April 28, 2014

Nicola Rizzoli in charge of Stamford Bridge clash

Italian Elite official Nicola Rizzoli has been appointed by UEFA's Referee Committee to take charge of the semifinal between Chelsea FC and Atlético de Madrid, second leg match to be played on 30/04/2014 at Stamford Bridge, in London.


He will be assisted by his regular assistant Renato Faverani, while Elenito Di Liberatore will take the place of Andrea Stefani who will act as fourth official due to his long-lasting injury. Zdravko Jokić from Serbia will observe the Italian crew.

30/04/2014, 20:45 CET
Stamford Bridge, London, England
Chelsea FC - Atlético Madrid [0:0]
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Luca Banti (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer:  Zdravko Jokić (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Jim Stjerne Hansen (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

55 Comments:

  1. Anonymous28/4/14 11:44

    Rocchi's team are splitting... Di Liberatore with Rizzoli, Cariolato with Skomina... So, who will be with him next?

    ==Nash==

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    1. Of course one must think that Skomina - Cariolato was a solution by UEFA just for this knockout stage. It is clear that starting from the next season, Skomina must find another Slovenian AR at his side.
      As for Di Liberatore with Rizzoli, this is the only case in the whole season, so nothing has changed.
      To be also added that Stefani and Faverani after the WC will spend their last months as FIFA officials...

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  2. Andrea Stefani is back from an injury suffered in Zurich when he had the meeting for WC officials.
    Since then (more than one month ago) he is still out from serie A and he has been appointed just once, yesterday, in Saudi Arabia for a match with Mazzoleni and Tonolini. So I think the reason of this choice is that they don't want to endanger him for WC.

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  3. Definitely a deserved appointment for Rizzoli, returning to the English capital after his excellent performance in Arsenal - Bayern. Let's just hope this week's game is more entertaining than the previous encounter...

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  4. Anonymous28/4/14 13:03

    Wery good destignations for semi finals for europa league second semifinals my predicitions are:
    juventus benfica kralovec
    valencia sevilla craig thompson/ william collum

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    1. Valencia-Sevilla, Mazic.
      Juventus-Benfica, Kassai.

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    2. Anonymous28/4/14 19:15

      Valencia vs Sevilla - Paolo Tagliavento
      Juventus vs Benfica - Craig Thomson or Mark Clattenburg

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    3. Anonymous28/4/14 23:51

      It is a SCO delegate in Valencia so no SCO referees

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  5. Anonymous28/4/14 13:11

    I have to say that PLC and Co are doing a good job this season in assigning the right man for the right job. They have a good balance in taking risks with the development of the upcoming refs, rewarding good performance and getting politics out of decisions. Some of the assignments were out of the box thinking and unexpected. Overall a job well done to MHO. Many times criticized in the past and maybe rightfully so but for this season compliments so far PLC and Co! Regards RC

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    1. Anonymous28/4/14 15:44

      I totally agree with you regarding the Champions League.

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    2. I agree with what anonymous agrees on. There are many good trends. But some things still should not go by the board. E.g. the circumstance that actually only half of the Elite Group is really "elitist".

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    3. Anonymous28/4/14 18:11

      Niclas, I think your observation is correct but I think that's due to a pre WC season. I think PLC and Co have been selecting and positioning refs pre and post FIFA selection for the WC. I think Skomina was intended to be at the WC but due to one place less for UEFA he misses the WC. Unfortunate but still.... I think we can see his previous assignment as a bit of compensation.... Regards RC

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    4. Anonymous, you may very well be correct. Still, Borbalan, Tagliavento, Kralovec, Benquerenca (injured), even Atkinson, Undiano Mallenco, Collum, Thomson and Stark are nominally Elite group, but have not been seriously considered for any meaningful game in a long time. I don't remember Borbalan having any high-level game since he got promoted to Elite, and Stark hasn't done any big game in a while. When were Undiano Mallenco, Kralovec and Tagliavento's last CL/EL games?

