September 9, 2013

Changes in UEFA Refereeing Teams?

As recently published, there were some surprises among those officials who attended last week's UEFA Referee Seminar in Nyon. Considering that this gathering was described by UEFA's Refereeing frontman Pierluigi Collina as a warm-up for the next challenging season, there might be some predictions on changes within male officiating teams, because having been invited to this course should definitely have a relevance.

It seems as if Thomson's ARs must pay for their Dortmund blackouts (c) the-sun

UEFA invited all Elite and Elite Development referees, no surprises here. Furthermore, nine First Group officials were attending the seminar, among others members of the talent group like Liran Liany or Clément Turpin. It is very likely that these nine referees have huge chances to be appointed for a Champions League match this season, keeping in mind that six Elite officials will miss matchdays 3 and 4 due to FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2013. 

The assistant referees nominated certainly create more confusion. But since usually everything makes sense in UEFA refereeing, there must be one for some unexpected names, too..
A small change is looming in Portugal: Olegário Benquerença will be probably assisted by Rui Barbosa Tavares from now on, instead of João Santos (1968), who will soon leave the FIFA list. More interesting things are happening in Scottish refereeing: Derek Rose and Alasdair Ross of Scotland have not been invited to the seminar. Both committed crucial mistakes in Borussia Dortmund - Málaga CF in the Champions League quarterfinals, where specially Ross revealed a lack of alertness and mental concentration on his duty in extremely tense moments. This probably led to a loss of trust in this assistant referee (who never came across any controversy before and actually performed very well at Euro 2012). For this reason, Massimo Busacca, head of FIFA Refereeing, erased Alasdair Ross from the short list for the next World Cup as well, while Rose may stay. Alan Mulvanny replaces Ross on the pre-list. Alan Mulvanny attended the seminar which is a clear hint at a change in the Scottish team also on UEFA level. Concerning Alasdair Ross, the decision to drop him might be logical, but is and stays brutal. Additionally, it is eye-catching that Irish assistant referee Damien MacGraith received a bidding, too. UEFA seems to have great trust in this Irish official, who also functioned as standy AR at Euro 2012. Thomson, Mulvanny and MacGraith acted together in a friendly game in last August. Reading these signals, it appears almost sure to see this team being appointed for CL and EL in future as well. This would be the second mixed team, after Czech Republican Pavel Královec received Slovakian Roman Slyško as AR1, and, besides that, naturally a nice political move by the Italian chief officer.
Two Hungarian assistant referees joined the seminar: György Ring and Vencel Tóth, who performed brilliantly at Under-21 EURO 2013. After several mistakes by Kassai's former assistants, Gábor Eros and Robert Kispál, this might be a good solution for the future. It is quite unprobable that Tóth was just there to accompany István Vad, as normally only Elite referees were joined by their assistants.
Last but not least, the biggest surprise(s). Austrian Roland Brandner and Switzerland's Sandro Pozzi were among the selected assistant referees, even though there are no Austrian and Suisse referees in the two highest referee categories. Both ran the lines at Under-21 EURO 2013, both performed very well and Brandner even assisted Slovenian Matej Jug in the final between Italy and Spain. So why did they attend this seminar? For political purposes or something different? As aforesaid, everything makes sense in this tremendous refereeing management we are experiencing at the moment. Maybe Brandner will accompany an ED referee (Elite seems impossible) like Ivan Bebek, Matej Jug, with whom he went in some matches at the Under-21 EURO finals, or even a German referee, with whom he could communiate appropiately. Nonetheless, that would be certainly astonishing - one may doubt whether this would make that much sense. Different languages except if a German referee is concerned, never working together in the domestic leagues, just for the purpose of politically satisfying some federations and creating a multi-cultural feeling in UEFA's refereeing? Well, this theory might sound logical but at the same time erroneous, it is hard to imagine that such a rotation would lie in both sides' interest - in the referee's and assistant referee's. Same could go for Suisse Sandro Pozzi, who worked with Ivan Bebek, Antony Gautier and Matej Jug in some U-21 EURO matches. Pozzi probably speaks French or Italian, so that - applying the above mentioned procedure - he might join Gautier's team or even someone like Daniele Orsato (many Italian ARs will soon reach the age limit). But that is gambling. At any rate: the first two matchdays awaiting us will show whether these assistant referees' presence meant something, or nothing, and whether this analysis was worth reading, or not.

24 Comments:

  1. Anonymous9/9/13 19:12

    Will FIFA update the "open" list of pre-selected trios or they will not publish any changes until the final list?

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  2. I can ask for that but basically I think that the last part of your question is the answer.

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  3. Anonymous9/9/13 19:43

    As for Austrian assistant referee Roland Brandner: He will accompany compatriot Robert Schörgenhofer to a Europa League match on 19/09/2013.

    Kind regards from Vienna,
    Peter

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  4. Do you think it's OK to punish referee so much for ONE crucial mistake in extremely difficult situation? For me, it's far inappropriate behaviour toward official who made one crucial mistake in crucial match. The thing would be different if it was EL or even CL group-stage match. Does one blackout make a referee unable to be still well-performed man as before? Does Collina, Busacca and Co. want referees who don't make crucial mistakes at all? Should one bad performance in important match erase everything what you achieved before? It's unreal and don't buy their idea of machine-refereeing...

