June 16, 2014

World Cup 2014 - Referee Appointments - Matches 18-20

These officiating trios have been chosen to handle Matches 18-20 at FIFA World Cup 2014.


GROUP B, Match 20
18 June 2014, 18:00 CET
Estádio Beira Rio, Porto Alegre
AUSTRALIA - NETHERLANDS
Referee: Djamel HAIMOUDI (ALG) 
Assistant Referee 1: Rédouane ACHIK (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Abdelhak ETCHIALI (ALG)
Fourth Official: Bakary GASSAMA (GAM)
Standby Assistant Referee: Evarist MENKOUANDE (CMR)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

GROUP B, Match 19
18 June 2014, 21:00 CET
Maracanã - Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Rio de Janeiro
SPAIN - CHILE
Referee: Mark GEIGER (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Sean Mark HURD (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Joe FLETCHER (CAN)
Fourth Official: Nawaf SHUKRALLA (BHR)
Standby Assistant Referee: Yaser ABDULLA TULEFAT (BHR)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas H. (NED)

GROUP A, Match 18
18 June 2014, 00:00 CET
Arena Amazônia, Manaus
CAMEROON - CROATIA
Referee: Pedro PROENÇA (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino MIRANDA (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tiago TRIGO (POR)
Fourth Official: Walter LÓPEZ (GUA)
Standby Assistant Referee: Leonel LEAL (CRC)
Blog Referee Observer: Carlos (COL)

200 Comments:

  1. OT: FIFA assistant referee Jan -Hendrik Salver from Germany, who participated in two World Cups (2006,2010), the 2008 Olympics and two European championships (2004: final, 2012) has finished his career.

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    1. Anonymous16/6/14 13:54

      Jan-Hendrik Salver has been one of Germany's best assistant referees for the previous decade, he deserves to return for his third successive world cup in 2014, unfortunately he was part of Stark of trio.

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  2. Anonymous16/6/14 14:04

    By looking at the list of referees who have not had an appointment yet, and also considering the importance of certain matches, I have come up with the following predictions for the next six match appointments:

    Australia vs Netherlands: Haimoudi (ALG)
    Spain vs Chile: Geiger (USA)
    Cameroon vs Croatia: Shukralla (BAH)
    Colombia vs Cote d'Ivoire: Proenca (POR)
    Uruguay vs England: Williams (AUS)
    Japan vs Greece: Gassama (GAM)


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  3. They're online. AUS-NED: Haimoudi, CAM-CRO: Proenca

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  4. Strange. FIFA does not break confed neutrality for SPA-CHI, but for CAM-CRO...
    And Gassama and Shukralla are appointed as fourth officials, so they can't have their first match soon.

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  5. Anonymous16/6/14 14:41

    Another strange thing: Geiger already getting his second match before some referees get their first match.

    Duitse Leeuw

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  6. Repot on Osses is ready. Mark is 8.4

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  7. Anonymous16/6/14 14:45

    FIFA must have decided to break confed neutrality for CAM- CRO after Croatia was furious with Nishimura in the opening game. FIFA wishes to appoint an experienced UEFA referee for this game.

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  8. Anonymous16/6/14 14:55

    I think FIFA won't appoint Gassama, Shukralla and O'Leary any time soon, some experienced referees will be appointed for the second time for important matches before these three referees get their first. Probably they will be assigned to a few meaningless clashes in the final round of group stage. FIFA certainly trust some referees more than others. Geiger seems to be the number 1 CONCACAF referee at the world cup.

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  9. Anonymous16/6/14 14:56

    Didn't expect Geiger in such a crucial match. I think he's not the best choice for such a big match and I'm affraid he's not up to this one. Let's hope I'm wrong! Anyhow a crucial test for Geiger! I hoped Haimoudi would get that match in group B instead of AUS-NED, or maybe I wanted to see an European (Webb?) But that being said, I'm happy that the Netherlands get Haimoudi as a ref for a match!
    DD

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  10. Anonymous16/6/14 15:03

    Haimoudi is considered as the top African referee at this world cup. Geiger is a good referee, but I think FIFA should appoint an experienced European referee for ESP vs CHI game.

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    1. Anonymous16/6/14 15:18

      Only Geiger, Doue and Kuipers performed well and were fully respected by players. European referees are not of their usual standards. It's good to see FIFA appoints referees who were good and not those who had full control, best-management, etc. but failed with decision-making [Brych, Rizzoli]!

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    2. I do prefer referees with control and player management than those who don't have any personality.

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    3. Anonymous16/6/14 17:30

      Geiger, Doue and Osses haven't any personality?! They were sympathetic [not like snippy Brych and Rizzoli], they were respected by players, they hadn't problem to communicate with them. So what are you talking about?!

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    4. Osses showed a bit of personality but his excessive usage of whistle covered that.

      Doue needs to be less strict and start interacting with players.

      Geiger IMO was the less challenged of the 3 and I couldn't detect his personality.

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  11. My predictions for Thursday:
    COL-CIV: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)
    URU-ENG: Benjamin Williams (Australia) or Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
    JAP-GRI: Peter O'Leary (New Zealand)

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    1. Anonymous16/6/14 15:29

      Uru-Eng for Irmatov, IMHO

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  12. Anonymous16/6/14 15:14

    I too find it strange that some referees are getting a 2nd game before others get their first - does this mean that they don't rate them at all?

    Also with all the controversy that has happened so far why has Busacca kept back the World Cup final trio? Which game is he waiting for to appoint them to?

    Ian

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    1. Anonymous16/6/14 16:26

      Yes... Where is Webb?

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    2. Anonymous16/6/14 19:54

      Where is Velaco Carballo from Spain.?

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  13. I suspect Geiger is higher in FIFA's eyes than many, especially in Europe, may think. Unless something goes very wrong, he is likely to be the first American to get a knockout stage match.

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    1. Anonymous16/6/14 16:38

      That may be the case, and Geiger is not a bad ref at all, but I still can't understand why a ref who doesn't have a strong personality on the pitch, gets such a difficult game where personality is needed! ;-)
      DD

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  14. Anonymous16/6/14 16:44

    I think the issue of appointing referees fot 2nd match before others get their first match is not because fifa dont trust them. Remember in euro 2012, pedro proenca got his first match after others like lannoy had their 2nd match but pedro ended up having the highest no of matches including the final, and i'm sure refs like webb will also get significant matches bcos of experience.

