August 30, 2013

Referee Designations for World Cup Qualifiers (UEFA zone, September 2013)

FIFA has unveiled the referee designations for September's UEFA World Cup qualifier matches. 

Here are the appointments for the matches to be played on 6, 7  and 10 September.  

Balcan derby for Felix Brych

Group B
06  September 2013, 18:00 CET, Prague
Czech Republic - Armenia
Referee: Antony Gautier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Annonier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frederic Cano (FRA)
Fourth official: Tony Chapron (FRA)

Group F
06  September 2013, 18:30 CET, Kazan
Russia - Luxembourg
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Alasdair Ross (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Fourth official: Steven Mc Lean (SCO)

Group A
06  September 2013, 20:00 CET, Skopje
FYR Macedonia - Wales
Referee: Sascha Kever (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Charles Helbling (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Devis Dettamanti (SUI)
Fourth official: Alan Bieri (SUI)

Group E
06  September 2013, 20:00 CET, Oslo
Norway - Cyprus
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Rix (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jacob Bille (DEN)
Fourth official: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)

Group C
06  September 2013, 20:45 CET, Dublin
Republic of Ireland - Sweden
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Zunic (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Fourth official: Slavko Vincic (SVN)

Group F
06  September 2013, 20:45 CET,  Belfast
Nortern Ireland - Portugal
Referee: Dany Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Dave Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Fourth official: Kevin Blom (NED)

Group A
06  September 2013, 22:00 CET, Glasgow
Scotland - Belgium
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Fourth official: Antonio Damato (ITA)

Group B
06  September 2013, 21:00 CET,  Ta'Qali
Malta - Denmark
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Christos Baltas (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Michail Karsiotis (GRE)
Fourth official: Ilias Spathas (GRE)

Group H
06  September 2013, 21:00 CET,  London
England - Moldova
Referee: Ivan Kruzliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Balko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomas Mokos (SVK)
Fourth official: Richard Trutz (SVK)

Group G
06  September 2013, 21:15 CET,  Zenica
Bosnia-Herzegovina - Slovakia
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Fourth official: Andrea De Marco (ITA)

Group E
06  September 2013, 21:30 CET,  Ljubliana
Slovenia - Albania
Referee: Istvan Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Vencel Toth (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Istvan Albert (HUN)
Fourth official: Tamas Bognar (HUN)

Group E
06  September 2013, 20:30 CET,  Berne
Switzerland - Iceland
Referee: Sergey Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Anton Averyanov RUS)
Fourth official:  Alexey Nikolaev (RUS)

Group A
06  September 2013, 20:45 CET,  Belgrade
Serbia - Croatia
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth official:  Florian Meyer (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

Group B
06  September 2013, 20:45 CET,  Palermo
Italy - Bulgaria
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernandez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jimenez (ESP)
Fourth official: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

Group C
06  September 2013, 21:45 CET,  Munich
Germany - Austria
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) 
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Fourth official: Milenko Vukadinović (SRB)
Blog Referee Observer: 

Group G
06  September 2013, 20:45 CET,  Vaduz
Liechtenstein - Greece
Referee: Stanislav Todorov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Georgi Slavov (BUL) 
Assistant Referee 2: Diyan Valkov (BUL)
Fourth official: Nikola Popov (BUL)

Group H
06  September 2013, 21:45 CET,  Warsaw
Poland - Montenegro
Referee: Björn Kupers (NED) 
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED) 
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED) 
Fourth official: Paulus van Boekel (NED)

Group C
06  September 2013, 17:00 CET,  Astana
Kazakhstan - Faroe Islands 
Referee: Johnny Casanova (SMR) 
Assistant Referee 1: Massimo Zanotti (SMR) 
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Guidi (SMR) 
Fourth official: Leonardo Guidi (SMR)

Group D
06  September 2013, 20:00 CET,  Bucharest
Romania - Hungary
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP) 
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Diaz Perez (ESP) 
Assistant Referee 2: Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP) 
Fourth official: Carlos Clos Gomez (ESP)

Group D
06  September 2013, 20:00 CET,  Kayseri
Turkey - Andorra
Referee: Sven Bindels (LUX) 
Assistant Referee 1: Marco Tropeano (LUX) 
Assistant Referee 2: Steven Curfs (LUX)
Fourth official: Laurent Kopriwa (LUX)

Group H
06  September 2013, 20:00 CET,  Lviv
Ukraine - San Marino
Referee: Neil Doyle (IRL) 
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Gavin (IRL) 
Assistant Referee 2: Dermot Broughton (IRL)
Fourth official: Padraigh Sutton (IRL)

