March 17, 2014

Champions League - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (VIII)

UEFA has appointed Björn Kuipers and Alberto Undiano to take charge of the enclosing two return legs of this season's Champions League Round of 16. The Dutchman, who was recently elected as The Third Team's Referee of the Year 2013, will take charge of the important duel at Old Trafford where Manchester United will have to catch up a 2:0-defeat conceded in the first leg, while Alberto Undiano will control the probably decided encounter between last season's finalists Borussia Dortmund and Zenit St. Petersburg, before handling El Clásico in La Liga next weekend.




19 March 2014, 20:45 CET
Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Manchester United - Olympiakos [0:2]
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Angelo Boonman (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin E.J. Zeinstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth Official: Charles Schaap (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Michael Kirchner (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

19 March 2014, 20:45 CET
Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany
Borussia Dortmund - Zenit St. Petersburg [4:2]
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (ESP)
Fourth Official: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stephen Graham Bennett (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Kofoed (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H. (ENG)

66 Comments:

  1. Anonymous17/3/14 11:25

    Then,Mazic for Italian clash return match or even Napoli-Porto?
    /Ref

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    1. Mazic is a strong name for Fiorentina-Juventus, now, I agree.
      I think no Napoli-Porto because he already officiated Napoli in group stage.
      About these appointments: another very good signal for Kuipers. Third match in this KO phase and one of the most difficult ones, after the 2-0 win by Olympiacos in first leg in Greece.
      He is, in my opinion, seriously taken into account for CL final, even though he already officiated the EL one on last season.
      With Undiano Mallenco as expected in Dortmund, I really don't know where to appoint Skomina. It is true that he can get a quartefinal, but in my opinion the fact that he is still out, and a referee like Kuipers has already got three appointments, should mean something.
      I think that the committee has made certain clear choices.

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  2. Observers and Delegates in UEL:

    Real Betis - Sevilla CF: Levnikov (RUS) / Cvrk (CRO)
    Fiorentina - Juventus: Sarvan (TUR) / Dahrup (DEN)
    Salzburg - Basel: Trentalange (ITA) / Griffiths (WAL)
    Benfica - Tottenham: Fernández Marín (ESP) / Mihalache (ROU)
    Plzen - Lyon: Marko (SVK) / Harlamov (EST)
    Napoli - Porto: Lemmer (LUX) / Stenger (GER)
    Valencia - Ludogorets: Sajn (SVN) / Milevskis (LVA)
    Anji - AZ Alkmaar: Kirschen (GER) / Akkelides (CYP)

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  3. Anonymous17/3/14 12:14

    Are you sure that Skomina and Mazic are not injured

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  4. Friedrich17/3/14 12:40

    Predictions:
    Fiorentina-Juve, Skomina
    Betis-Sevilla, Webb
    Salzburg-Basel, Mazic
    Benfica-Tottenham, Gumienny
    Pzen-Lyon, Gräfe
    Napoli-Porto, Collum
    Valencia-Ludgorets, Tagliavento
    Anji-AZ, Vad

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    1. FIO-JUV: Velasco
      BET-SEV: Mazic
      SAL-BAS: Collum
      BEN-TOT: Aytekin
      PLZ-LYO: Zwayer
      NAP-POR: Atkinson
      VAL-LUD: Marciniak and
      ANJ-AZA: Hagen
      are mine.

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    2. Anonymous17/3/14 14:30

      My guess:
      betis-fc Sevilla: W. Stark
      Fiorentina-Juve: D. Skomina
      Salzburg-Basel: M. Mazic
      Benfica-Tottenham: P. Tagliavento
      Plzen-lyon: M. Jug
      Napoli-Porto: C. Thomson
      Valencia-Ludogrets: A. Sidiropoulos
      Anji-Alkmaar: M. Atkinson

      best regards
      phil

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  5. Friedrich/Germany17/3/14 13:22

    But, Niclas, Gräfe is better that Aytekin and Zwayer. He is always at more
    importants matchs of the Bundesliga. Simply it´s my opinion.

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  6. Anonymous17/3/14 13:35

    What plans UEFA has for Skomina?if not for this season,what for the next?

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  7. Anonymous17/3/14 13:47

    I think that PLC and go have a clear strategy in the route towards UCL and UEL finals. I wouldn't underestimate the change of Eriksson getting a EL match on Thursday. If I read the strategy right they might have pre selected 4 candidates. All WC refs RC

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  8. Anonymous17/3/14 14:19

    Why B. Kuipers is assisted by A. Boonman and not as usual by S. van Roekel?

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    1. He is injured. Hopefully to see him back soon.