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  15. Anonymous16/6/14 16:53

    Don't forget that FIFA doesn't care about number of matches. Remember 2010: Rosetti got only one match in group stage and than he was appointed for famous Argentina-Mexico in first knock out stage. Also, Batres got two matches in group stage and quarter final, Archundia two group satege and third place match, Irmatov three group stage matches and two knock out, it is clear that FIFA doesn't care about number of matches, performance is only principal. There is no stupid system like UEFA does: every official gets two matches in group stage of EURO - come on.

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  16. Is the Doue report up? I have the links for Kuipers, Aguilar and Osses, but the one for Doue has no link.

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  17. Anonymous16/6/14 18:13

    Wasn't that a DOGSO and RC for Portugal?

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  18. Anonymous16/6/14 18:15

    Bad decision by Mazic. Yet another ghost penalty!

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  19. Anonymous16/6/14 18:23

    If the penalty is uncorrect, also Mazic goes out from the short list of referees for final. It's early to say that.. But who could be the last referee of this WC in your opinion?

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  20. Anonymous16/6/14 18:30

    Don't know why but Mazic seems disturbed. The penalty is an early error that is not helping him to settle down.

    AP

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  21. Mazic: red card to Pepe for headbutt!!

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  22. Anonymous16/6/14 18:39

    IMHO it was penalty.
    Yes,Gotze fall down funny,but there was clear holding,obvious holding from portugese defender.

    SkB

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    1. Anonymous16/6/14 18:51

      Actually it's not funny, I'd call it a comic penalty! The ejection is understandable but the penalty is incorrect.

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  23. Anonymous16/6/14 18:41

    Correct decision Mazic to sent of Pepe. Incredibly stupid behavior by Pepe

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  24. Anonymous16/6/14 18:45

    This is how to appy LOTG. Superb decision by Mažić!
    Some referees should learn here: especially Rizzoli and his closed eyes! Pepe accepted the decision without any questioning.

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    1. Anonymous16/6/14 18:57

      Well, Pepe is known for his behavior. The penalty is correct. So Mazic fault just because everything is against Portugal?

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    2. Why are you defending Pepe's behavior? This kind of behavior should be banned from the beautiful game and Mazic has done so by correctly applying the Laws of The Game. Please nobody try to defend Pepe's headbutt by saying soft, just touched him etc. Even the player like Pepe knows it is a red card offense and walks away

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    3. Anonymous16/6/14 19:53

      Two hard decision, we can doubt them, but there was elements for a PK and for a send off.

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  25. actually a good performance by Mazic because the crucial decisions are basically correct, IMO, but I tend to red card for DOGSO (right penalty), red card for the first hit (Pepe accepted the card!), missed YC in 41', one mistake by AR1. Overall good player management, explaining his decisions, cooling down.

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    1. Puuh, I'm unsure about the decisions. Penalty call a little bit soft IMHO, if he whistles is, RC for DOGSO for me. Missed YC (Coentrao, 41') and overall correct sending of for Pepe.

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  26. Two words to describe Mazic's performance in this first half: WONDER REF ! best referee of the tournament so far, perfect penalty, perfect YC and then perfect RC !

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  27. Anonymous16/6/14 18:50

    If anyone ruined the game, it's Pepe. One really can't blame the referee for such stupidity.

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    1. Anonymous16/6/14 18:53

      I agree. People think that referees should allow payers everything, just becasue otherwisde they "ruin" the match.
      So to be honest, I'm happy that Dr. Mazic *ruined* this match.

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  28. Correct penalty in my eyes.

    But it should have been a RC. How is this not a DOGSO?

    Correct RC for Pepe. Stupid action and deservedly he is gone.

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  29. I agree with all the decisions taken by Mazic apart from the card in the penalty scene, it is to me more red and DOGSO than yellow and SPA.

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    1. The explanation could be that Mazic evaluated as relevant the presence of other defenders near the ball but they were behind, and in my opinion without any chance to try a last save...

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  30. Anonymous16/6/14 18:53

    Two geat and correct decision by Mazic, only AR1 missed offside

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  31. Anonymous16/6/14 19:02

    Strange tendency! Rizzoli is blind for Costa headbutt and it's good. Mazic punishes it correctly and it's bleeeeh. Penalty correct but for me it's DOGSO. 41 - shouldn't it be another red card?

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  32. Anonymous16/6/14 19:07

    AR1 missed offside, in first half, he was lucky, Portugal was going to score.

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    1. Anonymous16/6/14 19:24

      Yes, but FIFA instructions in the situation like that is to let them hold the flag down, the same situation happened in the second half with Ozil.

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  33. Anonymous16/6/14 19:36

    Try to defend Mazic now! This is SCANDALOUS. Penalty and injection missed. This is worse than Nishimura and it just proves this is a pro-German refereeing from the beginning. How come can he whistle penalty in the 1st half and simply overlook this classic penalty?? Mazic GO HOME!

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    1. Penalty very clair.

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  34. Anonymous16/6/14 19:37

    I agree first half penalty was a correct decision. Clear pull.

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  35. Anonymous16/6/14 19:37

    What's this? What a blunder from Mazic!

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  36. Anonymous16/6/14 19:37

    No penalty to Portugal. Ronaldo protesting was YC.

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    1. Anonymous16/6/14 19:40

      Are you serious when you say there is no penalty?

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    2. Anonymous16/6/14 19:43

      Yes, I'm serious, Portugal did a mess and they wanted to attack Mazic for his decisions.

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    3. Anonymous16/6/14 19:45

      To me it was a penalty, so crucial mistake. I thought Mazic looked insecure, because he didn't book Ronaldo. If he was sure of his no penalty decision no referee would tolerate such dissent.

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    4. Anonymous16/6/14 19:49

      Absolutely! Mazic with the worst and most disastrous in terms of impartiality and foul detection.

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      Can you explain for me the word censorhip? From who?

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  37. Anonymous16/6/14 19:46

    Well, so you understand absolutely nothing about refereeing. It's so, so clear.

    It's not even worthwhile keeping the debate up when people are so biased/limited.

