February 25, 2014

Europa League - Round of 32 - Referee Appointments (II)

These are the referee appointments for the second leg ties of UEFA Europa League's Round of 32. Among others, top-class referee Björn Kuipers will take charge of Eintracht Frankfurt - FC Porto and Poland's Szymon Marciniak (photo) will be observed by Marc Batta, vice Chief Officer  in UEFA's referee committee.

18:00 CET, Rubin, Kazan (RUS)
Rubin Kazan - Real Betis
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren England (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Fourth Official: Simon Beck (ENG)
Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Stanislaw Speczik (POL)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

19:00 CET, Stadio San Paolo, Napoli (ITA)
SSC Napoli - Swansea City
Referee: Ovidiu Alin Hategan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Eugen Gheorghe (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sebastian Coltescu (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: István Kovács (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Adrian Ghinguleac (ROU)
Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: George Koumas (CYP)
Blog Referee Observer: Philipp S. (GER)

19:00 CET, Donbass Arena, Donetsk (UKR)
Shakhtar Donetsk - Viktoria Plzen
Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Davie Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dennis Higler (NED)
Fourth Official: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Radoman (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Michel Pralong (SUI)

19:00 CET, Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt (GER)
Eintracht Frankfurt - FC Porto
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Angelo Boonman (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin E.J. Zeinstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ed Janssen (NED)
Fourth Official: Charles Schaap (NED)
Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)
UEFA Delegate: Michael Appleby (ENG)

19:00 CET, Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Sevilla (ESP)
Sevilla CF - NK Maribor
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Sandro Pozzi (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andrea Gervasoni (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Domenico Celi (ITA)
Fourth Official: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Joël Wolff (LUX)

19:00 CET, Stadion Salzburg, Salzburg (AUT)
RB Salzburg - Ajax Amsterdam
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carmine Russo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Constanzo (ITA)
Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Andrei Medintsev (BUL)

19:00 CET, Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
Ludogorets - Lazio Roma
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Rui Tavares (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Manuel De Sousa (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Tomás Pereira (POR)
Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Claude Runavot (FRA)

19:00 CET, St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)
FC Basel - Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tihomir Pejin (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Goran Gabrilo (CRO)
Fourth Official: Dalibor Conjar (CRO)
Referee Observer: Ilkka Koho (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Pat Quigley (IRL)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

21:05 CET, Estadi de Mestalla, Valencia (ESP)
Valencia CF - Dynamo Kyiv
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Fourth Official: Mark Borsch (GER)
Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Gerhard Sager (SWE)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas H. (NED) 

21:05 CET, White Hart Lane, London (ENG)
Tottenham - Dnipro
Referee: Antony Gautier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Michaël Annonier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Philippe Jeanne (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Benoît Millot (FRA)
Fourth Official: Guillaume Débart (FRA)
Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: José Aguilar (POR)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

21:05 CET, KRC Genk Arena, Genk (BEL)
KRC Genk - Anji
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Mike Pickel (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Holger Henschel (GER)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitković (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Teuvo Holopainen (FIN)

21:05 CET, Hüseyin Avni Aker Stadyumu, Trabzon (TUR)
Trabzonspor - Juventus Turin
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slyško (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Patak (CZE)
Fourth Official: Ondrej Pelikan (CZE)
Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Ronny Zimmermann (GER)

21:05 CET, Stade de Gerland, Lyon (FRA)
Olympique Lyon - Chornomorets Odessa
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dimitar Meckarvoski (MKD)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Nikola Karakolev (MKD)
Referee Observer: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Milovan Djukanovic (MNE)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H. (ENG)

21:05 CET, Estádio da Luz, Lisbon (POR)
SL Benfica - PAOK
Referee:  Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Musial (POL)
Fourth Official: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Danilo Filacchione (ITA)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

21:05 CET, AZ Stadion, Alkmaar (NED)
AZ Alkmaar - Slovan Liberec
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ievgenii Aranovskyi (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Fourth Official: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Ghenadie Scurtul (MDA)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

21:05 CET, Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence (ITA)
ACF Fiorentina - Esbjerg fB
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Sinisa Premuzaj (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Goran Pataki (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ante Vučemilović-Šimunović jr (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Fran Jović (CRO)
Fourth Official: Ivica Modrić (CRO)
Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Graham Hover (ENG)


  1. Anonymous25/2/14 11:07

    So I was right, Bebek again this week. I must say I'm surprised and happy at the same time.

