September 5, 2014

UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifiers - Referee Appointments for September 2014

These are the referees appointed by UEFA for the first package of  EURO 2016 qualifying matches, to be played on 7, 8 and 9 September 2014. The missing appointments will be added in due course. As we reported during the past weeks, this will be the first time ever with AARs in this stage of the competition.

Considered for promotion to Elite in December: Ivan Bebek
7 September 2014

Parken, Copenhagen (DEN), Group I, 18:00 CET
Denmark - Armenia
Referee: Alexandru Dan Tudor (ROU)
Assistant Referees: Aurel Oniţă (ROU), Octavian Șovre (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referees: Cristian Balaj (ROU), Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
UEFA Delegate: Scott Struthers (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)

Boris Paichadze National Stadium, Tbilisi (GEO) , Group D, 18:00 CET
Georgia - Republic of Ireland
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Referees: Patrick Langkamp (NED), Rob van de Ven (NED)
Additional Assistant Referees: Danny Makkelie (NED), Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth Official: Charles Schaap (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Tervel Zlatev (BUL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jari Maisonlahti (FIN)

Albert Flórián Stadium, Budapest (HUN) , Group F, 18:00 CET
Hungary - Northern Ireland
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referees: Guido Kleve (GER), Marco Achmüller (GER)
Additional Assistant Referees: Marco Fritz (GER), Christian Dingert (GER)
Fourth Official: Christoph Bornhorst (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Andrian Ixari (MDA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE) 

Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO), Group F, 20:45 CET
Faroe Islands - Finland
Referee: Lee Evans (WAL)
Assistant Referees: Philip Thomas (WAL), Lewiss Ross Edwards (WAL)
Additional Assistant Referees: Mark Whitby (WAL), Huw Jones (WAL)
Fourth Official: Daniel Beckett (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (IRL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Cyril Zimmermann (SUI)

Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE), Group F, 20:45 CET
Greece - Romania
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referees: Michael Mullarkey (ENG), Simon Beck (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referees: Andre Marriner (ENG), Lee Probert (ENG)
Fourth Official: Simon Bennett (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Martin Sturkenboom (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)

BVB Stadion, Dortmund (GER), Group D, 20:45 CET
Germany - Scotland
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referees: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR), Frank Andås (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR), Tore Hansen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Tis (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Diaz Vega (ESP)

Algarve, Faro-Loule (POR), Group D, 20:45 CET
Gibraltar - Poland
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Assistant Referees: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE), Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referees: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE), Michael Lerjeus (SWE)
Fourth Official: Per Brogevik (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Claude Runavot (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Are Habicht (EST)

Municipal, Aveiro (POR), Group I, 20:45 CET
Portugal - Albania
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referees: Frédéric Cano (FRA), Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referees: Fredy Fautrel (FRA), Benoît Millot (FRA)
Fourth Official: Stephan Luzi (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Ivan Borissov Lekov (BUL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

8 September 2014

Arena Khimki, Khimki (RUS), Group G, 18:00 CET
Russia - Liechtenstein
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)
Assistant Referees: Yves de Neve (BEL), Frank Bleyen (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referees: Jonathan Lardot (BEL), Erik Lambrechts (BEL)
Fourth Official: Laurent Conotte (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Dumitru Mihalache (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)

Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT), Group G, 20:45 CET
Austria - Sweden
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referees: Martin Wilczek (CZE), Antonin Kordula (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referees: Petr Ardeleanu (CZE), Zbynek Proske (CZE)
Fourth Official: Petr Blazej (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Titcombe (ENG) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Juan Antonio Fernandez Marin (ESP)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike L. (AUT)

Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE), Group G, 20:45 CET
Montenegro - Moldova
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referees: Andrei Hetsikau (BLR), Vitali Maliutsin (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR), Siarhei Tsynkevich (BLR)
Fourth Official: Dmitry Zhuk (BLR)
UEFA Delegate: Oleg Harlamov (EST)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vaclav Krondl (CZE)

Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX), Group C, 20:45 CET
Luxembourg - Belarus
Referee: Gediminas Mazeika (LTU)
Assistant Referees: Vytautas Simkus (LTU), Saulius Dirda (LTU)
Additional Assistant Referees: Sergejus Slyva (LTU), Jurij Paskoskij (LTU)
Fourth Official: Vytenis Kaziauskas (LTU)
UEFA Delegate: Jacob Erel (ISR) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Vasily Melnychuk (UKR)

Estadi Ciutat de València, Valencia (ESP), Group C, 20:45 CET
Spain - FYROM
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referees: Damianos Efthymiadis (GRE), Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referees: Ilias Spathas (GRE), Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Christos Akrivos (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: David Roger Griffiths (WAL) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR), Group C, 20:45 CET
Ukraine - Slovakia
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referees: Graham Chambers (SCO), Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referees: Steven McLean (SCO), John Beaton (SCO)
Fourth Official: David McGeachie (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: George Koumas (CYP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)

Lilleküla Stadium, Tallinn (EST), Group E, 20:45 CET
Estonia - Slovenia
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referees: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL), Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional Assistant Referees: Pawel Raczkowski (POL), Tomasz Musial (POL)
Fourth Official: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Danilo Filacchione (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle (SMR),  Group E, 20:45 CET
San Marino - Lithuania
Referee: Libor Kovarik (CZE)
Assistant Referees: Jiri Molacek (CZE), Krystof Mencl (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referees: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE), Radek Prihoda (CZE)
Fourth Official: Ondrej Pelikan (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Alvaro Albino (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: John Ward (IRL)

St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI),  Group E, 20:45 CET
Switzerland - England
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referees: Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Kazimierz Oleszek (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas (NOR)

9 September 2014

Astana Arena, Astana (KAZ), Group A, 18:00 CET
Kazakhstan - Latvia
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referees: Roman Slyško (SVK), Ondrej Brendza (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referees: Richard Trutz (SVK), Vladimir Vnuk (SVK)
Fourth Official: Tomaš Somolani (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Leonid Kaloshin (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)

8 KM Stadionu, Baku (AZE), Group H, 18:00 CET
Azerbaijan - Bulgaria
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR)
Assistant Referees: Danny Krasikow (ISR), Shabtai Nahmias (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Liran Liany (ISR), Roy Reinshreiber (ISR)
Fourth Official: Nissan Davidy (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Jevgenijs Milevskis (LVA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christer Fällström (SWE)

Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO), Group H, 20:45 CET
Croatia - Malta
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referees: Nikolay Golubev (RUS), Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referees: Sergei Ivanov (RUS), Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Valeriy Danchenko (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Steve Stride (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)

Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR), Group H, 20:45 CET
Norway - Italy
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referees: Milovan Ristić (SRB), Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referees: Danilo Grujić (SRB), Dejan Filipović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Dejan Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Dr. Rainer Koch (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
Blog Referee Observer: TBD

Stadion Letná, Prague (CZE), Group A, 20:45 CET
Czech Republic - Netherlands
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referees: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA), Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referees: Paolo Valeri (ITA), Marco Guida (ITA)
Fourth Official: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Kofoed (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vitor Melo Pereira (POR)

Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL), Group A, 20:45 CET
Iceland - Turkey
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referees: Tomislav Petrović (CRO), Miro Grgić (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referees: Domagoj Vučkov (CRO), Ante Vučemilović-Simunović jr (CRO)
Fourth Official: Dalibor Conjar (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

Camp d’Esports del M.I. Consell General, Andorra la Vella (AND), Group B, 20:45 CET
Andorra - Wales
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Assistant Referees: Matej Žunič (SVN), Bojan Ul (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referees: Matej Jug (SVN), Mitja Zganec (SVN)
Fourth Official: Tomaz Klancnik (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Peter Lundström (FIN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michael Riley (ENG)

