March 11, 2014

Europa League - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (I)

Dutch Elite referee Björn Kuipers from the Netherlands has been appointed by UEFA to handle the full Italian clash between Juventus and ACF Fiorentina, to be played in Turin. 

Björn Kuipers, in charge of  the Italian derby Juventus-Fiorentina

19:00 CET, Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
Ludogorets - Valencia CF
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tony Chapron (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Fourth Official: Cyril Saint-Cricq Lompre (FRA)
Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Velid Imamović (BIH)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

19:00 CET, Estádio do Dragão, Porto (POR)
FC Porto - SSC Napoli
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 Paták (CZE)
Fourth Official: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Eduard Dervishaj (ESP)
Blog Referee Observer: Glitzo (AUT)

19:00 CET, St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)
FC Basel - FC Salzburg
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Eugen Gheorghe (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alexandru Tudor (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Coltescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Rainer Koch (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas H. (NED)

21:05 CET, Juventus Stadium, Turin (ITA)
Juventus Turin - ACF Fiorentina
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: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Ixari (MDA)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA) 

21:05 CET, AZ Stadion, Alkmaar (NED)
AZ Alkmaar - Anji
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Referee Observer: Charles Agius (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Mehmet Süheyl Onen (TUR)
Blog Referee Observer: João M.M.S. (POR)

21:05 CET, Stade de Gerland, Lyon (FRA)
Olympique Lyon - Viktoria Plzen
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Javier Rodriguez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP)
Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Benny Jacobsen (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Marcel (NED)

21:05 CET, Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Sevilla (ESP)
Sevilla CF - Real Betis
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Orkun Aktaş (TUR)
Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Jacob Erel (ISR)
Blog Referee Observer: Philipp S. (GER)

21:05 CET, White Hart Lane, London (ENG)
Tottenham - SL Benfica
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Sándor Berzi (HUN)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER) 

122 Comments:

  1. Anonymous11/3/14 11:05

    Important observer for Kuipers. What does it say?

    Marcel

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    1. Anonymous11/3/14 11:26

      Kuipers surely is a hot candidate for this seasons UCL final. He had the U21 EURO final in Sweden some years ago, and last season the UEL final and the Confederations' cup final. So he surely is a guy accustomed to finals, and he has done a very good job in those finals too.

      /Swedish observer

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  2. Jonas Eriksson observed by Collina, after Hugh Dallas.
    I have an idea in my mind, nevertheless he officiated Super Cup in the last summer...

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  3. Anonymous11/3/14 11:19

    Well well well... Probably one of the most important games so far in Jonas career, considering the observer... The Swedish FA confirms his regular AR's and AAR's (yes, Strömbergsson is still there!), and Magnus Sjöblom as fourth official.

    Two such important observers in consecutive matches surely means that UEFA is considering him for a final this season.

    All the best for the Swedish team on Thursday!


    /Swedish observer

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  4. Haţegan is going to Basel according to UEFA.com

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  5. AZ - Anji: Daniele Orsato (ITA)

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  6. Most of the appointments are quite logical to me.

    But I can't understand why UEFA insists on Lahoz. Giving him another match after his mistake at Dnipro - Tottenham, makes no sense.

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    1. Anonymous11/3/14 18:12

      Mateu Lahoz is the best spanish referee. In 2015, he will be in Elite.
      In Spain, they did very well two important match in this season: Real Madrid-Atletico Madrid and Atletico Madrid-Barcelona.
      Mateu gave a penalty in Dnipro-Tothenam, the contact, maybe, was outside of the box but very close to. In my opinion, it wasn' t a mistake.

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    2. Anonymous11/3/14 21:26

      I agree with you that Mateu Lahoz is the best Spanish referee. But to be in Elite I guess he will have to wait for the retirement of Velasco. A demotion of any of the 3 Spanish Elite refs is not predictable. Perhaps in 2016?

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    3. Since the contact was clearly made outside and Mateu gave a penalty, that's a mistake anonymous.

      About his promotion in Elite. Despite his performances in Spain (which I don't follow) his performances in Europe are below average. If he continues like this and still gets promoted then it will most definitely be a political decision.