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    5. Kralovec: 10/04/14 (Benfica - AZ) [EL]
      Undiano: 10/04/14 (Juventus - Lyon [EL]
      Tagliavento 27/04/14 (Salzburg - Ajax) [EL]

      Personally, I didn't/still don't understand the promotion of Borbalan. Especially, since they seem keen on Lahoz...

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  6. Anonymous28/4/14 14:39

    My prediciton:
    Juve-Benfica V. Kassai
    Valencia-Sevilla: M. Mazic

    best regards
    phil

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    1. Valencia - Sevilla: Milorad Mažić
      Juventus - Benfica: Mark Clattenburg

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    2. Anonymous28/4/14 19:21

      Valencia vs Sevilla - Paolo Tagliavento
      Juventus vs Benfica - Craig Thomson or Mark Clattenburg

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  7. Anonymous28/4/14 14:52

    Juventus Turin-SL Benfica
    Referee: Viktor Kassai(HUN)
    Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
    Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Toth (HUN)
    Additional Assistant Referee 1:Tamas Bognar (HUN)
    Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mihaly Fabian (HUN)
    Fourth Official:Robert Kispal (HUN)

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    1. Anonymous28/4/14 15:35

      I think there is a tremendous risk in putting Kassai in this match, especially after the problematic work of Çakir in the 1st hand. With so many top referees available at this stage is Kassai really the right man for this job? I really don't think so... Your views?

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    2. Well I have to ask that again since there seems to be a quite uniform opinion on Cakir - he was not at his best to say the least, but why was his performance "problematic"?

      I would like to see Kassai there. The fact that he has not been in the best shape and was not selected for the WC should not rule him out completely. After VAL-BAS and maybe a successful semifinal, he can have a nice basis for the road to France 2016 where I WANT to see him.

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    3. Anonymous28/4/14 15:59

      I am sorry, I did not intend to offend anyone's view. Perhaps "problematic" was not the best expression, I just think there were some relevant mistakes, but that's just an opinion, of course I can be wrong and I respect all other views.
      About Kassai, my point is precisely that, 'he has not been in the best shape' and this year, at the 2nd hand of a semifinal, applying the performance principle, IMHO other referees could deserve this honour. But I'm saying this with all the respect for Kassai. With my remark I did not intend to criticize the abilities of anyone.

      Greetings.

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    4. Are those real appointments or just predictions?

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    5. Np, you did not offend anyone, I was just wondering what you meant with it. Yes we can discuss about those scenes and the big image but after all I came to 8.2.
      I think you are basically right. S04-CHE, NAP-ARS and specially VAL-BAS were absolutely good performances, but LEV-PSG gave me lots of doubts - specially with regard to the whole team's appearance.

      I must ask the same like Edward. Are these appts real?

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    6. Anonymous28/4/14 21:23

      no this is my prediciton

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    7. Ok then, thank you.

      However I must ask you to write the word prediction next to the appointments because in a different case we have to treat them as real appointments (whatever this means).

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  8. For the remaining four matches, in my opinion, there are three nearly sure names: Brych, Mazic and Kuipers. For the fourth match, most likely one of the semifinals, Clattenburg, Kassai and Moen are the candidates, any other name would surprise me.

    I would go for:
    Juve-Benfica: Brych
    Valencia-Sevilla: Moen
    EL final: Mazic
    CL final: Kuipers

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    1. Moen has a league game on Thursday...

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    2. Anonymous28/4/14 18:49

      Brych has a today match between Union Berlin against Kaiserslautern.

