March 15, 2017

Gianluca Rocchi to referee Monaco-ManCity, Sergei Karasev in charge of Atlético-Leverkusen

Italy's Gianluca Rocchi has been chosen to take charge of the return game between AS Monaco and Manchester City following the Citizens' 5:3 win in the first leg. At the same time, Russian Sergei Karasev will officiate Atlético Madrid against Bayer Leverkusen.



15 March 2017, 20:45 CET (Stade Louis II, Monaco)
AS Monaco - Manchester City
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Davide Massa (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Emil Ubias (CZE)

15 March 2017, 20:45 CET (Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid)
Atlético Madrid - Bayer Leverkusen
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Assistant Referee: 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: Christos Skapoullis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Coquard (FRA)

90 Comments:

  1. After Orsato's appointment for Leicester - Sevilla, I didn't expect the third Italian in Round of 16, but before that, I was sure that Monaco - Manchester City was a game for Rocchi. Indeed I was right, and so we have three Italian referees in Round of 16. I think that's more than remarkable. I'm very happy for that, but to be honest, if I had to make a choice, I would have ruled out Rizzoli no need to appoint him for another game in KO stage. Despite of that, it was wise to keep room for both Orsato and Rocchi.
    Now, for the next rounds, I expect only Rocchi to be appointed, in case of good performance in Monaco - Manchester City, of course. With Karlsson, it will be a very important test for him.
    About the other game, Karasev for Madrid seems to be a logical choice, I see this game as very similar to Juventus - Porto.
    Indeed my (wrong) prediction was Karasev in Turin and Hategan in Madrid. It was just the opposite...

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    1. I made the same mistake as well!! 😓 But still good to get 1 point for both Hategan and Karasev!! 😇

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    2. Same here :) Well, actually Rocchi for Monaco and Karasev for Madrid makes much more sense than vice versa. The observers influenced me too much here :)

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  2. I think Jonas Eriksson will now get a game in EL R16 2nd leg!!

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    1. I hope it is Besiktas-Olympiakos or Deutsch derby.

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    2. I wish Michael Oliver got an UEL R16 game..maybe Besiktas v Olympiacos!! But looks like he won't be getting a game anymore in UEL!! 😞

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    3. My predections For UEL

      Anderlecht-Apoel Pável Královec (CZE)
      Man.Utd.-Rostov Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
      Ajax-Köbenhavn Clément Turpin (FRA)
      Borussia Mönchengladbach-Schalke Viktor Kassai (HUN)
      Roma-Lyon Felix Zwayer (GER)
      Besiktas-Olympiacos Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
      Genk-Gent Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
      Krasnodar-Celta Bas Nijhuis (NED)

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    4. @Márk How many games will Felix Zwayer do in UEL R16?? He just did Rostov v Manchester United 1st leg last week!! 🤔

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    5. Definitely impossible to see Zwayer for the third time and again in Rome, he officiated Roma - Villarreal.

      My names are:

      Anderlecht-Apoel Ivan Kruzliak (SVK)
      Man.Utd.-Rostov Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
      Ajax-Köbenhavn Gediminas Mazeika (LTU)
      Borussia Mönchengladbach-Schalke Viktor Kassai (HUN)
      Roma-Lyon Damir Skomina (SVN)
      Besiktas-Olympiacos Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
      Genk-Gent Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
      Krasnodar-Celta Pavel Královec (CZE)

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    6. Very good predictions - I specially like Mark's idea for the Belgian derby and Chefren's for ManU. As for the Belgian derby, I also think of Bas Nijhuis. A Benelux ref for a Belgian derby? Why not..

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    7. Man.Utd.-Rostov match will be not for M.Strombergson or Alberto Undiano Mallenco.

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  3. @Chefren Who will be your 8 referees for CL Quarter Finals??

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    1. Just to mention some names, but everything can still happen, of course: Eriksson, Kassai, Kuipers, Skomina, Brych, Marciniak, Mazic, Cakir...

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    2. Could we add Mateu Lahoz as well as a potential candidate for a quarterfinal after his excellent performance in Manchester? (Of course: if the draws allows it)

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    3. As we likely have 4 Spanish teams in the quarterfinals if Leicester does not qualify, Mateu Lahoz will depend on whether a Spanish derby is drawn. If this is the case, he actually must be appointed for the remaining game. If not, he could get a UEL semifinal.