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    1. Anonymous16/6/14 19:50

      You can discuss without saying that other people are biased/limited.

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  38. Anonymous16/6/14 19:50

    +Correct penalty
    +Correct red card
    +Correct no penalty for Portugal

    -No card for Ronaldo for protesting
    -2 times the ball hits Mažić
    -Maybe YC for Coentrao in 1th half.

    Challenging match,crucial decisions right.

    SkB

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    1. Anonymous16/6/14 20:03

      You must be kidding! Where's the obvious penalty for Portugal and subsequent injection?

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    2. Very good observation.

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  39. Anonymous16/6/14 19:54

    Cristiano Ronaldo missed YC for attacking Mazic. No penalty was the right decision.

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  40. Anonymous16/6/14 19:57

    I'm not fully convinced of Mazic. Penalty and red card ok, but before the penalty he pushed away Pepe. Touching a player in this manner is simply a absolute no-go. Missed YC for ellbow in first half, missed second foul on Podolski in second half. Probably penalty for Portugal. Many complaints by players. Not much authority.

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    1. Anonymous16/6/14 20:19

      Penalty for Germany, although a bit doubtful, can be accepted. Pepe's dismissal also understandable but Maziz really failed to control the match and impose authority with Portuguese players contesting his decisions all the time. The Serbian missed a clear penalty for Portugal in the 2nd half. Cristiano Ronaldo had an angry outburst but he can'st protest like he did. Mazic should have booked CR7.
      Overall an inconsistent performance by Mazic. I can't sort out why he appeared so anxious and disturbed on the pitch.

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    2. Anonymous16/6/14 21:31

      It's not possible at all to deem Mazic's performance a good one. And I believe we will confirm it in the next appointments.

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  41. Summary:
    After an overall good performance I have to state a patchy one all in all. To begin with the last 15 minutes: more an more mostakes: wrong throw-in, missed YC 88', wrong decisions 84'/85', I tend to penalty for POR (but I have to see it again whether player was touched) (whistling no penalty - YC for POR 7), additional time too short. Penalty correct, I tend to red card for DOGSO, correct red card, missed YC 41', good player management (explanation, communication, cooling down), two wrong offside decisions by AR1. Maybe 8,0?

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    1. Agree to 90%. Meireles (88'), C. Ronaldo (85') and Coentrao (41') should have been carded. IMHO more of a penalty for POR but no foul on Podolski. Red card for DOGSO at the penalty. But overall a good performance and good player management.

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  42. Anonymous16/6/14 20:04

    I think the Portugal fans shouldn't make their stupid statements. They are so biased as only you can be!

    - penalty 100% right, but red card for DOGSO instead of YC for SPA
    - missed foul by Pepe on Muller resulted in later VC, red card is right choice
    - no card for #5 POR is really poor decision; should be a red card - elbow as a weapon
    - no penalty for Portugal is correct, but Cristiano Ronaldo must be booked for protests

    - Ezequiel

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  43. Anonymous16/6/14 20:05

    Good analysis Jens but it implies 7.3 - 7.5 in my opinion. It's been such a poor performance. And guys, we've got to be serious. Portugal has grounds for complaint by all means. Can't find a mistake against Germany. I've never seen something like this before.

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    1. Anonymous16/6/14 20:16

      RC in pen situation for DOGSO? RC/YC for POR#5 for elbowing?
      Keep more open mind guys.

      Even though some great decisions, the performance was ruined by some bad decisions against both sides. Sadly, we are running out of referees!

      / BC

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    2. Anonymous16/6/14 20:33

      Indeed! Terrible Mazic!

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  44. Anonymous16/6/14 20:07

    Ezequiel, your comment is even worse than Mazic's performance.

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      It is, indeed!

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  45. In my opinion so far:
    Kuipers
    Aguilar, Osses, Geiger
    Irmatov, Brych
    Rizzoli, Ricci
    Doue, Mazic
    Roldan
    Nishimura

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      My ranking up to this point:

      Geiger, Kuipers
      Aguilar, Osses, Doué, Irmatov
      Ricci, Rizzoli
      Brych, Roldán
      Nishimura, Mazic

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  46. Anonymous16/6/14 20:16

    Portugal should focus on their players, not on the referee. Ronaldo today was humiliated. He even yelled at referee without being booked.
    In the penalty, it was a RC for DOGSO! Mazic made the only mistakes of his match in favor of Portugal: missed RC Coentrao, missed YC Ronaldo, wrong card at penalty. All the other decisions are absolutely spot on! Please be honest here, Portugal is a honest country. Don't get dirty with such stuff.

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    1. Anonymous16/6/14 20:34

      Your comment is not even good for an anecdote! For goodness sakes!

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    2. Anonymous16/6/14 20:35

      Don't try to mask a pro-German refereeing from the very beginning. Yer, Portugal is a honest country. It's one of the most ancient countries in the world and deserves RESPECT! Mazic did not respect Portugal today.

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    3. Anonymous16/6/14 20:40

      an honest*

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  47. Wow this anonymous crowd is truly brutal and for whatever reason it always seems to happen when Mazic is the referee.

    As a neutral observer, I think the early penalty was absolutely correct as well as Pepe's RC. Other decisions were less than clear such as the YC for SPA as opposed to a RC for DOGSO but Mazic's decisions are by no means a "crucial mistakes" (which many of you like to call the slightest of errors). I do think Portugal should have had a late penalty but (as a referee) it seems obvious that Mazic was less than interested in rewarding Portugal with a PK after he had accidentally deflected the ball which led to the chance. And while we can endlessly debate whether this is "fair" or "correct" I honestly do not have a problem with letting play continue.

    Unlike the German side, Portugal was not at their best and only have themselves to blame for this defeat although I am sure they will point the blame at the referee which seems ridiculous.

    Although this was hardly a flawless performance, I think Mazic did fairly well and fully expect him to be appointed to at least one more group stage match as FIFA obviously think highly of him with this appointment. :)

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    1. Anonymous16/6/14 20:40

      Another bad anecdote trying to get there...be serious!

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    2. Feel free to disagree with me but please at least give examples of why you think I am wrong. I understand Portugal's frustration but the result was never wrongly influenced by the referee and, if anything, Portugal were lucky to not have three players sent off.

