May 4, 2015

Nicola Rizzoli to oversee Champions League Semifinal FC Barcelona vs Bayern München

As expected, World Cup 2014 final referee Nicola Rizzoli of Mirandola, Italy, has been appointed by UEFA's Referee Committee to take charge of this season's Champions League semifinal between FC Barcelona and Bayern München at Camp Nou on Wednesday evening.



06 May 2015, 20:45 CET
Camp Nou, Barcelona (Spain)
FC Barcelona - Bayern München
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Luca Banti (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Mark Blackbourne (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)

65 Comments:

  1. So, the worst kept secret has been revealed ;)

    Good luck to signore Rizzoli and co.

    BTW - I thought Di Liberatore and Cariolato were a pair, no?

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    1. Yes, Di Liberatore and Cariolato are a pair (with Rocchi), however this appointment can be explained by the fact that Manganelli was back from a few weeks of inactvity (unknown reasons, very likely a small injury), at the same time Di Liberatore is considered one of the best Italian assistant referees, and he was there (you surely remember) one year ago with Rizzoli in Chelsea - Atletico semifinal.
      Cariolato committed a crucial mistake in Sevilla - Valencia with Skomina, Europa League semifinal one year ago.
      Overall a good appointment but I expected Rocchi and Tagliavento as AARs, it was possible and considering the importance and the difficult of the match.. however, Banti and Damato are very experienced.

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    2. Cheers, Chefren.

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  2. Anonymous4/5/15 15:49

    Only Referee who can on CL final iz Milorad Mazic. Someone will ask why ? Becouse he have some big matches this year: Dortmund Juventus, Real Atletico. Best Candidate for final.

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    1. I'm sure most of us would beg to differ...

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    2. Anonymous4/5/15 16:56

      I don't want to be a party-pooper but I'd say it's unlikely we'll see Mazic turning up in Berlin.

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    3. Unfortunately with PLC we can never know.

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    4. Anonymous6/5/15 19:39

      Not Mazic. Poor performance in Madrid. For me was not 7,2 it was 6,9.
      Hope UEFA send him to holiday (finish this season), the same as Kuipers.

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  3. OT Under 17 Tournament in Bulgaria: Mete Kalkavan (TUR) replaced by Marius Avram (ROU).
    http://www.uefa.com/under17/season=2015/finals/matchofficials/index.html
    I don't know the reasons, he has been regularly appointed in Turkish Super Lig until 26/04/15.

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    1. Also MD1 appointments are revealed by UEFA.

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  4. Anonymous4/5/15 19:33

    Well, well, well. A quick reshuffle of one refereeing team in a Swedish premier league tonight. Eriksson and Wärnmark were originally appointed, but Klasenius was not. But after a quick change, they referee together tonight. Does this mean that they get a UEL semifinal on Thursday ( unlikely Fiorentina since the team was there in the quarter finals) or is it a sign of something else perhaps. At least both Strömbergsson and Johannesson also referees tonight. It surely is interesting to speculate, though :-)

    /Swedish observer

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    1. Anonymous4/5/15 19:55

      Mathias Klasenius has today matchin a swedish premier league as referee assistant between AIK Solna against Hammarby IF.

      - Marvin, Germany

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    2. Anonymous4/5/15 19:56

      The only option this week for Eriksson is Napoli - Dnipro.

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    3. Anonymous4/5/15 20:00

      Yes he was originally appointed to that match but according to the website of the Swedish FA he has been replaced by Peter Magnusson in that match. He seems to be in the west of Sweden tonight (Halmstad) together with Eriksson and Wärnmark.

      /Swedish observer (who is not seeing any of the games on tv tonight, however...)

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    4. Anonymous4/5/15 23:05

      No UEL this week (then he would not whistle even on thursday), but rather a CL next week (probably Munich).

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    5. Anonymous5/5/15 00:18

      He whistled two penalties tonight. Both was pretty soft.

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    6. Anonymous5/5/15 01:09

      Atkinson had a game on saturday so why couldn't Eriksson whistle on thursday?

