July 3, 2016

Björn Kuipers to officiate EURO 2016 Quarterfinal France vs Iceland

Björn Kuipers from the Netherlands has been appointed to take charge of the hosting nation's enclosing Quarterfinal against England-beating Iceland in Stade de France.




+ For Kuipers and his teammates, it is the third game at the tournament not considering their appearances as fourth officials or reserve assistant referees. +

+ Following a decent performance in Germany vs Poland, Kuipers' penalty call in Croatia vs Spain was widely discussed. Pierluigi Collina deemed the performance as very good on the whole, but expressed that the penalty should have been repeated due to a goalkeeper's encroachment. +

+ Most likely, this appointments means that the last 3 games will be refereed by Mark Clattenburg, Jonas Eriksson and Nicola Rizzoli, depending on how far the Italian national team proceed. +



03/07/2016, 21:00 CET
Match 48
Saint-Denis (Stade de France)
FRANCE
-:-
ICELAND

Referee: Björn KUIPERS (NED)
Assistant Referee 1:  Sander VAN ROEKEL (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin E. J. ZEINSTRA (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pol VAN BOEKEL (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Richard LIESVELD (NED)
4th Official: Milorad MAŽIĆ (SRB)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Dalibor DJURDJEVIĆ (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi COLLINA (ITA) 
UEFA Delegate: Janis MEZECKIS (LVA)
The 3rd Team Main Observer: RAY HD (POL)

138 Comments:

  1. I expected Kuipers in this game, taking into account his performances so far, this is what he deserved.
    Now, in my opinion it could be:
    POR - BEL/WAL Eriksson
    GER/ITA - FRA/ISL Clattenburg
    If Italy out tomorrow, Rizzoli will get very likely the final, otherwise, something could change... it is reported that also Kassai is a candidate in case of good performance in Germany-Italy, we must wait.

    If not Clattenburg in semifinal, then Mazic.

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    1. As you correctly said, referees should get what they deserved.
      Therefore, Rizzoli should not get the final this time. Clattenburg delivered better performances in all 3 games and is not depending on the results.

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    2. I'm fully agree Chefren. I posted the same predictions yesterday.

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  2. What does it mean that Collina is there as the Observer? Chances for another match?

    The line is clear for me that one mistake can be forgiven by the committee, but you have to be faultless in Your next.

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  3. Well, what if Italy beats Germany? Then it becomes difficult to see Rizzoli again, same counts anyway for Brych after his performance yesterday. Skomina unlikely too (would be his 5th game), so probably Mazic? Or even Kuipers as he has observer PLC now?

    Clattenburg is a safe bet imo, probably Eriksson too, even if I am surprised he had no K.O. games.

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    1. What about Eriksson directly getting the final?

      I believe in Kuipers or Kassai.

      If Italy and Wales proceed: WAL-POR: Kuipers, ITA-FRA/ISL: Eriksson, final: Clattenburg, final: Eriksson

      --> the risk is too high that Wales proceed which would rule Clattenburg out:

      If Germany and Belgium proceed: BEL-POR: Kassai, GER-FRA/ISL Eriksson, final: Clattenburg (or maybe even Eriksson in the final).

      Alternative: UEFA has forgiven many referees a clear missed or a clearly wrong penalty. I don't expect it, but just want to have said it: Maybe Brych is not as much out as we think. I find that unprobable, but you never know.

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    2. I think that with Italy in semifinal, the three names for the remaining games could be Eriksson, Mazic, Clattenburg. In that case, I would appoint Clattenburg for the final, but Wales should be out.
      If Wales will win this evening, I think Clattenburg will get a semifinal, but not more than that, because Wales could even reach the final, and appointments must be made before that.

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    3. "If Italy and Wales proceed: WAL-POR: Kuipers, ITA-FRA/ISL: Eriksson, final: Clattenburg, final: Eriksson"

      What do you mean?

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    4. I think Niclas means that in case of Wales in final, then Eriksson. Without Wales, Clattenburg.

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  4. For me Viktor Kassai is in Pole-position for the final. If he handles the Germany-Italy game well on saturday, he'll probably get it. Eriksson will get the semifinal involving Portugal and Clattenburg the second one. If not, and Italy goes through there's also still a chance Kuipers gets the final, with Eriksson/Clattenburg in the semis.

    The 3rd possible distribution for me is Rizzoli and Eriksson in the semis and Clattenburg in the final.

    I don't see Mazic getting another game, given his far from solid performance in the Hungary-Belgium match and his two appearances as a fourth official.

