October 7, 2013

World Cup Qualifiers - Referee Appointments for 15 October 2013 (UEFA zone)

This is the second package of referee appointments for next week's FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifiers in UEFA zone played on 15 October. The following ties are the last and therefore vitally decisive matches in the group round. The nine group winners will book their ticket to FIFA World Cup 2014 while the eight best runners-up will face a further qualification round based on a home and away match play-off mode.

Group A

20:45 CET, Jagodina (SRB)
Serbia - FYROM
Referee: Richard Trutz (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Balko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Radomir Sluk (SVK)
Fourth Official: Peter Kralović (SVK)

21:00 CET, Brussels (BEL)
Belgium - Wales
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Vitaly Meshkov (RUS)

21:00 CET, Glasgow
Scotland - Croatia
Referee: Ovidiu Alin Hategan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Cristian Nica (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Coltescu (ROU)

Group B

20:15 CET, Copenhagen (DEN)
Denmark - Malta
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Fourth Official: Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)

20:45 CET, Napoli (ITA)
Italy - Armenia
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren England (NOR)
Fourth Official: Andre Marriner (ENG)

20:45 CET, Sofia (BUL)
Bulgaria - Czech Republic
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Gábor Erös (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: György Ring (HUN)
Fourth Official: Sandor Szabó (HUN)

Group C

20:45 CET, Solna (SWE)
Sweden - Germany
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: William Conquer (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Cryans (SCO)
Fourth Official: Robert Madden (SCO)

20:45 CET, Dublin (IRL)
Ireland - Kazakhstan
Referee: Vadims Direktorenko (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Andris Treimanis (LVA)

20:45 CET, Torshávn (FRO)
Faroe Islands - Austria
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Shabtai Nahmias (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oren Bornshtain (ISR)
Fourth Official: Eli Hacmon (ISR)

Group D

20:00 CET, Istanbul (TUR)
Turkey - Netherlands
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: João Santos (POR)
Fourth Official: Carlos Taborda Xistra (POR)

20:00 CET, Bucharest (ROU)
Romania - Estonia
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Sinisa Premuzaj (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Krmar (CRO)
Fourth Official: Ante Vučemilović-Simunović jr (CRO)
Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)

20:00 CET, Budapest (HUN)
Hungary - Andorra
Referee: Daniel Stefanski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafal Rostkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Krzysztof Myrmus (POL)
Fourth Official: Marcin Borski (POL)

Group E

18:00 CET, Nicosia (CYP)
Cyprus - Albania
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Domagoj Vučkov (CRO)

20:00 CET, Bern (SUI)
Switzerland - Slovenia
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin E. J. Zeinstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Pol van Boekel (NED)

20:00 CET, Oslo (NOR)
Norway - Iceland
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Fourth Official: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)

Group F

19:00 CET, Ramat Gan (ISR)
Israel - Northern Ireland
Referee: Laurent Duhamel (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Eric Dansault (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Laurent Stien (FRA)
Fourth Official: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)

19:00 CET, Baku (AZE)
Azerbaijan - Russia
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Fourth Official: Bosko Jovanetić (SRB)
Referee Observer: Siegfried Kirschen (GER)
FIFA Delegate: Dušan Tittel (SVK)

20:00 CET, Coimbra (POR)
Portugal - Luxembourg
Referee: Bülent Yıldırım (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serkan Gençerler (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kemal Yilmaz (TUR)
Fourth Official: Baris Šimšek (TUR)

Group G

19:00 CET, Piraeus (GRE)
Greece - Liechtenstein
Referee: Libor Kovarik (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Krystof Mencl (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jiri Molaček (CZE)
Fourth Official: Radek Prihoda (CZE)

20:00 CET, Kaunas (LTU)
Lithuania - Bosnia-Herzegovina
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Markus Häcker (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Dingert (GER)

20:10 CET, Riga (LVA)
Latvia - Slovakia
Referee: Ievgenii Aranovskiy (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serhiy Bekker (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
Fourth Official: Yaroslav Kozyk (UKR)

Group H

21:00 CET, London (ENG)
England - Poland
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Fourth Official: Matej Jug (SVN)

