March 26, 2013

UEFA Officials for CL and EL Quarterfinals ready

These are the thus far made match official appointments (Referee Observer, Match Delegate and Referee Liaison Officer) for UEFA Champions League's and UEFA Europa League's quarterfinal matches, among them, there are three committee members: Jozef Marko (SVK), Kyros Vassaras (GRE) and even Pierluigi Collina (ITA), UEFA's Chief Officer in terms of refereeing. The referee appointments will be revealed between Sunday, 31 March 2013, 11:00 CET and Tuesday, 02 April 2013, 11:30 CET.

UEFA Champions League:

First Legs

02 April 2013, 20:45 CET - Parc des Princes, Paris, France
Paris S.G. - FC Barcelona
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Danilo Filacchione (ITA)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Michel Lebrun (FRA)

02 April 2013, 20:45 CET - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Bayern München - Juventus Turin
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)*
UEFA Delegate: Michal Listkiewicz (POL)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Josef Maier (GER)

03 April 2013, 20:45 CET - La Rosaleda, Málaga, Spain
Málaga CF - Borussia Dortmund
UEFA Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokić (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Cornel Cristian Bivolaru (ROU)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Manuel Díaz Morales (ESP)

03 April 2013, 20:45 CET - Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
Real Madrid - Galatasaray Istanbul
UEFA Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Barry W. Bright (ENG)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Raúl Masso Zambudio (ESP)

Second Legs

09 April 2013, 20:45 CET - Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany
Borussia Dortmund - Málaga CF
UEFA Referee Observer: Vaclav Krondl (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: tbd
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Günter Risse (GER)

09 April 2013, 20:45 CET - Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi, Istanbul, Turkey
Galatasaray Istanbul - Real Madrid
UEFA Referee Observer: Neale Barry (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: tbd
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: tbd

10 April 2013, 20:45 CET - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
FC Barcelona - Paris S.G.
UEFA Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)*
UEFA Delegate: tbd
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Antonio Uzcudun Gómez (ESP)

10 April 2013, 20:45 CET - Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy
Juventus Turin - Bayern München
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: tbd
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Fabrizio Malacart (ITA)

UEFA Europa League:

First Legs

04 April 2013, 21:05 CET - Stamford Bridge, London, England
Chelsea FC - Rubin Kazan
UEFA Referee Observer: Paul Allaerts (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Andreas Akkelides (CYP)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Gary Stephen Willard (ENG)

04 April 2013, 21:05 CET - White Hart Lane, London, England
Tottenham Hotspur FC - FC Basel
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)*
UEFA Delegate: Roland Tis (BEL)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Keren Barratt (ENG)

04 April 2013, 21:05 CET - Sükrü Saracoglu Stadyumu, Istanbul, Turkey
Fenerbahce - Lazio Roma
UEFA Referee Observer: tbd
UEFA Delegate: Barry Taylor (ENG)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Çaglayan Kökkilinç (TUR)

04 April 2013, 21:05 CET - Estádio do SL Benfica
SL Benfica - Newcastle Utd.
UEFA Referee Observer: tbd
UEFA Delegate: Gijs de Jong (NED)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Carlos Alberto Silva Valente (POR)

Second Legs

11 April 2013, 21:05 CET - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia
Rubin Kazan - Chelsea FC 
UEFA Referee Observer: Horst Brummeier (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: tbd
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: tbd

11 April 2013, 21:05 CET - St.-Jakob Park, Basel, Switzerland
FC Basel - Tottenham Hotspur FC
UEFA Referee Observer: Juan Antonio Fernández Marín (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: tbd
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Jürg Burkhart (SUI)

11 April 2013, 21:05 CET - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
Lazio Roma - Fenerbahce
UEFA Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: tbd
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Danilo Filacchione (ITA)

11 April 2013, 21:05 CET - St. James' Park, Newcastle, England
Newcastle Utd. - SL Benfica
UEFA Referee Observer: tbd
UEFA Delegate: tbd
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Graham Laws (ENG)

* UEFA Referee Committee members


  1. Wow!
    The third time for Collina as observer in this KO stage, it never happened in the last years.
    But the most important thing is that he is here again for a EL quartefinal, and this means that the referee appointed for Tottenham - Basel will be a hot candidate for the final. Can't wait for reading the name. The same thing one year ago for Proença. One guess for this match could be Brych, but we should take into account the two German teams in CL. If both will be able to qualify, Brych will be out from everything! Very difficult situation. Brych should get now PSG - Barcellona or Real Madrid - Galatasaray.
    Another important observer to underline is Marko. We have said that Carballo has only one match in this CL stage, that is Bayern Munchen - Juventus, but the presence of Marko means that Carballo most likely is not here, since one year ago in Napoli-Chelsea we had already this appointment, and I don't find the sense to make it again.
    Therefore, probably Velasco is appointed on the return match in Turin, with Vagner as observer.
    Finally, my last remark is that probably Collina was going to stop his appointments as observer, in case of good performance by Cakir in Manchester... but this is only my opinion.

