September 4, 2015

UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifiers - Referee Appointments for Matchday 8 (September 2015) - II

These are the referees appointed by UEFA for MD7 of  EURO 2016 qualifying matches, to be played on 6, 7 and 8 September 2015.

7 September 2015

Vazgen Sargsyan anvan Hanrapetakan Marzadasht, Yerevan (ARM), Group I, 18:00 CET 
Armenia - Denmark
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referees: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR), Frank Andås (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR), Svein Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Targo Kaldoja (EST)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)

Elbasan Arena, Elbasan (ALB), Group I, 20:45 CET
Albania - Portugal
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referees: Mathias Klasenius (SWE), Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referees: Stefan Johannesson (SWE), Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Metin Kazancıoğlu (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Díaz Vega (ESP)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)

Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw (POL), Group D, 20:45 CET
Poland - Gibraltar
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)
Assistant Referees:Vytautas Šimkus (LTU), Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Additional Assistant Referees: Nerijus Dunauskas (LTU), Jurij Paškovskij (LTU)
Fourth Official: Aleksandr Radius (LTU)
UEFA Delegate: Velid Imamović (BIH)
UEFA Referee Observer: Adrian D. Casha (MLT)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Michał Obukowicz (POL)

Aviva Stadium, Dublin (IRL), Group D, 20:45 CET
Republic of Ireland - Georgia
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referees:Peter Berettyán (HUN), László Viszokai (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referees: Sandor Szabó (HUN), Zsolt Szabó (HUN)
Fourth Official: Balázs Buzás (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Paolo Rondelli (SMR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Dani Koren (ISR)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Patrick A. Daly (IRL)

Hampden Park, Glasgow (SCO), Group D, 20:45 CET
Scotland - Germany
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referees: Sander van Roekel (NED), Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referees: Pol van Boekel (NED), Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth Official: Charles Schaap (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Sergio Di Cesare (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: William Machray (SCO)

Helsingin Olympiastadion, Helsinki (FIN), Group F, 20:45 CET
Finland - Faroe Islands
Referee: Marcin Borski (POL)
Assistant Referees: Rafal Rostkowski (POL), Krzysztof Myrmus (POL)
Additional Assistant Referees:Bartosz Frankowski (POL), Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
Fourth Official: Arkadiusz Wójcik (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Coquard (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Igor Pristovnik (CRO)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Sami Nykänen (FIN)

Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR), Group F, 20:45 CET
Northern Ireland - Hungary
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referees: Bahattin Duran (TUR), Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referees:Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Çem Satman (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Kofoed (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Norman Loughins (NIR)

Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU), Group F, 20:45 CET
Romania - Greece
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referees:Vitali Malyutin (BLR), Oleg Maslyanko (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Sergei Tsinkevich (BLR), Viktor Shimusik (BLR)
Fourth Official: Dmitri Zhuk (BLR)
UEFA Delegate: Eduard Dervishaj ((ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vadimir Sajn (SVN)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Augustus Constantin (ROU)

Centralized friendly
Stade Bordeaux-Atlantique, Bordeaux (FRA), 20:45 CET
France - Serbia
Referee: Artur Dias (POR)
Assistant Referees:Rui Tavares (POR), Paulo Soares (POR)
Additional Assistant Referees:Hugo Miguel (POR), Cosme Machado (POR)
Fourth Official: Bruno Rodrigues (POR)


  1. Sweden - Austria on 08/09: Carlos Velasco Carballo
    Source RFEF CTA

  2. Moldavie - Monténégro

    08.09.2015 Chisinau

    REF : DELFERIERE Sebastien (BEL)

    AR : DE NEVE Yves – VANYZERE Rien

    AAR : LARDOT Jonathan – LAMBRECHTS Erik

    4e OFF : DE WEIRDT Jo

    Source : URBSFA/KBVB


  3. Anonymous4/9/15 16:04

    I read always the same referees appointed, isn't that boring? Eriksson, Cakir, Kuipers.
    One new and positive note: Kulbakov.

  4. Is Arkadiusz Wójcik the/a son of former FIFA referee Ryszard Wójcik who replaced Anders Frisk at the World Cup 1998 on short notice?

