November 8, 2013

Referees appointed for European World Cup Play-Offs

FIFA has unveiled the referee appointments for the most vital qualifier matches of this round ahead FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. The following play-offs will be played on 15 and 19 November in a home and away match modus.

Cüneyt Çakır is among the referees appointed (c) turkish news

15 November 2013, 19:45 CET
NSK Olimpiyskiy, Kyiv (UKR)
Ukraine - France
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Fourth Official: Barıs Šimšek (TUR)
FIFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
Blog Referee Observer: Hagi (GER)

15 November 2013, 19:45 CET
Estádio da Luz, Lisbon (POR)
Portugal - Sweden
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Fourth Official: Luca Banti (ITA)
FIFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)
Blog Referee Observer: Philipp (GER)

15 November 2013, 19:45 CET
Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus (GRE)
Greece - Romania
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: José Tiago Trigo (POR)
Fourth Official: Duarte Gomes (POR)
FIFA Referee Observer: Juan Fernández Marín (ESP)
Blog Referee Observer:  

15 November 2013, 20:00 CET
Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík (ISL)
Iceland - Croatia
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Fourth Official: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
FIFA Referee Observer: Peter Mikkelsen (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

19 November 2013,  19:00 CET
National Arena, Bucharest (ROU)
Romania - Greece
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Fourth Official: Bosko Jovanetić (SRB)
FIFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

19 November 2013, 19:15 CET
Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
Croatia - Iceland
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)
FIFA Referee Observer: David Elleray (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H. (ENG)

19 November 2013, 19:45 CET
Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
Sweden - Portugal
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren Cann (ENG)
Fourth Official: Andre Marriner (ENG)
FIFA Referee Observer: Vlado Sajn (SVN)
Blog Referee Observer:

19 November 2013, 21:00 CET
Stade France, Paris (FRA)
France - Ukraine
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Fourth Official: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
FIFA Referee Observer: Peter Mikkelsen (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)


  1. Anonymous8/11/13 09:25

    I hope that Howard Webb can be at Sweden-Portugal.

  2. Have somebody of you any update on New Fifa referees for 2014 ? I mean how will replace Mayer and Kinhofer in germany, Wourtes in Belgium, Duhamel in France and so on ?
    A question for Chefren: do you agree that in Italy Bergonzi and De marco show pass their place to Guida and Massa ?

    1. Hi M,

      it is sure that Bergonzi will leave the list the next 31 December. I don't know about the referee going to replace him, it isn't still sure. Guida is an option but watching at the last matches in serie A and the performance, Doveri has a big chance. Some people say Calvarese, but he is the one with fewest chances in my opinion, due to age. Massa needs still at least one further year of serie A experience, in my opinion.
      Grilli probably will leave the FIFA list as assistant, replaced by Costanzo.
      It would be interesting to know from our French friends, who will replace Laurent Duhamel on the list.
      The changes in Germany at least about referees are already decided, Niclas will answer to you.

    2. I forgot to answer about De Marco: probably he could keep the badge, at least until now only Bergonzi is sure to be replaced.

    3. From Poland:
      Robert Małek (First Group) ends his career on 31 December. Hubert Siejewicz (Second Group) is banned for betting on matches... Referees who will replace them are Tomasz Musiał and Bartosz Frankowski.

    4. Germany: Kinhöfer and Meyer will be replaced by Dankert and Stieler.

    5. Anonymous9/11/13 00:45

      As far as France is concerned, here is the ranking sent by the "DTA" to UEFA for 2014:
      1) Stéphane LANNOY
      2) Antony GAUTIER
      3) Clément TURPIN
      4) Tony CHAPRON
      5) Ruddy BUQUET
      6) Frédy FAUTREL
      7) Nicolas RAINVILLE
      8) Benoît BASTIEN
      9) Saïd ENNJIMI
      10) Benoît MILLOT
      If FIFA accepts to add a tenth french referee, then Bastien and Millot will be the new officials. Otherwise, Bastien will replace Duhamel.

    6. Anonymous9/11/13 22:54

      Austria: Manuel Schuttengruber replaces Gerhard Grobelnik.
      Belgium: Bart Vertenten and Erik Lambrechts replace Luc Wouters and Wim Smet.

