August 13, 2013

Brych to head intercontinental officiating team into The FA's anniversary match

It happened four times in football's history that an English referee took charge of a World Cup final. For The FA, that has been reason enough to nominate a quite unorthodox refereeing team for their anniversary friendly between England and Scotland.

Felix Brych (GER) (c) tz-online

Elite referee Felix Brych of Munich has been selected to head an intercontinental team of match officials comprising pre-selected World Cup assistant referee Alessandro Rocha De Matos of Brazil and South Africa's Enock Molefe, who ran the lines at FIFA World Cup 2010 along with Jerome Damon. Suisse Alain Bieri completes the team as fourth official. The officials' nations are targeted at represent the hosting nations of the four World Cups where English referees handled their finals (George Reader at WC 1950 in Brazil, William Ling at WC 1954 in Switzerland, Jack Taylor at WC 1974 in Germany and Howard Webb at WC 2010 in South Africa). 

Some friendlies on 14 and 15 August:

England - Scotland
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Rocha De Matos (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Enock Molefe (RSA)
Fourth Official: Alain Bieri (SUI)

Italy - Argentina
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Mike Pickel (GER)
Fourth Official: Paolo Valeri (ITA)

Portugal - Netherlands
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Fourth Official: João Capela (POR)

Germany - Paraguay
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Christian Dingert (GER)

Ecuador - Spain
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Wilson Berrio (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Rafael Rivas (COL)
Fourth Official: Carlos Vera (ECU)

Switzerland - Brazil
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Fourth Official:

Sweden - Norway
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Fourth Official: Anthony Taylor (ENG)

Belgium - France
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Damien Macgraith (IRL)
Fourth Official: Yves de Neve (BEL)

Turkey - Ghana
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gregor Rojko (SVN)
Fourth Official: Darko Ceferin (SVN)

Hungary - Czech Republic
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Long (ENG)
Fourth Official: Mike Dean (ENG)

Bosnia & Herzegovina - United States
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Primož Arhar (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Marko Stančin (SVN)
Fourth Official: Irfan Peljto (BIH)

Ukraine - Israel
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slyško (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomáš Mókoš (SVK)
Fourth Official: Serhiy Skrypak (UKR)

Austria - Greece
Referee: Richard Trutz (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Balko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Chládek (SVK)
Fourth Official: Ján Valášek (SVK)

Romania - Slovakia
Referee: Neil Doyle (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Wayne McDonnell (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ciaran Delaney (IRL)
Fourth Official: Ionut Marius Avram (ROU)

Bolivia - Venezuela
Referee: Imer Machado (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzmán (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Cristian De La Cruz (COL)

Finland - Slovenia
Referee: Simon Lee Evans (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: John Bryn Roberts (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Philip Thomas (WAL)
Fourth Official: Bryn Markham-Jones (WAL)

Japan - Uruguay
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
Fourth Official:

Poland - Denmark
Referee: Yudai Yamamoto (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Toshiyuki Nagi (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Shinji Ochi (JPN)
Fourth Official: Marcin Borski (POL)

Mexico - Côte d'Ivoire
Referee: David Gantar (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Joe Fletcher (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Belleau (CAN)
Fourth Official: Edvin Jurisevic (USA)


  1. Anonymous13/8/13 14:39

    Germany - Paraguay:

    Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
    Assistant Referee 1: Petrovic (CRO)
    Assistant Referee 2: Grgic (CRO)
    Fourth Official: Dingert (GER)

  2. Emil Archambault13/8/13 15:03

    Howard Webb changed his second assistant. Do you think that's a one-off, or is can we expect Darren Cann to be replaced in Webb's team permanently?

    1. I sincerely hope it is a one-off. In my opinion he is one of, if not the best linesman in the world. The only way I see Cann being ousted, is if he requests it.

  3. No that is surely no persistent change. As long as Cann is not injured, there should be no doubt he goes to Brazil.

    By the way, Harald Lechner has the u21 friendly GER-FRA tonight.

    1. And Lechner will be assisted by Maximilian Kolbitsch and Markus Katona.

      Some other friendlies:

      Yaroslav Kozyk, Yevhen Khalamendyk, Oleh Pluzhnyk (UKR)

      Kristo Tohver, Hannes Reinvald, Dmitri Vinogradov (EST)

      Michael Lerjeus, Daniel Gustavsson, Per Brogevik (SWE), Neeme Neemlaid (EST)

      Aleksandr Aliyev, Alibek Aubakirov, Sanzhar Iskakov (KAZ)

      Siarhei Tsynkevich, Vital Malyutsin, Stanislau Savitski (BLR)

      SWEDEN U21 - NORWAY U21
      Kenn Hansen, Lars Rix, David Vang Andersen (DEN), Magnus Vallerius (SWE)

    2. CHILE - IRAQ
      Michael Johansen, Derya Oguz, Henrik Larsen, Lars Christoffersen (DEN)

      Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)

      Ivan Kružliak, Roman Slyško, Tomáš Mókoš (SVK), Serhiy Skrypak (UKR)

    3. Anonymous13/8/13 16:41

      Webb is with his regular assistants in the opening day of the Premier League, so Cann is not injured. For the friendly match I guess they just want to reward a newer assistant with a Webb match. Surely Cann will join Webb and Mullarkey in Brazil.

