May 17, 2013

Predicting the Wembley final referee

Following Wednesday's top-class performance shown by Björn Kuipers, it's time to shift focus on next week's UEFA Champions League final between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern München in London's Wembley Stadium.


First of all it must be pointed out that, with all due respect to the difficulty of the task, this season's K.O. stage has been very weak in terms of refereeing. Besides some really positive exceptions, we were not spoilt by thus many good performances. Game-relevant decisions have been taken in a wrong manner, partly with a heavy and direct impact on the competition's course, the Laws of the Game were sometimes applied in a wrong way even by very experienced officials and there has been rarely that much public indignation and disgust with regard to referees and their performances. The bad thing: this medial outrage has been justified in most of the cases.

Against this background, it becomes very obvious that UEFA has to find the best referee possible for this final, a referee who can ensure a high-level performance that is completely free of polemical circumstances before and after the match. One tends to wish Björn Kuipers being the referee for Wembley, too...

Additionally, we have to focus on the type of match. Borussia Dortmund - Bayern München has been a very tough duel throughout the past seasons. Since Dortmund took the lead in Germany's Bundesliga in 2011, the deeply-rooted rivalry between both clubs became even larger. DFB has mostly appointed very experienced officials to take charge of this match in the past. Peter Gagelmann, Knut Kircher and Michael Weiner were the last referees in these duels. With the exception of Weiner, who refereed this match in a more unimportant competition format (Super Cup), Gagelmann and Kircher are both very lenient match officials whose main strengths are their charisma and personality, having a strong approach and good relationship to players. Hence, UEFA would be well advised if they selected a referee who harmoniously unites these strengths.

The following criteria must be applied when attempting to predict the final referee:
1. The referee has to belong to the highest referee category, the Elite Group.
2. A referee, who was appointed for one of the four Champions League semifinals, won't get the final.
3. Referees, who were already in charge of a Champions League final in their careers, won't get the final.
4. A German officiating team won't get the final due to the clubs involved.
5. As David Elleray of England is the referee observer, English and Scottish referees won't get the final.

The remaining officials are:

Olegário Benquerença (POR), Cüneyt Çakır (TUR), Jonas Eriksson (SWE), Pavel Královec (CZE), Stéphane Lannoy (FRA), Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR), Nicola Rizzoli (ITA), Gianluca Rocchi (ITA), Paolo Tagliavento (ITA), Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP), Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) 

Some of them can be erased from the pool of candidates due to weak performances or a background which makes a Wembley call-up almost impossible (not deployed in CL K.O. stage before, injuries...):

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR), Jonas Eriksson (SWE), Stéphane Lannoy (FRA), Nicola Rizzoli (ITA), Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP), Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Let's start with the two Spanish representatives Undiano Mallenco and Velasco Carballo. Both officials certainly have a huge international experience. Specially Velasco Carballo showed many good and solid performances in Champions League, among others in the quarterfinal's second leg between Juventus Turin and Bayern München, where he only showed smaller weaknesses. It's however quite unprobable, from my point of view, that Velasco gets this match: He was appointed as Europa League final referee in 2011 and assisted the Portuguese officiating crew in 2012 Champions League final as fourth official. Being nominated for three finals within 2 years (3 seasons) sounds irrealistic (but not impossible). In addition, Collina trusted in Velasco Carballo twice in very important moments. Not only in 2011 Europa League final, but also in the opener match of 2012 European Championship, the Spaniard failed to pay back this trust to a certain extent. In both matches, Collina himself was the observer. I doubt that he appoints him for such a match for a third time. Undiano Mallenco's chances are not really higher. His three group stage matches were ok, but easy to handle and, what is striking, they were not really important duels. He was only deployed once in the entire K.O. stage in both competitions, when he handled the first leg of the Round of 16 tie between Celtic and Juventus. Because of multiple facets, it was a controversial performance. Thus, he was publicly criticized by Celtic responsibles after the match. Moreover, his refereeing style is certainly more pedantic and does not correspond to the referee type I have in mind for this specific final match (see above).

