April 29, 2013

Damir Skomina to take charge of Barcelona - Bayern

UEFA has revealed the last match official appointment of this Champions League season before they are going to announce the referee for Wembley final at the end of May: Slovenian Damir Skomina and his team have been appointed to take charge of the second leg of the top clash between FC Barcelona and Bayern München at Camp Nou. 

Damir Skomina from Slovenia (c) ZIMBIO


(ESP) FC Barcelona
20:45
Bayern München (GER)
01 May 2013, 20:45 CET – Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain [1st Leg: 0:4]
Referee
Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1
Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2
Bojan Ul (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1
Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2
Roberto Ponis (SVN)
Fourth Official
Primož Arhar (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer
Bosse Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate
Dag Steinar Vestlund (NOR)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer
Antonio Uzcudun Gómez (ESP)

114 Comments:

  1. Anonymous29/4/13 11:41

    Expected.

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  2. Yeap.
    Nonetheless I will go on forensics now to find out why Proenca has been left out of the whole cl knockout stage. The reason can only lie in his performances, or does anyone have another explanation?

    Blog Observer: Chefren (ITA)

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    1. The fact that one year ago he handled everything (I mean CL and EURO 2012 finals) can't be the explanation?
      he had his time and now it's not so strange that he is totally out.
      In addition, a not excellent group stage
      The same happened for ROcchi.
      BTW if Rizzoli will be appointefd for CL final, I would guess Tagliavento and Rocchi as AARs.

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    2. I don't know..if you have 28 CL K.O. stages available and despite some really weak performances you do not appoint a referee who had a CL and EURO final only a few months ago, that is strange..
      I am downloading his matches at the moment and am going to watch them once again.

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    3. Anonymous29/4/13 11:52

      Which site for downloading matches? :)

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    4. Good choice, probably something happened also in Tottenham - Lyon.
      We hadn't a observer for this match...

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    5. I think that UEFA appointed Webb and Skomina before 1st leg matches, before their results, otherwise I think that Skomina should not be utilized for a top clash already decided and closed.
      Yes, everything now brings to Rizzoli for CL final match (with Cakir and Lannoy as outsider or Brych in case of miracle of spanish team) and I'm surpized too about Proenca exclusion. Lannoy and Moen could be the name on the pitch for the smeifinal of Europe L and Brych the man for final.

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    6. Anonymous29/4/13 12:30

      Lannoy and Çakir are not good referees. They
      cannot be at Wembley.

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    7. No, of course, both semifinal referees of Euro 2012 are not good.

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    8. Thomas H.29/4/13 12:58

      Thanks for that comment Niclas, it won't shut them up, but it made me laugh :)

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  3. Anonymous29/4/13 11:49

    Agree.This sesason UEFA make appointments based on performances,we have excellent Mazic,Kujpers,Collum..
    And of course,Proenca didnt have best season behind him.Great referee,but no good 'form',if i can formulate it on that way.

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  4. Yes I agree with all of you.
    Proenca's drop height was naturally immensely high after 2011/12..as far as I remember, there was a wrong penalty in Malaga, a missed penalty in Chelsea and two illegal goals in Germany-Sweden. Perhaps a mixture of that might have led to this "no good form", as anonymous said it.

    As for downloads: rojadirecta.me !

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    1. Anonymous29/4/13 12:16

      Thank you so much.

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    2. For Ajax-BVB I can only recommend this one:
      http://forum.rojadirecta.es/showthread.php?184318-FUTBOL-UCL-Ajax-v-Borussia-Dortmund-22-11-2012&highlight=Ajax+Borussia+Dortmund

      Select the SkySportHD2 (Sky Germany) link - no commentary! ;)

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  5. One remark on the importance and difficulty of this match..
    Does anybody think Barcelona have already given up? If they recognize they have no chance, it could happen that the match becomes tense and a bit unfair then. Keeping in mind that three Bayern defenders could miss the final in case of a caution, Skomina must be careful, even though the first leg was 4-0..

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    1. It's not Barcelonas thing to give up, they are to proud of that. A journalist asked Messi "And now what?" after this weekends match, he replied "what do you mean now what? turn this semifinal around" and that was it. Now, if Bayern scores, I could never see the Barcelona players going after Bayerns players and provoke them so they miss the final. They maight have som tricks like complaining to the ref and some of the diving and so on, but not provoke so that the oponent misses such an important game. Can't see it. From "the other team" I do, but not Barcelona.

