December 12, 2014

UEFA Referee Categories - Winter 2014/15 - Aytekin and Mateu Lahoz promoted to Elite

UEFA's Referee Committee members have decided to promote Germany's Deniz Aytekin and Spaniard Antonio Mateu Lahoz to the highest category of European international referees. From now on, they belong to Elite Group. Congratulations!

++ Craig Pawson is the new English FIFA referee. ++
++ RFEF is the first association allowed to have more than three referees in Elite. ++
++ For the first time (in history?), France will not be represented in the Elite Group. ++



Born in 1978, Deniz Aytekin has already taken charge of 7 Champions League and 91 Bundesliga matches. The official from Oberasbach in Bavaria probably saw that promotion coming: he is the director of a German website focused on consulting horoscopes.

Having been the best Spanish referee in La Liga 2013/14, Antonio Mateu Lahoz has already officiated 122 times in the highest Spanish league and appeared 6 times in Champions League. Some years ago, he was highly lauded by José Mourinho, something which does not happen that often.

Both will join the pool of 22 Elite Group referees.

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Elite Group
Martin Atkinson (ENG), Deniz Aytekin (GER, prom.), Felix Brych (GER), Cüneyt Çakır (TUR), Mark Clattenburg (ENG), William Collum (SCO), Jonas Eriksson (SWE), David Fernández Borbalán (ESP), Viktor Kassai (HUN), Pavel Královec (CZE), Björn Kuipers (NED), Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP, prom.), Milorad Mažić (SRB), Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR), Pedro Proença (POR), Nicola Rizzoli (ITA), Gianluca Rocchi (ITA), Damir Skomina (SVN), Paolo Tagliavento (ITA), Craig Thomson (SCO), Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP), Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

First Group 
Ievgenii Aranovskiy (UKR), Pavel Balaj (ROU), Luca Banti (ITA), Ivan Bebek (CRO), Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS), Kevin Blom (NED), Tamás Bognar (HUN, prom.), Serhiy Boiko (UKR), Marcin Borski (POL), Ruddy Buquet (FRA), Tony Chapron (FRA), Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP), Sébastien Delferiere (BEL), Christian Dingert (GER, prom.), Oliver Drachta (AUT, prom.), Aleksei Eskov (RUS), Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP, prom.), Simon Evans (WAL), Mattias Gestranius (FIN), Pawel Gil (POL), Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Duarte Gomes (POR), Manuel Gräfe (GER), Serge Gumienny (BEL), Tom Harald Hagen (NOR), Kenn Hansen (DEN),  Ovidiu Alin Hategan (ROU), Arnold Hunter (NIR), Stefan Johannesson (SWE), Matej Jug (SVN), Sergei Karasev (RUS), Michael Koukoulakis (GRE), Libor Kovarik (CZE), Ivan Kruzliak (SVK), Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR), Harald Lechner (AUT), Liran Liany (ISR), Robert Madden (SCO), Danny Makkelie (NED), Szymon Marciniak (POL), Andre Marriner (ENG), Gediminas Mazeika (LTU), Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA), Steven McLean (SCO), Bas Nijhuis (NED), Michael Oliver (ENG), Daniele Orsato (ITA), Halis Özkahya (TUR), Clayton Pisani (MLT, prom.), Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT), Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE), Artur Soares Dias (POR, prom.), Manuel Sousa (POR), Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD), Marijo Strahonja (CRO), Martin Strömbergsson (SWE), Stephan Studer (SUI),  Anthony Taylor (ENG, prom.), Leontios Trattou (CYP), Alexandru Tudor (ROU), Clément Turpin (FRA), István Vad (HUN), Pol van Boekel (NED), Slavko Vinčič (SVN), Tobias Welz (GER, prom.), Alon Yefet (ISR), Miroslav Zelinka (CZE), Felix Zwayer (GER)