Bilino Polje, Zenica (BIH),  Group B, 20:45 CET
Bosnia & Herzegovina - Cyprus
Referee: Ievgenii Aranovskyi (UKR)
Assistant Referees: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR), Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Serhiy Boiko (UKR), Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Fourth Official: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
UEFA Delegate: David Findlay (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Adrian D. Casha (MLT)

107 Comments:

  1. Well, at moment Marciniak and Sidiropoulos are surely the referees in the spotlights for UEFA committee.
    Big trust in them and a hope for EURO 2016.
    We got the news that Marciniak has CL, I'm almost sure that it is the same for the Greek official...

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  2. Interesting, but Logical choice that Pelikan is a 4th official but not a AR.

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  3. It looks like only elite and cat1 referees will be appointed or am.I wrong?

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  4. So, Undiano Mallenco has been removed from his original appointment.

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  5. I think Undiano had been appointed for Israel-Belgium

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    1. You could be right, it is a possible explanation. Match has been postponed to March 2015.

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    2. Daniel is probably right.

      The match was scheduled to be played on Thursday.

      http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/qualifiers/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013836/prematch/head-to-head/index.html

      http://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/competitions/Draws/02/06/14/61/2061461_DOWNLOAD.pdf

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  6. OT: Referees for Copa Centroamerica, Day 2
    GUA - BLZ: Roberto Moreno (PAN)
    HON - SLV: Jeffrey Solis (CRC)
    CRC-PAN: Joel Aguilar (SLV)

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  7. Missed RC for Roshi (SFP) by Buquet.

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  8. Correct penalty whistled by Clattenburg in favor of Romania, clear foul.

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  9. Stark is officiating the friendly Serbia - France with AARs. That is really weird.

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    1. Do you know, who were the AARs?
      The UEFA MatchCentre only lists four names:
      Stark/Pickel/Henschel/Lupp

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    2. Here, you can recognize them, I guess.
      http://www.imagebam.com/image/bca34f350038883
      :)

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    3. Thanks.
      It should be Stieler and Hartmann.

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  10. Missed RC for DOGSO (Höwedes) by Moen. No foul call at all.

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  11. Not a good game by Moen, the 2nd YC was o.k., but a little bit harsh. The final corner for SCO should have been executed plus that missed DOGSO.

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    1. Moen was very very poor and you wonder how he is operating at this level. The game was a free flowing one with two honest teams going hard at it. In truth, easy to referee. But when he had important calls to make he fluffed it.

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    2. There was a very high number of critical calls despite the actual easy and fair character of the game. I was not totally satisfied either but overall think the performance was still ok, but surely not good. The missed DOGSO is a 70-30 call, Moen's line was lenient so that I could imagine that the observer will back him as it is an acceptable NO foul. What about Höwedes' tackle leading to the 2-1? Also for me critical, but acceptable. The 2nd YC was justified, but poorly shown. Too much distance between Moen and the player sent off and when the Norwegian raised the red card, there was at least one German player between them...
      He is talented but at a certain point of time you should show that you are more than just a talent.

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  12. Excellent performance by Deniz Aytekin (GER), without any difficult calls.
    It was one of the best performances I have ever seen.
    Fantastic job.

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    1. Two YCs: one for a foul, but do you know why he cautioned Norwood (44')?

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  13. Hi Howard.
    Both were for Unsporting Behavior.
    35' HUN #3 for Holding an opponent (and SPA, but the ''holding'' element was the one that ''won'' the YC and it was also way too far from the post).
    44' NIR #16 for a Tackle. He cautioned him because of the tackle. He gave an advantage, which enden up with another soft foul. So he went back to caution the harder one.
    Understood?

