August 30, 2016

World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - UEFA Zone - Referee Appointments for Matchday 1

Thanks to some federations, we already know the names of a few referees appointed for the first Matchday of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers (UEFA Zone). The missing names, including observers, will  be added in due course. 



04 September 2016

Group C, 18:00, Serravalle
San Marino - Azerbaijan
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (Belgium)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves de Neve (Belgium)
Assistant Referee 2: Jo de Weirdt (Belgium)
Fourth Official: Alexandru Boucaut (Belgium)
UEFA Referee Observer: Emil Bozhinovski (Macedonia)
UEFA Delegate: Luca Zorzi (Switzerland)

Group E, 18:00, Copenhagen
Denmark - Armenia
Referee: Harald Lechner (Austria)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Heidenreich (Austria)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (Austria)
Fourth Official: Markus Hameter (Austria)
UEFA Referee Observer: Darko Ceferin (Slovenia)
UEFA Delegate: Oleg Harlamov (Estonia)

Group F, 18:00, Vilnius
Lithuania - Slovenia
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (Portugal)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Santos Soares (Portugal)
Fourth Official: Manuel De Sousa (Portugal)
UEFA Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (Switzerland)
UEFA Delegate: Jean Paul Mievis (Belgium)

Group E, 18:00, Astana
Kazakhstan - Poland
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
Assistant Referee 1: Bas van Dongen (Netherlands)
Assistant Referee 2: Patrick Langkamp (Netherlands)
Fourth Official: Kevin Blom (Netherlands)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (Slovakia)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Zavrl (Slovenia)

Group F, 18:00 CET, Trnava
Slovakia - England
Referee: Milorad Mažič (Serbia)
Assistant Referee 1:  Milovan Ristić (Serbia)
Assistant Referee 2:  Dalibor Đurđević (Serbia)
Fourth Official: Srđan Jovanović (Serbia)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (Sweden)
UEFA Delegate: Danilo Filacchione (Italy)

Group C, 20:45, Prague
Czech Republic - Northern Ireland
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (Greece)
Assistant Referee 1: Polychronis Kostaras (Greece)
Assistant Referee 2: Lazaros Dimitriadis (Greece)
Fourth Official: Georgios Kyzas (Greece)
UEFA Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (Wales)
UEFA Delegate: Jacques Antenen (Switzerland)

Group E, 20:45 CET, Cluj-Napoca
Romania - Montenegro
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
Assistant Referee 1:  Stuart Burt (England)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Child (England)
Fourth Official: Andre Marriner (England)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (Netherlands)
UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (Ireland)

Group C, 20:45, Oslo
Norway - Germany
Referee: William Collum (Scotland)
Assistant Referee 1: Douglas Ross (Scotland)
Assistant Referee 2: Francis Connor (Scotland)
Fourth Official: John Beaton (Scotland)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (Moldova)
UEFA Delegate: Danijel Jošt (Slovenia)

Group F, 20:45, Ta'Qali
Malta - Scotland 
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskyy (Ukraine)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Voytyuk (Ukraine)
Assistant Referee 2: Serhiy Bekker (Ukraine)
Fourth Official: Anatoliy Zhabchenko (Ukraine)
UEFA Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (Turkey)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Mutschler (Switzerland)

05 September 2016

Group D, 18:00, Tbilisi
Georgia - Austria
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus)
Assistant Referee 1: Vitali Maliutsin (Belarus)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleh Maslianka (Belarus)
Fourth Official: Dzianis Shcharbakou (Belarus)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (Romania)
UEFA Delegate: Karl Espen Eriksen (Norway)

Group D, 20:45, Belgrade
Serbia - Republic of Ireland
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
Assistant Referee 1:  György Ring (Hungary)
Assistant Referee 2:  Vencel Tóth (Hungary)
Fourth Official: Tamás Bognár (Hungary)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (Italy)
UEFA Delegate: Ainar Leppänen (Estonia)

Group D, 20:45, Cardiff
Wales - Moldova
Referee: Liran Liany (Israel)
Assistant Referee 1: David Elias Bitton (Israel)
Assistant Referee 2: Mahmud Mahagna (Israel)
Fourth Official: Erez Papir (Israel)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gabriele De Gaetano (Malta)
UEFA Delegate: Philippe Prudhon (France)

Group G, 20:45, León
Spain - Liechtenstein
Referee: Simon Lee Evans (Wales)
Assistant Referee 1: Philip Thomas (Wales)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Beckett (Wales)
Fourth Official: Bryn Markham-Jones (Wales)
UEFA Referee Observer: Laurent Duhamel (France)
UEFA Delegate: William Campbell (Northern Ireland)

Group G, 20:45, Shkoder
Albania - FYR Macedonia
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (Turkey)
Assistant Referee 1: Emre Eyisoy (Turkey)
Assistant Referee 2: Kemal Yilmaz (Turkey)
Fourth Official: Halis Ozkahya (Turkey)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (Poland)
UEFA Delegate: Peadar Ryan (Ireland)

Group G, 20:45, Haifa
Israel - Italy
Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averianov (Russia)
Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon Kalugin (Russia)
Fourth Official: Aleksei Nikolaev (Russia)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (Bulgaria)
UEFA Delegate: Claude Runavot (France)

Group I, 20:45, Kyiv
Ukraine - Iceland
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Gringore (France)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos (France)
Fourth Official: Ruddy Buquet (France)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vagner (Hungary)
UEFA Delegate: Emil Ubias (Czech Republic)

Group I, 20:45, Zagreb
Croatia - Turkey 
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (Poland)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (Poland)
Fourth Official: Pawel Raczkowski (Poland)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (Spain)
UEFA Delegate: Pierino L.G. Lardi (Switzerland)

Group I, 20:45, Turku
Finland - Kosovo
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomas Mokos (Slovakia)
Assistant Referee 2: Ondrej Brendza (Slovakia)
Fourth Official: Filip Glova (Slovakia)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (Portugal)
UEFA Delegate: Barry Bright (England)

06 September 2016

Group A, 20:45, Solna
Sweden - Netherlands
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (Italy)
Assistant Referee 2: Riccardo Di Fiore (Italy)
Fourth Official: Antonio Damato (Italy)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (Denmark)
UEFA Delegate: Campbell Ogilvie (Scotland)

Group A, 20:45 Borisov
Belarus - France
Referee: Ovidiu Alin Haţegan (Romania)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Şovre (Romania)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Eugen Gheorghe (Romania)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Constantin Colţescu (Romania)
UEFA Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (Austria)
UEFA Delegate: Teuvo Holopainen (Finland)

Group A, 20:45, Sofia
Bulgaria - Luxembourg
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (Lithuania)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Šimkus (Lithuania)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (Lithuania)
Fourth Official: Sergejus Slyva (Lithuania)
UEFA Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (Estonia)
UEFA Delegate: Tugomir Frajman (Slovenia)

Group B, 20:45, Basel
Switzerland - Portugal
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Norbert Cebrián Devís (Spain)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (Spain)
Fourth Official: Carlos Jesús Clos Gómez (Spain)
UEFA Referee Observer: Costas Kapitanis (Cyprus)
UEFA Delegate: Dr. Rainer Koch (Germany)

Group B, 20:45, Torshavn
Faroe Islands - Hungary
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
Assistant Referee 1: Bojan Ul (Slovenia)
Assistant Referee 2: Matej Žunič (Slovenia)
Fourth Official: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
UEFA Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (Germany)
UEFA Delegate: Kazimierz Oleszek (Poland)

