May 13, 2013

Home game for 2013 Europa League final referee Björn Kuipers

Dutchman Björn Kuipers has been selected to take charge of Wednesday's UEFA Europa League final clash between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC to be kicked off in Amsterdam ArenA at 20:45 CET. He will be assisted by his regular crew that is completed by German Elite referee Felix Brych.

Björn Kuipers nominated for the final (c) UEFA.com/Getty

The European football governing body's referee committee has hence cherished the 40 year-old supermarket director from Oldenzaal, Eastern Netherlands, after his excellent performances throughout the entire UEFA season including Champions League clashes like FC Barcelona - Paris S.G. in the quarterfinals and Borussia Dortmund - Real Madrid in the semifinals.
Having started refereeing in 1990, Kuipers became an international referee by making his FIFA bow in 2006, only one year after he had been promoted to the Dutch Eredivisie. In the same year, he took charge of his first international final at the Under-17 European Championship where Russia beat Czech Republic after penalty shoot-out. Following his participation in 2009 UEFA Under-21 European Championship in Sweden, where he oversaw the final win of Germany against England, he made his debut in Champions League as well (FC Barcelona - Dynamo Kyiv). Only two years later, he was assigned to whistle the Catalans' win in UEFA Super Cup final against FC Porto. A nomination for 2012 UEFA European Championship in Poland and Ukraine thus was the logical consequence, even though he had to leave the tournament immediately after the group stage. Among others, he was involved in the rain-match between Ukraine and France. Last weekend, he furthermore took charge of the national KNVB Cup final between AZ Alkmaar and PSV Eindhoven, where he performed very well.
Until now, Kuipers has taken control over 18 Champions League and 10 Europa League matches in his career - with this final, he is the only referee in UEFA's Elite Group with more than three international finals.
Kuipers is also on the short list for 2014 FIFA World Cup and received a Confederations Cup call-up last week.

fr.l: van Roekel, Liesveld, Kuipers, Zeinstra, van Boekel (c) voetbal.nl

His regular assistant referees Sander van Roekel and Erwin E. J. Zeinstra will accompany him into this home game, as the final will take place in Amsterdam ArenA, Netherlands. Pol van Boekel and Richard Liesveld will assist on the goallines, while Germany's no.1 Felix Brych has been nominated as fourth official. For the lawyer of Munich, it will be the first international final participation in his palmarès. In a thread focussing on predictions for this final, I pointed out Kuipers and Brych as the most probable candidates for the final, unfortunately with the wrong conclusion.
Communication between both match officials will be guaranteed: Kuipers speaks fluent German.

Felix Brych of Germany

15 May 2013, 20:45 Central European Time
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands
SL Benfica - Chelsea FC
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (Netherlands)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin E. J. Zeinstra (Netherlands)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pol van Boekel (Netherlands)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Richard Liesveld (Netherlands)
Fourth Official: Felix Brych (Germany)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Berry Simons (Netherlands)
UEFA Delegate: Pertti Alaja (Finland)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (Sweden)
Blog Referee Observers: Chefren (Italy), Philipp S. (Germany)


Statistical Background

Overview: Referee Profile

Full Name: Björn Kuipers
Origin: Oldenzaal, Netherlands
Birthday: 28 March 1973 (40 years old)
Height, Weight: 182 cm, 83 kg
Profession: Supermarket Director
Languages: Dutch, English, German
Referee since: 1990
International since: 2006
Elite Group since: July 2009
UEFA CL debut: FC Barcelona - Dynamo Kyiv in 2009
Card Stats: 149 yellow cards [3,63/m], 5 second yellow cards [0,12/m], 4 red cards [0,10/m] in 41 UEFA club competition matches
Remarkable achievements: 2009 UEFA Under-21 European Championship (final), 2010 Club World Cup, 2011 UEFA Super Cup final, 2012 UEFA European Championship, 2013 UEFA Champions League semifinal, 2013 UEFA Europa League final, 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, being shortlisted for 2014 FIFA World Cup

Head-to-Head 
Competition
Stage
Home
-:-
Away
Referee
CL 2011/12
QF
Chelsea FC
2:1
SL Benfica
Damir Skomina (SVN)
CL 2011/12
QF
SL Benfica
0:1
Chelsea FC
Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

Kuipers' meetings with SL Benfica
Competition
Stage
Home
-:-
Away
Referee
EL 2009/10
GS
Liverpool FC
4:1
SL Benfica
Björn Kuipers (NED)
EL 2008/09
GS
SSC Napoli
3:2
SL Benfica
Björn Kuipers (NED)