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  9. Anonymous29/4/14 10:04

    Juventus - Benfica
    Referee Clattenburg Mark England
    Assistant Referee 1 Beck Simon England
    Assistant Referee 2 Burt Stuart England
    Additional Assistant Referee 1 Oliver Michael England
    Additional Assistant Referee 2 Taylor Anthony England
    4th Official England Darren (Jon Herbert) England
    Delegate Dušan Slovakia
    Referee Observer Layec Bertrand France

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  10. Anonymous29/4/14 10:08

    Valencia - Sevilla
    Referee Mažić Milorad Serbia
    Assistant Referee 1 Ristic Milovan Serbia
    Assistant Referee 2 Djurdjevic Dalibor Serbia
    Additional Assistant Referee 1 Grujic Danilo Serbia
    Additional Assistant Referee 2 Filipovic Dejan Serbia
    4th Official Petrovic Dejan Serbia
    Delegate McRae Alan Scotland
    Referee Observer Fandel Herbert Germany

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  11. Absolutely correct decision to award Atlético a penalty. Extremely clumsy from Eto'o...

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  12. Excellent performance by Rizzoli!
    Now Madrid derby in CL final, for me unexpected. Is Kuipers ready for this match? :)

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    1. Anonymous30/4/14 22:40

      I think Kuipers is the only logical choice.

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    2. Anonymous1/5/14 01:02

      If a referee is ready for Brazil-Spain, which was a really difficult game, I guess, that that same referee is also able to handle the Madrid Derby. The more difficult a game is, the better Kuipers becomes I sometimes think.

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    3. Anonymous1/5/14 01:55

      I have to say a strange question.... Indeed able to be a high performer in the Confederations Cup Final, UEL 2013 Final, Semi Final UCL 2013..... If Kuipers isnt ready please tell me who is....

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    4. Anonymous1/5/14 09:30

      Kuypers is one excellent referee, but he was very bad at Confederations
      Cup Final(Brazil-Spain). "Nobody is perfect"

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    5. I think that this is your exclusive opinion. The majority of us and FIFA thought differently about his final performance in Brazil. He dealt very well with a very challenging match and took diverse crucial decisions correctly. He is ready for Lisbon, of course.

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  13. Rizzoli was indeed very good from the start, set right signals, had a good approach, demanded acceptance by underlining he is the authority to be respected and thus contributed to a calm evening. The penalty was of course clear. I don't think Costa had to be cautioned for the incident with regard to the penalty spot though. 8.5 probably.

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    1. For me the YC to Costa was perfectly justified. Rizzoli warned him repeatedly to place the ball and leave it, and Costa kept on moving it. It was not only delaying the game, it was unsporting as well. You could even say he was tampering with the pitch in an unacceptable way :).

      My only question is what happened at that weird non-substitution around the 82nd-83rd minute? Who decided the substitution was not taking place and why?

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    2. Also Niclas, I hope you will mention the great cooperation between Faverani and Rizzoli on the penalty. You can see Rizzoli raising his whistle immediately at the foul, but waiting to whistle until Faverani confirmed the foul occured inside the area. That's my interpretation, at least. :)

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    3. The YC is that case was absolutely mandatory, Niclas.
      It was, first of all, a clear intention to waste time by Atletico player, then also an unsporting behavior. As a referee, you can urge him to kick the penalty, but then in case of such behavior the card is the only weapon.
      :)

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    4. You cannot blame Costa for wasting time. At a penalty kick for your team in a CL semifinal, you don't waste time. It was obvious that the penalty spot was uneven, the ball did not lie stationary. You cannot expect from Costa that he takes the penalty under such circumstances (see Beckham 2004, the English users will remember). Maybe he should not have kicked that intensely on the spot which made the crowd upset, but here Rizzoli showed in my opinion no empathy.

      The rest....well we all said it. Almost no relevant points to improve.

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    5. Niclas - please don't make me revisit that ;)
      I have sympathy for Costa, I too don't think he was intentionally delaying the taking of the spot-kick. Harsh.

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  14. I echo the sentiments of Niclas - Rizzoli was very good. In all likelihood, we'll see Kuipers in Lisbon.

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  15. Anonymous30/4/14 23:20

    I hope to see Felix Brych in the final.

