July 4, 2016

Nicola Rizzoli to officiate EURO 2016 Semifinal Germany vs France

Italy's Nicola Rizzoli will take charge of the second semifinal at UEFA EURO 2016: Having already overseen three games at this tournament including the hosts' win against Ireland, the World Cup 2014 Final Referee will be the man in the middle when Germany and France meet in Marseille.


+ The 44-year old Italian has already overseen three major competition finals including the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and Germany's World Cup final win vs Argentina in 2014 +

+ Rizzoli is known as a very elegant game-manager who usually keeps his matches under full control +

+ At times, he prefers to be tolerant in terms of infringements the Laws of the Game and pays more attention to the "big picture" +

+ He has already officiated England vs Russia, Portugal vs Austria and France vs Ireland at this tournament +



07/07/2016, 21:00 CET
Match 50
Stade Vélodrome (Marseille)
GERMANY
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FRANCE


Referee: Nicola RIZZOLI (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1:  Elenito DI LIBERATORE (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro TONOLINI (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Daniele ORSATO (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Antonio DAMATO (ITA)
4th Official: Damir SKOMINA (SVN)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Jure PRAPROTNIK (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh DALLAS (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Roland OSPELT (LIE)
The 3rd Team Main Observer: ARTUR (SUI)

115 Comments:

  1. We'll know the appointment for Germany-France tomorrow..

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    1. This IS the appointment...

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    2. http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/news/newsid=2372154.html
      Brych for Portugal-Wales and no Eriksson...and Germany France tomorrow..

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    3. @ Michele: Maybe you trust us. UEFA.com is wrong.

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    4. Surely uefa.com reported wrongly this info. Eriksson is referee for POR - WAL.

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    5. Most likely a copy-paste-error of their redaction (the appointment they showed was the one of Poland vs Portugal).

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    6. What's happening with this appointments?
      By the way, I expected Rizzoli for the final and Clatts for this game.
      Now, I would say that Clattenburg will be in charge of it with Mazic as FO.
      If Wales proceeded to the final, would Mazic have any chances to be the referee in Saint-Denis?

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    7. It is incredibly good that UEFA can actually appoint 5 match officials for the final and all would be somehow "deserved" or "understandable": Clattenburg, Kassai, Kuipers, Mazic, Skomina.

      My feeling says that we'll might see a reversed opener game appointment: Kuipers as ref and Kassai as 4th. If Wales go through at least. If it is POR-GER or POR-FRA, then Clatts might be the better candidate.

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    8. UEFA.com sent a tweet writing Brych is in charge of WAL-POR, they called it a "big surprise". Meanwhile this tweet is deleted.

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    9. Predictions for the final:

      POR - GER or POR - FRA
      Clattenburg (ENG)

      WAL - GER or WAL - FRA
      Kassai (HUN) or Mazic (SRB)

      I don't see Kuipers and Skomina, they did however some mistakes.

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    10. My prediction is that all referees who are appointed in semifinals will leave the tournament.
      Also, I'm glad that Rizzoli have this match.

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    11. Kuipers/Kassai would be good to see. They did well in this Euro and deserve the final designation like all the other referees still in France imo. Do you know anything about Marciniak? Did he go back home?

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    12. Marciniak is FO in the first semi.

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    13. Marciniak is fourth official.

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    14. Oh thanks @Emil and @RefRef, my fault :)

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  2. In case of final appointment with Kassai and Skomina (it doesn't matter who referee and who fourth official), this would be a very strong message to FIFA referees committee, following the choices for 2014. What do you think? Can be this a possible option? :)

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    1. No, because the circumstances are entirely different. In 2014, Kassai was an average referee, not more, and Skomina was struggling with an unstable and unreliable team. Now, Kassai is back in shape and Skomina has a stable team.

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    2. I do agree, man. I would be both surprised and glad to see these two names.

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    3. Agree for Kassai and don't agree for Skomina.

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  4. Bjorn Kuipers and his team have been send home by UEFA!