Kuipers' meetings with Chelsea FC
Competition
Stage
Home
-:-
Away
Referee
CL 2010/11
R16.1
FC København
0:2
Chelsea FC
Björn Kuipers (NED)
CL 2010/11
GS
MŠK Žilina
1:4
Chelsea FC
Björn Kuipers (NED)
CL 2009/10
GS
Atlético Madrid
2:2
Chelsea FC
Björn Kuipers (NED)

UEFA matches refereed by Björn Kuipers in the past three seasons
Competition
Stage
Home
-:-
Away
Referee Observer
CL 2012/13
SF1
Borussia Dortmund
4:1
Real Madrid
Hugh Dallas (SCO)
CL 2012/13
QF2
FC Barcelona
1:1
Paris S.G.
Kyros Vassaras (GRE)
EL 2012/13
R32.2
Liverpool FC
3:1
Zenit St.Petersburg
Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)
CL 2012/13
GS
Schalke 04
1:0
Olympiakos
Nuno Castro (POR)
CL 2012/13
GS
Celtic Glasgow
2:1
FC Barcelona
Zoran Petrović (SRB)
CL 2012/13
GS
Paris S.G.
4:1
Dynamo Kyiv
Levan Paniashvili (GEO)
CL 2012/13
PLO
Udinese Calcio
1:1 (4:5 pso)
Sporting Braga
Vladimir Antonov (MDA)
EURO 2012
GS
Ukraine
0:2
France
Vlado Sajn (SVN)
EURO 2012
GS
Ireland
1:3
Croatia
Iouri Baskakov (RUS)
CL 2011/12
QF
FC Barcelona
3:1
AC Milan
Hugh Dallas (SCO)
CL 2011/12
R16
CSKA Moskva
1:1
Real Madrid
Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
CL 2011/12
GS
FC Basel
2:1
Man. United
William Young (SCO)
CL 2011/12
GS
Bayern München
3:2
SSC Napoli
Kaj Natri (FIN)
CL 2011/12
GS
Trabzonspor
1:1
Lille
Jean Lemmer (LUX)
SC 2011
FINAL
FC Barcelona
2:0
FC Porto
Bo Karlsson (SWE)
EL 2010/11
SF
FC Porto
5:1
Villarreal CF
Zoran Petrović (SRB)
EL 2010/11
QF
Dinamo Kyiv
1:1
Sporting Braga
Josef Krula (CZE)
EL 2010/11
R16
Villarreal CF
2:1
Bayer Leverkusen
Martin Iseli (SUI)
CL 2010/11
R16
FC København
0:2
Chelsea FC
Alan Snoddy (IRL)
CL 2010/11
GS
FC Basel
2:3
AS Roma
Peter Jones (ENG)
CL 2010/11
GS
MŠK Žilina
1:4
Chelsea FC
Eugen Strigel (GER)
CL 2010/11
PLO
Zenit St. Petersburg
1:0
AJ Auxerre
Horst Brummeier (AUT)

Matches assessed by UEFA Referee Observer Bo Karlsson (SWE)
Competition
Stage
Home
-:-
Away
Referee
CL 2012/13
SF
FC Barcelona
0:3
Bayern München
Damir Skomina (SVN)
EL 2012/13
QF
Newcastle Utd.
1:1
SL Benfica
Ivan Bebek (CRO)
EL 2012/13
R16
Steaua Bucuresti
1:0
Chelsea FC
Sergei Karasev (RUS)
EL 2012/13
R32
Olympiakos
0:1
Levante DU
Matej Jug (SVN)
CL 2012/13
GS
Nordsjaelland
2:5
Shakhtar Donetsk
Antony Gautier (FRA)
CL 2012/13
GS
Olympiakos
3:1
Montpellier
Marijo Strahonja (CRO)
CL 2012/13
GS
Bayern München
2:1
Valencia CF
Fırat Aydınus (TUR)
EL 2012/13
PLO
Metalist Kharkiv
2:1
Dinamo Bucuresti
Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
EURO 2012
GS
Denmark
1:2
Germany
Carlos Velasco (ESP)
EURO 2012
GS
Greece
1:2
Czech Republic
Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)
CL 2011/12
QF
Chelsea FC
2:1
SL Benfica
Damir Skomina (SVN)
CL 2011/12
R16
FC Barcelona
7:1
Bayer Leverkusen
Svein Moen (NOR)
CL 2011/12
R16
Olymp. Marseille
1:0
Internazionale
Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
CL 2011/12
GS
Olympiakos
3:1
Arsenal FC
Alberto Undiano (ESP)
CL 2011/12
GS
Olympique Lyon
2:0
Dinamo Zagreb
Pavel Královec (CZE)
EL 2011/12
GS
PAOK
0:0
Tottenham
Milorad Mažić (SRB)
EL 2011/12
GS
Atlético Madrid
1:0
Udinese Calcio
István Vad (HUN)
SC 2011
FINAL
FC Barcelona
2:0
FC Porto
Björn Kuipers (NED)
CL 2010/11
SF
Man. United
4:1
Schalke 04
Pedro Proença (POR)
EL 2010/11
QF
FC Porto
5:1
Spartak Moskva
Serge Gumienny (BEL)
EL 2010/11
R16
FC Porto
2:1
CSKA Moskva
Kevin Blom (NED)
EL 2010/11
R32
FC Basel
2:3
Spartak Moskva
Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
EL 2010/11
GS
Sporting
1:0
Lille
Bas Nijhuis (NED)
CL 2010/11
GS
Rubin Kazan
0:0
Panathinaikos
Tony Chapron (FRA)
CL 2010/11
GS
SL Benfica
2:0
Hapoel Tel-Aviv
Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)