After a long injury, Stéphane Lannoy returned onto the pitch and was frequently appointed in the last couple of months conveying ambivalent impressions. After an average performance at Stamford Bridge, he showed a strong one in Galatasaray - Real Madrid, which was however again followed by a so-so performance in Europa League semifinal SL Benfica - Fenerbahce. The first half was splendid, characterized by many correct decisions concerning in-box situations, the second half revealed basic lacks in terms of foul detection and keeping a high level of match control though. Lannoy has nonetheless proven to be a reliable referee who is able to show a solid performance when it is important. At Euro 2012, he was one of not many officials who could convince in the end. Lannoy has not only the necessary experience, he also has enough political power in the referee committee to be considered as a very probable bet for Wembley final. 

The most controversial name is Cüneyt Çakır. There is no need to repeat the story of Man. United - Real Madrid, a performance which is nearly impossible to analyze. Finding an adequate mark was even more difficult. The fact that Collina was the observer should make us prick up our ears. It is more or less the proof that UEFA's referee committee originally planned to appoint the Turkish referee team for Wembley. After all this medial aftermath and despite the justified sending-off, one must question whether UEFA is still thinking in that fashion. It must be clarified that Çakır would not face any form of medial slander in the German press. They have always proven to deal with referees in a fair way before matches. If newspapers like the Spanish Marca or the English Dailymail see themselves coerced to harrass him due to the performance at Old Trafford, UEFA should not be interested and Çakır should not feel any form of pressure. It's a German final, which needs the best referee possible. Let the foreign media say what they want to say. Of course it is also a political issue. Because the final is played on English turf, at the birthday of the FA, it could be perhaps a problem to justify the appointment. Anyway, I would not be surprised to read his name next week. But I do not think so. And those who already claim to know that the Turkish team were already sure and fixed for Wembley: nothing is decided.

Swedish Jonas Eriksson (c) ZIMBIO

Jonas Eriksson of Sweden corresponds to the refereeing style described before. He has a very good relation to players and is able to handle a match with natural authority and a lenient, but self-confident and consistent tactical approach. Nevertheless, his decision-taking often suffers a bit from that. In Shakhtar Donezk - Juventus Turin, he missed a penalty kick after a handball which was ruled as deliberate by Collina in a newspaper article after the match. In Schalke 04 - Galatasaray Istanbul, he had a couple of flaws in his disciplinary and foul-detection line - furthermore, there were many controversial scenes, such as potentially illegal goals or a missed penalty. Obviously, UEFA ignored that and appointed him for Málaga CF - Borussia Dortmund in the quarterfinals. Also here, a very good performance, but he missed a clear penalty to the German side which also should have been detected by AAR1. And again, UEFA ignored that. His mark must have been higher than 8.3, which would justify his nomination for Chelsea - FC Basel in the Europa League semifinals. At Stamford Bridge, he showed an excellent performance without any problems or difficulties. The observer "only" was Nuno Castro of Portugal, neither a very important observer, nor a committee member. I am quite sure that we will see Jonas Eriksson working at Wembley, but not as the main referee.

Italian Nicola Rizzoli (c) ZIMBIO

Last but not least, Italian official Nicola Rizzoli. There may be no doubt that Rizzoli has often shown in the past that he is able to adapt his style to the needs of the match. He has a strong personality and basically fulfills the criteria set above. At Euro 2012, he was already planned to get the final match, which was rendered void as Italy beat Germany in the semifinals. Now could be his time. The last Champions League final between two teams of the same countries, Juventus - AC Milan in 2003, was by the way overseen by German Markus Merk. This year, ten years later, it could be the other way round, an Italian referee for a German final. But it must be underlined that appointing Rizzoli would be good for this specific match, but would undermine the performance principle. His current shape is not really good, neither on national level, nor on international level. His performance in Málaga CF - FC Porto (CL Round of 16) was defective. He totally lost control in several stages of the match and wrongly disallowed an actually legal goal scored by the Spanish side. But in the end - who cares? The match was not really under huge medial attention. The underprivileged team, Málaga, won the match despite the annuled goal and qualified for the next round. Besides, perhaps this disallowed goal was shifted to AAR1's responsibility. Nobody will remember this match, if the Wembley call-up becomes reality. In the end one may also doubt the power of referee observer Ilkka Koho of Finland, who had to assess Rizzoli's performance in Málaga. If there perhaps was "top-down" pressure on his report, this match is no hurdle for Rizzoli.