Second Group
Anatoliy Abdula (UKR, prom.), Aliyar Aghayev (AZE), Ionut Marius Avram (ROU), Bastien Benoît (FRA), John Beaton (SCO), Alain Bieri (SUI), Alexandre Boucaut (BEL, prom.), Kevin Clancy (SCO), Sebastian Coltescu (ROU, prom.), Antonio Damato (ITA), Bastian Dankert (GER), Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP), Amaury Delerue (FRA, new), Neil Doyle (IRL), Nerijus Dunauskas (LTU), Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR, prom.), Andreas Ekberg (SWE, prom.), Said Ennjimi (FRA), Fredy Fautrel (FRA), Marco Fritz (GER), Antony Gautier (FRA, dem.), Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP), Vlado Glodjovic (SRB), Serdar Gözübüyük (NED), Orel Grinfeeld (ISR, prom.), Marco Guida (ITA), Alexander Harkam (AUT), Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP), Sergei Ivanov (RUS, prom.), Adrien Jaccottet (SUI), Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR), Georgi Kabakov (BUL), Mete Kalkavan (TUR, prom.), Jakob Kehlet (DEN), Stephan Klossner (SUI), István Kovacs (ROU), Artyom Kuchin (KAZ), Sergei Lapochkin (RUS), Jonathan Lardot (BEL, prom.), Michael Lerjeus (SWE), Richard Liesveld (NED), Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP, new), Davide Massa (ITA), Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD), Vitaly Meshkov (RUS), Hugo Miguel (POR), Benoît Millot (FRA), Antti Munukka (FIN), Christos Nicolaides (CYP, prom.), Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS), Craig Pawson (ENG, new), Radu Petrescu (ROU), Lee Probert (ENG), Pawel Raczkowski (POL), Pavle Radovanović (MNE), Nicolas Rainville (FRA), Alan Mario Sant (MLT, prom.), Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR), Daniel Siebert (GER, new), Ilias Spathas (GRE), Daniel Stefanski (POL), Tobias Stieler (GER), Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL), Padraigh Sutton (IRL), Stanislav Todorov (BUL), Kristo Tohver (EST), Andris Treimanis (LVA, prom.), Stavros Tritsonis (GRE), Richard Trutz (SVK), Siarhei Tsynkevich (BLR), Michael Tykgaard (DEN), Jan Valasek (SVK), Paolo Valeri (ITA), Ognjen Valjić (BIH), Ante Vucemilović-simunović jr (CRO), Carlos Xistra (POR)

Third Group
Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE, new), Alexandr Aliyev (KAZ), Sascha Amhof (SUI), Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN), Dennis Antamo (FIN), Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (LVA), Petr Ardeleanu (CZE), Thorvaldur Arnason (ISL), Adrian Azzopardi (MLT, new), Suren Baliyan (ARM), Sven Bindels (LUX), Marco Borg (MLT), Johnny Casanova (SMR), Raymond Crangle (NIR), Nikola Dabanović (MNE), Andrew Dallas (SCO, new), Oleksandr Derdo (UKR, dem.), Sergiu Derenov (MDA), Vasilis Dimitriou (CYP), Vadims Direktorenko (LVA), Alain Durieux (LUX, new), Mihaly Fabián (HUN, dem.), Adam Farkas (HUN, new), Bartosz Frankowski (POL), Aleksander Gauzer (KAZ), Athanassios Giachos (GRE), Danilo Grujić (SRB), Dag Vidar Hafsas (NOR), Markus Hameter (AUT), Nikolaj Hänni (SUI), Tore Hansen (NOR), Richard Harrington (WAL, new), Rahim Hasanov (AZE), Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL), Zaven Hovhannisyan (ARM), Milan Ilić (SRB, new), Denis Izmailov (KAZ, new), Dejan Jakimovski (MKD), Edin Jakupović (BIH), Jari Järvinen (FIN), Lorenc Jemini (ALB), Michael Johansen (DEN), Gunnar Jónsson (ISL), Enea Jorgji (ALB), Srdjan Jovanović (SRB, new), Fran Jović (CRO), Charalambos Kalogeropoulos (GRE, new), Jovan Kaludjerovic (MNE), Laurent Kopriwa (LUX), Yaroslav Kozyk (UKR), Peter Kralovic (SVK), Tvetan Krastev (BUL), Mads Kristoffersen (DEN), Giorgi Kruashvili (GEO, new), Nicolas Laforge (BEL, new), Erik Lambrechts (BEL), Tiago Lopes Martins (POR, new), Jens Maae (DEN), Orkhan Mammadov (AZE, new), Bryn David Markham-Jones (WAL), Tim Marshall (NIR, new), Dimitrios Massias (CYP, new), Paul McLaughlin (IRL), Yuriy Mozharovskyy (UKR), Dumitru Muntean (MDA), Tomasz Musial (POL), Ville Nevalainen (FIN), Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR, new), Dominik Ouschan (AUT, new), Tolga Özkalfa (TUR, new), Ali Palabiyik (TUR, new), Bojan Pandzić (SWE), Erez Papir (ISR, new), Andreas Pappas (GRE), Bardhyl Pashaj (ALB), Tihomir Pejin (CRO), Irfan Peljto (BIH, new), Nikola Popov (BUL), Anders Poulsen (DEN), Radek Prihoda (CZE), Zbynek Proske (CZE), Petur Reinert (FAR), Roi Reinshreiber (ISR), Robert Rogers (IRL), Eiko Saar (EST), Joao Santos Capela (POR), Marco Santos Ferreira (POR), Sandro Schärer (SUI, new), Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT), Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR), Lasha Silagava (GEO), Bariş Şimşek (TUR), Sergejus Slyva (LTU), Mervyn Smyth (NIR), Roomer Tarajev (EST, new), Alexandru Tean (MDA), Vilhjalmur Alvar Thorarinnsson (ISL, new), George Vadachkoria (GEO), Bart Vertenten (BEL), Mikhail Vilkov (RUS), Ignasi Villamayor (AND), Vladimir Vnuk (SVK), Domagoj Vuckov (CRO), Nikolay Yordanov (BUL), Mitja Zganec (SVN), Anatolii Zhabchenko (UKR)

