October 18, 2013

FIFA Under-17 World Cup - Matchday 2 - Referee Appointments

Thanks to Árbitro Internacional, the referee appointments for the second matchday of FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2013 are partly unveiled. Craig Thomson of Scotland gets his first match in form of a FIFA tournament for many years when Uruguay and Côte d'Ivoire meet each other at Ras Al-Khaimah.

Matchday 2

Group A, Match 13 (Abu Dhabi)
20 October 2013, 15:00 CET
Slovakia - Honduras
Referee: Abdulrahman Mohammed (QAT)
Assistant Referee 1: Taleb Al Marri (QAT)
Assistant Referee 2: Yaser Marad (KUW)
Fourth Official: Khalil Al Ghamdi (KSA)

Group A, Match 15 (Abu Dhabi)
20 October 2013, 18:00 CET
UA Emirates - Brazil
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Child (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Beck (ENG)
Fourth Official: Jair Marrufo (USA)

Group B, Match 14 (Ras Al-Khaimah)
20 October 2013, 15:00 CET
Uruguay - Côte d'Ivoire
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Derek Rose (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Fourth Official: Bamlak Tessema Weseya (ETH)

Group B, Match 16 (Ras Al-Khaimah)
20 October 2013, 18:00 CET
Italy - New Zealand
Referee: Elmer Arturo Bonilla (SLV, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavio Jara (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Hermenerito Leal (GUA)
Fourth Official: Hugo Cruz Alvarado (CRC)

Group C, Match 17 (Fujairah)
21 October 2013, 15:00 CET
Croatia - Panama
Referee: Norbert Hauata (TAH)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Rule (NZL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tevita Makasini (TGA)
Fourth Official: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH)

Group C, Match 19 (Fujairah)
21 October 2013, 18:00 CET
Uzbekistan - Morocco
Referee: Raúl Orosco (BOL)
Assistant Referee 1: Efraín Castro (BOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Arol Valda (BOL)
Fourth Official: Mohammed Mohamed (UAE)

Group D, Match 18 (Sharjah)
21 October 2013, 15:00 CET
Tunisia - Russia
Referee: Kim Dong-Jin (KOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Hae Sang Jeong (KOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Byoung Eun Yang (KOR)
Fourth Official: Julio Quintana (PAR)

Group D, Match 20 (Sharjah)
21 October 2013, 18:00 CET
Japan - Venezuela
Referee: Badara Diatta (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Malick Samba (SEN)
Fourth Official: Kenn Hansen (DEN)

Group E, Match 21 (Dubai)
21 October 2013, 15:00 CET
Canada - Iran
Referee: Heber Lopes (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Rocha De Matos (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
Fourth Official: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH)

Group E, Match 23 (Dubai)
21 October 2013, 18:00 CET
Argentina - Austria
Referee: Jair Marrufo (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Eric Boria (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Morgan (JAM)
Fourth Official: Kenn Hansen (DEN)

Group F, Match 22 (Al Ain City)
21 October 2013, 15:00 CET
Mexico - Iraq
Referee: Slim Jedidi (TUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Bechir Hassani (TUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Anouar Hmila (TUN)
Fourth Official: Bamlak Tessema Weseya (ETH)

Group F, Match 24 (Al Ain City)
21 October 2013, 18:00 CET
Sweden - Nigeria
Referee: Néstor Pitana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Pablo Belatti (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Bonfá (ARG)
Fourth Official: Hugo Cruz Alvarado (CRC)


  1. Felix Brych has had his biggest nightmare of his career tonight.
    He allowed a phantom goal resulting from a hole in the exterior in the net.

    1. The referees has my all words of support here. I'm so sorry for Mr. Brych and Mr. Lupp who checked the net. It's so routine and such situations rather don't happen... It's a huge mistake, but it's one of those 'honest' mistakes one can really blame them too much.

      The biggest question that will remain in our minds by many weeks: will this mistake have consequences in UEFA/FIFA decisions regarding big matches and World Cup?

      Just crucial mistake, one of many, but media echos are not equal in every case... As I said above, my full support for the involved team!

      Just a few days before REAL-JUVENTUS. :) I suppose he will officiate that match.

    3. I'm really sorry for Brych.
      Anyway my feeling is that assistants are a bit careless when they check the net at the beginning of both halves. They do it because they must do it, without the neede attention. I want to underline that this is a very important action because things like these can always happen.
      Brych had probably a black out, most of the players including the keeper were not looking at the ball, so the mistake is partially explained. Of course big responsibility also and especially for Lupp.
      I hope that this situation will not led Brych to big problems, as Hubert said, the media echos are the worst thing for a referee.
      Even more for a referee who probably is going to be appointed for Real Madrid - Juventus. I don't know what UEFA will do, at any rate, I think that they should confirm the full appointment, because the mistakes even thopugh blatant can make a referee stronger.
      Having said that, here an AAR might have avoided this terrible mistake..

