September 15, 2013

Champions League - Referee Appointments - Matchday 1 (Wednesday)

These are the eight officiating teams who will take control over next Wednesday's UEFA Champions League Matchday 1 matches.

Group E, 18 September 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Stamford Bridge, London (ENG)
Chelsea FC - FC Basel
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Gervasoni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ryszard Wójcik (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Ainar Leppänen (EST)
Blog Referee Observer: Dino (CRO)

Group E, 18 September 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen (GER)
FC Schalke 04 - Steaua Bucuresti
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Çem Satman (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Alan McRae (SCO)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

Group F, 18 September 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Stadio San Paolo, Napoli (ITA)
SSC Napoli - Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tiago Trigo (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: João Capela (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Duarte Gomes (POR)
Fourth Official: Venâncio Raposo Tomé (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Díaz Vega (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Balázs Makray (HUN)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H. (ENG)

Group F, 18 September 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Stade Vélodrome, Marseille (FRA)
Olympique Marseille - Arsenal FC
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Rui Barbosa Tavares (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Taborda Xistra (POR)
Fourth Official: João Santos (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Schmölzer (AUT)
Blog Referee Observer: Johnny (SRB)

Group G, 18 September 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Wien (AUT)
Austria Wien - FC Porto
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: David McGeachie (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Steven McLean (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Fourth Official: Derek Rose (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christos Skapoullis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Titcombe (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

Group G, 18 September 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid (ESP)
Atlético Madrid - Zenit St. Petersburg
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Cryans (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: William Conquer (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Robert Madden (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: John Beaton (SCO)
Fourth Official: Gavin Harris (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-Louis Piette (FRA)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

Group H, 18 September 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan (ITA)
AC Milan - Celtic Glasgow
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Mike Pickel (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Christoph Bornhorst (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Khennet Tallinger (SWE)
Blog Referee Observer: Albin (SWE)

Group H, 18 September 2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Camp Nou, Barcelona (ESP)
FC Barcelona - Ajax Amsterdam
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andås (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)
UEFA Delegate: Ronny Zimmermann (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Hagi (GER)


  1. Updated predictions:

    CHE-BAS: Benquerenca
    S04-STE: Kralovec
    NAP-BVB: Proenca
    MAR-ARS: Mazic
    ATL-ZEN: Collum
    WIE-POR: Vad / Nijhuis
    MIL-CEL: Lannoy
    BAR-AJA: Atkinson

    1. I heard a rumour about Atkinson doing the rounds on Twitter. According to some, he failed his fitness test some weeks ago at the UEFA seminar. However, this information is a Twitter rumour and should be treated accordingly (i.e. with a big pinch of salt).
      English former Sky presenter Richard Keys, now with Al Jazeera:

      "Just heard Martin Atkinson failed his fitness test for the elite group of UEFA refs last week. Maybe that's why he couldn't keep up today?"

    2. From what I heard there were some officials who failed the tests, but I did not even get one confirmed name. So it might be, we must wait. Thanks for the info!

    3. Philipp S15/9/13 23:38

      My updated predictions:
      CHE-BAS: Orsato
      S04-STE: Rizzoli
      NAP-BVB: Collum
      MAR-ARS: Kuipers
      ATL-ZEN: Cakir
      WIE-POR: Lannoy
      MIL-CEL: Aydinus
      BAR-AJA: Eriksson

    4. Anonymous16/9/13 00:00

      Sergei Karasev was among those who failed yo-yo test at UEFA seminar, but he successfully passed it a week later.

  2. Anonymous16/9/13 11:40

    Benquerença not with Mourinho. Evidently.

  3. 2 EL appointments

    Thun - Rapid Vien

    R: Anastasios Kakos (GRE)
    AR1: Dimitrios Tatsis
    AR2: Michael Karsiotis
    AAR1: Athanasios Giahos
    AAR2: Michael Koukoulakis
    FO: Ilias Alexeas

    Dynamo Kiev - Genk

    R: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
    AR1: Damianos Efthimiadis
    AR2: Dimitrios Gagas
    AAR1: Ilias Spathas
    AAR2: Stavros Tritsonis
    FO: Christos Akrivos

  4. Anonymous16/9/13 12:42

    Orsato with AR of Nicola Rizzoli.

    Does it mean that there are no more Elite-AR resp. there is no "Team Orsato"? or
    UEFA wants to give him more assurance by sending two very experienced AR with him?

    Best regards

    1. I think the correct answer is the first (no team Orsato), even more in this situation because, as you can see Manganelli and Tonolini are appointed with Tagliavento, Cariolato with Rocchi, Di Fiore and Giallatini as fourth officials. At the end the only possible choice was Nicoletti and Grilli but probably at moment they are not considered so highly to handle CL matches.

    2. I must correcy myself, Nicoletti is appointed as fourth official too, so at the end Stefani and Faverani was the only possible choice...

    3. Hm..there was also Di Liberatore..
      Furthermore they could have done it like in the Spanish teams in UEL. Alonso as fourth (i.e. Faverani as fourth in Bayern -> Di Liberatore and Di Fiore for Orsato.

  5. Perhaps Rizzoli now gets assistants from Switzerland or San Marimo :3

    No I think it is an exception because Tagliavento is acting at the same tournament. On the other hand one could have appointed Di Liberatore instead for Chelsea-Basel..

  6. Anonymous16/9/13 22:41

    And now we can also say that UEFA sees no problems with a referee from Scotland and a delegate from England. Rightly so, in my view because the delegate is not there to assess the referees.

    /Swedish observer

  7. Absolutely. See Kelly, he even has a Northern Irish delegate in UEL ;)
    An aspect about Damien MacGraith. Isn't it strange? He is obviously not in Kelly's team (which he was for years). He is not at Thomson's side. McGeachie gives his MacGraith failed the tests at the seminar?

  8. Anonymous16/9/13 23:46

    What has happened to Thomson's assistants????????? Where are they?

  9. Anonymous17/9/13 00:06

    McGraith is not to be available this week. I think he is be used in future with Thomson in his new team CL

  10. Anonymous18/9/13 21:38

    Not good work of Proença at first half tome at Napoli-Dortmund.

  11. Anonymous18/9/13 21:39

    Sorry. Time and not tome.

    1. Klopp has attacked the fourth official ad he was correctly sent off.
      Then, the keeper committed clear handball outside of area: DOGSO.
      For me correct crucial decision, nevertheless he seems not at his best, here I agree.

    2. I only saw the crucial decisions (DOGSO Weidenfeller, Sending-Off Klopp, Allowing Subotic to enter the pitch), but those were correctly.

      And now we know, that the AAR are able to do their work...^^

  12. Anonymous18/9/13 21:55

    Proenca with corect crucial decisions :)

  13. Here Klopp screaming at Tomé:

    If you ask me, this is a very poor action by Borussia coach.

    And here Weidenfeller sending off:

    Both AARS in the match were challenged, especially Joao Capela. I think he suggested the sending off.

    1. And of course Capela correctly reported that the ball crossed the line in the 2-1 (o. g. by Zuniga).
      Without AAR here, the referee was going to miss the goal.

    2. Anonymous19/9/13 06:40

      The Swedish tv commentators said that the AR flagged for the red card.

      /Swedish observer

  14. I had the luck to see Team Cakir live in the stadium and must say I am still impressed. Very very good performance and very experienced impression conveyed by the officials.

    1. Small taste of more photos to follow.


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