86 Comments:

  1. Congratulations to the appointed officials.

    Small info: György Ring will miss U20 World Cup due to injury. He is replaced by Istvan Albert.

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  2. I couldn't be more pleased for him. No one can disagree that he has been the stand-out performer in the knockout stages. Every single game I've watched him in from Liverpool-Zenit to Barca-PSG and BVB-Real he has been in complete control and has put in some truly excellent performances. Congratulations to the appointees.

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  3. Anonymous13/5/13 12:14

    Congratulations team Kuipers! I believe he is one of the best of Europe at the moment. I hope that the team will have a good game and that we will see them back at WC 2014!

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  4. Congratulations to Kuipers, a deserved appointment after a quarterfinal and a semifinal in CL.
    The second final for him in a few time after 2011 Super Cup, and again he will be observerd by Karlsson.
    Nice also to read the name of Brych as fourth official, anyway I don't know why he was appointed only once in KO stage.
    The fifth official should come from Germany too, since on the Dutch football federation there aren't other Duth officials mentioned.
    Furthermore, I have sometinh to say about CL final. If Kuipers has been appointed after excellent performance in his previous matches, it's difficulto to think that in CL they are going to appoint a referee with only one match in KO stage, in which he was not excellent. Under this aspect, if we apply the same criteria for CL final, and we want to find a name, the only name for Wembley is Eriksson.
    I hope that's clear what I mean, he got many and important appointment, and a EL semifinal.... otherwise, in case of Rizzoli (for example) it will be a totally different appointment from this one.
    I'm anyway almost sure that Eriksson will work at least as fourth in Wembley. Let's see.

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  5. We have the same idea about Wembley. This came to my mind this morning as well, a name I have not thought about before, but which should not be forgotten. After the weak 2nd half in Lisbon, Lannoy probably has no chance.

    And this appointment for EL final is 100% performance principle and nothing else.

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  6. Could also mean Dallas' presence in Dortmund was key in Kuipers receiving this final appointment.

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  7. Confed Cup officials are confirmed, Schiffner is replaced by Lupp though.
    http://pt.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/07/83/07/matchofficialsforfifaconfederationscup2013.pdf

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  8. Anonymous13/5/13 14:23

    also, Kuipers was excellent in recent important WC qualifier between Bosnia and Greece,

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  9. Very good appointment indeed, Kuipers has had a great season.

    As a Swede I can only hope of Eriksson for Wembley, however I think that we might see Cakir there anyway.. we might get a little hint when the delegates are announced.

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  10. Imagine Collina would be the final observer - then everything would change significantly..

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    1. I agree, it would be very interesting if Collina would be final observer. I think Kyros Vassaras or David Elleray could be observers. Last year, Vlado Šajn was observer in Women CL final, and two days later in CL final (both were played in München). This year both will be played in London: try to find out Observer for Women CL final and I think the same name will be in CL final.

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    2. Good hint, thanks.
      Perhaps then we know everything two days earlier than usual. As the women's match will be played on 23 May, the delegate and observer could be already designated, or if not today, then tomorrow.
      Would be great if someone, who has access, could look that up (kika?).

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    3. i can help you with the delegate so far.Its from Luxemburg so no great help i guess.Wolff Joel.
      When i know something more i will let you know

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    4. Isn't usually the delegate at the final the president of an FA? Last year it was the Greek president and 2 years ago it was the president of Iceland FA.