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    2. According to a Dutch local broadcaster (Omroep Gelderland), he has already started his normal training, but is not sure when he will make his first appearance again. WC is not in danger for him. (See http://www.omroepgelderland.nl/web/sport/2053209/wk-voetbal-voor-geopereerde-sander-van-roekel-niet-in-gevaar.htm)

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  9. Anonymous17/3/14 14:27

    What plans UEFA has for Skomina?if not for this season,what for the next?

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  10. Off topic:
    Michael Oliver will take charge of the Manchester derby next Tuesday. Biggest game of his domestic career, thus far.

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  11. Anonymous18/3/14 00:49

    Velasco can,t get Fiorentina-juve because Yuste has been apointed

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    1. Ah you are right. Then maybe Fernández?

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  12. Friedrich 0/8
    Niclas 1/8
    Anonymous 1/8
    It´s very difficult conjecture right with UEFA.

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  13. 5': correct YC by Kuipers, absolutely no DOGSO.

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  14. Three cards in 10 minutes. A hot evening seems to be waiting for Kuipers...

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  15. Anonymous19/3/14 20:59

    3 YC's within in the first 10'. All correctly given if you ask me. Could be a tough game ahead for Kuipers.

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  16. Anonymous19/3/14 21:03

    Kuipers has a different strategy compared to last weeks match. Lets see if it works. So far so good! Indeed no DOGSO. RC

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    1. Totally different approach from Juventus-Fiorentina, you are right, but one must also underline that this evening the fouls until now were absolutely mandatory of cards.

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    2. AAR1 was mistaken in a corner kick decision right under his eyes.
      Wrong corner assigned to Man U.

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    3. Anonymous19/3/14 21:11

      Agree van Boekel was wrong.

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    4. Disagree, he was definitely right.

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  17. Anonymous19/3/14 21:09

    Penalty correct! RC

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    1. Anonymous19/3/14 21:10

      Agree about penatly, absolutely correct

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  18. Anonymous19/3/14 21:09

    Correct penalty. Very good game for Kuipers so far.

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  19. I have to say, Kuipers has been immensely impressive, thus far...

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  20. Anonymous19/3/14 21:28

    This is what football is about... passion.... What a match! RC

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  21. 41': NO PENALTY decision. Very difficult.

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    1. Anonymous19/3/14 21:30

      Agree again mr Chefren. I can live with his decision. RC

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  22. Anonymous19/3/14 21:58

    Am I the only one who think that foul prior to Man Utd goal was wrongly awarded?
    Btw,great performance thus far (if we exclude situation I mention)

    /Ref

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    1. Anonymous19/3/14 22:00

      Yes, clear blocking the opponent without the ball in play distance.

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  23. Anonymous19/3/14 22:00

    I think it was a correct decision.

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  24. Anonymous19/3/14 22:18

    Correct offside! RC

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  25. Anonymous19/3/14 22:37

    Kehl scored for Borussia Dortmund fouling the opponent in my opinion.

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  26. It's over in Manchester. The ticket for CL final?

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    1. Anonymous19/3/14 22:42

      Maybe... I think that match management is his personal brand. He keeps communicating with the players. I don't know how he does it but he seems to earn their respect in every match. RC

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    2. Good chance we'll see him in Lisbon...

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  27. In my view Kuipers was superb. Excellent penalty decision (with support of AR1 and AAR1). Very smart approach to start the match with 3 consecutive YC's. I have a small doubt about the penalty appeal at min 41'.

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    1. For sure Kuipers was good. But IMO not excellent.
      The penalty area decisions were correct, no dive and no penalty were correct in 41'. The early YCs were a good approach but then there was no consistency in 13', Valencia had to be cautioned for a reckless challenge. He decided for a warning, ok, maybe this calmed the match down.
      He handled the match with a calm and composed personality. Like in previous matches, he had problems with anticipative movement and backwards movement. He interfered twice and partly had the ball in his back when running. And what I don't understand - maybe the TV's timeline was wrong - is that Kuipers finished the match 10 seconds too early even though he actually had to play out the additional time of 5 minutes (UEFA.com says 90+4:54 but that is wrong). Boonman missed a clear offside during a free-kick which almost led to a goal, Zeinstra was good. Very good teamwork, this was not only visible in the penalty decision.