      /Swedish observer

    4. Anonymous14/8/13 17:02

      Venezuela vs Bolivia
      Imer Machado, Alexander Guzman, Christian de La Cruz (Col)

  4. Emil Archambault13/8/13 16:59

    Well, Darren Cann was born in 1969, so he will retire in 2014 (presumably after the WC). Mullarkey will retire in 2015, and Webb in 2016.

    Could it be a test to slowly prepare Webb's team for after Cann is forced to retire? Since Webb is without a doubt the best referee England has had in a while, I would assume they will want him to keep a strong team, even if he will not do any World Cup after 2014 (Euro 2016 maybe)? I wouldn't see Webb sidelined and reduced to a strictly domestic role after the World Cup, so I would assume it makes sense that the UEFA is thinking of preparing Webb for a change of assistants.

    1. Anonymous13/8/13 17:23

      I think that is the FA in England that appoints the assistants and not UEFA. At least this is the normal procedure in friendlies.

      /Swedish observer

  5. Niclas, respect for correct spelling of most of the slovak referees. If you want have it 100% correct then just one correction: Ján Valášek is correct spelling of the 4th official in the Austria - Greece encounter
    here are all slovak FIFA referees:

  6. Itay - Argentina
    Wolfgang Stark
    Salver - Pickel
    Paolo Valeri

  7. Friendly
    Slovakia U21 - Italy U21
    Pawel Gil (Poland)
    Tomaš Somolani (Slovakia) - Milan Cuninka (Slovakia)
    Šuniar (Slovakia)
    For the fourth official, I have only the surname, there should be two options: Pavol or Jan.

    1. Pavol Šuniar is the referee

  8. Something about Thomson.

    I guote from SFA:

    "Craig Thomson will referee tomorrow’s International Challenge match between Belgium and France in Brussels.

    Alan Mulvanny will be one of his assistant referees, with the other being a FIFA Assistant Referee from the Republic of Ireland, Damien MacGraith. The appointment of Damien MacGraith is a consequence of an UEFA initiative."

    1. Anonymous14/8/13 15:20

      That is good news. The best refs need the best ARs even from a different country, but the same language.

    2. Anonymous14/8/13 23:44

      Belgium - France : 0-0 (2-2 was better)

      4 Official : Yves De Neve (FIFA Assistant Referee Belgium)

      For me, very, very good prestation for Craig Thomson and for the assistants Alan Mulvanny and Damien Mac Graith (better than Rose and Ross)

      Note : 8.4 or 8.5 for the three

      3 yellow cards (1 for Belgium and 2 for France)

      Mulvanny & Mac Graith with Thomson for the future matches ?


  9. After the mixture within the Czech team with Slysko and Wilczek I actually have no doubts that Collina, Thomson and also FIFA could agree on this solution for the World Cup, considering what happened at EURO 2012 (Rose) and in BVB-Malaga (Rose and Ross).

  10. Anonymous14/8/13 11:56

    EL Play-off second leg (29/08/13) :
    PAOK-M.Tel Aviv
    Ref : Gumienny Serge (Belgium)
    AA1-2: Meers K - Bleyen F
    4th : Wouters L

  11. Can anyone explain to me why these appointments are kept confidentially by UEFA but spread by many national associations?

    1. Anonymous14/8/13 15:23

      Be happy! If they would not spread out the news, you would not have the information:)

    2. Hehe of course ;)

    3. Anonymous14/8/13 18:10

      Several EL-appointments are published at the UEFA Mobile Site, but not at the website...

    4. as far as i know appointments for frendlies are done by hosting or organizing federation and not by UEFA. it only has to be referee from the FIFA list. that's why they don't publish them.
      i also think that referee chooses his assistants for that sort of match but also his federation may have a word in the decision.

  12. Metalist officiallly banned from UEFA competitions.
    In the afternoon we will know what UEFA is going to do with the CL play off. Probably Schalke can reach Group Stage without playing any match.

  13. Poland - Denmark
    4th Official: Marcin Borski (POL)

  14. Dear all, I would like to have your comment on friendly match appointements: jont to relevant and famous names like as Webb, Stark, Brych and Skoina I can read referees that are generally at the edge of the competition such as Doyle, Trutz, Kruzliak, etc etc. Do you think that uefa or local federation would like to push them for a possible future promotion or they are just the "only one available during summer holiday" ? :-) :-)
    Will we see tham again in the future maybe in Cl stage ?


