April 30, 2013

Jonas Eriksson and Stéphane Lannoy to oversee Europa League semifinals

Swedish Jonas Eriksson as well as Stéphane Lannoy of France have been assigned to be in charge of Thursday's UEFA Europa League semifinals' return legs at Stamford Bridge and Estádio da Luz respectively.



02 May 2013, 21:05 CET
Stamford Bridge, London, England
Chelsea FC - FC Basel
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Stefan Wittberg (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Steen Dahrup (DEN)

25 April 2013, 21:05 CET
Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal
Benfica SL - Fenerbahçe
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Michael Annonier (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antony Gautier (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Fourth Official: Laurent Stien (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel López Fernández (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Georg Pangl (AUT)

63 Comments:

  1. For me absolutely unexpected Eriksson, I was almost sure of his appointment for the final.
    Then, now? Who will referee at Amsterdam ArenA?
    For me Brych and Kuipers are out.
    Moen or Collum?

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    1. I really didnt expect to see the name of Eriksson in a final after Schalke-Galatasaray.

      The EL final:
      My heart pushes Björn Kuipers. But, my mind says it will be Alberto Undiano Mallenco.

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    2. Anonymous30/4/13 20:43

      Brych is best referee that Collum and Moen.

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  2. Anonymous30/4/13 20:35

    AAR2 is Duhamel or Buquet?

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  3. Agree Chef, but lets not be too dramatic, Eriksson given a very tough appointment - and another English team :)

    Cakir still my choice for the other now that Skomina has tomorrow eve.

    Clatts, Collum or Kuipers for the EL Final

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  4. Philipp S30/4/13 20:45

    EL final is really difficult, there are arguments against all candidates:
    Brych: Stark had it last year
    Cakir: impossible if Fenerbahce in final
    Kuipers: final in Amsterdam
    Rocchi: unlikely if Rizzoli gets CL
    The British: impossible if Chelsea in final
    Undiano: Velasco had it two years ago
    Moen: Quite young and mistake in Real-Galatasaray
    I am excited how UEFA solves that...

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    1. In fact, Moen is the only referee without an argument against, but the performance in Real Madrid - Galatasaray appeared to me not enough, in order to get a final.

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  5. Anonymous30/4/13 20:46


    Çakir after MU-Real is not possible for Wembley.
    And Rizzoli is better that Collum. Infinitely.

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  6. @cagatay: I too thought Eriksson's season was over after his very poor performance in the Schalke-Galatasaray game. However, fair play to him as he improved in the England-Montenegro and Malaga-Dortmund games.

    Lannoy and Eriksson were my favourites. However, now they both have received semi-final appointment I don't know what to think. Mallenco is now my favourite. Although Carballo oversaw the EL final of two years ago. I also think Clattenburg is in with a shout. However, I don't know what Marko gave him in the Bayern-Juve game.

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  7. NH

    Eriksson was just fine in Schalke - Gala, I remember observing him for the site.

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  8. Hi Nikos,

    I seem to remember him missing a foul leading to a goal. I think he also missed a Penalty aswell. Okay, maybe I over exaggerated with using the words 'very poor'. It was an okay performance from Eriksson. But not one he could receive a final appointment for.

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  9. Anonymous1/5/13 11:46

    Moen ready for Amsterdam, if you allow Eriksson to handle matches after his mistake in Malaga, then you can also allow Moen to handle a final, UEFA can't look at each minimal mistake.
    Otherwise they would be without referees to appoint.

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    1. Basically I share your view. I nonetheless think that apart from the big mistake in Madrid, his overall performance was not the best either..many weaknesses with regards to authority and match control.
      I wear German glasses, I know, but at the moment I think that apart from Kuipers, there is only Brych whose past development and recent matches would allow EL final - thinking that Collum will be out due to Chelsea's presence.

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    2. Niclas, remember my words :)
      If Brych gets now the EL final, considering also the last year Stark, the German officials will have to miss any chance to handle a CL final for the next years, and that would be a pity.