  3. A question for Carlos (CONMEBOL); I think that Roldman, Osses and Vera will deserve WC2014; Ricci will be there beacuse is from Brasil, then which is your ranking (or the ranking according to thier perfomances) among Arias, Vazquez and Carrillo ?
    thks M

    1. Hi,
      I will try to be short with my answer, but there are many things we should say about it.
      Roldan and Osses are clear as you said, they made merits in their FIFA tournaments and both had really good performances in Conmebol tournaments.
      Then you touch Ricci's case: I would not say he is there only because Brazil need a ref, Ricci was pushed because of that, but he has done excellent performances in key games in Conmebol (like Ecuador vs Uruguay in WC Qualifier) and his u20 WC was very solid.
      Then comes Pitana, he has performed in Conmebol and FIFA better than Abal, and better than other Conmebol refs. He had good Qualifier matches and also a Libertadores first leg final (as and example, Vazquez, Ricci, Soto, Arias, Vera, Carrillo, Soto and Orosco have not arrived that far in the tournament)
      There we have 4 refs of 5 (?) or 6 (?) Conmebol will have in the World Cup.
      The other referees on the list, that is difficult, if we consider Vazquez case is strange, he has only one WC Qualifier match (Peru vs Venezuela) and no FIFA tournament, so that I would rule him out.
      Soto had his black-out in Spain vs Honduras and an good u17, but he is clearly not in the top 6 of Conmebol zone, and Orosco had easy matches in his FIFA tournaments and the last one had a crucial mistake on him, so that they have in my view zero chances of being part of the tournament.
      At the end the decision is Arias vs Vera vs Carrillo
      Arias is better ranked in Conmebol and already took charge of a final, but Vera had better games in his FIFA tournaments.
      Carrillo had many World Cup Quali matches, but was neither strong in all of them nor had good matches in his FIFA tournaments,

      At the end I would say MY ranking would be like this, but Arias and Vera places may change on FIFA and Conmebol eyes:
      1. Wilmar Roldan
      2. Enrique Osses
      3. Sandro Ricci
      4. Nestor Pitana
      5. Antonio Arias
      6. Carlos Vera
      7. Victor Carrillo
      8. Martin Vazquez
      9. Juan Soto
      10. Raul Orosco

      We should take also into account Abal somewhere and Lopes. Heber impressed FIFA in the u17 WC, but I don't think its enough to get Ricci's place

      Hope I make some points clear,


    2. Thanks a lot

    3. Anonymous8/11/13 17:34

      At the lost of Carlos S. I think that juan Soto must to be out.

    4. Maybe I was not clear enough: Soto Vazquez and Orosco should have 0 chances, Abal and Lopes 5% and the rest have still the opportunity to get a spot

    5. Anonymous8/11/13 18:33

      At the end Vazquez can go again as Fourth Official?
      Uruguay situation is difficult.

    6. He could, but it would be unfair with the rest (Carrillo specially) who had fight for the place and were on the FIFA tournaments and did all the process...

  4. Anonymous8/11/13 14:53

    At Spain Muniz Fernandez will replaced by Hernández Hernández as referee

    1. Anonymous8/11/13 17:20

      Not Manzano?

  5. Anonymous8/11/13 17:32

    Sorry. Manzano is number one and H.Hdez number two.

  6. Anonymous8/11/13 19:09

    Undiano is number once and Clos number two.

    1. Anonymous9/11/13 00:20

      Number one and two for news internationals: Gil Manzano and Hernández Hernándes.
      Number one past year: Clos. But I think that the number one is
      Velasco Carballo. Undiano was number 7 at 2012-2013.

  7. Anonymous9/11/13 00:35

    1. Clos Gomez
    2. Velasco Carballo
    3. Mateu Lahoz
    4. Del Cerro Grande
    5. Gil Manzano
    6. Fernandez Borbalàn
    7. Estrada Fernandez
    8. Hernandez Hernandez
    9. Undiano Mallenco
    10. Teixeira Vitienes F.
    11. Muniz Fernandez



    1. Anonymous9/11/13 19:06

      But nobody can believe that Undiano was after Del Cerro,Gil Manzano........

    2. Anonymous9/11/13 19:40

      UEFA should trust more on Clos Gomez.

  8. Fernando Santos, coach of Greece, is from Portugal.In these circumstances it is normal to send a referee from Portugal to Greece-Romania ?
    Romanian football federation already informed FIFA about this situation (is not a protest, only a letter...).

    1. I seem to remember a similar situation when Markus Merk was appointed for the Euro 2004 final between Portugal and Greece. The Portuguese were not happy that 1) Otto Rehhagel was German and 2) he was a dental patient of Merk.

    2. You are right Nur. This was the case. However after the match no-one could say anything to Merk. He made a faultless performance.

      Romania Football Federation really didn't need to make such a move. Proenca's neutrality cannot be questioned. The transfer all the pressure to Proenca without a reason.