Group B, 20:45, Andorra La Vella
Andorra - Latvia
Referee: Clayton Pisani (Malta)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Camilleri (Malta)
Assistant Referee 2: Edward Spiteri (Malta)
Fourth Official: Fyodor Zammit (Malta)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kristinn Jakobsson (Iceland)
UEFA Delegate: Michael Appleby (England)

Group H, 20:45, Nicosia
Cyprus - Belgium
Referee: Felix Zwayer (Germany)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (Germany)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (Germany)
Fourth Official: Christian Dingert (Germany)
UEFA Referee Observer: Igor Ishchenko (Ukraine)
UEFA Delegate: Mark Blackbourne (England)

Group H, 20:45, Faro (POR)
Gibraltar - Greece
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (Denmark)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Rix (Denmark)
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sørensen (Denmark)
Fourth Official: Jens Maae (Denmark)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (Luxembourg)
UEFA Delegate: Markus Stenger (Germany)

Group H, 20:45, Zenica
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Estonia
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (Czech Republic)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondrej Pelikan (Czech Republic)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Paták (Czech Republic)
Fourth Official: Zbynek Proske (Czech Republic)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Jones (England)
UEFA Delegate: Per Svärd (Sweden)

> Referees of the South American Qualifiers 

183 Comments:

  1. Does anyone know what appointments are for South American 2018 WC qualifiers?

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    1. All appointments here: https://internationalreferee.blogspot.com.br/2016/08/eliminatorias-designaciones-jornadas.html

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  2. Hello friends! You do not know who will be the matches? please provide if it becomes known. Thank you very much in advance!

    Czech Republic - Northern Ireland
    San Marino - Azerbaijan

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  3. HFF has announced that Tasos Sidiropoulos has a WC Qualifier on 04 September.

    I believe he has Czech Republic - N. Ireland

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    1. Another option is Lithuania - Slovenia.

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    2. A Greek team (Koukoulakis) had this same match in EURO 2016 qualifiers. I'm aware that it doesn't mean anything, though.

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  4. The Kassai team is: Viktor Kassai, György Ring, Vencel Tóth, Tamás Bognár

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    1. Kassai will be observed by Trentalange. Very interesting.

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  5. @Chefren
    Is he an important FIFA observer?? Why is it interesting??

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    1. He is an important member of FIFA Referees Committee. And such men usually observes younger, perspective referees like Gözübüyük, Taylor, Mažeika. However, also an important observer for Milorad Mažić...

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    2. Yes, right. Indeed with a FIFA observer, this will be an early step for Kassai on the road to WC 2018. I'm sure this time he will manage it, after 2014 miss.

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    3. Yes... Probably Busacca has already started looking for his top 10 UEFA referees for 2018... Good luck to Viktor!!

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    4. If (IF!) he is any good, Busacca started looking at his Top 10 UEFA around September 2014, if not earlier.

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    5. Than he is a bit late, Emil. ;)

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    6. Honestly there's nothing much to look for... The top 10 (minus politics!) is pretty clear... Clattenburg, Rizzoli, Eriksson, Kuipers, Kassai, Skomina, Brych, Çakır, Mazic and Marciniak!! Can't see anyone else matching these 10 in terms of performance as well as experience!!!

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    7. That is not as easy... Çakir has not been as good as usual this year, for instance. Eriksson made two crucial mistakes in one match the other day. You can't say "ok, these are the top 10" in September 2014 and do nothing else until 2018. Some referees improve and some others don't perform as well.

      So IMO yes, there is much to look for now and will remain to be so until 2018.

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    8. Although you mentioned the correct top 10 names, it is definitely too early and not including the unpredictable nature of politics in refereeing. I would be extremely surprised if there is no Spaniard (= Mateu Lahoz) on the final list. Also Turpin as a French official is politically strong (2x in a row no French referee at a World Cup?). Performance-related I agree with Soham, but ... we'll see.

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    9. Yes obviously!! Politics and current form will play a huge rule and as always some deserving candidates will miss out and the not so deserving ones will wreck havoc on teams with their poor refereeing... But now it's nearly end of 2016 so we may expect that the best 10 referees wouldn't suffer any terrible loss of form in another year... World Cup Qualifiers and European season would serve as regular evaluation of the referees... I completely agree with Chefren that Mateu and Turpin having great political backing will certainly increase their chances of selection... Honestly I don't think Mateu Lahoz and Turpin (Turpin is not at all ready for a World Cup whatsoever) deserve any consideration for selection as far as performances are considered but politics may take them to Russia... Politics in refereeing is sad to see but then it's a part and parcel of the profession that referees will have to bear with...
      @Chefren who, out of the 10 I mentioned, do you think are borderline on missing out if politics comes into play (which surely will come into play)??

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    10. I do think that FIFA will pay attention to qualifiers as well to the 4 FIFA tournaments this year. But I do believe that Busacca will try, this time, to avoid the mistakes he did on the last WC.

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    11. He absolutely should avoid those mistakes!! Will be good for him as well as for the tournament!!! All we can do is wish him good luck!!

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    12. You all forgot Karasev, hosting nation without referee? :)

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    13. Right, most likely he will be the standby official (like Moen in 2014). But there are still 1,5 years to go.

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    14. Quite a long time to speculate with pleasure.

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  6. AFC Appointments for 01/09:

    Australia - Iraq
    Alireza Faghani (Iran)

    Japan - UAE
    Abdulrahman Al Jassim (Qatar)

    Korea Republic - China PR
    Mohamed Abdulla Hassan (UAE)

    Uzbekistan - Syria
    Ryuji Sato (Japan)

    Iran - Qatar
    Hettikamkanamge Dilan Perera (Sri Lanka)

    Saudi Arabia - Thailand
    Fu Ming (China PR)

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    1. Ghost goal incident: Al Jassim's AR2 missed a Japanese goal (ball was 10-20 cms behind the line).

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  7. New AR for Sidiropoulos?

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    1. Yes. He has a new team ahead of the 2018 WC.

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    2. Thanks. I guess it was a choice due to age. Efthimiadis is already 43 y.o.

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  8. 6 red cards on Turkey U21 - Cyprus U21 (0-1) match.

    Here is the reason. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmQ3WYWVxCU

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    1. The referee team was from Slovenia: referee Mitja Zganec, ARs Tomaz Klancnik and Andraz Kovacic, 4th official Dejan Balazic. Referee observer: Iain Robertson Brines (Scotland)

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  9. OT: Damir Skomina received a national recognition today from the President of Slovenia for his international success and for acting as some kind of inspiration, especially for young people.

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    1. I think it's well deserved!! Congratulations to him!! 😃

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  10. I think Croatia v Turkey will see a big name!!! Maybe either of Brych, Clattenburg or Rizzoli will be involved? Also I think Marciniak may have a chance for this game! This game is likely to see an experienced Elite referee!!

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  11. I think that FIFA´s silence is absurd with regard to the
    designations of this week. Infantino badly begins.

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  12. I can report a very good performance by Carlos Del Cerro Grande in Italy - Serbia U21, including a correct penalty whistled in favor of Italy, a full control of a quite tense game and a wise card management.

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  13. Well, Marciniak is clearly UEFA's no1 at the moment.

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  14. Huge test for Marciniak. Good luck to him.

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    1. Another remarkable appointment.
      Congratulations to Marciniak and good luck.
      I think many top clashes are waiting for him in CL's group stage. And after that... well, we will see. At moment I think he is the first candidate for (at least) EL final, but everything can happen.

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    2. The first "real" test in a probably very challenging clash. Bayern-Benfica, Germany-Slovakia or Roma-Porto were all sonorous and partly turned out to be challenging - this one is even a size larger. Good luck to him.

