May 5, 2014

Predictions for the Referees in UEFA's 2014 Finals: Europa League

Seeing the UEFA Europa League final 2013/14 lying only nine days ahead, it is definitely time to make some profound predictions with regard to who should be the match officials who will be about to take charge of these two matches. Today I start with the Europa League final.


At first, one must expose some criteria that should be fulfilled or that limit the pool of probable candidates:
I. The referee to be selected very surely belong to UEFA Elite Group of Referees.
II. The match officials to be selected do not come from Spain or from Portugal due to the teams involved.
III. Referees, who took charge of a Europa League semifinal this season will be no option for Turin final.
IV. Referees, who have already taken charge of a final in the respective competition in the past, are neglected.
 
Applying these criteria, several match officials are remaining:
Martin Atkinson (ENG), Felix Brych (GER), William Collum (SCO), Jonas Eriksson (SWE), Viktor Kassai (HUN), Pavel Královec (CZE), Stéphane Lannoy (FRA), Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR), Gianluca Rocchi (ITA), Paolo Tagliavento (ITA), Craig Thomson (SCO), Howard Webb (ENG) 
 
Applying the performance principle, considering their recent shape, experience and other soft factors, only a few match offficials are remaining:
Felix Brych (GER), Jonas Eriksson (SWE), Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR), Gianluca Rocchi (ITA), Howard Webb (ENG)
 
 
Since Juventus Turin lost their semifinal and won't attend the final in their home stadium, an Italian match officiating team is theoretically possible. Gianluca Rocchi performed decently this season, showing good performances in mostly easy but also one very difficult match (Sevilla - Porto). However, his AR2 Gianluca Cariolato would very likely miss him in the case of a nomination because of his presence and serious crucial mistake at Skomina's side in the semifinals. Furthermore there are probably some referees whose shape would justify a final designation more than Gianluca Rocchi without devaluing his quality of refereeing.
 
 
Norwegian Svein Oddvar Moen made a really good development this season. Last season, he had many problems in the Round of 16 match between Arsenal FC and Bayern München as well as the quarterfinal between Real Madrid and Galatasaray. In both cases, he indicated his potential and talent but struggled in other significant parts. This season, the monitoring of his progress was apparently intensified by the referee committee. Among others, Marc Batta and Juan Antonio Fernández Marín observed him in interesting matches that were topped by the World Cup play-off between Jordan and Uruguay and his nomination for the World Cup as fourth official. A match in Champions League knockout stage was the logical consequence, but again, he disappointed a bit. In Bayern München - Arsenal FC, he never found a consistent line and missed a clear foul preceding a goal scored by the English side. Therefore his journey in UCL ended after this match supervised by Jaap Uilenberg and continued in Europa League (AZ Alkmaar - Benfica SL with Nikolay Levnikov, so again a committee member). Moen is no option for a final as main referee from my point of view. He must collect more experience over the next couple of years to really arrive at the absolute peak and to deposit the "talent-label" that clings to him. Being a talent is fine, but the final breakthrough should follow over the time. As mentioned above, he will join the World Cup as fourth official. That's why I expect that Moen will be assigned for Turin final as such to gain valuable experiences as fourth official in general but also related to the spirit of an international club competition final.

 
The other Scandinavian, Jonas Eriksson, was practically active in every single round of this knockout stage so that partly the impression had aroused that UEFA had quite limited resources of top-class referees: Champions League Round of 16, Europa League Round of 16 - observed by vice officer Hugh Dallas and chief officer Pierluigi Collina, Champions League quarterfinals and, last but not least, a Champions League semifinal, also under the eyes of Collina, who was in Estadio Vicente Calderón. He performed well or even very well in almost every match. With every game, however, there were more inconsistencies here and there, even though this is criticism on a very high level. Except Atlético Madrid - Chelsea FC, he always had full control and exhibited outstanding management abilities which would be needed in the probably fight between Benfica SL and Sevilla FC. I slightly missed these abilities in Madrid though, to be honest. This naturally only represents a subjective opinion and may not be generalized. In my opinion, he could have performed and dealt better with the intense moments in this semifinal, specially when it came to mass confrontations - which, of course, also underlines the high difficulty of the task the Swedish team had to cope with that evening. Anyway, I actually don't expect Jonas Eriksson in Turin and would be glad to see him on World Cup turf the next time.
 