Group G
06  September 2013, 20:00 CET,  Riga
Latvia - Lithuania
Referee: Sebastien Delferiere (BEL) 
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL) 
Assistant Referee 2: Jimmy Cremers (BEL)
Fourth official: Luc Wouters (BEL)

Group D
06  September 2013, 20:30 CET,  Tallinn
Estonia - Netherlands
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (UKR) 
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Koriyko (UKR) 
Assistant Referee 2: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Fourth official: Yaroslav Kozyk (UKR)

Group I
06  September 2013, 20:30 CET,  Helsinki
Finland - Spain
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO) 
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrovic (CRO) 
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgic (CRO)
Fourth official: Igor Pristovnik (CRO)

Group I
06  September 2013, 20:15 CET,  Tbilisi
Georgia - France
Referee: Firat Aydinus (TUR) 
Assistant Referee 1: Serkan Ok TUR) 
Assistant Referee 2: Aleks Tascioglu (TUR)
Fourth official:  Mete Kalkavan (TUR)

Group F
07  September 2013, 20:45 CET,  Ramat Gan
Israel - Azerbaijan
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE) 
Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Wittberg (SWE) 
Assistant Referee 2: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Fourth official:  Michael Lerjeus (SWE)

Group G
10  September 2013, 17:30 CET, Marijampole
Lithuania - Liechtenstein
Referee: Lasha Silagava (GEO)
Assistant Referee 1: Zaza Pipia (GEO)
Assistant Referee 2: Besik Chichinadze (GEO)
Fourth official:  George Vadachkoria (GEO)

Group E
10  September 2013, 19:00 CET, Oslo
Norway - Switzerland
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren Cann (ENG)
Fourth official: Anthony Taylor (ENG)

Group E
10  September 2013, 21:00 CET, Reykjavik
Iceland - Albania
Referee: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Kirkup (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren England (ENG)
Fourth official: Lee Probert (ENG)

Group F
10  September 2013, 17:00 CET, St. Petersburg
Russia - Israel
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Guido Kleve (GER)
Fourth official: Marco Fritz (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

Group A
10  September 2013, 20:45 CET, Cardiff
Wales - Serbia
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth official: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)

Group C
10  September 2013, 20:45 CET, Torshavn
Faroe Islands - Germany
Referee: Gediminas Mazeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Dovydas Suziedelis (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Fourth official: Nerijus Dunauskas (LTU)

Group B
10  September 2013, 18:00 CET, Yerevan
Armenia - Denmark
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Angelo Boonman (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Rob Van De Ven (NED)
Fourth official: Richard Liesveld (NED)

Group B
10  September 2013, 20:00 CET, Ta'Qali
Malta - Bulgaria
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Cristian Nica (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Aurel Onita (ROU)
Fourth official: Pavel Balaj (ROU)

Group F
10  September 2013, 20:15 CET, City of Luxembourg
Luxembourg - Northern Ireland
Referee: Robert Malek (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Maciej Wierzbowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Konrad Sapela (POL)
Fourth official: Pawel Gil (POL)

Group G
10  September 2013, 20:15 CET, Zilina
Slovakia - Bosnia-Herzegovina
Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernandez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Diaz Perez (ESP)
Fourth official: Carlos Clos Gomez (ESP)

Group A
10  September 2013, 20:30 CET, Skopje
FYR Macedonia - Scotland
Referee: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frederic Haquette (FRA)
Fourth official: Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

Group D
10  September 2013, 20:30 CET, Andorra La Vella
Andorra - Netherlands
Referee: Ante Vucemilovic (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Dalibor Conjar (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Goran Pataki (CRO)
Fourth official: Damir Batinic (CRO)

Group D
10  September 2013, 20:30 CET, Budapest
Hungary - Estonia
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1:  Stanislav Savitski (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitry Zhuk (BLR)
Fourth official: Siarhei Tsynvekich (BLR)

Group B
10  September 2013, 20:45 CET, Turin
Italy - Czech Republic
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1:  Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Waernmark (SWE)
Fourth official: Martin Strombergsson (SWE)

Group C
10  September 2013, 20:45 CET, Vienna
Austria - Republic of Ireland
Referee: Olegario Benquerença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1:  Ricardo Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Joao Santos (POR)
Fourth official: Artur Dias (POR)

Group H
10  September 2013, 20:45 CET, Serravalle
San Marino - Poland
Referee: Marco Borg (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Ingmar Spiteri (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Edward Spiteri (MLT)
Fourth official: Kevin Azzopardi (MLT)

Group D
10  September 2013, 20:00 CET, Bucharest
Romania - Turkey
Referee:  Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andas (NOR)
Fourth official: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)
Blog Observer: Niclas (GER)