    Any news on other teams that have to leave the tournament?

    http://www.knvb.nl/nieuws/scheidsrechters/scheidsrechters/19082/geen-vervolg-team-kuipers-op-euro-2016

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    1. According the article Felix Brych sent home, but who knows?

      http://www.nemzetisport.hu/foci_eb_2016/eb-2016-kijeloltek-az-elodontos-meccsek-jatekvezetoit-2511231

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    2. Brych and Kuipers are sent home 100%

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  5. Germany beats Italy and in next round Rizzoli from Italy referees Germany... I wonder if this is really so sensible?! There are some German discussions in Social Media - and I can understand why.

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    1. Honestly, football fans will find any excuse to complain. The English media were complaining about Cakir refereeing England because of his incident with Nani...
      Of course, that also means that it puts pressure on Rizzoli: each decision will have to be crystal clear, otherwise he will get lambasted in German media. At the same time, he is retiring at the end of the year, so any eventual damage will not last too long.

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    2. This was the reason for which I thought it was impossible to see Rizzoli for this game. It should be also the first time in the tournament we see that.
      However, I think that Rizzoli was assigned on this game because on the paper it is more and more fascinating than the final. Said with all the respect for Wales and Portugal, but something like Germany - France, with the latter also as host of the tournament, it's really so much stuff.

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    3. Pretty sensible appointments. As I said before I would have gone for Clatts. Anyway UEFA took his decision.

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    4. Is there any matter which SF you give to which Ref ? When you're Collina and you give the SFs to Rizzoli and Eriksson, why you don't make it less sensible and give WAL-POR to Rizzoli ?

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    5. because GER-FRA deserve the best UEFA referees...Rizzoli or Clattenburg..but we have Wales in the other SF, so Rizzoli..

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    6. We all guessed that Eriksson would get the semi-final in that easier half of the draw, after he was overlooked for the quarters.

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  6. So Rizzoli has EURO QF - WC final - EURO SF like Collina 2000-2004, who however also attended WC 98 before.

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    1. This is a good comment. I've also thought about it, that was the reason I always believe that Rizzoli won't get the final at this Euro, because he has already had the biggest honour of all for final at WC 2014. Likewise for the great Collina, he only got semi at Euro 2004 after WC final in 2002.

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    2. In case of appointment for the final, Rizzoli would have overcome Collina...

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    3. Yes but Rizzoli could refereed euro 2012 final,unfortunately Italy got final...and this year he deserved to referee the final; but maybe Germany-France is better

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    4. That is correct, Rizzoli would have surpassed Collina in terms major tournaments appointment if he gets the final at this Euro. But, nevertheless this semi-final between the host, France and Germany is on paper more intriguing than the final which may involve Wales, so a very good appointment for Rizzoli at his last major tournament.

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    5. Very interesting information.

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  7. The decision to send Brych and Kuipers home is sensible. For Brych because Germany reaches semi-final. Kuipers has shown decent performance overall in this tournament, including the easy quarter final last night, but not enough to get the final IMO. Kuipers' best chance to get the final was at WC 2014, I remember he had the best odd before WC 2014 for the final, we all know Dutch national team was in his way unfortunately for him. IMO, Kuipers' form started to dip after WC 2014, and has been making some crucial mistakes in champions league recently.

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    1. I agree with you... But still I feel he was better than Mazic or Skomina and could have easily got a 4th official appointment in either of these last 3 matches... Hope he gets some good appointments and does very well in the Champions League... i have seen whenever he is sent home from a tournament he always makes a good comeback so I hope he does the same this time...

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  8. So predictions for final, Clattenburg if Wales fails to reach final, otherwise, Kassai if Wales reaches final.

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  9. It's a pity that there is no match for 3rd place :)

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  10. Can somebody tell me who has been sent home other than Kuipers and Brych?

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    1. No one, for now.

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    2. Is it confirmed that Brych and Kuipers sent home?

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    3. For Kuipers we have an official source:
      http://www.knvb.nl/nieuws/scheidsrechters/scheidsrechters/19082/geen-vervolg-team-kuipers-op-euro-2016

      Not for Brych.

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    4. Thanks to you both RefRef and Chefren! 😃
      I'm really sad and disappointed for Kuipers but I don't have an option... I hope he gets some decent Champions League appointments later during the year and also hope that he nails them and answer all the people who sent him home with some impressive performances... That's the best way an Elite can announce his comeback!!