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    3. Anonymous16/6/14 22:21

      And you rub it in! Is it too difficult to understand that a ridiculous red card in the 1st half against a good team like Germany means the destruction of a match??? Not to mention the enormous penalty over Éder. Not even a single mistake against the Germany. A total shame!

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    4. Anonymous16/6/14 22:23

      *against germany

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    5. 1) How is it that you blame the referee for "ruining the match" and not Pepe for a senseless headbutt that clearly warranted a RC?
      2) Penalty for Éder can be given but even then the scoreline is 4-1 (assuming the PK is converted)?
      3) You say that there was not a single mistake against Germany. Are you saying that Mazic was poor because he was biased or because his mistakes were not even for both teams? In either case, this point is ridiculous.

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    6. If you had a brain, you would easily realize that during a match an impartial referee always commits some mistakes affecting both sides. But incredibly, in this case, Mazic's most important decisions always harmed the same team - Portugal. This is what I find strange, something a fairly intelligent person would get in no time.
      Headbutt? It's confirmed, you must be a part-time soccer fan with little ability to discern basic things. This is to say that an incorrect red card does ruin a match and a team. It is once again too obvious but for you...ok.

      Mazic proved his inconsistency and lack of impartiality. An outright shame that only deeply biased people can't acknowledge.

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    7. So the headbutt is confirmed but the red card is incorrect? Already you make no sense. Unless you can give clear examples of how Mazic was deliberately biased then you have no business questioning the integrity of World Cup match officials. I have no problem discussing the incidents of this game, but when you claim that Mazic was partial and everyone else is "brainless" or biased themselves then you demonstrate your own intolerance for any views that contradict your own (which is something partial observers like yourself tend to do).

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    8. I have on other view in some points....
      The penalty for GER was a CAN, not a MUST - and Mazic chose for YC and not RC cause he wasn`t completely sure, I think. Not 100 perc. correct, but the only logical explanation
      Pepe had got a warning by Mazic even before, where a YC would have been a possibility - Mazic had chosen to try it the soft way first. If you know him for longer, you know, he often tries it that way, but reacts in a very hard way, if that doesn?t work and pure unfairness happens afterwards. Exactly that happened here - but he did an other mistake here: For the foul Pepe ag. Müller: First YC and for the folowing provocation (no, it was no real headbutt) 2nd YC, so two YCS=YellowRed would have been 100 % correct.
      Rest of the match... 1 missed YC (ellbow against Khedira by Coeintr.)
      NO penalty for Ronaldo, but no YC either - there was a little touching, not enough for pen., but no diver either
      All in all a difficult match, and NO crucial mistake, Mazic standing at the wrong place 2 times, ok, but very good personality
      We could only discuss that he tends to touch players in discussions and even pushed s.o. back when correcting the distance to a free kick...
      For me so far:
      Aguilar, Mazic 8,6
      Osses 8,5
      Geiger, Ricci, Brych 8,4
      Kuipers, Irmatov, Eriksson, Doue 8,3
      Rizzoli 8,2
      Nishimura, Vera 8,1
      Roldan 7,8


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  48. Anonymous16/6/14 20:37

    My ranking so far:

    Kuipers, Geiger, Osses, Aguilar

    Doué, Irmatov

    Ricci, Rizzoli, Brych

    Roldán

    Nishimura

    Mazic

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  49. Anonymous16/6/14 20:37

    Paulo Bento saying Mazic played a big part in Portugal's loss. Not exclusive but a big part!

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  50. Anonymous16/6/14 20:46

    Niclas, are you there? Please. Your blog is destroyed by some Portuguese people... Don't allow it please.

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    1. Anonymous16/6/14 20:55

      People let's cool it off. Portuguese fans are quite angry over mazic's performance, it's normal. There were some controversial calls throughout the match but there's no reason to say the blog is being destroyed! Come in out of the rain! Everybody is free to express their own views. You can agree or disagree on it. Niclas surely is gonna give his take on Mazic's work!

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  51. Anonymous16/6/14 20:48

    A lot of anonymous posts here. A lot of angry,biased,subjective comments.
    There is no need for that.
    Mazic wasnt so consistent with cards, his card managment wasnt the best.
    But, penalty for Deu and RC for Pepe were correct decisions.
    Also problems with foul detection few times.

    No penalty for Portugal,and no booking for Ronaldo? Well,this is questonable..

    Overall,you cant speak about such a bad marks for a referee,the match was quite challenging.

    Surely Mazic had better performances,but this one was solid.
    Two crucial decisions correct,third decision was maybe wrong.

    Calm down anonymouses,there is nothing good in your defending or attacking for referee. Don‘t mention Merkel,censurship etc . STOP WITH THEORIES OF THE CONSPIRACY.

    Greetings for all referees and visitors of this blog.

    Ref

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  52. Anonymous16/6/14 20:49

    http://www.tportal.hr/ResourceManager/GetImage.aspx?imgId=702936&shotId=1&width=630&height=360

    I hope they will punish Raul Meireles for this.

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    1. Anonymous16/6/14 20:49

      and this is the fair Portugal.... well...

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      If you see the situation live he was just instructing his team-mates.

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  53. Watching how Irmatov was running yesterday, If Irmatov was refereeing this match, he would have prevented Pepe's red card with his presence. He would be right in between the players before even Pepe gets into Muller's face. Mazic just walks to the scene and it is too late before he gets there.

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    1. Yes, Irmatov runs very well and fast.

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    2. Anonymous16/6/14 20:59

      No doubts about it. Irmatov is by far the fittest referee at the the WC! And the appointment of Mazic for this match is senseless, as we've all figured out through his work. Webb would fit the bill!

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  54. Anonymous16/6/14 20:59

    Agree with your views. Irmatov and Kuipers (in case the Netherlands don't reach the final) are good names for the final clash at Maracanã.

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    1. I agree. But I think FIFA also thinks about Webb, Cakir, Proenca and Geiger.
      AR2's Irmatov is 44. In the future, will we loss Irmatov or are there other AAs?