    1. That did not happen since Schörgenhofer some years ago, I think.
      Maybe this is also a (monetary) compensation for the missing match at MD5/6 even though he had shown good performances prior to that. It seemed as if plc and co had forgotten him.

    2. I hope that he is not there as replacement for another referee and that it was a planned appointment for Bebek. This would / could mean that he is going to become Elite soon.
      On the other appointments: debut in this KO Stage for Banti, Marciniak, Oliver and Boiko.
      Tagliavento again with Ajax after one year (Steaua-Ajax).
      Benquerença, Stark and Lannoy will be appointed only in EL, I guess.
      Very important test for Marciniak under the eyes of Batta.
      Again Van Boekel and not Nihjus in this KO stage, as it happened one year ago. Thomas and all the other Dutch readers: can you say more about that? UEFA has not plans for Van Boekel but he is always appointed in KO stage at least for one match.
      Based on these appointments, and reading Banti name, one could expect Orsato for a CL second leg match. Difficult, but let's see.

    3. @Niclas: Mažić did it too two years ago...First leg: Rubin - Olympiacos, second leg: Standard - Wisla.

    4. Anonymous25/2/14 12:09


      Maybe the absence of Bas Nijhuis in the KO stage of UEL has something to do with an incident that happened during the winter training camp of Dutch referees in Turkey last January. Nijhuis is said to have climbed a balcony of one of his colleagues,which wasn't appreciated by Dutch Football Association.
      KNVB confirmed the suspension of Nijhuis for 2 matches during the first two rounds in the Dutch Premier League this year.
      For me it's a safe bet that Van Boekel will not make any further steps on international level.

    5. And why is Boonman instead of van Roekel with Kuipers?

    6. Van Roekel is still out due to a surgery.

    7. Thanks Niclas, didn't know that.

    8. A very good question Chefren, I am a bit confused myself. Is it a safe bet to say Van Boekel will not be pushed? Perhaps, I'm not sure. He is still only 38 and is a late bloomer anyway. His appointments in the EL group this year have not been insignificant and he was of course invited to UEFA's Elite Course. So I don't know...
      Anonymous' suggestion about the absence of Nijhuis (same story for Makkelie btw) is possible, however I don't think he is being punished for that now, he was punished domestically and is back refereeing again.
      I think Bebek is close to Elite, UEFA back to Gautier regarding the French referees. So possibly PLC shared Niclas' opinion about Turpin.
      Some appointments I can't really make sense of, Banti and Van Boekel specifically. But also don't know what to think of EL for Kuipers and Kralovec.
      UEFA gives a couple of young talents the chance to impress (or disappoint). The names of Marciniak and Oliver may have been expected, but not in these matches.
      No 'typical' Cat1 referees like Marriner, Sousa and Gil in the 2nd leg this time, all referees have some kind of potential or purpose I think. Maybe Banti but why Vágner then?

  2. Many questions and remarks from my point of view:

    Bebek for two round of 32 legs. Strange!
    Splitted german teams (esp. the assistants, also strange, Pickel again), maybe last test for Marciniak, very important, no chance for Gräfe?. Tagliavento must have been appointed before last week.
    Banti observed by Vagner, why? Just because of Pozzi!?
    Where are Madden and Makkelie?
    Göcek out of promotion after Fandel's observation? No Aydinus in sight!?
    But another test for Gautier, important games/observers for Boyko, Aytekin, Stavrev, Hategan and Oliver.

    I hope that someone can try to explain.

    1. Anonymous25/2/14 11:59

      Bebek an interesting case. Two years ago he was dropped now it again picked him up.Another case is Schörgenhofer, who is not wanted despite good performances by the Committee.That's what I call policy. Sad.

    2. Its really true!What happened with good referees like Gocek,Gil,Jakobson,Koukoulakis,Sousa,Schongehofer,Balaj...Its really sad...What kind of policy is that?And you see Lahoz making big mistakes in several matches,Aytekin,Grafe,Nijhuis,you see what happens with young promising but "unexperienced" referees who might have potential but..they are still not ready, like Turpin(it was incredible what he did with the missed RC under the eyes of PRC) Zwayer,Marchiniak,Sidiropoulos,Oliver,Boiko and many other...Ok we can give way to them but in a more steady and slow manner...What do you think about that Niclas?