 
Same goes for Howard Webb. Undoubtfully, his performances have been great in this knockout stage if we exclude small problems in the Italian duel also caused by his additional assistant referee. Specially in Real Madrid - Bayern München, he totally showed his huge experience. And in the previous Champions League quarterfinal between Atlético Madrid and FC Barcelona, he got the highest mark we ever gave in our match reports (8.9). So there is little doubt about the level of his performances. Additionally, there are strong rumours that Webb would consider to finish his international career after the World Cup in July 2014. Turin's final would be kind of a farewell party or gift for Howard Webb and his assistants - a Europa League final is almost the only thing still missing in his CV. The doubt I have is whether referees should be appointed for big finals only because they deliberately and voluntarily decided to retire. Generally: a clear no. But as we speak about Webb and not the first one that comes along, generalizations do not work. Nonetheless I am convinced that there are many other referees who should get into the spotlight and who should be rewarded for their constantly good work over years. As you have maybe guessed, that's the cue for Felix Brych.
 

The financial lawyer from Munich, Germany, delivered overall good performances in a constant way over the past four or five years. The World Cup play-off between Ireland and France, where he really excelled, can be considered as the starting point of his breakthrough. He has become a very reliable referee for the truly difficult matches over time and is estimated as such by the responsible officials. When FIFA and UEFA neglect to appoint an established, fully experienced and also very good referee like Wolfgang Stark for the World Cup, his compatriot Brych must have some qualities. Matches like Chelsea FC - FC Barcelona in the 2012 semifinals or the Balcan derby between Serbia and Croatia in the World Cup play-offs are good examples of his ability to keep high-profile matches under very good control while always paying attention to the Laws of the Game. Nonetheless, his performances have been, in my opinion, only "good, and nothing more" this season. The last piece of cake that would have made these performances very good was mostly missing. What is weird in Brych's case is that he consistently makes the same mistakes or shows the same weaknesses again and again, e.g. his player management, use of the whistle and gestures, positioning, additional time management... His coaching should be optimized at any rate - there is still a lot of potential upwards. Despite that, delivering constantly good performances in matches like AC Milan - FC Barcelona, Chelsea FC - Galatasaray or FC Barcelona - Atlético Madrid should be enough to strongly consider Brych for the Europa League final, to give him some really good arguments for many matches at the World Cup and to reward him for what he accomplished over the last years, keeping in mind that often times Bayern München impeded such a "reward". It would be his third final within one year by the way - however, he had "only" been Kuipers' fourth official in both finals. Even though the German champions have lost their Champions League semifinals, I do not expect Felix Brych in Lisbon, although I am quite sure that the committee members are intensely thinking about this unique opportunity at the moment (taking into account that Bayern München will probably not always miss the final) - but I personally think that Turin should be the venue where his trip has to go to.
 
Prediction:
 
Europa League Final 2013/14, 14 May 2014, 20:45 CET
Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy
Sevilla FC - Benfica SL
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Fritz or Tobias Welz (GER)
Fourth Official: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Mike Pickel (GER)


Expect the Champions League final predictions next week, please!

65 Comments:

  1. I concur. Brych has been excellent this season - definitely deserves the Europa League Final. My prediction:

    Sevilla - Benfica
    Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
    Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
    Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
    Additional Assistant Referee 1: Deniz Aytekin
    Additional Assistant Referee 2: Felix Zwayer (GER)
    Fourth Official: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
    Reserve Assistant Referee: Thorsten Schiffner

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  2. Rizzoli uses Elite referees as AARs on crucial matches (Rocchi, Tagliavento). Could one imagine Wolfgang Stark as AAR for Brych? Or does Stark's well-respected status prevent him from being appointed in such a secondary role?

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    1. Actually sth comparable only happened at EURO with Meyer and Aytekin at Stark's side. I cannot imagine Gräfe or Aytekin as AARs to be honest and would exclude Gräfe with some certainty.