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  7. Anonymous11/3/14 11:44

    Turpin seems to have been "approved" by Collina.

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    1. Anonymous11/3/14 12:15

      He did quite a good job in this match, aside from the forgotten red card.
      Moreover, considering the mistakes commited by Gautier in Tottenham, maybe UEFA wants to focus on him now...

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    2. Indeed. Technically the performance in Amsterdam had some mistakes which made it not good at all - but he clearly showed he has talent.
      What I fear is the following: FFF and UEFA know for several years that France will host EURO 2016. It is natural that they have to appoint a French referee team participating in it, too. Not necessarily because it is the hosting nation, but because politics are too strong in terms of that. They knew for many years that Lannoy will not be available due to his age. So they focused on several referees, first Chapron, who disappointed and was consequently demoted, then Gautier, who almost struggled in every match he got with important observers or important teams and now it is Turpin's turn putting pressure on Gautier. He is in UEFA's talent group for some years and very young, but surely has huge talent. It is therefore understandable that UEFA now focuses on him (while I believe Gautier is still a bit in front of him due to experience), in order to make Turpin collect the necessary experience. In Amsterdam, when PLC observed him, I thought he would be there to educate him and teach him important things, to accompany his progress. Now there is Hans Reijgwaart - history shows that he is mostly there to promote someone. IMO this observer has another quality and now I come to what I fear, that UEFA drastically promotes Turpin to make him ready for 2016 (he should be in Elite in 2015 at latest!) and thus burns another talent. Hopefully it won't happen.

      Apart from that, it is somehow a joke that Mateu Lahoz has got an assignment, considering he made two very clear crucial mistakes in ARS-MAR, one very potential crucial mistake in PLZ-BAY, one clear crucial mistake in DNI-TOT... that's the sort of performance principle I like..
      No doubt Eriksson is wanted for CL final, everything else would make no sense. I am happy to see Cakir back on the big stage after he got some minor CL matches in the group stage.
      Regular appointments apart from that, specially Layec is a clear sign where Hategan's UEFA journey could go.

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    3. Anonymous11/3/14 13:08

      Niclas, as a Frenchman, I have to share your fears.

      Eventhough Clément Turpin is for several years the most talentuous referee in our Ligue 1, I hope UEFA and FFF do not precipitate things too much... It would be a pity because Turpin really is one of a kind and I think he is the best plan for the future. But even the better ones need a minimum of time to evolve, get experience and go a step further...

      I deeply hope that the pressure will not be too elevated for him.
      Good luck, Monsieur Turpin !

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  8. I think that is absurd that Collina observes Eriksson and Vassaras to Kuipers.
    The swedish and the dudth are superabundantly know.

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    1. Anonymous11/3/14 13:59

      It is, I think, the first time since Greece-Russia in UEFA EURO 2012, that Collina observs Eriksson.

      /Swedish observer

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    2. Anonymous12/3/14 10:10


      Please keep in mind also the observer want beautiful games live watch!

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  9. Anonymous11/3/14 13:13

    A bit surprised to see Vassaras with Kuipers, this for me can only mean that Kuipers is considered for the CL final this year, since he's already had the other 2 finals. Otherwise this observer would make no sense I think

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  10. Anonymous11/3/14 13:36

    No Makkelie again, maybe in for a second leg match?

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  11. Anonymous11/3/14 13:57

    Makkelie has had some serious black outs in the Dutch competition and perhaps his naugty comments on Mr. Blatter were not so well received by UEFA?

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    1. Anonymous12/3/14 20:42

      I think u are not well informed, because Makkelie has just a very good season and is considered by many to be the referee for the cup final. And the naugty comments on mr. Blatter is taken out of context and was a skit by a group of referees and assistant referees at their training camp and was intended as a cabaret. There is someone in the group referees who is leaking to the newspaper to damage colleagues deliberately with false accusations.

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  12. Eriksson would be a great UCL final referee. Kuipers is also possible, but could the fact that he still is not with his regular assistants (one of them being injured) harm his chances?