      There are good chances to see an Eastern European referee taking charge of next season's CL final. If Marciniak, Mazic and Skomina keep their recent shape, they have good chances (apart from the usual candidates Brych and Eriksson).

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    3. Eriksson's chances should surely diminish after a horrendous playoff at Monaco!!!

      Good appointment for Marciniak again!! He is really establishing himself among the top Elite referees now... We will probably see him referee some top CL clashes as well this season... He deserves it so congratulations to him!! 😃 The long he carries on with his good form, better for European football!!

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  15. Interesting to read that Averianov is back as AR at Karasev side.

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  16. U-21 qualifiers

    06/09/2016

    Armenia - Bulgaria (3 pm)
    Referee: Anastassios Papapetrou (Greece)
    Assistant Referee 1: Ioannis Toumbakaris (Greece)
    Assistant Referee 2: Michail Dossis (Greece)
    Fourth Official: Dimitrios Karandonis (Greece)

    Azerbaijan - Faroe Islands (3 pm)
    Referee: Dumitru Muntean (Moldova)
    Assistant Referee 1: Vitalie Gorbatov (Moldova)
    Assistant Referee 2: Vladislav Lifciu (Moldova)
    Fourth Official: Iurie Covtun (Moldova)

    Bosnia and Herzegovina - Switzerland (3 pm)
    Referee: Michael Tykgaard (Denmark)
    Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Sønderby (Denmark)
    Assistant Referee 2: Lars Hummelgaard (Denmark)
    Fourth Official: Jørgen Burchardt (Denmark)

    Latvia - Montenegro (3 pm)
    Referee: Siarhey Tsynkevich (Belarus)
    Assistant Referee 1: Yauhen Ramanau (Belarus)
    Assistant Referee 2: Andrey Hetsikau (Belarus)
    Fourth Official: Viktar Shymusik (Belarus)

    Russia - Austria (3 pm)
    Referee: Arnold Hunter (Northern Ireland)
    Assistant Referee 1: Richard Storey (Northern Ireland)
    Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Bell (Northern Ireland)
    Fourth Official: Timothy Marshall (Northern Ireland)

    Georgia - Croatia (4.30 pm)
    Referee: Ivaylo Stoyanov (Bulgaria)
    Assistant Referee 1: Ivo Kolev (Bulgaria)
    Assistant Referee 2: Georgi Doynov (Bulgaria)
    Fourth Official: Georgi Kabakov (Bulgaria)

    Ukraine - Scotland (4.30 pm)
    Referee: Edin Jakupović (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
    Assistant Referee 1: Senad Ibrišimbegović (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
    Assistant Referee 2: Davor Beljo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
    Fourth Official: Adis Mulahasanović (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

    Finland - Germany (5 pm)
    Referee: Benoît Millot (France)
    Assistant Referee 1: Hicham Zakrani (France)
    Assistant Referee 2: Julien Pacelli (France)
    Fourth Official: Johan Hamel (France)

    Serbia - Republic of Ireland (5 pm)
    Referee: Orel Grinfeeld (Israel)
    Assistant Referee 1: Roy Hassan (Israel)
    Assistant Referee 2: Idan Yarkoni (Israel)
    Fourth Official: Gal Leibovitz (Israel)

    Wales - Luxembourg (5 pm)
    Referee: Vassilis Dimitriou (Cyprus)
    Assistant Referee 1: Michail Sotiriou (Cyprus)
    Assistant Referee 2: Sotiris Viktoros (Cyprus)
    Fourth Official: Christos Nikolaidis (Cyprus)

    Portugal - Greece (5.15 pm)
    Referee: Nicolas Laforge (Belgium)
    Assistant Referee 1: Karel De Rocker (Belgium)
    Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Ponsar (Belgium)
    Fourth Official: Lawrence Visser (Belgium)

    Italy - Andorra (5.30 pm)
    Referee: Aleksandrs Golubevs (Latvia)
    Assistant Referee 1: Raimonds Tatriks (Latvia)
    Assistant Referee 2: Jevgēņijs Morozovs (Latvia)
    Fourth Official: Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (Latvia)

    Turkey - Belarus (5.30 pm)
    Referee: Kevin Clancy (Scotland)
    Assistant Referee 1: Alan Mulvanny (Scotland)
    Assistant Referee 2: David McGeachie (Scotland)
    Fourth Official: Donald Robertson (Scotland)

    Belgium - Czech Republic (5.45 pm)
    Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)
    Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Nilsson (Sweden)
    Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (Sweden)
    Fourth Official: Bojan Pandžić (Sweden)

    Denmark - Romania (5.45 pm)
    Referee: Davide Massa (Italy)
    Assistant Referee 1: Fabiano Preti (Italy)
    Assistant Referee 2: Sergio Ranghetti (Italy)
    Fourth Official: Marco Di Bello (Italy)

    England - Norway (5.45 pm)
    Referee: Ali Palabıyık (Turkey)
    Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Cem Satman (Turkey)
    Assistant Referee 2: Ekrem Kan (Turkey)
    Fourth Official: Bülent Birincioğlu (Turkey)

    France - Iceland (5.45 pm)
    Referee: Robert Madley (England)
    Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (England)
    Assistant Referee 2: Harry Lennard (England)
    Fourth Official: Stuart Attwell (England)

    FYR Macedonia - Northern Ireland (5.45 pm)
    Referee: Boris Marhefka (Slovakia)
    Assistant Referee 1: Branislav Hancko (Slovakia)
    Assistant Referee 2: Tomáš Vorel (Slovakia)
    Fourth Official: Marek Mastiš (Slovakia)

    Israel - Liechtenstein (5.45 pm)
    Referee: Dejan Jakimovski (FYR Macedonia)
    Assistant Referee 1: Nikola Karakolev (FYR Macedonia)
    Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Nedelkovski (FYR Macedonia)
    Fourth Official: Dimitar Mečkarovski (FYR Macedonia)

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    1. Ekberg is observed by Alan Snoddy. Observers will be placed later.

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  17. Honestly,to me the most challenging match is reserved for Huseyin Gocek who has Albania-Macedonia match.Those two are neighbors and there was some disputes between those two in the past(2001),they are from Balkan area,both teams play typical Balkan style of phisical footbal so it wont be easy for Gocek thats for sure...

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  18. Will we see complacent and permissive officiating during the qualifiers? The type of officiating which endangers players safety. The type of officiating that is being preached like the gospel by Busacca and many former referees who are now instructors. For the good of the game and for the sake of player safety. I sure do hope that the Laws of the Game are respected and applied to the fullest extent by all the referees who are assigned. This comment not only applies to UEFA, but to all qualifiers and games throughout the globe.

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    1. I'm afraid we will have to see some more of the type of officiating that is being preached like the gospel by Busacca!! There has been almost no change in Busacca's mindset from WC 2014... No wonder we may end up witnessing more of Velasco Carballo kind of debacles in WC 2018 in Russia and the Qualifiers as well!! Let's hope for the best!!

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  19. I think that Busacca is better that the men of UEFA.

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    1. That's good... But I disagree... Collina delivered an excellent refereeing performance in Euro this year with sensible appointments... Busacca miserably failed to do so in 2014 WC and miserably failed as far as making sensible appointments are concerned!!!

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    2. I am with Soham on this. Nobody doubts that Busacca was a great referee. But the manner in which his minions and him are instructing the current batch of referees is a disservice to the beautiful game. His instructions clearly go against the very manner that he officiated his matches. It would be an understatement to say that the assignments at the last World Cup were simply disastrous. And the overall level of officiating was not up to par for such an event.