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    5. Thanks kika. Hope that UEFA releases the observer today or tomorrow then.

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  11. I would rather have Kuipers for the Champions League final and Eriksson for the Europa League final. That's if indeed Eriksson does get the CL final. I think Kuipers has outperformed Eriksson in recent months and is more deserving of the final of the biggest club competition in Europe. What do you guys think?

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    1. Right, Kuipers was the best this season - no doubts. Now, there are three possibilities for the CL final - Eriksson, Cakir and Lannoy. I am quite sure it will be Eriksson, but Kuipers was far better if you ask me! The reason why Kuipers hasn't been appointed for the CL final is UEFA system that semifinal referee can't be appointed for the final of the same competitions. But I'm a bit surprised why Eriksson gets further matches because he (Johannesson even more) missed a clear penalty in Borussia match. So, the logical consequence would be leave Johannesson, but he was appointed for EL semi and will probably join Eriksson in CL final :/

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    2. They should have given Kuipers EL semi-final appointment and Eriksson a CL semi-final appointment. Then Kuipers would have been eligible for the CL final. I agree with you x, Kuipers has outperformed everyone on your shortlist ( Cakir, Lannoy and especially Eriksson. Although I wanted Cakir for the final, he gas been very unlucky with the media attention for sending-off Nani. I don't expect to see him on British shores for quite a while. As for Rizzoli, it would be a travesty if he gets the final after the season he has had. Please don't think I am anti Eriksson. He is a quality referee and I wouldn't be angered if he received the final.

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    3. I fully agree with every word that you've said!

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    4. That's easy to say..but if Kuipers had got EL semifinal, then you should have looked for another referee for BVB-Real. Eriksson was impossible there, as he had BVB in Málaga..
      It does not lead to anything if we discuss eventual things which could have happened in the past. For CL final, I am still torn between three names.

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  12. I would like to congragulate Mr. Kuipers and his team for very good season, and wish good luck to him for final which will be tough, IMO. UEFA has made the right choise once again. The better performance the better appoitment.

    Now, thats time for CL final. Here, I still dont await any surprise, that would be Rizzoli. The mistake in Malaga didnt affect the outcome of the match, so neglectable.

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    1. I really doubt (I'm quite sure) Rizzoli is out for any further match after group stage where he was poor. UEFA will not appoint the referee who didn't whistle any UEFA competition match after the group phase for the final.

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  13. And maybe we all will be in shock and it will be Milorad Mazic at Wembley for his ultra-consistence and very good performances in all his matches. It would be the most logical appointment if we take into account performance principle. The fact he is in ED is not so important, UEFA regards him as full Elite referee, he's on the pre-list, so Eriksson or Mazic then.

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    1. I would say that it is too early for Mazic to handle a CL-final, he hasn't too much experience from CL games. He has had some very good games however, is his team ready for a game at this level? For example we may look at Kassai and his teams performances..

      His promotion to Elite should be sure after what we have seen.

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    2. Yes, it's too early, but his performances were great, other favourites failed, the only available are Eriksson and Cakir (is Eriksson so good to achieve CL final?, will UEFA appoint Cakir after his famous match?), so I think about Mazic, but it's true that it would be too early for CL final, but who knows...

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    3. What about Lannoy for CL final or even Mallenco?

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    4. Reading report on here he had average semi in EL, but didn't watch the match. I would be satisfied with him more than with Eriksson.

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    5. There are people who respected Mr. Mažić more than me?! :) It is true that Mr. Mažić and his team had a better season than many elite referees. Edward, there is no need for involuntary " sarcasm ". ;) I understand what you want to say- all referees are equal. But, it's evident that some have lost motivation. We can no longer keep the classification as " sacred dogma ". It's the policy Dr. Collina and URC and I support them. But at the moment for Mr. Mažić is important to be successful in El Clasico Partizan vs. Crvena Zvezda, who, after 20 years, to give the question of who will win in the serbian championship ( I don't remember when it was uncertain and tense- three rounds to go ). In Serbia, the tremendous pressure from the media, the fans and coaches of both teams, especially Ricardo Manuel Andrade e Silva Sá Pinto ( Crvena Zvezda FC coach ) . We had the example of the ABA league finals series in Laktaši ( B&H ) - where the best basketball referee in Europe, IMO, Ilija Belošević exposed media lynch.We watched F4 ULEB Euroleague London 2013, where leveled against him praise from all participants and the objective public of basketball. My prediction is that deciding between two men who were great last season- we can't forget. These are Nicola Rizzoli and Cuneyt Cakir.
      Best regards from Belgrade!

