September 30, 2013

Champions League - Referee Appointments - Matchday 2 (Wednesday)

These are the eight officiating teams who will take charge of Wednesday's UEFA Champions League matches. Et voilà: the next mixed team has unfolded: Slovenian Matej Jug will celebrate his Champions League debut at Santiago Bernabeu with Austrian Roland Brandner as AR2.

The only debutant in UCL at MD2: Matej Jug (SVN) (c) ZIMBIO

Group E, 01 October 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: St.-Jakob Park, Basel, Switzerland
Shakhtar Donetsk - Manchester United
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slyško (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radek Prihoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Patak (CZE)
Fourth Official: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Andreas Akkelides (CYP)
Blog Referee Observer: Dino (CRO)

Group E, 01 October 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: National Arena, Bucharest, Romania
Bayer Leverkusen - Real Sociedad
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Maksim Layushkin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Vitaly Meshkov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Aleksei Vorontsov (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vlado Sajn (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Joël Wolff (LUX)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

Group B, 02 October 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy
Juventus Turin - Galatasaray
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mihály Fabián (HUN)
Fourth Official: Robert Kispál (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vaclav Krondl (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Ospelt (LIE)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H. (ENG)

Group B, 02 October 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
Real Madrid - FC København
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dragoslav Perič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Primož Arhar (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Dušan Tittel (SVK)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

Group C, 02 October 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Parc des Princes, Paris, France
Paris SG - SL Benfica
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andrea De Marco (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michael Riley (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Sune Hellströmer (SWE)
Blog Referee Observer: Hagi (GER)

Group C, 02 October 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels, Belgium
RSC Anderlecht - Olympiakos
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andås (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tore Hansen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Lloyd Hughes (WAL)
Blog Referee Observer: Albin (SWE)

Group D, 02 October 2013, 18:00 CET
Stadium: Luzhniki Stadion, Moscow, Russia
CSKA Moskva - Viktoria Plzen
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles John Schaap (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ed Janssen (NED)
Fourth Official: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Kazimierz Oleszek (POL)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

Group D, 02 October 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England
Manchester City - Bayern München
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin E. J. Zeinstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth Official: Angelo Boonman (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Mikkelsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Claude Runavot (FRA)
Blog Referee Observer: Johnny (SRB)


  1. I also want to highlight that UEFA appointed Moen's ARs for Hagen. That is the same strategy as seen on MD1 when Orsato was accompanied by Stefani and Faverani. Gabor Eros seems to be out of everything and I expect that Vencel Tóth has already replaced him on the pre-list, too.

    1. Jug with Brandner :)

      Can you tell me why Arhar has been completely removed from the line in Skomina and even Jug's team? Collina couldn't bear his handling the flag by left hand?

      In my humble opinion, Kassai is or at least should be out from WC due to problems with assistants. I guess, changes in a preselected teams are enough reason to erase their names. The same counts for Thomson and Rocchi of course. Referees have been preselected as teams, based also on cooperation and experience earning together. If a team is destroyed, UEFA shouldn't risk such nomination.

    2. Arhar is at his last international matches (the same for Stancin)... Slovenian federation is rely now on different names.

    3. They rely on Brandner ;) Seriously, its unfair to replace an assistant cause he's on final stage of his career...

    4. Arhar, born in 1968, will for sure leave Jug's team in it is only natural that UEFA forms new teams for the future. And in fact he has not left the team...he is fourth official at both Skomina's and Jug's side and thus fulfills a very important job in the team in and around their matches. Jug can benefit from his experience, I think.
      Furthermore, let's wait for FIFA qualifiers. As far as I am informed, Arhar will have his chance to show his excellent flag technique once again and for the last time on 11 or 15 October..

  2. Niclas, in many cases you publish these appointments already before I can find them on UEFA website. Do you have some special connections within UEFA or am I simply looking at the wrong webpage? :)
    (I just looked at, where currently still TBD is mentioned at the referees for coming Wednesday...)

    Regards from Holland,


    1. I'm just curious where you guys find all this information :)

    2. Hey Jan, yes, that depends on "sources" :) You are looking on the right page here :P

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    4. Hmm, I'd indeed better stick to this blog then instead of to the UEFA website ;) Thanks for the info!
      BTW: again a nice and great match for Kuipers :)

    5. Anonymous30/9/13 13:52

      The UEFA website published appointments on always -48 hours before kick off for high profiled games UCL and -48 to -72 hours for UEL.
      But they are available to many at national associations and others with access to UEFA computer always on MD-2

    6. Ah I see, but since I'm not at all involved in our national association and I do not have access to a UEFA computer, I have to stick to this blog ;)

    7. I must however say that I do not understand UEFA's policy of unveiling appointments at all.
      During the play-offs, they indeed waited until 48h before the kick-off (20:45). On MD1, the appts came on 11:15 CET as usual. Yesterday, they came on 12:30 CET and today they are not revealed yet...