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  20. DEN - ARM a possible penalty in favor of Denmark (holding) was not whistled by Lechner. Live, it looked like a clear foul to me.

    SVK - ENG Slovakia's goalkeeper is wearing a orange kit, very very similar to England's red uniform. I wouldn't have allowed that, it is really easy to make confusion and difficult for assistant referee.

    KAZ - POL Quite challenging first half for Gözübüyük: among other things, I think Lewandowski was very lucky to escape from a straight red card, following a deliberate elbow against the opponent... Dutch referee only booked him.

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    1. I confirm that Gözübüyük is facing a very challenging game due to many malicious fouls from both sides. He tried to calm the players down at the beginning but warnings applied by Dutchman were more pro forma than anything else. The players ignored them and continued their rough way of play what ended up in a mass-confrontation. Three elbow offences, all of them sanctioned by yellow cards. My feeling is that Mr. Gözübüyük has not the strongest personality, can't find a way to communicate with players, his sharp gestures didn't result.

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    2. What is a referee to do when he is lacking in personality? It's something that you either have or don't. Personality and acceptance from players are things that cannot be thought. So again I ask. What is a referee to do when he is lacking in personality? My answer to that question is quite very simple. That's when referee has to resort to using his cards.

      But what worries me the most is that this new batch of young referees are being instructed in this very dangerous manner. They're being tasked with protecting the "show" all while applying the Laws of the Game in the most permissive way possible.

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    3. I would like you to be the head of FIFA or UEFA referees, Nando!

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    4. I really don't know your sources of information or knowledge. You are even right, personality in a psychological sense is relatively stable. Personality as it is often (mis)understood in refereeing maybe cannot be taught, but development is possible (best example for that is Tobias Stieler, who had close to 0 personality on the field 3 years ago brandishing way too many fussy cards and who is now one of the "best personalities" we have in Bundesliga.

      @ RayHD: For God's sake.

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    5. Match management is something that can be taught. However a person's personality is something that he or she is born with. In Steilers case, you have to take into consideration many factors. For example, the simple fact that players in those 3 years have adopted to his style. Thus leading to an apparent change or improvement in a referees personality. Players are able to change their approach to different referees with different styles.

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    6. I cannot entirely follow you.

      On the one hand you say that a person is born with his personality (not fully correct as personality traits are only relatively, but not completely stable over time and situations).

      On the other hand you say that a referee is lacking in personality. The understanding of "personality" you suggested in your last comment contradicts that. As everybody has a certain personality profile with individual variations, how can he or she lack in personality? If you mean that he or she lacks in personality traits which are critical for being a good referee, then I agree with you.

      Finally you correctly mention match management. This is related to game-management and how you perceive yourself as a referee. In research the debate often focuses on "game-manager" vs "law-enforcer". Stieler was the latter in the past. Thin-skinned, unobtrusive, pedantic. Now he is a game-manager - communicative, lenient, open-minded. But that's a single case and as we all know not all yellow cars are cabs just because we have seen one yellow cab.

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    7. Ray HD,
      Thanks for the nomination! hahaha
      However I am much too "old school" for the current business which is FIFA. The corporate sponsors that currently run world football would not be happy with my style of instruction.

      Niclas,
      Lenient, open minded, permissive, complacent. To me are just a few words that are not positive when used to describe a referee. Words like those typically lead to under-punished or unpunished cynical tackles. Which in turn favors the goons in football and puts the talented players safety in danger.

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    8. I only stated that it is possible that referees develop as "refereeing personalities". I have not valued them. But as Edward, who observed Stieler last year (approximately 10 cards in a Balcan UEFA derby), can maybe confirm: lenient is not always = unpunished tackles. We are not in the 90s. We are in 2016, also in terms of refereeing.

      By the way, you have a talent to slur over being confronted with continuously saying things that are in fact wrong and nothing else. So maybe you are ready to join FIFA.

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  21. Very harsh red card in San Marino-Azerbaijan match...

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    1. Very harsh, I agree with you. Perhaps YC would have been a better choice in this case.

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  22. RC for SVK#3, a crucial mistake a pretty clear VC for Mažić, stamp retaliation, but only a second caution. Shouldn't really change the bigger picture though. A good Mažić so far.

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    1. I think Mazic gave a straight RC, he initially pulled out the YC and kept it in his hand down low and then after possible communication from one of his crew, went forward a RC instead.

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    2. At any rate a very interesting offside decision between Mažić and Djurdjević in +91' to disallow a goal for ENG. I'll try to find a video

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    3. According to UEFA's match report, it was a 2nd yellow card.

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  23. KAZ-POL
    Some idiotic behaviours in the second half, Gözübüyük has no control of the game, some red cards were possible but the referee is really lenient. He needs to work on keeping control of the game, more natural way of dealing with players (no visible management).

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    1. I watched some moments of this game, I must say that I share your view.
      Troubles for Gözübüyük from the beginning, and in my opinion too lenient approach. But missing in prevention, this is sometimes the result.
      Many situations in which a straight RC was possible there!

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    2. I will share highlights tonight or tomorrow! Will be an interesting watch!

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  24. Mazic with a crucial mistake, unluckily. Offside by AR2 but the last touch was by Slovakian defender. Cooperation between referee and AR2 was needed. This could have been the crucial goal for England.

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    1. Luckily England scored...

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  25. No mistake, excellent call!

    The defender played the ball, but then an attacker touched it before it reached the offside player. Great teamwork.

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    1. Totally agree with u Al.
      Opposite side camera show that very well.
      After defender kick the ball, ball touches attackers foot.

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    2. Small point to discuss. From my point of view, defender kicked the ball but did not play it, therefore offside.
      He kicked it instinctively as the attacker wanted to trick him from 0.5m distance, so this should be considered the same as rebounded from the defender.

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    3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKAAjTZ1zOY
      08:10

      Attacker touched the ball.

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    4. I cannot believe that they were able to spot that flick from the attacker!!! I tough that they were just got lucky, but than I saw when Mazic said "He touched the ball" (3:21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRuHCIFxQtw)
      This was such a great call.

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  26. I'd say an expected level performance of Soares Dias in a not demanding match. Penalty appeal of the home side correctly waved away (52' I think). YC missed for a foul on Ilicic (around 85'). AR1 with one offside mistake.

    I have a question - it was reported that Soares Dias and Lithuania manager were hugging like old friends on a training session yesterday. I know that the manager had played for Benfica an Porto once, but nevertheless - how would you judge such behavior, OK or not?

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    1. I am happy with the performance of Soares Dias team
      In Portugal this proximity to athletes and coaches is normal.

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    2. Maybe in Portugal is normal but for matches on international level, especially those of national teams such behaviour is a bit weird. For me, it did not look like a short friendly hug by the Hungarian coach Jankauskas but more of his hanging on referee Soares Dias. Seeing it was a bit strange and of course a thought ''how impartial this referee would be at the match'' was logical.

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    3. Correction''Lithuanian'' not Hungarian.

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  27. Interesting situation for Aranovskyy in Malta - Scotland. Penalty and RC for the third Scottish goal. I have many doubts about the foul. And, in case of foul, correct RC? (it was DOGSO inside the box, by a defender).

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    1. Have seen several replays, could not spot any sort of incident worthy of a call. Second RC a bit too harsh IMHO. If DOGSO, then YC.

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  28. For now. Watch the management in the first half of KAZ-POL

    https://streamable.com/xbqt

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    1. He the minute 19' asks a player to put the ball out for having an injured.
      The updating of laws reinforces that referees should never condition the action of the players.