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    2. Difficult question about the AARs: Do we want the highest ranked officials or the referees, who have done the job several times dduring the season. In Brych's case, I can hardly imagine Stark, because it would be the first and probably last time for him. Aytekin and Zwayer from the First Group are more likely, because they dit it in the past, but they did not act as AAR in this campaign. On the other hand, we have Welz, Fritz and even international newbie Dankert, who are less experienced, but were appointed as AAR several times, also in Brych's team.
      Past appointments
      Kuipers: van Boekel, Liesveld (acted as AARs during the season, Nijhuis was classified higher)
      Stark: Meyer, Aytekin (his EURO team, so they got some experience in the season, Elite ref Brych was left out)
      Velasco: Clos Gomez, Rubinos Perez (Not Undiano, F.Borbalan was fourth official)
      Rizzoli: Tagliavento, de Marco (Rocchi was fourth official)

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    3. Overall, I would choose
      Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
      Assistant Referees: Mark Borsch (GER), Stefan Lupp (GER)
      Additional Assistant Referees: Tobias Welz (GER), Marco Fritz (GER)
      Fourth Official: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
      Reserve AR: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)

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  3. I agree with your analysis, Niclas, but I think that Eriksson deserves more the role of fourth official, than Moen. At least after the performance shown in CL KO stage.
    Therefore here my full appointment:
    EL
    Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
    Assistant Referees: Mark Borsch (GER), Stefan Lupp (GER)
    Additional Assistant Referees: Manuel Graefe (GER), Felix Zwayer (GER)
    Fourth Official: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
    Reserve AR: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)


    @Emil I think that it would be not a problem to appoint Stark as AAR, but remember that he was already involved in EL final two years ago. For the same reason, my bet for Reserve AR is Schiffner.

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  4. What is the reason for not considering Kassai?

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    1. No stable team, not the most important observers, not the best performances and the circumstance that he is at the moment far away from the level his colleagues are at - which does not mean that in theory Kassai has of course the quality to handle this match. But 2014 is the wrong point of time.

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  5. Anonymous5/5/14 19:24

    I think we will see Felix in Lissabon. Last German CL-Final-Referee was Herbert Fandel in 2007 (!). But perhaps we will all be surprised to see Wolfgang Stark in Lissabon...there are some rumours in Germany.....his performances this season were overall good and before the euro 2012 he was perhaps no 1 of europe. Last years he had much problems with his AAR.....as said I expect Brych in Lissabon but I would not be suprised to see Stark there....for the Turin-Clash is it impossible too see Kuipers again? For me not, Antonio Lopez Nieto from Spain had the UEFA-Cup-Final for three times....perhaps PLC surprises us all....

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    1. Anonymous6/5/14 12:42

      Hahahahaha I'm sorry I can't take this post very serious. If you consider Stark for this CL final then IMO even Atkinson and Thomson would have a chance. It would be a complete card festival then.... Please no! And your political argument (no German in CL final since 2007) is also complete nonsense. The last dutch CL ref was mr. Jol in 2001, so if we consider that wouldn't it be time for a dutch ref ;) Stark is absolutely no candidate! It would be a ridiculous appointment. We need the two best refs of this season for the finals and maybe even 2 possible WC final refs. Stark isn't one of them. The 3 best referees of this season have been Kuipers, Brych and Webb. And if the commitee is smart, they'll choose Björn for Lisbon (even no Dutch players involved and hasn't seen both teams for looooooong time) and Felix for Turin.

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  6. Anonymous5/5/14 20:55

    I agree that Brych is the most likely candidate. A small indication that Jonas Eriksson's team will not have the EL final is that Jonas will referee a derby in the Swedish premier league on 8 May. The important thing is that only has one of his two regular assistants with him. That (i.e. One team member missing) would never have happened if Jonas had been appointed to the EL final the following week. So I think team Eriksson could be ruled out for the Turin showpiece.

    /Swedish observer

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  7. Anonymous5/5/14 21:31

    By the way, when are the observer/delegate appointments available?

    /Swedish observer

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    1. I guess during the next 1-2 days. I try to get them.

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    2. And the appointment itself? Again about two days prior to the match or is UEFA publishing this earlier?

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    3. One year ago, it was publshed two days prior to the match, on Monday.
      Differently, the CL one was published on Monday, 6 days prior to the match (Saturday).