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    6. Maybe, Carlos Velasco Carballo... :)

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    7. Sorry Branko but what do you mean involuntary "sarcasm"? I just made a question-suggestion to keep other names in mind. For me Lannoy could get the final because his last 3 matches were from solid to very good. I have no beef against Mazic (my 2 last reports prove that) but we can't really talk about Mazic and CL final since he is ED referee and without experience of such games. I don't say that he wasn't having the best season of many UEFA officials but every discussion about CL final is too immature at least for me.

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    8. UEFA refereeing does not only consist of Milorad Mazic, even if he had a very good season.

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    9. The referee for the Champions League final should be UEFA's number one for that match. I don't think the number one can come from the group below the highest. It simply is not possible.
      Mazic may be by far the best referee in ED, and with better performances than some in Elite he is not Elite yet. It rules him out. Also I think he hasn't been tested sufficiently.
      I'd never thought of Eriksson for the CL final, but I like the thought, he would be a good choice for a German final regarding style, in my view. UEFA also seem to think that way, considering the impressive amount of matches involving German teams he's had.
      I think UEFA trusts him, hence his appointment to Germany-Holland at the last EURO. You know, I think he might have a chance...
      Still think Rizzoli will go to Wembley though, as UEFA's no.1 referee regarding the mix of trust, experience and availibility for the final. His problems in Málaga won't prevent a final again for him, surely?

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    10. Joke, you saw the sign at the end. I absolutely do not agree that Lannoy it was a good in Lisboa, especially in the second half. When we talk about the experience of the most experienced referees are the most made mistakes, they do not have a motive. I can still start when the unhappy Feners player was in the danger to life and unconscious, lost half jaw, and yet he did not call a foul. Is that good?! Why are the start varies from Nani start? :) We conclude that Cakir was right ( UEFA, too). I pointed out that we can not forget a good match previous seasons that had Cakir and Rizzoli ( CL, EC )!

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    11. Don't really agree with your assessment of Lannoy's match or the report on the site, I thought he was brilliant in the first half and expected level in the second. We can talk all day about the collision in Fenerbahce's box, but please cut out the hyperbole ("danger to life", "lost half jaw") and be accurate (Lannoy did whistle for a foul). I think it was a accidental collision where the Benfica player tried to volley the ball, and the Fener player tried to head the ball away. Perhaps a yellow card would be appropriate. But then again, that's not the point.
      The difference between Lannoy and Çakir is the huge media fallout after United - Real and the fact that if Çakir would be appointed to the final all the build-up talk would be about the match referee and "that" red card, Çakir would be under huge pressure and he would be completely skewered if he made any error. Lannoy's match did not attract remotely as much media attention as did Çakir's, sometimes it works like that.

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    12. I stated my opinion Nic in the mail, and this time I did not mention Mažić. I like the idea of ​​Eriksson, but I think I've said my prognosis- Rizzoli, or Cakir.

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    13. Thomas, please?! It's something that is dangerous. He wanted to play the ball, and almost kill players. Are you serious? The player was lost 5 minutes! Is Lannoy showed YC? No, he did not signal any violation!

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    14. I agree - it is dangerous. For it is dangerous to play sports. Especially contact sports such as football. You can get injured from terrible tackles, or brute elbows. But you can also get injured by a collision. The Benfica player clearly went for the ball, and would have gotten it as well, hadn't the Fenerbahce player lowered his head to head it away. One must not look at the effects of the action while assessing said action. I stand by my opinion that the raised foot from the Benfica player was reckless at most, and therefore a yellow card.
      I ask you again - stating that someone wanted to "almost kill players" does not help your argument.

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    15. To end- Dr. Collina is three times the violator rule and Mažić given a chance, which is absolutely justified. Do you remember the game in Milan by Lannoy- match two great teams. How do you finish? Miserably. We have an unfortunate Dr. Brych ( constantly refereeing good ), Rizzoli, Cakir ( he does not shy away from unpopular decisions- that's his style ). Also, my opinion that Lannoy isn't a referee of greatness.

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    16. To wrap up this situation- so start, for me, is very dangerous. And even potentially dangerous tackle requires a disciplinary sanction. You do not need me to hold lessons about football and medicine- I was a defensive player, and now I'm MD, DMD and PhD, whose operational field is maxillofacial region.

