September 11, 2013

"All Red Things come by Threes"

The following analysis is taken from our community member Hagi's column weekly published on the German platform wahretabelle.de, which is aimed at discussing and analyzing crucial decisions appearing in the two highest leagues of German club football. Based on that, "real standings" are created rectified by adding or reducing goals that only became possible due to crucial mistakes.

Felix Brych having sent off Simunic (c) stern.de

FIFA referee Felix Brych did not have it easy at all last Friday. The 38 year-old lawyer was appointed by FIFA to oversee one of the most difficult matches existing for a match official: Serbia – Croatia. Previously, this match was played three times: in March 2013 and twice in 1999, when Serbia still played under the flag of former Yugoslavia. The referees of these matches were Turkish Cüneyt Çakır, José Garcia-Aranda of Spain and Danish Kim Milton Nielsen. All three were/are belonging to the top class of international referees, who had to cope with this extremely hot duel. Brych now got in line with these referees, whom FIFA and UEFA have therefore granted the biggest trust possible. 
His match control was outstanding and the crucial situations were assessed appropiately as well. In fact Serbia appealed for a penalty kick in the 3rd minute of the match, but even in the only replay available there was no contact visible. Both sending-offs were correct, too. The second yellow card against Nemanja Matic was absolutely justified, even though the first yellow card might be described as harsh, but acceptable and suitable to his line. And the direct red card against Josip Simunic was indeed correct for three reasons! 


Serbia’s Miralem Sulejmani initiated a counterattack after a Croatian corner kick, made a solo run and, having been in high pace, was fouled by former Bundesliga player Simunic, who had seen that he would not be able to play the ball anymore and thus whacked Suleymani in a manner that Simunic himself fell to the ground and that both players landed apart from each other by more than seven metres. 
If you ascribe intention to Simunic’s challenge, which is supported by several circumstances – the ball was already six metres away at the moment of the contact – then this incident must be judged as a violent conduct by a deliberate kick. If you consider the occasion in a very “player-friendly” way, it can be assessed as serious foul play due to clearly endangering the opponent’s health and executing the challenge with excessive force. 
Furthermore one has to recognize that Sulejmani, given his speed in the moment of passing Simunic, very likely could not be caught up by any opponent and that Simunic was moreover the last man. Despite the distance of 60 metres towards the goal and despite his position at the left side of the field of play, this should be evaluated as an obvious goal-scoring opportunity prevented by the Croatian player’s foul. For this reason it could be even assessed as dogso. 
Violent conduct, serious foul play, dogso: Felix Brych more or less had the agony of the choice, why exactly he would dismiss Simunic. One thing is sure: this red card was threefold correct.

33 Comments:

  1. Anonymous11/9/13 17:23

    His match control was outstanding ?!
    Absolutely not.
    His decisions were not respected by Serbian players,even Croatians. And there were some confortations between players. But,overall it was good if you know how big is rivarly between these two nations.

    Btw
    Im still thinking that he missed penalty in 3rd minute,and i will search for the video from Serbian Television,where one of the cameras had good angle to prove my theory.

    Of course,i just want to say that his performance was overall god,but its not acceptable to say that was outstanding.

    Regards Niclas, when we speak about word OUTSTANDING,this blog is somenthing outstanding :)
    All the best

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    1. Any neutral would evaluate Brych's performance as very good. Perhaps outstanding is a big word but most definitely it was very good especially in decision making and match control. I am quite certain that mr. Uilenberg has the same impression.

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  2. Anonymous11/9/13 19:27

    it is hard when you can not understand the mentality of people from the Balkans, which is very strong and winning oriented.
    I think it was not easy for him. ear is not an ordinary charge of the Champions League, this is more than a game! it is hard when you do not know what can come upon every second catch all the strings in the field.
    in fact, he did a good job!

    Those who survive the Balkans, after that he can go in the Champions League :-)

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  3. Of course there were mistakes, but what I personally find most important is the following: FIFA and very likely Busacca himself trusted Brych to oversee this Balcan derby. There was something to pay back, and he did so. Crucial decisions, control, authority were all at a high level. So this re-paid trust is imo the reason why Brych has booked his ticket to Brazil with this performance.

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  4. Off topic here,
    Might I say Niclas that Bjorn Kuipers and his team have also booked their tickets to brazil by making the correct offside call during the qualifying match in poland?
    Do you share my opninion? if not please let me know why :-)

    Greetings

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    1. There were also two wrong calls by Zeinstra, so those assistant's decisions are balanced. What about Kuipers? Outstanding control and management in the whole tense game. He should be sure of WC, IMO!