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    4. I would add Rizzoli to the list in spite of his last performance.
      Will be interesting to see, whether UEFA indeed relies on these 9-10 referees for the last 13 matches or someone else will get a chance. In the second case, all four referees in this week might have a small chance, maybe also Turpin and Atkinson as the only candiates from their country?

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    5. Assumed that the 4 Spanish teams, Bayern, Dortmund, Juventus and ManCity form the quarterfinals, there might be no room for Turpin (I believe it would be a number too big at the moment - he might be rewarded for his good season so far with a UEL QF or SF).

      And - don't crucify me - I would not rule out Aytekin either (because if UEFA was satisfied, he could be an option), although it is much more likely that they either protect him by keeping him out or were not completely satisfied..

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    6. OT:Which ARs do you think are now the best in Europe?

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  4. What do You think about UEFA referees for Confedarations Cup? Would we see serious names?

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    1. What do you mean by saying "seroious names"? :)

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    2. As for me? serious names are "Upper Elite group" :)

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    3. definitely elite referees! for example: Nicola RIZZOLI, Szymon MARCINIAK, Damir SKOMINA, Antonio Mateu Lahoz,Sergei Karasev...

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    1. I think you posted a wrong video, it is about riots in Hungarian football :)

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  6. An interesting situation from Hungarian Division I. from 2:04 (Referee: Viktor Kassai, AAR1: Istvan Vad) What do you think?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbDbgfeYN60

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    1. In the third replay, you could see that the ball was gone when the keeper makes the contact. Penalty and YC should have been issued. But very difficult to detect, I also thought the ball was played at the beginning.

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    2. Clear penalty and for me RC. DOGSO, I don't think that defender could reach and block the attacker, he was far behind if attacker managed to pass the keeper. Empty net, easy to score. Three refs (including AR1), two classy refs (Kassai and Vad) had to see this penalty, at least one of them. This decision influenced final result, because Ujpest (white shirts) managed to score equalizer at the end. My question for Niclas, Chefren, Ray or who else is: if referee for example miss penalty and RC (two crucial mistakes in one), would his mark be 7.9 or 7.4?

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    3. I would emphasize AR1 here.. He had the best visual angle possible. Kassai's line of vision was maybe obstructed.

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    4. ^ Agree, AAR1 has a clear view of the situation should assist the referee in this instance and detect the foul!

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  7. Big scandal in Croatia, attack on referee
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=q8ilQnJ-3P4

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    1. Reflection of the Croatian football.

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  8. whether the match was continued ?

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  9. Gladbach-Schalke: Mark Clattenburg...

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    1. Incredible, I didn't expect that...

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  10. @DutchRef, I am going to cover Atlético - Leverkusen. Is it OK?

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    1. That's perfect, as I can only record Monaco - Man City live :-)

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  11. Thank you both for all the videos.

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  12. Goal for Monaco, very good decision.
    Sagna was late and before that, goalkeeper's line of sight wasn't obstructed.

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  13. Very good performance by AR2 including a disallowed goal.

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    1. Agree chefren. I think just a bad throw-in and overulled by Rocchi. But excellent decisions with Offside.

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    2. It's a part of match preparation and team agreement whose responsibility throw-in procedure is.

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    3. Correct YC card to De Bruyne for clear holding. But IMO very harsh card to Bagakayo because I think that the head which is not high and not defender leg.

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  14. Some (minor?) things missed by Karasev. Push (7'), at least careless slide tackle (although the ball was played, there was at least careless contact caused by trailing leg, 14'), Volland's deliberate elbow offence against Godín (18').

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    1. Same thing for Rocchi. YC correctly awarded to Sagna. Just perhaps one or two faults forgotten in my taste but clearly with way to let the play-on. Easy match we have to recognize.

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    2. Really interesting penalty appeal, similar to that from BAR-PSG, where Suárez got a YC for simulation. My opinion: we should not assess the way of attacker's falling, but simply punish an idiotic push from behind. You lost the fight for position and are just trying to throw an opponent of the balance. Foul.

      https://streamable.com/l0zos

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    3. So a hand on the back is enough to make a 90kg man fall like that? Come on ;) As not every contact is a foul in terms of tripping or sliding tackles, not every contact or slightest form of pushing/holding is automatically a foul.