It has been rarely thus difficult to predict the final appointment. 
My suggestion however is:

25 May 2013, 20:45 CET
Wembley Stadium, London, England
Borussia Dortmund - Bayern München
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrea Stefani (Italy)
Assistant Referee 2: Renato Faverani (Italy)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Paolo Mazzoleni (Italy)
Fourth Official: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Elenito Di Liberatore (Italy)
UEFA Referee Observer: David R. Elleray (England)
UEFA Delegate: Joël Wolff (Luxembourg)

56 Comments:

  1. Excellent analysis, as always. One question: why Mazzoleni and not Tagliavento as AAR?

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    1. This season Tagliavento was not at his best in our serie A, he often made blatant mistakes and he had several suspensions. To be honest, also his CL group stage was not excellent, especially the match in Turkey. Probably for this reason, Niclas selected Mazzoleni instead of him. Mazzoleni had an excellent season in serie A with many important appointment, furthermore at the beginning of the season he got Super Cup (many controversial decisions here, anyway).
      For this reason, merely looking at performance, a place for Mazzoleni would be deserved, but I think that Collina will ask for a full Elite appointment, selecting Rocchi and Tagliavento as additional assistatant referees. Furthermore, we talked about Tagliavento, but at the same time we should also not forget that there were several complaints also for Rocchi in his group stage, in fact he was never appointed in CL KO stage.
      Therefore, I think that UEFA will not look at these things, and they wil appoint the best possible on the paper, two Elite referees as additional.
      I agree with the name of Di Liberatore as fifth official.


      Having said that, in case of a different appointment (not Rizzoli) my only guess is Eriksson. I don't see other referees here. No Lannoy, Cakir, Mallenco and/or Carballo.

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  2. Thanks. I think Tagliavento does not have his best shape and season, Chefren can comment more on that. Thus I picked Mazzoleni, who has experience as AAR and is experiencing a certain progress at the moment. Just gambling, perhaps Tagliavento would be more realistic..

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  3. My prediction is:
    Referee: Cüneyt Cakir (Turkey)
    Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (Turkey)
    Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (Turkey)
    Additional Assistant Referee 1: Hüseyin Göcek (Turkey)
    Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mete Kalvahan (Turkey)
    Fourth Official: William Collum (Scotland)
    Reserve Assistant Referee: Serkan Ok (Turkey)
    UEFA Referee Observer: David R. Elleray (England)
    UEFA Delegate: Joël Wolff (Luxembourg)

    I agree mostly with your analysis, just would put Moen into the last 7. I am not so sure about Eriksson, his R16 match seemed weaker to me than Undiano's, Cakir's and Rizzoli's, but he got two more matches and the others none. The fact, he had Dortmund in the QF makes him unlikely for me, same counts for Velasco. So, Lannoy, Moen and Undiano are the outsider candidates for me, while Cakir and Rizzoli are the favourites. Due to the performances in the last 2 years, I would prefer Cakir (I don't see the ManU-Real thing as a too big problem), but I could totally understand a nomination of Rizzoli, as he is older and more experienced. Cakir should have many chances in the future.
    As 4th I chose Collum as a reward for a quite good season, and a good chance to gain experience.

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    1. I would appreciate these names, too. The question is whether Collum is possible despite David Elleray. Normally English observers do not observe/assess Scottish officials (and vice versa). Small remark: I think if Cakir goes to Wembley, then Emre Eyisoy will probably be the reserve AR.

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    2. Anonymous17/5/13 21:16

      After MU-Real, Çakir must be eliminated.
      However, Collina is one fan of this turk
      referee.

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  4. All agree- great analysis! But, I think UEFA would " reward " Lannoy and give him the role of the fourth official!

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  5. I also vote for Nicola Rizzoli and cakir as his fourth official.

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  6. Anonymous17/5/13 19:24

    Eriksson, Lannoy or Carballo as main referee. Rizzoli as fourth official. If it's performance principle, Italian referee has no chance!

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    1. Anonymous19/5/13 12:22

      Rizzoli is one great referee and he can perfectly be at Wembley.