    1. Nope. Ryszard Wójcik has 3 sons: Paweł, Karol and Kacper. We have two assistant referees with name Wójcik - Jakub and Kamil. The second is incorrectly called Arkadiusz by FIFA. It's Kamil Wójcik, Arkadiusz is his second, not commonly used, name.

  5. Anonymous4/9/15 23:11

    Latest predictions:
    Biell.-Luxemb., Manuel Gräfe
    Macedonia-Spain, Rocchi
    Eslovak-Ukrania, Thomson
    Lith-S.M., Hagen
    Eslove-Eston, Orsato
    England-Switz., Sidiropoulos
    Sweden-Austria, Atkinson

    1. Anonymous4/9/15 23:22

      Atkinson not possible with Austria again after Austria - Russia.
      Hagen retired internationally.
      Gräfe at moment one referee out with matches in German lower leagues.
      Thomson not possible again with Ukraine, he handled this match one year ago.

    2. And England - Switzerland definitely needs a more experienced Elite.

      I would say Slovenia - Estonia for Sidiropoulos.

    3. Anonymous5/9/15 09:15

      I hope see
      Eslovenia-Estonia for Sidiropoulos
      England-Switzerland, Rocchi
      Bielorr-Lux. Balaj
      Macedon.-Spain, Atkinson
      Eslovak-Ukrania, Thomson

    4. Anonymous5/9/15 12:58

      Only two chances. It´s very difficult.

  6. Is Tarik Ongun injured, dropped or perhaps unavailable?

  7. Anonymous5/9/15 04:48

  8. Anonymous5/9/15 16:55

    This is how Webb/Cann solved similar situations:

  9. great question :)
    Red Bull / the ball was touched twice by the same player so the referee should have asked corner kick to be repeated. What about the fact the ball did not leave the corner kick area?
    MU corner kick / the ball was taken it into the corner an rolled out - the ball was moving all the time, so it was incorrectly taken corner kick?

    1. Anonymous7/9/15 21:20

      Touching the ball twice is an indirect fk, no repeating of the corner kick.

    2. My fault, as the white player touched the ball twice, the referee should have awarded IFK for reds... thanks

  10. Anonymous7/9/15 21:17

    After his bad performance in Rapid-Donetsk Kuipers gets another gift from Collina with Scotland-Germany. Was Hugh Dallas more involved in this appointment? It smells.

    1. Anonymous7/9/15 22:50

      Very good work of Kuiper exceptt second
      yellow card not showed to Morrison.

  11. Anonymous7/9/15 21:19

    Missed Penalty by Kuipers in 27'?
    He whistled a holding which was on the PA line IMO. But it doesn't matter now because a goal was scored after the free kick.
    Your opinions?

    1. Anonymous7/9/15 21:22

      It was more a penalty, but tbh: who should see that? Unpossible for Kuipers, especially when we need some replays and we are still unsure after them.

    2. I think it was júst outside of the box, but it was really close indeed...

      Now a good call by AAR2 Liesveld, ball did indeed cross the line, so a goal for Germany. Not that hard to see, but still well done.

    3. Anonymous7/9/15 21:27

      Good goal decision by AAR2 Liesveld, the ball was clear behind the line.
      Missed violent conduct in 37'?

      Now a correct dissalowed goal by AAR2 Zeinstra. Quite challenging minutes for the Dutch team

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    5. Now a goal in 43'. Dissent against AAR Van Boekel, because the 2-2 of Scotland was offside, according to the German defenders. I now see that there was another defender, so no offside. Well done by the Dutch team.

      No violent conduct in 37' IMO, but a YC could have been given.

    6. Anonymous7/9/15 22:17

      In 37', a YC would have been the correct decision.
      Kuipers himself is acceptet by the players, but he made some little mistakes.

    7. Anonymous7/9/15 22:51

      Not penalty.

    8. Kuipers takes a very, very calm approach. Nice to watch. However, there are times (especially after tying goals by Scotland) where match intensity far exceeds Kuiper's intensity (body language and movement).

      Maintaining a lower/calmer intensity than players can be effective, but if TOO low, it can cause problems. Perhaps this was what caused his challenges in now two or three previous infamous matches/incidents.