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    2. Concerning Brych, it was just a different situation because Stark also has potential chances.
      Kuipers was sure even before POL-MNE I would say. And I must disagree with Usmund Rohde, in our idealistic observations that might be balanced, but in fact Zeinstra's brilliant call and mistakes were not balanced. A goal in 90+4 was prevented by a correct offside flag. Two small errors, one situation due to a difficult situation (a lob), were certainly less relevant than this group-relevant flag. I am quite sure the official observer did not too much care about these situations apart from 90+4 in the report.
      The Dutch team is, like the Swedish team, also that strong due to excellent assistants.

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    3. The mistake where referee is wrongly positioned and player is 1,5m onside is significant and shouldn't be justified only because there was a lob. Some other problem with positioning strengthen bad feeling of this performance. So, if he wrongly evaluated two situations (he had only three until 90+4') raising his flag not being sure (what is far worse than allowing action in case of minimal offside), we can wonder was the final situation a lucky call or a perfect offside detection. He wasn't even near the top in this match and only final perfect decision kept him from low mark. But, of course, everybody is entitled to have own opinion - this is mine :-)

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    4. I understand your point and saw Zeinstra's problems in terms of this either, but I am sure FIFA won't care about that and they - and also UEFA - can be purely satisfied that the last call in such an extreme moment was done correctly, also after what happened in a similar occasion last April. We can count beans and list all mistakes of ARs, which surely existed, but what people will bother most was this last offside flag, and I repeat, it was in a way competition-relevant.
      And concerning this error (https://vimeo.com/74005360), if you stop correctly the replay which Polish TV did not do (the ball was not played/touched yet when they stopped it), then we talk about max. 50 cms offside in a high pace situation with a strange lob which makes it - I repeat myself - incredibly difficult for the human eye.
      So why not saying "these two smaller errors kept him from a very good mark"?

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  5. Off topic.

    Rocchi will handle a match on Saturday in serie A, meanwhile his assistants will be in another match the same day. For this reason, it is very possible to see him appointed for a match in CL next week on Tuesday or Wednesday (I guess Tuesday).
    This could be also more confirmed by the fact that UEFA has to appoint him as soon as possble in CL due to his call for U17 in October.

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  6. If your prediction is right, then ManU-Leverkusen, Sociedad-Shakhtar, Olympiakos-PSG and Bayern-CSKA are possible matches.

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  7. Appointments for Delegates and Observers:

    Plzen - Man. City 17/09

    UEFA Delegate: George Koumas (CYP)

    Shakhtar Donetsk - Man. United 02/10

    UEFA Delegate: Andreas Akellidis (CYP)

    Austria Wien - Porto 18/09

    UEFA Referee's Observer: Christakis Skappoulis (CYP)

    Freiburg - Liberec (EL 19/09)

    UEFA Referee's Observer: Kyros Georgios (CYP)

    APOEL - M. Tel Aviv (EL 19/09)

    UEFA Delegate: Nebojša Ivković (SRB)
    UEFA Referee's Observer: Jan Wegereef (NED)

    Apollon - Trabzonspor

    UEFA Delegate: Mark Blackbourne (ENG)
    UEFA Referee's Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)

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    1. Anonymous12/9/13 14:18

      Thanks! Interesting to see the name of Wegereef there.

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  8. Spanish Appointments

    EL MD 1

    Referee: CARLOS CLOS GÓMEZ
    AR1 : JAVIER AGUILAR RODRÍGUEZ
    AR 2: JUAN CARLOS YUSTE JIMÉNEZ
    AAR 1: FERNANDO TEIXEIRA VITIENES
    AAR 2: CARLOS DEL CERRO GRANDE
    FO: ROBERTO ALONSO FERNÁNDEZ

    Referee: ANTONIO MIGUEL MATEU LAHOZ
    AR 1: PAU CEBRIÁN DEVIS
    AR 2: JOSÉ MANUEL FERNÁNDEZ MIRANDA
    AAR 1: JAVIER ESTRADA FERNÁNDEZ
    AAR 2: JESÚS GIL MANZANO
    FO: ROBERTO DÍAZ PÉREZ DEL PALOMAR

