September 12, 2016

Champions League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 1 (II)

The following officials will complete the appointments for 2016/17 Champions League's Group Stage Matchday 1. 

E| 14.09.2016, 20:45 CET
BayArena, Leverkusen (GER) 
Bayer Leverkusen - CSKA Moskva
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carmine Russo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Trefor Lloyd Hughes (WAL)

E| 14.09.2016, 20:45 CET
Wembley Stadium, London (ENG) 
Tottenham Hotspur - AS Monaco
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Davide Massa (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Juan Fernández Marín (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Kris Bellon (BEL)

F| 14.09.2016, 20:45 CET
Stadion Wojska Polskiego, Warsaw (POL)
Legia Warszawa - Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Sergey Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Nils Fisketjonn (NOR)

F| 14.09.2016, 20:45 CET
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid (ESP) 
Real Madrid - Sporting CP
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Paul Allaerts (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)

G| 14.09.2016, 20:45 CET
Jan Breydelstadion, Bruges (BEL)
Club Brugge - Leicester City
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Charalambos Kalogeropoulos (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Alexandros Aretopoulos (GRE)
Fourth Official: Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Bernd Barutta (GER)

G| 14.09.2016, 20:45 CET
Estádio do Dragão, Porto (POR) 
FC Porto - FC København
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dejan Balažič (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Rade Obrenovič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Robert Vukan (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer:  Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Jaroslav Dudl (CZE)

H| 14.09.2016, 20:45 CET
Juventus Stadium, Turin (ITA) 
Juventus FC - Sevilla FC
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus  Häcker (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Benjamin Brand (GER)
Fourth Official: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Titcombe (ENG)

H| 14.09.2016, 20:45 CET
Stade de Lyon, Décines (FRA)
Olympique Lyonnais - Dinamo Zagreb
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Amri Nilsson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Glenn Nyberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Per Brogevik (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick McGrath (IRL)


  1. @Ray Hd
    Sassuolo - Athletic is for Raczkowski

  2. Thanks for the appointments
    Note: Legia Warszawa - Borussia Dortmund not playing at the BayArena Leverkusen

    1. Thank you, if you spot other mistakes, please inform us. It was a very challenging work to write down all matches...

    2. Same match: Konrad PlauTz instead of Plauz :) Anyway, very good work, thank you very, very much!


  3. Chefren, very good work today.

  4. Finally, a good game for Tagliavento. I didn't expect him in Madrid. Three Italian referees in a matchday (all three games on the same day), that is really rare to happen. CL group stage debut for Meli, Rocchi's AR2. Deserved, he showed very good performances in the recent months in serie A.
    Still focus by committee on Jug and Strömbergsson, both with notable observers. I'm wondering whether the latter, at the age of 39, has chances for a promotion before waiting for Ekberg, another Swedish carefully monitored at moment. We will see.
    Aytekin: in my opinion this appointment is clearly a quite significant and important step. This is a more sonorous game than all the previous ones he had. I think he convinced the committee with good perfromances in the last games. And I agree, he deserves this chance, I think Juventus - Sevilla is suitable for him.
    Good game for Sidiropoulos in a group in which everything can happen and each game will be crucial.

    1. Considering Aytekin's appointment to Turin, I think Kuipers/Skomina/Çakır would have been a better option for this match...
      @Chefren : I have a question... Is Man City v Mönchengladbach a more challenging match on paper for the referees as compared to Juventus v Sevilla considering the fact that Collina went for a safe pair of hands like Kuipers for the former rather than the second one??

    2. Well, I think that Juventus - Sevilla and Manchester City - Borussia M. are very similar games. In both matches, we have a stronger team (on the paper) against another top team, but not of the same level. So, a step below a real top clash. Now, for Kuipers this game is, as said, a "standard" appointment, while for Aytekin is something more (at least in my opinion). So I would answer: sometimes you must "risk" something, perhaps Aytekin was rewarded for his performances. And another thing to take into account is that you can't have always similar appointments for similar games. Everything is included in a general context. Perhaps, the next time Kuipers will get a more sonoroush clash while Aytekin a different game. To explain it better, you can't compare always games and then asking for similar appointments.