    1. I agree with everything you said, with only one exception.
      I do not think that Brych should get CL..I would not give him any further CL match at the moment and if, then only the final. If a final like Juventus-Barcelona becomes reality (we cannot be sure, it can also be el clásico..), then Brych would suit perfectly. Only one K.O. stage before the final, which was quite good and important, would be a good basis for the final. And if the semifinals and the final do not allow a German referee, then he will have bad luck, will have had only 4 CL matches this season..but that would not be that terrible, he has you understand what I mean?
      Skomina is to my mind someone who cannot be ignored, he had the best conditions for the final at the moment: he had Dortmund, who are good, but probably not ready to achieve a CL final, he had Real in group stage, the only team apart from Dortmund that are still in the run for Wembley, Skomina had a good R16 performance, he knows Wembley..these are good arguments I think.
      I agree with you on Velasco's appointment, it's basically the only one which makes sense. But then we must ask who is going to get Bayern-Juventus..I prefer a risky but interesting opportunity in my early predictions:

      PSG-Barcelona: Björn Kuipers (NED)
      Bayern-Juventus: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
      Málaga-BVB: William Collum (SCO)
      Real-Galatasaray: Svein Moen (NOR)

      Barcelona-PSG: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
      Juventus-Bayern: Carlos Velasco (ESP)
      Galatasaray-Real: Pedro Proenca (POR)
      Dortmund-Málaga: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA) or Craig Thomson (SCO)

      Concerning Lannoy, I am really not sure. He very probably made a crucial mistake in Chelsea-Kazan, so hm..the only other one I could imagine in this match would be Craig Thomson (SCO) after his quite good performance in Milan-Barcelona.
      But I see no room for Stark or Atkinson, just reading the matches and observers.

    2. What about Atkinson? No CL16 match and no EL32 and 16. If he won't get a CL match he can't have an EL with 3 English teams there. So no match for the second half of the season. Seems impossible.

    3. Basically I agree with you. The key could be his performance in Lille-Bayern. It was neither CL nor EL level in my opinion.

    4. Evening.

      As you know Nic, I think you overplay the importance of two slightly poor decisions in Lille-Bayern - I see a lot more of Atkinson, and I can assure you he is of the very highest calibre - he should definitely feature in one of the two competitions again. Certainly has a greater chance than Lannoy for me, who you seem to favour despite a poor year for him (relatively speaking of course).

      Agree on all others - perhaps bar Kuipers - by the way :)

    5. And I already told you more than once that there were not only two slightly poor decisions but that the full performance was characterized by an inconsistent approach and many wrong calls in the midfield ;)
      I just want to stress, if Atkinson gets nothing, then the reason could be in this match, I did not say I would exclude him from everything if I made decisions in UEFA..

  2. Another remark about Rocchi, still waiting for a CL appointment. He is out from Bayern-Juventus (of course) and also from PSG-Barcellona (Italian delegate). Therefore, his match should be one between Real Madrid-Galatasaray and Malaga-Borussia. Malaga got an Italian referee in the last match, so probably Rocchi is going to be appointed at Santiago Bernabeu. It happened also one year ago when his match in CL KO stage was Real Madrid - APOEL.
    Otherwise, in case of appointment in the 2nd leg matches, he could get Barcellona-PSG, with Vassaras as observer, but I don't think.

    1. Also here I agree with you. But then answer the question who could get Vassaras as observer in this match. Perhaps Collum? I think Rocchi is more or less the only possibility. Or perhaps Mazic, but that's definitely too much for an ED ref.

  3. Anonymous26/3/13 16:50

    Ibrahimovic second match ban cancelled by UEFA appeal commity! It seems that tagliavento disciplinary report was wrong about the fact that ball was not in play when the fault occured. Arguments from PSG général director seem to be accepted by UEFA.

    1. So such a foul entails a 1-match-ban..unbelievable. For my taste, this infringement actually demanded 3 matches+.

  4. Hi from my point of view, visit the WHITE-HARTH-LANE in as an observer PIERLUIGI COLLINA, is associsted with the observatin of someone with a high-end or ELITE, or bezpośredniego ELITE-DEVELOPMENT facialites. I mean when it come to categorie ELITE-DEVELOPMENT-REFEREE Milorad Mazić that is because that is the main candidate of promotion to the ELITE in thre summer because it is on the ofical list of candidation for the WORLD-CUP-BRAZIL-2014.

  5. Anonymous28/3/13 18:01

    On White Hart Lane there will be referee who is hotest candidate for promotion for Elite.
    Candidate for EL final,but i think that first case is more expecting.
    Sure that Mazic needs final test for promotion,he had fantastic season,again in my opinion-He was in top 10 referees in 2012

    1. +candidate for CL final. I would not too much forget that.

  6. Thomas H.28/3/13 20:47

    Björn Kuipers has no Eredivisie match this weekend. Could indicate a CL match, would probably be PSG - Barcelona then.

    1. Thomas H.28/3/13 21:36

      Fairly reliable source tells me Kuipers has a return match, too.

  7. Velasco Carballo has a return leg match. Info on Spanish football association.

    1. Spanish Football Association was allowed to publish this info, but do they know that there is only one possible match? ;)
      So, we have the first sure appointment: Velasco Carballo for Juventus-Bayern, as guessed.


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