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  55. Anonymous16/6/14 20:59

    Being fully objective, there were three crucial mistakes: lack of red card for DOGSO, lack of red card for elbow as weapon (Moutinho, 41), lack of penalty for Portugal. Mazic played the ball twice, it was bad, the rest was really good. Mark should be 7.3/7.4. Again good performance of European referee crowned by crucial mistakes.

    Regards!

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  56. Anonymous16/6/14 21:00

    Whay didn't we have Webb or even Velasco Carballo at Portugal-Germany, two top national teams?

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    1. Anonymous16/6/14 21:02

      *Why

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    2. Anonymous16/6/14 21:18

      I'd have appointed Webb for this encounter.

      AP

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    3. Anonymous16/6/14 21:19

      No doubt these two men would at least avoid such a shame.

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  57. Anonymous16/6/14 21:05

    Like most refereeing decisions, the possible Portugal penalty is not a black-or-white decision and considering the situation arose from an interference I can follow the no-penalty call. Other than that, okay performance by Mazic with no crucial mistakes, but some areas for improvement (body language, player management...) I'm sure we'll see him again.

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      Just because the ball came from an interference doesn't mean you've got to commit a truly crucial mistake. It's not a possible penalty, it's a clear penalty. It's a huge error. Full stop.

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    2. Anonymous16/6/14 21:15

      No crucial mistakes? Righ, you did not see the match.

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    3. Anonymous16/6/14 21:15

      Right*

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    4. Anonymous16/6/14 21:44

      Serbian lobby it's always here for Mazic....not only Dr Bane

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    5. Anonymous16/6/14 21:49

      No crucial mistakes? Not a matter of being Portuguese or not....it's a giant penalty committed over Éder with the German having to be sent off. For example, I'm Portuguese but I think Proença is by no means our best referee. He has thr right people behind him.

      As to Portugal as a country, I also think Mazic's performance was a disrespect to our nation. Ok, we did not play well but Pepe's incorrect red card (he just touched Muller's head) was decisive.

      Kind Regards

      Pedro

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      the*

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    7. Anonymous16/6/14 22:05

      Even if the penalty had been given and scored, Portugal would still have lost 4-1.

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    8. Anonymous16/6/14 22:08

      Can't you figure out the red card influenced the rest of the match???

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    9. Anonymous16/6/14 22:11

      Maybe Pepe shouldn't have headbutted and maybe Portugal shouldn't have conceded 2 goals by that point :-).

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    10. Anonymous16/6/14 22:57

      No doubt it may have played a part in the final result. But I don't think the decision is *wrong*. Most people outside of Portugal seem to think the same. So the question is who you should blame for this decision that influenced the outcome of the game: Pepe or the referee?

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  58. Anonymous16/6/14 21:12

    Proença at Croatia-Cameroon? If FIFA wanted to break neutrality rule, then they could have done it by appointing him to the supposedly tense clash featuring Spain and Chile. Does this mean FIFA do not trust Proença as much as they do with other European referees?

    What are your predictions for Thursaday's matches? Either Webb or Carballo shoul be appointe for Ivory Coast-Colombia but we never know.

    A lot of controversy here on Mazic. Good decision on Germany's penalty, bad at sending off Pepe (as it was said, Irmatov, for example, wouldn't do it) and incredible mistake at not awarding Portugal a penalty with Eder clearly pulled down by a German man and not giving this man the RC. If the Serbian gets another match, he's due to thank God!

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      Thursday* should* appointed*

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  59. Anonymous16/6/14 21:26

    We have seen in the last World Cup that referees were sent home and were not appointed because of assistant's mistakes: Busacca only one match, Larrionda and Rosetti, Kassai at EURO etc.... Kochkarov raised his flag and made a crucial mistake, the same with Clavijo. Do you think FIFA will continue with punishing the whole trio becasue assistant's mistake? What I want to say, it is very possible we won't see Irmatov no matter how good he was :/

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      I think Irmatov was neither great nor awful. That advantage call that he is now being overhyped for was nice, but most good referees would have made that call I think.

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      Irmatov really is one of the best and a natural choice for the final. Well, at least it gets more and more evident that Mazic should be already on his way home. Portuguese coach Paulo Bento partly blamed Mazic for the result. I'm eager to learn about Busacca's reaction to this match.

      AP

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  60. Anonymous16/6/14 21:29

    Never rated Mazic high. Has always problems with controlling the situation. View my comments on Stardard-Wisla Krakow on 23/02/2012.

    I wish gumienny was on this tournament. Now we only have referees with verbal skills, player managament and other bullshit. When do we get referees who interprete faults and take correct action. I think geiger and kassai come close to the style of gumienny. Seeing faults and take correct decisions. Not levelling things and be as invisible as it can be.

    Other example: Card management of rizzoli was a disaster.

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      For me Mazic was a real letdown. Expected much more from the Serbian. He never controlled the match, allowing constant protests. Penalty over Éder is obvious.

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    2. Anonymous16/6/14 22:14

      indeed. According to the rules EACH PROTEST IN WORDS OF GESTURES IS WORTH A YELLOW CARD.

      HOW MUCH OF THESE SO CALLED TOPREFEREES GIVES a YELLOW CARD FOR PROTEST?

      I am sure Gumienny would have given yellow cards for protest.

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    3. Anonymous16/6/14 22:40

      Totally agree with first Anonymous! Tendency in European refereeing is awful. Talking, talking and talking. You see a violent conduct? Come on, keep both eyes closed! You see a handball? Come on, it was not enough! You see a penalty? etc.

      Refereeing should be being on the pitch and making good decisions, not taking the role of stars and be a good actor, talking to players in a so strange way like Brych and Rizzoli. The second saw VC of Costa and shouted on a victim of this behaviour. Unbelievable! And I think that FIFA was annoyed by this and told referees it's a red card. That's why Mazic didn't hesitate and showed red card.

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  61. Anonymous16/6/14 21:36

    Why are Skomina and Kassay out of this World Cup with so many bad performances from the European referees overall? Can't understand how certain European referees are present at this WC!

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      Well, if you are able to predict the future, committee was not.

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    2. Anonymous16/6/14 21:41

      Typical discourse to extenuate bad decisions.

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  62. Anonymous16/6/14 21:53

    Will Mazic be given German citizenship? :)

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  63. Fairly easy match for Vera so far with no big scenes and no mistakes.

