September 25, 2011

Referee Appointments - CL Matchday 2

You can find our appointments HERE
As warm-up as always a video, this time the CL Anthem played in Dortmund (BVB-Arsenal)..incredible atmosphere..


Group A
Bayern München - Manchester City
Referee Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1 Gabor Eros (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2 Gyorgyi Ring (HUN)
4th Official Zsolt Szabo (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Mihaly Fabian (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer Manuel Diaz Vega (ESP)

Group A
SSC Napoli - Villarreal CF
Referee Frank de Bleeckere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1 Peter Hermans (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2 Mark Simons (BEL)
4th Official Sébastien Delferière (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Luc Wouters (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Alexendre Boucaut (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer Kaj Östergaard (DEN)

Group B
CSKA Moskva - Internazionale
Referee Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1 Francis Andrews (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2 Alasdair Ross (SCO)
4th Official Crawford Allan (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Steven McLean (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Bobby Madden (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer Eugen Strigel (GER)

Group B
Trabzonspor - Lille
Referee Björn Kuipers (NED, r.)
Assistant Referee 1 Erwin E.J. Zeinstra (NED)
Assistant Referee 2 Sander van Roekel (NED)
4th Official Pol van Boekel (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Richard Liesveld (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Ed Janssen (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer Jean Lemmer (LUX)

Group C
Manchester United - FC Basel
Referee Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1 Elenito di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2 Massimiliano Grilli (ITA)
4th Official Antonio Giannoccaro (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Andrea de Marco (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer Horst Brummeier (AUT)

Group C
Otelul Galati - Benfica
Referee David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1 Raúl Cabañero Martinez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2 Roberto Díaz Pérez-del Palomar (ESP)
4th Official Miguel Ángel Pérez Lasa (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 César Muñiz Fernández (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Alfonso Alvarez Izquierdo (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer Michel Piraux (BEL)

Group D
Real Madrid - Ajax Amsterdam
Referee Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1 Stephen Child (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2 Simon Beck (ENG)
4th Official Lee Mason (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Kevin Friend (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Andre Marriner (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer Sándor Piller (HUN)

Group D
Olympique Lyon - Dinamo Zagreb
Referee Pavel Kralovec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1 Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2 Miroslav Zlamal (CZE)
4th Official Libor Kovarik (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Radek Prihoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer Bo Karlsson (SWE)


Group E
Bayer Leverkusen - KRC Genk
Referee Alan Kelly (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1 prediction Damien McGraith (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2 prediction Marc Douglas (IRL)
4th Official David McKeon (IRL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Padraigh Sutton (IRL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Tomas Connolly (IRL)
UEFA Referee Observer Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

Group E
Valencia CF - Chelsea FC
Referee Nicola Rizzoli (ITA, r.)
Assistant Referee 1 prediction Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2 prediction Renato Faverani (ITA)
4th Official Andrea Romeo (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Daniele Orsato (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer Rodger Gifford (WAL)

Group F
Arsenal FC - Olympiacos
Referee Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1 prediction Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2 prediction Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
4th Official Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer Rene Temmink (NED)

Group F
Olympique Marseille - Borussia Dortmund
Referee Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1 Stefan Wittberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2 Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
4th Official Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Tobias Mattsson (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer Markus Nobs (SUI)

Group G
Zenit St.Petersburg - Porto
Referee Howard Webb (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1 Darren Cann (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2 Jake Collin (ENG)
4th Official Mike Jones (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Mike Dean (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Stuart Attwell (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer Manuel Lopez Fernández (ESP)

Group G
Shakhtar Donezk - APOEL Nicosia
Referee Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1 Alain Hoxha (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2 Andreas Fellinger (AUT)
4th Official Alexander Harkam (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Rene Eisner (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Thomas Gangl (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)

Group H
AC Milan - Viktoria Plzen
Referee Florian Meyer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1 Holger Henschel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2 Christoph Bornhorst (GER)
4th Official Felix Zwayer (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Tobias Welz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Markus Wingenbach (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer William Young (SCO)

Group H
BATE - Barcelona
Referee Manuel Gräfe (GER, r.)
Assistant Referee 1 Markus Häcker (GER)
Assistant Referee 2 Guido Kleve (GER)
4th Official Guido Winkmann (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Babak Rafati (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Peter Sippel (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer Michael Riley (ENG)

* the missing fields and UEFA officials will be filled later.


  1. De Bleeckere is appointed for Napoli - Villarreal (Group A) on Tuesday

  2. Referee : Frank De Bleeckere

    Assistenten : Peter Hermans & Mark Simons

    Vierde official : Sébastien Delferiere

    Vijfde & Zesde scheidsrechter : Luc Wouters & Alexandre Boucaut

  3. O.K., thanks. Then we have some guys who will get 1 point for Group A appointment.

  4. CSKA Moskva - Internazionale
    Craig Alexander Thonson (SCO) with Andrews and Ross as assistants, additional assistants McLean and Madden.