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    17. Branko that may be so for Lannoy, but we have to take into account every year individually. This year and especially after EURO Lannoy has shown some really good performances. He may have done many mistakes in the past but he is an experienced ref and he deserves a chance. I am not fan of Lannoy but I believe that this year specifically he has performed better from many Elite referees.

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    18. Diplomatically speaking one could indeed say that Lannoy was unable to maintain the high level of performance he showed in his first half.
      I only saw the first half of him live and then turned to Eriksson. When receiving Josh's report I was naturally surprised because the echo in the blog did not correspond to it (no comments indicated a total failure in the 2nd half..). Josh gave the important situations to me and I rewatched the whole 2nd half with specific focus on the scenes mentioned, e.g. the potentially missed dogso (or at least a very clear foul close to the box). Lannoy totally lost the track in terms of foul detection and ignored a couple of clear bookings. That was definitely not expected level. The first half was 8.8, the second 7.7 in a way, so that's basically why I think that 8.0 and the remarks mentioned in the report give a decent picture of the performance.

      And I would like to ask you to concentrate on EL final now, a seperate thread with CL predictions will come next days, so don't shoot your bolt ;)

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    19. Of course I understand what you are saying Branko, and it's clear we are going to have to disagree on this. I agree with what Edward says, to be honest I felt that Lannoy was the least deserving European referee at WC 2010. But since Euro 2012, his performances have been good, in my view.

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    20. I agree that it was good in the two games in the first half at Lisbon. But if we seek level- Vautrot and Batta were level, the highest possible. He was often injured, tired, etc. Why? Everyone deserves a chance! I think that deserves Carballo, too...

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    21. One must also realize that Lannoy was one of really not many referees at Euro 2012, specially his assistants, too, who were reliable in both matches they had. That counted for Cakir, Lannoy, Proenca. And that's it. Every other referee had smaller or bigger controversies. It was only logical that UEFA chose these three to manage the last three matches. Lannoy will never be the best referee in terms of having a clear line for fouls and so on( Germany-Italy is only one example for this), but he has mental strength and is mostly solid in his matches and gets the big calls right. At least since Euro 2012, here I agree with Thomas. At the same time I do not believe that he will get Wembley final.

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    22. *both matches = if we draw a line after group stage.
      And I forgot Howard Webb..

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    23. Neither do I Nic, I only had a great discussion with Branko on the Gaitan foul ;)

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    24. I agree! I did not mean anything by it. On the contrary. Mr. " X " is put Mazic the story, which at the moment is not possible, really. I'm aware of that. Mr. Lannoy- OK! I have nothing against. ;)
      Best regards from Belgrade!

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    25. Concerning the foul by Gaitan, it was bad luck, no intention. But still the foot was too high and thus one should at least think about a yellow card for dangerous play..

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    26. Oh and because you asked Niclas:
      Great appointment, proud of my fellow countryman and colleague. Deserved, also Brych as 4th official (could have been the other way round as well). Impressed by the boldness of the committee by throwing the (unwritten) rule that the referee may not come from the home country out of the window, although their hand may have been forced by the failure of so many others.
      Wonderful season for Team Kuipers capped of by this undoubtedly great final and his nomination for the Confederations Cup.
      Interesting to see that in the Netherlands, the FA, the referees and the media are all talking about "Team Kuipers", stressing at every opportunity the contribution of assistants Van Roekel and Zeinstra (and of course the AARs in Europe).
      I am looking forward to tomorrow evening (not in the stadium unfortunately), and here's to a great match with an excellent performance by TEAM Kuipers! ;)

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    27. Indeed, the total package was good this season. Each of the five teammembers has done very well.
      By the way, nothing against Angelo Boonman, but as this was one of the last seasons for Berry Simons, I liked that they appointed him as fourth official for the semifinal and EL final instead of Boonman, who has a bright career in front of him and still enough years to reach that. Simons also contributed to Kuipers' development and progress having accompanied him for so many years.

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    28. Yep, nice touch. Also Simons is a more experienced figure and with all due respect to Boonman, more likely to keep the two volcanoes on the touchline called Mourinho and Klopp in check (regarding the past semi-final).
      Now an even better choice for fourth official, no? ;)
      I'd say that the whole team speaks at least basic German by the way, it's compulsory in secondary school.

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  14. Anonymous14/5/13 09:36

    Cakir after MU-Real must be out Wembley.

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  15. Thorsten Schiffner will miss Confed Cup final, again due to injury.
    Stefan Lupp will replace him once again.

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    1. Sciffner is so unlucky. Just returned from a lengthy injury setback and must of been looking forward to going to Brazil. I wishy him a speedy recovery.