prom. = promoted
dem. = demoted
new = new on the FIFA list

105 Comments:

  1. Well, committee has made the essential choices. Absolutely deserved promotion for Aytekin in my opinion, I had the pleasure to observe him in the two group stage matches he officiated in this season and he was good. In addition to that, as Former Elite development referee, he has surely a big experience.
    The same can be said for Mateu Lahoz, this is an excellent and deserved achievement after the very good performances shown starting from more than one year ago in Champions League. And it is also fair to wait prior to demote, in my opinion, the referee who more deserves that: Velasco Carballo.
    So, 4 Elite officials from Spain and none from France.
    Names like Marciniak, Turpin and Sidiropoulos need more experience, I agree with the committe in this choice. They can wait, at least, six months.
    What about Bebek and Karasev? They seemed sure but now... surely the Russian is in a difficult situation...

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  2. Pisani from Malta promoted! Just looked at his palmares, very, very inexperienced to be a category 1, and to be promoted without being tested in Europa group matches, very strange promotion. Can only be a political promotion!

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    1. If we talk about political choices; welz and dingert promoted..

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    2. Austrian Drachta is also promoted to first category without any relevant matches. Never had a EL-groupstage game before. Very suprising.

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  3. Gautier has beeen demoted!

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    1. Indeed, what a disastrous fall for him - from Elite Development to Group 2.
      So France is represented at the top level only by 3 First group referees - not only do they lose their only Elite official, they also lose one of their First group refs. Tough situation for Pascal Garibian!

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    2. So now one can guess why Buquet was immediately pushed in CL.

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    3. Does anyone have any ideas why? Really Surprised me

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  4. Craig Pawson new FIFA referee from England.

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    1. Any new assistant referees? John Brooks?

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    2. No, Nur - no new English ARs.

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    3. Btw: Same goes for other countries. So I guess that the new ARs are not yet approved by the UEFA systems.

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  5. What do you think about Zelinka and his team yesterday ?

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    1. Zelinka is talented referee a hope will be in elite in future. One bad match has every referee. In fact, Královec, Kovařík and Příhoda are better referees, but Zelinka is the youngest of them.

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    2. Exactly, I have the same opinion. I am Czech referee and I think Zelinka is good and handles important games. Thanks a lot

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  6. Anthony Taylor appears twice

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  7. Going after performances, four Spanisch Elite Referees is nothing but a bad joke.

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    1. You're right.
      Why Spain should have 4 referees in Elite thinking they are used for unimportant games like Galata - Arsenal or Dortmund - Anderlecht ? And I don't want to remember Velasco's performance in Brazil....

      Btw, today who was the chairman of the meeting ? Angel María Villar Llona ? He's the chairman of the referee committee and also vicepresident of UEFA...