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    2. Poor performance of Gozubuyuk. He was too lenient and without showing a strong personality. He's not able to manage the players and to be preventive when their behavior is unfair.

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    3. Thanks Ray... only based on this video he can be happy if the observer only gives 7.7.

      The 2 biggest mistakes (in retrospect!) were IMO:

      -5:43 or 11:21: Better give the foul. This type of offences was done 5 or 6 times in the first half, always by Kazakhstan. Better take such small but in a way nasty and simply unfair things out of the game. The ball went back to the goalkeeper, so there could not have been a better opportunity to send a signal and message to the players. In the first instance it was more acceptable to play-on, Piszczek played on by himself. In the second incident, the foul was a bit tougher and the defender was hurt. Finally then he should have given the free-kick (also with minute 5:43 in the back of his mind!).

      13:27: A YC should have been given (signal effect). At that moment Gözübüyük should have recognized that he has to act somewhen. Maybe he had his match plan, but time had come to be flexible and set limits.

      What followed then is the logical consequence if you don't recognize the signs of the times - and some of the verbal warnings were not that strong either. However, this criticism is done in retrospect. Most of the decisions only turned out to be unlucky with the benefit of hindsight.

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  29. Crucial call by Taylor in 90'+5 (the last minute of added time): penalty in favor of Romania, following a very reckless attempt to play the ball by a defender, resulting in a header hitting the opponent. Absolutely correct decision. However, I think at least YC was mandatory there.

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  30. Good, expected level performance by Tasos Sidiropoulos.

    Good spot of an CZE attacker's handball before creating a chance on goal (73'). He could issue another YC at the first half for a tackle. Very good decision to caution a CZE defender at min. 80' after an advantage that wasn't successful.

    Very good physical condition (as always) and always near the action without interfering with it.

    Both AR's had accurate offside calls. No problems for them.

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  31. SMR - AZE / Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)
    1 good RC for SFP but unfortunately also a crucial mistake by Delferiere (missed penalty/foul).

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  32. Should the assistant referee have raised his flag due to offside?

    https://streamable.com/xmbg

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    1. For me correct decision to stay down. Running towards the ball is not enough, there should be a challenge. Keeper was not still influenced by opponent when he kicked the ball out. The fact that the player was clearly the only possible recipient of the ball is not enough to raise the flag: something more must happen.

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    2. I am copying text from the LOtG: "A player in an offside position (A) may be penalized before playing or touching the ball, if, in the opinion of the referee, no other team-mate in an onside position has the opportunity to play the ball. So, it was an offside.

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    3. I think it should be offside, partly for the reason Shearer mentioned (but this is not the necessary criterion here as a player in offside is not punished just for being offside - he has to interfere or gain an advantage in order to be penalized).

      More important is that the attacker clearly forced the goalkeeper to deliberately play the ball - he ran towards him and more or less challenged him. UEFA and FIFA recommend to raise the flag if a deliberate play is clearly forced by an active movement towards the defender.

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  33. Penaltys at DEN-ARM and RUM-MNR should be repeated as a lot of players entered the penalty area too early, at least according to the LOTG. Seems as if UEFA doesn't really want it, we've seen it a lot of times before.

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  34. I see the match live and Gozbuyk did a very good match. Very very difficult game. Excellent penalty, excellent no penalty for lewandowski. I saw also highlights 2 weeks ago at Sassualo game. Again good performance. All The cards last night 100% clear and good

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  35. Good, performance by Tasos Sidiropoulos.
    I see only the highlights. I like his style and he have a good attitude.

    Good body language. Good chance for 2020

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  36. More videos of Gozubuyuk:

    1) Lewandowski's unsporting behaviours
    https://streamable.com/6hfg

    2) Two AR2's offside calls
    https://streamable.com/b1kr

    3) Zieliński's elbow
    https://streamable.com/lz9t

    4) Akhmetov's elbow
    https://streamable.com/l3ns

    5) A case of missed rough foul play, the Polish player luckily escaped that tackle
    https://streamable.com/lrzr

    6) Kuat's foul
    https://streamable.com/cqhr

    7) Glik's unsporting behaviour
    https://streamable.com/3nyj

    8) Penalty appeal #1
    https://streamable.com/bgns

    9) Penalty appeal #2
    https://streamable.com/e952

    10) Potential 2nd YC to Akhmetov
    https://streamable.com/hg0n

    11) Potential 2nd YC to Lewandowski
    https://streamable.com/lf7d

    Waiting for your opinions.

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    1. 1) see 7)
      2) Both wrong, the first due to late positioning, the second more understandable (flash lag) but nonetheless a mistake.
      3) YC correct.
      4) A bit harsh, but at least acceptable YC.
      5) For me ok to play-on. Of course dangerous, but nobody wanted anything. If that's the case, the referee should not present himself much wiser than the players. Technically I agree with you though, actually a dangerous foul.
      6) Yellow/Orange. The tackle and contact were both low with studs, but the foot then went up (but not deliberate IMO). Not enough for a red card for my taste.
      7) Same goes for 1): I think both should be yellow cards in the sense of the current guidelines. No excessive force. However, I am opposed to that. Is this behavior justified in football? Does it express respect for the opponent? Can an arm at the player's neck - which I would somehow understand as "brutality" be a yellow card? For me these offences are red cards and need to be banned from football - but most likely UEFA would be happy with yellow cards for both incidents.
      8) Not enough.
      9) Without replay impossible.
      10) A promising attack was not 100% given (1 attacker vs 4-5 defenders 35m away from the goal..), but if you deem the tackle as reckless instead of careless... and there are some arguments for it.
      11) With the multi-ball system we have in modern football, 2nd YCs like Busacca's against van Persie are nothing the football community wants to see. I think he did not significantly delay the re-start of play, well done by the referee.

      Thanks for all your efforts!

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    2. Thanks. I agree with you on the most of incidents but have a different view on the 5th one.

      Let's see the screenshots:
      https://snag.gy/YAOyFx.jpg
      https://snag.gy/Or0pYk.jpg

      In my understanding it should have been at least yellow - if not red - card for this slide attack. The Kazakh player doesn't control his two-footed tackle, one of his legs is really high. Should the Polish player have been hit strongly and most likely severely injured in order to punish such challenges?

      And I agree on the 1st and 7th ones. UEFA want YCs for such behaviours that are not brutal. And I don't agree with that too! Totally disrespectful (especially the Glik's kick).

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    3. You are right on no.5. Let me say that in game reality I understand play-on. In a heated match with that many stoppages you don't necessarily whistle something which the player fouled does not even want. Technically - and this should be turned into game-reality actually by referees protecting the players - it actually should be a strong whistle and a yellow card. Many actuallys in that.

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    4. 1. Isolated one by one, all incidents are YC, neither one is a RC, but I am convinced Lewandovski was for some reason frustrated, he played dirty with an aim to hurt the opponent. However, Lewandovski should have been booked in first incident at 15:50 and any other incident would have been 2nd YC. Question: could the referee show Lewandovski 2 YCs in one action and send him out (just like Cakir did some time ago,) i.e. YC for elbow plus YC for wrestling = RC
      2. No offside, the AR was not positioned well; and no offside again (if there was any it was by few cm);
      3. Correct YC
      4. Correct YC. Remember Lewandovski’s elbow? It was blue no. 6 who was hurt and bleeding. This was retaliation attempt, luckily no strength in his swing…
      5. YC, especially in this kind of heated match
      6. YC, but borderline to RC
      7. Missed foul over the blue captain. Cannot tell if it was extended arm in the neck (than YC) or holding, but foul and direct free kick 35m from the goal. Correct YC for unsporting behavior
      8. Correct decision, no PK, no YC for simulation
      9. Difficult to say
      10. Correct decision, YC for SPA. If there was no foul there would be 3 blue against 2 red attackers, 35m away from the goal.
      11. Correct decision. If given, it would have been the 2nd YC for Lewandowski, and the 2nd YC has to convincing. I have not seen significant delay or serious unsporting behavior. Unlike the player, the referee used common sense.

