November 4, 2013

Felix Brych and Jonas Eriksson to handle Intercontinental Play-Off 2nd legs

German Felix Brych and Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson have been assigned by FIFA to oversee the second legs of the World Cup Play-Offs between New Zealand and Mexico and Uruguay and Jordan respectively.


After the first leg played in Estadio Azteca that will be controlled by Viktor Kassai, it will be Germany's Felix Brych who will have the honour to take charge of the second leg in Wellington, New Zealand. He will be accompanied by Mark Borsch and Stefan Lupp as assistant referees and by Marco Fritz as fourth official. Russian Nikolay Levnikov will be the referee observer.
For the doctor in law from Munich, it will be his second play-off of his career, having handled the match between Ireland and France in Dublin in 2009.


Meanwhile, Eriksson will be assisted by Mathias Klasenius and Daniel Wärnmark on the sidelines, while Stefan Johannesson has been nominated to control the benches as fourth official. Greek Kyros Vassaras will observe and assess the referee team. The match will be kicked-off at 21 November 2013 at midnight of CET.
The first leg will be handled by Norway's Svein Oddvar Moen, so that two Scandinavians have been assigned for this high-profile and potentially intense duel. Massimo Busacca, who made this appointment, knows this stadium in Montevideo best himself: he handled Uruguay's World Cup qualification versus Costa Rica four years ago.

20 November 2013, 07:00 CET
Westpac Stadium, Wellington (NZL)
New Zealand - Mexico
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Fritz (GER)
Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)

21 November 2013, 00:00 CET
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo (URU) 
Uruguay - Jordan
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Fourth Official: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

source: Árbitro Internacional

124 Comments:

  1. Anonymous4/11/13 16:25

    Only european referees?

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  2. Geiger (USA) officially going to CWC in December: http://www.proreferees.com/news--pro-crew-selected-for-club-world-cup.php

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  3. As European, I'm of course proud of: Moen, Kassai, Eriksson and Brych.
    But I must admit that only UEFA officials is a debatable choice.
    Since Busacca is there (at the head of FIFA referees department, August 2011), we have had several FIFA finals assigned to UEFA officials.
    The only different choice has been Roberto Garcia at U20 this summer.
    I think that outside of Europe, all the other confederations could be not content with that.

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    1. Other choices also have been Mark Geiger at U20 WC 2011 and Ravshan Irmatov at CWC 2011. So de facto we had 8 finals (4x youth tournaments, 2x club WC, 1x Confed Cup, 1x Olympics) and five of them were handled by UEFA officials. That is of course much, but not significantly much taking into account the many problems CONMEBOL and AFC referees had during the past and the political nature of the Olympic Games (it was clear that Clattenburg would get the final no matter what he would do in his first matches..).

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    2. Anonymous4/11/13 23:44

      U20 WC in 2011 was not under the direction of Busacca, as the first tournament he attend 100% was CWC that year. I can confirm that happened during the transition from Garcia-Aranda to Busacca handled by someone from FIFA Development.

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  4. Anonymous4/11/13 19:22

    I think that our european referees are better that the referees of CONCACAF, COMMEBOL.....but is too that the 4 referees are europeans.

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    1. Off Topic

      Germán Delfino (Argentina) booking a player for having brought a dog into the pitch.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHCEUgiXUoY

      I would like to hear your opinions...

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    2. Carlos told me that it was not due to the dog on the pitch but due to the young boys lining up along with the players. This is forbidden in Argentina. Therefore the captain of the team infringing that regulation got booked.

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    3. I prefer the dog-theory. It's funnier :D

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  6. Anonymous4/11/13 19:29

    As long as appointments are made based on performance, I don't have any objections that Europeans referee these playoffs. I doubt that there will be non-European referees in the European playoffs, but let us wait and see.

    And I am of course glad that Jonas Eriksson got a (very deserved) playoff match. I hope and believe that he will make us Swedes proud in Uruguay.

    Brych is a safe pair of hands in New Zealand, but it could just as well have gone to Nichimura or Irmatov instead of course.

    In the end all the appointments reflect the clear fact that UEFA has the world's top officials at the moment. And FIFA recognizes that.

    /Swedish observer

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    1. If these appointments were made with performances in mind then Kassai should not have been assigned with a tie.
      I'm sure many officials from other Federations deserved an appointment more than Kassai.
      As for Eriksson, Moen and Brych good choices and like you said safe pairs of hands.

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    2. I share your analyses very much.
      But I must say, Swedish observer, that I disagree with your final sentence. "We" as European refereeing should be quite silent or at least not too loudly shouting that "we" are the best. If you take a look at the last World Cup, the European referees' performances were more or less embarrassing (of course not everybody's). CONMEBOL and AFC referees were clearly better at this tournament. So I understand everybody who cherishes disapproval about the fact that there is a slight tendency to favour European officials. For the play-offs in question, UEFA referees fit best regarding their style, imo. One can debate about Irmatov or Nishimura for NZL-MEX, but URU-JOR demanded a referee of the type Eriksson.