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    2. I don,t completely agree! Despite some bad or unsatisfactory performance, spanish Liga is very hard and spanish referee use to handle difficult matches all the weekends. Last final champions league or clásicos between Barcelona and Real, for instance, has been refereed more than once for some of them. Besides, and this is a decissive point, IMO Spanish referee assistants are the better in Europe -the international very brilliant- and all we know the problems some referees have had or are having at present with some ARs.

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  8. It seems as if Giorgi Kruashvili has abandoned his FIFA AR career and has become a referee instead.

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  9. So only 22 Elite group referees at the moment.

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    1. I think that Graefe is better referee that Aytekin
      but Collina is always one mistaken.

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  10. The First Group list is not complete ...

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  11. Tiago Lopes Martins is the new FIFA referee from Portugal, with only 2 matches in Primeira Liga.

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    1. are you sure about that ? i'm portuguese and I don't know who is this guy ahah

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  12. I really dont understand committee. You appoint several second cat referees in EL and then you promote only two referees who you appointed and promote four or five other referees who didnt even get an important match. Bebek, Turpin should be in elite.... sometimes i am just shocked by uefa

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    1. I fully agree

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  13. Is Andrew Dallas Hugh's son?

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    1. It seems as he replaced the young Paul Robertson after only one year. What happened to the latter?

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    2. What a surprise? :)

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    3. unfortunately Paul Robertson has not refereed for one year due to bad injury.

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  14. No promotion for Marciniak and Raczkowski. I'm sad, because at least the first deserved to be in Elite, he is a complete referee... Some moves are really strange - Pisani, Drachta. A pity for Gautier. I agree re Aytekin and Mateu Lahoz. Very good referees deserving Elite status. However, Dingert and Welz promotions seems to be a German lobby... Still big federations - apart from France - are privileged.

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    1. Both Welz and Dingert have made a good development in Bundesliga, specially Welz (who was however injured for many weeks). I don't see a very bright international future for them, as I consider Zwayer, Aytekin and Brych as better, but taking into account that performances in domestic (top) leagues play an important tole in UEFA's decision their promotion is understandable. It is however a mystery to me how officials like Hunter, Tohver and all the other talented referees from smaller nations are not considered, once again.

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    2. I of course generally on your statement. We all do know that politics play an important role in refereeing. I can only speak for the German referees but I think that Dingerts promotion has as well something to do with his good performances in the German Bundesliga. He really showed a good development. And regarding Welz, in my opinion he is among Germany's top referees but his severe injuries have set him back. Maybe they believed in his potential but maybe it was as well part of politics ;)

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    3. It's a pity for Raczkowski, he is a good ref with a strong body language.

      Drachta's promotion is indeed really crazy.

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    5. Oliver Drachta was (the relevant) additional assistant referee during the UCL 2011/12 match Viktoria Plzeň - FC Barcelona where Robert Schörgenhofer wrongly awarded a penalty to the Spaniards and simultaneously sent off a Czech player after only 22 minutes. Schörgenhofer - a candidate for promotion to Elite at that time - was demoted after that match observed by Hans Reijgwart, never paired with Drachta any more and the latter completely stagnated on an international level which often reminded me to Istvan Vad after EURO 2012. Maybe Pierluigi Collina regards Drachta rehabilitated now ...

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  15. Some news about AR?

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  16. Turkish referees are missing here.

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    1. Fırat aydınus and Bulent Yıldırım (1st category referees) are out of list because they didn't pass the physical test.

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    2. Cuneyt Cakir is still an elite. Huseyin Gocek and Halis Ozkahya first group. They don't meet the expectation in our league but they are generally performing well in Europe. Mete Kalkavan is promoted to Second Group. I don't know the criteria that he is selected over Baris Simsek as I belive the latter one is a better referee in general. Probably TFF and Ulienberg decision. Baris Simsek is in Third Group, Tolga Ozkalfa re entered FIFA list (last year he was taken out - taking him out of list was correct but putting him back is silly move in my opinion). Ali Palabiyik, he is 1981 born young and promising referee. I believe he can take over from Cuneyt Cakir later. At the moment he is not performing very well in Turkey but he has shown good signs of being a good referee...

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  17. Do you anything about Cyprus ? Ioannis Anastasiou and Marios Panayi are not in the list. Have they lost their FIFA status ?

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    1. Panayi had some problems with his Boss Hans Rejqwart and was not considered for the Cyprus League for about 2 months now.

      I don't know why Anastasiou was removed and no-one replaced him.