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    5. 1) Weak management, to be honest. Gözübüyük failed to act preventively in the previous minutes of the game - and that's the consequence. Too passive in the following mass confrontation, maybe a lack of alertness. First Lewandowski used his elbow in a (probably still) reckless manner, what he did after is really unsporting. Very likely UEFA just wants a YC for this kind of behaviour, which is not enough in my opinion. If you go strictly by the LotG, Lewandowski had to be punished with a YC for the elbow and then immediately with the 2nd YC for his unsporting behaviour. YC for the Kazakh is okay.
      2) Both wrong calls, first one due to late positioning, second is same level, which was not easy to detect.
      3) Correct decision. Reckless use of elbow.
      4) see 3)
      5) Possible free-kick - not mandatory in this case. But I understand what you mean.
      6) Borderline to serious foul play. High speed and dynamic, first contact quite low, however, when the foot went up it was quite dangerous and luckily the Polish wasn't hurt. YC still acceptable and supportable.
      7) Unfair behaviour, correct YC. You can compare that with 1), really unsporting but probably not enough for a straight RC or at least not for UEFA.
      8) Correct decision to play on. No penalty.
      9) Difficult to decide from this angle. Late signal by Gözübüyük however.
      10) Okay to keep the cards in the pocket. No clear SPA.
      11) Lewandowski would have deserved a sent off in this match but not in this situation.

      Overall a very challenging game for Gözübüyük who didn't seem to be accepted by the players - and there are reasons for that. Too lenient in the first fifteen minutes, player/conflict management was not convincing. I'd also mention the rather weak whistle technique (no variable sound intensity and length; they all sound very similar.)
      Special thanks to RayHD for this compilation.

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  37. Please check match minute 49 (video minute 3:50):
    http://livetv.sx/de/showvideo/377345_norway_germany/

    Clear red card for me. Apart from that Collum did a good job.

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    1. A clear red card for reaction. I think Collum missed this foul.

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    2. He gave a yellow card at any rate.

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  38. Dear Niclas, i want to give you a big compliment! As i wrote before. i watch The match live. And all clips what Ray maked The ref was right. It was a really difficult match with big compliments to the ref team. I agree with all your opinions. @ Ray why you dont show The excellent penalty what he gave??

    It looks your clips and motivation to make all these clips is in a negative way. I think thats not good. This blog must be a positive way to show people and learn. Not always negative. Thats wy I like this blog.

    @ Ray can you make please also more analyses from more matches WQ? I see many interesting highlights from another matches!!!

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    1. Well I agree that in most clips the referee took the correct decision but the overall context (line, approach, prevention) was below expectation and partly creating the results we have seen: a visible loss of control after only 17 minutes. So IMO we have to ask "Why was it a difficult game?" - Because the players played unfairly and made it difficult. "Did the referee contribute to it?" - Yes, at least partly. So I think compliments are misplaced, but that is only my view.

      As far as I have seen Ray placed most videos in a value-neutral way asking for opinions.

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    2. At first, the penalty award was not excellent, just a clear, obvious call to make. It's why I did not post it on here. No educational value in it.
      Let me also say that no clip was made just to show the referee in a negative way. I selected the scenes that could bring any discussion. My only negative comments were in regard to the referee's lacks in control and prevention. You can't allow so many malicious fouls. The game would be much more fair if he reacted stronger from the beginning.
      Finally, I will make some videos for educational purpose when I will watch further games.

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  39. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsJ9dXn1QaA
    Have your say on this incident.
    Referee decided for RC (DOGSO) to #2 MLT.

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  40. A solid first half without major issues for Kulbakov. Good work by both assistant referees. The score contributes to a game without any trouble. Georgia failed an incredible chance for 1-1.

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    1. 68': correctly disallowed the 3-0 by Austria for a previous foul on keeper.

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    2. 75' Missed foul by Dragovic/AUT. For me it was on the penalty area line, so it should be a penalty whistle.

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    3. I agree. It was a foul, and inside the box. Missed penalty for Georgia.

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    4. Generally, Kulbakov's second half was not as good as the 1st. The missed penalty was only one of some mistakes, his approach and body language was imo only average.

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  41. Ecuador - Brazil WC quali game:

    1) Foul #1
    https://streamable.com/emfk

    2) Foul #2
    https://streamable.com/yqko

    3) New DOGSO
    https://streamable.com/3hhn

    4) Player's equipment
    https://streamable.com/ga3v

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    1. 1) Red card. More than excessive force
      2) Red card. Studs up, hitting with a certain force.
      3) Yellow card, correct. Foul by keeper in the box, he tried to catch the ball.
      4) I can't believe Marcelo was allowed to wear a necklace. I must assume there wasn't any control before the game.

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    2. Agree with Chefren, and to add on 1): Violent Conduct for me, no SFP. Deliberate kick with excessive force clearly endangering the opponent's safety.
      2) is closer to a YC than 1), nonetheless the hitting point and height of the tackle make me favour a RC (no full contact though, sth like 60:40 or 70:30).

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    3. Both 1) and 2) were committed by the same player and were sanctioned with a YC each = RC for 2YCs after the second foul.

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    4. 1) No chance to play the ball (or at least he doesn't want to play it...), excessive force endangering opponent's safety. Clear RC.
      2) Not as clear as 1) but still a straight RC. Very high hitting point, force was lower than in 1), nevertheless really dangerous for the opponent.
      3) Penalty + YC for DOGSO
      4) Obvious necklace, actually not difficult to detect if they made controls before the match...

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    5. The explanation why the officials missed it can be that the players entered the pitch in jackets.

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  42. A very, very soft Penalty awarded to Italy by Sergei Karasev... Debatable decision IMO...

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    1. Indeed, soft. A mistake for me.

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    2. Really... The defender just touched the shirt... Didn't even pull the shirt properly to be honest... The contact was very, very minimal... Whistling a penalty for that would've been fine at the under-11 level but at this level I can't quite agree with Mr. Karasev 's decision!!!

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    3. Now watched the incident. Very, very soft. Almost a crucial mistake.

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    4. Really!! I was watching the game on television and it took me ages to actually decipher why he gave a penalty for that!! Should've been a "Play-on" rather than PK!!!

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    5. There were some crucial mistakes, but I would attribute them to bad luck (though the abilities and capabilities of Mr. Kasarev are not that great).
      Pele was a fraction offside, when Antonelli delivered the ball to him (14'), to make it 1-0 (a difficult situation including two quick passes and movements - not detected by ar Kalugin).
      Then there was a penalty-kick awarded to Italy (30'). On first sight wherefrom the ref saw the incident (about 7-8 metres behind the two players), it looked like Ben Bitton's foot clipped the one of Bonaventura's heels. The referee immediately pointed towards the penalty-sport. Replays suggested nothing of the kind (very unfortunate, as Kasarev was very close to the action and in a perfect position). Then came the marchin' orders to Chiellini for a second bookable offense (after 54 minutes). The incident happened off the ball, and the decision was kind of guesswork (which happens in many cases). The ref saw Hemed bundled to the ground, and was sure (and correctly so) that it had to do with Chiellini who was behind him. He made his mind very quickly, and the Italian went off the pitch. Replays showed that as Hemed and Chiellini crossed each other's path, it was obvious the one who came from behind the other had to push slightly in order to prevent an "accident" (however, the first yellow was 'well deserved' - an 'orange foul', kicking deliberately an opponent's shin [27']). Nobody else was either booked or sent off, though Veratti's behavior was really irritating - nasty fouls, arguing and quarreling with opponents, and whining and complaining to the ref. Kayal was second to none but Veratti in these kinds of shenanigans.