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      The disallowed goal? Didn't see anything wrong.

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  64. Anonymous16/6/14 22:09

    7.1 for Mazic.

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  65. Anonymous16/6/14 22:12

    I don't know why Mazic generates so much love and hate. Incredible!
    IMHO he had just one crucial mistake, the PK not awarded to Portugal (the foul on Eder is clear IMO). But, come on, the result was 3-0...
    Surely Portugal didn't lose because of Mazic, but because of Patrício, Pereira, Pepe, Alves who were unbelievably bad today. Poor Ronaldo that had to play with them.
    The ref had 1 crucial mistake, should be punished for that in his marking, and that's it. He's still one of the best. Don't you think it is a bit childish to scream so much about the ref when you lose 4-0?
    Greetings from Portugal.

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      I agree with you. It would be so good if all the comments have explanation like this one.
      What is good...What is bad...then opinion....
      It's right way for discusion and good analyse. :)

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  66. Mazic in the first 70 mins very good. Last 20 mins a bit insecure. PK germany correct. No RC I can live with due to the position of defenders. RC correct. PK Portugal should have been given. Marking 7.9/8.3. Regards RC

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  67. Anonymous16/6/14 22:27

    1 crucial mistake? What about the ridiculous red card to Pepe? By the way, those "greetings from Portugal" seem so so FAKE!

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    1. Just my opinion. And Im not German or Serbian. At least you can grant me the right of my own opinion.

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  68. Anonymous16/6/14 22:31

    "Greetings from Portugal"?? hahahah come off it man, you must be Mazic's father, right? Ask Paulo Bento and real portuguese people what they think of Mazic!

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  69. Anonymous16/6/14 22:42

    Vera 83' wrong handball whistled, Nigeria was close to score. Lucky man.

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  70. Anonymous16/6/14 22:46

    I am actually quite surprised by what I read on this blog. All reports here in the UK media are very positive of Mazic's performance and mention no issues with his decisions. They say all his critical decisions (penalty for Germany, red card for Pepe's stupidity and no penalty for Portugal in the second half) were spot on, without any doubt, and that his only minor error was not sending off Joao Pereira for committing penalty, but giving him only YC. Let's see what FIFA will say, but I am certain we will see Mazic several more times on this World Cup.

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      Portugese fans, go away. This is blog for refereeing, not for supporting your national team.

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  71. Awful, awful game of football... Can't really comment on Vera's performance as I fell asleep watching that rubbish.

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    1. If I am allowed to step in for you? ;)
      Easy match, good work. I like the way he showed the only YC, signaling the Iranian player that it was his fifth foul. I can also agree with his handball call on Odemwingie (78').
      Should be an 8.2.

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    2. Anonymous16/6/14 23:15

      Are we sure that people from Portugal watched the same match Germany-Portugal we did? When I'm reading their comment I am really not sure what match did I watch and what match did they watch. I'm confused. BTW, Mažić was good, not very good, but good. For me no penalty for Portugal, pk for Germany and red card are correct.
      PS: After some mistakes made this year, I hope Busacca will be sorry for not appointing Kassai

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  72. Anonymous16/6/14 23:39

    It's so unbelievable some people keep saying Mazic's work was "good" or even "very good". After all his crucial mistakes always to the detriment of Portugal, the terrible Mazic should be in Serbia already. He's a true obstacle to football!

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      Well, it was indeed very good for any neutral observer. In all the news reports I read here in the UK media about this match, there is no mentioning of any issues, and all his critical decisions were judged as correct. Only biased Portuguese fans might think the opposite.

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  73. Anonymous17/6/14 00:23

    So, I hope the report about GER-POR will come soon. I'm very curious (also for Ricci and Irmatov)!

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  74. Winning is so easy, losing seems to be very difficult at least for some of these anonymous trolls. I am sorry but for the rest of the World Cup anonymous identities will not be allowed to post comments any longer. I recommend those who want to participate in discussions fairly to create an open id or use either an alias or a google account.

    My - of course totally biased - view:

    - Penalty Germany: no doubt. RC was possible, YC is spot-on.
    - RC Pepe: Spot-on, very important for the tournament.
    - Missing YC for Coentrao, I would not go so far to call it "used as a weapon"
    - Missing YC for Ronaldo for dissent.
    - Severe deficits in maintaining visual control to the ball and thus interfering twice with German counterattacks.
    - In the direct aftermath of the 2nd incident, possible penalty kick not given for Portugal. From one replay it looked like a penalty, from another one I agreed with him.

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    You see most mistakes favoured Portugal and not Germany. My mark would be 8.3 or 7.9 (8.3) depending on the POR penalty appeal.

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    1. Agree with you on 100%, Niclas and believe me in this match I'm completely neutral.

      BTW: Very good 1st half by Eriksson. Good communication with his team, especially well done the ressolving of the scene Muntari vs. Jones. Excellent management here. Thumbs up!

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    2. I tend to agree with your view. It seems that contact in the penalty box is important in the guidelines to be followed by the refs.
      For me no doubt regarding penalty situations. Both are penalty and Germany, correctly awarded, is even softer compared with older situation.
      Apart from that I agree with your comments on disciplinary measures. Foul detection, he previously delivered better performances. Position, anticipation were all not the best, regarding any previous matches I saw from the Serbian.
      One word for some errors of AR1 regarding off-side and ball possession decisions.

      Fair mark would be 7.9(8.3), or even 7.8(8.2) if we strongly consider the aspects he needs to improve (positioning, alertness, disciplinary...)

      Guys probably a thread for every match would be a good idea (or some other way to have a more organized discussion xD). Disable AN function seems to be a good conduct as well.

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    3. You are right, the problem is that the first discussion started in a wrong thread (I don't know why people started to discuss Nishimura in a thread that had nothing to do with Nishimura's assignment...) and so the latest threads seemed to be kept for discussions.
      Also this topic will be discussed tomorrow.