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    3. And I repeat myself, why Brych is still with onlyone appointment, the same as Cakir, after his CL performance?
      I find that it's a strange thing, and we don't know if they considered the missed DOGSO as crucial mistake!

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    4. Concerning the question of why Brych was left out from further matches, there are two opportunities to answer it:

      1: it was dogso, Layec gave him 7.8 or 7.9. But this explain nothing, because also others like Rizzoli seem to be able to get even a final with a 7.9, Stark even gets a quarterfinal despite one bad performance in the group stage.

      2: he was planned for CL semifinals or if possible the final. The fixtures did not allow it (ESP-GER 2x) and will not allow it in Wembley either, since at least BVB are there, probably also Bayern. Consequently, he could have got a semifinal in EL, but he did not. If Real-ManU was good, then the only possibility left is the final, everything else would be - following this logic - a surprise.

      I find both variants 1 and 2 possible.

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  10. Anonymous1/5/13 11:49

    I hope that the work of Kassai at Bayern-Barça
    that the hungarian don´t will be at Brasil.

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    1. There is no doubting Kassai's ability. Just watch his very good performance in the Barcelona vs AC Milan game. It's his assistants who are letting him down. I think he will definetly go to brazil. If there are 10 UEFA officals I pick:

      Certainties: Cakir, Brych, Skomina, Kassai, Kuipers and Proenca.

      50/50's:
      Webb/Clattenburg
      Carballo/Mallenco
      Moen
      Eriksson

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    2. Viktor Kassai got the semifinal in South Africa, we should not forget that.
      Still one of the best world referees, but problems with his assistants and sometimes he misses blatant fouls.

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  11. It is very hard to predict the referee for this year's Europa League final. For me the candidates are Moen, Collum, Mallenco and Cakir. Any one of these officials are more tgan capable in handling the final. Mallenco and Moen have problems. Collum's prescence depends on Chelsea and Cakir is in the same boat, but his prescence depends on if Fenerbarche progress or not. Niclas, i'm not sure on Brych because Stark handled last year's Europa League final but he is possible. The Champions League final is a little easier to predict with Rizzoli the obviouis favourite. Lannoy and Carballo are also candidates. I'm not sure Cakir will officiate in England for quite a while. It's a shame because he really is a top official. Probably his brave call to send off Nani has gone against him getting the Champions League final. For me Brych, Cakir, Skomina are the standout candidates to handle next year's CL final.

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  12. Predictions for u17 matchday 1:

    SVK-AUT: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL), Milan Minic (SRB), Sergei Vassiutin (KAZ), Neil Doyle (IRL)
    RUS-UKR: Anastassios Sidiripoulos (GRE), Gregory Crotteux (BEL), Richard Storey (NIR), Vladimir Vnuk (SVK)
    CRO-ITA: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED), Dejan Kostadinov (MKD), Birkir Sigurdarsson (ISL), Peter Kralovic (SVK)
    SUI-SWE: Slavko Vincic (SVN), Dmitry Zhuk (BLR), Silver Koiv (EST), Nerijus Dunauskas (LTU)

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    1. Philipp S1/5/13 18:22

      It is nearly pure guessing, but mine are:
      SVK-AUT: Vincic/Sigurdarsson/Vassiutin/Dunauskas
      RUS-UKR: Sidiripolus/Storey/Kostadinov/Kralovic
      CRO-ITA: Gözübüyük/Minic/Zhuk/Doyle
      SUI-SWE: Stoyanov/Crotteux/Koiv/Vnuk

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  13. Anonymous1/5/13 17:36

    I think, Skomina for Europa League final, and Rizzoli for Champions

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  14. Anonymous1/5/13 19:39

    CL final : Rizzoli or Cakir
    EL final : Brych or Kuipers

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  15. Anonymous1/5/13 19:52

    Rizzoli for the Champs final and Brych for the Europa final !!!
    It's clear !!!

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  16. Cano missed an offside prior to the penalty, I think.

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  17. The match in Lisbon is interesting and will be tough for Lannoy (it is already hard to control). Benfica are trying everything to gain penalties now.