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  7. My prediction:

    Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
    AR1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
    AR2: Daniel Warnmark (SWE)
    AAR1: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
    AAR2: Markus Strombergsson (SWE)
    Fourth Official: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
    Fifth Official: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
    UEFA Referee Observer: David R. Elleray

    By the way how old is Mazzoleni and is he eligible for FIFA nomination?

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  8. He is already an international referee, born in 1974.

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  9. Thanks for that. I did not know he is an international referee. This is probably because when I watched him in Serie A, he hasn't got a FIFA badge like all referees in Italy.

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    1. They don't wear the badge in domestic matches, since DIADORA provides for a special kit for Italian referees.

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  10. Borussia Dortmund - Bayern München
    Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
    Assistant Referee 1: Andrea Stefani (Italy)
    Assistant Referee 2: Renato Faverani (Italy)
    Additional Assistant Referee 1: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
    Additional Assistant Referee 2: Paolo Mazzoleni (Italy)
    Fourth Official: Stephane Lannoy (France)
    Reserve Assistant Referee: Elenito Di Liberatore (Italy)
    UEFA Referee Observer: David R. Elleray (England)
    UEFA Delegate: Joël Wolff (Luxembourg)

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  11. My Prediction

    Referee: Stefan Lannoy (FRA)
    AR1: Frederic Cano (FRA)
    AR2: Michael Annonier (FRA)
    AAR1: Anthony Gautier (FRA)
    AAR2: Ruddy Buqquet(FRA)
    Fourth Official: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
    Fifth Official: Eric Dansault (FRA)
    UEFA Referee Observer: David R. Elleray (ENG)

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  13. As David Elleray of England is the referee observer; English, Scottish referees AND also Cüneyt ÇAKIR won't get the final. In my oppinion Rizzoli is not suit enough for CL final even as fourth official. So my prediction is:

    Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
    AR1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
    AR2: Daniel Warnmark (SWE)
    AAR1: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
    AAR2: Markus Strombergsson (SWE)
    Fourth Official: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
    Reserve AR: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
    UEFA Referee Observer: David R. Elleray

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    1. Last year, Carballo also was the fourth official in the final, so I think it's unlikely to happen again.

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    2. You'r right. I just missed it. Then as a fourth official the other Spanish referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP):)

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  15. I'll have a go as well then.

    Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
    Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
    Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
    Additional Assistant Referee 1: Markus Strombergsson (SWE)
    Additional Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Stålhammar (SWE)
    Fourth Official: Cuneyt Çakir (TUR)
    Reserve Assistant Referee: Stefan Wittberg (SWE) or Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
    UEFA Referee Observer: David Elleray (ENG)

    Eriksson because I think he would be the best particular pick in this match, I think I've already said that before.
    Good assistants also, from what I've seen from them.
    Also Johannesson is replaced after his error, perhaps a bit late.
    It would be an appropriate send-off to Stefan Wittberg after a long and distinguished career with a World Cup and two Euros to his name. Only problem might be that he may already have handed in his FIFA badge, not sure about that. Maybe Albin could help me out here...?
    I'd appoint Çakir as 4th official to make a statement about him as UEFA, that they support him and regard him highly.
    Perhaps he has his earlier appointment as 4th official in the EURO final against him. Maybe Moen could complete a Scandinavian team, which is also an interesting idea.

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    1. He should still have his FIFA-badge though 2 Swedish AR's will lose it this year Henrik Andrén and Stefan Wittberg.

      Interesting to see all predictions about Eriksson, I think that we might have a little hint on Sunday-Monday, as there are 5 games in the domestic league in Sweden on Thursday (23rd May), if Eriksson or any of his assistants are in a game there then I think we can rule him out.

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    2. Anonymous18/5/13 15:20

      Stålhammar has been out all season withban injury, so I doubt he will join Eriksson, if a Swedish team is appointed. I assume that the same team wouldnbe used as in the EL semifinal.

      Greetings from Sweden

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    3. Anonymous19/5/13 08:43

      Eriksson's regular assistants are assigned to the Stockholm derby in the Swedish premier league on Wednesday. The referee's name has not been officially released yet, but it is likely to be Jonas Eriksson, I think. remains to be seen what this means...

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    4. Anonymous19/5/13 10:28

      Can you explain why the assistants are released but not the referee?
      It seems strange to me.