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    2. Anonymous19/3/14 23:31

      Niclas I agree on the 10 seconds. I also had a question mark. But besides that I think if you take into account the very challenging character of the match I would be surprised if this match would not deliver a 8.6/8.7 from the observer. In these kind of matches the end result counts for PLC ad co. The two interferences and his movement will not lead to a discount of the overall performance. RC

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    3. Totally right, the big picture is what counts and this was surely very positive. You are particularly right about the quite / very challenging difficulty. Keeping control over the combatted match was not always easy. Nonetheless I think such points should not go by the board - specially because we have observed these points to improve in almost every match in the past - regardless whether they have an effect on the mark or not.

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    4. Anonymous20/3/14 09:42

      Niclas, I agree with your comments. But I have one remark.
      You mentioned above, that Boonman missed a clear offside during a freekick that almost led to a goal. Do you mean the situation in 56'?
      In that situation there was certainly an offside flag and indirect free kick for United (also according to uefa.com match center: http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2014/matches/live/index.html?day=8&session=4&match=2011866)

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    5. Thanks a lot. The whistle was and still is not audible to me, but the English commentary also confirmed the flag had gone up. Then of course a good performance also by AR1.

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    6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epyKOFtdAm8

      I think your first impression was right Niclas. As you can see on link above, no offside call regarding the situation (12:05 etc.). After the play was continued, no hand up indicating indirect free kick. Nonetheless, very good Kuipers.

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    7. I agree with you about the whistle + missing hand signals.
      But what confuses me is that UEFA.com said "offside", that sound and picture were asynchrone and that - at 13:22 - the commentary said "flag has gone up, would not have counted". So I believe Boonman here.

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  28. Anonymous19/3/14 23:36

    In UEFA observers don't give automaticly 8,5, 8,6 or 8,7 for any correct given or not given penalty or red card.

    In UEFA they are more tough then we give here on the blog:)

    But good Kuipers tonight. Max 8,5, I say 8,3.

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    1. I don't think that this is completely correct.

      In many cases we highlighted mistakes that UEFA chose to ignore. And many of our marks we significant lower than UEFA.

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    2. Anonymous19/3/14 23:52

      On the first part I agree because that's just doing his job and I think the penalty decisions were not so called complex situations. Were he will get the credit is for overall match management, soft skills, acceptance of his authority and his neutral behavior. The only formal issue I had was a missed YC for van Persie for kicking the ball clearly after the whistle. this was not consistent with a previous incident during the match. Overall well done and think Kuipers is still on track as a candidate for Lisbon. RC

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    3. Anonymous19/3/14 23:57

      To be clear, Edward I agree with you. RC

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    4. Anonymous19/3/14 23:59

      Any chance to see the official ratings somewhere?

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    5. Well about van Persie kicking the ball away there is one significant difference to the OLY midfielder who was cautioned before for similar reasons (not for the same reasons!): contrary to Salino, van Persie did not show dissent by kicking the ball away and in addition to that, there was a substitution so that play could not re-start immediately. Furthermore I would like to say, RC, players did not always accept his calls. Specially Holebas was allowed to make a few hand gestures into his direction. Not Kuipers' fault, but IMO he could have reacted better to that.

      No, once again, the marks are confidential. UEFA does not publish them. Only the committee officers, the observer and the officials themselves get access to it.

      And Edward is right. We had about 30-35 performances with a 7 at the beginning in the marks and not because we like to do that.. I am sure in the official reports there was only the half (maximum).

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    6. Anonymous20/3/14 10:52

      difficult decisions, so a mark 8,6, referee top.

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  29. According to FIFA, Gary Beswick has replaced Simon Long on the list. Anyone have any idea why?

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    1. Anonymous20/3/14 11:23

      UEFA was mad at him. He rejected to be an assistant in CL or EL slightly before the League Cup final (2nd March).

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    2. Do you have more information on that (whom was he foreseen for assist, which match)? Reliable source?

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    3. Anonymous20/3/14 21:32

      Was that replacement on the FIFA List done now or at the end of last year?

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  30. BTW Rene Eisner has disallowed a legal goal for offside and overruled his AR who correctly let his flag down.
    http://www.laola1.tv/de-de/video/first-vienna-fc-1894-fc-liefering/164150.html
    (3:45).
    The club concerned has considered to officially charge Eisner for that.

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  31. Short comment on Undiano's performance:
    Good in the first hour, but too many mistakes in the last 30 minutes. He lost his line and did not seem confident anymore. So, I would give him a 8.2.

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  32. Anonymous21/3/14 15:40

    Undiano, almost perfect the whole match!

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  33. Anonymous21/3/14 15:44

    In my opinión he did a great job despite the pressure of the crowd

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  34. Anonymous21/3/14 15:52

    And this sunday he will referee for ninth time "el clasico", maybe the best league match a referee can handle in the whole world.

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