May 30, 2015

U-20 World Cup 2015: Referee Appointments Matches 9-16

FIFA has appointed the referee who will take charge of the 2015 Under-20 World Cup matches 9-16 on 1st and 2nd June. Among others, Spanish Elite referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz will take charge of the hosting nation's encounter with the United States' team, while Italian Daniele Orsato is going to take control over Nigeria vs Brazil.

Group E

01 June 2015, 03:00 CET (New Plymouth)
Nigeria - Brazil
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Fourth Official: Liran Liany (ISR)

01 June 2015, 06:00 CET (New Plymouth)
Korea DPR - Hungary
Referee: Henry Bejarano (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavio Jara (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Fernández (CRC)
Fourth Official: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)

Group F

01 June 2015, 03:00 CET (Christchurch)
Germany - Fiji
Referee: John Pitti (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Baines (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Victoria (PAN)
Fourth Official: Jesús Valenzuela (VEN)

01 June 2015, 06:00 CET (Christchurch)
Uzbekistan - Honduras
Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane (GAB)
Assistant Referee 1: Elvis Noupue (CMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Yahaya Mahamadou (NIG)
Fourth Official: Nick Waldron (NZL)

Group A

02 June 2015, 03:00 CET (Whangarei)
Myanmar - Ukraine
Referee: Ricardo Marques (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Kleber Lucio Gil (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Boschilia (BRA)
Fourth Official: Joseph Lamptey (GHA)

02 June 2015, 09:00 CET (Auckland)
New Zealand - USA
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Fourth Official: Artur Soares Dias (POR)

Group B

02 June 2015, 06:00 CET (Wellington)
Austria - Panama
Referee: Ghead Grisha (EGY)
Assistant Referee 1: Waleed Ahmed Ali (SUD)
Assistant Referee 2: Berhe Tesfagiorghis (ERI)
Fourth Official: Muhammad Bin Jahari (SIN)

02 June 2015, 09:00 CET (Wellington)
Argentina - Ghana
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Armando Castro (HON)

source: Árbitro Internacional


  1. Predictions 17-24

    Qatar-Portugal: Fedorczuk (URU)
    Senegal-Colombia: Hategan (ROU)

    Serbia-Mali: Kim (KOR)
    Mexico-Uruguay: Vad (HUN)

    Nigeria-Korea DPR: Zwayer (GER)
    Hungary-Brazil: Ramos (MEX)

    Honduras-Fiji: Camille (SEY)
    Germany-Uzbekistan: Zambrano (ECU)

    1. Mine:
      Qatar-Portugal: Fedorczuk (URU)
      Senegal-Colombia: Kim (KOR)
      Serbia-Mali: Zambrano (ECU)
      Mexico-Uruguay: Hategan (ROU)
      Nigeria-Korea DPR: Vad (HUN)
      Hungary-Brazil: Al Mirdasi (KSA)
      Honduras-Fiji: Soares Dias (POR)
      Germany-Uzbekistan: Camille (SEY)

    2. I previously had Vad in this match, too, but then recognized Hungary is in Nigeria's and Korea's group ;)

    3. Sure...
      Then I swap Vad and Soares Dias.

  2. Domestic Cup Final Referees (UTC+1)
    17:30, FA CUP- J Moss
    15:00, SCOTTISH CUP- W Collum
    19:00, DFB POKAL- F Brych
    20:00, COUPE DE FRANCE- A Gautier
    20:30, COPA DEL REY- C Velasco Carballo

  3. Anonymous30/5/15 22:10

    Do we know international A friendly games this week at all?

    1. Anonymous30/5/15 22:50

      Japan - Iraq (11/06, friendly)
      Daniel Stefański, Krzysztof Myrmus, Michał Obukowicz from Poland

    2. Small info, yesterday it was said that Brych has a EURO qualifier next week. Maybe Croatia-Italy, as Kyros Vassaras will be the observer (would suit). Btw his performance was not convincing at all yesterday. 1 missed penalty in my view and many small mistakes, not 100% accepted. Also AR1 with some lacks of concentration.

    3. Anonymous31/5/15 16:12

      You mean a 2nd Bundesliga relegation game?