    3. Anonymous25/2/14 12:46

      You forgot that all this experience referees that you say some years ago they were unexperinced like the new referees now. And after so many years they didn't make the difference. So my opinion is that they must make some space for the young referees.

    4. And Lahoz,Turpin.... are making the difference you mean......?????

    5. Anonymous25/2/14 13:00

      It is anyway true that UEFA has forgotten many good referees without a reason. Ok now we have new names but I see that they make mistakes, too. I can't find a consistent line in committee's work. Referees out due to politic reasons, and then other referees pushed even though they are not good.
      You see, Oliver for a so challenging match, isn't that a madness?

    6. thats exactly what i mean anonymous...
      Of course all of them have potential...Oliver seems very promising...but slow down a little bit...you remember what happened with Attwell...?
      And those old dogs...?they have proven that they deserved it...

    7. Tom, you are right. It is in the end mismanagement. Not all people understand how to motivate and how to manage humans who are under pressure. In my opinion the responsible men inside UEFA belong to this group. This also shows that former referees are not necessarily the best managers (like former players are often no good team-managers).

      But of course it is also kind of natural change. Some of the names you mentioned made their main progress under Yvan Cornu and not under Collina. If PLC does not like someone, then it is surely not very probable that this referee has the biggest chances.
      Most of the referees you mentioned were also characterized by an advanced age (like Schörgenhofer or Balaj) and by coming from a rather small football nation. The air is naturally very thin if you have reached ED. Both referees made big mistakes in Barcelona matches. Others made mistakes in other matches. If you are politically not that strong, you of course have less credit than e.g. Mateu Lahoz whose mistakes would be reason enough for a demotion if they had been made by Simon Evans, Mark Courtney or other officials of this format.

      UEFA's poor management with talents is another issue - Oliver, Zwayer, Turpin all got too much this season, mostly under committee-pressure. I cannot stress if often enough, a lesson in psychology and management would not harm PLC and co.

    8. Anonymous25/2/14 21:02

      Madden was AAR1 at Zenit - Dortmund in CL tonight. Could Madden have a EL round of 16?

  3. Maybe totally off-Topic, but nice to know anyway.


    The suspensions for Mandžukić, Šimunić and Guarin are o.k., but does anyone know why Makani is suspended?

  4. Anonymous25/2/14 13:17

    Nice appointments for the Dutch referees.

    Kuipers is also appointed for THE MATCH of the Dutch Premier Leugue: Feyenoord - Ajax. His team is: Boonman, Zeinstra and Janssen.

    He also refereed Ajax - Feyenoord earlier this season.
    It's not strange after the commotion about the Dutch referees perfomences last weeks.

  5. There are 24 Elite referees. Eight of them were appointed for Europa league : Stark, Thomson, Borbalan, Kuipers, Tagliavento, Benquerenca, Kralovec and Atkinson (finally replaced by Liany). Probably the rest of 16 Elite referees will be appointed for 1/8 final of CL. That means even PSG- Leverkusen will be assigned to an Elite referee.

    Also I see that five 1st category referees (not the ones who were promoted this winter) who were invited to participate in the seminar from Lisbon were left out: Aydinus, Hagen, Johanneson, Nijhuis, Orsato.
    For Nijhuis the reason seems to be clear ( I understand he was suspended by dutch federation) but for the rest I don't have infos. Maybe yo-yo test from Lisbon...

    Also I don't think that Bebek's designation was planned. From what I read in other thread Vucemilovic and Grgic were replaced by croation federation from Rijeka- Dinamo Zagreb on wednesday in order to be available for EL.

    1. Anonymous25/2/14 14:06

      I think Bebek was not planned, he replaced someone.
      Rijeka-Dinamo is match that was abbounded because of rain on February 5th and was postponed for Wednesday. Vučemilović was appointed for that match with Goran Pataki and Hrvoje Barišić as ARs. On Saturday evening there was a information that Pejin will replace Vučemilović and Miro Grgić will replace Goran Pataki due Europa League appointment. On Sunday afternoon new info: Šimčić will replace Pejin and Crnčić will replace Grgić because Europa League appointments. My conclusion is that Bebek was appointed on Sunday morning probably....