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  6. Very suprised at the exclusion of Pedro Proenca. In the past couple of seasons, final referees such as Bussaca, Webb and Kassai all received 1/2 final appointments the next season. Also, officials such as Stark and Tagliavento had poor group stage performances but still received knockout stage appointments. Not a great test for Skomina, but who knows Barcelona might fight back. Surely Rizzoli will attend Wembley now.

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  7. In case of a German final, the name "Cakir" seems to become possible, too..

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    1. Christopher29/4/13 13:02

      At Wembley after what happened in England earlier ? Rizzoli has just missed out on 2 CL finals last 2 years and then the Euro finals too.

      Cakir seems very unlikely. His decision received flak from all over.

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    2. Anonymous29/4/13 16:31

      I do not understand what all this colorless cakir find, has no charisma.

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    3. Anonymous29/4/13 20:19

      Çakir was very bad at MU-Real. But....he is of Collina.

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  8. Do you know why Matej YUG is not Skomina's AAR ?

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  9. Perhaps they did not want to destroy the functioning team (?). "Never change a winning team"..

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    1. Were not JUG and VINCIC the AARs in spite of Ponis in the previous matches ?

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    2. Nope, after Real-Man City Jug left the team. Vincic and Ponis also acted in BVB-Shakhtar.

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  10. Anonymous29/4/13 13:56

    Franz Beckenbauer has warned Bayern Munich that Barcelona will not hesitate to use dirty tricks in the return of their Champions League semi-final tie at Camp Nou on Wednesday.

    The Catalans were beaten 4-0 at the Allianz Arena last week and the West Germany legend has little doubt that they will give their all in the return in an attempt to turn things around.

    "Barcelona will use any trick in the book to throw Bayern off balance. They'll not hesitate to use methods that are against the rules of the game as well as legitimate tricks. They will fight back," Beckenbauer told Bild.

    "Barca will not give up. They will give their all to turn things around. They will try to provoke Bayern and use dirty tricks if necessary.

    "Barca will probably try to make it a physical battle in order to disrupt Bayern's game. Bayern must try and avoid a lot of personal duels. There will be plenty of minor fouls."

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    1. Anonymous29/4/13 22:40

      Now I constate that Beckenbauer is one
      bad person and one ignorant.
      It´s clair that he want inluence at
      Skomina.

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  11. Anonymous29/4/13 14:04

    hmm, Proenca is out from CL due to his not the best performances.... so Rizzoli should be out from everything - his performances were far worse than Proenca's ones! As you say - Collina appoints referees who performed well!

    It must be someone else for the final. My choice is one - Kuipers!

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  12. Anonymous29/4/13 16:44

    Can one disagreement of Proenca with the head of referees committee Portuguese (Vitor Melo Pereira), have deleted of the CL qualifiers?

    They don't get along very well.

    Daniel (Portuguese)

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  13. Anonymous29/4/13 17:03

    I'm portuguese too, and I agree with Daniel. Also, his performances in the portuguese league have been good. So, it's a bit strange.
    Because I don't think that they will give EL final to Proença if Benfica loses.
    And I remember that he failed a written test this season, on january. But then, he and other referees repeated the test and were able to referee.

    Luís Almeida (Portugal)

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  14. Anonymous29/4/13 17:16

    What happened about Proença?

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  15. Anonymous29/4/13 17:30

    Why Proença has never refereed any game to Barcelona in his career?
    Can someone explain it to me?

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    1. Anonymous29/4/13 17:36

      Spain and Portugal are too close

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    2. I don't think so...then he should not have got Spain-Italy, Real-Milan, Villarreal-Man City...

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    3. Anonymous29/4/13 18:25

      Velasco refereed EL all portugal final

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    4. Damir Skomina lives in Koper, a Slovenian city which is far only 6 km from the Italian border, near Trieste.
      He regularly officiates matches of Italian clubs in CL and also national team. For UEFA, the only important thing is to be clearly from a different country, it doesn't matter how far or how close.
      I think that there aren't specific reasons for Proença, he had never the chance to get Barça, nevertheless he is a FIFA referee since 2003.
      The only particular situation is with England, Scotland and Wales.


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    5. And Northern Ireland, of course :D

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    6. And also NED/BEL and SUI/AUT, because their federations often exchange officials. GER/AUT is possible (Kinhöfer had Ried once), but very rarely done.