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  7. Anonymous4/11/13 19:53

    We can surely discuss this for ages, but the current South American top referees are not as good as they used to be. Of course there are exceptions, as always, but I still don't think South America is as strong as before.

    I definitely agree on Asia. They have really improved, with some very strong names.

    Concacaf has some good Mexicans and also Geiger. Some more okay names, but they don't stand out in my view.

    Africa is not good overall. That is my clear view.

    And Oceania ... We all know that O'Leary will go and he will get one match and not more. Based on merit noone should go from that confederation.

    Europe has plenty of strong names: Kuipers, Webb, Brych just to name some. I still think that Europe is ahead the other continents and the appointments reflect that.

    /Swedish observer

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    1. I agree with you that among the European peak of refereeing there are many extremely talented officials. UEFA will likely have 11 or 12 places and I am sure we all could fill possible 14 places and still call them absolutely deserved.

      As for the other regions, I only partly agree.

      South American officiating is in a generation change. All the veterans who were very strong have retired (Baldassi, Ruiz, Simon, Larrionda...). But guys like Roldán, Arias, Osses, Ricci etc. proof that they have the needed potential as well. But of course they are lacking international experience (at least Ricci does). What I must say is that the fitness level presented by a majority of originally pre-selected officials has been defective (physical condition and mostly injuries). This also caused some trouble.

      I agree on CAF to a certain extent. They have a few talented ones like Gassama or Alioum etc., we must see how they do on the very big stage.

      I am quite sure O'Leary will get two matches this time. As it is a World Cup, OFC representants must be there and it is good like that.

      On Concacaf, you should not forget Joel Aguilar, who is my personal no.1 from this zone.

      I am sure Busacca will find a list with many good candidates.

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    2. Anonymous4/11/13 20:08

      Nice to have differing views :-)

      /Swedish observer

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    3. Absolutely :) One final remark...in FIFA, politics are stronger than anywhere else. So never search for arguments or explanations for certain patterns or appointments without looking for political movitation before. This specially counts for Play-Offs, too.

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    4. I will say this again, because I know most of you see Aguilar only rarely. He is NOT a safe pair of hands. I've watched him for almost 10 years now and he is extraordinarily shaky. I struggle to see what FIFA and CONCACAF see in him. He occasionally has a good game and I know most of you saw the 2011 Gold Cup Final. But he is prone to inconsistency and is easily intimidated. If he goes to Brazil, he will have a bad match. Take a look at the following video clip, which is from the end of the Mexico v Panama qualifier:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSWEP_oASXk

      The video is poor, but what happened is Aguilar began to signal for the end of the game at 4:15 (he added a minimum of 4 minutes). When he realized that Mexico had a chance at a counter-attack, he DID NOT WHISTLE even though he had made the signal to end the match. You don't see it in the video, but Mexico almost scored to win the game. Panamanian players were livid and rightly so!

      Aguilar is a very weak referee who has been lucky at times. I say that as someone who has observed dozens of his matches.

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    5. Anonymous4/11/13 21:49

      Usaref, I have had somewhat the same feeling but I have only seen Aguilar a couple of times. Garcia or Rodrigues from Mexico are far better in my (subjective) view. Mexican refs have always been good, and also better than US referees - at least in my book. Marrufo can honestly never be a contender to go to Brazil. On the other hand Geiger has performed reasonably well and probably will be picked by Busacca.

      /Swedish observer

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    6. Here we come to an interesting point. Don't blame me but I have the impression that US referees are widely good in accurately applying the laws of the game. But common sense is sometimes missing. Perhaps because this sports is quite young in the US and not the no.1...but it's my feeling for quite a time.

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    7. I like referees who accurately apply the laws of the game than those who have a great common sense and make many mistakes. Don't blame me, but it's my feeling ;)

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    8. * I like referees who accurately apply the laws of the game more...

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    9. So you would like to have robots on the field? They can see everything and apply the relevant laws to the situation, completely disregarding common sense and humanness. I can tell you, it would be a disaster...

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    10. What have such overrated common sense for if you often make stupid mistakes by that? The referee is a servant of the game and his work is firstly to apply the laws of the game. I preferee US or Arabian referees much more than lenient UEFA refs with their own vision of the refereeing (in every single case, different one). LotG should be respected in every part of the world the same way and it shouldn't be that one foul is reckless here and careless there. Btw, what is the common sense for you? Keeping both eyes closed in some situations, where it's safer for referee or for the game? I say big NO! for such approach...

