD now and would be ready to rewatch this scene.

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  20. Anonymous14/2/13 18:13

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2278577/How-Jose-Mourinho-influences-referees--Graham-Poll.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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    1. Obviously he has no problems with Brych's performance as he does not mention it at all ;)

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  21. Anonymous15/2/13 15:58

    Is Lupp going to stay with Brych or Schiffner will get back as AR in Brych's candidate trio for WC?

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    1. Very good and relevant question. Schiffner is still on the pre list, which will be however updated at the next FIFA ref committee meeting at the start of March 2013. Then we know more. At the moment, I would say they replace Schiffner by Lupp, but both opportunities are really equally possible.

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  22. It seems that Celtic is going to send an official complaint to UEFA, because:
    "Alberto Undiano Mallenco has not done his work. We want to know why he took certain decisions. He seemed against Celtic".

    No words to comment that, a match ended in a 0-3.


    I

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    1. I do not share their impression and such a step is ridiculous as long as it does not correspond to reality, and in this case it does not.

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  23. Anonymous15/2/13 18:52

    So who do you think will be in charge of next week games in Champions league ?

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    1. Arsenal - Bayern
      Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

      Milan - Barcellona
      Pavel Kralovec (CZE)

      Galatasaray - Schalke 04
      William Collum (SCO)

      Porto - Malaga
      Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

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    2. It's extremely difficult. Let me say that Robert Jeurissen as observer in Ars-Bay indicates a very experienced official who savours UEFA's total trust.
      Another idea for GAL-SCH came to my mind: what about Benquerenca?

      I will publish a CL prognoses-thread tomorrow for next week.

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    3. Arsenal - Bayern
      Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

      Milan - Barcelona
      Pavel Kralovec (CZE)

      Galatasaray - Schalke 04
      Damir Skomina (SLO)

      Porto - Malaga
      William Collum (SCO)

      We are already 2 for the first two appointments ;)

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  24. Anonymous16/2/13 15:36

    Arsenal-Bayern: Cakir
    Milan-Barca: Skomina
    Gala-Schalke: Kralovec
    Porto-Malaga: Clattenburg

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