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  18. Is not Dominik Ouschan a new FIFA referee ?
    Do you know if Estonia has a new international referee instead of Hannes Kaasik ?
    Thanks a lot

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    1. @ Anonymous 1: Not yet.
      @ ~ 2: Thanks, I missed 1 line (surname-letters N-P were incomplete).
      @ ~ 3: It seems so.
      @ ~ 4: Yes, Ouschan is in the list. Tarajev replaces Kaasik.

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  19. For me the most weird promotion is that of Soares Dias.

    Can't think of any performance reason for this move.

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    1. I have seen him at Krasnodar vs Wolfsburg and he was quite okay there (8.4). The match report is somewhere lost in Niclas' mail office ;) he may not have the best future perspective but I think he is doing okay.

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  20. Interesting news when considering that four referees are replaced by only two. UEFA is in a need to find more talents as of 1 July it seems. And based on what I have seen I think that a Polish, a Russian and a Greek referee are the ones next in line to get promoted. You all know what names I am thinking of, of course. Will be interesting to see whether the French referee will join as well. I think he will. Intersting, however, to see how UEFA will approach the next EURO in terms of the number of referees and from which countries.
    /Swedish observer

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  21. Does anyone have the updated lists for women and futsal?

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  22. It seems as if most promotions were made to satisfy some national associations. For example Bognar seems to have been promoted only because Fabian was demoted and Hungary lost one FIFA place, as Nemeth seems to have lost his badge.

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    1. Btw: Where is Fabian? He isn't on the list.

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    2. Where is Mihaly Fabian ? I canot find his name in the list.

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  23. Who decides the number of spots per country? Is that based on the quality of refereeing from that country? For example, it seems that Malta has 4 spots now. Greece one more, If I'm not wrong. Hungary one less.

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    1. Fifa decide on numbers of officials per country. Uefa then place them in the catagories. I notice that North Ireland and Malta gain an extra referee but Ireland, Wales and Estonia dont

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    2. Just looked at fifa referee committee, Jim Boyce is now chairman. YES Mr Boyce is from Northern Ireland, I would never have guessed :-)

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    3. Besides all politics, IN THEORY Mateu's promotion is a good sign because UEFA evaluated a referee based on his abilities and did not prevent him from reaching Elite just because of his nationality.

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    4. I agree! This time I don,t see political arguments. In this case, France would achieve a new Elite group referee instead of Lannoy considering, besides, Uefa Euro 2016 will be in France. This can change on july but nowadays uefa don,t see yet Turpin prepared to reach Elite group.

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    5. Northern Ireland has had FOUR FIFA referees for many years so they do not gain an extra referee at all.

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  24. There was another error given the incomplete document I had at hand. In fact Hungary still has the same number of slots. Farkas replaces Nemeth and Fabian is in 3rd group.

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  25. How about the Futsal Referees and Beach Soccer referees categories?

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  26. To my knowledge Pisani performed outstandingly well in his three July/August qualifiers, just getting three qualifiers is a good performance.

    I think he was planned for a round 5/6 match in the EL, but the plausible explanation could be a lack of a competent team. Now with the promotion of Sant and inclusion of Azzopardi on the list it is a different story.

    Pisani/Camilleri/Spiteri/Sant/(Borg/Azzopardi) is a very young and exciting team of referees who I believe we will se in the Champions League soon.

    The problem for the team is the lack of good matches on Malta, but Casha and Azzopardi, whose influence in UEFA should not be underestimated, are working on striking an agreement with FIGC/CAN which will give the team matches in the Serie A.


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    1. One question: Can you tell us whether Azzopardi is the father of Kevin, Adrian and Esther? And is it a coincidence that there are that many Camilleris in Malta's refereeing (interestingly not only in football, but also in snooker..)?

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    2. oops, I of course meant Casha and Agius, not Azzopardi of course. Kevin, Adrian and Esther Azzopardi are brothers and sisters. Don't know about Camilleris, but it should be noted that it is the most common surname on Malta after Borg.

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  27. That would seem sensible; expect them also to get some good international friendly matches too (perhaps with the France friendlies) for more experience

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  28. Do you know why UEFA cancelled the Elite Developement Group?

    Referees without a single EL-game in the same group with referees who whistled some CL-games... If this is the best solution?