      In general you have a point when it comes to incidents like the Brych push in England-Wales (EURO16), but in BAR-PSG the simulation IMO clearly outweighed the effect of the push (or rather "contact").

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    4. Strongly disagree with you Ray. Football is a contact sport. This is not a clear push and Suarez oversized with tv show performance the force of this contact. Never, never a foul here and magistral emphazisation by Suarez. This YC is the most beautiful thing that ref has to do in a football pitch. If you see penalty here, this isn't football : this should be drama.

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    5. Tell me then, what is the reason behind such act? It's clearly unfair to push someone who controls the ball and have won the fight for position. I understand arguments for simulation, but am just trying to offer another view. It's just stupid to do this! :)

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  15. 89': play restarted by Man City after a caution without the mandatory whistle.

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    1. Seems to be a new 'trend' ;)

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    2. Agree, but overall, a good performance of the Italian team, especially of Meli. I would give 8.4 to the whole team except Meli, he would deserve 8.5 IMO.

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    3. What I like about Rocchi is that apart from some rather cheap yellow cards he sometimes tends to issue (specially in early stages of the game) is his empathic player management despite his rather strict line. If you even can make a small smile in 90+2' of a CL R16 which is 8-8 on aggregate and the players return it with a smile, you seem to have done something right.

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    4. Excellent remark, Niclas. That's what Orsato still needs to learn. Of course, not mandatory to learn that, and he can go on with his style, but surely if I had to choose between Orsato and Rocchi styles, I would prefer the latter's one. We should also add that he had years and years of experience at this level. Orsato has still some troubles in communicating and being accepted by players, without using his authoritarian approach.

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    5. Overall excellent performance by Italian crew. Especially Melli with a fantastic performance. Cards management very calm and confident by Rocchi. 8,5 for me and 8,6 for AR2.

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    6. Yes... maybe it is a rule that will disappear as did the 'mandatorily forward' kick-off if the trend continues. I wrote it because it was something that was talked about here (about Kuipers IIRC) a few days ago.

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    7. @George: I think the mandatory whistle after a YC is very important. Maybe not in professional football, but for sure on grassroot level. The referee has to write everything about the YC in his book before restarting the game. Imagine a quick played free kick, then another (maybe even brutal) foul and the referee didn't see anything because he was writing...
      One could change a lot rules but I think this is a really important one.

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    8. Yes, of course, that is a problem. However, the rule could be modified to leave it a bit more open. Tonight, for example, no one would have expected the free kick to be retaken. It could leave it as "mandatory at referee's criteria" for this kind of situations, if it was to be modified. Otherwise, a blind eye could be turned when that happens in this context or just follow the rule and give Rocchi a remainder at the end of the match. That if the observer notices it, of course.

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    9. Maybe it could be handled more like free kicks. When the referee shows his whistle it is clear for everybody that they have to wait. If he doesn't, they can play on. This could be also used in case of YC, especially in the last minutes of the match. But otherwise, then there is no time to calm down a bit or for the players to reach their positions.
      There are always pros and contras...

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    10. About "new trend" restart match after YC without whistle. It is not first time when we see this situation. I did heard some small information, that UEFA accepted this "new trend" ( not officialy of course) , especially in the end of the match and when the result are very "slippery" and when each seconds are important.
      What football expect in this situation ? - IMO everyone wants to restart quick as possible. The referee have the communication system and he have possibility to share information among other officials about YC number by radio, and it doesn't need to lost time for YC writing in the book.
      From other side - LOG clearly state that the match after YC could not be restarted without whistle.

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    11. Rocchi's (or Skomina in NED-CZE) was more acceptable, than Kuipers say in UEL last week who's was early in the match. I can understand the logic of UEFA, it is what 'football' would want, but I think we must be careful not too ignore too much the LOTG.

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    12. His smiles (also in 76' - free kick before the goal) looked absolutely brilliant. This sympathic and human way of refereeing also under big pressure is great.

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  16. AS Monaco - Manchester City (Gianluca Rocchi)

    https://vimeo.com/album/4477763

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    1. In my opinion this is a 8.5 performance by Rocchi. Absolutely excellent card management, I agree with every single decision, cards were issued when needed, pure application of LotG. High acceptance, natural authority. Mark 8.5 is surely deserved.
      AR2 in my opinion could get 8.6. Apart from the correct assessment for Monaco's first goal, there were other situations. A disallowed goal in first half, an excellent NO FLAG in 65' and a good ONSIDE again, in the action leading to Manchester City's goal.
      I must say one of the best performance by Rocchi I ever saw.