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    1. Ah, thanks. I missed the last four minutes of the 1st half and the UEFA MatchCentre showed no foul (that's always the case if the card is shown after an advantage), so I was just curious.
      Thanks for the detailed explanation. :)

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    2. You can also read my report!
      It will be published sooner or later!
      ;)

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  14. Had a quick check on Clattenburg (cards, penalty). At least two YCs seem to be exaggerated, one (Pintilii 30') was closer to RC for SFP. Correct and clear Penalty.

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    1. I watched the match. We can argue for 1-2 YC's. The penalty is clear. Also the 2nd YC to a Romanian defender. The penalty Greece asks doesn't exist IMO.

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    2. Marica is a striker, if I recall correctly. But what about the challenge by Pintilii (30')? Studs-up on the knee.

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    3. It could be. But probably not for an English referee. Clattenburg probably felt that the speed of the challenge is only medium.

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  15. Expected level performance for Delferiere with a correct penalty call in favor of Russia.
    Match not really challenging, as you can guess.

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  16. Great no call for offside against Switzerland by Duran (33')

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  17. Thompson so far expected level: 4YCs (all acceptable), one good onside by Chambers. However, his personality should be stronger.

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    1. I think he missed a penalty when a player from Slovakia tried to shot on goal, but he was hit on his leg by the Ukrainian defender, Thomson missed the scene.

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    2. Ah yes, the scene (Fedetskiy? vs. Weiss) with the onside call from Chambers. Very difficult, it seemed like there was both ball and leg involved. Have to rewatch it in a higher quality to be sure.

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    3. Yes, the scene with Weiss. I'm watching a simulcast so I can't be so detailed, sorry. It looked like a penalty. To be rewatched.

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  18. Can somebody say how Královec fares? I've read something about VC by Ibrahimovic and one for Larsson (SFP).

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    1. Ibrahimovic...
      http://tinyurl.com/nszctfd

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    2. Clear RC.

      BTW Hubert, what do you think about the challenges from Pintilii (30', GRE-ROM) and Roshi (4', POR-ALB). YC enough?

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    3. You know me. Two straight red cards for SFP. Especially now, when the instructions are so clear.

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    4. I thought so. Especially Roshi really should have been sent off.

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    5. I also think that Clattenburg should have dismissed Marica with a direct red card instead of a 2nd yellow card. Studs with stretched leg..

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  19. Thomson disallowed in the added time a goal scored by Ukrainian keeper for an alleged foul on his "colleague". Really difficult to understand the reason, it was a chaotic situation in the box, uefa.com doesn't report still the foul but they wrote about the final whistle...

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    1. UEFA.com is (unfortunately) not always reliable. Contact was there, but rewatch here too.

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    2. Pyatov (Ukraine) concedes a free-kick for a foul on Kozáčik (Slovakia).

      Not it is there.

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    3. Now it is correctly reported, foul between keepers. Well watching the scene, one can agree with this call.

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  20. Thompson: Nine YCs, all o.k. cancelled a goal by UKR keeper Pyatov for a foul on SVK goalie (90'+3). Seems legit.

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  21. Kulbakov missed a penalty in favor of Montenegro in the early minutes of first half, I think 3' or 4'.

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  22. http://livetv.sx/de/showvideo/204981_portugal_albania/ (23:30)

    Can somebody tell why Buquet cautions the two players? Nani (taking the free kick without permission?) and Kace (dissent?).

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  23. How was Cuneyt Cakir's performance last night in Switzerland-England game? English Media's reaction to his performance?

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  24. Quick glance at Královec: Handball penalty correct, missed RC Ibrahimovic (violent conduct), YC for Larsson (60') borderline to SFP.

    I really like this ref, but in the Ibra-scene he did everything wrong. Missed the incident and gave a verbal warning to Alaba (!).

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  25. Tool or weapon?
    http://vimeo.com/105670104

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    1. YC is still o.k., IMHO no malicious Intention.

      Do you have more scenes? Quite difficult to find scenes from the "smaller" games. Wasn't there a 2ndYC too?