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    7. Anonymous29/4/13 20:34

      This type of comment is my favourite,hahahaha.

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    8. Anonymous29/4/13 22:43

      UEFA don´t want that with Proença succeed as
      with Benquerença. I think..........

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    9. Anonymous29/4/13 23:06

      What happened between Benquerença, Mourinho and Proença?
      It seems that thay are all friends each other, from the same country.

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  16. Thomas H.29/4/13 19:06

    Björn Kuipers has been appointed for the Dutch Cup Final on the 9th of May in Amsterdam. The teams are AZ Alkmaar and PSV Eindhoven. He is accompanied by his regular assistants, Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra.
    Fourth official is Ed Janssen, who isn't a FIFA referee, but has joined Kuipers' team in some international matches as AAR, for instance the 2011 EL semi-final Porto-Villarreal.
    This is Kuipers' first domestic cup final, and I think a mandatory appointment, given he has been head and shoulders above the rest of Dutch referees this season, in my view.

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  17. Anonymous29/4/13 19:24

    Rumors say that Eriksson will handle El final

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    1. Anonymous29/4/13 20:23

      Eriksson is better that Çakir,Moen and Lannoy.

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    2. Anonymous29/4/13 20:32

      You're not objective.Maybe you like his style more than other referees style.Man,I dont know how can someone say something like this.

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    3. Anonymous29/4/13 22:47

      I´m objective, but I can have my standard.
      Good referees are Rizzoli,Brych,Webb,Proença,
      Velasco,Kuipers,Eriksson. Not Çakir,Moen and
      Lannoy.

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  18. Anonymous29/4/13 19:34

    If he will get the final it will be interesting to see who go`s to Brazil. Do we have safe referees? Skomina, rizzoli, velasco, kuipers, kassai, webb, eriksson, proenca, lannoy, cakir, mazic.. Well a lot of good referees

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    1. Anonymous29/4/13 19:41

      And of course Brych. Maybe we can add Moen to this list?

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    2. Anonymous29/4/13 20:21

      Moen is one referee yet at formation.

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    3. Agree, Moen has chances on paper, after Real-Galatasaray, I am not sure anymore though.

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  19. Assistant referee from Cecenia (Russia) got a lifetime ban for having attacked a player after the final whistle.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rStPZiUDk0w

    He apologized saying that he received heavy insults all match long.

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  20. Hi. I have three candidaties for the final CHAMPIONS-LEAGUE:
    Stephane Lannoy Nicola Rizzoli, and Carlos Velasco Carballo,(providedthat the final will be GERMAN).

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    1. Anonymous29/4/13 22:48

      Lannoy seulement par la pression de Batta.

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  21. @ The multiple anonymouses who think that refereeing and the whole world is a black-white show: you may have your opinions but this blog has a standard which says that we do not play-off referees against each other. Politics may exist, conspiracy theories, too, but not at this blog.
    For those who cannot accept that: starting tomorrow, such comments without identity will be deleted, I am sick of it.

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    1. Thomas H.29/4/13 23:28

      Good decision Niclas, and I fully agree with it. All those wink wink nudge nudge conspiracy comments, especially against certain referees (the Scots for example) distract from the brilliant blog you (and others) have made.
      To the anonymouses: if you have something to contribute, please do so. Make an account, think of a name you like, so you are accountable in a (limited) way. If you come to whine and insinuate, go away. This is not the place, as Niclas has said.

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  22. Anonymous29/4/13 23:08

    http://www.sky.de/web/cms/de/sky-kommentar-merk-mehr-schiedsrichter-sehen-weniger.jsp

    very interesting text written by markus merk. for those who don´t understand german:
    - he criticizes the performances of Stark and Kassai. both seem to be uncertain since EURO12
    - there would be too many mistakes in this years competition. e.g. the offside goals in dortmund-malaga
    - the presence of aar isn´t good because there are areas on the pitch where the ref gives the responsability to aar and vice versa
    - since 2006 there is a development he doesn´t like, because the committe tries to create a special type of ref following one ideal. "individuality and natural personality are suppressed"

    best regads phil

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  23. Partly agree with statement 1, fully agree with 2 and 3, but I cannot sign his statement regarding a suppression of individuality and natural personality - although on the other hand, it is clear that e.g. Meyer never had a real chance, Kircher either, both are excellent in these areas and more technical refs like Brych and Zwayer are and were pushed. It's clear that the time FdB, Larsen and Merk is over...
    Thanks for posting!