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    2. I have to disagree you only by having seen the videos and some parts of the game.
      - 13' indirect fk instead of direct fk
      - 89' play restarted after a caution without the mandatory whistle
      Normally both is -0.1...

      Furthermore there was a very crucial situation inside the Monaco penalty area - for me it was a missing penalty. Unfortunately the situation is missing in the album and I don't know the minute. It was a sliding tackling by a defender immediately after a shot by Aguero during the 2nd half.

      But I agree with you: In general, it was a very good performance with a lot of correct key decisions. Mistakes like in 13' or 89' are not really important regarding the outcome of the game, but it should be a part of a referee's assessment regarding his application of the LOTG.

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    3. I would like to check this situation inside penalty area. I don't remember it or perhaps I missed it at all. If you find the minute, please don't hesitate to report it here. However, I respect your opinion but such mistakes in 13' and 89' can't change the assessment in a significant way.

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    4. I agree with Gitzlo! In 65th minute a sliding tackle hits Aguero after his shot on the goal. No protest by any players. Unfortunately a crucial mistake by the referee. The ball was in play and on his way to the goal. Unexpected and confusing situation though.

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    5. Yes, it was the 65th minute.

      Regarding the missing whistles: Last week, when Kuipers did the same, we discussed about 3x -0.1. I think, it must not always be -0.1, but for me it is hard to give a 8.5 with two clear LOTG mistakes.... (and the missed penalty)

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    6. I also remarked this situation with Aguero in penalty area Monaco. It was couple minutes before when result came into 2-1. Here were not protest from Aguero side. It seemed that tackle has been happen after Aguero shot.

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    7. Et voilà, this should be the situation you mean.

      https://vimeo.com/208741394

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    8. Thank you so much DutchRef! Well, I remember this situation because I noticed the excellent NO FLAG by Meli (indeed I reported it also in a comment here on the blog). I watched this incident live and I didn't even notice the late challenge after the shot. If you have read my opinion about the penalty call by Orsato in Leicester - Sevilla, a very similar situation to this one, you will surely argue that I'm not in favor of such penalties. The spirit of the game doesn't suggest to whistle them. In this case, nobody expected the whistle, nobody made complaints, and Guardiola was just desperate for the missed chance. Nothing more. Of course, if you whistle such penalty, I don't assess it as mistake, but sometimes football is football, and for sure... you must be on the pitch, I'm in trouble trying to explain that by words.
      However, I absolutely respect your opinion and I can say that merely according to LotG that should be whistled.

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  17. Atlético - Leverkusen (Sergey Karasev)

    https://streamable.com/album/7zyf6

    or

    https://streamable.com/7zyf6

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    1. My views about major incidents:
      15': no deliberate handball, considering also that the ball was unexpected.
      65': NO PENALTY is a supportable decision, but of course I agree with you when you point out that it is easy to whistle a similar foul if in favor of defending team (88'), that's a big question, sometimes a referee on the pitch feels that the action it is not enough for a so important decision.

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  18. My predections for World Cup Qualifiers
    Group A:
    Sweden-Belarus Jesus Gil Manzano (ESP)
    Bulgaria-Netherlands Sergei Karasev (RUS)
    Luxemburg-France Harald Lechner (AUT)
    Group B:
    Switzerland-Latvia Ivan Kruzliak (SVK)
    Andorra-Faroe Islands Aly Palabiyik (TUR)
    Portugal-Hungary Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
    Group C:
    San Marino-Czech Republic Kristo Tohver (EST)
    Azerbaijan-Germany Bobby Madden (SCO)
    Northern Ireland- Norway Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
    Group D:
    Georgia-Serbia Manuel Gräfe (GER)
    Austria-Moldova Benoit Bastien (FRA)
    Republic of Ireland-Wales Szymon Marciniak (POL)
    Group E:
    Armenia-Kazakstan Craig Pawson (ENG)
    Romania-Denmark Kassai Viktor (HUN)
    Montenegro-Poland Milorad Mazic (SRB)
    Group F:
    England-Lithuania Serdar Gözübüyök (NED)
    Scotland-Slovenia Clément Turpin (FRA)
    Malta-Slovakia Manuel de Sousa (POR)
    Group G:
    Italy-Albania Damir Skomina (SLO)
    Spain-Israel Martin Atkinson (ENG)
    Liechteinstein-Macedonia Tobias Stieler (GER)
    Group H:
    Cyprus-Estonia Gediminas Mazeika (LTU)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina Srdjan Jovanovic (SRB)
    Belgium-Greece Cüneyt Cakir (TUR)
    Group I:
    Kosovo-Island Andris Treimanis (LTA)
    Croatia-Ukraine Björn Kuipers (NED)
    Türkey-Finland Slavko Vincic (SLO)