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  8. Anonymous5/5/14 21:35

    evilla - Benfica
    Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
    Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
    Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
    Additional Assistant Referee 1: Deniz Aytekin
    Additional Assistant Referee 2: Felix Zwayer (GER)
    Fourth Official: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
    Reserve Assistant Referee: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)

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  9. Sander van Roekel, one of Kuipers normal AR has a match on the 11th of may. So we can rule out team Kuipers for this match as predicted by Niclas.

    My bet would be Howard Webb. His perfomance this season in big matches was impressive. I would rate him at a higher level as Brych. I would expect Brych as 4th official with team Kuipers in Lisbon, if team Kuipers is appointed. Last season Kuipers was impressive and therefore rewarded with the EL final. Therefore I would go for Webb.

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  10. Anonymous5/5/14 22:05

    Niclas I agree 100% with your analyses. I think the farewell party for both Eriksson and Webb was in Madrid. This was the only reason that both PLC and Uilenberg were present. Byrch is for me the coming man.

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    1. Anonymous5/5/14 22:07

      sorry forgot to sign... Regards RC

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    2. Anonymous5/5/14 23:15

      You did not really succeed in denying your identity because you use to call Dr. Felix Brych "Byrch". ;-)

      Peter/Vienna

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    3. Anonymous6/5/14 10:10

      The devil is in the detail...... :-) RC

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  11. Kateryna Monzul has the WCL final 2 days before the actual one.

    Team published on UEFA.com

    Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
    Assistant 1: Natalia Rachynska (UKR)
    Assistant 2: Maryna Senikobylenko (UKR)
    Fourth official: Kateryna Zora (UKR)

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  12. Anonymous6/5/14 12:28

    OT: Someone wrote that referees will wear red uniform at the opening match. Today, on croatian football federation site was published that they asked FIFA to play all three group stage matches in red-white jerseyes and FIFA approved. I think referees uniforms will be changed.

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    1. Anonymous6/5/14 12:48

      Did FIFA ask permission from Adidas prior to the before approval? :-)

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  13. Totally agree to Niclas' analisys; very interesting as usual. If we would like to spend some percentage of probability, I will say:
    UEL: 65 % F. Brych - 30 % Webb - 5 % Eriksson
    UCL: 70 % Kuipers, - 25 % Brych - 5 % Eriksson
    Stark, Zwayer and Aytekin IMO are the best choice as AAR for the final match, even if I think that Stark will not be choosen for this role.
    A bot more difficult the 4th official: again percentage: Meon 70 % - Mazic 30 %.

    P.S. for anonymous who predicts Stark for UCL final: Lopez Nieto officiate Uefa final match only one time.in 1998.

    regards
    mario

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    1. In the 1994-1995 season, when the UEFA Cup final was split over two matches, Lopez Nieto was the referee in the first match (Parma - Juventus); correct me if I'm wrong :)

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    2. And in the 1999-2000 season, he had another UEFA Cup final :)

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    3. You are right Jan and anonymous: I've just checked on my data base spaniard Lopez Nieto officiated 3 Uefa cup finals. In 1995 Parma-Juventus first leg; in 1998 Lazio-Inter single match and in 2000 Arsenal-Galatasary single match.
      Sorry for my mistake.
      Mario

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  14. Anonymous6/5/14 15:31

    Anonymous is right! Serious Information from German Referee committe: Wolfgang Stark will be the Referee for the CL Final this year! Arguments for UEFA: He would have been in Brasil...but there is Brych because of his great Performances over the last 2-3 years....we had this Situation some years ago....Braschi was the CL-Final Referee because he never had chances aganin Collina

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    1. Anonymous6/5/14 15:53

      Stark CL final and Brych EL final?

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    2. Anonymous6/5/14 16:04

      If this is true I seriously don't have faith in mr. Collina and co..... IF a German should ref the CL final it's Brych and NOT Stark. I want to say to UEFA : Thank mr Stark for his duty years and send him flowers, but don't let him (OR Lannoy or Benquerenca) ruin this years CL final, just because it's the "last possibility" for him. He is not good enough now for such a Madrid derby. Besides that he already had his European final, so no need to honor mr. Stark again....The only two who are available and have the form to handle this match correctly are Kuipers and Brych! Any other name would make Collina and Co unbelievable!