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  5. Anonymous6/5/15 20:58

    Perfect start from Rizzoli! Good advantages, foul management, great start.

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    1. Anonymous6/5/15 20:59

      I don't agree.

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  6. Great game by Rizzoli so far

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  7. Overall yes, good performance, AR1 not ideal in 2 situations and I have some doubts on the first YC. 2 minutes after it, Rakitic should have been cautioned, too. But lets the game flow brilliantly, very empathic and very pleasant refereeing.

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    1. What exactly was Xabi Alonso booked for? Have I missed something?

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    2. Anonymous6/5/15 21:33

      Dissent!

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    3. Anonymous6/5/15 21:33

      Great Nicola Rizzoli, some points for improvement in AR1's performance. What for YC for Rakitic? (Minute?) I dont know why Xabi Alonso got booked too?!?!

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  8. I think first Lahm fouled his opponent (Rizzoli too close, no good visual angle, missed it) and then Alonso tripped his opponent carelessly...no idea why he was cautioned, but Rizzoli made a gesture like "persistent infringement". The German commentary is sure that it was dissent ....

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    1. I think there was a foul by Alonso before Lahm's foul, where Rizzoli waited for an advantage. And then I also think, the reason was persistent infringement. However no ideal first caution.

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    2. Ok i can remember, but not good for 1 YC as you said but no mistake

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  9. 1 YC difficult to say. The foul has been made by Lahm... The whistle also very very late but ok

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  10. Anonymous6/5/15 21:34

    Good, expected, performance by Rizzoli in the first half in my humble opinion.

    /Swedish observer

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  11. Anonymous6/5/15 22:00

    Rakitic missed YC tactical foul? (57')

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  12. I think that the Neymar YC now is quite wise, given that he has been a bit problematic recently, even though I question whether it was a mandatory caution. But immediately after we almost saw a Van Persie-Skomina situation, but good management from Rizzoli. Really a very good performance so far. Finding a good line between allowing for a flowing game, while still retaining control.

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  13. Overall NEARLY perfect match - congratulations

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    1. Anonymous7/5/15 11:51

      Agreed 100%

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  14. Great advantage rule before third goal by Rizzoli. His decision was simply great...

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  15. Very good from Rizzoli, finishing with a brilliant advantage on the final goal (maybe a missed YC for the tackle though).

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    1. Anonymous6/5/15 22:42

      Would be 2nd YC for Alonso. In sense of tactical approach a good decision.

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    2. It was a foul by Schweinsteiger. Not Alonso.

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    3. Anonymous7/5/15 00:11

      It was careless offence IMO and as a goal was scored it surerly was not SPA. So we couldn't speak about tactical approach only about correct applying of the LotG.

      Regards.
      P.L.

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  16. Just before the 1:0 a controversial penalty area decision, maybe it was a foul, maybe not. My tendency was penalty. Anyway, irrelevant somehow.
    Great great advantages and onsides. All in all very good performance by the team, not faultless of course. Chapeau.

    Now the biggest question...who will be appointed for next week? Considering this result, even Collum would be a good option, albeit too early. Maybe even Skomina. And of course it is also interesting whether Cakir is already sure for Berlin (or someone else), or whether Brych's chances have increased tonight as well.

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    1. Anonymous6/5/15 22:50

      Even after tonight's result, it's highly unlikely we'll see Brych turning up in Berlin!

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    2. Anonymous6/5/15 22:57

      I would be hesitant to put a Skomina or that type in the second leg. The way Bayern have played at home in the CL this could be a very competitive game. I know their performance tonight wasn't great but a home... I stick with the guy you selected before the first leg. Interesting comment about Brych. Between this game and Brych's previous performances, maybe it's time. His chances weren't hurt at all.

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    3. Anonymous6/5/15 22:57

      Eriksson?! Collum can be only a joke.

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    4. Yes, just to amuse you.

      Eriksson in Madrid and Clattenburg in Munich is of course the 90% sure constellation. But...it would be still a novelty to have a QF ref of a certain team for the same team's semifinal match.

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    5. Anonymous6/5/15 23:03

      Thank you :)

      Why not eriksson/munich? It's my favourite.