    CL MD 2

    Referee: ALBERTO UNDIANO MALLENCO
    AR 1: RAÚL CABAÑERO MARTÍNEZ
    AR 2: ROBERTO DÍAZ PÉREZ DEL PALOMAR
    AAR 1: FERNANDO TEIXEIRA VITIENES
    AAR 2: JAVIER ESTRADA FERNÁNDEZ
    FO: VICTORIANO DÍAZ CASADO

    Referee: DAVID FERNÁNDEZ BORBALÁN
    AR 1: JESÚS CALVO GUADAMURO
    AR 2: JOSÉ MANUEL FERNÁNDEZ MIRANDA
    AAR 1: CÉSAR MUÑIZ FERNÁNDEZ
    AAR 2: JESÚS GIL MANZANO
    FO: PAU CEBRIAN DEVIS

    Referee: CARLOS VELASCO CARBALLO
    AR 1: ROBERTO ALONSO FERNÁNDEZ
    AR 2: JUAN CARLOS YUSTE JIMÉNEZ
    AAR 1: CARLOS CLOS GÓMEZ
    AAR 2: CARLOS DEL CERRO GRANDE
    FO: JAVIER AGUILAR RODRÍGUEZ

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    1. Thanks Edward. Very interesting, now UEFA seems again to rely on Borbalan. All three Spanish Elite and Elite dev. referees are out in the same matchday...

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  9. Predictions

    ManU-Leverkusen: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
    Sociedad-Shakhtar: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
    Galatasaray-Real: Howard Webb (ENG)
    Kobenhavn-Juventus: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU)
    Benfica-Anderlecht: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
    Olympiakos-Paris: William Collum (SCO)
    Bayern-CSKA: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
    Plzen-Man.City: Serhiy Boiko (UKR)

    Schalke-Steaua: Tom Hagen (NOR)
    Chelsea-Basel: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)
    Marseille-Arsenal: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
    Napoli-Dortmund: Pedro Proenca (POR)
    Atlético-Zenit: Wolfgang Stark (GER)
    Austria-Porto: István Vad (HUN)
    AC Milan-Celtic: Manuel Gräfe (GER)
    Barca-Ajax: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

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    1. Anonymous12/9/13 16:17

      Do you have insider Information? Surprised reading Gräfe ;-)

      Best regards
      phil

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    2. No not really :D After two good performances shown by Gräfe, he should get CL finally I think. Remember he is in ED since June 2011, so there soon will be a decision on promotion or demotion.

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    3. I guess all ED officials will get at least 1 CL match. Last year Gräfe was injured the whole GS.

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    4. My predictons:
      ManU-Leverkusen: Aydinus
      Sociedad-Shakhtar: Rizzoli
      Galatasaray-Real: Kassai
      Kobenhavn-Juventus: Moen
      Benfica-Anderlecht: Thomson
      Olympiakos-Paris: Webb
      Bayern-CSKA: Cakir
      Plzen-Man.City: Hategan

      Schalke-Steaua: Tagliavento
      Chelsea-Basel: Orsato
      Marseille-Arsenal: Kuipers
      Napoli-Dortmund: Collum
      Atlético-Zenit: Rocchi
      Austria-Porto: Lannoy
      AC Milan-Celtic: Eriksson
      Barca-Ajax: Skomina

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    5. Man Utd-Bayer: Kuipers
      Sociedad-Shakhtar: Moen
      Galatasaray-R. Madrid: Clattenburg
      Kobenhavn-Juventus: Collum
      Olympiakos-PSG: Hategan
      Bayern-CSKA: Rizzoli
      Plzen-Man City: Benquerenca

      Schalke-Steaua: Boiko
      Chelsea-Basel: Skomina
      Marseille-Arsenal: Eriksson
      Napoli-BVB: Proenca
      Atletico-Zenit: Mazic
      Autria-Porto: Grafe
      AC Milan-Celtic: Proenca
      Barca-Ajax: Webb

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    6. Anonymous13/9/13 11:21

      ManU-LEV: Moen
      SOC-SHA: Hategan
      GAL-Real: Webb
      KOB-Juve: Boiko
      OLY-PSG: Rizzoli
      BAY-CSKA: Orsato
      PLZ-ManC: Benquerenca
      S04-BUK: Kralovec
      CHE-BAS: Lannoy
      MAR-ARS: Skomina
      SSC-BVB: Proenca
      ATL-ZEN: Stark
      AUS-POR: Gräfe
      ACM-CEL: Kassai
      FCB-Ajax: Cakir