21:00 CET, Podgorica (MNE)
Montenegro - Moldova
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Roland Braunschmidt (AUT)
Fourth Official: Rene Eisner (AUT)

21:00 CET, Serravalle (SMR)
San Marino - Ukraine
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Alain Hoxha (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Fourth Official: Gerhard Grobelnik (AUT)

Group I

21:00 CET, Albacete (ESP)
Spain - Georgia
Referee: Florian Meyer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Holger Henschel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christoph Bornhorst (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Fritz (GER)

22:00 CET, Paris (FRA)
France - Finland 
Referee: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Michael Karsiotis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Athanassios Giachos (GRE)


  1. UEFA U21 Referee appointments 10 Octomber

    Georgia – Netherlands

    Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
    Assistant 1: Paweł Sokolnicki (POL)
    Assistant 2: Michal Obukowicz (POL)
    Fourth official: Pawel Pskit (POL)

    Kazakstan – Belarus

    Referee: Lasha Silagava (GEO)
    Assistant 1: Zaza Menteshashvili (GEO)
    Assistant 2: Besik Chichinadze (GEO)
    Fourth official: Davit Kharitonashvili (GEO)

    Hungary - Austria

    Referee: Padraig Sutton (IRL)
    Assistant 1:Allen Lynch (IRL)
    Assistant 2: Emmet Dynan (IRL)
    Fourth official: Graham Kelly (IRL)

    Norway - Azerbaijan

    Referee: Michael Tykgaard (DEN)
    Assistant 1: Niels Hoeg (DEN)
    Assistant 2: Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)
    Fourth official: Michael Johansen (DEN)

    Croatia - Liechtenstein

    Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (AZE)
    Assistant 1: Mehman Mahmudov (AZE)
    Assistant 2: Vagif Musayev (AZE)
    Fourth official: Anar Salmanov (AZE)

    Armenia - France

    Referee: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
    Assistant 1: Richard Huebler (AUT)
    Assistant 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
    Fourth official: Andreas Kollegger (AUT)

    Portugal - Israel

    Referee: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
    Assistant 1: Christos Akrivos (GRE)
    Assistant 2: Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)
    Fourth official: Anastassios Kakos (GRE)

    Spain - Bosnia@Herzegovina

    Referee: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)
    Assistant 1: Krum Stoilov (BUL)
    Assistant 2: Emil Vangelov (BUL)
    Fourth official: Angel Bayaltsaliev (BUL)

    San Marino - England

    Referee: Eiko Saar (EST)
    Assistant 1: Silver Koiv (EST)
    Assistant 2: Martin Lember (EST)
    Fourth official: Jaan Roos (EST)

    Scotland - Slovakia

    Referee: Damir Batinić (CRO)
    Assistant 1: Dalibor Conjar (CRO)
    Assistant 2: Hrvoje Barišić (CRO)
    Fourth official: Andrej Burilo (CRO)

    1. Anonymous7/10/13 21:51

      It is very interesting to see Damir Batinić... He refereed two matches in CL and EL QF, Youth CL group stage match and now this. And he is out of FIFA list in 2014. It is wierd that referee who is so active at UEFA's matches won't be on FIFA list next year.

    2. Appointments 11 Octomber

      Wales - Lithuania

      Referee: Ioannis Anastasiou (CYP)
      Assistant 1: Sotiris Viktoros (CYP)
      Assistant 2: Stelios Nikita (CYP)
      Fourth official: Demetris Masias (CYP)

      Bulgaria - Russia

      Referee: Sebastian Coltescu (ROU)
      Assistant 1: Miklos Istvan Nagy (ROU)
      Assistant 2: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
      Fourth official: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)

      N. Ireland - Belgium

      Referee: Ján Valášek (SVK)
      Assistant 1: Peter Chladek (SVK)
      Assistant 2: Radomir Sluk (SVK)
      Fourth official: Pavol Šuniar (SVK)

      Turkey - Greece

      Referee: Steven Mclean (SCO)
      Assistant 1: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
      Assistant 2: David Mcgeachie (SCO)
      Fourth official: Donald Robertson (SCO)