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  11. Rizzoli is 45 next season. Is there any rumors of him retiring? like Carballo & Atkinson?! I hope this is not his final game. He still perform exceptionally well.

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    1. Rizzoli will continue the next season, he has been just confirmed on Serie A 2016/17 panel, but very likely I think he will be removed from FIFA list on 31/12/16. Then on June 2017 at any rate, due to 45 y. o., he should retire, but it is possible to get a special derogation for a further year (in that case he would officiate only in domestic league).

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    2. Cervellera and Gervasoni demoted from Serie A. Gervasoni due to 10 years as top-category official without a badge. But Cervellera?

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    3. Technical assessments.

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    4. A question for Chefren.

      I noticed a name who was promoted to Serie A. Luca Pairetto.

      Is he the son of former Italian referee Pierluigi Pairetto who was a member of the UEFA Referee's committee about 12-13 years ago?

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    5. Yes, son of Pierluigi Pairetto :
      http://www.gazzetta.it/Calcio/Serie-A/30-06-2016/ecco-arbitri-serie-2016-17-promosso-luca-pairetto-nichelino-figlio-pierluigi-calciopoli-maresca-napoli-160173914651.shtml?refresh_ce-cp

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    6. es, I can confirm that. I can add more. You all know that Pairetto senior was involved in Calciopoli. The fact that his soon has managed to reach serie A, despite of that, must be praised. A son can't payfor father's mistakes. His performances in the last years were mostly good and he deserved this step. However, in serie A he will have to live with this "burden": he will be discussed more than the others, in case of mistakes. But so far, he has shown to be a very strong person, so I have no doubts he will be able to manage that also in the future.

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    7. Thank you, both.

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  12. Off Topic:

    Guys, I found two very interesting videos on Kuipers and on Bart Vertenten that I'd like to share with you all. Both are in Dutch or something like that but I think they are comprehensible.

    Bjorn Kuipers:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO4Bp0R3Q1M

    Bart Verteneten:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6hN_BGKGGM

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    1. Can you tell me the content of the Kuipers video? I don't understand Dutch! Can u please explain to me what it is all about...

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    2. The Kuipers video is about his preparation for EURO 2016. There are some clips of the Dutch Cup Final where he and his team where the referee.

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    3. Look at 5:20 in the Kuipers video (the English part). If this is the way he treats his teammembers, well...good night.

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    4. No Nicolas you are misunderstanding him here... He is talking about the difference in visual angle and perception of referees and assistant referees and how that makes the judgement and decisions of referees and assistant referees different... This is a technical committee where they are discussing about technicalities and perspective and not about the capacity or capabilities of refs and assistant refs... It's nothing bad as it sounds like... I can assure you Björn, Sander and Erwin are great buddies and the respect they have for each other is immense otherwise a partnership couldn't have been this solid for the past 6-7 years... Kuipers never misses talking about teammates whenever he is appointed to any big match... He never forgets mentioning their contributions and misses to say them a thanking you... So it's all fine... We are misunderstanding him here to be honest...

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    5. So what is your opinion on the deliberate/undeliberate situation at 5.20 of Kuipers video? Should it be offside or not?

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    6. I don't think I'm competent enough to make an accurate call on that... Niclas, Chefren, RefRef, Alvaro and other experienced administrators members will be able to tell about this I'm sure... Umm, but if I'm asked to take a call I would say neither would be too bad a call but somehow I feel it is NOT deliberate (I may be absolutely wrong) !

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    7. This might be, but my point was rather the way he lets Zeinstra look like a fool in front of the UEFA instructor. A general impression based on his body language, tone, choice of words, always turned to the UEFA instructor instead of content-based discussing with Zeinstra (would demand eye-contact). But maybe I misunderstand or overinterpret that, too.

      My view: Clearly no deliberate play but a deflection and therefore offside. Kuipers is right on a technical level for me.

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    8. Well, I don't think that they need to have relation like they are all best friends and it's not the problem what Kuipers said, it was HOW he said it.
      If you look at his AR's face expression, you can see how he feels in that momment.

      Of course it's normal to have different opinions in every referee team. But I don't like the way they deal with it.