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    1. I disagree. I think Clattenburg is a prime contender for the final. He's performed very well and is not waiting for any result in particular. Rizzoli will not get the final I think even if Italy lose to Germany. He's just come from the World Cup Final and to do another major final within two years is unheard of. Also it would look a bit biased with Collina appointing a fellow Italian. If Germany lose we may see Brych in the final. I doubt that Mazic or Eriksson will get the final.

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  5. Niclas, Djurdjevic will be reserve AR, not Ristic.

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  6. Hard match by Enea Jorgji (ALB) with 2 interesting RC. http://www.mediaklikk.hu/video/labdarugo-uefa-el-es-bl-selejtezok-el-selejtezo-videoton-fc-zaria-balti/ The first red card after second yellow: 1:22:15, The second RC 2:01:29

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    1. It seems as the video can't be watched outside Hungary.

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    2. Yes, can't be watched.

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  7. I think it is obvious that PLC will personally observe all candidates for a (semi)final. Thats why he was observer at yesterdays match. I can't imagine PLC observing a match of a team when he already knows that team will be send home.

    Final decision will be based on a mix of performance in this tournament, this season and an overall assessment volatility in team performance. Yes and than u actually can forgive a mistake as long as the mistake doesn't have a repetitive character.

    Based on the above I think its still likely that Eriksson will directly go in to (semi) final. Also because of reasons I have mentioned before.

    For the rest it will be completely depend on the outcome of 1/4 final matches. PLC strategy is to keep all options open. But for the (semi) final he will only place SAFE bets.

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  8. Why Collina as observer? In case of excellent performance might he get the final? Is this the sense?
    Anyway, I think either Rizzoli or Kassai, if he performs well tomorrow, for the final....I do not think that Clattenburg could get another final this year after FA Cup and UCL. He showed fantastic performances though in one year he is not the only one possible for finals and not the only one who performed well and it's too much for my taste. But as I said yesterday looking for the "surprise"....

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  9. If Italy doesn't proceed, Rizzoli surely have a match,probably the final if Wales proceed...

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  10. In my point of wiew ,if Germany win with Italy:
    Portugal-Belgium(Wales) Eriksson
    Germany-France (Iceland) Clatts
    Final Rizzoli

    Eriksson doesn't deserve Germany-France(Iceland) ,this semi IMO is more important than final and Rizzoli handled France in round of 16 ; and if Germany beat Italy in qf ,i don't think that he could handle Germany in semi. So we'll see Clatts here and Rizzoli in final.

    If Italy win:
    SF1 Eriksson
    SF2 Mazic
    F Clatts

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    1. Completely agree @Michael Frank. That's what I said since the beginning.

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  11. IMO
    POR-WAL/BEL Eriksson FO:Marciniak
    GER/ITA-FRA/ISL Clattenburg FO: Skomina
    FINAL: Mazic/ Kassai FO: Mazic/Kasssai

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    1. Very interesting prediction.
      I like it.

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    2. What a surprise ;)

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    3. What is the problem ? :D

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    4. Final is for Clattenburg or Brych or Rizzoli, I think.

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  12. @DutchReferee: Is it possible that you change your vimeo-privacy settings in a manner which allows me to embed your video into an article?

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    1. I think that should not be a problem. Which video('s) you want me to change settings for?

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    2. The Brych one (penalty).

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    3. Will work on that immediately!

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    4. Thanks a lot! :)

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  14. On first fiew this appointment looks sensible and expected. But in which way is the EURO qualifying groups taken into account? Since Island qualified instead of the Netherlands. Can this be of consideration in making the appointments by the commitee?

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    1. Definitely not: They even appointed Cüneyt Çakır for Italy - Spain in the Round of 16 just after Spain (indirectly) eliminated Turkey in Group D of the Preliminary Round.

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  15. Off-topic:
    On twitter Alexis Sánchez shared this holiday pic with sweet memories to the COPA America final.

    https://twitter.com/alexis_sanchez/status/748541016672714752

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  16. I see a Wales - Germany final with Rizzoli in charge. Clattenburg taking Germany- France. Wales - Portugal going to Eriksson.

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  17. I see a Wales - Germany final with Rizzoli in charge. Clattenburg taking Germany- France. Wales - Portugal going to Eriksson.

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    1. I think this is most probable indeed.