      Denmark - Slovenia

      Referee: Andreas Pappas (GRE)
      Assistant 1: Christos Baltas (GRE)
      Assistant 2: Ilias Alexeas (GRE)
      Fourth official: Athanasios Giachos (GRE)

      Germany - Montenegro

      Referee: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
      Assistant 1: Aleksei Vorontsov (RUS)
      Assistant 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
      Fourth official: Sergei Kuznetsov (RUS)

      Romania - Ireland

      Referee: Yuriy Mozharovskyy (UKR)
      Assistant 1: Mykola Levko (UKR)
      Assistant 2: Igor Bytskalo (UKR)
      Fourth official: Vitaliy Romanov (UKR)

      Cyprus - Serbia

      Referee: Kristo Tohver (EST)
      Assistant 1: Sten Klaasen (EST)
      Assistant 2: Dmitri Vinogradov (EST)
      Fourth official: Juri Frischer (EST)

    3. 12 October

      Poland - Sweden

      Referee: Marco Fritz (GER)
      Assistant 1: Christoph Bornhorst (GER)
      Assistant 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
      Fourth official: Robert Hartmann (GER)

    4. 14 October

      Georgia - Scotland

      Referee: Sergei Tsinkevich (BLR)
      Assistant 1: Vitali Malyutin (BLR)
      Assistant 2: Evgeni Romanov (BLR)
      Fourth official: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)

      Latvia - Ukraine

      Referee: Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
      Assistant 1: Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
      Assistant 2: Reidar Gundersen (NOR)
      Fourth official: Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)

      Armenia - Kazakstan

      Referee: Chris Reisch (LUX)
      Assistant 1: Paulo Vivas (LUX)
      Assistant 2: Claudio De Carolis (LUX)
      Fourth official: Frank Bourgnon (LUX)

      Switzerland - Croatia

      Referee: Carlos Del Cerro (ESP)
      Assistant 1: Roberto Alonso (ESP)
      Assistant 2: Abraham Alvarez Canton (ESP)
      Fourth official: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)

      Slovakia - Luxemburg

      Referee: Robert Rogers (IRL)
      Assistant 1: Mark Gavin (IRL)
      Assistant 2: Ciaran Delaney (IRL)
      Fourth official: Derek Tomney (IRL)

      Iceland - France

      Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
      Assistant 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
      Assistant 2: Per Brogevik (SWE)
      Fourth official: Johan Hamlin (SWE)

      Belgium - Italy

      Referee: Artur Dias (POR)
      Assistant 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
      Assistant 2: Rui Tavares (POR)
      Fourth official: Cosme Machado (POR)

      Spain - Hungary

      Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
      Assistant 1: Ondřej Pelikán (CZE)
      Assistant 2: Petr Blažej (CZE)
      Fourth official: Zbynek Proske (CZE)

      Referee: Antti Munukka (FIN)
      Assistant 1: Matti Heininen (FIN)
      Assistant 2: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
      Fourth official: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)

      Referee: Sascha Amhof (SUI)
      Assistant 1: Raffael Zeder (SUI)
      Assistant 2: Alain Heiniger (SUI)
      Fourth official: Fedayi San (SUI)

      Referee: Dzianis Shcharbakau (BLR)
      Assistant 1: Aleh Maslyanka (BLR)
      Assistant 2: Stanislau Savitski (BLR)
      Fourth official: Vadzim Panchanka (BLR)

      Referee: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
      Assistant 1: Volkan Narinç (TUR)
      Assistant 2: Ceyhun Sesigüzel (TUR)
      Fourth official: Mustafa İlker Coşkun (TUR)

      Referee: Þóroddur Hjaltalín (ISL)
      Assistant 1: Áskell Þór Gíslason (ISL)
      Assistant 2: Gylfi Már Sigurðsson (ISL)
      Fourth official: Vilhjálmur Alvar Þórarinsson (ISL)

      Referee: Eitan Shemeulevitch (ISR)
      Assistant 1: David Elias Biton (ISR)
      Assistant 2: Nissan Davidy (ISR)
      Fourth official: Shay Shitrit (ISR)

      Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR)
      Assistant 1: Eamon Shanks (NIR)
      Assistant 2: Richard Storey (NIR)
      Fourth official: Mark Courtney (NIR)

      Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
      Assistant 1: Dmitri Mosyakin (RUS)
      Assistant 2: Aleksei Lebedev (RUS)
      Fourth official: Viacheslav Kharlamov (RUS)

      Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
      Assistant 1: Simon Bennett (ENG)
      Assistant 2: Peter Bankes (ENG)
      Fourth official: Lee Stephen Mason (ENG)

      Referee: Wim Smet (BEL)
      Assistant 1: Dirk Gilon (BEL)
      Assistant 2: Christophe Berbiers (BEL)
      Fourth official: Frederik Geldhof (BEL)

      Referee: Oliver Drachta (AUT)
      Assistant 1: Andreas Staudinger (AUT)
      Assistant 2: Andreas Rothmann (AUT)
      Fourth official: Dominik Ouschan (AUT)

      Referee: Dennis Antamo (FIN)
      Assistant 1: Jukka Honkanen (FIN)
      Assistant 2: Marko Hänninen (FIN)
      Fourth official: Jari Järvinen (FIN)

      Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI)
      Assistant 1: Devis Dettamanti (SUI)
      Assistant 2: Stephane De Almeida (SUI)
      Fourth official: Patrick Graf (SUI)

  2. Thanks to RPC:

    14.10 – 15.10.2013
    REF : SMET Wim
    AA : GILON Dirk – BERBIERS Christophe
    4.OFF : GELDHOF Frederik

  3. Anonymous8/10/13 15:44

    Thank you Niclas,

    But this appointment which you have received and which is a copy - paste of a site does not come from me.

    Kind regards.


    1. UUh I mixed you up with someone else, sorry.

  4. Hi Laurent Duhamel, the end matches, in kariere FIFA?

    1. Hi also Meyer and Kinhoefer among the known referees 1968 born

    2. Anonymous8/10/13 17:11

      HI also Prinoz Arhar and Marko Stancin say bye bye to FIFA list.

  5. Real Madrid - Juventus Turin will be observed by vice refereeing officer Hugh Dallas (SCO). My bets for this match are Felix Brych, Damir Skomina or Stéphane Lannoy.

    1. Damir Skomina is not possible since Jug had Real Madrid.
      A hot candidate is surely Milorad Mazic...

    2. Not possible, since Galatsaray is in this group.

    3. Very true, forgot about that ;)
      Then I would go for Moen but I don't know if that is feasible as Copenhagen are in the group?

    4. Moen will be busy at U17 WC in UAE.

    5. I would say Mazic really is a name one should have in mind, but that would be a huge step. For me Brych should get it (remember, he only may handle matches in 4 groups due to the presence of German teams in Groups A, D, E and F. He already had a match in Group C. Group B (Real-Juve) had no German referee so far while it is clear that the 4 Germans who possibly can handle CL matches must appear there somewhen. So my guess would be Brych for Real-Juve and Gräfe for Gala-Kobenhavn.

    6. I agree, Brych would be an excellent choice for this top clash.

    7. And don't forget that Brych is a hot candidate this year for 1 of the European finals. Dallas presence in Madrid must mean something.

    8. Yes, although he will have it hard in CL, as I see nobody who can prevent FC Bayern from reaching CL final also in 2014...perhaps Mourinho with Chelsea but noone else.
      The only "?" is whether they send him again to Madrid after last season's R16 match vs ManU at the same place.

    9. Anonymous9/10/13 20:09

      Jonas Eriksson maybe could referee the match too?

      /Swedish observer

    10. Mr Dallas is assessor Roumania v Estonie on World Cup

    11. Eriksson could have it, too. Actually I believe that after Ajax-AC Milan he should go on with a less important match (I mean with less medial attraction) to recover from the incidents of MD2.

      First Jozef Marko in Krasnodar-Valencia, now Hugh Dallas in Romania-Estonia. I guess they plan sth with Strahonja. If someone has other referee observers, pls post them.