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    2. Will be later. Stay tuned :)

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    3. I think YC is a correct decision.

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    4. Many points indicate "used as a tool - YC". But I have the impression that the player in the jump exactly knew what he was doing and even looked for his opponent. Very high intensity of the punch. Borderline.

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    5. Agree with you, Niclas. It's more red card than yellow card for me.

      Another situations:
      http://vimeo.com/105671889 - missed foul
      http://vimeo.com/105682326 - both YCs Stevanovic; the first one is borderline to red card
      http://vimeo.com/105681108 - good onside by Sokolnicki; the last touch was made by Slovenian

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    6. First YC borderline, second one harsh. 1.5 YC +0.5 YC = 2 YCs. So, o.k.

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    7. Overally, both teams wanted to play in a strong, physical, but not rough way. Marciniak accepted it and allowed it by taking a back seat during this game. His lenient, but consistent line of refereeing was well adapted to this match. Yellow cards to Antonov and Stevanovic were borderline to red, but I don't think that the observer, especially Uilenberg, will call them 'crucial mistakes'. One, maybe two missed fouls, lenient and consistent line of handling the game, some problems with positioning (sometimes obstructed line of vision), full respect and acceptance from players. An expected level performance, if you ask me.

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    8. Excellent the onside on the goal scored by Estonia.
      Very difficult to detect that the player who scored was on level with the ball on the touch by teammate after the save by keeper.
      About the RC: yes, I agree with Howard Maxi. It is not 50 and 50 making 100 but 75 and 25, but at the end the sending off is at the same manner totally deserved ;)

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  26. Slyško was knocked out during a crash with a substitute player. No card for the offender, it was not intentional, but the player should have been more careful.

    Kružliak has to deal with a lot of rough tackles. I don't like his player managment so far. You can't allow them to point (and touch!) at your chest.

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    1. Particular scene, Slyško was really angry for that, but here fourth official's duty to check the players near the sideline and their correct positioning during warm-up exercises.

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    2. Enjoy:
      https://vimeo.com/105700640

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    3. How do you get this?

      0:39 He is really really annoyed....

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    4. The player involved insted of helping Slyško, seemed afraid running away from the scene. Not the best behavior.

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    5. Yeah. He really should have been booked for interfering with the work of the assitant. It is not ill tempered, but simply stupid.

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  27. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x25ker9_goal-simone-zaza-norway-0-1-italy-09-09-2014-highlights_sport

    Goal scored by Italy: correct decision to evaluate the player in offside as not active?
    He seemed to be right in front of keeper, obstructing his view.

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    1. Anonymous11/9/14 07:16

      Offside IMO.

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  28. RC for Borg and a yellow for Mandzukic. SFP followed by something borderline to VC, I presume?

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    1. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x25kgb2_croatia-malta-borg-red-card-0-0-31-09-09_sport

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    2. Already down, sorry. Is my assumption correct?

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    3. I saw the situation, Mandzukic was on the ground and the Maltese player retaliated. VC.

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    4. By the Maltese? Why was Mandzukic cautioned then? Unsporting behaviour?

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    5. Borg was persistently stopped by Mandzukic. He reacted in violent way by trying to step on Mandzukic' leg and pushing him into his face. Clear VC and clear YC.

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    6. Thx for the description, I hope I'll find a replay to clear any concerns. Borg is normally not the player to commit such stuff, so i was rather aghast.

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    7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NieFigzR_8k

      hopefully this wont be deleted

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    8. Thank you, dreafull behaviour by Mandzukic.

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  29. Bebek Overall ok, however with two crucial mistakes.

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    1. I watched the match and did not notice them. Can you please unfold which situations you mean?
      In my eyes it was expected level.