    8. Maybe there isn't a sure answer. They do it when they remember to do it :D
      Too many logical and rational explanations are not suitable..

  3. WC Qualifiers:

    Albania - Switzerland
    Pedro Proença (POR)

    Armenia - Bulgaria
    Felix Brych, Mark Borsch, Stefan Lupp, Tobias Welz (GER)

    Lithuania - Latvia
    Petur Reinert, Regin Egholm, Jan á Líðarenda (FAR), Þóroddur Hjaltalín (ISL)

  4. EL:
    Dnipro - Fiorentina (Szymon Marciniak - POL)
    Anzhy - Tottenham (Bülent Yıldırım - TUR)

  5. Ref Copenhagen30/9/13 13:17

    Liberec - Estoril (Kenn Hansen - DEN)

    Kenn Hansen is appointed as 4th official in FIFA U-17 World Cup as well

    1. Apponted just as fourth official at U17 WC?
      Never heard a thing like this.

  6. EL

    Bordeaux - Maccabi Tel Aviv

    R: Michael Koukoulakis
    AR1: Dimitrios Saraidaris
    AR2: Christos Baltas
    FO: Lazaros Dimitriadis
    AAR1: Stavros Tritsonis
    AAR2: Anastasios Kakos

  7. Trabzonspor - Lazio (Martin Hansson - SWE)
    Rijeka - Betis (Serhiy Boyko - UKR)

  8. MD1: Group C for 2 German referees, Group D for 2 Italian referees, Group F for 2 Portuguese referees and Group G for 2 Scottish referees.

    MD2: Group D for 2 Dutch referees, Group E for 2 Spanish referees.


    1. Anonymous30/9/13 15:59

      Maximum flexibility for the remaining matchdays: Each of those referees can handle each match on each of the four matchdays in the groups not "occupied" by him or his compatriots country so far without designating two countrymen for the same team, thus putting Pierluigi Collina in the situation to react very situationally - remember his words: "If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail!" ;-)

    2. Anonymous30/9/13 16:00

      I forgot to mention: Peter from Vienna. ;-)

    3. Anonymous30/9/13 16:02

      Well, and the "country" after "compatriots" should be deleted ...

  9. Anonymous30/9/13 16:02

    Mario van der Ende ( ex-Dutch referee ) is also interested in your blog;p

  10. According to the Dutch FA, Kuipers will referee the WC qualifier Switzerland - Slovenia in group E on Oct. 15. (AR: Erwin Zeinstra and Sander van Roekel, FO: Pol van Boekel)

  11. Atkinson is the only Elite official appointed in Europa League (Legia - Apollon).
    It would be interesting to know the reasons...

    1. Perhaps the fitness tests? ;-)

  12. Anonymous30/9/13 17:50

    Kuipers definitively deserves the top clash in Group D. I hope he will perform well.
    Concerning Kuipers, I personally think he is a good example for "from zero to hero". The last years he didn´t convinced me (including EURO12). But the last season, for me it was his real break-through in Europe. Interesting to see that a nearly 40 years old ref is able to improve in such a way. I see some parallels to Kassai who also appeared more or less suddenly at top level by great performances (esp. World Cup 10 and the following season in CL). After that, he wasn´t able to hold his Level (see last season). It will be interesting to see whether Kuipers will be able to hold the high Level.

    best regards

    1. Kuipers very,very bad at Brazil-Spain.

    2. Kuipers was very very very good in Brazil-Spain and I completely agree with Phil.

    3. Kuipers very,very,very bad at Brazil-Spain. Niclas, you are not God.

    4. Then we have something equal.

  13. Anonymous30/9/13 23:24

    Two ED referees without an appointment in the first two weeks; Aydunis and Gautier. Vad, Strahonja and Stavrev have EL duties, the other ED referees are active in CL.

    1. We can guess easily the reasons for Gautier (AZ - Atromitos), on the other side I don 't know about Aydinus...

    2. Let me say I am surprised that Bülent Yilidirim got the important Anji-Tottenham clash. I would have expected ED for that. So perhaps he replaced Aydinus (?).

