June 30, 2013

U20 World Cup - Round of 16 - Referee Designations

According to Árbitro Internacional, FIFA has designated these refereeing teams for the Round of 16 of Under-20 World Cup 2013 to be played in Turkey.

Carlos Vera of Ecuador (c) ZIMBIO

02 July 2013, 17:00 CET - Istanbul
Spain - Mexico
Referee: Alireza Faghani (IRN)
Assistant Referee 1: Hassan Kamranifar (IRN)
Assistant Referee 2: Reza Sokhandan (IRN)
Fourth Official: Sandro Ricci (BRA)
Blog Observer: Chefren (ITA)

02 July 2013, 17:00 CET - Gaziantep
Greece - Uzbekistan
Referee: Noumandiez Doue (CIV)
Assistant Referee 1: Songuifolo Yeo (CIV)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean-Claude Birumushahu (BDI)
Fourth Official: Néant Alioum (CMR)
Blog Observer: Philipp S. (GER)

02 July 2013, 20:00 CET - Istanbul
Nigeria - Uruguay
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Fourth Official: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Blog Observer: Niclas E. (GER)

02 July 2013, 20:00 CET - Gaziantep
France - Turkey
Referee: Alberto Undiano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Fourth Official: Víctor Carrillo (PER)
Blog Observer: Chefren (ITA)

03 July 2013, 17:00 CET - Kayseri
Portugal - Ghana
Referee: Carlos Vera (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Lescano (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Byron Romero (ECU)
Fourth Official: Antonio Arias (PAR)
Blog Observer: Niclas E. (GER)

03 July 2013, 17:00 CET - Bursa
Croatia - Chile
Referee: Walter López Castellanos (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Leonel Leal (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Gersón López Castellanos (GUA)
Fourth Official: Roberto García (MEX)
Blog Observer: Edward A. (GRE)

03 July 2013, 20:00 CET - Trabzon
Colombia - Korea Republic
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Fourth Official: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)
Blog Observer: Nur H. (ENG)

03 July 2013, 19:00 CET - Antalya
Iraq - Paraguay
Referee: Roberto Moreno (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Williamson (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Keytzel Corrales (NCA)
Fourth Official: Peter O'Leary (NZL)
Blog Observer: Edward A. (GRE)


  1. Anonymous30/6/13 19:51

    I hope Kassai already left this tournament and won't be pushed by FIFA to further phase.

  2. Rizzoli and Williams with only one match each. I cannot imagine that the Australian official gets a second match after a missed penalty in Spain-Ghana.
    Cakir, Gassama, Kassai, Lannoy, Roldán without an appointment in the Round of 16, but they all had already two games. I guess we are going to see them again, not sure about Gassama and Kassai though.

    1. Anonymous30/6/13 20:06

      I think that Gassama and Kassai could be sent home. They didn't deserve next games, but probably FIFA will push them as always (I mean Kassai)... Do you think that Hungarian in present form should go to WC?

    2. In his current shape: no. In the big context: yes.

    3. I'm curious about Cakir because I watched him in both games and I consider he made mistakes in both games.
      In 1st game he gave a very easy penalty for Korea, in the 2nd game he missed a clear red card.

    4. Do you remember a minute for this missed red card?

    5. http://livefootballvideo.com/fullmatch/world/u20-world-cup/mali-u20-vs-mexico-u20#.UdCCQdiZiw0

      It was 24:05. I want to hear your opinions...

    6. Ohoo..that was at least borderline. Personally I would have chosen red, but is it a real mistake?

    7. I don't understand what you want to say. A missed red card it's a big mistake :)
      I repeat, for me it's red card. Without any doubt.

    8. Now watched the situation, we can't exclude that Cakir was still affected by Manchester United - Real Madrid red card and for this reason he was afraid to give another mistake. But it must be a clear red card here-

    9. I want to say that I understand other interpretations and am therefore not sure whether the assessor can rule it as a clear 100% error. But practically I do not understand why Busacca has stated there would be a 0 tolerance policy regarding serious foul play, and then you see Rizzoli, Kassai and Cakir avoiding possible red cards for such challenges..

    10. Yes I have noted also borderline. Can't really disagree with both cards. In such occasions we have to back the referee. Probably he understood something more.

    11. http://livefootballvideo.com/fullmatch/world/u20-world-cup/cuba-u20-vs-korea-republic-u20#.UdCFttiZiw0

      Pls watch the penalty for Korea and tell me your opinion(49:50)

    12. Soft call but still acceptable

    13. "Soft" is the right term here I think...anyway the number of soft penalties given at the FIFA tournaments was quite high so far..

    14. The defender makes the most idiotic move and touches his opponent. So in a way he provokes the referee to give it. I agree it is soft but acceptable.

    15. I already said that for me it was a very easy penalty for Korea.In fact for me it's more a "no penalty" situation...
      About the red card in 2nd game I see that we have same opinion (at least Chefren agrees with me)
      After these mistake(s) do you think that Cakir still deserves a game in KO stage (QF,SF or F)?