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    11. As I expected, you take an extreme point of view and then expect me to have done the same. Not everything is black or white. Of course, if would be great if every decision could be evaluated as 100% wrong or 100% correct. Unfortunately, life is not like that and football isn't either.
      I agree that a referee is a servant of the game. He serves to apply the Laws of the Game, indeed. However the LotG do not provide a ready-made solution for every actual situation. Interpretation is a big word in refereeing, it separates good referees from excellent referees in my view.
      Of course I agree that strict refereeing is safer. It also requires less talent. Luckily UEFA has a wealth of talented referees who can apply the Laws of the Game in a strict way, without sacrificing their own personality and still apply common sense when appropriate.
      I do not share your definition of 'common sense', to me you have the perfect definition of 'common sense gone wrong'. A good example of my view of common sense is Bas Nijhuis' handling of Esteban's red card in 2011.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgUDbUYjdxo&feature=player_detailpage#t=63

      Nijhuis shows the red card, as required by the rules, but takes the card out of his pocket about 25 metres away from the potentially explosive goalkeeper. He allows the AZ players to move in between him and Esteban, thereby protecting himself and Esteban. It may not be completely within the rules and regulations to walk 25m with red card in hand, but in this situation, Nijhuis used a portion of common sense, keeping the LotG in mind along the way (Esteban's RC).
      I see common sense in the same way as the advantage 'rule': not required, should be used sparingly and only when appropriate, but if executed correctly it can truly add to the match spectacle and the referee's personality.

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    12. Pls, stop with this 'as I expected, you expect'. I expect nothing from anyone here, I expect just good discussion :)
      If we talk about such examples of the common sense, we must agree. I just fear the word 'common sense' is often use to justify referees who avoid giving obvious cards. Nothing more! :)

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  8. Anonymous4/11/13 20:01

    If we look to the World Cup; do you think it is possible for a UEFA ref to get the final after four years ago? I know; way to early but i want to know your opinions.

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    1. Imo it is time for AFC..

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    2. Agree with Niclas, but that would probably limit the WC Final candidates to Irmatov and Nishimura. With Al Badwawi gone and the others either too inexperienced (Faghani, Shukralla) or not suitable for a final in my eyes (Al Ghamdi, Williams).
      I agree that Irmatov and Nishimura are World Cup final material but they will rely on UEFA referees as a back-up in case of a catastrophe á la Rosetti, Larrionda, Kassai..

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    3. I also don't understand how one would trust Irmatov with the WC Final.

      Yes, I know he had some good games in the last World Cup. I also know he's very fit. But the Brazilian mistake in the Confederations Cup should be an absolute disqualifier.

      Every referee makes mistakes. No one is perfect. But mistakes of subjectivity, when you see a red card as a yellow card or a dive as a penalty... those are understandable. I cannot understand mistakes like Irmatov made, when he KNEW he whistled for a PK and still awarded a goal. To me, those are the worst kind of "mistakes" because they call into question a referee's ability to do what is right when he KNOWS what is right. It's like Aguilar in the video I posted above.

      I can't fathom giving Irmatov the World Cup Final--the biggest match in the world--knowing that he is capable of making such a decision. It's a frightening though.

      Nishimura, on the other hand, is a great referee. I would argue he's the #1 candidate for the World Cup Final in 2014, though a lot can change once the tournament starts.

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    4. Anonymous4/11/13 21:55

      Both are good candidates in my view. Sure Irmatov made one mistake, but also a ref must be allowed to do that. He was very good in the last World cup, and hopefully he can get to the same form again. If so, he surely is a possibility for a final. But it is a long time to the final... But if he performs well he could be there. Nichimura too, of course...

      /Swedish observer

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    5. I must admit that both performances at Confed Cup 2013 gave me many doubts. But as said, one bad day may not the criterion for forgetting what was before, i.e. 9 very good World Cup performances.

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    6. I will try to say it again more simply:

      A mistake in judgment or observation is perfectly understandable. Like Brych with the phantom goal. Or Webb with De Jong's kick. Referees miss things. All of them. I understand that. Irmatov himself missed an SFP red card at the Olympics, if I recall correctly. A miss like that isn't necessarily disqualifying.

      But what Irmatov did in the Confederations Cup is much different. In a big match, on a big stage, he made the wrong call even though he KNEW it was the wrong call. He knew he blew his whistle for the penalty and he did not have the courage to stick with the call. I know he apologized after, but he still did it on the field. And he could do it again.

      I'm not saying Irmatov is a bad referee. But I am saying I wouldn't trust him on the biggest matches, in the most high pressure situations. He could get lucky--he had some good games in South Africa. But what if they same thing happened again on a World Cup Final? Why would or should FIFA risk that when there are so many other alternatives.