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    9. Yeah that's something I said that the way of saying seems like he is demeaning them which he is actually not... People often say things excitably in the heat of the moment and that is certainly not anything spoil a partnership... That might happen with expressive people at times but a partnership going strong for 6-7 years means everything is fine... Kuipers always acknowledges his teammates whenever he succeeds anything which is I think enough to show their importance to Kuipers... At the end of the day it's all good between them with a strong partnership going and that's what matters... But yes I agree with you Kuipers could have made his tone a bit softer and his choice of words a bit more compassionate... But still I don't have any issue with this as it's between the team and if they sort it out between them, that's well and good...

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    10. I agree with you all. Good points. I particularly feel what @RefRef said. Actually the problem is not what Kuipers said but was how he said.

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    11. Yeah I feel the same! But all okay as long as they sort it out among themselves!

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  13. Guys, i know it is too early to think about this! But what do you think about candidate for UEFA Super Cup and UEFA EL/CL finals?
    As for me, i see Mazic as a possible candidate for 2017 finals! He is 43, and i think his time has come! Skomina is also is possible candidate, his maximum was USC in 2012! What Your thoughts about this?

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    1. For UEFA Super Cup i hope Rizzoli ,as award career; 2015 is him last year in UEFA list.

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    2. CL and EL are indeed too early to predict, it depends on so much things.

      Super Cup: I don't expect a very big name like Rizzoli, my tip is Marciniak as the other candidates (Karasev, Hategan, Turpin) are in Rio. Some other names are Kralovec, Rocchi or Aytekin.

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    3. My prediction is Gianluca Rocchi. "Small" consolation for missing out on the European Championships.

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    4. I think that Mazic will be right solution for super cup final match: good experience, medium/high level of performances, 43 years old, good recognition for his high level matches and finally in a good shape according to what he showed at this Uefa 2016.
      Can you publish a dedicated post with appointments for preliminary CL and El matches ?

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    5. No time for that, f. Sorry.
      As for Super Cup, I expect Brych.

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    6. I think that Rocchi might be a good choice. He has been a reliable elite referee for years, and Rizzoli has been his biggest problem. An appointment for the Supercup would be deserved.

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      I will probably publish the CL-EL appointments tomorrow.

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    8. I agree with you, that Rocchi would deserve it. If UEFA wants a bigger Name, Brych has good chances as an expert for Spanish duels. Marciniak is also possible, but maybe it is a bit too early. I think, Mazic will get a bigger final at the end of the season and not the Supercup, but of course not impossible. These 4 should more or less be the only candidates, I think.

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    9. UEFA tested a young official last year: Collum. The result was not positive at all. Therefore I indeed expect a more experienced official this time. Maybe even Kassai.

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    10. Rather than "young", Niclas, I would say that Collum was too inexperienced for that game.

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  14. SuperCopa must be for Karasev,Marciniak,Skomina or Turpin.....

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    1. Karasev or Turpin after EC and OLY ?

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    2. Karasev is the best russian referee. And the next WM
      will be in Russia........

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    3. Isn't the next Super Cup scheduled to be held at Trondheim, Norway?

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    4. Yes, it is! On 9th of august

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    5. Probably Milorad Mazic or Damir Skomina I would predict!

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  15. http://nos.nl/ek2016/artikel/2115440-kuipers-heel-succesvol-toernooi-gehad.html

    Kuipers has stated that he is dissapointed that he was sent home and that he is proud on the performances that he and his team delivered. He also admitted that the penalty was the most debatable moment, especially the decision to play on after the penalty.

    Interesting interview. It also seemed to me that he is not so sure now that he will stop after 2018. He stated: 'We are going to work for the Eredivisie now and for 2018. We will see what happens after that.'

    Still, I expect he will stop after 2018.

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    1. Obviously we all understand that every referee want to stay until the very end of any major tournament such as Euro and WC which they take part in. Kuipers and his team has showed very decent performance during the whole tournament. His team was given two of the top clashes during the group stage, GER-POL & ESP-CRO, and finally the quarter final involving host nation France. I think Kuipers was prepared by the referee committee for the possible quarter final FRA-ENG. But Iceland shocked England surprisingly. But nevertheless it was a quarter final involving host France.