    16. And your view on that?

    17. Regarding the penalty...watch the 2nd and 3rd replay. Do you consider that defender touched (kicked) the forward with the right foot?
      For me it's a similar situation with the penalty of Gil in Israel- Norway (and Gil went home after 2 games...)

    18. About penalty in URU-TAH...a joke of Proenca :) . Proenca was sent home after the groups stage if I remeber well...

    19. Well...he was fourth official in ESP-ITA (semifinal). Concerning this penalty I agree however that it should not have been given.

    20. I am going to send my final 3 reports tomorrow to Niclas but marks are:

      Ricci: 8.4
      Arias: 8.3
      Cakir: 8.2

    21. A minor correction Cakir is going to get 8.1. I watched again the situation with the red card and I consider it more red than yellow. But the referee is excused since we can watch it 2-3 times and he doesn't have the luxury of replay.

    22. @referee

      With all my respect but you never can say that a refereee can be excused because he can't see the replays.
      Referee is there to see everything. If he doesn't see something than it's a mistake of the refereee and the mark will be a consequence of his mistakes.

      PS: if you, as observer, consider it should have been red card...than Cakir should get max 7.9 (not 8.2 or 8.1)

    23. 8.1 is ok. UEFA does not consider every missed red card as a crucial mistake immediately leading to 7.9 - and even if, we are not UEFA :)

    24. It is something different a clear red card from a red card with doubts. This case has doubts. Even I had to watch it 4 times. That said I think 8.1 is adequate.

    25. There are only 2 possiblities: "red card" or "not red card". I never heard about "red card with doubts". As observer you have to say if a decision was correct or not (penalty/not penalty, red card/not red card, offside/onside etc.)
      If you consider that a red card should have been shown than is a mistake and the mark should be lowered to max 7.9.
      If you consider the call of referee as acceptable (no mistake) than the mark shouldn't be lowered to 8.2 or 8.1.

      You said "we are not uefa", but the blog's observers use same system as uefa in their reports...

    26. According to the info I have, wrong interpretations of black-and-white calls are "punished" with -0.2 by UEFA. If a clear DOGSO is only punished with YC, then it is 7.9. (No idea whether this is true, it's only what one told me).
      And yes, we are using the same mark system, which does not mean we apply or interpret it in the same manner (this is practically not possible, as we do not have insights in real reports...).
      And as "referee" outlined, the mark would not have gone higher than 8.2 anyway.

    27. There is always the option of a mistake without being crucial. Let's say I am stating red card is it crucial mistake? For me no.

      And something more. In UEFA scale 7.9 is a match better mark than 8.0/8.1 in terms of appointments. 8.0/8.1 means that the referee made many mistakes and his form isn't the best but 7.9 requires a good/expected level performance with 1 crucial mistake.

    28. * much better mark

    29. petschovschi is correct in the marking system. you can't get over 7.9 if you make a mistake regarding penalty, red card or (dis)allowed goal

    30. I don't know how often I should say that: can be in UEFA (even though we have different information and are checking that atm) - in OUR mark system not every missed red means 7.9, just accept that.

  3. Remark: Sandro Ricci's report for TUR-SLV has been changed, penalty situation in 83' is now ruled as a mistake. Better video is available so I was able to re-watch it.

  4. Watching on youtube, it seems a correct penalty awarded by Doue to Greece.
    In the other match, an expected performance until now by Faghani: full control in a not difficult match.

    1. Do you think, it was for the handball or for the foul?

    2. On youtube commentators say that it was for the foul.
      FIFA.com confirms this version, it was given after the foul, and not for the handball.

    3. Also the second penalty whistled is correct.
      Very difficult match for Doue...

    4. OK, I was just wondering because the replays focussed on the handball.
      3 penalties, 2 sending-offs and everything correct

    5. Second penalty is not convincing at all. Since you want to punish holdings in the box you have to do it from the start. There are 2 other occasions (1 with Diamantakos) where the referee waived play-on. Furthermore he probably missed a second penalty for Greece (min. 75 I think) when Diamantakos is fouled inside the box.
      Doue is clearly a wrong choice for such a match.

    6. I haven't watched the whole match, anyway you are right saying that this kind of foul in area (holdings) must be punished in the whole match otherwise you give the idea to be inconsistent.
      Do you think that he influenced the final score?

    7. I don't think that he influenced the final score but seeing the match until min. 75 he gave me the impression that he wasn't good enough for this match. Many smaller mistakes, missed fouls, some other very easily given.
      FIFA should really have followed the performance principle. After Turkey - Colombia he didn't deserve another match.

    8. I disagree, so he will get a very good assessment in my report ;)
      For me, all crucial decisions were correct and although I agree, that his foul detection and card management can be improved, I therefore think he made a very good job. Especially his style was much better than in his first match.

    9. Philipp, what do you think about the foul before the second penalty?

    10. I think, two players are held by their opponents, so it is at least acceptable to give the penalty and the yellow card. The defenders must know, that they take this risk, when they use their arms in such a way.