    By the way, while I don't agree with all the assessments presented here, the number of serious mistakes by replacement referees in the first weekend of MLS is quite staggering. Missed red cards, missed handballs on the line, obvious errors on offside calls; time to bring the pros back, please. http://www.mlssoccer.com/video/2014/03/10/plenty-pks-cards-and-other-week-1-refereeing-talking-points-instant-replay

    Besides, having assistant referees to a game at 22:30 and the day after at 15:00 is a bit cruel, especially so since this is their first appearance in MLS.

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  13. OT take a look at this tackle from Israel League:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSDvmygU-Bg
    One of the worst fouls I have ever seen.
    I think that the referee missed in prevention, after a such challenge you must immediately run in the scene, to issue the red card in order to show that you have everything under control. Indeed, a riot happened because the reeree was a bit late in his action.

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    1. I agree with you; nasty foul, could very well break a leg. Also, I agree that the referee should have run in quickly to prevent escalation. The model for me remains this action by Kenn Hansen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nl8lIX08FT8

      However, I also feel that the referee correctly regained control of the situation, sending off the correct player. The goalie also deserved his caution, as well as the other involved player.

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  14. Missing referees in this KO stage until now:

    Elite
    Atkinson (ENG, appointed but then replaced)
    Undiano (ESP)
    Brych (GER)
    Mazic (SRB)
    Skomina (SVN)

    Former Elite Development:
    Aydinus (TUR)
    Hagen (NOR)
    Nijhuis (NED)

    These latter names seem to have something in common. Probably they will return in Cat. 1.



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    1. Anonymous11/3/14 15:51

      They already returned to cat 1:)

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    2. Anonymous11/3/14 20:59

      I think its fair to say that Nijhuis is no longer considered to be a coming man. We will not see him in the remaining matches. Next season he will get some some less important matches. Maybe even be demoted. Although Makkelie will not be promoted to Elite yet, he will be more and more positioned as the successor to Kuipers. Makkelie has season 2014/2015 to prove himself. BTW Makkelie has NOT been disciplined by the Dutch FA and he still gets important and difficult matches.

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  15. Anonymous11/3/14 17:04

    Skomina will shockingly miss the Brazil World Cup and therefore is a likely option for Champions League final, though Kuipers is also a strong candidate to be sure. Had thought of Thomson and Lannoy as well but reckon Skomina is in a better position to officiate the last CL match of the season.

    By the way, we're getting closer to the start of Brazil 2014 meaning it would be interesting already to discuss the odds-on favorites for the opening match between Brazil and Croatia in São Paulo. I guess Peter O'Leary from New Zealand fits the bill - comes from an uninvolved continent, has good experience and at 42 won´t have many more opportunities like this.

    Your predictions?

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    1. Aguilar or Geiger.

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    2. We must wait and see if UEFA gives more clemency to Skomina than to Çakir after a big mistake, and he does not have to "start over" like Çakir had to in a way. This appointment is the first big UEFA game since just over a year ago for the Turkish referee, I believe. Good for him and great to have him back. I don't think we will see Skomina in Lisbon in any case.
      I don't really see Thomson and Lannoy as CL final material, but I agree that UEFA might think otherwise, especially on Lannoy. However the observer appts this time round do strongly indicate two names: Eriksson and Kuipers.
      Both have handled a major European final quite recently and are at the peak of UEFA(/FIFA) refereeing. It is still too early to call, but I think Eriksson is ahead of Kuipers with regard to the CL final, given the nature of the Super Cup and the position of his last two observers.
      My bet for the opening match is Joel Aguilar (SLV). Other candidates are Nishimura, and Rodríguez if FIFA trusts him as much as I think they do.

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    3. Rodriguez does not go due to Mexico in Group A ;)
      I am quite sure Nishimura, Aguilar and Geiger are the ones in the closer pool. I would prefer the Japanese.
      And to add that, O'Leary has imo no chance. He can be lucky if he gets two group stage matches at all.

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    4. Anonymous11/3/14 18:34

      My prediction is Joel Aguilar (SLV)

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    5. Ah yes, that's why I he didn't feature in my predictions for that match initially, my mistake :P. Yep, Geiger is also a candidate for me.
      Agree with Niclas about O'Leary, a referee who wouldn't be in the World Cup had Australia not left OFC IMO.