  5. WOW!
    This could be a EURO 2012 ticket...

  6. Trabzonspor - Lille
    Bjorn Kuipers
    Erwin E.J.J. Zeinstra and Sander Van Roekel
    Richard Liesveld and Peter Janssen
    Paulus Van Boekel

  7. thx a lot.
    Where do you have this info from?
    UEFA is mixing the assistant referees of Kuipers. Zeinstra in the final along with Simons, now with van Roekel..

  8. Anonymous25/9/11 13:45

    Clattenburg in Real-Ajax, great achievement for him.

  9. Niclas:
    about De Bleeckere: he has his website,

    about other appointments: here and there on the web, for example Kuipers appointment was on Trabzonspor site

  10. Here my guesses for Wednesday matches:

    Zenit - Porto
    Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

    Shakhtar Donetsk - APOEL
    Tony Chapron (FRA)

    BATE - Barcelona
    Florian Meyer (GER)

    AC Milan - Plzen
    Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)

    Valencia - Chelsea
    Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

    Leverkusen - Genk
    Alexei Nikolaev (RUS)

    Arsenal - Olympiacos
    Serge Gumienny (BEL)

    Marseille - Dortmund
    Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

    UEFA is appointing all Elite Development referees. We have already seen (including Tuesday appointments): Tagliavento, Collum, Johannesson, Einwaller, Schörgenhofer, Kralovec and Clattenburg. Still missing: Gumienny, Grafe, Kelly and Chapron.

  11. Thanks, Chefren.

    Today, I thought of creating my own UEFA Referee Rankings due to the circumstance that - to my mind - the First Group is not detailed enough.

    These are the groups Carlos and I thought of (he will do it as well for CONMEBOL):
    - of course: ELITE
    - Anterior Successor Group
    - Main Successor Group
    - Downgraded Successor Group
    - Regular Option Group
    - Regular Group
    - Downgraded Regular Group
    - Talent Development Group (for referees from Second or Third Group of whom I think they could be promising talents)
    - Non-Fifa-Talent-Group

    Carlos told me to name one group "Mülleimer" (german = dustbin)...I first wanted to name it like that but it would not be fair enough I think...
    The other reason behind this small game is of course presenting my opinion about these referees and discussing it, but also to reveal an INDEPENDENT opinion.
    The list will be published in the next days and will be updated quarterly.

  12. Bayern - City

    Referee Viktor Kassai (HUN)
    Assistant referees Gabor Erös (HUN), György Ring (HUN)
    Additional assistant referees Tamás Bognar (HUN), Mihaly Fabian (HUN)
    Fourth official Zsolt Szabó (HUN)
    UEFA Delegate Roland Tis (BEL)
    UEFA Referee observer Manuel Diaz Vega (ESP)

    Manchester United - Basel
    Referee Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
    Assistant referees Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA), Massimiliano Grilli (ITA)
    Additional assistant referees Mauro Bergonzi (ITA), Andrea De Marco (ITA)
    Fourth official Antonio Danilo Giannoccaro (ITA)
    UEFA Delegate Kazimierz Oleszek (POL)
    UEFA Referee observer Horst Brummeier (AUT)

  13. I think, Elite may be detailed as well, there are some referees that are top Elites may handle FIFA-UEFA finals, as an example Kuipers is trying to get in this group. It may be a little fuzzy to determine but needed IMO.

  14. Interesting appointments.
    Jonas Eriksson did well in Manchester and now it's again appointed.

  15. Eriksson showed a superb last season.
    He had a good Group Stage in both competitions, Dortmund has negative experience with him as he allowed an offside goal by PSG (BVB-PSG 1-1)...I could observe him live in Arena when we defeated Valencia. Very calm, very convincing decisions and one has to take into consideration that it was a close and exciting game...
    Eriksson could be one of the lucky guys who perhaps get a place in the Euro roster, as far as UEFA does not want to have two referees from the same country.
    I did the ranking today, I divided the ELITE Group into MAJOR ELITE and ELITE..nice results, now I have to make a is really hard to decide whether Bebek, Duhamel and Blom go into Regular Group or Minor Group...


    MAJOR ELITE: FdB, Kassai, Webb, Rizzoli, Velasco, Brych, Stark, Benquerenca, Proenca, Skomina, Kuipers

    ELITE: Atkinson, Lannoy, Meyer, Rocchi, Moen, Nikolaev, Thomson, Undiano, Eriksson, Cakir, Vad, Tagliavento, Clattenburg

    ANTERIOR SUCCESSORS: Schörgenhofer, Gumienny, Kralovec, Chapron, Gräfe, Nijhuis, Strömbergsson, Kelly, Strahonja, Hategan

    the rest will follow soon

  17. I am very content with the EL appointments. Especially de Sousa's appointment in Schalke-Haifa. Perhaps I will go in the stadium, would be great to observe him.

  18. yeap, I will go there. Perhaps I will take the camera along with me; there could be some nice photos..

  19. One correction: Real-Ajax, Ref observer is Shandor Piller, not Shandor Puhl.

  20. Piller is another expression for Puhl..

    Serge Gumienny replaces Markus Strömbergsson in the SPORTING-LAZIO ENCOUNTER!

