UEFA's Referee Committee obviously hurried and surprised us with two unexpected but equally expected referee appointments for the Champions League as well as Europa League final. Unexpected, because it never happened that the nominations were revealed that early. Expected, because both referees appointed were absolutely predictable.
|Do it again: Kuipers and Brych are the lucky final appointees|
While Dutch Björn Kuipers will take charge of his third major final within only one year by overseeing the Madrid derby between Real and Atlético in the Champions League, German Felix Brych will make his international final bow in Turin by handling the Europa League final between Sevilla FC and Benfica SL.
The interesting thing is that both referees know each other very well and enjoyed valuable experiences together: Björn Kuipers' team that took charge of last year's Europa League and Confederations Cup final was both times completed by Felix Brych. This time, the financial lawyer from Munich will be responsible as the main referee and assisted by Mark Borsch, Stefan Lupp (ARs), Tobias Welz, Bastian Dankert (AARs). Thorsten Schiffner, his former AR1, will join the team as the reserve assistant referee and would become active if one of the assistant referees involved should face a sudden injury or illness. Serbian World Cup referee Milorad Mažić will be the fourth official. The team will be observed by Hugh Dallas from Scotland; the match is delegated by Lloyd Hughes of Wales. Italian Davide Garbini has been chosen as the referee liaison officer.
Netherlands' Björn Kuipers will be accompanied by his standard team consisting of Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra on the sidelines, Pol van Boekel and Richard Liesveld on the goallines and Angelo Boonman as the reserve assistant referee. Cüneyt Çakır of Turkey, the fourth official, has been finally rewarded for his constant merits over the last couple of years and will be present in Lisbon as well. German Herbert Fandel will observe and assess Team Kuipers. Sweden's Karl-Erik Nilsson has been assigned as the responsible delegate, while high-profile referee observer Nuno Castro from Portugal will be the referee liaison officer in Lisbon.
We consider these choices as the best appointments possible and wish both referee teams all the best!
UEFA Europa League Final 2014
14 May 2014, 20:45 CET
Sevilla FC - Benfica SL
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (Germany)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (Germany)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Welz (Germany)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bastian Dankert (Germany)
Fourth Official: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Thorsten Schiffner (Germany)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (Scotland)
UEFA Delegate: Lloyd Hughes (Wales)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Davide Garbini (Italy)Blog Referee Observers: Edward (Greece), Thomas H. (Netherlands)
UEFA Champions League Final 2014
24 May 2014, 20:45 CET
Real Madrid - Atlético Madrid
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (Netherlands)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin E. J. Zeinstra (Netherlands)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pol van Boekel (Netherlands)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Richard Liesveld (Netherlands)
Fourth Official: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Angelo Boonman (Netherlands)
UEFA Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (Germany)
UEFA Delegate: Karl-Erik Nilsson (Sweden)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Nuno Castro (Portugal)Blog Referee Observers: Chefren (Italy), Niclas (Germany)