October 8, 2015

UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifiers - Referee Appointments for Matchday 10 (October 2015) - I

Ivan Bebek and Pavel Královec will be observed by committee members on Sunday. Their and the other appointments have been defined by UEFA.

11 October 2015

Zentralstadion, Leipzig (GER), Group D, 20:45 CET 
Germany - Georgia
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referees: Roman Slysko (SVK), Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referees: Petr Ardeleanu (CZE), Michal Patak (CZE)
Fourth Official: Tomas Mokrusch (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Teuvo Holopainen (FIN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Jörg Toschek (GER)

Estádio Algarve, Faro (POR), Group D, 20:45 CET 
Gibraltar - Scotland
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referees: Vitali Maliutsin (BLR), Aleh Maslianka (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Siarhei Tsynkevich (BLR), Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR)
Fourth Official: Dzmitry Zhuk (BLR)
UEFA Delegate: Eduard Prodani (ALB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Igor Ischenko (UKR)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Denis Alvarez (GIB)

Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw (POL), Group D, 20:45 CET 
Poland - Ireland
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referees: Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR),  Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Cem Satman (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Jacques Antenen (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Arkadiusz Wójcik (POL)

Tórsvollur, Tórshavn (FRO), Group F, 18:00 CET 
Faroe Islands - Romania
Referee: Ivan Kruzliak (SVK)
Assistant Referees: Martin Balko (SVK), Tomas Somolani (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referees: Peter Kralovic (SVK), Mario Vlk (SVK)
Fourth Official: Tomas Mokos (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Bujar Kasmi (ALB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (BUL)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Eiler Rasmussen (FRO)

Helsingin Olympiastadion, Helsinki (FIN), Group F, 18:00 CET 
Finland - Northern Ireland
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referees: Anton Averianov (RUS), Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referees: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS), Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Georg Lüchinger (LIE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Emil Bozhinovski (MKD)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Antti Munukka (FIN)

Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE), Group F, 18:00 CET 
Greece - Hungary
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referees: Tomislav Petrović (CRO), Miro Grgić (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referees: Domagoj Vuckov (CRO), Goran Gabrilo (CRO)
Fourth Official: Goran Pataki (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Tugomir Frajman (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: David R. Elleray (ENG)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Depi Koxenoglou (GRE)

Vazgen Sargsyan anvan Hanrapetakan Marzadasht, Yerevan (ARM), Group I, 18:00 CET 
Armenia - Albania
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: David McDowell (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Arman Alaberkyan (ARM)

Stadion FK Partizan, Belgrade (SRB), Group I, 18:00 CET 
Serbia - Portugal
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referees: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (ESP), Angel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referees: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP), Pedro Pérez Montero (ESP)
Fourth Official: Jorge Canelo Prieto (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Danijel Jost (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michel Piraux (BEL)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Vladimir Segrt (SRB)

Centralized friendly 
Telia Parken, Copenhagen (DEN), 20:45 CET   
Denmark - France
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referees: Mathias Klasenius (SWE), Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referees: Stefan Johannesson (SWE),  Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)


  1. Batta for Královec, Elleray for Bebek. Pre-EURO observations?

    1. Very likely. Nevertheless, strange choice, in my opinion, to appoint Královec for Germany - Georgia. It should be a quite easy-going match. With Batta's presence, I expected a more challenging clash.
      About Bebek: I think it will be difficult to see him officiating at EURO, but not impossible, even more after this appointment with a so important observer. But I still think that he could be in France only as fourth official.
      Important matches for Karasev, Marciniak and Cakir but in these cases without notable observers, this could mean that perhaps for most of them UEFA has already clear ideas.
      Play off appointments will be extremely interesting...

  2. Surprised about Borbalán's appointment in SRB-POR and more about Mateu's appointment as AAR. I really wasn't expecting Královec in GER-GEO and with Batta as an observer.


    1. For me it is specially surprising because none of the AR are the usual ones for Fernández Borbalán not even domestically (his usual AR2 is the fourth official). Also, how often does an Elite referee get appointed as AAR? Could this mean something (either good or bad) for Mateu?


  3. According to the Dutch FA:

    Referee: Van Boekel
    AR: Van Dongen, Goossens
    4th: De Vries;
    AAR: Liesveld, Higler

    Referee: Blom
    AR: Langkamp, V/d Ven
    4th: Schaap
    AAR: Gözöbüyük, Kamphuis

    1. EST-SUI to van Boekel really surprises me. I expected an Elite official.

    2. It depends on MD9. I think we can expect that Switzerland will win their match against San Marino, and I also think that Slovenia will win from Lithuania. If Estonia loses, and that might be the case, there is not that much to play for anymore. On the other hand, if Lithuania will win against Slovenia and Estonia wins against England, the match is really important.
      Maybe there is more trust in Van Boekel than we expected. He also got some round of 32 matches, which was quite unexpected.

  4. OT: Collina believes Moreno should have been sent off for the challenge that broke Luke Shaw's leg:


    1. Most of us here said the same: Rizzoli should have sent off Moreno. IMO, ref had enough time to think over, and when he saw that the leg was broken, he should make the right decision. Never too late before resuming the match.