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  24. Looking forward to seeing Skomina in action!

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  25. Benfica-Fenerbahçe
    Lannoy
    Cano - Annonier
    Gautier - Buquet
    Stien

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  26. It's Eriksson for Chelsea - Basel!
    It could mean that Brych is going to handle EL final?

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    1. I guess so. Rizzoli and Brych should have the best cards to handle the finals.

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  27. Jonas Eriksson will take charge of Chelsea - Basel.

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  28. Very interesting. These two were my favourites to handle the Europa League final. I agree with you Chefren, it could now be Felix Brych. However, Stark handled the final last year. My favourite is Bjorn Kuipers.

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    1. Can Kuipers do it? It is held in Amsterdam.

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    2. We can't anyway be sure that Brych was well evaluated by the observer in Real - United.
      We are waiting for his next appointment but it doesn't happen. In fact he is now in the same situation of CAKIR.
      Of course it would sound to me strange to see another German referee appointed for EL final the second year in a row. On the other side, also the Kuipers appointment would be a surprise, since the match will be played in Amsterdam and Kuipers is going to referee there the final of national cup.
      Then, we should mention other possible candidates and in my opinion there aren't other names if not Moen or Collum.

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    3. Moen and especially Collum have impressed and I agree I can't think of other possible candidates. Mallenco has gone under the radar I'm recent months. I was impressed with him in an 'El Classico' match a couple of months ago. I think he too is a candidate.

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    4. Anonymous30/4/13 14:40

      NH, did you see Real - Galata? Moen was disaster!

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    5. Anonymous30/4/13 14:46

      He has impressed in 4 cl matches, and he had one error in Real-Gala. Disaster? Dont think so..

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  29. For attention: CL Final referee is Cüneyt Cakir..

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  30. Mohamed A.Fattah1/5/13 12:12

    El Final : Rizzoli & CL Final : Cakir
    :)

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    1. Hi Mohamed, I think that it's very difficult for Rizzoli, since he got this final in 2010.

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  31. Could that have been a pass back from Barcelona

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    1. Very diffcult situation, Barça player seemed to look elsewhere, not at his keeper. Borderline, call.
      Anyway, the handball whistled at 10' in my opinion is never foul. How can you evaluate it as intentional, after a rebound on your legs?

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    2. I agree, looking at it again the defender didn't look where he was passing. Also agree that the handball in minute 10' didn't look intentional. However, overall so far so good for Skomina and his team.

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    3. Skomina clearly talking in the headset prior to show the first card of the match.
      It seemed to me clear suggested by Ul (or Ponis?), what do you think?
      He was a bit hesitant!

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    4. Yes he seemed reluctant to blow his whistle for a foul and attempted to walk away. He must of had got a suggestion from one of the AAR's to book Robben.

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  32. Anonymous1/5/13 21:26

    Are you sure the goalkeeper had his hand at the ball?
    If yes, it was a back pass...doesn`t matter where the defender is looking in my opinion...

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  33. Anonymous1/5/13 21:33

    Robben card was more RED than yellow, where is the card to Muller? It should have been IFK after pass to the GK!

    Not the best, really average Skomina!

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    1. Anonymous1/5/13 21:35

      And this ultra-passive approach when booking. Didn't give a sign, it's bad tackle, must be card. I'm disappointed :/

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  34. 65': foul on Robben from behind. Here at least a YC was mandatory.

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  35. Anonymous1/5/13 22:22

    I say seriously - if someone here give Skomina 8.0 or more, he must be kidding! OK, the match and atmosphere was worse than in a friendly, but pls Skomina hadn't any control, missing such obvious fouls, missing blatant cards, being ultra-passive. It was not CL performance! 7.7 is maximum! I hope you'll agree with me...

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    1. There weren't crucial mistakes, so it's always the same speech.
      We always say that Skomina is ultra-lenient and he misses (or he deliberately avoids) cards. The committee knows that, and if they go on to appoint him in such matches, it means that they like (or, at least, they accept) this style.
      So, giving a 7.7 or even 7.9 would be a nosense.


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    2. Anonymous1/5/13 22:43

      7.7 is not for crucial mistake - it's for just bad performance! It's 8.0 and decreasing more, it's 7.7. 7.8-7.9 is reserved for crucial mistakes.