  12. Anonymous7/9/15 21:29

    Replay in German TV the foul in min 27 was in the Penalty-Box. Wrong call from Kuipers.
    His management is also not good.

  13. Anonymous7/9/15 21:42

    Kuipers missed a yellow card against Brown for a push with arm in the face of Gündogan. The clear advice from Collina at the last course for this was to show the player a yellow card. Also wrong free-kick in min27, it was clear inside and a penalty. Crucial mistake.

    1. Have to agree, and before the free kick which should have been a penalty, he did not follow the spray guidelines (line was drawn before players were there; in another case the wall was positioned at about 10,5m). Apart from that very sovereign.

    2. Repeated foul by Morrison already booked. Actually reckless...

    3. Anonymous7/9/15 22:23

      Another strange using of the spray in 78'...

    4. Makkelie did the same in POR-FRA by the way.

    5. Anonymous7/9/15 22:41

      I don't understand. Elite official, one of the most experienced, doesn't use correctly vanishing spray. What is then the sense? Are Elite referees allowed to do what they want as they have the most important status among categories?

    6. Anonymous8/9/15 00:14

      Maybe we have to consider the possibility that during the last summer course a different, or alternative way of using the spray was adopted, without us being asked and informed ;-)

    7. I think, drawing the line first is actually more efficient than the procedure used before.

  14. Anonymous7/9/15 22:25

    Two yellow cards in the same action after an advantage by Cakir, the player involved of course didn't know that he was alread virtually booked, rarely to see but correct.

    1. Anonymous7/9/15 22:28

      Difficult to explain to players...

    2. I only remember Stark in Porto-Sevilla with sth comparable.

    3. But after watching the replays: Absolutely correct and very bold as well. Also, he really tried to explain the NIR players the reason for the decision. Good job IMHO.

    4. Anonymous8/9/15 00:10

      Maybe we have to consider the possibility that during the last summer course a different, or alternative way of using the spray was adopted, without us being asked and informed ;-)

    5. Anonymous8/9/15 00:13

      Sorry, reaction above should have been somewhere else...

    6. Anonymous8/9/15 09:23

      To me, Cakir is some sort of the state-of-the-art for UEFA refereeing in recent years

    7. Anonymous8/9/15 15:01

      I am sure that the second foul is the SFP and I'd like to hear your opinion on the second tackle? My opinion will not change, but it is good to hear. A player isn't a target ball, the intent is obvious, so it is a direct RC for another start at LOTG and UEFA "zero tolerance".

    8. See below, I would call it violent conduct and not SFP, but we agree about the colour of the card.

    9. Anonymous8/9/15 17:03

      Agreed, Niclas! RC because VC.

    10. I saw the 2nd challenge as VC. Deliberate kick at player from behind = almost always excessive force.

  15. Anonymous7/9/15 22:40

    It is a pleasure to watch Sir Kuipers whistling. Of course there were some small mistakes tonight (maybe also a missing 2nd YC but I can accept his decision according to his line) but I know rarely any other referees who are that accepted and respected as Kuipers. Very, very good dealing with players.

    A strong performance with some mistakes but anyway without any problems or discussions. Well done!

  16. I watched Kulbakov last night.

    He wasn't challenged too much and didn't have any penalty area incident. However his foul detection was very lenient and he ignored at least 3-4 clear fouls (2 of them were cautions as well) for both teams. Also in some cases he was very close to the ball and twice he had to open his legs in order to avoid the ball. 8.2 in my book.

  17. Had anyone seen Cakir's red card yesterday in NIR-HUN? Very interesting. What do you think?

    1. from 5:10
      I think correct

    2. An easier and, IMO, also correct solution would have been a straight red card for violent conduct in the second situation. Quite intense tackle from behind with no chance to play the ball. Maybe not as intense as Nasri's tackle against Neymar last season, but comparable.

    3. Anonymous8/9/15 15:48

      Why did he not signal an advantage for the first foul?
      Furthermore both incidents are more red than yellow for me.

    4. I agree with anonymous, both tackles can be both, red and yellow. But also its acceptable to give double YC, I think this is example for next UEFA RAP.


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