    2. Anonymous25/2/14 14:08

      You are right, the appointment of Bebek was not expected by Croatian federation and they had to replace the officials in the domestic matches. So Bebek is a replacement and reading the name of the observer (Ikka Koho) one could guess that an Elite official was originally appointed.
      Perhaps Lannoy?

    3. I don't think Lannoy was replaced, since he had Basel-Chelsea in the group stage. But I agree that Koho normally indicates an Elite official (maybe even Skomina).

  6. Please where can I get UEFA Refereeing Assistance Programme videos?

    1. http://sedziapilkarski.pl/forum-sedziowskie/temat/uefa-refereeing-assistance-programme-20132

    2. Thank you very much! :-)

    3. Emil Archambault25/2/14 20:21

      However, you cannot access 'considerations' and explanations on all videos; you can't even check your answers in the "severity of fouls" ranking exercise. The only answers you get are the decisions in the video test.

      Or is there something wrong with my computer?

    4. No this is not your problem. I have the same problems with both R.A.P.s, 2013.1 and 2013.2.
      You can open the folder, select "medias", select "english", select "xml" and then open all the files with your editor (as .txt). It takes a bit more time, but with ctr+F you can then insert the number of the videos, e.g. "B4" and find UEFA's solution.

    5. "Considerations" and "Reasons/decisions" by bottom arrow + J


    6. Emil Archambault25/2/14 21:54

      Fantastic! Thank you!

    7. Thanks Hubert !!!

    8. Emil Archambault26/2/14 01:00

      Niclas, you mentioned the 2013.1...is there any way to access that?

    9. Try that:

    10. Thank you very much Hubert, now it works properbly and I'm learning all the official evaluations by UEFA.

    11. Emil, I would have liked to upload the first program earlier. Unfortunately that was the point of debate where UEFA intervened via mail and would have had an area of attacking the blog (if I had done it). Both RAPs are very interesting and clarifying diverse things.

    12. Anonymous26/2/14 14:13

      It does not seem to work for everyone. Do you need a special software to view or download them?

    13. Hubert, thank you very much for this. The considerations/reasons are in Polish, but the videos work perfectly.


  7. Friedrich25/2/14 22:45

    Olympiakos-M.United, badly work of Rocchi with numerous mistakes.
    One referee without experience and quality.

    1. Anonymous27/2/14 13:14

      Sorry, but... what mistakes did he make?


    2. Anonymous27/2/14 14:15

      It doesn't matter, he is Yes an Italian (Collina policy)

    3. Luckily Rocchi's rise in UEFA began before Mr Collina came into his office.

  8. One question on the reports? What does S.P.A. mean?

    1. Stopping a promising attack (caution).

    2. Indeed, SPA is the pendant to DOGSO.

  9. Anonymous27/2/14 18:48

    Who can I contact or order the RAP 2013 DVD for training local officials?

    1. Your local referee association? Or your national association referee dept?

      I know that in Canada, to order FIFA material, we have to go through the CSA, so I would guess it is the same in Europe.

    2. Anonymous27/2/14 22:59

      Wete you actially able to order FIFA materials through CSA? Have you received FIFA materials hrough CSA?

  10. Anonymous27/2/14 21:39

    I'm sorry for Mr Gautier,but he missed clear RC for Soldado.
    He deliberatly punches Dnipro's player with elbow just in front of French referee.
    Can't belive,it was obvious..


    1. Based on the first pictures I saw, I have to agree. It is a pity because the rest was very well done in the 1st half.

    2. Anonymous27/2/14 22:22

      Dnipro goal was offside.

    3. Anonymous28/2/14 11:46

      After watching replay , i thinkh the goal was regular.
      Niclas,with one crucial mistake (missed RC) which mark will Gautier get? -0.4 ?


    4. Anonymous1/3/14 13:04

      Gautier like Tottenham, Soldano (25.) must go! the best mark can be 7,8!

  11. Marciniak with correct red card for DOGSO and correct free kick (not penalty) in this situation, correct penalty for handball. The rest was really good, so I expect something about 8.5.

  12. Anonymous27/2/14 22:57

    Very fussy performance of Boiko in Alkmaar today. Random foul detection (mainly min 45-70), no clear line with his bookings. Missed penalty 90+1 for Liberec.

    In minute 67(?) he refused to stop the game while a player had a head injury. That causes a riot.