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    4. Spot on with your analysis Nicolas. One thing that I really want to emphasize is the missing YC to Ronaldo. From my point of view we are stilling missing to see a referee who can deal effectively with this kind of blatant dissent. Either in a verbal/non-verbal way, effectively killing the dissent on the spot, or by simply giving that YC with a stern procedure. Because allowing that kind of protests in my opinion sets a destructive standard for what is allowed, making it more difficult for the referee himself for the rest of the match. It gives the surroundings the impression that he is not in control of the match, and it devaluates his respect from the players as well as his authority. And that is a shame I think. I just want to pinpoint that I am ONLY talking about the more blatant examples of dissent (and not about killing the atmosphere of game), but surely I think that Ronaldo crossed that line by his repeatedly waving with the arms and hunting down the referee in a highly aggressive manner.

      Perhaps they have been instructed to avoid these kind of “stupid” YC, but as explained above I think it can be really destructive for the handling of the match by allowing it.

      I think I would have loved to see Webb handle the situation.

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    5. Very important point, Danish ref. Later on, even Podolski made this waving hand gesture several times after an easy free kick appeal. It had an impacting effect on other players, you could argue. And the public impression is even more significant, as you correctly said.

      Concerning yellow cards. FIFA indeed instructed their referees to delay the starting moment as much as possible and to save as many yellows as possible. At least that's the info we received. It explains a lot and raises doubts about the competence of Busacca and his team.

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    6. If that is true, it indeed does. YCs have to be issued for things like tactical fouls (Mascherano), wild tackles (Gamboa) and dissent (C. Ronaldo). While I agree that games like GER-SER and SUI-CHL are not needed, this other extreme is also wrong IMHO.

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    7. It's really bad and specially visible in URU-CRC with Brych and also in many other matches. Really bad tendency if you ask me!

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    8. In my view of refereeing, cards must come tactically in-time, and not "as late as possible" or "for every tactical foul". Yes, I know that stopping a promising attack is a card, and I also thought that Mazic e.g. really could have cautioned the POR player who stopped Lahm close to the AR1 sideline with a tactical foul and only received a verbal warning. But if this fits into the disciplinary approach, the game can and will benefit from it. I would really say you cannot generalize here, every referee approach / previous decisions / atmosphere in the match are important. Having said that, I found it refreshing that there was finally a referee who does not tolerate violent conducts. We have seen that in ESP-NED and FRA-HON and it goes against my understanding of protecting of play that Rizzoli and Ricci let those players alive.

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    9. You?re right, Niclas! Thx for dismissing all those anonymous "deep thinkers"
      Discussing Mazic`s performance, I disagree with the RC against Pepe " a littlebit", cause ifor me there was not a RC, but two YCs in a row - one for the foul against Müller, one more for the following provocation, so Mazic should just show him two times Yellow=Red, no big thing, but a difference.
      What I really don?t understand, are the positive reactions to Vera`s performance, so many little mistakes, 2-3 missed YCs -
      and for me really disappointing was the fact, that Eriksson just handled the crucial match in a way - well, he had no courage, just letting things flow and saying "Good luck, boy", to anyone, who was injured. Have you counted all the ellbows in the faces of opponents? He did not even whistle... And don?t tell me he did not recognize that or doesn`t know the rules... He just accepted the players changing the rules of the game from both sides/ both teams.
      What do you think about guys, is that only my view???

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  75. Niclas I can agree with you comments on the match. However I would like to convince you not to block anonymous comments. It will be a surrender to the ignorant people whilst goodwilling bloggers wont have acces. We have to accept the negative effects of an open internet society. Freedom of speach is to great to give up... Regards RC

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    1. For this night I will do, we discuss it tomorrow in the team. But of course you have a point. Regards.

      P.S.:
      Thanks to PlayTheAdvantage, check this gif:
      https://playtheadvantage.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/portugal-penalty-in-the-box-against-germany.gif
      I have to change my mind, actually it was DOGSO, agree with Edward and co.

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    2. Agreed. It's 100% DOGSO. Check this:

      http://snag.gy/4NMt2.jpg

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    3. Thanks for that.

      A general thought. I think Mazic was overall not bad, surely not that good either. But how much responsibility must be shifted to Massimo Busacca? I see no, really zero sense in appointing Mazic, the most inexperienced UEFA referee on international turf (no doubt on his quality of course) of all selected officials, for GER-POR as match no.1 while Proenca is getting CMR-CRO, said with all due respect for both national teams. Why not start calmly and in case of a good performance you have an allrounder like Mazic for a tougher 2nd game...

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    4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuhOQG6LuZs
      For me, it was not enough for a penalty.

      And yes, there were better choice for Mazic's 1st match on WC.
      Busacca put him in a fire..
      Regards

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    5. Yes that is the angle which makes me support Mazic. My feeling is that there was no contact that caused the descend of the attacker.

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    6. There are 2 different angles.If there is a contact,its slight contact.
      And for possible DOGSO situation...well,I don't know.
      I have a feeling that position of the other two Portugal defenders was a reason for showing YC.

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    7. The safest option would be to whistle a dangerous play (studs-up) by Eder.

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    8. The problem is that you can hardly see that in the pace of the live-action on the pitch.

      Another scenario. Imagine he had given that penalty. How would the German players have reacted? Mazic had just stopped a promising attempt by a repeated interfering with play 5 seconds earlier. Then he would have been in real trouble. And I dare to put my head above the parapet and say that this had a certain impact on the judgment. Why I have this presumption: as we know Mazic, he would have never ever let Ronaldo go away without a YC for his dissent if his decision had been grounded on 100% determination.

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    9. Of course.That was my first impression, I was confused when he didn't gave YC to Ronaldo.
      But I thought about penalty for Germany situation, when I mentioned position of defenders (Pepe and Alves).
      I don't know, maybe I'm wrong but i think that Mazic didn't gave red card because the other defenders were close..

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    10. Agree, it was the main reason to wave it off, but it's no mistake for me.

      For me, the only mistake is lack of red card for DOGSO.

      As for Pepe's red card - it was very, very smart to eject him. Can you imagine the next scenes if Pepe stood on the field? And I'm sure that situation from Rizzoli's match was discussed at general debriefs for all referees and it has been said to punish such behaviour by red cards.

      For my taste, Coentrao should've gone for this elbow, but I can accept a yellow card for reckless challenge. No card is unacceptable.

      Mazic was very arrogant. He shouldn't push protesting players (Pepe, 10')!!! If you want to be respected, you must respect others!