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    6. On the umpteenth check-up, my apologies - no offside! Pele was onside when the ball was serviced to him (14'). Ar Kalugin was right!

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  43. Clear penalty whistled by Marciniak in favor of Croatia.

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  44. Stupid tackle, clever behavior by the attacker...correct penalty.

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    1. What about this free kick? Correct decision to allow the execution? It wasn't mandatory. In addition, one can have doubts about the whistled foul.

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    2. Is this on Marciniak?

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    3. Sorry Soham, yes, indeed I was referring to Marciniak. Have to rewatch the free-kick.

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    4. Thought so... Please have a look at replays of the penalty awarded by Karasev when you have time...

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    5. Wasn't it correctly awarded free-kick?
      (It's about Marciniak's decision)
      I didn't watch this match.

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  45. Good first half by Turpin. The players respect his decisions. Well detected retaliation foul and good management by issuing a strict verbal warning (3', 4'). Rightly rejected penalty appeal (15'). IMO, two YC were missed for illegal use of arms (#14 ISL, 11') and reckless foul (#7 ISL, 17').

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  46. Good performance so far by Marciniak. Correct penalty whistled for CRO and correct no card (tackle was only careless).

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  47. So far very good match for Marciniak and Karasev. Perfect body language Marciniak

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  48. Doubtful penalty by Kassai for Serbia... inside or outside? Foul?

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    1. That wasn't foul. Crucial mistake.

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    2. 72' very good advantage but Serbian player didn't score.

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    3. Not sure but didn't it look like a dive??

      Kassai is taking some pounding for the decision in Twitter!!

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    4. 72' very good advantage but Serbian player didn't score.

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  49. Goal by Spain disallowed for offside, a player obstructed keeper's view but he wasn't in offside, he was onside. Would have been a correct call, in case of offside. Long consultation Evans - AR1.

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  50. Very good team Kassai.
    Penalty soft tackle 100% inside.
    Kassai was 3m from tackle

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    1. I'm really not sure about this call, but if Kassai was good in the rest of the game, it is very nice for him.

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    2. Diving IMO.
      Yes, Kassai was 3m from tackle but he had bad angle, he saw the tackle from behind.

      Nevertheless, very good performance apart from PK situation.
      Great personality, managment and self-presentation. Good foul detection and disciplinary control. Overall good teamwork and cooperation.

      I really enjoyed in Hungarian's performance.
      8.4 (7.9?) :)

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    3. Just to add, great anticipation, few very good advantages.
      Top fitness.

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  51. Very good Marciniak... always under control. Correct penalty. He is one of my favorite for a final this year.

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  52. Albania against Macedonia is canceled and severe weather is very strong.

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    1. Referee is Hüseyin Göcek from Turkey.

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  53. Strange decision by Latvian officials at the beginning of Italy - Andorra: at first, a regular goal was correctly allowed, but a few later AR1 raised his flag with a considerable delay and he suggested to disallow the goal. Wrong decision. Player was always onside. Player was offside only when the ball, after having been kicked by a teammate, was touched by a defender from Andorra, I think this was the point and cooperation was missing. AR1 thought it was a touch by an Italian player.

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  54. Dirty plays from Andorra players right from the beggining...Pisani gave them 2 cards in first 10 minutes.

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    1. Really many fouls, now a mass confrontation. Pisani is having some troubles in keeping game under control.

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    2. Now in 54' another escalation,again Andorra players are arguing with Pisani.They will be frustrated more and more as the game goes on.

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  55. 22´: big mistake by AA1 Sovre (team Hategan) with offside call completely wrong with big action for Belarus. Wrong call here.

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  56. OT : seems Cyril Gringore has replaced Frédéric Cano as AA on Turpin's team.

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  57. What's wrong with lahoz? :O

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  58. It seems as Mateu missed a clear foul, booking then the fouled player.

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  59. And missed two penalties for sui (one he booked player for simulation). Missed possible red card, and at least two yellow!

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  60. To be honest, Mateu Lahoz is having a bit of a nightmare tonight at Basel!!! What's wrong with him??? Never his fan and also thought the best match of MD1 being awarded to Mateu isn't too good a decision... And he has unfortunately proved me right .. Even after all these performances if he manages to reach Russia in 2018 , it will be really disappointing for the other deserving referees!!

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    1. He will be in Russia, no doubt about that. He is from Spain and a favorite referee for PLC.

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    2. Would be really sad and unfair!!! Just like the case was for Mazic in 2014!! Which experienced referee do you think will miss out to make way for Mateu? @edward

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    3. Let's see how many spots UEFA will get. Last time they only had 9+1.

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    4. It is very particular the Spanish situation now. Mateu Lahoz at moment is number 1, after Velasco's retirement. Then, we have Undiano, which is not so much liked by Collina and the committee, we all know that. But I'm starting to wonder wheteher there is a real difference in terms of performance between Mateu and Undiano. The latter is more and more experienced, it is true he often makes mistakes, but this counts also for Mateu. A pity, because before being promoted to Elite Category, Mateu showed some top class performances. Then, after a few time, he started with several crucial mistakes. We counted at least one crucial mistake in each game. His lenient style especially in card management, his relationships with players, he is surely a very particular referee.
      Being the only Spanish candidate for Russia 2018, it is to me clear that he will attend the World Cup at any rate. And for this reason I hope he could improve.

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    5. But his performance yesterday was shocking... Not good Mateu at Solna!! I just can't imagine him going to Russia ahead of the top 10 Clattenburg/Rizzoli/Eriksson/Kuipers/Kassai/Skomina/Brych/Çakır/Marciniak/Mazic!! Will be such a shame if Mateu goes ahead after all his consistently poor performances!!

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    6. Personally, he's never convinced me that he has what it takes to be amongst the best in UEFA, much less the world. Nor do I particularly like his style. I've watched him come up through the ranks in Spain and he seems unable to steer clear of controversies. Head to head I would without a doubt choose Undiano Mallenco.

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    7. Soares Dias was interviewed by a Portuguese newspaper this week.
      Among other ideas, said that there should be 12 European referees in the world cup. He recognizes that it will be very difficult to be among the selected, not be the referee's elite group.

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    8. @DA

      I guess he didn't say if 12 means 11+1 FO, or 12+1 FO?

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    9. edward,

      This information wasn't passed.

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  61. Good stuff from Orsato.

    After Rizzoli,he is to me definetly number 2.in Italy.

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  62. Crucial decision by Orsato, disallowing a goal scored by Netherlands in the last minute of regular time: correct. Before scoring by head, the Dutch player pushed the opponent.

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    1. I might be a bit biased, as a Dutchman, but for me it was no clear foul. There was an arm, yes, but did he really push? For me, the goal was correct. But my glasses are orange today.

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    2. Don't worry, you are welcome with your message. I can understand what you mean, but for me the foul is an acceptable call.

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    3. I have only watched the first 60 minutes - IMO solid but many smaller mistakes like wrong corners. One more relevant mistake in the moment when he booked Lustig. Just before that a Swedish tackled Sneijder with studs towards the foot/backheel. Dark YC, Orsato/AR2 only decided to give a direct free kick.