  21. Puhl/Piller is fixed, thx, thought that Piller woudl be the English official name for Puhl, never thought that they are two different refs

  22. Anonymous27/9/11 23:26

    Mark my words:

    Never translate surnames, suricate! ;-)

    Kind regards from Vienna,

  23. :D
    Kassai was weak, was not he? I have the impression that he cannot cope with his status at the moment, too relaxed, leak of concentration. Rated him with 5,5, what do you think

  24. I will watch this match on Satturday and I will evaluate him at And if you think, that Kassai missed two/three penalties, the mark can't be higher than 6,5. Maybe grade-system at isn't so good. I evaluate the referees from 1 to 10. 1-compromitation, 2-fatally, 3-very weakly, 4-weakly, 5-average, 6-good, 7-very good, 8-excellent, 9-fenomenal, 10-ideal. It's very important when we all have the same criteria. In addition to this, I use the following system: control x2, decision x5, neutrality x2, style x1 / 10 and now an average mark is really fair, because the decisions are the most important part of the mark. I really recommend this system.

  25. e.g.
    Florian Meyer (GER)
    6 - control
    4 - decisions
    6 - neutrality
    7 - style
    6x2 + 4x5 + 6x2 + 7x1 / 10 = 12+20+12+7/10 = 51/10 = 5,1
    Now, the mark is between decisions and the rest.

  26. I agree that there is a need for another, perhaps just a more detailed system.

    I always make it like that:
    Control (25)
    Calls (25)
    Style (20)
    Neutrality (20)
    Difficulty/Match importance (10)

    If you miss three penalties, it is nearly impossible to get a mark higher than 7.

    Yesterday, I was at Schalke Arena, was a good match, first half a bit boring...
    Manuel de Sousa was very good, he reminds me on Olegario :D

    Movement = Proenca, Outward Apperance and style = Benquerenca..

    A seperate thread with a lot of photos will follow.

  27. interesting observers:
    Gocek: Hauge (observer)
    Nijhuis: Rosetti (observer)
    Gumienny: Marko (observer)

  28. Anonymous30/9/11 19:06

    Hi Suricate,

    also interesting that Serge Gumienny was in the middle of Sporting - Lazio instead of Markus Strömbergsson as announced earlier by UEFA.

    Maybe Jozef Marko - with regard to Elite Development considerations - was scheduled to observe the Swede who had to be replaced by the Belgian.

    On the other hand: In this case, Gumienny would not have handled any UCL or EL encounter on the first two match days which also seems rather odd ...

    Kind regards from Vienna,

  29. Yeap, that would have been odd..but on the other hand, Blom got no match either, and he is ELITE...
    I think there are clear signs for a demotion of the dutchman. Perhaps UEFA has to react.

  30. Anonymous30/9/11 19:25

    Hi Suricate,

    and what about Aleksey Nikolaev who was not considered either so far - also a candidate for demotion by the end of 2011 after having whistled the all South American U17-WC semifinal Brazil - Urugay this summer?

    Kind regards from Vienna,

  31. IMO, there are some referees in elite, who are too weak to an elite category: Blom, Moen, Nikolaev. Schorgenhofer, Kralovec, Clattenburg, Kelly are better. And one thing else, if it will be Polish referee on Euro 2012, it will be Paweł Gil. The young, perspective referee. Excellent style and very good play feeling. Better than Borski. We have also great referee, who isn't on international lists. Daniel Stefański is perfect referee. Great decisions in every match, absolutely world class. It's a joke made by PZPN, that he is only national referee. Regards, Hubert from Poland.

  32. Nikolaev could not convince me.
    I liked him as Euro League referee, but his r16 match and Bayern-match were not that good.
    But I do not think he will be demoted.
    Blom's case is of course special.

    Concerning the ED referees, I think that Kralovec is still in progress, Schörgenhofer could need one season as well, Kelly did not get so many matches (but he was good in Leverkusen!), to my mind Collum, Tagliavento or Clattenburg should be promoted. And as we all know: FdB and Busacca must be replaced, too. Perhaps all these names could be in Elite next year, Gräfe could be one of the lucky guys as well although I think UEFA will exchange Gräfe with Meyer sometime.
    Hm it is a bit weird: FdB and Busacca, probably two of the best 5 or 6 referees in Europe in the first decade, are leaving international stage and both countries do not really offer prospects. Studer ok, but he has to learn a lot. Gumienny hm...

  33. I saw Studer in many matches, please don't compare him to Busacca, it would be a shame for Massimo.

    Guys, has anyone seen Kuipers match and the penalty given to Trabzonspor? The foul (handball) seemed out of penalty area.

  34. I saw the incident, to my mind it was inside the box and a very good call, but I'll watch the situation tomorrow again.

    Has anyone seen Atkinson today? Harsh red card, the rest was a tough match..

    Studer has to learn, them we can say how good he is..


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