      You need a referee with very strong character to handle the biggest match in the world. There is absolutely no way, in my opinion, that Irmatov passes that test.

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  9. Anonymous4/11/13 21:08

    Is Skomina bad for these matches?or FIFA has another thinks about him?

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    1. Anonymous4/11/13 21:16

      Don't forget UEFA playoffs.
      Skomina can be there.

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    2. Probably Skomina will be assigned to the European playoffs...

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  10. Anonymous4/11/13 22:57

    Playoffs European can be, I think, for Skomina,Rizzoli,Webb,Velasco,Kuipers,
    Collum,Lannoy and Çakir. I suppress
    Proença injured and the four of another
    playoffs.

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  11. Anonymous4/11/13 23:09

    Portugal - Sweden: Kuipers and Webb
    Ukraine - France: Mazic and Cakir
    Greece - Romania: Rizzoli and Undiano Mallenco
    Croatia - Iceland: Skomina and Lannoy

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    1. Anonymous4/11/13 23:23

      Skomina (SVN) in Croatia? Undiano (06/09/2013: ROU - HUN) again in Romania?

      Doubt that ...

      Peter/Vienna

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    2. Anonymous4/11/13 23:38

      I dont see a reason why Skomina cant referee Croatie, to illustrate that; Skomina refereed the friendly Croatia - Norway in 2010.

      You are right about Mallenco; you can switch him with Lannoy.

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    3. Anonymous5/11/13 00:02

      Friendly matches are always treated differently:

      Howard Webb had Wales - Costa Rica, Martin Atkinson had Scotland - South Africa, Mark Clattenburg had Ireland Republic - Colombia, Craig Thomson had Ireland Republic - Nothern Ireland and Northern Ireland - Norway, William Collum had England - Ireland Republic and Ireland Republic - Nigeria, Alan Kelly had Wales - Northern Ireland and so on.

      Peter/Vienna

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    4. Anonymous5/11/13 10:04

      You are reason and Skomina don´t be at Croatian.
      And I vote for Velasco and not Undiano.

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    5. Anonymous5/11/13 12:21

      Slovenian referees have NEVER been appointed for Croatian (non-friendly) matches and vice versa. It would be ridiculus considering the history and current relationships between these two nations.

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    6. Anonymous5/11/13 13:08

      Well to be honest: German referees are regullary appointed for Austrian and Dutch teams, Spains are appointed for Portugal teams and revers (Undiano last MD was appointed for Benfica....). I don't see why they would not appoint Skomina for Croatian match ... I think it won't be the case, Skomina will get UKR-FRA match...

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    7. Anonymous5/11/13 15:09

      If I'm not mistaken, German referees are VERY RARELY appointed for Austrian teams and vice versa. Personally I'm aware only of two cases in recent years, maybe Niclas ore someone would know better. Of course I don't doubt Skomina's neutrality and I'm not disregarding the option such appointments will be possible someday in the future, but certaintly not now, for play-offs to come.

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  12. I'll have a go:

    POR-SWE: Webb/Kuipers
    UKR-FRA: Skomina/Rizzoli
    GRE-ROU: Kralovec/Carballo
    CRO-ICE: Mazic/Cakir

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  13. My prediction is:
    POR-SWE: Webb/Kuipers
    UKR-FRA: Clattenburg/Skomina
    GRE-ROU: Rocchi/Mazic
    ICE-CRO Stark/Velasco

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    1. When will FIFA (probably) reveal these appointments? The matches all are on Nov. 15...

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  14. Anonymous5/11/13 11:55

    My predictions are:
    Port-Swe:Çakir-Skomina
    Ukr-Fra: Kuipers-Webb
    Gre-Roum:Rizzoli-Collum
    Ice-Cro:Velasco-Lannoy

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  15. I find it interesting that for the UEFA playoffs, in 2009 they included Atkinson, Brych, Duhamel, Larsen and Hauge... even though all 5 of those referees were not World Cup candidates.

    The only non-candidates on the Elite list now are Atkinson, Tagilavento, Benqurenca and Collum. I can't imagine any of those 4 getting a playoff this time, but it is something to consider given what happened in 2009.

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    1. Anonymous5/11/13 17:39

      Why not Collum?

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    2. What one should keep in mind is that FIFA still highly considers Benquerenca. For example he got two very important qualifiers on the final matchdays (Austria-Ireland, Turkey-Netherlands).

      My predictions are as follows:

      Iceland - Croatia: William Collum and Olegário Benquerenca
      Ukraine - France: Howard Webb and Cüneyt Cakir (although he had ENG-UKR)
      Greece - Romania: Stéphane Lannoy and Wolfgang Stark
      Portugal - Sweden: Nicola Rizzoli and Björn Kuipers

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    3. I agree, Benquenreça can get a match, even more now with Proença injured.