Group I
10  September 2013, 19:00 CET, Tbilisi
Georgia - Finland
Referee:  Leontios Trattou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Sotiriou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Athinodoros Ioannou (CYP)
Fourth official: Marios Panayi (CYP)

Group E
10  September 2013, 20:30 CET, Nicosia
Cyprus - Slovenia
Referee:  Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1:Giullaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Eric Dansault (FRA)
Fourth official: Clement Turpin (FRA)

Group G
10  September 2013, 20:45 CET, Piraeus
Greece - Latvia
Referee:  Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Sigurdur Torleifsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2:  Gunnar Gunnarsson (SL)
Fourth official: Thorvaldur Arnason (ISL)

Group H
10  September 2013, 20:45 CET, Kyiv
Ukraine - England
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Josè Trigo (POR)
Fourth official: Duarte Gomes (POR)

Group C
10  September 2013, 18:00 CET, Astana
Kazakhstan - Sweden
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondrej Pelikan (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivo Nadvornik (CZE)
Fourth official: Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)

Group I
10  September 2013, 21:00 CET, Gomel
Belarus - France
Referee:  Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1:Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Fourth official: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)

105 Comments:

  1. Women EURO U19 Final
    31/08/13
    England - France
    Monika Mularczyk (Poland)
    Svetlana Bilić (Serbia)
    Araksya Saribekyan (Armenia)
    Eleni Lampadariou (Greece)

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  2. Appointments for 10/09

    Group A Fyrom - Scotland: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
    Group A Wales - Serbia: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
    Group B Armenia - Denmark: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
    Group B Malta - Bulgaria: Matej Jug (SVN)
    Group B Italy - Czech Republic: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
    Group C Kazakstan - Sweden: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
    Group C Faroe Islands - Germany: Gediminas Mazeika (LTU)
    Group C Austria - Ireland: Olegario Benquerenca (POR)
    Group D Romania - Turkey: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
    Group D Andorra - Netherlands: Ante Vusemilovic (CRO)
    Group D Hungary - Estonia: Aliaksei Kulbakov (BLR)
    Group E Cyprus - Slovenia: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
    Group E Norway - Switzerland: Howard Webb (ENG)
    Group E Iceland - Albania: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
    Group F Russia - Israel: Manuel Grafe (GER)
    Group F Luxemburg - N. Ireland: Robert Malek (POL)
    Group G Greece - Latvia: Kristin Jakobsson (ISL)
    Group G Slovakia - Bosnia: Fernandez Borbalan (ESP)
    Group G Lithuania - Liechtenstein: Lasha Silagava (GEO)
    Group H Ukraine - England: Pedro Proenca (POR)
    Group H San Marino - Poland: Marco Borg (MLT)
    Group I Georgia - Finland: Leontios Trattou (CYP)
    Group I Belarus - France: Daniele Orsato (ITA)

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    1. All the appointments are posted now.

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  3. very intersting; can you merge in only one post all the FIFA appontments for all confederations, to have a world global vision, especially respect to 52 pre-selected ?
    Thanks

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  4. Anonymous31/8/13 04:58

    GER - AUT
    FIFA Referee Observer: Peter Mikkelsen ( DEN )

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    1. A very important observer.
      Do you think that Mazic can be called for the WC or this is just a dream?
      For sure, if not at WC2014, EURO2016 is already waiting for him... hopefully to see a referee from Serbia at a so HIGH level in a very important tournament.

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    2. The only obstacle could be thinking of FIFA Referee Committee. Taking into consideration his skills, personality and last but no least decisions-making he must go to WC 2014. But in the same case such referees like Velasco Carballo, Undiano Mallenco, Kassai should be out from this tournament. My opinion, of course!

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    3. This decision (WC 2014 selection) will be the toughest one to make for years, I have always said that.
      Webb, Brych, Rizzoli, ESP, Proenca, Cakir, Skomina, Kuipers should be totally sure. Eriksson and Mazic would deserve it. Lannoy could be there just for politics - Kassai has so much credit in FIFA that he is actually a "mandatory" appointee, too. And then even Kralovec and Moen did well on FIFA stage, but they are probably chanceless and have to hope for the future (EURO 16 and WC 18)...in the end "we" only have 10 slots for approximately 12 or 13 referees who would deserve it and have the potential to reach Brazil.

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    4. ESP: Undiano. I don't think Carballo has any chance.

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    5. Juan Yuste Jiménez is the strongest argument Velasco has got. But we must keep in mind Villar Llona left the committee, so some kind of support for both Spaniards could have vanished.

