February 2, 2013

Spanish and German officials appointed for CL and EL

According to the Spanish football federation RFEF and fussball.de, which is a very reliable site as it directly gets referee appointments by the German federation DFB, there will be three Spanish and four German officiating crews in the first week of UEFA Champions League's Round of 16 and in UEFA Europa League's Round of 32.
Among others, FIFA pre list assistant referee Thorsten Schiffner will return on the international stage after twelve months of absence due to injury.

Manuel Gräfe (c) Wahretabelle.de

Spanish officials:

12 or 13 February - UEFA Champions League (either Celtic - Juventus or Shakhtar - BVB)

Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Assistant Referees: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar, Jesús Calvo Guadamuro
Additional Assistant Referees: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes, César Muñiz Fernández
Fourth Official: Raúl Cabañero Martínez

14 February - UEFA Europa League

Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo
Assistant Referees: Roberto Alonso Fernández, Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez
Additional Assistant Referees: Carlos Del Cerro Grande, Javier Estrada Fernández
Fourth Official: José Fernández Miranda

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz
Assistant Referees: Pau Cebrián Devis, Javier Aguilar Rodríguez
Additional Assistant Referees: Carlos Clos Gómez, José Luis González González
Fourth Official: Teodoro Sobrino Magán

German officials:

12 or 13 February - UEFA Champions League (either Valencia - PSG or Real Madrid - ManUnited)

Referee: Felix Brych
Assistant Referees: Mark Borsch, Stefan Lupp
Additional Assistant Referees: Marco Fritz, Tobias Welz

14 February - UEFA Europa League

Referee: Manuel Gräfe
Assistant Referees: Markus Häcker, Holger Henschel
Additional Assistant Referees: Christian Dingert, Guido Winkmann

21 February - UEFA Europa League

Referee: Deniz Aytekin
Assistant Referees: Guido Kleve, Thorsten Schiffner
Additional Assistant Referees: Robert Hartmann, Guido Winkmann

Referee: Wolfgang Stark
Assistant Referees: Jan-Hendrik Salver, Mike Pickel
Additional Assistant Referees: Felix Zwayer, Tobias Welz


  1. Poland - Romania today in Malaga

    ref: Pedro Jesús Pérez Montero
    as1: José Manuel Matías Caballero
    as2: Alfonso Hernández Labella
    4of: Abraham Domínguez Cervantes

  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FB-ZBt5cEHY
    Howard Webb....

    1. Those all cases which we've watched last times are definitely in contrary to all instructions and LoTG! I can only recommend you to watch the whole first half...

    2. The problem is that I never know whether these officials ignore the fouls voluntarily or because they just don't recognize them. And no, I will not watch the full match, thanks ;D


  4. Shocking, but no surprising news with regards to EUROPOL's announcement.

  5. Netherlands - Italy full appointment.

    Cüneyt Çakır
    Tarik Ongun - Bahattin Duran
    Serdar Gözübüyük

  6. Jaap Uilenberg last week-end was in Turkey to observe live at stadium Cakir in Feenrbahçe - Sivasspor (yesterday) and Gocek in Kasımpaşa - Elazığspor (Saturday). Very interesting piece of news.


  7. Fantastic classic in Jupiler Pro League! Anderlecht - Standard finished in 2-2. Amazing first goal, three red cards.

    Serge Gumienny with a top-class performance but with one big mistake when he overlooked the clear red card foul by Kljestan in 56'. In 53' there was the handball by Standard player in own box which could've resulted in penalty but Gumienny interpreted it as undeliberate handball. I think no crucial mistake there but more a penalty to me. All three sending-offs were correct, first violent conduct, second and third in result of second yellow cards. Perfect non-penalty call in 76' when all Anderlecht players shouted for penalty but there was no handball.

    Extremely exciting match and a pity it's not available to download and Gumienny is not in Elite....



    1. And here the version with missed red card to Kljestan:



    2. I agree, it was intentional. Clear red card, crucial mistake.
      I can't find the other situations in the video, by the way if you can help me saying the exacte minutes to watch, I will answer tomorrow ;)

    3. http://www.rtbf.be/video/detail_studio-foot-dimanche?id=1796603

      5:18 red card
      6:48 penalty?
      7:10 yellow/red card
      8:14 yellow/red card

    4. Thank you!

      05:18 Borderline decision, the red card can be absolutely justified but I see often many referees giving the yellow card for a action like this. By the way it's a reaction, and also a bit violent, so the red is ok.

      06:48 Again these handballs, very difficult decsion to take. In this situation I think that the most relevant thing is the distance between the players, too short. But the position of the arms is surely dangerous for the defender. Always the same speech, I can justify a penalty here but I can accept also the NO-CALL, because the touch seems unintentional even though maybe a bit malicious. Therefore, NO CRUCIAL MISTAKE to let the game flow!