  5. OT: In Holland it the 'Week of the Referee'. Because of that, the Dutch FA has posted some videos in which Team Kuipers explains how they have taken some crucial decisions in the Eredivisie and how they have worked together on that. One can even hear their headset-communication.

    Maybe difficult to follow for those who don't onderstand Dutch, but still, maybe interesting to see.


    1. Very nice video.... There des'nt need to understand the Dutch....

  6. Turpin with his first YC after 34 seconds. Card could be given. For some reason, he did not use his spray while he managed the wall.

    1. Wrong discussion.
      Today's matches are here:
      Thank you.

    2. I'm sorry Chefren! I chose the wrong topic.

  7. Bebek is weak in GRE-HUN. Missed 5-6 foul. 3 unnecessary(preventable) yellow in first half. Weak teamwork.

    1. Well he is that type of referee..Even in Croatian league he shares many yellows.

    2. Agree. Missed some fouls, when whistle fouls often is too late, waiting 2-3 seconds (which make players nervous and protesting), lot of cards in first half (5, at least 2 not necessary), missed advantage in promising situation for Greece, insisting about place where the ball should be put (and the foul was 50 meters from the goal, near out line). He lost himself totally.

    3. How was Bebek in 2nd half?
      Was he better?

    4. Than in first half. Cards everywhere.(7yellow) Missed a penalty for Greece.

    5. I don't agree with all that critisism. Bebek was good in the most part of the match. Ok he missed some fouls but IMO all cautions were correct. The caution to Holebas was not for the placement of the ball but because the Greek player kicked with his leg the foam of the spray. Unsporting behavior. Also correct no penalty for Greece. Mitroglou went down so easy without any real contact.

  8. Borbalan with weak movement and positioning in Belgrade, interfering the play several times, looking sleepy most of the first half. Excellent decision not to give penalty for Serbia in 40'.

    1. You can read the same points for improvement in my observing report from the last UEFA Champions League MD (Maccabi Tel Aviv - Dynamo Kyiv). His decisions are mostly correct but his movement and positioning is too weak. In my opinion not any longer a "modern" referee.

    2. He does the same in Primera, it's obvious that he has that kind of a problem. Now, he missed at least YC for Portugal for the foul with open foot (for example, Mitrovic in Premier league for the same type of foul got RC and 3 matches ban).

    3. Borbalan is going from bad to worse:
      1. Denied goal for Serbia for handball. There was no handball nor he could see it from his position, and he whistled immediately.
      2. Elbow in head - not giving not even YC.
      3. Haven't whistled clear foul, adn 5 seconds later Portugal scores! For protesting one player of Serbia has benn sent off, and nervous Serbian players received another RC 2 minutes later.
      Such a poor performance from Borbalan, as he is not on the pitch. Unbelievable. Too many obvious and crucial mistakes.

    4. For now I have not found a replay CLEARLY showing that it was a foul. Even if, it is a normal but of course crucial mistake. Too static in positioning which did not allow a proper judgment.

      This is however no reason for 2 Serbian players to lose their nerves and even make a violent conduct. So above all a poor performance by some Serbian players and - maybe if the replays are clear - a crucial mistake by the referee.

  9. I agree, awful performance by Borbalan, clear foul not whistled that coused the red cards for Serbia.

  10. What a challenging start for Cakir team....

  11. What a match in Warshaw! Very chalenging match so far for all officials.
    Penalty or not for Ireland? Cakir whistled PK, but it seems the foul was outside of penalty area (but very, very close to the line). Before that - was there a penalty for Poland? Hm...
    After that flag was up for offside from Lewandovski, when Poland scores - maybe he influenced the play, but another hm... Probably by new rules, but...
    Cakir gave YC for hand on the face in rebound (good decision), and Borbalan didn't do at least that for elbow in the head. That's how one decision make big difference bitween two refs.

    1. I have seen inside the line from replay. Imo penalty decision for Ireland is correct. Offside on Levandowski is correct because he tried to kick the ball. Penalty action for Poland is doubtful. Not sure really. But first 30 mins is very challenging for Cakir and the team.

    2. Inside or outside the box? Even if 1cm outside, it's not mistake. Penalty? Could've been given. Should it have been...? Offside. Another rather good call. Real controversies, no clear mistakes though!

      Mistake is no yellow card for a foul at PK and lack of AT LEAST yellow card in the 44th minute for sliding tackle (the ball was hit but then...).

    3. 23 fouls in first half.Maybe 1(or 2) more YC should have been shown.

    4. Yeah, I've just seen that Cakir missed YC when he whistled PK. Strange that he missed that. There was another interesting situation in Ireland penalty area, again O'Shea-Lewandowski. No clear mistakes so far - I can agree, but lots of situations to talk about.

    5. What a match! What a tension! Cakir very strict and consistent with regard to pushing and rightly so. It was not a game where you could allow a more physical play. Many correct but also some missed cards. Very consistent and clear line at the end of the game. Overally, very good management and control over players.