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    6. I don't buy an idea to appoint Kassai 'cause he was great in the past. Of course, one can indicate his management abilities, but current form of Hungarian official is shockingly poor. Dallas observed him in EL not CL duel - maybe there is a sign of Kassai's lowering position in UEFA... I just don't want unstable referees appointed for the most important tournament (Kassai, Spaniards, Abal, etc.) And I think Undiano Mallenco has not enough personality to manage tough matches, Velasco Carballo seems to be calmer, but less alert referee instead... I showed you this elbow foul deserving a red card, where he didn't even whistled it, having a clear view. Similar situation occured in Arsenal - Fenerbahce game, where Bruno Alves had whole face in blood. Of course, no foul whistled by Carballo too...

      If there are 10 slots for sure, my choice would be:
      Brych, Cakir, Eriksson, Kuipers, Lannoy, Mazic, Proenca, Rocchi, Skomina, Webb

      Of course, unreal one, but I always rated Rocchi higher than Rizzoli.

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    7. I agree with Niclas, Webb, Kuipers, Skomina, Proenca, Cakir and Brych are safe bets to be on the plane to Brazil next summer.
      Mikkelsen observing Mazic could mean FIFA are seriously considering selecting the Serb so he's a one to watch out for. I must admit I wasn't the biggest fan of Eriksson, but he has improved dramatically over the last year and I think he will be chosen. As for Kassai, well I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.
      My 10 are:
      -Webb
      -Brych
      -Cakir
      -Proenca
      -Skomina
      -Kuipers
      -Rizzoli
      -Eriksson
      -Mazic
      -Kassai

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    8. My ten are:
      - Brych
      - Webb
      - Rizzoli
      - Kuipers
      - Proenca
      - Cakir
      - Skomina
      - Undiano
      - Eriksson
      - Kassai

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    9. What we must keep in mind is that FIFA is blown up with politics. The performance principle we are used to see in UEFA competitions does not necessarily have to apply for a World Cup.
      Usmund Rohde, you mentioned Abal. There are clear signs that Pitana will replace him on the list.

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    10. It's nice then. So only Kassai out and Mazic in, the rest is not so important to me - I just like justice :)

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    11. The selection period for 2014 World Cup started after 2010 World Cup. Mazic was not even in ED at the end of 2010. Kassai got a CL final a year later and showed impressive skills in most of his matches. And, what is more important - the World Cup selection is about appointing the best referees and not ruling out or replacing referees.

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    12. Mazic, being already in First Group, then in Elite Group, now in Elite has been one of the best referees in Europe. His decisions are probably the best in whole UEFA refereeing. Then, we have Kassai who had poor matches before his final, then he got a final and totally lost his good foul detection and gone a really poor referee. In his current form, he's not even Elite. Can we say that a current form is not important? Nope, it's one of the most important factors. Kassai probably got one of the poorest average mark in UEFA competitions. Does such referee deserve to go for the WC? It would be just very unfair for other, 100x better referees in last seasons...

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    13. Currently the European zone are about 19 pre-appointed referees for the upcoming FIFA World Cup, to be held in Brazil.

      Unfortunately only 10 of these referees is that they will have the good fortune to travel to Brazil. Who will be elected?

      The decision stands for FIFA, but I'll give my opinion and disclose the names of referees who deserve to go to World Cup Football Brazil '14.

      And my "chosen" are:

      European zone

      Referees

      1. Stephane Lannoy (France)
      2. Wolfgang Stark (Germany)
      3. Pedro Proenca (Portugal)
      4. Velasco Carballo (Spain)
      5. Howard Webb (England)
      6. Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
      7. Craig Thomson (Scotland)
      8. Milorad Mazic (Serbia)
      9. Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
      10. Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)

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    14. I like your choice, Cristiano! Maybe I would replace Thomson with Cakir due to assistants issue (another negative element if we analyse Kassai candidature...)

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    15. Anonymous1/9/13 06:17

      It's symptomatic:
      AEL - Anderlecht, Referee: Mažić Observer: Riley
      EST - ROM, Referee: Mažić, Observer: Trentalange
      GER - AUT, Referee: Mažić, Observer: Mikkelsen

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    16. Nobody amongst us doubts Mazic has impressed during the last season. Appointing three committee members for him is a sign FIFA is interested in following his path and checking whether he is an option for Brazil.
      We can be idealistic, or realistic. And if you are realistic, you have to see that Kassai has performed brilliantly many times, specially at the last World Cup where the so-called top referees from Europa experienced their nightmares. Don't forget that. Every human deserves a crisis and can improve after this "depression" in his life and career, Kassai deserves that, too (specially because most of the trouble was caused by one of his assistants). The argument that it would be unfair against others is too pathetic imo. Referees are lone fighters and if Kassai is chosen, he convinced FIFA of his qualities, if not, he has not managed to do so or others just have been a bit better in Busacca's eyes. That's all.