    And if we're so strict in punishing/demoting referees for their one bad day, let be consistent and demote many Elite referees each half of season because current ED referee didn't make any crucial mistake at that time. But if such promoted referee will produce such error, c'mon - demote him and replace another ED ref who (due to his limited experience) was nearly faultless last months. Paranoia :/

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    1. Anonymous9/9/13 20:00

      Usmund,

      I agree 100 percent with you. Sure, if an assistant keeps making mistakes - like Eros - then I can understand it. But is not right to chop someone off the list for one single mistake. Thus, it is sad to hear that the Scottish assistant may miss the World Cup due to one non-decision in Dortmund.

      /Swedish observer

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    2. I am happy about your comments.
      Speaking a bit more free here, I consider it as kind of scandal to deal with Ross in that manner. You can say, he failed 2x in one extreme situation, he showed a deficit of attention and alertness (so is this AR able to take game/World Cup-relevant decisions in Maracana?..). But they are humans and I hope they are treated in a human way. Analyzing errors, finding ways to improve it and avoid it in future. I am disappointed how one dealt with Ross. Of course we cannot be sure. If Ross agreed, if it was Thomson's wish, then these sentences naturally do not count.

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    3. Anonymous9/9/13 21:00

      During the current Scottish Premiership season, too, Alasdair Ross was designated for three matches, all of them with Bobby Madden instead of Craig Thomson.

      Kind regards from Vienna,
      Peter

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    4. But it can be UEFA/FIFA directive to appoint him with other FIFA referee with whom he'll create another team...

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    5. Yes he also accompanied Madden in the EL playoffs, so it seems sure. I have got the info that Collina asked Busacca to do this change on the pre list, don't know whether this is right.

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    6. Anonymous11/9/13 22:16

      It was stated on here last month :) about changes to 'teams' of referees

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  5. Anonymous9/9/13 23:12

    Niclas, talking about changes, i´ve a little question out of this topic:
    What do you think about german refereeing´s future in the next years? Of course, Brych will be no.1. Zwayer and Aytekin have good chances to become elite Referees. But who follows after them??? Welz, Stieler don´t seem to have the quality for being an european elite ref. Dankert and Siebert had to less challenging matches to evaluate them. Maybe second Division ref Brand?

    Do you have some ideas/information how german ref commision thinks about?

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  6. I agree with your conclusion that Brych, Aytekin and Zwayer are the future German top referees. Fritz became FIFA official in the same year like Zwayer but did not show the same progress (not the best last season, but imo a very good referee, focused on controlling a match, having a calm approach). So we must wait how he develops. Dingert is in my humble opinion not ready, he needs time. Welz has rapidly increased the quality of his performances and really did very well in many matches in the past season and also in the opener. His young AR Foltyn was even recognized by UEFA (UEFA Talent Course 2011), so this might be an option. Hartmann should be sure as the next FIFA referee, then there is another free place, since Meyer and Kinhöfer will be out due to age limit. Stieler is on paper the candidate, but same speech for him like for Dingert, he is not ready. I consider Siebert as the most promising referee who is currently not wearing the FIFA badge, Dankert is good, too.

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    1. And for 2nd Bundesliga, Brand and R. Kempter are talents. Dr. Robert Kampka also convinced me often, but I do not watch so much of 2nd Bundesliga..

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    2. From second Division probably R. Kempter (brother of Michael) is the most promising referee, but viewing further into future Brand could also reach a lot. But it's almost impossible to say something about this here since there will pass so much time until then. Young refs like Badstübner, Jablowski, Heft oder Mix could come from the 3rd division too.

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  7. Anonymous10/9/13 11:23

    Here is the brandnew info:
    Dankert and Stieler are the new FIFA-Refs! That means, Hartmann or Siebert for 2015 (no other choice possible after Stark has to leave the list because of age limit and the new one has to stay on national list for two seasons, last chance for Hartmann due to age limit for FIFA-list-newcomers).

    Achmüller for Scheppe on the Assistant-list.

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    1. Wow, this is very surprising (Not Achmüller, but the other two). This combination was in my eyes the most unlikely one, seeing the four candidates. I thought Hartmann would have been a safe bet...

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    2. Congrats to those officials, nonetheless DFB caught me at surprise.

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  8. Anonymous10/9/13 13:18

    Youth Champions League referees are appointed

    http://www.uefa.com/uefayouthleague/season=2014/matches/index.html

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  9. Off topic:

    http://www.ali-albadwawi.com/new/index.php?go=news&more=2216

    After his official appointment by FIFA, Al Badwawi was forced to renounce to U17 WC, due to further problems after his injury, the recovery is not 100% complete.

    So now he is surely out from WC and Al Ghamdi can have a big chance in my opinion.


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    1. From what I know, Qatari Abdulrahman Muhammad Husain vel Abdulrahman Abdou will replace him along with Talib Salam Al-Marri as assistant (don't know who will be the second one).

      Source:
      http://www.qfa.com.qa/Ar/%D9%85%D8%B4%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%83%D8%A9-%D9%85%D8%AA%D9%85%D9%8A%D8%B2%D8%A9-%D9%84%D9%84%D8%AA%D8%AD%D9%83%D9%8A%D9%85-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%82%D8%B7%D8%B1%D9%8A-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D9%83%D8%A3%D8%B3-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85-%D8%AA%D8%AD%D8%AA-17-%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%85%D8%A7.aspx

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  10. Anonymous12/9/13 21:07

    collina; he was a great referee, today he is only a dictator in UEFA referee system.

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    1. Anonymous12/9/13 23:20

      Collina is owner at UEFA in my opinion he can do whatever he wants

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  11. Anonymous16/9/13 15:07

    The decision to axe Ross does seem brutal indeed, especially given his excellent track record until that game in Dortmund

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  12. Absolutely. I remember that Ross was one of the best EURO 2012 assistants.

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