      One can't also say UEFA think so and so. It's a nonsense! UEFA choose referees by their performances. It's difference to not show a card in borderline situation and not show if it's mandatory!

      Some knowledge about evaluations, then comment them, man!

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    3. Anonymous1/5/13 23:17

      What's your problem, man? You sound like one psycho who'd like to kill Skomina or sth. These blog is (I believe) about being objective, respectful and cool. Not tu seek cure for some mental disorders ...

      SK

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    4. We all know who you are, your language is your identity...you seem to have no knowledge as proven in the past.
      Comment moderation is introduced starting now.

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  36. Nic, ever more people are looking for little things- add, subtract. Ridiculous! :)
    Webb- good expected level 8.4
    Skomina- good expected level 8.4
    Small error- totally irrelevant to the top observers! Full control, good management game and no crucial mistakes.
    Regards!

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  37. Anonymous1/5/13 23:07

    OMG, commenting here should be rewarded by signing comments true name... Skomina poor, he wasn't good. Mark something about 8.1

    - - - - -

    JAE PARKINSON

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  38. Skomina 8.2
    Zunic 8.2
    Ul 8.4

    Overall solid performance, easy match, Robben's tackle was yellow, not red, he chose a lenient line and maintained it..for me, it was a deliberate and intentional return pass and therefore only 8.2. Zunic sometimes not totally concentrated.

    And concerning these comments here - idiots exist everywhere, you cannot ban it.

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    1. Good game (albeit somewhat on the not challenging side) from Mr. Skomina and all his assistants. All offside decisions seemed correct. Refreshing to only play one additional minute in the second half rather than break out the letter of the law. Bookings were spot on in the first half, I thought. If the only real controversial decision in the first half was a borderline backpass the team had a great game. As a spectator I hardly noticed the referee (which means he had a great game).

      The tackle on Robben by Adriano in the second half to me was the only wrong decision. A late, studs-up into Robben's calf (after Robben duped Adriano on the goal) was at least a yellow if not more. He whistled the foul, so it wasn't the excuse that he didn't see it. Afterwards two more frustrated fouls by Barca (Iniesta first, later Pique on Mueller). Iniesta immediately went over to apologize and received a stern warning from Mr. Skomina. Later Pique received an appropriate booking for his foul on Mueller which also showed good communications between the AR and Mr. Skomina. Great management of the game, almost always spot-on, hardly noticeable in a UCL semi-final.

      uwtisch

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  39. I was too long in football, with the respect of all presented appraisals. Myself well know how the system works. This is my opinion! We see that some referees that have received the most negative points and still get a big match. I think we should go down a bit. Once again, respect for everyone's opinion set forth-but there are many more beautiful words that could be used.
    Regards from Belgrade!

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  40. I believe Skomina, Webb and Kuipers have tried to "steady the boat" after some truly unsatisfactory performances in this year's knock-out stages.

    As, for Skomina's performance? Well, it wasn't a very difficult match to handle. However, Skomina put in a satisfactory performance. Europa League final a possibility for him?