  9. Some friendlies appointments (I'm still looking for Italy-Germany).


    Turkey - Northern Ireland
    Bas Nijhuis
    Rob van de Ven - Charles Schaap
    Dennis Higler

    South Korea - Switzerland
    Diego Abal
    Hernán Maidana - Gustavo Rossi


    Netherlands - Japan
    Serge Gumienny
    Kristof Meers - Jim Cremers
    Luc Wouters

    Wales - Finland
    Sebastien Delferiere
    Frank Bleyen - Yves De Neve
    Wim Smet


    Turkey - Belarus
    Antonio Mateu Lahoz
    Pau Cebrian Devis - Javier Aguilar Rodriguez
    Javier Estrada Fernandez

    1. Anonymous9/11/13 10:31


      Denmark - Norway
      Robert Schörgenhofer
      Roland Brandner - Matthias Winsauer


      Aleksey Nikolaev - RUS
      Oleg Tselovalnikov, Vitaly Drozdov - RUS
      Silver Kõiv - EST

      Marco Borg - MLT
      Edward Spiteri, Mitchell Scerri - MLT
      Marcin Borski - POL

      Richard Trutz - SVK
      Ondrej Brendza, Peter Chládek - SVK
      Daniel Stefański - POL

    3. Ireland-Latvia on 15 November will be refereed by 28 year old Andreas Ekberg (SWE). This will be his first A international friendly match. Ekberg received the award "Swedish referee of the year 2013" tonight.

      /Swedish observer

  10. Thanks to all for new international ref and national ranking. i hope that we can get this list for other countries. Do u know if al badwawi is recovered ? Can he attend CWC with vazquez, velasco, geiger, hauata and bennet ? 1 kindly ask for u: it should be interesting to read on friday appointment for major top clash in sigle europe league. Can u post them ? Thks rgs Marioi

    1. As far as I know, for now only Mark Geiger (USA, CONCACAF) is confirmed for CWC in Morocco. Anyway, I think that the other names are almost ready, since in the past years at this date (9 November) we already knew all the officials called up for this tournament.

      Here Geiger:

    2. Anonymous9/11/13 18:49

      Match Officialls for Club-World-Cup 2013 in Morocco.
      Ali Saif Al-Badwawi (UAE)
      Néant Alioum (Cameroon, reserve)
      Papa Gassama (Gambia)
      Mark Geiger (U.S.A.)
      Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
      Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)

  11. Premier League's top clash:

    Manchester United - Arsenal:
    Michael Oliver (Biggest game of his domestic his domestic career)
    Stuart Burt
    Simon Long
    Andre Marriner

    1. First time MU-Arsenal: very inexpert this Michael Oliver.

  12. I personally think he has been excellent thus far.

    1. Me too. And only injury time left now.

      /Swedish observer

    2. One of the best performances I've seen in the PL up to now.
      This man has a very bright future indeed.

    3. Great performance and promising referee. Only one point of criticism done by most of the English officials..first they write down the players' number / minute and then they raise the card quite oddly (Rooney, e.g.).

    4. Actually the FA have their own guidelines for that:

      (4) Use of red and yellow cards
      The Law requires referees to use these cards at all levels of the game. The mandatory use of the cards is
      merely a simple aid for better communication. Referees should not use either card in an aggressive or
      provocative manner likely to inflame an already emotive situation. Neither should the cards be used in an over-demonstrative manner, which may humiliate a player and perhaps cause him to over-react. The sequence of action approved by The Football Association and which should be followed is:
      i) State that the player is being cautioned;
      ii) Enquire the player’s name;
      iii) Warn the player about future conduct;
      iv) Show a yellow card as described above.


      However, referees operating at International and some National levels have the option to show red and yellow cards immediately after offences or as above, but only in exceptional circumstances such as to defuse a possible flashpoint or to prevent an act of retaliation. "


    5. Really interesting to read. Quite unique instruction...imo not showing a card can more inflame a situation (specially within the crowd) than if you wait 20 seconds...thank you very much for posting!

    6. I don´t refuse that Oliver can be one good referee, but today is not competent for one MU-Arsenal. Wenger has reason at your

    7. Which part of his performance was incompetent? Furthermore, Wenger had nothing to say on Oliver's performance...

    8. Wenger is not glad with Oliver.

    9. Don't say. That's terrible. If Wenger is not glad with him, let's demote him.

  13. Anyone know who will referee England games? Also, any English officials in action for friendlies?

    Finally, small possibility that Craig Pawson could replace Mike Dean on international list in England......any confirm?

    1. Doubt it. Pawson was recently (in the summer) promoted to the Select Group. Plus, he only has had a handful of appointments. I personally believe no one from England will be nominated this year.
      I would say the next official to be nominated will be Robert Madley in a couple of seasons.

  14. Who is a referee between Italy against Germany ? Please answer :)

    1. Already posted on the FIFA Club World Cup thread:

      Olegario Benquerenca (POR)

  15. play off designations and observers
    ICE v CRO Undiano / Mikkelsen -- POR v SWE Rizzoli / Dallas -- GRE v ROUM Proenca / Fernandez Marin --UKR v FRA Cakir / Trentalange --CRO v ICE Kuipers / Elleray --SWE v POR Webb / Sajn -- ROUM v GRE Mazic / Trentalange -- FRA v UKR Skomina / Mikkelsen

    1. Thank you very much.
      Very, very interesting. Trentalange and Mikkelsen appointed in two matches, this means everything.


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