    12. what observers games do you need? they are online??

    13. cro v bel Levnikov rus; fro v kaz Jareci alb; ltu v lva Hovenissyan arm; isl v cyp Fasung svk; arm v bul Petrovic srb; mda v smr Szekely hun; mlt v cze Briakos gre; eng v mne Krondl cze; den v ita Irvine nir; alb v sui Vautrot fra

    14. Thank you very much.

  6. England- Michael Dean, and tre ASSISTANT-REF, Cristian Nica-Romania, Eric Dansaul-France,Joao Ferreira-Portugal, 1968 the end FIFA KARIERE

  7. I collected some names who will leave the list at the end of the year as they were born in 1968.

    Mark Moses (Barbados, AR)
    Walter Vromans (Belgium, AR)
    Altemir Hausmann (Brazil, AR)
    Silviu Petrescu (Canada, R)
    Patrik Filipek (Czech Rep., AR)
    Luis Alvarado (Ecuador, AR)
    Mike Dean (England, R)
    Rakesh Varman (Fiji, R)
    Laurent Duhamel (France, R)
    Eric Dansault (France, AR)
    Florian Meyer (Germany, R)
    Thorsten Kinhöfer (Germany, R)
    Detlef Scheppe (Germany, AR)
    Courtney Campbell (Jamaica, R)
    Antonio De Carolis (Luxembourg, AR)
    Eamonn Shanks (Northern Ireland, AR)
    Steinar Holvik (Norway, AR)
    Joao Santos (Portugal, AR)
    Cristian Nica (Romania, AR)
    Igor Radojcic (Serbia, AR)
    Abdul Bashir (Singapore, R)
    Radomir Sluk (Slovakia, AR)
    Primoz Arhar (Slovenia, AR)
    Marko Stancin (Slovenia, AR)
    Enock Molefe (South Africa, AR)
    Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (Spain, AR)
    Khalid Abdel Rahman (Sudan, R)
    Stefan Wittberg (Sweden, AR)
    Henrik Andrén (Sweden, AR)
    Kokou Djaoupé (Togo, R)
    Marcelo Costa (Uruguay, AR)
    Kermit Quisenberry (USA, AR)

    1. hank you very much Nicles, very interesting and clear; IMO Abdul Bashir (SIN), Mike Dean, L. Duhamel, F. mayer, C. Campbell (Jam) are most important loses for Referee community, even if thy are not top class level. Bur Bashir and Campbell have been very important inside their confederatio, What do u think ?

    2. Hello Mario,
      I agree. Abdul Bashir and Courtney Campbell (but also partly Khalid Abdel Rahman and Rakesh Varman) were trusted in their continental federations while FIFA was not that much interested in them. I think specially Bashir actually deserved to join a World Cup but in the end he did not reach it.

    3. Also Kari Seitz, the great female referee from the U.S. retires. Nice resumee written by ussoccer.com:

      Huge thank you to all!

  8. Out of topic:
    CTA informed that Alberto Unidano and David Fernandez have a match in CL MD3, and Teixeira in EL MD3....

  9. Some upcoming friendly matches:

    Serbia - Japan (11/10)
    Fırat Aydınus, Serkan Ok, Aleks Taşcıoğlu (TUR)

    France - Australia (11/10)
    Artur Soares Dias, Ricardo Santos, Rui Tavares (POR)

    Kyrgyzstan - Kuwait (11/10)
    Alexander Gauzer, Evgeniy Belskiy, Kurbanzhan Kurbanov (KAZ)

    South Korea - Brazil (12/10)
    Ravshan Irmatov, Abduxamidullo Rasulov (UZB), Bakhadyr Kochkarov (KGZ)

    Belarus - Japan (15/10)
    Sergėjus Slyva, Saulius Dirda, Audrius Jagintavičius (LTU)

    Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan (16/10)
    Anatoliy Vishnichenko, Serik Zhappasbayev, Samat Tergeusizov (KAZ)

  10. UEFA Youth League


    Galatasarai - FC Kobenhavn

    Referee: Andreas Pappas (GRE)
    Assistant 1: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
    Assistant 2: Alexandros Grevenis (GRE)

    1. UEFA Youth League


      Referee: Oliver Drachta (AUT)
      Assistant 1: Christoph Schnetzer (AUT)
      Assistant 2: Clemens Schüttengruber (AUT)

      Kind regards from Vienna,

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    1. Ravshan Irmatov and Nawaf Shukralla to handle AFC Champions League final (Irmatov 1st leg - Shukralla 2nd leg)

  12. Soares Dias with an awful penalty call in France-Australia friendly match. Must see that. Your thoughts?

    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gq1fwVlO994
      If he whistled handball...OMG.