      7:10 correct second yellow card

      8:14 absolutely correct, no need to explain

      Very difficult match and it seems a good performance on crucial situations by Gumienny. The only clear mistake is the missed red card in 56'.

    5. Thanks, very good analysis. A pity Belgian league is so rarely broadcasted in other countries! Really nice matches!

      I watched Alexandre Boucaut in Gent - Beerschot, too. He seems to be very good referee with nice game feeling. He allowed extremely hard physical play and it was very good approach because both teams were low in the table (12th, 15th place) and their main target was such play. Apart from that, the players was just big men and it was suitable to let the game fluence by not whistling every hard body-on-body-challenge. He missed one yellow card, but apart from that it was excellent game by him!

    6. I agree with Chefren's analysis. Of course I did not watch the whole match so I cannot dare to judge his full performance.

      To add something, I once saw Wim Smet in Solna (UEL qualifiers or so). He was the other Belgian referee who became FIFA in 2012. He seemed nervous on the pitch, probably because it was one of his first international matches, but he also conveyed a good impression.

    7. But again, if you haven't such people like Uilenbeg or Collina behind, you must be out of all good matches... Wrrrr... :/

    8. That's normal, it is not like that only in refereeing. You need connections and must convince those who are relevant for your career of your skills. And hm, I agree, but I do not think it suits here when we are talking about Gumienny, Boucaut and others. Gumienny was at fault himself, he had catastrophic performances in e.g. Sevilla-Hannover and Sporting-Lazio, decisive matches for his career.

    9. He's just too good for 1st Category if you ask me. And I doubt he will be there being English, Spanish, Italian, Slovenian or Turkish referee. Nope, I'm sure he would be Elite...

    10. Did you watch both matches I mentioned? If yes, then imagine you were a UEFA responsible who had to decide promotion or demotion..

  8. 6.1. France-Germany: Mazzoleni(ITA)
    according to a newspaper, but I still have my doubts...

    1. I have my doubts, too. A category 2 referee for this match would be a bit strange. By the way, it could be a partially wrong information: maybe Mazzoleni will be the fourth official, with Rocchi on the middle. But this is just my guess.... tomorrow we should know this appointment for sure.
      Let's wait.

    2. I think in friendly such appointment is possible. Mazzoleni is very good referee who have top clashes in his account. Would be good match to him!

    3. These friendlies normally can be handled by non FIFA officials, but surely, it is a surprise if it is true.

    4. Yes everything is possible but in these top-clash friendlies we have already read the names of Elite referees. Proença, Rizzoli, Kassai, Cakir. Tell me if you remember a very important friendly refereed by a Category. For this reason, I have doubts, but I hope that Mazzoleni hgot for real this appointment, of course.

  9. Atletico - Betis. I hope it will be huge ban! Still waiting for your analysis of Anderlecht - Standard situations (alleged penalty, red cards, missed red card)


    1. Huge ban for him!
      I hope at least 5 matches.

    2. At least 6 if you ask me, but would give him 8!

  10. I will answer tomorrow in a detailed way. Just so much, I saw the foul and was stunned that specially Undiano only gave yellow..

    1. Anonymous6/2/13 00:31

      i saw the match and i didn't see yellow card for Betis player in this situation. he got a YC before.
      i think referee didn't see it (by the way too difficult to see if you are not just looking at them)




  12. Azerbaijan - Uzbekistan
    Ammar Al-Junaibi, Ahmad Al-Shammisi, Muhammad Ahmad Yussif, Abdullah Al-Ajeel [UAE]

    Poland - Romania
    Pedro Jesús Pérez Montero, José Manuel Matías Caballero, Alfonso Hernández Labella, Abraham Domínguez Cervantes

    Norway - Ukraine
    Carlos Clos Gómez, Javier Aguilar Rodríguez, Teodoro Sobrino Magán, Pedro Jesús Pérez Montero [ESP]

    Slovenia - Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Pavel Kralovec, Martin Wilczek, Antonin Kordula [CZE]

    Cyprus - Serbia
    Athanasios Giachos, Christos Akrivos, Ilias Alexeas [GRE]

    Chile - Egypt
    Fernando Teixeira Vitienes, Victoriano Díaz Casado, José Manuel Miranda Fernández, César Muñiz Fernández [ESP]

    Sweden - Argentina
    Antony Gautier, Frédéric Cano, Michaël Annonier [FRA]

    Armenia - Luxembourg
    Nicolas Rainville, Guillaume Debart, Frédéric Haquette, Stéphan Luzi [FRA]

    Guinea - Senegal
    Fredy Fautrel, Emmanuel Boisdenghien, David Benech [FRA]

    Azerbaijan - Liechtenstein
    Abdullah Al-Ajeel, Hassan Suqatri, Yasim Abdullah, Hamad Al-Shaikh [UAE]