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    4. Anonymous5/11/13 19:47

      No Skomina? Doubt it.

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    5. I didn't know Proenca was injured. If that's the case, then yes, I can see Benquerenca getting a match.

      I'm not sure about Collum--wouldn't Thomson be the first option?

      I think the guarantees are Webb, Skomina, Lannoy, Rizzoli and Kuipers. Those 5 will get a match almost assuredly. For the next 3, I'd predict Cakir, Benquerenca and Undiano Mallenco. My predictions:

      ISL : CRO - Benquerenca & Lannoy
      UKR : FRA - Skomina & Kuipers
      GRE : ROM - Undiano Mallenco & Rizzoli
      POR : SWE - Webb & Cakir

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  16. Very interesting discussion and analisys !!
    IMO european referees are better than the officials form other confederations especially fi we consider the whole confederation. Only Uefa can count on at least 8 excellent officials and on at least 6 or 7 high potentials, while other confederations have single outstanding or few high level but no one behind them. So in my opinion Uefa actually can guarantee best names but I think that World Cup must a "World" competition so it must guarantee the attendance of people coming from all the world. I think it's democrary or equality and not politcal reason.
    Anyway, according to your analisys I think that Uefa can now offer to FIFA 6 outstanding levels: Webb, Kuipers, Brych, Skomina, Proenca, Rizzoli and 7 high levels Undiano, Cakir, Kassai, Moen, Eriksson, Stark, Velasco, which could be now not at top of the fitness but for sure they have skill, knowledge and experience to maange a World Cup (or play off) match.
    Concacaf is showing the most talent outside uefa: Joel Aguilar but behind him I see that Garcia Orozco and Rodriguez Moreno didn't guarantee continuity in high perfomance, while Geiger seems showing good skills bt low experience. Last choice Moreno Salazar from Panama.
    Conmebol seems has founded the substitute of big man like Larrionda, Elizondo and Ruiz: Wilmar Roldan. Osses and Vera R. seem reliable, Martin Vazquez has lot of exepericne but I think that never demonstrated high level performance and Carrillo, Arias and Ricci need to be confirmed.
    I think that actually CAF is facing a period of porrness and lack of resources: Hamouidi is the only one, while Papa Gassama needs confriomation even he is very promizing
    AFC: Irmatov and Nishimura are top level, in my opinion outstanding like European ones especially beacuse they demonstarted high perfomances and continuity along teh time, since WC 2010; Ok Irmatov came from crucial mistake at Confederationc up, but is teh only one. Who of us never made a mistake with the whistle ?
    Shukrallah is the new AFC talent, while AL Badwawi has been to much unlucky.
    And O' Leary ? He deserve to be considered for equality reason.

    A proposal: in order to improve perfomance from referees of country which are not at top level, I would appoint them regurarly on famous league. What do you think ?

    Rgs M

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  17. PLAY-OFF
    Iceland - Croatia -REF- LANNOY - & - RIZZOLI
    Ukraine - France -REF- CLATTENBURG - & - CARBALLO
    Grece - Romania-REF- SKOMINA - & - MAZIĆ
    Portugal - Sweden-REF- CAKIR - & - ROCCHI

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    1. Rocchi would be not appreciated by Sweden, after Austria - Sweden.

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    2. Anonymous5/11/13 23:11

      Why two italiens referres?

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  18. Anonymous5/11/13 23:10

    Middling work of Rizzoli at Real Sociedad-M.United.

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    1. Anonymous5/11/13 23:41

      Rocchi is better referee, but Rizzoli is protegee of the most important person...

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    2. Anonymous6/11/13 09:16

      Rocchi a better referee... have u ever watched Rocchi? As an example, his y-day U-17 semifinal. Rocchi is a good ref, but u never know when hi is about to make a "weird" decision.

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  19. Anonymous5/11/13 23:17

    I don´t see Benquerença at the playoffs.
    I think that Olegario is one referee of second line.

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  20. Anonymous5/11/13 23:23

    My predictions:

    POR-SWE Niccola Rizzoli / SWE-POR Bjorn Kuipers

    UKR-FRA Craig Thompson / FRA-UKR Howard Webb

    GRE-ROM Stéphane Lannoy / ROM-GRE Damir Skomina

    ICE-CRO Carlos Vellasco Carballo / CRO-ICE Pavel Kralovec

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  21. Anonymous6/11/13 00:22

    Olegario Benquerença is not a first-rate referee but Proença is even worse. Just unbelievable how he was appointed to officiate two important finals last season. Politics account for it. Portugal is poorly represented as far as international refereeing is concerned. And Artur Soares Dias, who appears to be climbing up, is not good either as everyone recently noticed in the friendly match between France and Australia.