  13. He did whistle handball. Aberrant decision. Not an acceptable mistake. This is a blunder. Even the French commentators deemed it "pathetic". Soares Dias roundly failed this important test, which is something that does not bode well for his career.
    With regard to the other matches, no information worthy of note.

    1. It's not first Soares Dias' unacceptable mistake. He sent off a wrong player in Primeira Liga some time ago...

    2. Incredible mistake, I think that an experienced assistant referee might have helped him, it's realy too blatant.
      He is appointed on Monday for Belgium - Italy U21 qualifying but at least he will have Bertino Miranda as AR1...

    3. I don't want to flame him....
      But I remember two very clear crucial mistakes in last year's EL match in Stuttgart (observer Layec) :/

    4. @Chefren, even if Bertino Miranda is undergoing a disappointing domestic season this year. Try to find the way he pushed Proença to call a "ghost penalty" in FC Porto - V. Guimarães, a Primeira Liga match held on 27th September.
      But again it seems like Soares Dias is no great shakes. @Niclas, I remember that match in Stuttgart last year. Yet another poor performance. In any case yesterday Soares Dias was given a huge opportunity to show what he's worth of but he stroke out once again and in a "shocking" way.

  14. After Portugal - Israel 1-1, Azerbaijan - Russia will be very easy for Mazic in my opinion. A draw will be enough for Russia, to qualify directly for WC.
    I suggest you to take a look at the goal scored by Israel yesterday...

  15. If someone can find Cyprus - Serbia U21 on internet, it would be interesting.

    5 red cards shown, 3 after the match I think from referee, Kristo Tohver

    1. According to the article on uefa.com:


      The frist straight red card in first half was for a late challenge, then n second half a double YC in a few minuts for another Cypriot player, and at the end of the match a big riot with three players involved and directly sent off...
      Serbian national teams matches are always tough...

  16. UEFA U21

    Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
    AR1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
    AR2: Per Brogevik (SWE)
    4O: Johan Hamlin (SWE)

    1. A good opportunity for Strömbergsson to prove he's got quality enough to get promoted. Sweden really needs to extend his top referees' group.

  17. Big mistake by Collum. Germany should have had a penalty after 32 minutes, but Collum incredibly books the German for a dive.

    /Swedish observer

    1. Ok game overall from Collum, with some inconsistencies. He would have been marked 8.3 by me if it wasn't for the penalty that never came in minute 32. So it will be 7.9 for Collum tonight. Sweden was embarrasingly weaker than Germany tonight. Eight goals again, though, but Germany scored five of those unfortunately...

      /Swedish observer

  18. So far so good for Skomina and co. at half time.

  19. Greece - Liechtenstein: Kovarik (CZE)

    Big mistake by the referee not to award a penalty for Liechtenstein at min. 20' when after a shot the ball hit Siovas hand which was wide open. Fortunately this decision didn't changed anything at the Group.

    Moreover Kone was very lucky not to receive a 2nd YC (min. 36') and Holebas should also been booked.

  20. Excellent red cards issued by Yildirim and Mazic!!! Perfectly detected SFP.

    1. I have still not watched Mazic situation, I saw Yildirim one.
      Excellent decision.

  21. Oliver in Italy-Armenia, three important situatons to underline.

    1) 33' whistled a phantom foul denying an OGSO to Italy
    2) 47' AR2 England flagged a wrong offside denying another good chance to score to Italy
    3) 84' Correctly disallowed the potential 3-2 goal for a clear foul by Balotelli on his opponent, prior to score (pushing).