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    4. I too am going to back Orsato's decision to call the foul. While I agree that it wasn't a major push. There are no such things as a little fouls and big fouls. It's either a foul or it isn't. And in this case it was a forearm in the back which caused the defending player to lose his position. Keep in mind that when a player is in the air, it doesn't take much force to knock him or her off balance.

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  63. Loustau was not good in Brazil-Colombia match.He didn't gave 3-4 more cards that he should and I don't think he did a good job of protecting some key players from rough fouls on them, fouls on Neymar and James were constant and thank God no one was hurt.But this is a constant problem from South American refs, they allow too much physical play and some rough fouls that are dangerous for main players like Neymar, James, Messi, Alexis and all these other stars in South American football.

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    1. This type of officiating is causing problems all over the globe. It's not a problem that is isolated to South America. It mainly has to do with the current type of instruction that referees are receiving. They are being instructed to be lenient, complacent, and open minded to ensure that matches start and end with 22 players. Thus they are protecting the business while endangering the player's well being.

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  64. My predections for next rounds
    FRANCE BULGARIA PAOLO TAGLIAVENTO (ITA) PORTUGAL ANDORRA OLIVER DRACHTA (AUT) AZERBAIJAN NORWAY ALON YEFET (ISR) REPUBLIC OF IRELAND GEORGIA JESÚS GIL MANZANO (ESP) ARMENIA ROMANIA ALEKSANDER STAVREV (MKD) ENGLAND MALTA VLADISLAV BEZBODOROV (RUS) FYR MACEDONIA ISRAEL SERGE GUMIENNY (BEL) ESTONIA GIBRALTAR IVAN BEBEK (CRO) TURKEY UKRAINE PAVEL KRÁLOVEC (CZE)
    LUXEMBURG SWEDEN BOBBY MADDEN (SCO) LATVIA FAROE ISLANDS PAWEL RACZKOWSKI (POL) NORTHERN IRELAND SAN MARINO TONY CHAPRON (FRA) AUSTRIA WALES DAMIR SKOMINA (SVN) MONTENEGRO KAZAKSTAN TAMAS BOGNÁR (HUN) SCOTLAND LITHUANIA DANNY MAKKEILE (NED) LIECHTENSTEIN ALBANIA ANDRE MARRINER (ENG) GREECE CYPRUS JONAS ERIKSSON (SWE) ICELAND FINLAND DAN TUDOR (ROU)
    NETHERLANDS BELARUS MATEJ JUG (SVN) HUNGARY SWITZERLAND SVEIN ODDVAR MOEN (NOR) GERMANY CZECH REPUBLIC BJÖRN KUIPERS (NED) MOLDOVA SERBIA MATTIAS GESTRANIUS (FIN) POLAND DENMARK CÜNEYT CAKIR (TUR) SLOVENIA SLOVAKIA GIANLUCA ROCCHI (ITA) ITALY SPAIN FELIX BRYCH (GER) BELGIUM BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA ALBERTO UNDIANO MALLENCO (ESP) KOSOVO CROATIA STEFAN JOHANESSON (SWE)
    NETHERLANDS FRANCE MARK CLATTENBURG (ENG) FAROE ISLANDS PORTUGAL MANUEL GRäFE (GER) NORWAY SAN MARINO SERGI BOIKO (UKR) WALES GEORGIA SÉBASTIAN DELEFIERE (BEL) KAZAKHSTAN ROMANIA CLAYTON PISANI (MLT) SLOVAKIA SCOTLAND ISTVAN VAD (HUN) ISRAEL LIECTENSTEIN RUDDY BUQUET (FRA) BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA CYPRUS PAOLO SILVIO MAZZOLENI (ITA) FINLAND CROATIA ANTHONY TAYLOR (ENG)
    SWEDEN BULGARIA PAWEL GIL (POL) LATVIA LATVIA LUCA BANTI (ITA) CZECH REPUBLIC AZERBAIJAN ISTVAN KOVÁCS (ROU) MOLDOVA REPUBLIC OF IRELAND JAVIER ESTRADA FERNÁNDEZ (ESP) POLAND ARMENIA ROBERT SCHÖRGENHOFER (AUT) SLOVENIA ENGLAND DENIZ AYTEKIN (GER) FYR MACEDONIA ITALY PAWL GIL (POL) ESTONIA GREECE TOBIAS WELZ (GER) UKRAINE KOSOVO MARTIN STRÖMBERGSON (SWE)
    BELARUS LUXEMBURG JAKOB KEHLET (DEN) ANDORRA SWITZERLAND ALEXEY KULBAKOV (BLR) GERMANY NORTHERN IRELAND BAS NIJHUIS (NED) SERBIA AUSTRIA CRAIG THOMSON (SCO) DENMARK MONTENEGRO MICHEL OLIVER (ENG) LITHUANIA MALTA SLAVKO VINCIC (SVN) ALBANIA SPAIN SOARES DIAS (POR) GIBRALTAR BELGIUM IVAN KRUZLIAK (SVK) ICELAND TURKEY DAVID FERNÁNDEZ BORBALÁN (ESP)

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    1. Mine are:
      MD2
      IRL-GEO: Gräfe(GER), MOL-SRB: Strömbergsson(SWE), AUT-WAL: Eriksson(SWE)
      ITA-SPA: Skomina(SVN), LIE-ALB: Eskov(RUS), MKD-ISR: Stieler (GER)
      ISL-FIN: Beaton (SCO), TUR-UKR: Moen (NOR), KOS-CRO: Sousa (POR)
      FRA-BUL: Undiano (ESP), LUX-SWE: Estrada(ESP), NED-BLR: Jug (SVN)
      LAT-FAR: Kovacs (ROU), POR-AND: Bezborodov (RUS), HUN-SUI: Rocchi (ITA)
      BEL-BIH: Rizzoli (ITA), GRE-CYP: Schörgenhofer (AUT), EST-GIB: Drachta (AUT)
      AZE-NOR: Vad (HUN), GER-CZE: Tagliavento (ITA), NIR-SMR: Bognar (HUN)
      ARM-ROU: Makkelie (NED), MON-KAZ: Bastien (FRA), POL-DEN: Clattenburg (ENG)
      ENG-MLT: Stavrev (MKD), SCO-LTU: Buquet (FRA), SVN-SVK: Cakir (TUR)

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    2. MD3
      WAL-GEO: Orsato (ITA), MOL-IRL: Raczkowski (POL), SRB-AUT: Thomson (SCO)
      ISR-LIE: Bebek (CRO), ALB-SPA: Kralovec (CZE), MKD-ITA: Gumienny (BEL)
      FIN-CRO: Marriner (ENG), UKR-KOS: Oliver (ENG), ISL-TUR: Atkinson (ENG)
      BLR-LUX: Welz (GER), NED-FRA: Brych (GER), SWE-BUL: Aytekin (GER)
      AND-SUI: Gil (POL), FAR-POR: Chapron (FRA), LAT-HUN: Sidiropoulos (GRE)
      BIH-CYP: F.Borbalan (ESP), EST-GRE: Gil Manzano (ESP), GIB-BEL: Boiko (UKR)
      GER-NIR: Karasev (RUS), NOR-SMR: Yefet (ISR), CZE-AZE: Tudor (ROU)
      KAZ-ROU: Mazzoleni (ITA), DEN-MON: Banti (ITA), POL-ARM: Johannesson (SWE)
      LTU-MLT: Blom (NED), SVK-SCO: Nijhuis (NED), SVN-ENG: Kuipers (NED)

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