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    1. Come on. Proença in my honest opinion, is a quality referee. I think it was more the case of Proença's ability and being slightly fortunate than politics playing a part in his nominations to oversee those finals. If Spain did not progress to the Euro 2012 final, then you could safely say Webb would have been appointed. Furthermore, Rizzoli was likely to have been designated if Germany defeated Italy in the Semi's. Proença had luck on his side but there's no doubting his ability.
      As for the CL final, I think he was worthy of that appointment too.

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    2. Anonymous6/11/13 09:46

      If Proença is injured, Portugal must stay without referees at these
      playoffs. Benquerença is one referee decaying, I think.

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    3. Imho both of them, Benquerenca and Proenca, are very good referees.
      Unfortunately for him Benquerenca had big problems with injuries in last years, but he's a very good referee.

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    4. Anonymous6/11/13 16:34

      @Nur H, do not hold with your opinion about Proença by any means. He's not even average. Yet another case of clear lobbying like I've already pointed out. The same holds good for Undiano Mallenco, for example. Physically, Proença often falls down on responding to matches played at a breakneck pace. Not to mention his faulty technical interpretations in the most demanding situations. And to my knowledge he's got loads of problems in the Portuguese League with a string of quite controversial performances over the years.

      F.D.

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    5. Even though politics played a hand. I seriously doubt an "average" referee would be appointed for 2/3 major European finals of 2012.

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    6. Anonymous6/11/13 21:53

      You doubt it... but I don't :) Well in any case let´s see how things will unfold in terms of European Playoffs. Looking forward to checking out Busacca's picks for the clashes involving FRA, UKR, POR and SWE. Really feel a surprise could spring up :)

      F.D.

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  22. My Guess (not prediction)

    POR-SWE Stéphane LANNOY / SWE-POR Wolfgang STARK
    UKR-FRA Mark CLATTEMBURG / FRA-UKR Carlos VELASCO CARBALLO
    GRE-ROM Craig THOMSON / ROM-GRE Milorad MAZIC
    ICE-CRO Nestore PITANA / AL BADWAWI (is he recoverd now ?)

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  23. Craig Thomson appointed for the FIFA U-17 final.

    http://www.scottishfa.co.uk/scottish_fa_news.cfm?page=1962&newsID=12795&newsCategoryID=1

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  24. Anonymous7/11/13 10:04

    Kuipers not too well at Dortmund-Arsenal yesterday.

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  25. Anonymous7/11/13 10:07

    Benquerença is not one referee first range. I cannot forget your very bad
    Inter-Barcelona.

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  26. GREECE- ROMANIA

    R:Pedro Proenca Oliveira Alves Garcia
    AR1: Bertino Cunha Miranda
    AR2: Jose Tiago Garcias Bolinhas Trigo
    4th: Nuno Duarte Pereira Gomes

    Referee observer: Juan Antonio Fernandez Marin

    ROMANIA-GREECE

    R: Milorad Mazic
    AR1: Milovan Ristic
    AR2: Dalibor Djurdjevic
    4th: Bosko Jovanetic

    Referee observer: Alfredo Trentalange

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    1. Wooohooo :D
      *Booom*

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    2. Isn't still Proença injured, anyway?

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    3. Riley, Trentalange, Mikkelsen and Trentalange again all observing Mazic in recent months. FIFA it seems are still undecided on him...

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    4. Anonymous7/11/13 12:38

      Portugal-Sweden, Rizzoli with Banti as four refferee.
      Sweden-Portugal, Webb with Marriner.

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  27. CAF playoffs - Second leg matches

    Senegal - Ivory Coast
    Djamel Haimoudi (ALG)

    Nigeria - Ethiopia
    Bakary Papa Gassama (GAM)

    Egypt - Ghana
    Noumandiez Doue Desiré (CIV)

    Algeria - Burkina Faso
    Badara Diatta (SEN)

    Cameroon - Tunisia
    Rajindraparsad Seechurn (MRI) and not Daniel Bennett (RSA) as wrongly reported at first.

    The top clash (even more after what happened in first leg match) is for Badara Diatta. Nothing challenging for Doue, Egypt is almost out.
    Seechurn again appointed in a crucial match, after the 0-0 in the first leg. Bennett and Jedidi out from playoffs. I can understand the decision about Jedidi (I have never thought of him at WC), CAF was in a big trouble with him at AFC, but I'm sorry for Bennett. I don't understand why he has to stay out.
    This could be a signal for WC.
    For what we have seen until now, I try to make a ranking:

    1) Djamel Haimoudi
    2) Desire Doue Noumandiez
    3) Badara Diatta
    4) Néant Alioum
    5) Bakary Gassama
    6) Daniel Bennett
    7) Slim Jedidi

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  28. Rizzoli and Webb to handle the Porugal - Sweden ties.