  22. I must say I really enjoyed Damir Skomina's performance tonight. This performance just reinforces why many regard him as one of the world's best.
    In control from the first minute to last he almost oozed confidence. He demanded respect from both sets of players which he almost certainly got. Card selection, very good. Foul detection, also very good. Just an awesome performance.
    His assistants also got some tight decisions correct as well. Great night for the Slovenian crew.

    1. I saw something here. An excellent offside call by AR2 Ul in first half against Poland.
      Do you think that in case of NO GOAL, a penalty was going to be awarded to England in the 2-0 situation? :)
      We will never know that.

    2. Yeah, I noticed that. I Gerrard didn't score who knows maybe Skomina might of pointed to the spot :)

  23. Hi my prospective THE-BEST off REFEREE FIFA, in 2013 years
    1-Jonas Eriksson(Sweden)
    2-Pedro Proenca(Portugal)
    3-Damir Skomina(Slovenija)
    4-Nicola Rizzoli(Italia)
    5-Felix Brych(Germany)
    6-Roberto Garcia(Mexico)
    7-Joel Aguilar(El-Salvador)
    8-Yuichi Nishimura(Japan)
    9-Ravshan Irmatov(Uzbekistan)
    10-Cuneyt Cakir(Turkiye)

    1. Mazic?

    2. It's just JACO :D

    3. My Ranking:
      1) J. Agular
      2) B. Kuipers
      3) F. Brych
      4) N. Rizzoli
      5) W. Roldan
      6) D. Skomina
      7) H.M. Weeb
      8) Y. Nishimura
      9) P. Proenca
      10) E. Osses

    4. :)
      Our ranking will come around 31/12/2013 as usual. I dare to say that Kuipers will appear in it ;)

  24. Everything is ready for the play off draw. According to FIFA ranking, here the situation:

    Seeded teams:
    Croatia, Portugal, Greece, Sweeden.

    Unseeded teams:
    France, Ukraine, Romania, Iceland.

    Portugal - France would be an amazing clash, but also a terrible joke for both teams..

    1. As far as I know, the play-off draw will be based on the FIFA World Ranking of October 2013 including tonight's qualifying match results.

      Thus, I would expect the following ranking with a switch between Sweden and the Ukraine and France missing a seeded position by 1 point:

      (1) Portugal (09/2013: 1029, prognosis 10/2013: 1036 points)
      (2) Greece (09/2013: 1016, prognosis 10/2013: 983 points)
      (3) Croatia (09/2013: 1051, prognosis 10/2013: 901 points)
      (4) Ukraine (09/2013: 799, prognosis 10/2013: 871 points)

      (5) France (09/2013: 812, prognosis 10/2013: 870 points)
      (6) Sweden (09/2013: 836, prognosis 10/2013: 850 points)
      (7) Romania (09/2013: 739, prognosis 10/2013: 767 points)
      (8) Iceland (09/2013: 599, prognosis 10/2013: 633 points)

      Kind regards from Vienna,

    2. You are absolutely right, it was my mistake. Thanks!
      Anyway France - Portugal will be still possible.

    3. If only one referee per country will be sent in Brasil, Velasco Carballo and Stark (Is he back from U17 WC in november ?) deserve to officiate play off; since Moen, Eriksson and Lannoy may be will not choosen fpor Wc 2014, they will deserve too to officiare play off. So it miss 3 referees: Thomson, Mazic and Collum ?

    4. There will be a week between the last match of U17 WC (8 November) and the first leg of UEFA play off (15 November).
      So it is possible that a referee coming back from UAE will be appointed.
      Among the referees who are still in doubt for a WC call, I would suerly appoint for a match Mazic. I don't know about Stark, I think they could select Brych.
      Eight names are needed, trying a very early prediction, it could be: Mazic, Rizzoli, Brych, Kuipers, Skomina, Lannoy, Eriksson, Cakir.
      I don't think that the Scottish officials will be called...

    5. Take into account it's very likely that Uefa has to "borrow" FIFA at least two refs for the playoffs between Mexico and Nz and Uru vs Jor.


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