    Great fitness but a lot to learn..

    1. Haven't seen all of the match but the penalty incident in the 90+1 min was a crucial mistake. Definitely a penalty and in that case most likely qualification for Liberec into the next round. Now AZ Alkmaar is going through.

    2. Unfortunately I have to agree. Even though Boiko has potential his mistake at min. 90+1 is more than crucial. It's THE mistake of both legs and one that determines qualification. More on my report.

    3. Anonymous28/2/14 11:50

      Do you have a video for that situation? :)

  13. Kuipers did well in Frankfurt. Very good detection of a return pass, correct bookings, but one clear foul by Schwegler went completely unnoticed.

    1. Anonymous27/2/14 23:12

      I just saw second goal of Eintracht. what a great call by van Roekel

    2. Anonymous27/2/14 23:18

      Van Roekel?

    3. Anonymous27/2/14 23:20

      :P My bad, Zeinstra

    4. Indeed a (or better two) great call(s).

  14. Anonymous27/2/14 23:53

    Grafe incorrectly sent off Tagirbekov from Anzhi on 81'. It was yellow card maximum, not even orange. In general, he was inconsistent in applying his card policy. Not the best performance from the official.

    1. Gräfe always has very harsh decisions and that is what makes him an average referee at best.

  15. Anonymous28/2/14 00:18

    Poor match of Stavrev in Lyon... Lack of control, one or two penalty calls missed at the end of the match, poor protection of the players... I do not know if Nur H will agree but I'm surprised to see such a performance in Europa League.

    1. Thanks for the heads up, I will watch the match tomorrow.

  16. IMO Kralovec missed a back pass to goal keeper at 21st min, Trabzonspor - Juventus game. Overall not a difficult game for a referee. He managed well.

  17. Many interesting matches in the next round of EL.

    Juventus-Fiorentina full Italian clash
    Sevilla-Betis, city of Sevilla derby
    Napoli-Porto, it sounds as CL match
    Tottenham-Benfica, another top clash

    I imagine almost all Elite officials appointed. At least the room for experiments it's over.

  18. Two interesting situation from Ludogorets-Lazio.

    1) goal or not? http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1dmz5k_ludogorets-razgrad-3-3-lazio-highlights-27-2-14-watch-online_sport&start=230
    I think that we must trust AAR1, since he was there.

    2) exactly at the beginning of the video, the 0-1 scored by Lazio, I don't understand why Benquerença stopped the play prior to allow the goal, I don't see any controversial situation watching the replay (foul on the keeper?)

    1. 1) I agree, the AAR had a better position than all cameras. And in the last replay, it seems, that the ball was in the goal, when it hit the ground.
      2) Yes, I think a possible foul on the keeper is the only explanation. The German commentator said, the keeper told Benquerenca, it was no foul, which would be a great piece of fair-play then.

  19. Anonymous28/2/14 21:19

    What about Tom Harald Hagen?
    Nobody mentioned him, bad news after Collina observation in San Sebastian?

  20. Anonymous28/2/14 21:40


    Leontios Trattou attacked in Cyprus

  21. Pellegrini receives a 2 match ban from UEFA after his comments on Eriksson.


  22. http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/mar/01/footballers-banned-from-shirt-messages-world-cup

    Very important news from IFAB this morning.
    The UEFA proposal about the triple punishment, has been rejected. So, nothing will change, referees will act more carefully, giving the red card only when the goal scoring opportunity will be clear.
    Furthermore: no technology on the pitch apart from the GLT, allowed the usage of head covers, no slogans and messages for players under the shirt.

  23. Anonymous3/3/14 21:37

    Who whistles in the friendly matches ?

    Germany - Chile : Clattenburg

    More matches, who whistles :

    Switzerland - Croatia : ???

    Austria - Uruguay : ???

    More matches please here, when know who referee whistles.