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    1. Hey Mark, Clément Turpin with friendly match Portugal - Sweden :)

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    2. Here is everything possible :D

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  19. Predictions CL quartefinals:

    Atlético - Leicester
    Jonas Eriksson (SWE) - Felix Brych (GER)

    Borussia Dortmund - Monaco
    Damir Skomina (SVN) - Viktor Kassai (HUN)

    Bayern München - Real Madrid
    Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) - Szymon Marciniak (POL)

    Juventus - Barcelona
    Milorad Mažić (SRB) - Björn Kuipers (NED)

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    1. Mine are
      Atlético - Leicester: Rocchi/Marciniak
      Borussia Dortmund - Monaco: Hategan/Eriksson
      Bayern München - Real Madrid: Kuipers/Kassai
      Juventus - Barcelona: Skomina/Mazic

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    2. Europa League:
      Anderlecht-Manchester: Orsato/Turpin
      Celta-Genk: Aytekin/Sidiropolous
      Ajax-Schalke: Karasev/Rizzoli
      Lyon-Besiktas: Mateu/Brych

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    3. Mine are:
      Atletico-Leicestrer Jonas Eriksson/Szymon Marciniak
      Dortmund-Monaco Damir Skomina/Cüneyt Cakir
      Bayern-Real Madrid Björn Kuipers/Nicola Rizzoli
      Juventus-Barcelona Viktor Kassai/Milorad Mazic

      Anderlecht-ManUtd Turpin/Rocchi
      Celta Vigo-Gent Karasev/Kralovec
      Ajax-Schalke Hategan/Mateu Lahoz
      Lyon-Besiktas Collum/Brych

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  20. Predictions for CL Quarter Finals :

    Atlético - Leicester
    Jonas Eriksson (Sweden) – Felix Brych (Germany)

    Borussia Dortmund - Monaco
    Viktor Kassai (Hungary) – Çüneyt Çakir (Turkey)

    Bayern München - Real Madrid
    Szymon Marciniak (Poland) – Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)

    Juventus - Barcelona
    Milorad Mažić (Serbia) - Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

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  21. Any news on the prediction game results?

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  22. Friendly appointments :

    28 March 2017, 7.45 pm
    Netherlands - Italy
    Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
    Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (Sweden)
    Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (Sweden)

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  23. WC Qualifiers:

    Croatia-Ukraine (Group I)
    Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
    Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís
    Assistant Referee 2: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez
    4th Official: Carlos Clos Gómez

    Turkey - Finland (Group I):
    Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano
    Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández
    Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez
    4th Official: Carlos del Cerro Grande

    Spain - Israel (Group G):
    Referee: Michael Oliver
    Assistant Referee 1: Jacob Collin
    Assistant Referee 2: Gary Beswick
    4th Official: Robert Madley

    Source: CTA-RFEF

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    1. 26 March 2017, 20:45 CET
      Romania - Denmark
      Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)
      Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Child (England)
      Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Burt (England)
      Fourth Official: Anthony Taylor (England)

      Source: FRF

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    2. 24 March 2017, 20:45 CET
      Austria - Moldova
      Referee: István Vad (Hungary)
      Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (Hungary)
      Assistant Referee 2: Péter Berettyán (Hungary)
      Fourth Official: Ferenc Karakó (Hungary)

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    3. 25 March 2017, 20:45 CET
      Belgium - Greece
      Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
      Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (Germany)
      Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (Germany)
      Fourth Official: Marco Fritz (Germany)

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    4. 24 March 2017, 18:00 CET
      Georgia - Serbia
      Referee: Felix Zwayer (Germany)
      Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (Germany)
      Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (Germany)
      Fourth Official: Christian Dingert (Germany)

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