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    5. It is, usually the referee and assistans are released at the same time, but not in this case. Don't really have a reason for it.. I do remember that it has happend before this season, can't remember if Eriksson had a game then or not.

      Later this evening appointments for Thursday will be out in Sweden, then we might see if Strömbergsson/Johannesson etc are appointed for something.

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    6. Anonymous19/5/13 11:30

      Hej Albin (and everybody else)!

      It happened in the top clash Gothenburg-Malmö too. And it was Eriksson who turned out to be the man in the middle there. Strömbergsson referees a match in Gothenburg tonight, but still no info on Johannesson's whereabouts this week...

      Greetings from a warm Sweden

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  16. "Gagelmann and Kircher are both very lenient match officials whose main strengths are their charisma and personality, having a strong approach and good relationship to players. Hence, UEFA would be well advised if they selected a referee who harmoniously unites these strengths. "

    With this criteria in mind you say this about Mallenco -

    Moreover, his refereeing style is certainly more pedantic and does not correspond to the referee type I have in mind for this specific final match (see above).

    Which is fair enough. But why doesn't the same apply to Cakir ?

    Cakir is probably the most rigid in his interpreatation of the rules of all the referees given here and likely to make a controversial unneeded call in a Dortmund-Bayern fixture that often can get heated.

    Plus Uefa would want to keep the game flowing between 2 fast german teams, and Cakir is so fussy with his foul calls and would become center of attention before and during the match.

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    1. Cakir is certainly not the most lenient but not the strictest referee either. In calm matches focused on fairplay, he showed he is able to adapt his line to the game, e.g. in Ukraine-Sweden, Real-Dortmund, Juventus-Chelsea, ....

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  17. Extreme difficult Spanish cup final for Clos Gomez, with 11 yellows, 1 2nd yellow and one straight red for Ronaldo, sending-off for Mourinho.
    The cards, I saw, were alle justified and most of them necessary, as well as the other big decisions were correct. Foul detection was not so good, the players were too often successful, when seeking for a free kick. And obviously control was a big problem, however I think, the referee had only a small responsibility for it.
    So, I still had the impression of an overall good performance, while I could well understand other opinions.
    I would say 8.3 in a very difficult match.
    Has anyone else seen the match?

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    1. Yes, I too watched the game. Very, very difficult match to handle, especially in extra-time. The 11 yellow cards Gomez dished out just goes to Show how ill-tempered this match was. There was also some unsavory scenes were there was an altercation between the two benches. I don't know about you, but I am beginning to think this type of incidents occur quite frequently in Spanish football. Especially in the derby games. In my opinion Gomez lacked control over proceedings, especially in the extra-time period. However, generally I thought he performed well.

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    2. One thing I have noticed.

      http://s1.directupload.net/file/d/3259/txyhgtdm_jpg.htm

      Can you show a card in this way?
      Unacceptable.

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    3. It actually does not show too much respect for the player (even though the players did not show respect for the game either..)

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    4. Anonymous19/5/13 12:26

      Well Clos Gómez, but I think that he showed too
      cards. For me, 7,8 points.

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  18. The new CL kits. This season's colours were more beautiful in my opinion.
    http://www.dutchreferee.com/new-adidas-champions-league-referee-kits-2013-2014/referee-kit-adidas-cl-2013-2014-red/

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    1. It seems very similar to the 2010 ADIDAS standard kit for FIFA referees.
      http://img503.imageshack.us/img503/5889/wwwbroutysportschemises.jpg
      By the way, what about EL?
      Probably the new kit was not still ready, and Kuipers had to wear the old one. In fact he officiated the final with the same kit used by Stark one year ago.

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    2. I'm with Niclas here. Last year's designs look much better.

      By the way, from next season Referees in England will wear kits designed by Nike who are replacing Umbro as the FA's sponsor. I'm not sure but I think referees in the Netherlands and France wear Nike jersey's too.

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    3. The three black points are missing on the yellow stripes on the sleeves... ;)

      It could be possible, that the EL kits are used for 2 years, we have no experience with it.

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  19. Then, it is time to predict the end of film. I believe UEFA is doing good thus far. And, they will not surprise us. I agree with the text. But, my only difference is with 4th.

    I believe UEFA is going to give a small massage with Cakir case by assigning him as the 4th to Wembley.