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    6. I agree with anonymous, Aguilar should get the opener match.

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    7. Anonymous11/3/14 19:42

      Nichimura for me, if the confederation neutrality regime is applicable... We cannot be sure of that and, if not, I think that the "playing field" is wide open.

      /Swedish observer

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  16. There is a rumor in several sites the Alberto Undiano Mallenco has been appointed to El Classico Real Madrid - Barcelona on Saturday 23 March.

    http://www.sportsmole.co.uk/football/barcelona/news/mallenco-to-take-charge-of-el-clasico_143681.html

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  17. Anonymous11/3/14 20:41

    UEFA will appoint a ref to the UCL final that could be a possible candidate for the WC final. And by appointing him to the UCL final position him.That limits the number of candidates. Clear frontrunner for the UCL final is Kuipers. He has shown the last 2 years to be a safe pair of hands for UEFA in very difficult matches. He also left a big impression after the final of the confederations cup 2013 were he impressed FIFA. Erikson I would consider runner up. Excellent matches so far and clearly high on UEFA list. The appointment of the observers is a clear signal of the views of UEFA.

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  18. Anonymous11/3/14 21:45

    Matéu is not the best Spanish referee, the Real-Barça will be for Clos
    and I don ´t think that Skomina will be at final Champions.

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  19. Anonymous12/3/14 00:24

    I just discovered that LYON - RIJEKA on matchday 3 of the group stage was handled by Portuguese Artur Soares Dias although Guimaraes played in the same group I. This group was neither decided at that time nor was the referee replaced at short notice - strange appointment.

    Peter/Vienna

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  20. My guess and my hope for UCL final match is Skomina, since he really deserve to be considered at high top level even after the mistake (mainly caused by his assistant) done at play off Wc match. He deserve to be payed back after loosing wrold cup. But if we look the observers and the appointements, I agree to say that Kuipers and Eriksson are now the most likely names for the final match.
    Concerning Turpin's appointment, it's clear that uefa is preparing a good name form France for uefa 2016; but I think that for that competition Spain and Italy are risking to have a high level name. Rizzoli should live before that time, while Undiano seems not well considered by Uefa commettee. This is also the reason why they are pushing Matheu Lahoz in spite of his bad perfromances. And I don't understand Borbalan's promotion. I think taht at the end of this year or 2015 uefa will face a strong change: Stark, Webb, Velasco, Rizzoli, Pronca, (added to Atkinson and Benquerenca).

    Wc opening match will be assigned to Nishimura IMO, with Aguilar as second choice
    reagrds

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    1. Anonymous12/3/14 10:45

      Mario, you are wrong about one vital thing: Webb, Rizzoli and Velasco won't leave at the end of 2015 but at the end of 2016!

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  21. Anonymous12/3/14 14:02

    Marco Rodriguez yesterday in the Copa Libertadores, red card after 25 seconds of the match
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGUw02AJAXI

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    1. Excellent!Great and very brave decision!

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    2. I agree. And I am surprised to see Rodriguez has lost many kilos and changed his appearance on the pitch a bit.

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  22. Yesterdays' Bayern – Arsenal. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDcARWJaiDQ

    5:03 Lahm fouled or not? 6:47 Robben fouled or not (to earn a penalty)?

    Based on those replays, I think I would've made different decisions than refs did; IMO Lahm was fouled (Podolski didn't in any way play the ball) and Robben wasn't fouled enough for a penalty (anywhere else on the pitch it would've been a foul, but penalty for this contact?), besides I think Robben showed his simulation skills here. Although I admit the latter was a difficult situation and penalty perhaps wasn't a necessarily wrong decision, but I would've preferred to not award a penalty for that contact.

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  23. Anonymous12/3/14 21:58

    Erikson..."excellent matches so far"??? It could only be a gag. He has been terrible in several matches. For the moment, I remember that this season he awarded Balotelli a totally nonexistent penalty in extra time, shocking every soccer fan. And let alone other preposterous situations.

