December 17, 2013

David Fernández Borbalán promoted to Elite Group

Spanish referee David Fernández Borbalán has emerged to be the only referee promoted to Elite Group as a result of the committee's meeting. Additionally, it seems as if UEFA has decided to abandon the Elite Development Group.


Further information to follow.

13 Comments:

  1. Good referee, expected of course. UEFA is very (I repeat VERY) risk-averse when it comes to Elite Group. Not the most visionary promotion ever, his possible achievements are limited. However, a good wake-up call to the two other Spaniards - you'd better perform or you will become your country's no.3...
    Good luck to Borbalán, of course.

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  2. Big news for the bigger countries:

    ESP: Muniz out, Manzano in.
    ENG: Dean out, nobody in.
    ITA: De Marco and Bergonzi out, Massa and Guida in.

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    1. Small snap analysis:
      Very good news for the Italians, I believe they usually nominate their FIFA referees when they are quite old. Not the case with these two. They have a long future ahead, and can gain enough experience in the lower categories before being catapulted up.
      Not sure whether no new referees from England is such a bad thing. They have an excellent international squad already, with a clear no.1 in Webb. Also two future no.1's waiting in the wings (Clattenburg and then Oliver). Add in the two referees without real future, but with value to UEFA in their respective categories (Marriner in 1 and Probert in 2).
      Perhaps the only referee who would add to the current squad is Madley in one or two years' time.
      On Spain: I cannot judge Manzano that well, haven't seen him much really. However, to me the removal of Muñiz means good news for Spain in any circumstance tbh... ;-)

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    2. Sorry, I forgot Atkinson! You see - that's the problem with a 'snap' analysis.

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  3. Niclas, sorry for asking, are you going to post the whole categories today or tomorrow? Thanks!

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  4. Agree with Thomas, hardly an inspired decision to promote the Spaniard. Not sure he has shown the same promise as Messrs Kralovec and Mazic, 12 months ago. However, like Thomas eludes to, his countryman have not been in top form, and in the next five years or so, he can challenge them for the title of Spain's numero uno.

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  5. No surprise here ! England loses one more ref on the list and are down to 6 as nobody replaced him. Expect that Madley and Pawson will both be promoted next year then !

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    1. I'm not too sure to be honest. In the year prior to Oliver and Taylor's respective promotions, they were frequently appointed in the Premier League. This season, Madley and Pawson have been practically obsolete. This needs to change in the next 12 months or so.

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    2. Plus Pawson is 35, so difficult for him.

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  6. Scotland- Euan Norris comes off and Paul Robertson joins the list

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