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    1. http://footballrefereeing.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/uefas-elite-pressure-group.html?m=0#.VIuBwKBFDqA

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  29. Any news on when they will announce the referees for Canada 2015?

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  30. Hunter is also promoted!

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    1. You are right, he has been added to First Group with some delay compared to the others.

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  31. Kirsi Heikkinen has been demoted to First Group!
    Furthermore, France and Portugal have new female Elite officials: Braz Bastos and Frappart. The new Swedish Elite official is Sara Persson (instead of Palmqvist).
    Chefren will post the full list + futsal in some hours.

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  32. Some small federations or weaker leagues referees are generally wasted if they are not outstanding referees. There might be very good referees in Baltic Countries, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Malta etc. but because of quality of their leagues they don't shine. There might be a solution for FIFA referees. These referees might given some chances to referee some games in good leagues. Such as a Maltese referee to whistle in Italian League, Baltic Referees, in Russian, Polish, Ukranian, an Azeri/Georgian referee in Turkish League etc... So that they can be tested in difficult matches and can be overseen by important European observers...
    Just an opinion...

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    1. Alain Hamer (Luxembourg) refereed in both France & Belgium!

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  33. Today Arsenal-Newcastle:
    Lamentable work of Moss.

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  34. My first thought about Gautier's demotion could be that it is something he wants himself and that he has reduced his ambition level. Remember that he has a leading lecturer job at the university in Lille and feels a qualifier or two in summer and an AAR appointment now and then is enough for him.

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  35. Martin Atkinson, very well at Barça-PSG.
    Today first time MU-LIVERPOOL, very bad.

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    1. I thought he was great. Only mistake of the match was made my Mullarkey.

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    2. It is time to say good by for mullarkey. Secpnd goal clear offside- minimim 1 meter! Too long assistant referee.

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    3. Of course, it is a perfectly defensible argument to summarize a career in one mistake. Good referees never, ever make mistakes, and Mullarkey never showed any talent anyway. Why not get rid of every referee who makes a mistake, especially for such easy decisions as offsides for which the assistant referee has access to lots of time, replays, and absolutely no pressure. After all, it is such an easy job!

      /sarcasm

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  36. For me the best german referee is Peter
    Gagelman from many years ago.
    However never was international.
    Unfitnee I think of Herbert Fandel and Helmut
    Krug.

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  37. My commentary:
    Elite Group: Because of the fact that UEFA needs less Elite group refs for CL k.o. phase the committee made 100% sure decisions; a chance for Karasev and Bebek next summer, Turpin as well, maybe for Marciniak, Jug and Hategan. And Collina cannot forget Orsato (FIFA prelist 2018)! All those (and Sidiropoulos) and names like Kulbakov, Vad, Makkelie, Buquet (maybe Zwayer, Madden and Zelinka or Kruzliak) will be tested in EL k.o.stage. (Perspective end 2015 or 2016)
    Then we will see the effects for Velasco/Borbalan, Thomson and one Italian.
    First group: Cannot understand the promotion of Drachta. Let's see how long he and Soares Dias will join the group. Cannot say anything about Bognar, a big ? for me. After presuming the promotion of Dingert (you can see my comments on Philipp's blog as well), Welz deserves it, too. This also counts for Hunter, Taylor and Estrada. BUT wondering why other refs stay on, others had no chance this round: e.g. Banti, Borski, Clos Gomez, Duarte Gomes, Marriner / Beaton, Clancy (good performances), Tohver.
    Second group: Hopefully next chance for Beaton and/or Clancy and Tohver, Rainville, Kuchin, Shmuelevitz, another Spaniard and Italian, a Swiss and a Belgian? Cannot understand the promotion of Coltescu.