      There were two situations, where he could've easily yellow-carded players for tactical fouls. He opted for verbal warnings, I was a bit stunned.

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    11. Regarding the comments on the match and blocking anonymous, I really really want to encourage you Niclas, to keep the anonymous blocked.

      I really love this blog, and I spend quite some time here. But after having scrolled down for 10 minutes, wasting my time only reading childish nonsense and outbursts that destroys our good discussion - I was fed up. I practically almost got a head ache. I don't want to miss all the good comments and analysis from the serious people using this blog - but that is exactly what is happening as it is drowning in nonsense from anonymous "contributors". In the end people will lose their patience and simply stop reading the comments and contributing to our nice little community. That would be a shame.

      I don't see the issue by keeping anonymous blocked, as people who really want to contribute just can register for a user (as I have just done). And just that process will keep most of the "problems" away I think.

      I don’t want to dictate how you run you fantastic blog Niclas, but this is just my point of view. And I would be sad to see the qualitative comments killed and watered down by stupidity.

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    12. I agree. Those anonymous trolls and haters became very annoying thing.

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    13. Hi guys. If you allow me I would like to join your discussion. I know one member of the Serbian team personally, so I it is hard for me to be objective. I wanted to make two observations:
      For a possible DOGSO, I think that Mazic called this contact
      http://snag.gy/ENEJM.jpg

      Second: I don't remember when Mazic was hit by the ball and today he did that twice. Only coincidence or something else. What do you think?.

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    14. Hello Niko,
      Thanks for the screenshot. To be honest I think that Mazic's decision was a 50-50 decision in the real match. One eyeblink after this contact, two POR players were a metre closer to the goalline than Götze. So I can totally understand that for Mazic this "snapshot"-view (which IMO demands a red card) looked like a yellow card. Personally I prefer to consider this card as still acceptable in a referee observer's report, but would regard it as a good teaching example of what DOGSO means in difficult situations.
      It might be a coincidence, but I prefer the cause-effect-analysis: quick running to follow counterattacks anticipatively, no visual control to the ball, blocking the passing paths of players and being unable to escape the ball. This is very easy to improve, but also a very easy mistake.

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    15. @ Danish Ref: We will think about it. But the tendency goes towards the decision you proposed.

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  76. I think yellow card for pk is justified as the other defenders were too quick to close. A red card would be too harsh at this particular situation as a pk is already called against.

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  77. Eriksson with a quite lenient approach during the whole match, especially regarding Muntari, who was lucky to be booked only in the last minutes of second half.
    BTW 5 minutes of added time both in first and second half, it happens rarely... for the rest, no particular issues.

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    1. Great player managment,as always :)

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    2. I agree that his general management approach was lenient. But his foul detection was at times nearly pedantic, or maybe that is just a feeling. Of course he needs a second match.

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    3. To be honest, I have nothing to criticize on Erikssons performance. For me the best one so far. Five Minutes were perhaps one to long in the 2nd half. But that is only personal preference.

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    4. Agreed that Eriksson's line was lenient as we have seen from most officials so far. I thought 5 minutes (although unusual) was appropriate for both halves. There were really no difficult decisions to evaluate so we will probably see him tested once more.

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    5. Sorry, I really disagree. Eriksson with no courage in a crucial game, ignoring ellbow-fouls in airfights and other harsh attacks completely. For me very disappointing, cause he just followed both teams, who agreed on that line. Several missed YCs - just like Vera in IRAN-NIG, who made many little mistakes in an easy match.

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  78. No suspension for Meireles:

    https://vimeo.com/98390814

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    1. Good decision. He didn't show middle finger, it was pointer :)

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  79. Looking forward to see the performance of Çakır tonight..

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  80. Thoughts on the "kung fu" kick on Dempsey in 33'? Reckless or deliberate? I'm leaning towards the former...

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nRVIoQwzF54

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    1. I don't Believe that it was deliberate. The straight leg makes it look more like a case of poor balance.

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  81. Yesterday, I watched Mazic for the first time. I was very curious, because every time Mazic is involved, something happens on the blog.

    I thought Mazic's peformance was okay. I am not going to talk about his decisions, but about something that is even more important for us as referees at home: Mazic's way of communicating with players.

    Mazic communicates in a very physical way. He touches players all the time, sometimes even pushing them away. Take a look at the penalty decision in 10'. Pepe walks towards Mazic and Mazic pushes him in his stomach. That is surely not a way to gain respect as a referee. If you want respect, you have to give respect. Pushing someone backwards shows lack of personality and lack of control. In addition, if you push players away from you, you should not be surprised if players start pushing you too. I don't think that that is something you'd like as a referee.

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    1. Thx, Marcel, I recognized that, too - but the way he touches players, is not really aggressive, he often smiles in those moments, so I interprete that different: I think, that Mazic tries to be authority-person and "best buddy" same time - and that doesn`t work at all! The problem is, that this lack of distance leads him into emotional problems during the match and makes controversous situations even more dangerous!!!

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  82. Interesting post-match interviews with the German players:
    Götze said about that the penalty was a 50-50 call in his view (what probably means, he was rather surprised about it)
    Müller thought the RC for Pepe was for the hand in his face and said, he did not want to provoke that. He did not realize the headbutt and seemed also a bit surprised about the sending-offf.

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    1. Philipp, that`s wrong, Götze just says what he thinks, in former time he even pointed out referee`s mistakes supporting his team... and when he says 50/50, he really feels that way! And Müller is one of those players with the heart on their tongue, too. But for me not 1 red card, but two times YC in a row= yelowred!

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  83. Newspapers are reporting that FIFA has started an internal investigation whether Humberto Clavijo's offside mistakes were human mistakes or a lack of impartiality.
    http://www.diariocambio.com.mx/2014/secciones/codigo-rojo/item/66331-fifa-descubre-corrupcion-de-arbitros-colombianos-que-le-anularon-dos-goles-a-mexico

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    1. I don't think that it is true. In case of internal investigation, they wouldn't have appointed again him, even though just as reserve...

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  84. Another idea: Isn't Pepe's foul on Müller alone enough for a red card due to DOGSO? The next defenders are far away.

    My thoughts on the other performances:
    Vera was good in an easy match.
    Eriksson was only decent IMO, I was not convinced by his foul detection and card management

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