  24. I do my best to provide you all appointments for friendly matches. Unfortunately, SUI-CRO and AUT-URU are still missed. Here, what I found:

    Algeria – Slovenia
    Néant Alioum, Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon), Peter Edibi (Nigeria)

    Andorra – Moldova
    Alan Mario Sant, Alan Camilleri, Christopher Francalanza, Marco Borg (Malta)

    Australia – Ecuador
    Lee Probert, Simon Beck, Simon Bennett (England), Robert Madden (Scotland)

    Azerbaijan – Philippines
    Fahad Abdalla Ahmad Alkassar Banihammad, Ahmed Saeed Ahmed Alasal Alrashadi, Jasem Abdulla Yousef Abdulla Al Ali, Hamad Ahmad Abdulla Alshaikh Hashmi (United Arab Emirates)

    Bosna and Herzegovina – Egypt
    Markus Hameter, Andreas Staudinger, Roland Riedel, Robert Schörgenhofer (Austria)

    Bulgaria - Belarus
    Milenko Vukadinović, Milan Minić, Uroš Stojković (Serbia)

    Colombia – Tunesia
    Javier Estrada Fernández, Javier Aguilar Rodríguez, Pau Cebrián Devís, Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (Spain)

    Czech Republic – Norway
    Cüneyt Çakır, Bahattin Duran, Tarık Ongun (Turkey)

    England - Denmark
    Kevin Blom, Rob van de Ven, Charles Schaap, Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)

    France – Netherlands
    Martin Atkinson, Stuart Burt, Darren England, Anthony Taylor (England)

    Germany – Chile
    Mark Clattenburg, Jacob Collin (England), Graham Chambers (Scotland), Marco Fritz (Germany)

    Georgia – Liechtenstein
    Andris Treimanis, Haralds Gudermanis, Aleksejs Spasjonņikovs (Latvia)

    Gibraltar – Estonia
    Arnold Hunter, James Eakin, Andrew Neeson, Raymond Crangle (Northern Ireland)

    Gibraltar – Faroe Islands
    Raymond Crangle, Andrew Neeson, James Eakin, Arnold Hunter (Northern Ireland)

    Hungary – Finland
    Alexander Harkam, Richard Hübler, Roland Braunschmidt, Rene Eisner (Austria)

    Israel – Slovakia
    Christian Dingert, Holger Henschel, Marco Achmüller (Germany), Eitan Shmuelevitch (Israel)

    Japan – New Zealand
    Alan Milliner, Ashley Beecham, Matthew Cheeseman (Australia)

    Macedonia – Latvia
    Lorenc Jemini, Ermal Barushi, Ilir Tartaraj, Edvin Hoxha (Albania)

    Montenegro – Ghana
    Vlado Glođović, Vladimir Jovanović, Dejan Petrović (Serbia)

    Poland – Scotland
    Alain Bieri, Johannes Vogel, Alain Heiniger (Switzerland), Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)

    Portugal – Cameroon
    Andre Marriner, Stephen Child (England), Alan Mulvanny (Scotland), Carlos Miguel Taborda Xistra (Portugal)

    Republic of Ireland – Serbia
    Viktor Kassai, Róbert Kispál, Gábor Erős (Hungary), Paul McLaughlin (Republic of Ireland)

    Romania – Argentina
    Gianluca Rocchi, Elenito Giovanni Di Liberatore, Gianluca Cariolato, Marco Guida (Italy)

    Spain – Italy
    Yevhen Aranovsky, Oleksandr Voytyuk, Oleksandr Korniyko (Ukraine), Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain)

    South Africa – Brazil
    António Muachihuissa Caxala, Jerson Emiliano dos Santos, Júlio Gonçalves da Silva Lemos, Romualdo do Rosário Baltazar (Angola)

    Turkey – Sweden
    Milorad Mažić, Milovan Ristić, Dalibor Đurđević (Serbia), Bülent Yıldırım (Turkey)

    1. Thank you, I'm looking for other appointments, too.
      Albania - Malta:
      Jakimovski, Emurli, Petreski (Macedonia)

    2. Cyprus - Northern Ireland
      Liany (ISR), Shimon (ISR), Biton (ISR), Panayi (CYP)

      So Liany, again in Cyprus after EL match.