    As for O'Leary, is he that bad? Is he too worse than Aguilar? Don't think so. In any case, we all know this stuff has a lot to do with politics. By the way, I take issue with the views considering Nishimura the right official for the opening match. Since Japan is not likely to reach the final, he’s a logical pick for the decider.

    What about your thoughts on this particular issue? It’s obviously a trickier topic for the reason that it depends on the countries going through to the last stages and on the referees’ performances during the tournament as well. However, Nishimura (as I’ve previously pointed out), Irmatov and Rodríguez appear to be interesting options. An European man should not be appointed due to Webb having handled the 2010 final featuring Spain and Netherlands.

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    1. Anonymous13/3/14 08:23

      In the end, you talk about politics again. That should not be important, who handled the last final. I think that the best referee should be have the (best game in the world) final and that is, at the moment, Kuipers. It would be shame, if he loses the opportunity, because some other European referee was the best of the world at four years ago. I'd even trust him, if we had one European team and South American team in the final.

      / BC

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    2. O'Leary has indeed made quite big mistakes in some of his FIFA matches and was satisfying in terms of his basic skills. We know how FIFA is dealing with Oceanian officials. Normally they get one match. O'Leary has to show a very good performance in his first match to keep his hope for a second one. I predict he will be a frequently appointed fourth official up to the quarterfinal or semifinal stage.

      Rodríguez is no option. Mexico is in Group A.

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  24. Very bad work yesterday of Lannoy and adjutants, with mistakes frequents
    and importants.

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  25. Anonymous13/3/14 17:26

    /BC, politics do have influence on these decisions, that's why I bring this aspect up. Anyhow, I think making two back-to-back appointments of European referees for WC finals is avoidable, though two brazilian referees have oficiated two consecutive finals already.

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    1. Anonymous13/3/14 22:04

      I must agree. I just showed my hopes, that it will be different this time because I realy think that Kuipers deserves the Final for last years performances. He may not be at this level four years form now to have another chance.
      But I'm not the one, who decides, so we can only wait and see!

      / BC

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  26. Anonymous13/3/14 17:28

    officiate*

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  27. Anonymous13/3/14 17:29

    officiated*

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  28. Correct penalty (even though missed) and DOGSO in favor of Ludogorets.

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  29. Anonymous13/3/14 19:52

    Turpin:

    13' - missed penalty for Valencia
    23' - correct penalty, but doubtful red card for DOGSO

    the rest very good

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    1. RC is never doubtful. Clear DOGSO case.

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    2. Anonymous13/3/14 20:56

      I doubt in such observers who call that clear DOGSO.

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    3. Anonymous13/3/14 21:00

      77' - rejected penalty appeal from Valencia side; I think both calls would be correct
      79' - red card for VC to Juninho, Ludogorets; very soft, but understandable, no crucial mistake

      the mark will most probably be 7.9 [8.4] for missed clear penalty for Valencia in 13', because the rest of performance was of really good standards

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    4. Anonymous13/3/14 21:37

      OK, I have watched it more carefully now. 100% correct red card to Juninho. There was also a kick. A perfect decision then. Still not satisfied with a red card for DOGSO.

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    5. Thank you anonymous!!!

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    6. Anonymous13/3/14 22:10

      For?

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    7. Anonymous13/3/14 22:41

      My comment is opening one and then at 9:00, 9:37 and 10:10. The comment from 8:56 is not mine. My comments will be signed [UE] until now to differ from other anonymouses. However, I will post a screen soon. It's not clear DOGSO for me if it is at all.

      [UE]

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    8. Anonymous13/3/14 23:01

      OK, question to all users!

      Check those two screenshots:
      http://pbrd.co/1godQF6
      http://pbrd.co/1goe0fE

      And have your say about DOGSO for which Turpin dismissed Keita, Valencia. Player with number 44 is still able to actively defend imho. Yellow card would be enough.

      [UE]

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    9. Here is another angle:

      http://pbrd.co/1gogbQk

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    10. Anonymous13/3/14 23:18

      Still think that player 44 can make an effective slide tackle if not foul. More voices needed :)

      [UE]

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    11. In my opinion Edward's argument is valid that the attacker had a clear chance to shoot the ball on the widely free goal. On the other hand I also agree that #44 had a potential chance and position to block this shot by being in front of him when the attacker would have been able to make a movement to shoot the ball. When he was fouled, the ball was kind of in his back so that he had no chance to physically shoot the ball in a dangerous manner - I hope you understand what I mean. Therefore a YC would have been okay, but I can also accept the RC without problems. Turpin only had one look at it and we three different angles!