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  41. Anonymous2/5/13 05:33

    Terve!
    I hope that my review goes through the prevailing disturbance here ...
    ***
    Damir Skomina - 8.1
    5 - in this case, one can say it was backpass to the goallie and - of course - it could be regarded as intentional, but the final interpretation belongs to the referee who had the right to evaluate it in two ways. He chose a version including unintentional play, and it's acceptable.
    9 - Adriano attacks Muller in the ribs. That challenge did not decide the direction of the shot, the opponent didn't lose his balance because of that and whole scene was a fight for the ball. Correct decision - no penalty.
    19 - Pique takes a tackle, that does not get either the ball or the opponent. Lahm falls down, but the referee after consultation with additional assistant rightly decided to continue the game.
    21 - main referee overlooked the fact that 8BAY played the ball from behind the line, starting a dangerous action. Serious oversight by main referee, also AR2 didn't help here. (-0.1)
    27 - Barcelona players want a penalty. Replays clearly show that at first Schweinsteiger didn't touch the ball with his hand, and then Lahm didn't foul Pedro. Correct decision - no penalty.
    32 - Robben fouls Song in rough manner. Song gets studs in his foot, what was for sure painful. Despite the nature of the foul, yellow card decision is correct - no intent to cause injury, target was the ball.
    36 - missed yellow card - Muller for dynamic slide tackle into opponent's legs (-0.1)
    45+1 - Dani Alves makes a reckless challenge, correct decision - yellow card
    65 - Adriano roughly fouls Robben, aiming his studs at opponent's calf from behind. Borderline situation - it's more red card for me, but yellow card would be acceptable, too. Referee whistles a foul and doesn't even book Adriano. (-0.2)
    78 - Pique takes the reckless tackle, correct decision take by AR1 and main referee - yellow card.
    I evaluate overall referee's performance as 8.5 (he was right in 3 crucial situations, presented not the best positioning - too far from the play and was very calm in a match that didn't need more expressive manner of refereeing). Then, I must decrease the final mark by 0.4 for missing yellow card to Muller, overlooked throw-in leading to dangerous counterattack and missed at least yellow card to Adriano.
    8.5 - 0.4 = 8.1
    ***
    Assistant no1 presented good expected level, taking all calls right. He could've been more decisive in situation including Pique's foul - there he was a bit lost, but overall did good job. 8.3
    ***
    Assistant no2 brilliantly classified Robben's position as onside in 12th minute. That was very difficult situation. Apart from that, good expected level, full alertness. 8.4
    ***
    Additional assistants was not much involved, but AAR2 presented full alertness and gave his help in situations that had place in his area of vicinity. AAR1 - 8.0 || AAR2 - 8.2
    Ystävällisin terveisin,
    Ville J.

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    1. Ville J

      I agree with most of what you write, though I do not think we can deduct -0.4 for 2 perceived missed yellows. Whilst I agree that with Adirano on Robben we can be sure of a YC had he seen this properly - I absolutely agree that Skomina's main consideration is his too narrow positioning - I don't think we can categorically state UEFA will mark him down for the Muller YC and missed throw. I also think he was spot on with the non-pass back decision. Therefore we can't mark him lower than 8.4.

      For me the key talking points all included Robben: The handball (always whistled unless it is Webb, so he is forgiven) not deliberate. YC to Robben - correct decision, but very messy in its application, speaking with 4th Official to determine whether Robben is already on a YC, in order that he would not miss the final etc; and the definite missed YC Adriano and Robben as above.

      Other than that this was controlled as well as Webb and Kuipers before him. I was saying to Niclas that I genuinely do not think we have seen a referee with so much natural talent in many a year. Perhaps only Cakir at present comes close to his level of control and overall technique. Up there with Michel, Collina, Coelho et al.

      A certainty for either next year's final or the year after, and a hot candidate for the World Cup.

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      Im with Niclas on Zunic - for me even less, very messy at times, missed ball out of play, didn't assist in misconduct and two mess throw-ins.


      One other remark - I can't remember who gave Child 8.0 (standard mark), for me he was outstanding and calm in the face of the Mou-Klopp storm. Dealt with both (aggressors/ dramatists) superbly. A superb liner to boot too :)

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    2. Terve, Nikos!

      There is an explanation:
      -0.1 for missed throw-in what led to the dangerous situation, -0.1 for no yellow card to Muller and -0.2 for no yellow card to Adriano (here, the lack of any card was very wrong referee's decision, so it's -0.1x2). It's mandatory here, observer has no choice.

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      I don't negate that Mr. Skomina is a big talent among European top-officials, however the observer must decrease the final mark on the basis of obvious mistakes.

      Lack of both cards and missed throw-in were that and I must decrease the overall mark for that. No other way.

      I and every observer know that this referee is our brilliant but here we assess the particular performance which characterized some overlooked situations.

      I have my doubts considering that backpass, so I didn't low my mark due to it - benefit of the doubt.


      Ystävällisin terveisin,
      Ville J.

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    3. Hello Ville

      Well if you are telling me that is the system then fair enough - I am not a UEFA observer, just an aspiring top level official.

      Perhaps the issue is that you start at 8.5 and work down.

      And as I said, we can't be sure that Muller challenge is always a caution; also fine not to in this situation.

      Skomina must sweep up and squeeze the play more, perhaps deduct him for this haha :)

      (what was your thought on the Robben YC? Speaking on the mic around who was booked in previous leg - had very little attention for me!)

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    4. No problem, Nikos. I'm an observer for some years and am always glad to help you. 8.5 also because of some weaknesses in technical area (he should react quicker in situations that could lead to bad scenes - cards, fouls).