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    1. I did the wrong choice, watching Eriksson :D
      Can you say if the penalty was correct or not?

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    2. Hehe I switched two minutes after the penalty. But the commentary said it was right but following a missed offside..Josh is our observer, waiting for his remarks.
      And now it will become interesting also in London ;)
      Eriksson correctly rejected a penalty appeal by Basel, no offside prior to 0-1 correct, everything fine from the Swedish team - report to follow tomorrow by the way.

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    3. I confirm everything, very good first half.
      Difficult offside and onside calls for both assistants.
      The Swedish team seems solid.

      Now I have switched on Benfica - Fenerbahçe and Italian commentators are saying that the penalty whistled is a mistake. I'm going to watch it.

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    4. What a match in Lizbon...
      Thats obvious that penalty comes from offside. But, that was a correct decision with handball. But I am also in doubt, I could only see once :)

      There is a huge pressure on Lannoy. Benfica players expect penalty each time they're on ground in box. A funny and exciting first half.

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    5. PFFF, what a first half - breathless stuff. Lannoy excellent, remains very calm even though the match has been intense from the first whistle until the last (for now). Indeed an offside position before the goal, but I've only seen it once and I'm not sure whether the attacker interfered with play.
      Penalty itself was correct, a clear handball. Several tight situations in the Fenerbahce box after that, all correctly solved by Buquet/Lannoy.
      Both assistants good so far, good no-offsides by Anonnier.
      It depends on Cano's call in order for me to say: so far, so good for the French team.

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    6. I also have to say that I have rarely seen such a strong half by Lannoy, specially in terms of decision making and mental strength.

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    7. Very tough game. Atomic football! Lanoy very good. IMO, clear offside before the penalty for Fener ( AR 1 )!

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  18. Another very difficult onside call prior to 1-1 scored by Chelsea.

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  19. Goal of the season scored by David Luiz, simply awesome.

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  20. Azpilicueta might have been a straight red.

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    1. Studs-up, yes, but I think as the match was very fair and calm before, a red card was not mandatory and would have been perhaps also unsensible. Yc was enough for my taste.

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    2. Yep. Red there would be doing a lesser Cakir so to speak.

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  21. DFB Cup Final 2013 in Berlin

    Bayern München - VfB Stuttgart
    Referee: Manuel Gräfe (Berlin)
    Assistant 1: Guido Kleve (Cologne)
    Assistant 2: Thorsten Schiffner (Konstanz)
    4th Official: Guido Winkmann (Kerken)

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  22. Based on this performance can Lannoy handle CL final?

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  23. The first thing that came to my mind when reading your question was "why not?"..the only hurdle is that he missed the entire group stage. I do not know whether UEFA can sell that, appointing a referee for a final who only had 1 match before it in the competition.

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    1. Yes it would be odd. He is although performing like he has never picked up an injury. Mind you, Eriksson is also performing well in Stamford Bridge aswell.

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    2. UEFA probably tries to close the gap Lannoy has with the other Elite officials by giving him 4 matches in 2 months. But I think that this will be his last appointment for this season.

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  24. Terve!
    The best appointments based on high-quality performances would be: Kuipers at Wembley and Lannoy at Amsterdam ArenA. Do you agree?

    Ystävällisin terveisin,
    Ville J.

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    1. Absolutely agree Ville.

      If UEFA follows the performance principle then these should be the appointments or vice versa.

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    2. That would be my 'dream' appointments. However, like Niclas stated, Rizzoli is almost sure for the CL final. Europa League final is a little more difficult to predict. UEFA completely suprised me early this week by appointing my two favourites for the semi-finals. Mallenco, Clattenburg, Moen, Collum? I don't know!

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    3. Collum's presence would be a very good choice, but we have Chelsea in the final, so no way. Mr. Undiano Mallenco's performance aroused may controversies from Celtic's side, Mr. Moen had a bad day in his evening, so they both would be out for me. Will UEFA appoint Mr. Rizzoli for the final not giving him any further match after the group stage? Were his performance so outstanding to push him directly into the final? Don't think so... Mr. Velasco Carballo was good in his match, but he had a EL final in the past... No idea, who else is in play. Mr Mazic?