    England - Brazil
    Pedro Proenca Oliveira Alves Garcia [POR]

    Turkey - Czech Republic
    Björn Kuipers, Sander van Roekel, Erwin Zeinstra [NED], Mete Kalkavan [TUR]

    Netherlands - Italy
    Cüneyt Çakır, Tarık Ongun, Bahattin Duran [TUR], Serdar Gözübüyük [NED :D]

    Spain - Uruguay
    Fahad Jaber Al-Marri, Salam Rashid Al-Nuaimi, Talib Salam Al-Marri, Abdulrahman Al-Jassim [QAT]

    Romania - Australia
    Carlos Velasco Carballo, Roberto Alonso Fernández, Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez, Carlos del Cerro Grande [ESP]

    Russia - Iceland
    Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz, Pau Cebrián Devís, Jesús Calvo Guadamuro, José Luis Paradas Romero [ESP]

    Greece - Switzerland
    Alberto Undiano Mallenco, Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar, Raúl Cabañero Martínez [ESP]

    Wales - Austria
    Menashe Masiah [ISR]

    Scotland - Estonia
    Clement Turpin, Nicolas Danos, Laurent Stien [FRA], Kevin Clancy [SCO]

    Portugal - Ecuador
    Marijo Strahonja, Siniša Premužaj, Goran Pataki, Ante Vučemilović-Šimunović [CRO]

    Ireland - Poland
    Sebastien Delferiere, Yves De Neve, Gregory Crotteux [BEL]

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    1. It seems that Mazzoleni has been confirmed also by ita.worldfootball.net
      By the way, today FFF should write the announcement on their site, with the full appointment.

  14. Probably the change in Armenia - Luxembourg:
    Nicolas Rainville, Frédéric Haquette, Stephan Luzi, Benoit Bastien

  15. Greece - Switzerland

    Fourth Official: Ilias Spathas (GRE).

  16. It seems that Liverpool - Debrecen (CL group stage 2009/10, Matchday 1) is one of the 380 fixed matches.


    Referee was Pedro Proença

  17. Pierluigi Collina will observe Galatasaray - Schalke 04.

    1. Pierluigi Collina observing in Knock-Out stage could mean that he is going to watch a potential candidate for CL final.
      It will depend on the name that we will read.

    2. By the way, it seems that Collina loves to observe Schalke 04 matches. Is there any reason? ;)
      HEe is very rarely appointed as observer!

    3. Layec has Real-ManU.
      And yes, two ways of interpretation. Either he observes a potential final referee (but then it would not be Rizzoli, nor Cakir!), or, what is more probable, Collum or Kralovec will get this clash.

    4. Skomina could be a name for this game (as potential final) or as Niklas said Collum or Kralovec.

    5. petschovschi6/2/13 08:12

      It seems that Collina loves Istanbul. He is not very often appointed as referee observer, but this is 3rd year in a row when Collina will be in Istanbul:
      29.03.2011: Kralovec (Turkey- Austria)
      23.02.2012: Vad (Besiktas- Braga)
      20.02.2013: ??? (Galata- Schalke)

      Imo the referee will be a potential candidate for UCL final: Skomina (thinking that other options are exluded in this particular case: Brych, Carballo, Cakir, Rizzoli...)

    6. In your opinion, it isn't possible that Collina is going to observe a Elite development referee and not a Elite one? For example, this match could be a huge test for Mazic. What do you think?
      More generally, I'm curious to see in this CL K.O. stage how many Development will be appointed.
      Of curse, in this case, Collina as observer could mean a chance for a promotion in Elite.
      I'm starting to think that he is not going to observe a man for the final, at least not for now.

    7. CL K.O. stage is only for Elite referees (although we know that UEFA changed a lot during the last season).
      I am clearly believing that Kralovec will get this match, it suits into his palmarès of this CL season.

    8. Yes Admin, sorry. My mistake. So, Kralovec or Collum, but more likely Kralovec. A very good appointment for the Czech referee.

    9. petschovschi6/2/13 09:45

      I cant's see the reason why Collina should be observer for Kralovec or Collum.
      Both are new entries in Elite and, at least in next 2-3 years, I can't see something important for them.
      For Kralovec would be the first game in Elite. Why should be Collina referee observer for him now (AFTER the promotion) and not BEFORE the promotion? I remind you that Kralovec had Collina as observer 2 years ago in Turkey- Austria (after that Kralovec was repromoted in Elite Development).
      Also Collum had Collina as observer 2 years ago in 1/16 of UEL (PSG-Benfica). I can't see a serious reason for Collina to observe him once again in this moment.

      For me it will be Skomina. Do you want a bet :) ?