      I think it was a talk about possible red card. The tackle was really rough - exposed studs in the foot... That whole mess was unneccessary and could've been -0.1 in my report, too. I don't think that the referees count cards and tolerate more agressive behaviour of player in danger of absence - at least they shouldn't do that!

      Ystävällisin terveisin,
      Ville J.

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  42. Ville, thanks a lot. Could you contact me via mail please? You find it in the "contact"-section.
    Just one remark concerning AR1: he also made a clear mistake in one throw-in decision and was overruled by Skomina in a situation appearing directly in front of him, I think that's less than 8.3.

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    1. May be, but not neccessary. Overall performance was good, two slightly wrong calls don't require decreasing his mark. It would be a bit too strict towards him in the face of overall impression during the whole match.

      Ystävällisin terveisin,
      Ville J.

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  43. So when do we find out the final referee? The usual two days before the game, or something else.

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  44. In the past seasons, they released the name on the Sunday/Monday prior to the final match..I expect to know the name ~ 19 May.

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    1. So, nearly a week before the final. Thanks for the clarification Niclas.

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    2. Yes, no problem. I remember that Portuguese newspapers already had the news of his final appointment on Sunday afternoon, on Monday, UEFA.com confirmed it then.

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  45. I can anticipate the marks for Skomina and his team:


    Skomina 8,2 NORMAL

    Zunic 8,2 NORMAL

    Ul 8,4 CHALLENGING

    Vincic 8,0 NORMAL

    Ponis 8,0 NORMAL

    Arhar 8,0 NORMAL

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  46. The Wembley final in Bundesliga on Saturday:

    Borussia Dortmund - Bayern München
    04 May 2013, 18:30 CET, Signal Iduna Park
    Referee: Peter Gagelmann (Bremen)
    Assistant 1: Matthias Anklam (Buchholz)
    Assistant 2: Sascha Thielert (Buchholz)
    4th Official: Thorsten Schriever (Dorum)

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  47. This is what I like about the Bundesliga. You will see non-FIFA ref's getting big matches. Here in England all you see are the same names: Webb, Atkinson and Clattenburg. To be fair though, this season I have seen officials such as Friend and inexperienced referees such as Oliver and Taylor getting some big appointments Which is refreshing.

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    1. What about the more experienced refs like Dowd and Halsey? They get a lot of big matches too, especially Dowd.

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    2. I agree with Thomas, especially Dowd is often appointed in top clashes.
      Furthermore, sometimes I also read the names of Kevin Friend and Lee Mason for important matches.
      It doesn't seem to me that only Webb, Atkinson and Clattenburg get everything.

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    3. But if we are honest, that does not automatically mean that these "old men" deserve the appointments and show good performances. I have seen Foy and Dowd often enough to say that their decision-taking is, in my eyes, not the best..

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    4. Thomas and Chefren, what I'm saying is more often than not Mike Riley turns to Webb, Atkinson, Marriner and Clattenburg. Halsy, Dowd, Friend and Mason have 5 big games between them. this season. In all my years if following the PL I have never seen Mason get a big appointment apart from a couple if weeks ago when he oversaw Spurs vs Man City. Friend oversaw Arsenal vs Liverpool and recently Liverpool vs Chelsea. Dowd oversaw Arsenal vs Man Utd last week. Whereas, Halsey was appointed to oversee Liverpool vs Man Utd.

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    5. Of course, it's logical that the FIFA refs have the best matches and also the most ability. But, different referees are suited to different matches, for example Dowd is often appointed at potential flashpoints with his ability to keep the players under control (for example United - Liverpool after the Suarez incident part one).
      Here in the Netherlands Bjorn Kuipers has had all the top matches, the super cup and the cup final. He has refereed all 3 meetings between PSV and Ajax this season. I don't really like this development, but it is true that he is the only one who is performing really well every week.
      Off topic: former WC referee Jan Wegereef and ex-FIFA referee Ruud Bossen are both retiring at the end of the season.

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  48. Off topic: Mike Dean will lose his badge soon as he will turn 45 in June. Question: Will he lose his badge in June or the end of next season? I don't know about you but I feel he has a more continental style of refereeing than other referees in England. I liken him to Cuneyt Cakir. I don't know why UEFA never rated him. They seemed to push Webb and Atkinson for Elite and not Dean. A shame really.

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    1. I think he'll lose it at the end of the calendar year (?) Not sure though, thought I heard Cornu saying it once..

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