    Portugal Sweden
    Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
    AR1: Renato Faverani (ITA)
    AR2: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
    4O: Luca Banti (ITA)

    Sweden - Portugal
    Referee: Howard Webb (ENG)
    AR1: Mike Mullarkey (ENG)
    AR2: Darren Cann (ENG)
    4O: Andre Marriner (ENG)

    http://www.fpf.pt/detalhenoticia/tabid/128/ArticleId/4726/language/pt-PT/Rizzoli-e-Webb-no-play-off.aspx

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  29. Anonymous7/11/13 13:19

    FIFA has appointed two of the most experienced UEFA referees to handle the challenging Swe - Por ties, this shows FIFA always appoint those referees they trust most for all world cup playoff matches. IMO, these world cup playoff appointments are very important signals for WC selection, they are of far greater importance than the appointments for youth Under 17 and under 20 tournments.

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  30. Anonymous7/11/13 13:28

    I hope Brych,Velasco,Skomina and Collum for the two matchs
    remaining.

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  31. Philipp S7/11/13 14:12

    Interesting that Proenca gets the first leg and Mazic the normally more difficult second leg. Has Mazic already a higher standing than Proenca in FIFA's eyes...?

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    1. Anonymous7/11/13 14:49

      In recent years on numerous occasions the more "elite" referees got the first-leg matches in various play-off tournaments.

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    2. Anonymous7/11/13 14:57

      It all depends on the result of the first leg. If, for example, Greece or Romania win 5-0, then Mazić in the 2nd leg is a "waste". First leg matches, on the other hand, are always important.

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  32. I think we can be sure about a thing, after having read Mazic appointment.
    FIFA is really thinking of him for WC, and at the same time they are in doubt.
    Many names, many chances, and now Thomson for U17 WC final.
    We will have several surprises, I'm almost sure..

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  33. Anonymous7/11/13 14:54

    I guess we have for sure; Brych/Kuipers/Rizzoli/Skomina/Webb. Then there are a lot of referees who can join them: Proenca/Velasco/Undiano/Mazic/Lannoy/Moen/Kassai/Eriksson/Cakir/Thomson.

    If its true that 10 UEFA referees goes to Brazil + 1 reserve;

    1) Brych
    2) Kuipers
    3) Rizzoli
    4) Skomina
    5) Webb
    6) Mazic/Cakir
    7) Eriksson
    8) Proenca
    9) Kassai
    10) Velasco

    Reserve: Moen

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    1. Anonymous7/11/13 15:06

      Brych, Cakir, Eriksson, Kassai, Kuipers, Proenca, Rizzoli, Skomina, Undiano, Webb, (Mazić)

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  34. Anonymous7/11/13 14:56

    Alberto Undiano will referee Iceland - Croatia the first leg

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    1. Anonymous7/11/13 15:58

      Referee: Alberto UNDIANO (ESP)
      Assistant Referee 1: Raul CABANERO MARTINEZ (ESP)
      Assistant Referee 2: Roberto DIAZ PEREZ (ESP)
      Fourth official: Carlos CLOS GOMEZ (ESP)

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  35. Anonymous7/11/13 15:00

    I have a feeling we'll see several surprises for WC referee selection this time. It is real competition for UEFA spots in particular, sometimes FIFA and UEFA have different opinions about certain referees. The appointment of Mazic to this second leg playoff has certainly confirmed his rapid rise and promotion, it may well be a ticket to the WC for him if he shows good performance in the match. Also I wish to point out that, there might not be a referee from Spain in the world cup next year for the first time in many years.

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    1. Anonymous7/11/13 15:03

      If we look at performances it would be deserved; Mazic and Cakir are in my opinion better referees than Undiano and Velasco. But i think politics will have a lot of influence.

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    2. Anonymous7/11/13 15:11

      I agree, politics always have a lot of influence in referee WC selection. Within Uefa, countries such as Spain, England, France, Italy and Germany might think that they entitle to send at least one referee to every major tournment (world cup and UEFA Euro).

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  36. Anonymous7/11/13 15:36

    My prediction is Kuipers for Croatia-Iceland and Skomina/Cakir for Ukraine/France.

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    1. Anonymous7/11/13 16:13

      I got it right! :)

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  37. Philipp S7/11/13 15:58

    It is official on the FIFA page:
    ICE-CRO: Undiano (Clos Gomez)
    POR-SWE: Rizzoli (Banti)
    UKR-FRA: Cakir (Simsek)
    GRE-ROM: Proenca (Gomes)

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  38. According to FIFA, Cakir has been appointed for UKR-FRA. ...