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  18. Tomorow Collina will send home 4 teams.
    My predictions for that:
    1. Marciniak
    2. Brych
    3. Clattenburg (Wales and CL final)
    4. Skomina/Kuipers

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    1. Ok then, IMO these 4 referee teams will go home:

      *Marciniak
      *Brych (Germany in Semi, Crucial mistake with PK)
      *Clattenburg (Wales in Semi,CL final)
      *Skomina (4 matches and possible Crucial mistake(s) )

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    2. Depends on today. But my feeling says Brych / Marciniak / Mazic and either Kuipers or Skomina.

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    3. I would like to see Rizzoli in Germany-France but chances for that are minimal.

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    4. @Niclas, so we only disagree about Clattenburg :)

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    5. I made mistake. 4 teams and reserve team Marciniak will send home(4+1).
      In that case:
      1. Brych
      2. Clattenburg
      3. Skomina
      4. Kuipers/Mazic

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    6. If that is the case, then: As I expect that Clattenburg/Eriksson/Kassai/Rizzoli will stay, the rest might be sent home. But who knows. Maybe even Clatts is sent home considering what he has achieved in 2016. Collina often surprised us. Maybe he does so tomorrow, too.

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    7. Then I will also add Kuipers/Mazic on the list.
      But if Iceland reach the semifinal,Eriksson will go home.

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    8. Swansea is a Premier League team from Wales. So if the criteria is that referees from a semi-finalist country should be send home Clattenburg can start packing his suitcases IMO.

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    9. IMO go home: Brych,Rizzoli,Kuipers,Skomina
      POR-WAL Eriksson/Mazic FO: Marciniak/Kassai
      FRA-GER Clattenburg FO: Mazic/Eriksson

      Final: Kassai/Eriksson FO: Mazic

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  19. Why do you think that tomorrow some teams will be sent home?
    We`ve already seen 2 phases of home sending?

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    1. That was praxis in previous EURO, if I remember well.

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  20. Good start - two verbal warnings by Kuipers (the first one very close to a caution), an excellent onside by AR1 prior to 1:0.

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    1. 2:0 - in my opinion correct, no foul by Pogba.

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  21. 34´: mistake by Kuipers with missed foul on Evra and even corner kick with a little touch of the ball by Iceland player.

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  22. Sorry for kuipers. The game is finished after 2:0. There won't be any big things to handle.

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  23. @BenoitAuguste small mistake indeed.

    Over all, good Kuipers in an easy match. Good verbal warnings. Easy match, offcourse. 8.4 level.

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    1. Fully agree Rik...just a little remark in ocean of no-match but overall good performance in an easy match, true !

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  24. Very easy match...i think this was expected and Kuipers tomorrow will go home...this match doesn't deserve a elite referee

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    1. PLC would not be the observer then, I think.

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  25. Kuipers started well with two verbal warnings (8', 17' - many players are in danger of being suspended after receiving a yellow card in this game, so it's a smart approach of the referee). Good onside leading to the goal in 13'. Some dubious free kicks but overall picture is simply good, expected level but in an easy-going game for the referee.

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  26. Can someone tell the match with 8.8-9.0 referee mark?

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    1. I saw Howard Webb with 8.9(Atletico-Barcelona in 2014)

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    2. Well that 8.9 was a sin of my youth back then:) don't take it for granted.

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    3. I don't know the mark for sure, but De Bleeckere in Turkey - Switzerland (WC Playoff), was a fantastic performance in probably the hardest atmosphere to referee a football match in. A mark surely above 8.8

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  27. During half-time I saw that the 1:0 was very, very, very close offside (my TV station drew a line). But really some centimeters only. Of course never a crucial mistake but neither the excellent decision I thought it was. Considering 'in dubio pro reo' (play-on when there are some doubts) a wise and acceptable decision by Van Roekel.

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  28. Bjarnason really lucky to get away with only yellow card (58').

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  29. Penalty appeal for Iceland at 63'. What do you think?

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  30. Penalty appeal by ISL (handball). Without any replays I think it was a correct decision by Kuipers and Van Boekel. Never deliberately.

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    1. I still have doubts. Anyone with screenshots?

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    2. We see a replay. Clearly No intention. Fully undeliberate. Good teamwork and decision.

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  31. Acceptable non-penalty at 64', I think. Really hard.
    Hand in a natural position, and bouncing ball (he did not really 'control' it with his foot, as it was oddly bouncing).

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  32. 64' French defender misplays ball into his own hand. No PK given.

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  33. Every Björn Kuipers game I watch he does a bad job, No exception today. Clear penalty with the handball that everyone inside and outside the stadium can see but he doesn't have the balls to blow the whistle. The yellow on Bjarnason was very harsh too, not even a foul.