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    3. Anonymous6/5/14 16:11

      Years ago it was possible to give a CL final as a farewell gift. No longer! Let us be humble. Football is about the game and not primarily for the refs. The ref exists because of the game and not the other way! The teams deserve the best ref teams available. The financial and reputational stakes are too high... Appointments MUST be made based on performance an proper risk assessment and NOT as a farewell gift. If Stark is the best and has the lowest risk it will be him in Lisbon. Regards RC

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    4. Anonymous6/5/14 16:15

      Yep I agree on that one RC but he isn't, otherwise they would have sent him to Brazil, clearly there is at least another German in front, and I dare to say that at least 5 or 6 other refs were better these last year(s).
      Regards,
      DD

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    5. I fully agree with what my previous speakers said.

      Small info which does not help us much:
      Mr Lloyd Trefor Hughes of Wales will be the delegate in Turin.

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    6. Simon Lee Evans is ruled out then... :/

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    7. Tbh, I cannot believe such thing.

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  15. Just randomly mulling... I know who appoints the Match Officials, but who appoints the Delegates and Observers?

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    1. The referee observers are appointed by the committee members. I am not sure about the delegates but I guess they are sent by UEFA's administrative bodies (?).

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    2. Anonymous6/5/14 20:28

      Could it be because Wales is hosting UEFA SC2014? A convenient learning moment for Lloyd Trefor Hughes. Regards RC

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  16. Anonymous6/5/14 19:27

    My predictions for EL and CL finals are:
    Sevilla FC - Benfica SL
    Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
    Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
    Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
    Additional Assistant Referee 1: Manuel Grafe
    Additional Assistant Referee 2: Felix Zwayer
    Fourth Official: Gianluca Rocchi

    Real Madrid Atletico Madrid
    Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)
    Assistant Referee 1: Bahatin Duran (Turkey)
    Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (Turkey)
    Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bulent Yildirim (Turkey)
    Additional Assistant Referee 2: Huseyn Gocek (Turkey)
    Fourth Official: Olegairo Benquerenca (Portugal)
    Cuneyt Cakir has got one mistake on Benifca Juventus But UEFA trust him,
    also i think that he is best option for Lisbon, Kuipers couldn't be referee for Cl final becouse he was a referee of EL final 2013.

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    1. Anonymous6/5/14 19:55

      Why is Kuipers not possible because of EL final 2013. Mister Fandel had 2 constructive finals in 05-06 and in 06-07.
      Cakir had not his best EL semi and therefore Kuipers, Brych (or maybe maybe Mazic) should be chosen for this years CL final clash.
      regards
      DD

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    2. Anonymous6/5/14 21:01

      I think that uefa coud suprise as with final apoitments

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    3. François7/5/14 12:39

      Çakir is not one candidate profitable.

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  17. Anonymous6/5/14 20:36

    Europa League Final 2013/14, 14 May 2014, 20:45 CET
    Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy
    Sevilla FC - Benfica SL
    Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
    Assistant Referee 1: Gyorgy Ring (HUN)
    Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Toth (HUN)
    Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tamas Bognar (HUN)
    Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mihaly Fabian (HUN)
    Fourth Official: Jonass Eriksson (SWE)
    Reserve Assistant Referee: Robert Kispal (HUN)

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    1. Anonymous6/5/14 22:37

      No, Kassai comes not use für EL Final.

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  18. Anonymous6/5/14 21:05

    no viktor kassai couldnt be a referee for el final becouse uefa will be chose referees from world cup

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  19. You are right Jan and anonymous: I've just checked on my data base spaniard Lopez Nieto officiated 3 Uefa cup finals. In 1995 Parma-Juventus first leg; in 1998 Lazio-Inter single match and in 2000 Arsenal-Galatasary single match.
    Sorry for my mistake.
    Mario

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  20. Anonymous7/5/14 00:07

    Webb was never an option for Turin, Benfica can't get another English referee.
    I can confirm that many things have changed in committee's minds, after the last matches, both in Champions League and Europa League. They never expected Madrid derby and Sevilla vs Benfica. What you give for sure, is now unsure.
    You know the most important UEFA slogan for referees: always expect the unexpected. That is the same.
    Furthermore, I don't understand why some people on this blog thnik that referees not called for WC, would be unable to handle finals. Absurd.