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    17. And @ Cristiano: Thanks for your list - contrary to Usmund Rohde I however believe that this would not be a mirror of the top 10 of UEFA officiating.

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    18. Usmund Rohde,

      Thank you.

      It is true that Craig Thomson is much less quoted alongside Cüneyt Cakir and Viktor Kassai, but I think he deserved this reward.

      Do not forget that this is the last chance he has to go to a FIFA World Cup. Scotland deserves to have a representative in this competition.

      What is the problem with the Assistant Referees Thomson? Do not tell me they can not see well up close lolololol.

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    19. Niclas,

      Of course my list does not reflect reality in the top 10 of the UEFA Referees.

      And you think that the other editions of this competition the top 10 of our continent were present? I do not think.

      There is always interest in all this.

      My list includes several factors, all 19 Pre-appointed Referee are good, some are better than others is true. It's like everything in life.

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    20. No, you are right here. The pre list for 2010 World Cup was finalized in October 2008 so that aspiring referees like Brych, Rizzoli or Kuipers were not even included. Busacca and company really improved this condition by making this list more flexible and open until the end.

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  6. Norwich - Southampton (Webb's non-penalty decision)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=fMMs3TFLkA0

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  8. Cristiano, can you shortly report on Hugo Miguel performance in Lisbon Derby?

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    1. Usmund Rohde,

      The performance of Hugo Miguel at Sporting vs Benfica, counting for the third round of the Champions League was satisfactory.

      He was waiting for his appointment to this game.
      The Arbitration Board of the FPF remained the same criterion of choice of Referee last season.

      Vitor Pereira took these last two derby's to throw to the wolves his two new International Referees. Last season was the Marco Ferreira, now it came to Hugo Miguel.

      If last season Marco Ferreira had a great game, Hugo Miguel was already a bit short of perspectives. It is true that games are ever the same.

      Hugo Miguel did well at the technical level, but the disciplinary level could have been more demanding.
      If Pedro Proenca had this game Maxi Pereira (Benfica) had not finished the game on the field.

      I can not pass unpunished serious technical error of his assistant referee, Hernani Fernandes, who should have invalidated the Sporting goal for offside from Fredy Montero.

      Rest of the game was very normal, Fast Times with some that are normal in these types of games.

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    2. Thank you very much!

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  9. Anonymous2/9/13 23:44

    For information, here is the classification (ranking) of the Belgian international referees and AR proposed to FIFA for in order preferential for January 2014

    Referees:

    1 Gumienny Serge (1)
    2 Delferiere Sébastien (2)
    3 Boucaut Alexandre (3)
    4 Lardot Jonathan (5)
    5 Efong N' Zolo Jérôme (4)
    6 Lambrechts Erik (New)
    7 Vertenten Bart (New)

    Lose their badge FIFA: Smet Wim (6) and Wouters Luc (7)

    AR:

    1 Cremers Jimmy
    2 Meers Kristof
    3 Gillon Dirk
    4 Bleyen Frank
    5 Huens Danny
    6 De Neve Yves
    7 Crotteux Gregory
    8 Conotte Laurent
    9 Berbiers Christophe
    10 Van Yzere Rien

    RPC

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    1. Thanks a lot. Do you know why Smet was removed? I just saw him once and he had some potential imo.

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    2. Anonymous2/9/13 23:59

      No, sorry, I don't know the reason of its downgrading and I am even saddened with it because for me the Antwerp Wim Smet is an excellent referee.

      RPC

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    3. Wouters end for age limit ?

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    4. No, 1969, he had still another year as FIFA on the paper.

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  10. Concerning the discussion on the 10 European referees for FIFA Wc I strongly agree with Niclas when he says: <>. Most of us are (or were) referees and faced in our carrier some negative time. Kassai perfomed very well in the latest year with his peak at WC 2010 semifinal as well 2011 CL final match, so I think that he deserve very well FUIFA 2014 considering his reliability and his perfomance on long time.

    Same consideration for Irmatov too, in spite of his crucial mistake at confederation cup

    So my guess:

    -Proenca,
    - Undiano mallenco
    - webb
    - Kuipers
    - Brych
    - Kassai
    - Cakir
    - Skomina
    - Rizzoli
    - Mazic (or Moen)

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    1. Concerning the discussion on the 10 European referees for FIFA Wc I strongly agree with Niclas when he says: "Don't forget that. Every human deserves a crisis and can improve after this "depression" in his life and career, Kassai deserves that, too (specially because most of the trouble was caused by one of his assistants). Most of us are (or were) referees and faced in our carrier some negative time. Kassai perfomed very well in the latest year with his peak at WC 2010 semifinal as well 2011 CL final match, so I think that he deserve very well FUIFA 2014 considering his reliability and his perfomance on long time.