      My biggest question was, if the foul before the third penalty was DOGSO, I think, yes, but borderline.

    11. I am not talking about the penalty but for the foul he gave before the penalty.

  5. Referees and assistants for U19 Lithuania

    Emir Alečković BIH 14/08/79
    Orel Grinfeeld ISR 21/08/81
    Alexey Kulbakov BLR 27/12/79
    Michael Oliver ENG 20/02/85
    Martin Strömbergsson SWE 01/04/77
    Felix Zwayer GER 19/05/81


    Dermot Broughton IRL 25/10/85
    Mubariz Hashimov AZE 19/02/81
    Michael Karsiotis GRE 10/03/79
    Stelios Nikita CYP 26/11/75
    Derya Oguz DEN 02/03/75
    Leif Erik Opland NOR 17/05/80
    Nikola Razić MNE 16/12/79
    Mitchell Scerri MLT 16/06/82

    Fourth Officials

    Gediminas Mažeika LTU 24/03/78
    Sergejus Slyva LTU 01/10/80

    1. So the EL appointments really gave some hints...
      I have never heard of Grinfeld, strange, that a 3rd cat referee is appointed.

    2. F.Taveira2/7/13 23:47

      Nuno Castro from Portugal is one of the observers. Remember he was the observer of last uefa El L semi-final.

      About the refs i happy for Kulbakov having a second chance, hope this time he will shine. Grinfeeld is the outsider... let's remember Boiko at u21 and wait to see what he can do. All the others were expected.

  6. Undiano Mallenco is not convincing me in France-Turkey, a riot happened when he whistled the half time.
    Mazic gave a straight red card, correct?

    1. Anonymous2/7/13 21:17

      Kristian Mijatović:

      Yes, rude slide-tackle. This player received a bit harsh yellow card two minutes before, but it was straight red independently given by Serbian referee.

    2. Thanks, I have watched the video, too. I agree.
      Correct penalty whistled by Mallenco, even though the striker seemed to look for the contact.

  7. Prediction for Uruguay-Spain: Néant Alioum, Evarist Menkouande, Peter Edibi, Walter López

    1. And FRA-UZB for Ricci or Arias please.

  8. Faghani and his team in Spain Mexico: 8.3 for all the officials in a match of normal diffculty.
    Report soon.

  9. Superb NO FLAG by Leal in Chile's first goal.

  10. My quarterfinal predictions:
    FRA-UZB: Alioum/Menkouande/Edibe/Lopez
    URU-ESP: O'Leary/Hintz/Kumar/Moreno
    IRQ-KOR: Eriksson/Klasenius/Waernmark/Mazic
    GHA-CHI: Undiano/Cabanero/Diaz/Lannoy

  11. Do you think that Rizzoli is out from everything?

    1. I thought, maybe only the 16 referees used in the R16 are still there. So I chose my 8 out of them.

    2. Anonymous4/7/13 03:58

      Very good point Philipp S you made, but I think each referee would get at least two matches, then a few will get their third. Probably Rizzoli and Williams have been kept for two of the quarters. I just can not imagine that a referee such as Rizzoli to get only one game in this youth tournament and is sent home earlier.

    3. Williams denied a clear penalty in ESP-GHA. So it would surprise me to see him in a quarterfinal. I guess FIFA will choose referees they have not seen so often yet.

      FRA-UZB: Sandro Ricci, Alessandro Rocha, Emerson De Carvalho, Víctor Carrillo
      URU-ESP: Néant Alioum, Evarist Menkouande, Peter Edibi, Bakary Gassama
      IRQ-KOR: Wilmar Roldán, Humberto Clavijo, Eduardo Díaz, Cüneyt Cakir
      GHA-CHI: Nicola Rizzoli, Renato Faverani, Andrea Stefani, Stéphane Lannoy

      A few things to be mentioned: in IRQ-KOR, I could also imagine an AFC trio. However Williams did not convince and Shukralla/Faghani are not probable due to IRQ. Roldán and Arias both can get a third match. Both their teams are out.

      For the semifinals I would choose a UEFA trio, the Mexican trio. Arias for the final and perhaps O'Leary for the third place match.

  12. Difficult match for Moreno. One penalty appeal by Paraguay (min. 108) and 1 situation of goal/no goal for Williamson and many protests by Paraguay. But overall the referee did well.

    1. Difficult to evaluate that handball. Certainly there are criteria that would have supported a penalty as well.
      Very good decision to issue the red card, terrible foul. And Williamson seemed to have taken the correct call in the goal/no-goal decision.

    2. Yes, it is difficult. But I tend to agree with the referee. I have seen it 10 times and I am going for no penalty here.

      Williamson had an excellent call. Even though none replay can present us exactly the goal-line I have the impression that the ball didn't cross completely.
      As for the red, no comment. You said everything.

  13. Marc batta fired ! Pascal garibian replaces him at DNA !

    1. http://www.lequipe.fr/Football/Actualites/Garibian-a-la-tete-de-l-arbitrage/383528


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