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    2. Is he certainly injured again or will he be replaced because Lupp and Brych had so many matches together this year?
      Schiffner is also in charge of the German cup final...

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    3. DFB answered my mail and confirmed the injury.
      It is also said on dfb.de in the article about Brych's Confed Cup appointment.
      Therefore, it could be that Gräfe cannot be accompanied by Schiffner in DFB Cup either.

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  16. Anonymous14/5/13 11:41

    In Dutch football talkshow 'VI' is stated that Kuipers initially was chosen for the CL-final, but due to the presence of dutchman Robben at Bayern, the uefa eventually decided to appoint Kuipers for the EL-final.

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  17. I read that as well. But it makes no sense. Proenca got CL final last year despite David Luiz and Bosingwa..

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  18. Can Bo Karlsson be one of the observers that has been to most finals?

    He has observed the World Cup final 2006, CL final 2007, Euro Final (woman) 2009, CL Final (woman) 2011, Super Cup final 2011 and now EL final.

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    1. His reports really seem to be appreciated. He was deployed at least 26 times in the past three UEFA seasons, too.

      German referees earn more money since next season.

      E.g. Brych will get 60.000 Euro as a fix salary + 3800 per match. This means he can achieve, having 17 matches, nearly 125.000 € only in Germany (+ 2nd Bundesliga, DFB Cup...+ CL + EL...).

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  19. Anonymous15/5/13 11:08

    If UEFA changed the method for Amsterdam, also is
    possible that Howard Webb will be at Wembley, and no
    Rizzoli,Proença,Undiano,Çakir,Eriksson......

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  20. Nope, because Elleray is the observer ;) Therefore no English official. Furthermore, Webb had a semifinal, so only Clattenburg would have been realistic.

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    1. Is Elleray the confirmed the observer for CL final?

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    2. yes, see the other thread on U17 semifinals.

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  21. Anonymous15/5/13 13:04

    German BILD-Zeitung writes: there are 5 possible refs for CL-final. Rizzoli would be favorite. Reasons: 1999 was the last time, an italian ref officated CL-final. Furthermore, Collina would decide who will be the lucky guy.
    Cakir and Clattenburg could hope as well.
    Furthermore, BILD mentions Eriksson and Moen would have outsider perspectives for being ref of this final.

    my questions to you: How exactly decides? Collina alone? Collina and some (who?) others? and when is the ref informed that he will handle the final?

    best regards Phil

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    1. Anonymous15/5/13 23:57

      For me there are only four names:
      - Rizzoli
      - Eriksson
      - Lannoy
      - Velasco

      My favourite is Rizzoli ...

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  22. I think it's in the hands of the chief officers (Collina, Batta, Dallas), but of course the decision should be supported by the whole committee or at least its majority.
    The referee is normally informed on the weekend before the final (?).

    Clattenburg has no chances anymore due to Elleray, so Bild Zeitung is wrong here.

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  23. Good first half. No complaints actually. Good disciplinary line and Kuipers has proven match-reading when not booking Matic, who slipped and thus was coerced to foul Torres. But also a not so challenging match. I hope Chelsea won't do the same like last year in Munich..

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    1. Anonymous15/5/13 21:42

      The yellow card would be safer in this case. OK, he slipped but an effect was breaking promising attack. Then, Chelsea players felt offended when he booked Oscar for tactical foul, I can understand them.

      The rest was really OK and I'm impressed by Benfica nice play and excellent defence of Chelsea.

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  24. Anonymous15/5/13 21:55

    The shoulder in offside, top class call by Van Roekel.

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  25. I agree, great spot from Van Roekel. All in all great performance from the Dutch team so far.

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  26. Correct penalty: probably unintentional, but the arm can't be in that position.
    For me excellent decision.

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  27. What a drama for Benfica, the second in a few days after Porto-Benfica... can't believe that, by the way WONDERFUL match!

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  28. Anonymous15/5/13 22:41

    Eh, Benfica is so unlucky in last two matches. I wouldn't like to be in their position. Bad, bad luck!

    Kuipers and his team with excellent performance. No complaints at all. I disagreed with some calls at the time but no problem with his overall outstanding attitude. Calm, relax, confident, great contact with players. 8.6 I think.

    \\^^Serbian Fighter^^//

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  29. Great performance by Kuipers + team. Correct penalty, it was ok not to give a penalty to torres. Awesome call by van Roekel to denie the offside goal. Nice contact to the players. Simply a great performance.