    4. AAR in old position - YES.
      AAR in current position - NOT.

      And yes, checking a net is routine, but as you've said - such things can happen. Sh*t happens. It could've happened to anyone. Lack of attention, but at first, huge bad luck!

    5. Well it seems Stuart Attwell has a German kindred spirit. I seem to remember this happening to Attwell a while back at Watford.
      I sympathise with Brych, very unlucky!

    6. Emil Archambault19/10/13 04:42

      I wouldn't blame Brych at the speed such actions happen. It is incredibly hard to see if the shot, from that diagonal angle, hits the side of the net or not. Moreover, the fact that the ball lands IN the net or not is 99,9% of the time a valid indicator of whether a goal has been scored or not.

      So, crucial mistake, yes! But blame it on his assistant, who failed to do his job properly. This is a case of laziness and failure to properly accomplish the fundamental duty of an assistant referee. I can forgive referees who make mistakes in judgment and assessment of actions (as Brych here). I will be the first to defend an assistant who misses a tight offside, or a referee who does not whistle a penalty. However, I find it very hard to excuse a failure to properly verify the nets before the beginning of the game (and each half).

    7. Brych is one great referee but.....nobody is perfect.

    8. No one can really blame Brych for this incident. His assistant is solely responsible for not doing a proper check on the net. And don't forget that AR's are supposed to check the nets 3 times. When they are doing an inspection of the pitch, before the start of the match and before the start of 2nd half.

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  3. My prediction for CL MD3:
    LEV-DON: Tagliavento
    MAN-SOC: Gautier
    MAD-JUV: Brych
    GAL-KOP: Collum
    AND-PAR: F.Borbalan
    BEN-PIR: Undiano
    CSKA-MAN: Rizzoli
    BAY-PLZ: Stavrev
    STE-BAS: Strahonja
    SCH-CHE: Skomina
    ARS-DOR: Bebek
    MAR-NAP: Hategan
    POR-ZEN: Vad
    AUS-ATL: Orsato
    CEL-AMS: Gräfe
    MIL-BAR: Benquerenca

    1. Steau - Basel: Proenca
      Schalke - Chelsea: Benquerenca
      Arsenal - Dortmund: Eriksson
      Marseille - Napoli: Vad
      Porto - Zenit: Atkinson
      Vienna - Atletico: Tagliavento
      Celtic - Ajax: Cakir
      Barcelona - AC Milan: Kralovec
      Leverkusen - Shakhtar: Lannoy
      Man Utd - Sociedad: Strahonja
      R. Madrid - Juventus: Brych
      Galatasaray - Copenhagen: Hagen
      Anderlecht - PSG: Hategan
      Benfica - Olympiacos: Bebek
      CSKA - Man City: Udiano
      Bayern - Plzen: Borbolan

  4. Based on previous appoinments and performances I believe we'll see Oliver, Makkelie, Turpin and Zwayer in Champions League, I believe UEFA did not want to appoint them in MD 1 and save them for MD 2 CL. I think we could also see some ED referees in a high profile mathces (Schalke-Chelsea, Celtic-Ajax, CSKA-City)... Also, some EDs could be appointed in EL: Gautier, Aydinus, Aytekin (after Slovakia catastrophe)....

  5. I believe that we'll see the above mentioned at MD5 or 6 (perhaps also Boiko). But on MD3 the observers indicate that there won't be First Group officials.

  6. CHAMPIONS-LEAGUE. MD.3-22 & 23.10-2013
    Steaua-Basel - LANNOY
    Schalke-Chelsea - KASSAI
    Arsenal-Borussia - ERKSSON
    Olympique-Napoli - CAKIR
    Porto-Zenit - WEBB
    Austria.W-Athletico - PROENCA
    Celtic-Ajax - HATEGAN
    Barcelona-Milan - SKOMINA
    Manchester.U-Real.S-San.Sebastian - HAGEN
    Real.M-Juventus - DR.BRYCH
    Galatasaray-Kobenhavn - COLLUM
    Anderlecht-PSG - BEBEK
    Benfica-Olympiakos - AYTEKIN
    Bayern-Viktoria.Plznen - VELASCO-CARBALLO

    1. Pedro Proenca in group G with FC Porto?

      Kind regards from Vienna,

    2. And again Webb with Porto? I don't think so!!!

  7. Well a small, mistake on my part

  8. where can we get referee assessor appointments for u17 WC?

  9. Commissioner appointments are on fifa.com but not referee assessor

    1. FIFA considers that information as "not relevant", my friend maia ones asked FIFA to make that public and he got that answer...


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