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    2. It has been pointed out a few times in this blog, that the overall standard of refereeing in this Euro tournament has been very good indeed. There are quite a few referees who deserve the final, but there is only one who will get it. This quarter final is pretty much as far as Kuipers can possibly reach at this Euro. If there is a 3rd place playoff, Kuipers might have a chance for that. Eriksson has not had any game in knock out round, he must get the POR-WAL semi, Kuipers can't get France in two consecutive round, so he is out for GER-FRA semi. IMO Clattenburg and Kassai will be the favourite to get the final depending on whether Wales advancing to the final.

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    3. Yeah that's a great point Felix... He was probably saved for the possible QF between France and England which is obviously a potential high profile clash and that clearly implies that he still remains at the top of the spectrum... The fact that he was saved for QF and that it was expected to be England v France clearly goes on to show that he is among the top 7 performers in this Euro which also includes Clattenburg, Rizzoli, Brych, Kassai, Eriksson and Skomina... Just because the Iceland team played it and the match was excessively easy with Kuipers having nothing much to do it seemed to us that Kuipers wasn't given a good QF... But he have to take into account that he was saved for a possible England v France at Saint-Denis which a huge clash in itself... And even his group stage appointments Ger-Pol and Cro-Esp were both clash of table toppers which clearly suggests he is in the track... I hope he now does well in the Champions League...

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    5. If not, then what can be the possible justification of giving him a direct Semi-final?? I can't recall any clear mistakes or controversies in his 2 group stage games (although they were low profile clashes involving small teams like Turkey, Russia, Wales etc)

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    6. I missunderstand you, sorry.
      Yes, I can share your opinion.

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    7. In general if you ask me about Eriksson, I don't find him too convincing to be honest...

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  16. Portugal in final than Clatts.
    Wales proceed than Mažić.
    Kassai is 3rd option.
    Cheers to all blogers. Glad to be here.
    Good to be ref or observer.
    I wish good luck to ref in final match no matter who will be

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  17. I am curious is it still possible for Mark to ref the final if Wales proceed to the final. We saw that Atkinson had a match between Wales and Northern Ireland earlier in this tournament.

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    1. Atkinson refereed Wales v Northern Ireland because both times were from UK... Clattenburg won't take charge of a final between Wales and Germany/France because both are not countries from UK... So if Wales qualify Clattenburg will most probably be on his way home...

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  18. Why just Brych got markss in QF? I know a lot of time, but the all qf's referee get marks or nobody.

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    1. Poland - Portugal was the first quarterfinal played, so you can easily guess the reason. After that, Niclas had no time to add the other marks. They will follow soon of course, but it seems as you can't wait?

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    2. It was jusst a question. Thanks your "answer".

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  19. Champions League final Clattenburg referee and Kassai fourth. EURO final the opposite.

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    1. Aren't we ruling a certain Mr. Mazic far too early who happens to be Collina's golden boy? Always expect the unexpected!

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    2. Not possible if Wales plays final.

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    3. What problem does Mazic's appointment have with Wales? Not sure what you want to imply Alberto! :/

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    4. I think that Alberto Ruiz Mena answered to the original post by Referee, not to you.
      I think that Mazic can't handle Portugal, due to 2014 WC.

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    5. Oh I'm sorry, I got it all wrong... But why can't a ref not take charge of a certain team because of a match 2 years back? Anyhow I don't find Mazic to be too convincing but then he is Collina's golden boy so who knows when he might get the nod!!

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    6. I don't see why Mazic is Collina's golden boy, Soham!? He so far got only EL semifinals, but not this year, and he is 43! Many refs got more, but I am not sure they deserved it. About Portugal: I don't see why Mazic can't handle them. In Ger-Por he gave correct penalty to GER (some said he might give RC, but he decided to go only with YC). After that - absolutely correct RC to Pepe for VC. He only missed penalty for POR, but it wouldn't change a thing because it was already 4-0 to GER. Is that the reason not to handle POR? It's not. Clattenburg would be the reason if Portugal proceed.

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    7. Clattenburg will be the reason... The Collina favourite at this moment... Unlucky for Viktor Kassai now that he will most probably miss out...

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  20. Is it possible to see Referee brigade in the city before the match?

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