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    2. Two crucial mistakes can't be "overall ok" :D
      Can you explain? :)

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    3. 1st: 2nd YC for Ömer Toprak: I don't know what he did there. At first he did not whistle at all, then (AR1/4th official?) whistles a free-kick. Then after a Minute, he finally decides for a 2nd YC. Could have been a straight RC for DOGSO. Also, it appears that he would have missed that all without his Team, so crucial error?
      2) Missed 2nd YC for Arda Turan (85'): Boot with studs nearly on 1.60 meters, endangers the oppenent. Has to be a caution.

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    4. Thanks for noticing 2). I will rewatch it as I apparently missed it in the livestream.
      About 1). My impression was that Bebek at first did not notice the (deliberate?) handball by the defender Toprak. Then he got some input by the means of co-operation and gave free-kick. And I agree, with too much delay he gave the 2nd YC for deliberate handball. After all, it was a hard but overall good decision. Toprak was slightly pushed in his back, but not too much in my opinion. His hand deliberately moved towards the ball. So acceptable for me, of course the management of this situation and way how he came to the sending-off must be improved. But no, if the decision is based on teamwork, this is no crucial mistake.

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    5. Ok, I was unsure about that. I noticed in one recent report that a ref overturned his decision after consulting with his assistant, but the Initial decision was counted as a crucial mistake. This does not seem to be the case here, so minus points for the management of the situation, but + for the teamwork.

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    6. Right, this concerns a guideline counting when a wrong crucial decision is taken by the referee but changed after teamwork. The original crucial mistake by the referee remains (in ISL-TUR, no real decision was taken by Bebek before his AR supported him).

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  30. Andorra - Wales: So far all YCs I witnessed were correct, same for the free-kick before the winning Goal. After this Goal, Welsh fans somehow went on the pitch, result was 6+x minutes added time. Managed well by the ref though.
    BIH - CYP: So far a good performance here too. Correct YC for handball in the first half, correct penalty call for BIH (saved).

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  31. OT:
    Proença and Benquerença both in matchday 1 of UCL;

    Soares Dias in UEL (he returns after short term injury). (source FPF).

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  32. Croatia-Malta IMO good decision by referee.
    Also the penalty given to Austria-Sweden,excellent decision for my eyes.
    Check the challenge of Spanish player in Spain-FYRmacedonia in the following link minute 35 first half
    http://livefootballvideo.com/fullmatch/europe/uefa-euro-2016-qualifying/spain-vs-fyr-macedonia
    Want to hear your opinion Niclas...

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    1. Looks very dangerous in real time. But the attacker wanted to score a goal and thus tried to play the ball with that action but came too late. Yellow card is absolutely correct in my opinion, reckless tackle.

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    2. Agree. Nothing more than yellow card. Especially for you, all situations from ESP-MKD game (or rather first half :D ).

      http://vimeo.com/105770332

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    3. Very unconvincing way to caution Abdurahimi... Otherwise I'm ok with the most decisions.

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    4. Chaotic style and - for my taste - two players should've been booked: Ramos for a) foul, b) acting afterward (even red card possible, there was a hit on the hand, what is by definition a rather violent conduct...) in 4' and Ardian Cuculi for his reckless tackle in 11'.

      Nice cooperation in 35'. Obviously, AAR told Sidiropoulos about this foul.

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    5. Thank you Hubert!
      Indeed not so convincing performance.Really doesnt seem to have a personal style.And i agree with you and the missed cards.He seems rather immature for that level of matches.More low profile that it he should be.He seems to be guided by his thoughts....

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    6. He rarely put his whistle ouf of his mouth - in several occasions. I must agree with you about these 2 missing cautions. A tactical approach cannot justify not cautioning players for these tackles.

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    7. @ Salvatore: I recommend you to watch Kyiv-Genk from last season. In this match he showed that he has more style than a number of referees one referee category over him.

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    8. @Salvatore

      Thank god Bo Karlsson disagreed with your "findings".