    3. I agree with what you say!! Now among big names the ones not involved in this matchday are Clattenburg, Rizzoli, Eriksson, Skomina, Brych, Çakır, Marciniak!! So likely that they'll all have a match next matchday but I can't recally too many big matches other Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund, Napoli v Benfica and a couple of more matches maybe... So majority of the referees will start with a standard clash and will later get the big matches in the concluding matches of group stage as well as knockouts... That's when things get most heated so I think the referees other than the big 10 should be given good matches now... Will be a good Test for them as well... Good luck to all the officials involved!!

  5. Porto - Copenhague: I believe that Manuel Vidali can't be AR2 and fourth official at the same time... ;)

  6. Crucial mistake in Leverkusen: 1-0 was offside. Perceptual error and poor cooperation between Orsato/AR1/maybe AAR1 (an attacker touched last missed by AR1).

    Similar to a situation a year ago (Villarreal-Sevilla?) all Orsato and his AR1 had to do is:
    "AR: Who touched last??
    Ref: Attacker!!
    AR: Then Offside!!"

    Actually a not too difficult situation at first glance.

    1. I watched the video, the touch was very likely missed by both referee and AR1. AR1 stayed down because player was ONSIDE on the original pass...

    2. Probably - Orsato and AAR1 had to see the touch, and I guess Orsato indeed guessed an offside position (his whistle went to the mouth, was visible in a replay).

  7. Difficult situation for Kuipers. Clear foul but inside the penalty area or outside? Not easy to detect, it seems that the penalty decision was correct.

    1. You can comment Kuipers (also) here:

    2. Of course - I forgot that ;-)

  8. Tagliavento, what's the point of all your "empty verbal threats" to Casemiro? Save your words and your gestures if you're going to continue to allow Casemiro to continuously foul without any consequences. And now Adrien Silva commits a foul and boom automatic yellow? Where exactly is your disciplinary line Tagliavento?

  9. Tagliavento with not so clear line of foul detection. First YC on the match was questionable.

    Just to add, I find awkward his gesticulation after whistling the foul. He always point to place where foul was occured.

    1. Sending Tagliavento to Madrid was always going to be not so great decision!!

    2. He's not doing a bad job or something. It just doesn't look fluent, or something. Some not so good verbal warnings, not so good communication in some situations. It's a bit 'mwah.'

    3. Yes, it wasn't bad, it was a lot of 'mwaaaaaaaaah'

    4. Tagliavento's performance today in Madrid showed why he is considered the 4th or 5th best in Italy.
      Based on the multiple games that I've seen him officiate in Serie A and in European competitions. I view him as a "big team" referee. Meaning that he shows tendencies to favor the "bigger" club or nation. He also seems to be easily swayed and influenced by the home crowd. Just my humble opinion on Mr. Tagliavento. I am sure others view him differently, and hey, that's cool.

    5. I don't know about that, but the times I saw him (this match, PSV-Zenit two years ago, some parts of matches) he never convinced me. Did he really favor Real? I don't think so, most of the decisions were 'acceptable'. Still, the doubtful moments mostly went to Real.

      On the other side, Ar2 clearly didn't favor Real, with some bad offside decisions. It wasn't the performance I expect from an experienced elite referee. Just to much doubt.

    6. For me Tagliavento is only "elite" in name. He's been given that designation by the committee. However his on field performances do not back that label. For me the Italian hierarchy is Rizzoli, Rochi, Orsato, Banti, Damato, and then Tagliavento.

    7. Good point about Mr. Tagliavento. I watched his game in EL play-off match Vojvodina-Alkmaar. In principle it was good match for the referee, here were not big or crucial decisions, but big feeling that Mr. Tagliavento are not in the top. The one situation he could able to avoid the YC, one clear YC was missing.

  10. Good Sidiropoulos so far. For me good decision to issue a YC (SPA) at min. 28' instead of RC (DOGSO). Also another correct caution at 34'.