  12. A not really convincing 1st half by Kralovec. In 8' a YC should have been given, also a clear missed penalty for Germany because of a deliberate handball. Crucial mistake.
    Corner in favour of Germany didn't detect by AR1. Hopefully they'll make it better in 2nd half.

    1. It was the chest and not the hand..
      Missed penalty to Georgia in 59'. YC missed in 8', otherwise good.

    2. @Niclas E: After some replays, I can confirm that it was the upper arm. You're right, missed penalty in favour of Georgia in 59'. I'm not sure if we can blame Kralovec for that, but AAR1 definitely should have been able to see it.
      Penalty in favour of Germany was correct, very likely there was a cooperation between referee and AR2, I don't think that AAR2 was involved.
      AR1 with a missed offside in 2nd half.
      Generally a solid performance by the Czech, if we exclude both missed penalties and the missed YC.

    3. You are right, after rewatching I agree.

  13. Would be nice to read your opinions regarding these incidents (especially the third and the fourth one):

    1) https://vid.me/ZSeB
    2) https://vid.me/rvuE
    3) https://vid.me/hNZs
    4) https://vid.me/AlNk

    1. Im not some expert but here is my wiew:
      1) doubtful penalty, very doubtful and also missed YC
      2)Clear offside in my opinion
      3)I dont know really, I mean there was a contact so Cakir could gave the penalty and no one would say anything negative...
      4) Missed YC, but same player gets YC 2 or 3 minutes later

    2. 1) clear penalty, contact on face and dangerous play, yc needed
      2) clear offside
      3) imo no penalty
      4) missed yc

    3. 1) Penalty for me too. Defender's foot is very high in the air makes the scene reckless. YC needed.
      2) Offside, no doubt.
      3) If you give such a penalty, then you have to give 30 penalties each match.
      4). Clear YC missed.

    4. On 1): There have been already referees thinking about a red card in such cases. But the more convenient and more correct / mandatory decision is a YC of course.
      On 2): punishable offside
      On 3): What the Irish player does is actually a foul. But we all know that even though referees should whistle everything similar everywhere in the field no matter where it occurs, they "have a special responsibility inside the penalty area"... furthermore Lewandowski at some point decides to go the ground. So I can agree with Cakir and Simsek.
      On 4): You can see in the replays that Cakir did not have eye-contact to the challenge, his eyes were already moving away from the situation. Thus he did not see the dangerous stud contact.

    5. We could say that Cakir made 1 clear and one possible mistake. Clear one is missed YC when the penalty was whistled, and second one is missed YC in last situation (yes, his eyes were already moving, but nevertheless he gave free kick, which he couldnćt do if he hadnćt see the situation with his lateral/side vision). Penalty for Ireland - Serbian commentator (this is Sport Klub in Serbian) said that it was outside PK area, and he mentioned that couple of times during the match. It is really close, maybe 1-2cm in front of the line, also maybe just on the line, but we cannot blame Cakir for that, nor AR1. Ireland player fell meter inside and it was very hard to see properly in real time (as well as in slow motion). So, no mistake for that, if there is any.
      There were two situations in PK area of Ireland (both between O'Shea and Lewandowski) and both are very doubtful. Although I believe that many refs would whistle both penalties (for this situation that we see here I am positive that Collina would give PK), I think that Cakir's decision is acceptable, but I also think that we couldn't blame him if he had given both penalty kicks because there was material for that.

    6. 1) Clear foul, clear YC. Difficult to see or it's inside or outside, but I think we can back team Cakir.
      2) Clear offside.
      3) I think it's no clear penalty.
      4) I think the 4th official saw the foul. Missed YC offcourse. I wonder why Cakir was at that position. Even though its good most of the times to have the players in front of you, but at this position he only makes it difficult for himself. He gets in fact 'locked up' at his position, and because of that he is not aware off the foul. At least, that's what I think.

    7. Very challenging game for Cakir, in my opinion.
      1) No doubts about the foul, I want to praise Cakir and his alertness in this situation, indeed for many people this could look like a "weird" penalty or something like that, but the only doubt, given the clear foul, is where it occurred (inside or outside the box?). One point for improvement is the missed YC, for a challenge which is, at least, clearly reckless.
      2) Offside is punishable because the player tries to challenge the opponent for the ball. Very good by AR2, I want also to underline his strong body language when he appears in the video. It looked like he had never a doubt.
      3) Possible penalty, referee evaluated this situation as not enough. One can share this view, it is borderline.
      4) Missed a mandatory YC.
      I think that the only clear mistakes are the two missed yellow cards, in a challenging game. I also think that committee will be very content with this performance, because Cakir showed to be, in my opinion, a more attentive official than other ones and his assistant referees are always very good assessing offside situations (remember Athletic Blbao - Napoli one year ago).

    8. Well with regard to the 1st video - if we simply stop at the point of the contact it is marginally outside (regardless whether we can back him or not, this is evident by screenshots).


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