      Same consideration for Irmatov too, in spite of his crucial mistake at confederation cup

      So my guess:

      -Proenca,
      - Undiano mallenco
      - webb
      - Kuipers
      - Brych
      - Kassai
      - Cakir
      - Skomina
      - Rizzoli
      - Mazic (or Moen)

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  11. Respect for Makkelie...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWEGXCIOFPM

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    1. I like him very much just because he never afraids to make unpopular calls. Respect!

      Maybe YC to NIR for provocation would be OK, Cristiano should be happy to stay on the pitch too :)

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    2. Excellent!

      This should be the behavior of each referee, the problem is that very often officials are lenient. The YC immediately given to Cristiano Ronaldo a few seconds after the sending off, is another signal of his alrtness.
      Young, but talented referee... and now also NIR is playing in 10 men.

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    3. If I didn't knew Makkelie is from Netherlands, I would say it's Italian referee. You're right - that's only adequate behaviour of referee in such situation!

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    4. Anonymous6/9/13 22:28

      oh please... Danny just a card happy boy. some correct calls but totally wrong in approach to the match and players. The price of inexperience.

      Good CR7!!!

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    5. third red card also correct
      superb!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=s36PD_SJG7s#t=6512

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    6. Clear red card!
      Again, excellent. This match should led Makkelie directly in CL group stage IMHO.
      Even though we can't evaluate his performance merely based on cards. We can underline that he has a courage who is missing for most of the other referees.

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    7. Anonymous10/9/13 17:22

      Any coincidence between Makkelie's refereeing in NIR-POR and the home country (NIR) of the new chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee? Just wondering:)

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  12. Goalscorer offside in Northern Ireland's second goal...

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  13. Zeinstra with big mistake, he wrongly signalled offside of Polish player (if you freeze video in the moment of the pass, there would be 2m onside...). If not that, Poland would have had a penalty.

    Very aggressive behaviour of Montenegro and sometimes Polish players. Kuipers is master in using verbal warnings. First of yellow cards was borderline with red. He missed cruel step on opponent's leg by Polish player (it's difficult to say it was deliberate).

    Videos later, regards!

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  14. Brych has 2 RC's with 10' left. First one is for second YC but the other one (to Croatia) is direct for SFP.

    Very wild match in Beograd!!!

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    1. Anonymous6/9/13 22:42

      Both reds were correct, but very, very dificult match in Belgrade, but I think Brych's aproach was good. He avoided YCs as long as he could and then it started.

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    4. Red card (direct) for Simunic

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-GODS32ghg

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    5. Indeed. He had huge problems with the air duells and frequently didn't see the use of ellbows and arms.

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    6. One question Branko. Can you say you watched both matches carefully? Because Brych and Mazic had their matches simultaneously and so I was incapable of forming an opinion on both performances tonight.

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    7. Are you sure Brych gave red for sfp? I rather speak in favour of violent conduct, ball was by far away..

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    8. It was an attempt to hit the ball for me, so stil SFP :D

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    9. I have my doubts about that..;)

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    12. I am not referring to Brych right now.
      As you asked for reasons for 8.1:
      As you said, easy-going game (actually nothing which requires 7 yellows, but ok):
      starting mark 8.4
      + 0.1 for disciplinary management
      - 0.1 for situation before 1-0 (wrong throw-in, it was a foul by the way on Lahm)
      - 0.2 several mistakes in foul detection (mistake in 4', mistakes in aeriel duels, missed arms in opponents' face)
      - 0.1 outward impression in terms of match control and demanding authority. His approach did not work in minutes 79-82.

      I do not say it was bad, it was still okay, but nothing more. I saw him many times better this year so I was a bit disappointed :)

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    13. Anonymous6/9/13 23:52

      I read often this blog and I have my question to make to Branko DDM.

      To be honest, he seems here just to write in favor of Mazic. For this reason, I wanted to ask wheter you are objective in evalauting the Serbian crew or you are here just to defend them as Serbian...

      hope to have a full answer.

      regards

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    14. @ Anonymous: But you agree it is good to have different opinions, right?

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    15. Anonymous7/9/13 00:00

      You are totally right but often my feelings are that Branko DDM is not intellectually honest trying always to say something in favor of this referee.

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    17. I did not watch the match to prepare a report. That is why I cannot give you all instances I am referring to. Btw: as you said, game was over. 7 yellows in that match? I think one could not have avoided that.
      I propose to appoint a neutral observer for this match to have a better overview, ok?

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    19. Hehe I hope you are right with your final statement. But what we wanted to see is a potential WC ref under Mikkelsen's eyes, so the result does not matter but his performance. I have spoken to Hagi, our other German observer, he was going for 8.0. Albin (SWE) is appointed as observer and will prepare a report during the next days.