      Of course, my comment was only an expression of my wishes, but those two above-mentioned referees would be the best choice of European federation.

      Ystävällisin terveisin,
      Ville J.

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    5. Lannoy generally good. I think you're right about the penalty for offside before Fener, but completely irrelevant. The second part was a failure to detection a foul ( bill ), but whatever.
      Very tough game and all the hard decisions were correct. Not a penalty kick for Benfica FC, although there is evidence of hand- out intentions.
      Catagay, do you have any information on whether the injured player Fenerbahce right?
      It's great to meet Mr. Ville. You have a very good analysis. :)
      Best regards from tropical Belgrade!

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    6. Nice words, dear Branko DDM. Thank you!

      Ystävällisin terveisin,
      Ville J.

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  25. Perhaps, but rather the other way round. But we must also realize we are thinking quite idealistically - in fact, and I think here we could be sure, Rizzoli and Cakir are the only possible names for CL final and I know, with the political background Rizzoli is more or less already sure.

    Lannoy correctly rejected a handball-penalty appeal, small distance, no movement to the ball, only minimum body volume enlargement, no intention. But he is whistling more pedantically in the second half, but ignored some fouls at the same time, too.

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  26. Marks for the Swedish officials:

    Eriksson 8.4 or 8.5, not sure.
    Klasenius 8.4
    Wärnmark 8.3
    Johannesson 8.1
    Strömbergsson 8.0
    Wittberg 8.1

    Report tomorrow.

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    1. I really enjoyed Eriksson's performance tonight. Although it wasn't the most difficult game to handle, he put in a near faultless performance. Good contribution from assistants aswell. :)

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  27. Lannoy's foul detection a bit off in the second half, but still expected level.
    Excellent control, good cards and was close to every big call.
    Very challenging match for him, and I think he handled it in an outstanding way. I would like him to have the CL final, but yeah, performances are not the only factor...

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    1. Next year it will be his last chance for CL final due to age limite, at least he can keep the hope, of course going on in this way.

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    2. That's right, totally overlooked that. Perhaps UEFA will keep it in mind and conclude that now is the right time... Or, if they want him for next season, they could get the same situation as Rizzoli this year: wanting to appoint a referee who has deserved over the past couple of years, only for the referee to show a loss of form...
      About Lannoy: I never really rated him as a referee, felt he had no real talent (WC2010) and was excessively pushed by Batta, until EURO 2012, where he showed good performances and deserved his semi-final appointment.
      He has really kept it up since, with the unfortunate injury problems in between and in fact even better games after.
      He can hope, and so can I ;) Lannoy for the final!

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  28. BTW, we haven't had a Spanish appointment since Carballo's quarter-final. Carballo for CL or Undiano for EL remains a possibility...

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  29. For me Cakir definitely gets one of the finals. And as Rizzoli has deserved the CL based on last season and the season before, then perhaps he is appointed to the German final, with Cakir Benfica-Chelsea.

    But can't see Chelsea happy with the appointment given his previous red, and the furore in the English press post-United/Real exemplary game.

    If it was me selecting: I'd go with Cakir CL and Kuipers EL. After all, less travel expenses for UEFA :)

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    1. Cakir at Wembley is not gonna happen. No chance.

      Can't see German teams being happy with his fussy style either.

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  30. I don't know if you have noticed it, but I find weird when Eriksson, after a whistled foul, runs angry against the player.
    He seems really to beat him or something like that ;) Too funny.
    And what about his weight? I think that he is the fattest UEFA Elite refere. Nevertheless, he assures always a good fitness.

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  31. He may be the "fattest", but I would also say that all the others are extremely thin. The physical condition standard has been dramatically increased since Collina is the chief. Nothing against Tom-Henning, but someone with his fitness standard would have 0 chance under Collina.

    I am going to write a post on the topic you are discussing, also from the German perspective considering CL final. So I do not want to unveil too much what I think.

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