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  16. Anonymous30/4/14 23:46

    Rizzoli was at good, expected level during a whole, not so demanding game apart from penalty situations. I think, he wasn't always right in foul detection (26:25) and missed one card according to his line (53:20), but those are minor things. What is more important, he perfectly rejected penalty appeals in 55' and 90' - exaggerated falls and rightly awarded penalty for Eto'o challenge. Let's sum it up - good performance with important decisions perfectly taken. 8.4 or 8.5 should be a mark.

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  17. Anonymous1/5/14 07:49

    Rizzoli is one of the best in UEFA-FIFA referees : excellent "calcio" approach, dialogues with players and authority, fitness and cooperation with his AAR's and AR's !

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  18. Anonymous1/5/14 10:59

    Rizzoli was really good last night. 8.5 in a normal match is my view. Very good refereeing performances in three out of four semi finals. Only Proenca was disappointing.

    The final will surely go to Kuipers, who in my view is clearly ahead if the other possible candidates.

    For the UEL final, it is more difficult to guess. Brych, Webb and Eriksson (in that order) are my candidates.

    /Swedish observer

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  19. Anonymous1/5/14 13:22

    CL final: Team Kuipers with 4th official Brych
    EL final: if Webb finishes his career after WC: Team Webb with 4th official Collum
    if Webb doesn´t finish his career: Team Eriksson with 4th official Moen

    best regards
    phil

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    1. That would already be the third time that Brych is 4th official in a final where Kuipers is the main referee (Confed. Cup and EL final 2013)... Isn't it time for Brych to get a final as main referee? I would go for Kuipers in CL final and Brych in EL final.

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  20. My predictions are:

    CL
    Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
    Assistant Referees: Sander van Roekel (NED), Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
    Additional Assistant Referees: Pol van Boekel (NED), Richard Liesveld (NED)
    Fourth Official: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
    Reserve AR: Angelo Boonman (NED)

    EL
    Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
    Assistant Referees: Mark Borsch (GER), Stefan Lupp (GER)
    Additional Assistant Referees: Deniz Aytekin (GER), Felix Zwayer (GER)
    Fourth Official: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
    Reserve AR: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)

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  21. Anonymous1/5/14 14:56

    For me it's clear that Björn will be at Lisbon. Since the final will be a very tensed Madrid derby, it's better to have a referee there who hasn't seen both teams for a long time. Besides that any ref in the international shape of Kuipers would deserve at least a CL 1/4 final. So for me it's 99% clear we'll see Björn in Lisbon.

    CL final prediction

    Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
    Assistant Referees: Sander van Roekel (NED), Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
    Additional Assistant Referees: Pol van Boekel (NED), Richard Liesveld (NED)
    Fourth Official: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
    Reserve AR: Angelo Boonman (NED)


    EL final will be hopefully for Brych. He deserves his first main referee international final now, being one of the most consistant refs in last years. Webb is another possibility here, but I bear in mind that we have a Super Cup final in August, and I'd like to see Webb there as a farewell party, because the USC means practically nothing. At least it means less then the EL final. I think that it's better to have Webbs farewell party there instead of in Turin:)

    So prediction EL final

    Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
    Assistant Referees: Mark Borsch (GER), Stefan Lupp (GER)
    Additional Assistant Referees: Deniz Aytekin (GER), Felix Zwayer (GER)
    FO: Moen
    Reserve AR: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)

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  22. Anonymous1/5/14 15:37

    Boys, the yellow card against Costa was for unsporting behaviour - scattering goalkeeper of opposite team before taking a penalty kick. It was right interpretation, because the ball was stationary and there was no need to place it again and again by millimeters. This behaviour was fully focused on making Schwarzer nervous.

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    1. No. The official reason in the match report is "delays the re-start of play".

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  23. Not all readers here are boys. :) And whether Rizzoli's decision was harsh or not, the ball definitely wasn't stationary...

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