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    6. Cakir in Madrid (+ EL final?) and Brych in Berlin could be an option in my opinion.

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    7. Cakir can't be in Madrid considering the observer Jaap Uilenberg (involvement in TFF).

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  17. Anonymous6/5/15 22:53

    Rizzoli showing why he was chosen to referee the WC final in Brazil! Very good performance. It was not perfect but his control of the matches has no equal.

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    1. Fernando7/5/15 11:50

      Not good Rizzoli. Too cards, one penalty not
      signaled.

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  18. A question for you?
    When a goal kick is played is allowed for any players to be in the penalty area????

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    1. The Law only says that opponents remain outside the penalty area, it is a rule favouring the goalkeeper somehow. If the goalkeeper deliberately decides to execute a quick goal kick for tactical purpose, I don't see an infringement, as long as the ball is not touched until it has left the penalty area. I guess you mean the 1:0 situation right?

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    2. exactly...
      For you its legal?Neuer is not obstructed?

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    3. Neuer took the risk, so as long as the players were not challenging, there are no problems in my mind.

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  19. Also, the 77' situation - https://vimeo.com/127085308

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    1. Anonymous7/5/15 07:35

      I cannot open.. :/

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  20. Read my take on the CL semi calls at:
    http://worldsoccerrefereeing.blogspot.com/2015/05/uefa-champions-league-semifinals-leg-1.html

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  21. Anonymous7/5/15 08:37

    Good, expected, performance by team Rizzoli last night. Rizzoli would probably get 8,4 or 8.5 if I was the observer, and in my view his performance contributed well to the development of the match.

    /Swedish observer

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    1. We agree. I would choose 8.5 most likely.
      However, I have rewatched the penalty appeal prior to the 1:0 goal and for me it is a foul committed by Rafinha. Neymar, as usual, maybe accepts it easily, but the holding is clear and effective, maybe there was even a contact at the feet. Replay at 85:50. I can however accept that Rizzoli missed it, as he maybe kept his eye on the ball during the pass, and that in a semifinal of this format and considering his approach something like that is "not enough" for a penalty.
      http://livetv.sx/de/showvideo/252155_barcelona_bayern/

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    2. Anonymous7/5/15 10:23

      I can understand and accept Rizzoli's decision. 8.5 probably is appropriate, since a semifinal almost by itself makes a match quite challenging. He did very well indeed. Quite a contrast in terms of refereeing styles compared to Atkinson, and I would prefer Rizzoli's style all the days in the week, to be honest.

      Team Eriksson has no Swedish game on Saturday or Sunday this week, and the appointments for Monday's matches are made public tonight. I will come back when I know them since it could indeed be an indication whether they will have a return legs in the UCL next week...

      /Swedish observer

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    3. Excellent, thanks.

      The first YC for Alonso was by the way for DISSENT, according to the match report.

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    4. Anonymous7/5/15 19:13

      No game on monday in Sweden for Eriksson.

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  22. Anonymous7/5/15 10:53

    Agree with Niclas, for me in that type of match it is not enough for a penalty and though there was effectively a holding by Rafinha, Neymar fell down very easily ...

    Bayern's fan would argue that if Rizzoli has whistled the penalty for that, he should have awarded before a penalty in favor of Bayern for the holding of Rakitic on Boateng during a corner kick ...

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    1. Anonymous7/5/15 11:54

      Not penalty of Rakitic. Never,never...
      And always the referees italians are
      for german clubs and german referees
      for italian clubs.

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  23. Congrats to Rizzoli team.
    His decisions were excellent and quite appropriate regarding opponents' match tactics and importance of the match (CL SF) including the potential penalty kick for Barcelona. However, if the match ended up 0-0, I bet there would be tens of comments, positive and negative, on that particular situation.

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  24. Anonymous8/5/15 08:32

    As indicated yesterday on this blog, team Eriksson has no match in the Swedish Premier League, on either Saturday, Sunday or Monday. What is worth noting however, is that Eriksson's usual AAR Markus Strömbergsson referees a match on Monday night in the League.

    /Swedish observer

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