      Btw, Paweł Gil is appointed for EURO quali on 13th June.

    4. No, German DFB-Pokal final between Dortmund and Wolfsburg.

    5. Anonymous31/5/15 17:11

      Ah, OK. facepalm :)

    6. Anonymous1/6/15 01:26

      Qatar v Northern Ireland, at Crewe England, 31/5
      Mullarkey and Beswick
      4th Probert
      all ENG

    7. Anonymous1/6/15 23:13

      Serbia - Azerbaidschan (07/06/15)
      Referee Harald Lechner (AUT)
      ASS1 Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
      ASS2 Roland Riedel (AUT)
      4th Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)

    8. Norway-Russia (1/6/15 according to, but I could not find the match elsewhere!?): Stephan Klossner (SUI)
      France-Belgium (7/6/15): Mario Strahonja (CRO)
      Norway-Sweden (8/6/15): Anthony Taylor (ENG)

    9. Anonymous2/6/15 12:41

      Turkey - Bulgaria (08/06)
      Davide Massa (ITA)
      Filippo Meli (ITA) - Fabiano Preti (ITA)
      Tolga Özkalfa (TUR)

    10. Anonymous3/6/15 16:03

      Scotland v Qatar, at Edinburgh (05/06)
      Delferiere (BEL)
      De Neve & Vanyzere
      4th Laforge

    11. Ireland - England (07/06): Arnold Hunter (NIR)

  4. Bjorn Kuipers faced a very interesting situation during the Heerenveen - Vitesse game. Should he have stopped the game or was he right in letting it go?

    1. I can't understand, why he didn't stop the game. You only can play on with a second ball on the pitch, if you're sure nobody is influenced. This is clearly not the case here. Not only a mistake, but an infringement of the LotG.
      Strange that there were no protests.

    2. Anonymous1/6/15 22:26

      More worrying for me is that he seemed to have no interrest for the game. VERY static in whole video, almost got hit by the ball. He never should have been at the firing line! The night in London is affecting him?

  5. New Referees Committee

  6. Anonymous31/5/15 23:00

    In fact only changed the directors of FIFA, the technical members of the committee remain the same, these changes should happen until early next year.

  7. Was watching Nigeria-Brazil and was trying to understand why Orsato was whistling after every goal when it was an obvious goal. It seems a bit excessive.

    1. Anonymous2/6/15 05:04

      Italian referees are used to doing that for each single goal.
      It's a little bit surprising at first, but the LOTG let the possibility to whistle or not after a goal. It's just something conventional...

    2. Anonymous2/6/15 13:18

      Manganelli was always holding the flag with his right hand. Is he an exception from the FIFA instruction that require ARs to change hands according to the movement along the touch line?

    3. Gianluca Cariolato also does that excessively. Also in Germany this is common, and I will never understand why. Apart from practical benefit, I would also say that holding the flag in the hand closer to the referee also looks more elegant on the field of play.

    4. Anonymous2/6/15 18:21

      My own experience - many years ago I said to myself: "I have to and will apply this technique because it is required." And this was enough. Once or two times I tried this in so called less important matches and then in the regular one. I wasn't having any single problem with this.

      Opposite to above mentioned AR was Carsten Kaddach. Flag always in the left hand. Goal kick, offisde, ... The only eception was throw in.


    5. Anonymous2/6/15 18:24

      ... exception ...

  8. I want to hear Niclas's opinion about the handball given by Grafe in 91' of Karslruhe- Hamburg. After that free kick (20 m, central position) Hamburg equalized and sent the game in ET.

    P.S: I remember that I argued with Niclas about the handball not given by Marciniak in Dnepr- Fiorentina. This time it was "no handball" even for me :)

    1. Anonymous1/6/15 22:07
      Not deliberate handball. This free kick saved Hamburg.

    2. Anonymous1/6/15 23:10

      Wrong decision by Gräfe. He issued also a penalty kick in the 120th minute due to a "handball" - also clearly a wrong decision in my opinion.

    3. I agree. Never a deliberate handball in both situations. He was perfect in this match for 90 minutes and then spoilt it. Sorry for KSC.

  9. Anonymous2/6/15 11:35

    Very well Gräfe.. Penalty clair in the end minute.


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