    Borussia Dortmund - Bayern München
    Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
    Assistant Referee 1: Andrea Stefani (Italy)
    Assistant Referee 2: Renato Faverani (Italy)
    Additional Assistant Referee 1: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
    Additional Assistant Referee 2: Paolo Tagliavento (Italy)
    Fourth Official: Cuneyt Cakir (France)
    Reserve Assistant Referee: Bahattin Duran(Turkey)
    UEFA Referee Observer: David R. Elleray (England)
    UEFA Delegate: Joël Wolff (Luxembourg)

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  20. Anonymous18/5/13 17:43

    when will it be known?

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  21. Am freitag wurde Cakir per geheim telefon vom UEFA über seinen einsatz in der CL Finale benachrichtigt.Offiziel wird es am Donnerstag kommende woche werden. (ich hoffe jemand wird mein kommentar auf englisch übersetzen)

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    1. "On Friday Cakir was informed by UEFA via a secret telephone about his appointment for CL final. It will become official on Thursday next week.."

      We'll see..

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    2. Anonymous20/5/13 12:25

      Grand mistake....And logically Çakir after
      MU-Real cannot be at Wembley.

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  22. Thanx Niclas.Waiting and watching :)

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  23. Urs Meier is pleading for Nicola Rizzoli as final official, too.
    http://www.zdfsport.de/Urs-Meier-Nicola-Rizzoli-ist-mein-Favorit-27920296.html
    But he did not even mention Cakir.

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    1. Other than stated in the article, Meier had the CL final 2002. Furthermore in the other years from 1997 to 2004 (8 seasons!), he was appointed for a semi-final.

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  24. Anonymous19/5/13 17:14

    No Rizzoli in action in Serie A this weekend. Is that not strange, if he is thought of for the UCL final next week?

    Could be a sign that someone else is the final referee, or is it uncommon in Italy that the international referee teams have a domestic match together before flying out on a UEFA or FIFA assignment?

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    1. It could mean something, as well as nothing.
      There isn't (of course) a written rule.
      When Italian referees are appointed in CL is possible to see them in serie A the Sunday prior to the CL matches, as well as no.
      Rocchi and Tagliavento (possible AARS in Wembley final) are both appointed as AARS.

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    2. I doubt that the Italians even knew anything when the Serie A matches were assigned, maybe their federations know more than the referee though I can't think of that. If the referee of the CL final now gets the call during the weekend/Monday.

      So in this case it shouldnt mean anything as matches are played today, and the assignments came out several days ago.

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  25. Who do you guys think is the best AR's in Europe? For me It's a straight shoot-out between Van Roekel and Darren Cann. These two have been the most consistent in my opinion.

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  26. Very difficult, but the first names coming to my mind are van Roekel, Yuste Jiménez, Borsch and Ring.

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  27. Anonymous19/5/13 19:26

    Klasenius from Sweden has had a great season too.

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  28. Anonymous20/5/13 11:39

    http://www.uefa.com/uefa/footballfirst/matchorganisation/refereeing/news/newsid=1953310.html#rizzoli+referee+uefa+champions+league+final

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  29. Anonymous20/5/13 11:41

    Nicola Rizzoli will referee Saturday's UEFA Champions League final at Wembley between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München, assisted by Renato Faverani and Andrea Stefani.
    The 41-year-old Italian, who has been an international referee since 2007, was selected by the UEFA Referees Committee to oversee Saturday's match at Wembley.

    He took charge of the inaugural UEFA Europa League final in 2010 in Hamburg, where Club Atlético de Madrid beat Fulham FC 2-1 in extra time, and also officiated three matches at UEFA EURO 2012. In total, Rizzoli has presided over 26 UEFA Champions League games, four of them this season, including the round of 16 second leg between Málaga CF and FC Porto.

    At the final in London, Rizzoli will be assisted by his fellow countrymen Renato Faverani and Andrea Stefani. The fourth official will be Damir Skomina from Slovenia and the two additional assistant referees, Gianluca Rocchi and Paolo Tagliavento, are from Italy. An Italian reserve assistant referee – Gianluca Cariolato – completes the refereeing team lineup.

    ©UEFA.com 1998-2013. All rights reserved.

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