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  30. Splendid evening for the whole Dutch team, great performance and I would dare to say nearly faultless. I found very little decisions I disagreed with. Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra have eagle eyes, Kuipers managed the match as he did in Barcelona and Dortmund. Total self-confidence in his decisions, uniform line, respected by players etc...I do not want to anticipate Philipp's and Chefren's reports though..
    The officials can be very hapy and proud at this moment.

    By the way, Mr Platini does not like to talk to players who have lost a match. There sometimes was not even eye-contact with the Benfica players when they got their medals.

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  31. I recognized a bit lenient approach by Kuipers, overall he decided to handle the match in a certain way and he was aware of that. Some cards were avoided but at the end the game, as already said, was wonderful to watch. The major calls (mentioned by Hagi) were all correct. Also the situation on Torres, not enough for a penalty. For this reason, in a very early analysis, I think that the mark will be at least 8,5. Don't know if it's possible to give something more, anyway we should be in this range.

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  32. Oh yes it is. I would consider this match as challenging or very challenging. Rather challenging, because it was a final in great circumstances, with a tense course of events and some tough decisions to make..so I think 8.7 or 8.8 would not be too high, but that's up to you.

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    1. Yes we have to take into account the penalty given, other two penalty appeals, nevertheless Kuipers was able to make everything easy.
      We are in a borderline situation between "CHALLENGING" and "VERY CHALLENING" but probably "CHALLENING" is more appropriate.
      So the mark can be higher.
      I will take my time for the report with a deep analysis, starting from tomorrow.

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  33. What a season for the Dutchman capped-off by a very good performance in a major European final. We also have to recognise his team for their brilliant work too. After the shambles of the Bayern-Barca game, it is vital that a referee has high quality assistants, which Kuipers certainly has. I echo Niclas' remarks about the linemans. I thought they were truly excellent. I can't remember them comming an error to be honest. Quality performance by Kuipers and his team.

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  34. Anonymous16/5/13 07:22

    Very great performance by Kuipers and his team ! Congratulation for the referees

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  35. Excellent Dutch team yesterday. When you have worked very hard with your team the results are visible. This is want UEFA really wanted. A final with no-one to concentrate on the refereeing team. Well done to all.

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  36. Anonymous17/5/13 11:14

    My observation as below:

    A technically better equipped Benfica was putting enormous pressure on Chelsea in a thrilling and high speed Europe league final. Due to a higher degree of effectiveness and coolness Chelsea was at the end the somewhat lucky winner, but that proves again that in football the end result is unpredictable and that is one of the main attractive elements of football.

    Key strengths as demonstrated during this match by Björn Kuipers
    • He was showing at all times a high level of mental alertness and appropriate concentration without losing his emphatic approach towards the players. Short, precise explanations in a convincing and clear manner.
    • Excellent tactical approach and setting the standards in the very beginning demonstrating both teams where the "red line" was. He understood and applied the how and when to use his disciplinary tool box ( preventative warnings and where really necessary cards) in a balanced and intelligent manner; thus supporting his overall approach to this match. More cards would even have devaluated his total performance.
    • Good differentiation between real and not real fouls and application of wait & see/advantage which was a main contributor to this great final. He kept the speed in the game, maintaining an outstanding overall game control.
    • He demonstrated an excellent anticipating position play as well in forward, sideward and backward running combined with an athletic and dynamic sprinting capacity from the beginning till the end
    • Overall effective and to the point application and interpretation of Laws of the game and good and respectful injury management by which he was earning respect with players and officials.
    • Great support from and cooperation with his assistant referees van Roekel and Zeinstra, not only in the crucial "millimetre" offside goal (min 50) which was correctly cancelled.

    Key areas for improvement/consideration

    • Although excellent position play, he was hindering in a couple of cases the players which is an area of attention.
    • His intended ( and purposely chosen) somewhat lenient and tolerant approach towards some faults worked out greatly in this match, but cannot be a standard approach.

    Summary:
    In this very challenging game with many crucial situations, which were all solved in a correct and convincing manner, like:

    • No penalty in min 3 for Benfica for hand reclamation
    • Right time sized yellow cards for Chelsea (min14) and Benfica (Min 45 and 61)
    • Cancellation of offside goal from Benfica (Min 50)
    • Correct penalty for Benfica due to hand (Min 67)
    • No penalty for Chelsea due to light holding and subsequent "falling diving" of Torres (min 72)

    Björn Kuipers has again proven to be actually one of the best ( if not the best) European referees.
    Overall an excellent performance leading to a mark of 8,8

    Regards, Nedger

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