    3. Greece - N. Korea

      Ovidiu Alin Hategan, Radu Ghinguleac, Mihai Artene (ROU), Athanasios Giahos (GRE)


    4. Russia - Armenia
      Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
      Roberto Diaz Perez del Palomar (ESP) - Raul Martinez Cabanero (ESP)

    5. Kosovo - Haiti

      Stephan Klossner, Vital Jobin, Stephane A. Rodrigues Almeida, Fedayi San (SUI)

  25. So, missed ones are:

    Austria - Uruguay
    Belgium - Ivory Coast
    Lithuania - Kazakhstan (in Turkey)
    Luxembourg - Cape Verde
    Switzerland - Croatia
    Wales - Iceland

    Maybe someone from those federations can help us. We would be grateful ;)

  26. Anonymous4/3/14 22:22


    Deniz AYTEKIN (GER)
    Guido KLEVE (GER)
    Markus HÄCKER (GER)
    Bastian DANKERT (GER)


    1. Anonymous4/3/14 22:42

      According to http://www.teletext.ch/SRF1/224-00.html:




    2. Thanks Peter now we have almost all the names.

      Wales-Iceland, Belgium-Ivory Coast and Luxembourg-Cape Verde are the only European appointments still unknown.

      I can add something about Ukraine - USA, to be played in Cyprus. After many troubles (at first the situation in Ukraine and then the attack to Trattou) the match should regularly take place in Larnaca tomorrow.
      There is a controversy about the referee, as you can read here:
      I can guess that Kulbakov was the man originally appointed (when the match was still considered to be played in Ukraine) and then Trattou was tne replacement due to the displacement of the game in Cyprus. Surely, one of them will officiate this match. :)

    3. Peter: it is reported today on a Italian newspaper that the referee for Austria-Uruguay is Bjorn Kuipers...

    4. As far as I know, World Cup referees must not whistle any match with WC participants before the tournament.

    5. Ukraine - USA

      Leontios Trattou, Michael Soteriou, Athinodoros Ioannou, Ioannis Anastasiou (CYP).

    6. Philipp do you have the appointment for Germany - Switzerland U20 (Four Nations Tournament) to be played today in Pirmasens? It should be an Italian or Polish referee.
      In the other match here in Italy, Italy-Poland, the referee is Robert Kampka (GER).

    7. Anonymous5/3/14 11:48

      So Alioum for Algeria is a mistake.

    8. Anonymous5/3/14 20:29

      Hi Chefren!

      I am just watching Austria - Uruguay:
      It's definitely Deniz Aytekin. ;-)

      Kind regards from Vienna,

    9. Anonymous5/3/14 22:03

      @ Chefren:

      GER - SUI (U20) was whistled by Piero Giacomelli. ;-)


  27. Luxembourg - Cape Verde
    Bart Vertenten, Laurent Conotte, Karel De Rocker (Belgium)

    Wales - Iceland
    Eiko Saar (Estonia)

  28. Anonymous5/3/14 13:42

    Belgium - Ivory Coast

    Ref : Damir Skomina (SVN)
    AR1 : Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
    AR2 : Robert Vukan (SVN)
    4Off : Bojan Mertik (SVN)


    1. Anonymous5/3/14 16:07

      Lithuania - Kazakhstan
      Ref: Mikhail Vilkov (Russia)

    2. assistants: Nikolay Golubev, Dmitriy Mosyakin (Russia)
      4th official: Maksim Layushkin (Russia)

      strange, because the match is played in Turkey

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  30. Burkina Faso - Comoros
    Saïd Ennjimi, Cyril Gringore, Nicolas Danos, Alexandre Castro (France)

    Senegal - Mali
    Antony Gautier, Frédéric Cano, Guillaume Debart, Frédéric Haquette (France)

    1. Both matches to be played in the respective host nations?
      Nice trip for the French officials, so.

    2. Not exactly :)

      Senegal - Mali is at Stade Municipal in Saint-Leu-la-Forêt, France
      Burkina Faso - Comoros is at Stade Francis Turcan in Martigues, France

  31. Terrible tackle by Agger in the first minutes of England - Denmark.
    In my opinion, a clear RC for SFP. I understand Blom: it is a friendly, but I can't still accept that. A serious injury...

    1. I agree - it was a terrible "challenge" from Agger. Apart from that Blom has been decent thus far...

    2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1_n70u2X9Q

  32. Anonymous5/3/14 22:05

    It was announced by the Polish FA that Szymon Marciniak will be appointed for a game in the next stage of EL.

  33. Anonymous6/3/14 01:23

    u21 SCO v HUN - Liesveld (NED) / Langkamp (NED) / Steegstra (NED) / 4th Clancy (SCO)
    u23 ITA v UKR - D Robertson (SCO) / D Ross (SCO) / F Connor (SCO)
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