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    7. * Napoli-BVB: Cakir

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    8. Nur and anonymous, you both forgot Benfica-Anderlecht ;)

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    9. ManU-LEV: Kuipers
      SOC-SHA: Moen
      GAL-Real: Lannoy
      KOB-Juve: Bebek
      OLY-PSG: Clattenburg
      BEN-AND: Grafe
      BAY-CSKA: Collum
      PLZ-ManC: Hategan
      S04-BUK: Hagen
      CHE-BAS: Rizzoli
      MAR-ARS: Kralovec
      SSC-BVB: Cakir
      ATL-ZEN: Tagliavento
      AUS-POR: Eriksson
      ACM-CEL: Kassai
      FCB-Ajax: Proenca

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    10. Anonymous13/9/13 14:54

      Oh yes, therefore:
      BEN-RSC: Collum

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    11. Okay then :)
      Benfica-Anderlecht: Tagliavento

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  10. Anonymous12/9/13 15:08

    Kuipers has a match on saturday with his usual assistants. So i think he will have a CL match on tuesday; Sociedad - Shakhtar?

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  11. Yes, why not. ManU would be nice, too.

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  12. Hi My predictions CHAMPIONS-LEAGUE MD.1
    Manchester.U - Leverkusen- Eriksson-SWE
    Sociedad - Schakhtar- Rocchi-ITA
    Galatasaray - Real.M - Jug- SLO
    Kobenhavn - Juventus- Hategan-ROM
    Benfica - Anderlecht - Kassai-HUN
    Olymiakos - PSG- Karasev- RUS
    Bayern - CSKA - Moen- NOR
    Plznen - Manchester.C - Boiko- UKR

    Schalke - Steaua - Gautier- FRA
    Chelsea - Basel - Skomina- SLO
    Marsille - Arsenal - Cakir-TUR
    Napoli - Dortmund - Proenca-POR
    Athletico - Zenit - Lannoy -FRA
    Austria - Porto - Stark-GER
    Milan - Celtic-Brych-GER
    Barca - Ajax-Clattenburg-ENG

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  13. Anonymous13/9/13 04:04

    Off-Topic

    Deutscher WM-Schiedsrichter Ferdinand biwersi verstorben

    Der ehemalige deutsche FIFA-Schiedsrichter Ferdinand Biwersi ist tot. Er verstarb im Alter von 79 Jahren. Biwersi leitete unter anderem die Partie beim legendären 12:0 von Borussia Mönchengladbach gegen Borussia Dortmund im Jahr 1978.

    Biwersi pfiff zwischen 1965 und 1978 insgesamt 121 Spiele in der Bundesliga. Wegen seiner guten Leistungen wurde er in der Saison 1975/1976 vom DFB zum Schiedsrichter des Jahres ernannt. Zum Abschluss seiner Karriere war Biwersi bei der WM 1978 in Argentinien im Einsatz.
    Lebensabend in Spanien

    Nach seiner aktiven Zeit als Unparteiischer fungierte er als Schiedsrichter-Obmann beim saarländischen Fußballverband. Mitte der neunziger Jahre ließ sich der ausgebildete Kriminalbeamte gemeinsam mit seiner Frau im spanischen Miami Playa nieder, wo er bis zu seinem Tod am 4. September lebte. Woran Biwersi starb ist nicht bekannt.

    09.09.2013 | sid, t-online.de

    http://www.t-online.de/sport/id_65377116/deutscher-wm-schiedsrichter-ferdinand-biwersi-gestorben.html

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    1. Anonymous13/9/13 04:12

      Off-topic
      German World Cup referee Ferdinand Biwersi died
      The former German football referee Ferdinand Biwersi is dead. He died at the age of 79. Biwersi led among other things the game legendary 12-0 by Borussia Mönchengladbach to Borussia Dortmund in 1978.
      Biwersi whistled between 1965 and 1978, a total of 121 games in the National League. Due to his good performances he was appointed referee of the year in the season 1975/1976 of the DFB. At the end of his career Biwersi proved at the World Cup 1978 in Argentina.
      Retirement in Spain
      After his playing days, he acted as arbitrator as umpire in the Saarland Football Association. Mid-nineties the trained law enforcement officials settled with his wife in the Spanish Miami Playa, where he lived until his death on September 4. It is not known what Biwersi died.

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