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    21. Anonymous8/9/13 13:52

      Based on what I saw on the high lights on tv, Brych did really well. He keeps impressing, and it would be impossible to imagine him outside the Worl Cup next year.

      /Swedish observer

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    22. I concur that, having watched the full match this morning. Very well done.

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    23. I will prepare a full report on Brych but here is a little taste.

      Marks

      Brych: 8.7
      Borsch: 8.5
      Lupp: 8.4
      Meyer: 8.4

      Really good performance with only a few minus but with the most difficult situations correctly evaluated (2 RC's and a penalty appeal from Serbia).

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    24. Anonymous11/9/13 11:30

      Unrealistic!!! mark may be 8.0 maximum.
      You love your referee of course...

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    25. 8.0? For what? 2 correct RC's and a very good match control?

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    26. Anonymous12/9/13 16:40

      First yellow card to Matic was easy, did not have to show, especial in such a game.
      He dosen't have sprint and he is very laid back, he looked like scared. He missed a few obvious foul on both side. Three times with assistant very late took decisions (watching each other and waiting for who will be the first to show- both uncertain, even 7-8 seconds go by) 1AR an one time he did not showed throw in while the ball was out of field, he just watched the game. He also looked like scared.
      Ok. maybe no 8.0, but 8.2-3, is maximum.
      8.7 is exaggerated and unrealistic!

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    27. Ok, since you can't understand my reasoning let me make it clear.

      Starting Mark is 8.4

      -0.2 For 3 missed YC.

      +0.2 for 2 RC's correctly given

      +0.2 for didn't lost control

      +0.1 for the penalty appeal

      Makes it 8.7.

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    28. The mark 8.7 is in line with what most of the neutral people thought after this match (and I do not even mean myself).

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    29. Anonymous12/9/13 22:24

      Such evaluation can get every referee on every match but don't get. But never mind. As I said exaggerated and unrealistic!
      IMO.He was not so good.

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    30. OK, it is your opinion. For me it is fully realistic!!!

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  15. Anonymous6/9/13 22:42

    8,4 for Skomina tonight, in my view. Good match, fully under control and major decision correct. Not a difficult match though. Very good assistants by the way. And Sweden was clearly better in Dublin tonight which was surprising but nice to see :-)

    /Swedish observer

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    1. Nice to hear that. So Skomina handled two decisive matches (POR-RUS and IRL-SWE) in a very sovereign manner. Nice.

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    2. Anonymous7/9/13 00:06

      Skomina is surely a referee of greatness, absolutely shining and excellent performance. Has heavily improved and matured.

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    3. Anonymous7/9/13 12:03

      I slightly disagree. Skomina is very good, but not great and shining. He should improve his man-management. He always has the same angry expression in his face and he never smiles. A referee's facial expression must show that he is enjoying refereeing and be able to smile now and then. That adds to a referee's palette and distinguishes a good ref from a great. Compare with Webb, Kuipers and Eriksson - they all can be very stirn but also smile and laugh. Skomina, Stark and Mazic, for example, never seem to smile and therefore - in my simple view - they still have something they really could improve in order to add another dimension in their refereeing. It is a simple and effective way to get the players ears, so to speak, although it of course has to be used with common sense.

      So, even though Skomina was good yesterday, there is something missing in his appearance. Still, however, he is of course good enough to go to Brazil...

      /Swedish observer

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    4. I agree with you, nonetheless we must keep in mind this is due to the different refereeing styles which made these referees succeed. Otherwise someone like Stark would not have survived in Elite for 11 years..
      Skomina always makes an attentive impression, he is focused on not missing anything, imo he is a very careful and tactically thinking referee, always calculating what effect a decision might have. Someone like Eriksson justs plays with his personality which reaches the players' acceptance. But I would not call one way bad and the other good. If someone like Stark does not smile but makes very good decisions and savours authority, why not...I remind you on Ravshan Irmatov who smiled and laughed at the Brazilian goalkeeper after his technical mistake at Confed Cup. Something like that must be avoided too ;)

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    5. Anonymous7/9/13 12:55

      Niclas - of course you must use common sense. I think, however, that Stark would have been a better ref if he had had a more smooth approach. But that is of course a matter of opinion. Ref styles are different and individual just compare the contrasting styles of the two Mexican refs in South Africa. I know what style I prefer :-)

      /Swedish observer

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    6. Good example...you'll see, FIFA will share your preference in the World Cup selection.