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    9. Salvatore is right about some things but I disagree about the personal style and "immature" argument. Sidiropoulos of course needs experience and that's why he gets such matches.
      On the other hand I would not give too much on referee committee members and their assessments in those days. And specially not about "authoritative opinions".
      What UEFA knows is that their coaching programme members have to be "fought through" until the EURO 2016 selection - they need strong candidates and if you go through the current Elite Group the number will be quite low, considering that many officials have reached their zenith or will retire. So until there is no completely evident crucial mistake and no completely poor performance with medial attraction, I am confident that Sidiropoulos, Bebek, Marciniak and the others will find a smooth path lying in front of them.

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    10. If a referee doesn't has a style (as Salvatore is claiming) then PLC would not be in Torino to watch this referee or UEFA wouldn't send a committee member in Spain.

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    11. Surely. In my opinion Sidiropoulos' style is built on empathy, good player relations, an open mind and a good mix of being calm but strict.

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    12. Edward, I watched the whole match and there were many points for improvement apart from missed yellow cards. Lack of verbal warnings when needed, running with spray in a hand instead of a yellow card (11'), severe deficiencies in communication with players, chaotic way of taking some decisions (see a dive call), wrongly applied advantage (not realised, why did not go back to the foul?).

      Therefore, I can understand that someone could've drawn such conclusions as Salvatore did. However, I think that everybody has a bad day and it doesn't necessarily mean that he's not up to the level that he has reached. One is sure - a good observer should've had a long talk with Sidiropoulos after Spain - Macedonia game to work on many of above mentioned shortages for the future.

      The mark should be in the 'important areas for improvement' zone.

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    13. Exactly my point Hubert.

      A referee can have a match below expected level. You can't judge a referee with 1 performance only. Sidiropoulos last year had 8 matches (more than any other on his category). That must mean something.

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    14. Ok i can understand what you all mean,after reading your comments.I do not have anything against the greek referee and after i read humbert's comment i felt the same way.Thats all.I have also watched his performance last season in one match of my team Fiorentina against a romanian team,and i think also there his performance was not so convincing(his major issue for me was thathe made a RC for DOGSO into YC).Also in Torino,he said some problems with the handball penalty and the enchroachment after the penalty kick,and i think we all agree on thatso i was not convinced then either.Of course i did not watch Kiev-genk as Niclas advised me to do,but i will try :)
      So after all,although i have not watched several matches(mainly matches of italian teams) of him,i am not a big fan.And i think youmust respect that.I can understand that uefa and PLC(by the way how do you know Collina was in Torino?)as you said is watching him closely,and i am sure that like Marchiniak,Bebek will have UCL match next week,but you know better than me that refereeing is not just performance.So i wish him good luck and i hope he will soon develop a lot.

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    15. Btw: Sidiropoulos is appointed on Saturday in Greek Superleague with his regular Assistants. That could indicate a European match next week.

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  33. I watched the goals scored in Iceland - Turkey.
    I think that in the 1-0 action, AAR2 Ante Vucemilovic had a wrong positioning in order to check a possible goal / no goal and he really seemed not interested to look carefully.
    Am I wrong?
    00:23
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x25kwsu_iceland-3-0-turkey-9-september-2014_sport

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    1. Good catch, seems to be rather....unconvential behaviour. This will give him -0.2 for bad positioning/alertness to incidents happening in his vicinity. What about Vuckov at the 2-0?

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    2. Was the 2-0 correctly assigned to the first player who shot on goal?
      The ball had already crossed the line, I think that Vuckov noticed that, but video footage can't help us regarding that. We must assume, without contrary proofs, that his positioning was ok.

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    3. Yes, UEFA correctly assigns it to Gyli. However, I'm not sure if Bebek/Vuckov knew that, as just as the ball crossed the line, Kolbeinn slid in and gave it another touch. So the decision was never really to take. UEFA can assign the goalscorer later on (after looking at bideo footage). But I agree, we have to believe that he saw it, in dubio pro ref.

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