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    12. I agree with Niclas. In this case both arguments are valid. YC and RC. If I had to decide, I would give YC, but RC is absolutely not wrong. No crucial mistake.

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  30. Very soft RC by Turpin for an alleged violent conduct. It was a push. For me only unsporting behaviour.

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    1. Anonymous13/3/14 20:53

      Agree with you Niclas. Here he shows inexperience. That's why he needs time to grow. I still think he has got the talent. RC

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    2. Anonymous13/3/14 21:00

      I think it was quite a good match from Turpin all the same.
      It is obvious that there are some areas for improvement, but he clearly showed that he had talent.
      To be continued...

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    3. Maybe but we are on Europa League 1/8 level! It is no turf for tests anymore. Turpin can collect experience in group stage but not on such a level.
      I cannot ensure it, but it seems as if Orsato's AARs has just missed a goal similar to Vad in 2012 EURO. What a week for Mr Collina...

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  31. Anonymous13/3/14 21:25

    Damato (and Stefani (again!!)) with a crucial mistake in AZ Alkmaar - Anji. The ball clearly passed the goal line. Again a incident with Stefani involved (?) Chefren, what is your opinion? And the others of course.

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    1. I remind you on the circumstance that ARs are not responsible for this sort of decisions. The full responsibility lies on AAR2.

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    2. Anonymous13/3/14 22:19

      From the angle of the camera you cannot be 100% sure that the ball had croddes the line!

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    3. I think we can say nothing.
      Impossible to understand so we must trust Damato.
      This seems the best angle:
      http://www.imagebam.com/image/062428314216371
      And I really can't detect anything.

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    4. I am sorry and withdraw my statement. I had another perception during the live stream. We have to back Damato here, nonetheless I am wondering why Stefani is standing 7 metres away from the second last defender...

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  32. Photo from White Hart Lane...
    https://scontent-a-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t31/q77/s720x720/1617633_439969356106271_1641399111_o.jpg

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    1. Anonymous13/3/14 21:48

      Oops he does not look good..

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    2. Anonymous13/3/14 21:58

      Nice pic. Respect for one of the best referees ever.

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  33. Anonymous13/3/14 21:51

    I think he is very pleased so far actually. Spot on with all decisions - and full respect from everyone.

    /Swedish observer

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  34. Anonymous13/3/14 21:56

    Kuipers is doing well. Good match management. No YC so far. But.... 45 min. to go. RC

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    1. Not sure about that one scene with Vidal and his compatriot. Could have been a kick, which led to the confrontation. But I only watched with one eye.

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  35. Anonymous13/3/14 23:02

    Benfica effectively knocking Tottenham out, with efficient attacking compared to Tottenham's sloppy defending.

    Jonas Eriksson will definately have pleased mr Collina tonight. Great man-management as always and a clear line with the cards, with the usual hint of leniency. A stricter referee might have produced a straight red card for a home defender in the second half (Verthongen) but I think that yellow card was appropriate. All other cards were more or less mandatory. Full acceptance from everyone. Teamwork good as usual, but it could be noted that Eriksson (correctly) overruled an offside call from Klasenius in first half. All in all a really good performance in a normal match, i.e 8,4 in my book. Klasenius had some tricky situations, and a quite challenging match. Some non-calls looked dodgy in real play, but no replays were offered. If he got all the calls right, I would say 8,6 for him. Wärnmark was not really challenged. One call which seemed incorrect, but difficult to say whether that was a crucial mistake or not. Otherwise 8,3 for him I think. He seemed a bit slower than normally, tonight.

    /Swedish observer

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    1. I agree - Eriksson and co. were very good. Disappointed with Spurs' lacklustre performance however.