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    7. Very interesting speech.
      Skomina has not a relaxed approach wth players because (I'm almost sure) he feels too much the match.
      I mean: he is a referee who has always his mind busy on the pitch because worried and anxious about each call and its conseguence. It seems to me almost clear.
      This is his style. Even though now he has a big experience including also big tournaments, this skill is missing and probably it will never come.
      Not a big problem anyway, since I agree with you, the only important thing is to make correct calls, all the other stuff is just something extra.

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    8. Anonymous7/9/13 16:08

      The great ref can "sell" also his dodgy calls. That is the difference. All elite refs normally get most calls right. But not all of them can sell them to the players. That is what I mean. Collina could sell also a bad call, through mimic and gestures. And smiles.

      /Swedish observer

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    9. That's true. At the end I am glad that in Elite there still are some veteran officials with a different style - Benquerenca, Stark. I think in the recent past the style became quite uniform, with a few exceptions.

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  16. Mazic disappointed me. Many problems in foul detection, wrong throw-in prior to 1-0. Specially his dealing with aerial duels was problematic and he did not always convince in match control and authority. 8.1 imo.

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  17. Hi Boys!

    Some situations from POL-MNE game:

    18' - YC: V. Božović (MNE, reckless tackle, +)

    23' - lack of YC: Błaszczykowski (POL, reckless foul)

    32' - Krychowiak roughly steps on Vučinić leg; whole situation is very difficult to detect and most probably missed by Kuipers; at the end, it seems undeliberate act, so no problem with play-on; YC: Vučinić (MNE, dissent, +)

    43' - YC: Kasalica (MNE, tactical foul, +)

    52' - Zeinstra wrongly signals offside, stopping very promissing situation for Polish team; if not that flag, there would be a penalty and at least YC for MNE defender

    54' - YC: Džudović (MNE, tactical foul, doubtful call)

    66' - MNE goallie clear the ball with his fists, but at the same time, recklessly straightens his leg in direction of Lewandowski, causing a contact with Borussia striker. It's reckless foul and penalty missed IMO.

    80' - Another wrong flag of Zeinstra...

    90+1' - YC: Szukała (POL, tactical foul, +)

    90+4' - Poland score second, winning goal, they celebrate and - after ca. 1 minute, Kuipers after consultation with Zeinstra, disallows that goal. Although that big mess, brilliant decision of Zeinstra.

    =========

    Kuipers - 8.4 (missed one YC, the rest was really solid in tough match)

    van Roekel - 8.3 (no problems, easy-going match for him)

    Zeinstra - 8.1 (two big mistakes, one resulted in not-awarded penalty kick, one outstanding call in decisive moment)

    van Boekel - 8.3 (no visible problems)

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    Here, a screen of phenomenal Zeinstra's call in 90+4':
    https://sphotos-a-ams.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1175328_694435567252556_138849431_n.png

    For another situations, search the whole match at youtube under this link:
    http://www.youtube.com/videosport


    I'll read your opinions about: 18, 23, 32, 52, 54, 66, 90+4' with a pleasure.

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    Regards!

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    1. Hi,
      Great offside call by Zeinstra! Thanks for analysis, unfortunately the videos on this youtube channel cannot be watched in GER..

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    2. OK, I'll post links to those situations tomorrow. Stay tuned :-)

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    3. 18'
      http://vimeo.com/74001743

      23'
      http://vimeo.com/74001742

      32'
      http://vimeo.com/74001744

      52'
      http://vimeo.com/74005360

      53'
      http://vimeo.com/74005361

      65'
      http://vimeo.com/74005362

      79'
      http://vimeo.com/74005363

      94'
      http://vimeo.com/74005359

      Enjoy and have your say!

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    4. Thanks a lot. I am going to respond soon.
      Here Simunic's horrible foul..
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nwIpMMBR_Q

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    5. I checked all the videos and the analysis on Sedzia Pilkarski and agree with it. Nonetheless I want to highlight the high difficulty for Zeinstra in the situation where a penalty might have followed. That is a type of decision that is incredibly difficult. Nonetheless outstanding decision in 90+4, for sure.

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    6. Thanks!

      Zeinstra had very high difficulty of two incidents, but another factor that characterizes his performance is bad positioning...

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    7. Absolutely. In this one particular scene, he lacked his optimum position by a metre. Should be avoided but can happen.

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  18. Hi my top 10 REFEREES-UEFA on WORLD-CHAMPIONS BRAZILLE-2014
    Pedro Proenca(Portugal)
    Nicola Rizzoli(Italia)
    Howamiard Melton Webb(England)
    Dr.Felix Brych(Germania)
    Carlos Velasco Carballo(Espana)
    Cuneyt Cakir(Turkei)
    Stephame Lannoy(France)
    Damir Skomina(Sloweniya)
    Jonas Eriksson(Sweden)
    Svein Oddvar Moen(Norge)

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    1. Hi Jaco thanks for your list.

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