    10. "Both are new entries in Elite and, at least in next 2-3 years, I can't see something important for them." - Kralovec is on the short list for the next World Cup o.O I think that is something relevant. And it happened often that new Elite officials were observed by committee members or in general very important observers in their first K.O. match (e.g. Peter Mikkelsen had Nikolaev in Valencia-Schalke). The atmosphere in Istanbul is hot, it is the loudest stadium of Europe. So I could imagine it could mean a real test for someone like Kralovec (or perhaps even Moen, I have not thought of him so far..).

      But as I mentioned, there is also the other side, the possibility that Skomina gets it as a test. Both is possible, therefore let's wait, but I don't bet ;)

    11. petschovschi6/2/13 12:01

      Do you really think that Kralovec has a chance for WC2014 ? In South Africa were only 9 europeans (Webb, Rosseti, Busacca, Benquerenca, Lannoy, Kassai, De Bleeckere and Stark)and I suppose in Brazil will be more or less the same number.
      5 places are for Italy, England, Germany, Spain, Portugal will have a referee. 3 others should be Cakir,Kassai and Skomina. Last place will be between Kuipers, Eriksson and maybe Lannoy if he will be healthy.
      No place imo for Kralovec, Collum, Moen. Not yet...I can't see something big for these guys until 2016 (Euor 2016). Maximum should be a final of UEL in 2015 or 2016 (but I don't think so because they are still young and there are other guys who wait...)

    12. petschovschi6/2/13 12:02

      ...9 europeans (all those mentioned + Mallenco)

    13. For me Gala - Shalke at Skomina, potential candidate for Cl final with Rizzoli and Cakir.
      I'll issue my prediction for Cla nd UEL KO stage
      I agree abouit 9 europeans refrees at WC2014: Webb, Undiano M., Brych, Rizzoli, Proenca, Kassai, Skomina, Cakir and Thomson (or Kujpers).

      Rizzoli and Kassai for Real-MUTD and proenca and Cakir for Barc-MIlan.

      What do you think ?
      Amazing Stark and Velasco C. only for Uefa Europa L. Are they in drop or just at rest for qyarte final appointements ?
      Amazing taht switzerland haven't anymore top referees after big names like Roethlinsberger, Daina, Galler, Meier and Busacca.


    14. First concerning Kralovec. I have seen all his 7 FIFA organized matches (U17 WC and Olympia). He was very good overall. Now he is Elite, handled matches like Man City - Dortmund in a very good manner. We cannot be sure about the number of slots for the next World Cup, by the way, you have missed Hansson who was fourth official in 2010.
      So let's say 10 Europeans.
      I am quite sure that these ones will be in Brazil:
      ITA-Rizzoli, ESP-Velasco, GER-Brych, ENG-Webb, POR-Proenca, TUR-Cakir, SVN-Skomina, HUN-Kassai and then there are Kuipers, Eriksson, Thomson, Moen and Kralovec. I would choose Moen and Kralovec, one of both could be the fourth official in 2014 WC.

      Concerning Stark and Velasco. Their appointments in round of 32 does not exclude them from CL round of 16 second legs! And yes, Switzerland have missed a lot during the last years, without any doubt.

      Question to everybody - what about Moen? Two sovereign CL K.O. performances in 2011/12, three so-so/good group stage matches in this season 2012/13, perhaps now something big? EL semi or even final?

    15. Concerning Moen: I would like to see him in a very challenging match. Even though he performed well in the matches you have mentioned, I'm still not totally sure about his skills. Therefore, I agree with you. I hope that in this KO stage UEFA committee will appoint him in a very important match. It could be a CL quarterfinal or a EL semifinal. I also think that his situation is very difficult to read, a very young referee, Elite since several years, but never really taken into account by UEFA for something very important.
      This could be the right chance.

    16. And why not Moen for Galatasaray Schalke with Collina as observer?
      What do you tink?

    17. That's possible, why not. As I mentioned, his performances were so-so. Barcelona-Benfica and specially Ajax-Man City were ok, perhaps also good, but not very good. Probably 8.3 both times.

  18. Romanian referee in EL
    14.2 Alexandru Tudor - Cristian Nica, Aurel Oniţă - Ovidiu Haţegan, Cristian Balaj - Octavian Şovre
    21.2 Ovidiu Haţegan - Cristian Nica, Octavian Şovre - Alexandru Tudor, Sebastian Colţescu - Adrian Ghinguleac
    under 17
    22-27 march, Switzerland - Sebastian Colţescu - Adrian Ghinguleac

  19. fussball.de has taken the international appointments from their site...

    Mark Borsch is assistant in the Berlin derby on Monday evening. This makes it very unlikely, that Brych's match is on Tuesday...

    1. That's actually the proof that Brych gets Real. And yes, I also recognized it, they withdrew the appts somewhen at the beginning of this week, I found it funny, perhaps DFB was not that content seeing the appointments posted there..


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