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    2. Eriksson will get 8.4 in my report (actually 8.5 but -0.1 for a missed YC, 45') but I disagree with your points of criticism on Wärnmark. He took every decision right (in terms of offside) and even the big chance by Adebayor followed a great onside decision. So both assistants will get more than expected level.

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    3. Anonymous14/3/14 13:44

      Good to hear that I might have been overly critical of Wärnmark then :). I still think, however, that there is a clear difference in class between him and Klasenius. Klasenius is an exceptional AR. Wärnmark is good, but not exceptional.

      By the way, in what situation did the missed YC occur?

      /Swedish observer

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    4. It was a reckless tackle by Adebayor in match minute 44:30, one of the very dangerous sort.
      Concerning Klasenius and Wärnmark you might be right considering their state of experience and previous performances, in yesterday's match they were on an equal level from my point of view, both succeeded in similarly challenging situations.

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    5. Anonymous14/3/14 16:34

      I must have missed or forgotten that tackle - you don't happen to have a good clip on the situation?

      /Swedish observer

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    6. Check this one:
      http://livefootballvideo.com/fullmatch/europe/uefa-europa-league/tottenham-hotspur-vs-benfica
      (44:30 match minute)

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    7. Anonymous14/3/14 18:01

      I could not get it to work properly on my iPad (surely my fault!), but I take your word for it then. I must have looked only with one eye at that time (as I think some other said last night) ;-)

      /Swedish observer

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  36. Anonymous13/3/14 23:03

    Well done Kuipers! Lets wait and see who will get the very interesting return.

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  37. Anonymous13/3/14 23:18

    team Kralovec with wrong decision disallowing a clean Fcporto goal in first half...

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  38. Juventus 1-0 goal was affected by an extremely tight offside position by Marchisio, a few seconds prior to the goal. If you watch the video you understand the exact moment.
    Of course, impossible to detect for Boonman and no crucial mistake:
    http://www.imagebam.com/image/fad708314199095

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    1. Anonymous14/3/14 11:27

      Indeed no crucial mistake and you could argue Boonman took the risk and gave the benefit of doubt to Juventus. Which is to the opinion of PLC and co the right thing to do. In that case it is not even considered a (minor) mistake by UEFA standards. RC

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  39. Any news on Cuneyt Cakir?
    As there is no comment till now, can we consider he had a good match?

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    1. I think, he even was very good. He managed very well to control the derby, what seemed a difficult task in the first minutes. Some minor mistakes in foul detection, but very good in all other aspects of his performance. He seems ready for the World Cup.

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  40. Anonymous14/3/14 15:32

    CL Final: Velasco (if no Spanish team)/Brych (if no German team)/Kuipers/Cakir/Eriksson
    EL Final: Clattenburg/Moen/Skomina/Benquerenca/Lannoy (farewell party)

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    1. Anonymous14/3/14 19:08

      Benquerença and Lannoy must be eliminated of Final EL.

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    2. It is very hard to imagine Lannoy for EL Final.

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    3. Anonymous14/3/14 19:31

      Benquerença one referee better than Lannoy.

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  41. Anonymous14/3/14 16:21

    Any predictions for next week matches? TM

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    1. We have only two WC referees left (Brych and Mazic), so one of them should take Chelsea-Galatasaray, I think. For the other important fixture ManU-Olympiakos, both are not really possible (Brych: delegate, Mazic MD6), so Skomina and Undiano are possibilities. Dortmund-Zenit is nearly decided, but should still get a Elite referee, I think. Kralovec, Benquerenca and Atkinson are possible names here. For Real-Schalke a First group referee is most likely, e.g. Karasev.

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    2. RMA-S04: Karasev
      CHE-GAL: Mazic
      MNU-OLY: Skomina
      BVB-ZEN: Undiano
      would be my predictions.

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    3. My predictions:
      Real-Schalke, Atkinson
      Dortmund-Zenit, Undiano
      Chelsea,Galatasaray, Skomina
      United,Olympiakos, Stark
      Valencia-Ludgorets, Makkelie
      Napoli-Porto, Mazic.
      Salzburg-Basel, Webb
      Fiorentina-Juventus, Collum.
      Plzen-Lyon, Karasev.
      Betisa-Sevolla, Brych.
      Bentica-Tottenham, Gumienny
      Anzi-AZ, Vad

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    4. I think, in the second legs of Kuipers', Eriksson's and Cakir's match, there will be again top officials appointed, like Webb, Rizzoli and Proenca. Also Napoli-Porto should be for an Elite official. The other matches could be for First group referees, especially former ED members.