    Referee: Cuneyt CAKIR (TUR)
    Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin DURAN (TUR)
    Assistant Referee 2: Tarik ONGUN (TUR)
    Fourth official: Baris SIMSEK (TUR)

    http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/europe/matches/round=258394/match=300261017/index.html

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  39. Anonymous7/11/13 16:00

    Ukraine France
    Referee: Cuneyt CAKIR (TUR)
    Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin DURAN (TUR)
    Assistant Referee 2: Tarik ONGUN (TUR)
    Fourth official: Baris SIMSEK (TUR)

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  40. Anonymous7/11/13 16:01

    Mazic and Çakir are best that Undiano and Velasco? It´s possible.
    But the leagues of England,Spain,Germany and Italy must have one
    referee at Brasil.

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  41. CRO vs ISL Kuipers (Van Boekel)
    FRA vs UKR Skomina (Vincic)

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    1. Yep, both confirmed by FIFA:

      http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/europe/matches/round=258394/match=300261014/index.html

      http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/europe/matches/round=258394/match=300261016/index.html

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  42. Philipp S7/11/13 16:12

    Knowing the 12 names for the play-offs, it seems quite likely that the World Cup referees are chosen between them (or even all of them go to Brazil).
    The only other referee, who might have a chance IMO is Lannoy.

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  43. Anonymous7/11/13 16:44

    I suppose that Velasco shall be at Brasil and not Undiano.

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  44. Everything that has happened recently goes against what you just said.

    Important WC Playoff:
    Udiano ☑
    Velasco X
    FIFA tournament:
    Udiano ☑
    Velasco X
    Previous WC appearance:
    Udiano ☑
    Velasco X

    Udiano IMO will be the "chosen one".

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  45. Anonymous7/11/13 17:19

    This is the final confirmation that Velasco is not considered by FIFA. I guess he wont neither be at CWC. Indiano Will fly to Brazil For the reasons explained by Nur

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    1. Anonymous7/11/13 17:35

      However at Spain we think that Velasco is now better that Undiano.

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    2. Anonymous7/11/13 18:02

      Velasco Spanish top ref at UEFA Level, Undiano at FIFA. There is a split. Among all the names appointed at UEFA and interzone playoffs, only Lannoy is missing.

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  46. Anonymous7/11/13 18:03

    Howard Webb has pulled out of his BPL game this weekend with an injury......not sure how serious it is though

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    1. Anonymous7/11/13 18:10

      Not true.

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    2. I'm afraid it is. He has been replaced by Phil Dowd in the Southampton - Fulham game.

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    3. Sorry. Hull not Fulham...

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    4. Anonymous7/11/13 22:40

      There was nothing wrong with him at Juventus v. Real. As Busacca once told Bebek: "Don't talk for nothing."

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    5. Anonymous7/11/13 23:25

      There are still two weeks. FIFA has confirmed Webb for now.
      In case of problems, Clattenburg is ready to take the whistle.

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    6. @Anonymous: I did not say he was having problems in Turin. I simply stated the fact that Webb will be replaced by Dowd in this weekend's PL fixtures. Who knows, he might not be injured. There could be another reason to his absence...

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    7. Anonymous8/11/13 11:45

      And Phil Dowd at the place of Webb, but with D.Cann and
      S.Massey(assistants of Webb).

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  47. Anonymous7/11/13 22:10

    Then Webb injured at Torino.

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  48. Anonymous8/11/13 00:22

    There are four UEFA countries with two referees each on the pre list, I think it has been very clear in the opinion of both UEFA and FIFA that Brych is ahead of Stark, Webb is ahead of Clattenburg, Rizzoli is ahead of Rocchi, but UEFA and FIFA seem to have different opinion in regards to Velasco and Undiano for Spain duel. FIFA seems to value Undiano's previous WC experience and has decided to stick with him. Velasco has been a very good referee, it is sad for him that he will not have a chance to attend a WC. But for countries such as Spain, quite often in the past, very good referees could not have the chance to go to a single WC for many different reasons.

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  49. Anonymous8/11/13 11:27

    Undiano don´t was well at South Africa and I expected Velasco Carballo next year at Brazil. Alberto/Spain

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  50. Anonymous8/11/13 11:49

    Undiano was much better in the WC than Velasco in Euro. Undiano is much better at tournaments even though there's no such big difference between them in a competition like La Liga. I'd rather choose Undiano due to his experience, his profile for tournaments and his good performances than Velasco who is not giving his best since Euro's first match. I hope we can come again to his best because I see him as a potential Champions League Final ref for 2015 as he will be about yo finish his career.
    Sonja

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  51. To be totally honest, Undiano Was not good in South Africa, and Vellasco was not at his best in Poland/Ukraine. Their recent form is not convincing, so I still don't think that any of them should go to Brazil.

    /Swedish observer

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