    1. I'm really surprised that nobody here has noted the quick progression of Kruzliak up the UEFA's categories and his appointments for 2 finals of youth competitions. Take a closer look at him and in few years you will have to consider if he is suitable for World Cup or not.
      Trutz started his international carrier quite late but some recognize him as reliable referee.. he was also invited to referee friendly match between spain and columbia more than 2 years ago.

    2. Who says we would not note that? :D In my opinion one of the top3 talents in UEFA First Group, but give him some time.

    3. I watched Trutz tonight and I can say he was really good. Good foul detection, all the cards justified and he approached the friendly match as a formal match. Definitely expected level performance.

    4. Same goes for Bebek. Good performance, justified bookings but a slightly too serious approach for a friendly - yellow for stealing 5 metres at a free-kick was evitable..
      Petrovic with a great evening, many very difficult but correct onside decisions. Grgic however with an offside error if I got it right in the first replay, preceding the 3-3 there perhaps was a slight offside after a rebound from the goalkeeper. But I will rewatch that.

    5. Anonymous14/8/13 23:30

      @Niclas: Who do you consider to be the other two top talents in your First Group top3?

    6. Boiko and Oliver. But I do not want to appear as biased, there are also many other men who deserve much attention - Mateu Lahoz, Zwayer, Makkelie, Kulbakov, Turpin, Marciniak, Liany, Madden...and probably I have even forgotten a few. UEFA has a luxury problem on paper.

    7. Anonymous16/8/13 00:36

      agree with Kulbakov, Turpin and Madden. Turpin will go to elite

  15. Spanish Appointments

    EL 22/08

    Atromitos (GRE) - AZ (NED)
    Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan (ESP)
    Assistant 1: Juan-Carlos Yuste Jimenez (ESP)
    Assistant 2: Jorge Canelo Prieto (ESP)
    Fourth Official: Pedro Jesus Perez Montero (ESP)

    Elfsborg (SWE) - Nordjaelland
    Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitientes (ESP)
    Assistant 1: Victoriano Dias Casado (ESP)
    Assistant 2: Manuel Angel Torre Cimiano (ESP)
    Fourth Official: Jose Antonio Teixeira Vitientes (ESP)


    Skenderbeu (ALB) - Chernomorets Odessa (UKR)
    Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
    Assistant 1: Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP)
    Assistant 2: Jon Nunez Fernandez (ESP)
    Fourth Official: Juan Martinez Munuera (ESP)

    CL appointments


    R: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
    AR1: Roberto Dias Perez Del Palomar (ESP)
    AR2: Victoriano Dias Casado (ESP)
    AAR1: Fernando Teixeira Vitientes (ESP)
    AAR2: Javier Estrada Fernandez (ESP)
    FO: Jose Manuel Fernandez Miranda (ESP)

    R: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
    AR1: Roberto Alonso Fernandez (ESP)
    AR2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jimenez (ESP)
    AAR1: Carlos Clos Gomez (ESP)
    AAR2: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
    FO: Javier Aguilar Rodriguez (ESP)

  16. Official

    CL Play OFF

    Schalke 04 - PAOK FC

  17. I think that nothing will change in CL appointments, probably both referees appointed for Schalke match will be kept.

  18. 22.08.2013 UEL Play-off FK Vojvodina (SRB) - FC Sheriff (MDA)
    Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)

  19. Kassai has Nice - Apollon in UEL...
    All the appointments will follow later in a post.

  20. Some Dutch appointments for Europa League:
    Rijeka - Stuttgart referee:Bas Nijhuis
    Maccabi Haifa - Astra referee:Kevin Blom
    Dinamo Tbilisi - Tottanham referee:Pol van Boekel

    return match:
    Spartak Moskva - St. Gallen referee: Danny Makkelie

    Pavel Královec – Antonín Kordula, Martin Wilczek (CZE) – Mark Steven Whitby (WAL)

      Sascha Amhof, Charles Helbling, Sladan Josipovic, Nikolaj Hänni (SUI)

      Arnold Hunter, Richard Storey, Andrew Neeson (NIR)

      Milenko Vukadinović (SRB)

      Tore Hansen (NOR)

      Stanislav Todorov (BUL)


    Goal disallowed for offside.
    What do you think? According to new instructions, it should be in my opinion a regular goal. Mascherano tries to play the ball, then he isn't able. You can notice his leg moving. Very difficult situation, but again here it's underlined how much difficult can become this new rule for assistants.

  23. That's a perfect example of how the new rule works. What Mascherano does there is a deliberate save which is defined as an action that blocks a direct shot on goal (can be compared to a goalkeeper's save). Therefore the Italian forward gained an advantage by being in that offside position - offside and correct flag.

    Here Grgic's offside error leading to the 3-3.

  25. Felix Brych is a capable and talented umpire who's has make his name before all the world with his performance. It is nasty to select him as umpire.
    South Africa News Online


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