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    5. RMA-S04: Karasev
      CHE-GAL: Mazic
      MNU-OLY: Brych (yes I know the delegate nevertheless I confirm this name)
      BVB-ZEN: Undiano

      I think that UEFA for the first time could appoint the referee from the same country of the delegate, or they could chance the delegate... Brych should get CL!

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    6. Real Madrid - Schalke: Karasev
      Chelsea - Galatasaray: Mazic
      Man Utd - Olympiacos: Undiano Mallenco
      Dortmund - Zenit: Benquerenca

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  42. OT very interesting situation involving Peter O'Leary in a A LEague match (Sydney FC - Brisbane Roar).
    The AR2 helping him is Scott Edeling (AUS).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G5QRnZNloQ

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      Excellent decision, good job!

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  43. Anonymous15/3/14 06:59

    Anyone knows appointments for FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup?

    [UE]

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  44. Second leg:
    Fiorentina-Juventus referee observer: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)

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    1. I ask Kika for the rest. If you have the names, you can post here...

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    2. Anonymous15/3/14 19:23

      Who is Kika?

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  45. Anonymous15/3/14 22:19

    Forget about Olegario Benquerença for next week CL or EL matches. He was appointed for the important Portuguese League "Clássico" between Sporting Lisbon and FC Porto taking place tomorrow but an injury doesn't allow him to handle it. And btw do you know who's going to stand in for Benquerença? Yeah....Proença!! I mean, Proença was not the first choice for a potentially crucial fixture in Portugal. Actually, he's got a terrible reputation in his native Portugal and he's known for a whole lot of blunders domestically.

    Concerning Brych, is he going through a good moment? Think he's not been very active in Bundesliga..

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    1. Anonymous15/3/14 23:17

      It seems as if Artur Soares Dias enjoys an excellent reputation both in his home country and abroad: In Portugal he whistled FC Porto - Benfica CP as well as SL Benfica - FC Porto this season, UEFA selected him for interesting Europa League and U21 qualifiers for EURO 2015, FIFA awarded last year's Final of Toulon to him ...

      Peter/Vienna

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    2. Anonymous15/3/14 23:50

      Peter, add to that the fact the Artur Soares Dias was the only UEFA 2nd Second Group at the Winter Seminar in February (Sousa and Gomes weren't there...) He had a great performance whistling FCPorto - Sporting Lisbon this season, but his performance in the clash between SLBenfica and FCPorto was not so good.
      In the other big clash SLBenfica-Sporting Lisbon, Marco Ferreira was simply perfect.
      Anonymous, I don't agree with Proença having a terrible reputation in Portugal. He's highly rated and I think his domestic reputation is surely better than the enjoyed by Benquerença.

      Greetings.

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    3. Anonymous16/3/14 05:41

      Peter, Soares Dias' performance at SL Benfica - FC Porto was disastrous. He's not held in high esteem either. On the international stage, he's not been particularly convincing so far. I remember a friendly clash between France and Australia he was chosen to officiate, having awarded France an unreal penalty for supposed handball. It turned out to be hilarious and even the French commentators poked fun at him back then.
      Anonymous, regarding Proença, well from what I read and see he falls down on the job quite a few times!

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  46. Anonymous16/3/14 06:25

    HULL CITY - MANCHESTER CITY (Lee Mason):

    https://vimeo.com/89213154
    https://vimeo.com/89213153
    https://vimeo.com/89213152
    https://vimeo.com/89214148

    Have your say :)

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    1. 1) correct RC for DOGSO
      2) Missed RC for SFP
      3) At least missed YC
      4) Well spotted dive, but why not YC?

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    2. I fully agree with the 1-3. In 4th situation there is fine distinction, referee did not ruled it was a dive. If he had, he would have ruled indirect free kick, and YC. Of course, good decision NOT to award penalty kick.

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