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    1. I think you are a Iceland fan ;) ! YC card justified and No hand intention. Good decisions.

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    2. Hope you are joking, man @Olafur Malmquist...

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    3. That is quite a statement. The "clear penalty" you describe is not clear at all (see my assessment above).
      And as you'll also see above, the YC for Bjarnason was very, very deserved. Getting the ball does not absolve you from any wrong.

      As for the general point, yes, Kuipers has possibly been seen to waver under pressure in the past. However, in general, he is one of the most consistent, efficient, and respected referees in Europe. He has done some excellent games - perhaps you should watch more of his games.

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    4. Okay. Did the hand go to the ball? And what other matches did you see?

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    5. I am biased, yes, I'm from Iceland. I'm stating my opinion, not facts;) But I thought the technical mistake by Evra was leading to a chance or corner and then he benefits from handling the ball (not deliberate, but still.)

      With the YC on Bjarnason I thought he got the ball cleanly, Giroud comes in late and dives to get the referees decision.

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    6. The fact that he benefits from it is irrelevant. It was not deliberate.
      Frank Lampard scored a goal in MLS last week when the ball hit his hand accidentally.

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  34. Technical mistake made by a player makes a ball contact with naturally positioned hand undeliberate. Good call.

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    1. I had doubts. Now you clarify the situation @RayHD

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    1. Sorry man, are we watching the same match?

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    2. Perhaps you should go to another blog?

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    3. @Olafur Malmquist, why do you say that? I cannot understand

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    4. The 73:14 moment I thought was just a clear shoulder - shoulder, 50 - 50 contest which he called for a foul. Maybe he was right, but I thought at the moment that he was wrong.

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  36. This was never a deliberate handball, fully correct. Clear YC as a result of a good stepwise approach.

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  37. Has Kuipers been so poor as claimed by Ólafur Malmquist? I think he has been very good with his easily! Easily one of the more praiseworthy performance of the tournament!

    My name : Soham

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    1. He has not been poor at all. I see things from a biased standpoint as an Icelander. He has not been perfect, he has made some decisions I sdisagree with but overall he's been good.

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    2. @Soham Kuipers is doing well in my opinion. I do not know why he is writing that. He has his opinion

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    3. Yeah it has to be a biased view... Kuipers performance today has been the best out of the 4 QF referee performances I think... So deserves more than that even if you an Iceland fan... Give the man the respect he does deserve! You can have your opinion but it's a request please don't abuse! Thanks!

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    4. I really appreciate his work and believe he is doing a good job. After,PLC retired I think he's my favorite having sense for the overall game.
      He has done a good job today but it looks like Kujpers isn't getting the final.
      I'm sure he deserves it.

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  38. Really sad to see someone abusing an Elite UEFA referee when he is having a superb match! I have one request for everyone - referee's are normal humans like us and they will make mistakes at times but they don't deserve abuse and hatred for that! So I request all to be polite and a bit compassionate while speaking about referees! We should help maintain a peaceful atmosphere here- no abuse, no hatred! Thanks! 😃

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    1. Relax, I realized my mistakes and wrote up fore them. He's a decent referee, fairplay to him.

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    2. Thanks for cooperating Ólafur... Thanks Alvaro for the compliment!

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    3. Completely OT, but: Is Malmquist frequently used in Iceland?

      On Kuipers: Not really challenged, decent performance. Handball looked at least a bit deliberate in my eyes, but call me biased.

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    4. OK, guys, everything's alright. Emotions... Congratulations, Ólafur, to your national football team. Iceland have to be proud!

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    5. What a great tournament Iceland played!

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  39. Well, we finally know the name of the two teams for the second semifinal.
    Good job for Kuipers. 8.4

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  40. Despite his crucial mistake in CRO-ESP a good tournament by Team Kuipers. Today again on the expected level, well done!

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  41. Good job for Kuipers in an easy match.

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  42. Good job Björn, fairplay.

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  43. I didn't understand..Clatts can handle Germany-France?

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  44. My prediction are:
    Semifinals:
    POR v WAL: Mazic
    GER v FRA: Clattenburg

    Final: Rizzoli

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  45. Can Kuipers get a further appointment considering that Collina was in the observer's chair and he put up a very good performance today?

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    1. Yeah that's true... But he deserved more to be honest... The fact that Eriksson is yet to get a knockout match will count against Kuipers and Eriksson will get a SF? Rizzoli will certainly be involved but I wasn't particularly impressed with Rizzoli in the France v Republic of Ireland match!