    3. Bulent Yildirim has started very well in Turkish league. His performance is remarkable for the last weeks along with Supercup final in pre-season. UEFA should have been closely watching. That appointment makes sense to me.
      The case with Aydinus is due with fitness test. It is said that he injured and didnt finish the 2800 tests, now he awaits for next one.

  14. Anonymous2/10/13 11:01

    Hello guys. What you think who will give most yellow cards tonight? Share your opinion :)

  15. The classic Kassai. He has probably already missed a penalty for a foul on Quagliarella (28') in area pushed from behind.

  16. Hagen with a correct penalty for Anderlecht (and YC to defender). However I have a strong feeling that this match required an Elite Official.

  17. Anonymous2/10/13 21:39

    Matej Jug possible missed penalty after 39 min. for FC Copenhagen.

    1. It was a header which hit the crossbar. Then the ball reached Modric's chest and perhaps touched the upper arm. But 100% not intentional (distance, ball moving towards the hand, natural hand position). I agree with Jug.

  18. Correct red card administered to Boateng by Kuipers...

    1. Anonymous2/10/13 22:41

      He could have given Muller a YC for dissent. Unbelievable protest after such a blatant foul and DOGSO.

    2. Today at Manchester, Kuipers:9,5/10.

    3. Anonymous3/10/13 01:44

      No extra mark for that, simple DOGSO, its an expected decision!

  19. Karasev with a very good performance from what I saw. Correct penalty kick, correct free-kick decisions in dangerous positions, strong management. The only doubt is Leno's behaviour after the 1-1 goal. Violent conduct or not? That was Graeco-Roman wrestling...
    Hagen made an unsure impression from what I saw in the simulcast, correct penalty, but AAR1 had some problems. The corner before the penalty was e.g. wrong.
    Kassai with a good penalty call after a stupid foul.

    1. In my opinion a clear red card for Leno. Sorry, I could never imagine to let go unpunished something like that.

    2. No doubt. Leno must be sent-off! Crucial mistake.

  20. Pavel Královec for me and every in the Polish studio with clear penalty missed (14'). However, Mr. Stempniewski said that decision to let play on was correct due to an unnatural reaction of attacker and that this contact shouldn't have caused a fall... Very interesting interpretation. Your thoughts?

    1. No penalty imo. The defender starts falling in an unnatural way before a touch happens. The camera from behind the goal also showed that this contact was very minimum...for me a good call.

      Here a missed offside prior to PSG's 1-0 (Andrea Stefani).

    2. Ah, right, I think we can accept this decision.

      As for PSG goal, big error! Only look on the grass pattern... Stefani didn't get this help...

    3. I agree, the player seemed to go down in instalments.

    4. For the PSG goal, you must keep in mind that there were slightly contrary movements which made it difficult. It is no secret that UEFA observers tend to keep both eyes closed in such rather tight offside mistakes..

    5. Agree, it was very difficult to detect.

      Something else, I would never whistle that penalty to Juventus. There is a contact. Behaviour of defender is stupid, but if Kralovec' situation is a dive, this is even more. Even if we don't take this as crucial mistake, I must emphasize his inconsistency then. He was ultra-lenient, nothing new, and then whistled that penalty. One obvious reckless tackle in 71' was missed. Awful non-call. Quo vadis Kassai?

  21. Anonymous3/10/13 01:40

    All, Shaktar penalty incident when Cleverly brings the player down with contact?

    1. One comment above :)

    2. Anonymous3/10/13 01:53

      Should it have been a penalty against Man Utd?

    3. Experts say: NO. This minimal contact didn't cause a fall, some kind of simulation.

  22. Anonymous4/10/13 11:52

    Where goes Kassai? To ED.

  23. Anonymous4/10/13 16:32

    Very good performance by Kuipers. I was in stadium and already watched the match on tv. Clear approach and decisions, all crucial decisions correct, not influenced by the crowd, very good card policy --> he found the right time for yc to calm the match in hectical periods.

    Concerning AR2: When the ball was on his side, he had a great distance to the line so he definitively was not able to judge whether close balls are still inside the pitch. (sometimes you can see this in TV too)

    best regards

    1. Yes I also noticed that about AR2. His luck was that all his decisions nonetheless were correct.

    2. So, another not the best performance of Mr. Zeinstra after POL-MNE.

  24. Karasev and especially AR1 Kalugin had a very weak performance in Bayer Leverkusen - Real Sociedad... even below than 7.9.
    Report to follow soon, probably the worst performance (I'm sorry) in CL until now.


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