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    1. Anonymous7/5/14 09:53

      I agree on your statement of "expect the unexpected". And with the Spanish clash PLC and Co got the unexpected. On the appointment for Lisbon.... As stated before, I think the best ref team should go to Lisbon. Working under the assumption that UEFA has called upon the best ref teams to go to the WC, it would be very strange to appoint a ref team that is not going to Brazil. PLC and Co have surprised us the last couple of months. So you are right they might surprise us again. Regards RC

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    2. Anonymous7/5/14 10:00

      And there it is. Kuipers to go to Lisbon.... So not the unexpected! Regards RC

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    3. Anonymous7/5/14 10:25

      Niclas, PLC and Co surprised us a bit in timing of making the appointment public..... :-) Regards RC

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  21. Anonymous7/5/14 10:02

    Dutch FA just announced that Team Kuipers will be in charge of the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on May 24.

    Referee: Björn Kuipers
    ASR1: Sander van Roekel
    ASR2: Erwin Zeinstra
    4th OFF: Cuneyt Cakir
    AASR1: Pol van Boekel
    AASR2: Richard Liesveld

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  22. Anonymous7/5/14 10:32

    And there it is again..... Brych and Mazic for Turin..... I think the right choices from PLC and Co. I saw these choices coming for the last couple of weeks.... Congratulations to the teams. Well deserved!!!! Regards RC

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  23. Uefa is very fast with the Champions League appointment today. Björn Kuipers will referee the final in Portugal betweend the teams from Madrid. Wonderful news: http://www.dutchreferee.com/?p=3790

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  24. And Brych will referee the Europa League final!

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  25. So, Kuipers in Lisbon and Brych in Turin... No need for a blog post about predicting the CL referee anymore :)

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  26. Expected appointments but I really don't know why UEFA revealed the names so early.
    Mazic fourth official in one of the finals was another right prediction, the only "suprise" seems to be Cakir in Lisbon as fourth official. I don't know how UEFA evaluated his season, including Benfica - Juventus, but surely the fact that he got only EL in KO stage, should mean something.
    I want also to underline that one year ago Brych was fourth official in EL final, now this time he is the main referee. So, for the next season, Mazic? :)
    I think that Mazic is one name ready for Super Cup.

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    1. Anonymous7/5/14 11:51

      Chefren, Cakir did not come as an surprise for me. See previous blogs. On the Super Cup 2014 in Cardiff, I think the performances at the WC will determine who will get that match. Although I keep an open mind, that match could also go to a non WC ref team. Two names pop up in my brain.... Regards RC

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  27. Anonymous7/5/14 11:33

    Bjorn Kuipers will be referee for Real Atletico , Brych for Sevilla Benfica , confirmed by UEFA website

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  28. Good prediction! Glad Cakir got 4th on the final.

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  29. Anonymous7/5/14 13:13

    Kuipers has a big chance for WC final in Brazil, since netherlands is not likely to progress beyond Round of 16 this time. He also has performed very well in Confederations Cup final last year. He may follow the path of Howard Webb in 2010 for having UCL final and WC final in the same year.

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    1. Anonymous7/5/14 13:25

      Lets wait and see what happens in the Madrid clash! If he performs well there I agree he has a very big chance, if somebody from UEFA will ref again, because it would be a miracle if the Netherlands will be in WC quarter finals (maybe even 1/8 finals will be too high for them this time.) But lets see. Its a long time till Rio :)

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    2. Anonymous7/5/14 13:29

      It is too early to discuss about that, but FIFA has to consider all the confederations. After Webb four years ago, this time there could be a final referee from a different confederation. In such case, Kuipers would be very content with a semifinal, of course. As for now we must wait, but we can say that the Duth official is among the top rated officials at WC.

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  30. Congrats to Messrs Brych and Kuipers - thoroughly deserved appointments!

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  31. Anonymous7/5/14 15:10

    Congratulations, but I think Eriksson or Mazic would be better choice than robot-like Brych...

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