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    2. We'll see. I think the appointments will be defined tomorrow

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    3. My prediction is Jonas Eriksson for Portugal v Wales (In my opinion. he doesn't deserve it but still)

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    4. He may also get a match as FO imo.

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  46. Good performance overall in an fairly easy game. Kuipers does make it easy for himself though with his strong authority. Only questionable incident is the handball situation with Evra. I feel like either decision was correct. He could have given the penalty as Evra makes a reflex move with his hand towards the ball but at the same time not giving it as the hand is in a fairly neutral position and there is no intent at all in it can also easily be considered correct.

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  47. What is Kuipers ' marks for this match by the observers in this blog?

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  48. I feel Kuipers would have been a safe bet in the Portugal v Wales Semi-final but I know he will be overlooked... I would expect Mazic, Marciniak and Brych to go home after this QF round...

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  49. If 4+1 teams go home tomorrow, I expect:
    1. Marciniak, of course, as only FO;
    2. Brych, because Germany proceeded in semifinal;
    3. Skomina, because he already had 4 matches. He looked well and big picture of him is very good, but he made some important mistakes. Besides that, he has already got CL and EL semifinal - more than enough.
    4. Mazic. He is coming from small country and association that has no influence at all. He has had 3 matches so far, being really good, and as a reward got 2 matches as fourth official in quarterfinals. Maybe he could get one of 1/4 match. He can be satisfied with his tournament. We can hardly see him in Portugal-Wales, especially if we recall the story from last WC and situations with Portuguese. Germany-France - unlikely.
    5. Kassai or Kuipers. They've been leveled for me in this tournament, having good job, but with some mistakes. Kassai got the opener, so his chances to go home are bigger, IMO.

    Well, this is what could be predicted. But, Collina teach us that we can expect unexpected. I hope it's going to be the case. Clatts and Eriksson whistled CL and EL final only month ago. I won't like to see them again, particularly Eriksson. There are some other refs that could get a chance. Also, Rizzoli got almost everything and he is not that superb - he is big name, but he can make big and blatant mistakes. We will see what morning will bring to us.

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  50. It is refreshing to read a comments section and see such polite and content focused discussion. I enjoy all of your predictions!

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  51. Predictions:

    POR - WAL
    Eriksson (SWE)
    FO: Kuipers (NED)

    GER - FRA
    Clattenburg (ENG)
    FO: Mazic (SRB)

    FINAL
    Rizzoli (ITA)
    FO: Kassai (HUN)

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    1. As I said yesterday I would like to see Rizzoli in Germany-France, this match perfectly suits to him.
      We all espect him for the Final but we are teached to expect unexpected.

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    2. In that case, Clattenburg would have no matches, considering Wales there.

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    3. According to a tweet from Times Sports Por-WAl : Erikson and Fra-Ger: Rizzoli

      Source: https://twitter.com/henrywinter/status/749878583649308672

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    4. Maybe Clattenburg will be referee for the final if Wales don't reach the final.

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  52. Por-Wal:
    ref: Erikson
    FO: Marciniak

    Ger-Fra
    Ref: Rizzoli
    FO: Skomina

    source: uefa.com

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  54. So Clattenburg for the final if Wales is eliminated by Portugal. What if Wales goes through the final? Kassai, Kuipers, Mazic, Skomina?

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    1. Well, that's a good question. We should know who stayed in France. Skomina is 4OFF in a semi-final, so it seems as he is still in France and should hope for Wales...

      Marciniak seems to stay too, what is a surprise for me.

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    2. So, It's reported here that 4+1 referee teams will go home. It looks like that will leave after semifinals.

      Marciniak,Eriksson,Rizzoli and Skomina will leave the tournament.

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  55. According to UEFA site we have two refereeing teams present at the first semi final. Can't upload a screenshot but the article Who is the referee mentiones Felix Brych as the referee and Mazic as Fourth Official. In the Matchcentre Erikson is mentioned.

    http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/news/newsid=2372154.html

    http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000450/match=2017905/match-info/index.html

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    1. The news item Who is the referee now also mentions Eriksson.

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  56. Bjarnason's foul (SFP?):
    https://streamable.com/k4ar

    Handball penalty appeal:
    https://streamable.com/606t

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    1. Thanks for videos. Correct decisions by team Kuipers. Second clear undeliberate. First I would only go for SFP if there were studs contact. We could argue some intentional raise of foot, but not enough for VC imo.

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