    Both AR's had 1 correct offside call each.

    1. 48': push by a LEI attacker into the defender's back who then almost collided with the approaching goalkeeper who then took the ball into his hands. Sidiropoulos gave an advantage (goalkeeper had the ball - understandable). Only then the BRU defender stayed on the ground. Well due to that Sidiropoulos gave the free kick & a YC after some claims.

      Common-sense-based and technically a YC was ok, but he would not have given it if the defender had not made more of it. Building your judgment on player reactions that clearly can be clever but also send wrong messages ("I can be influenced").

    2. Good decision to award the penalty to Leicester and a YC to BRU GK. Last year it would have been RC.

    3. Here it was said that a penalty was missed minutes before it. Can you confirm? (Slimani fouled).

      Yes, good example for the new DOGSO (GK).

    4. Probably you mean the scene when the defender played the ball in front of AAR1. That's my impression without replay.

    5. Good overall performance by Tasos Sidiropoulos. Can't say that I disagree with any of his cautions. Foul detection was good and he was aceepted by everyone in the field. The result is fair.

      Both AR's weren't so challenged but had accurate offside calls.

      Only a few minor points for improvement like positioning and management of the 48' scene (as Niclas mentioned it).

  11. Tottenham - Monaco : First as Monaco foul at...50th minute !!!! And...YC by Rocchi ;)

    1. Impressive. That's surely a record. Only 4 fouls by Monaco in the whole game. The first one after 50 minutes...

    2. And 2 Cards lol ! I think very good performance by Rocchi here.

  12. Apparently, the coach of Sporting is sent away by Tagliavento. He didn't go there, at least, not visible on TV, and I didn't see that much happening at the sideline, apart from some gestures. But maybe a video will come in which we see what happened.

  13. Correct 2nd yellow card from Jug

  14. Wow - quite the streetfight refereed by Aytekin - a bit more presence could help. Players are getting restless.

  15. Questionable free-kick leading to the equalizer for Real Madrid. I'm not sure whether that was really worth a free-kick.

  16. Average performance by Tagliavento. Some unlucky decisions, for example 2 wrong offside flags by AR2.

  17. Aytekin take a lot of risks with (ball) advantage. He gave Players a lot of space, but overall good game.
    Sidiropoulos again good game. For sure he will be selected For 2020!

  18. OT : former FIFA referee Freddy Fautrel will stop his career in a month to work with talented refs in ligue 1 and ligue 2. He will work with Bertrand Layec and Laurent Duhamel in French ref department.

    1. Very interesting, thanks for having posted this news.
      So Turpin is waiting for a new AAR at his side.
      It seems, as you also reported, that he changed an AR.
      Waiting for the confirmation perhaps with a CL appointment on MD2.

    2. Is Fautrel currently still officiating in Ligue 1 or does he just retired also at local level ?

  19. From what I've seen a very good Sidiropoulos - three correct black/white decisions.

    Kuipers quite solid but the 3:0 was offside (AR2). So, together with Orsato in Leverkusen 2 crucial mistakes tonight, both concerning offside goals.

    1. Can you please share a picture of Man City's potentially offside goal?? Replays seemed alright to me during the match so not sure... Looked a close call and a correct call as well in the replays... A snapshot would definitely help!!

    2. They made a freeze-frame in this moment, but the ball seems to be already played:

      Just a split second before:

      Surely the no-offside call is acceptable if not just good/preferred.

    3. In terms of referee observing definitely no crucial mistake.

    4. Exactly!! Replays looked good to me during the match as well!!!


    I've just found on German television : Jaap Uilenberg is attitude and sitting up in the middle :)

    1. The person left to him in the pic (almost?) looks like Hugh Dallas.

  21. Here the penalty appeal by Juventus in the last minute of the game:
    I think Aytekin's decision to play on can be accepted, in his opinion this was not enough for a whistle. Given his positioning and his immediate reaction with gesture, I think he saw everything well.

    1. Nothing for me. The decision was accepted. If players accept a no penalty call in added time without any protest, this is a good sign.


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