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  38. Thansk for this article; This belong to my favourite ones and as usual congratulation to NIclas and everybody for the high level, interesting and detailed analysis.
    Honestly I'm a little bit surpised about the list of promoted; no discussion on Mateu Lahoz, he really deserve it but looking 2014 appointments I was sure that Bebek and Karasev had been promoted in elite in spite of Aytekin; Bebek was really consistent and shown a huge improvement in his perfomances as well he was recognized with many high level assignments. Even if he made a couple of mistakes, this should not affect his background in 2014. Anyway, happy for Aytekin, hope that Bebek and Karasev can demonstrate their ability and be promoted soon (june) in elite. But, are we sure that the only promotion of a german (especially after Stark retirement) and of a spanish is not mainly a political choice ??????
    Right to wait a little bit for Marciniak, Sidiropoulus and Turpin (but he need to take care about Buquet's growing), looking for thier confirmation along the first six months of the year. If Proence will leave now (as the rumors say even here in Italy), the polish talent must be recognized with elite promotion. Personally I never followed Hategan so I trust on your judges
    Uefa is always conservative without any demotion: in my opinion F. Borbalan, Thomson and Tagliavento could be replaced since they didn't show outstanding perfomances or top clash appointments.
    I think that Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland and Austria are facing a crysis for future generation: Soares Dias seems the only one able to take Proenca's place but he is still unstable and he is making too many mistakes; On other hands I don't see new big names in Italy, Belgium and Austria and Switzerland.

    TO ALL THE COMMUNITY MY BEST WISHES FOR A JOYFUL CHRISTMAS

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    1. Belgium has a broad new generation of very decent referees. Names like delferière, Lardot, Vertenten, are very decent referees, but if they will make it to elite, I don't know. Elite = 14 /22 from big countries + 2 /22 from scotland (Hugh dallas)

      The high number of big country officials shows that referees from smaller countries don't get chances. If referees from smaller countries get equal chances, you will never come on a rate of 14/22.

      I don't see why a tagliavento or a Thomson is better than a Gumienny. But Uefa decides...

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    2. You are right with Austria after Schörgenhofer failed. There is Lechner, the youngest ref in category 1, maybe he can reach elitegroup in some years but I Don't believe.

      In the moment I see only one really, really good Referee in Austria: Alexander Harkam, who is FIFA since 2013 (second category since last year)

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    3. Why are you so well informed about the Austrian Referees? Are you from Austria? And why Harkam?

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    4. I am. Harkam is a great personality, he has an unique style of refereeing and mantains a low profile in big games too. Unfortunately too much cards in some games.

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    5. What about Schuttengruber? He's been on the list for a year now, is he developing to a good referee?

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    6. He has potential, he isn't a bad referee - very strict and consequent. In Austria he is not very admired because of his many disciplinary cards, for some "big" players too. Mediums don't love him. For me a good referee, but not more - with a little bit luck first category in some years, but clearly behind Lechner and Harkam.

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    7. Where do you live in Austria? I've spent many many times in Vienna on vacation. Very nice city.

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    8. Tyrol. From where are u?

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    9. Malta. Are you involved in refereeing?

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    10. Yes, I am an active ref. You?

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  39. First (very early) predictions (or better guesses^^):

    Juventus-Dortmund: Clattenburg / Eriksson
    City-Barca: Brych / Kassai
    PSG-Chelsea: Kuipers / Cakir
    Schalke-Real: Collum / Proenca (if he retires after Club WC: Kralovec)
    Bayer-Atletico: Rizzoli / Skomina
    Donetsk-Bayern: Moen / Mateu Lahoz
    Monaco-Arsenal: Velasco / Mazic
    Basel-Porto: Thomson / Atkinson

    Based on the following principles:
    - Ref didn´t officate the teams in group stage
    - Ref didn´t officate the same clash last season (e.g. Mazic in PSG-Chelsea)
    - Candidates for the final (esp. Brych, Cakir, Eriksson, Mazic) get a match in round of last 16
    - Only Elite Group refs for this round

    Best regards
    Phil

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    1. I think Hategan, Bebek, Karasev, Marciniak, or Turpin will officiate in this stage. Next stage will be Elite Group only..

      ==Dmitry==

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  40. Adam Farkas (Hun) nem Fifa referee ?

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  41. Who is the youngest UEFA referee ? Thank you...

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    1. Bart Vertenten from Belgium followed by Aghayev (AZE) and Aliyev (KAZ).
      I however don't know whether any of the new FIFA referees is younger.

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    2. Thank you. And how old are they?

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    3. Vertenten 13/05/1988 (26 y. o.)
      Aliyev 17/04/187 (27 y.o.)
      Aghayev 17/10/1987 (27 y.o.)

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    4. Thank you a lot

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    5. One of the youngest is new FIFA referee Milan Ilic from Serbia 21/04/1988.

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    6. Is Ilic very much active in Serbia Top League ??

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    7. Tim Marshall from NIR is the youngest born July 1988.

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