October 5, 2013

World Cup Qualifiers - Referee Appointments for 11 October 2013 (UEFA zone)

This is the first package of referee appointments for next week's FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifiers in UEFA zone played on 11 October. The appointments for 15 October will follow in due course.

Group A

18:00 CET, Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
Croatia - Belgium
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG)*
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)*
Assistant Referee 2: Darren Cann (ENG)*
Fourth Official: Mike Leslie Dean (ENG)

19:45 CET, City Stadium, Cardiff (WAL)
Wales - FYROM
Referee: Suren Baliyan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 1: Mesrop Ghazaryan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 2: Vanik Simonyan (ARM)
Fourth Official: George Vadachkoria (GEO)

Group B

19:00 CET, Republican Stadium, Yerevan (ARM)
Armenia - Bulgaria
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)*
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)*
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)*
Fourth Official: Tobias Welz (GER)

19:30 CET,  Ta'Qali National Stadium, Ta'Qali (MLT)
Malta - Czech Republic
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Primož Arhar (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Marko Stančin (SVN)
Fourth Official: Mitja Žganeč (SVN)
Referee Observer: Athanassios Briakos (GRE)

20:15 CET, Parken Stadium, Copenhagen (DEN)
Denmark - Italy
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)*
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (FRA)*
Assistant Referee 2: Michaël Annonier (FRA)*
Fourth Official: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)

Group C

18:00 CET, Torsvollur, Torshavn (FRO)
Faroe Islands - Kazakhstan
Referee: Dumitru Muntean (MDA)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleg Molceanov (MDA)
Assistant Referee 2: Vitalii Gorbatov (MDA)
Fourth Official: Sergiu Derenov (MDA)

20:45 CET, Rhein-Energie Stadion, Köln (GER)
Germany - Ireland
Referee: Serge Gumienny (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Frank Bleyen (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Kristof Meers (BEL)
Fourth Official: Luc Wouters (BEL)

20:45 CET, Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
Sweden - Austria
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)*
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)*
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)*
Fourth Official: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)

Group D

20:30 CET, Amsterdam ArenA (NED)
Netherlands - Hungary
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Kirkup (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Jake Collin (ENG)
Fourth Official: Andre Marriner (ENG)

20:30 CET,  Estadio Comunal de Aixovall, Andorra La Vella (AND)
Andorra - Romania
Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Johannes Vogel (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Remy Zgraggen (SUI)
Fourth Official: Nikolaj Hänni (SUI)

21:30 CET,  A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (EST)
Estonia - Turkey
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)*
Assistant Referee 1: Andrea Stefani (ITA)*
Assistant Referee 2: Renato Faverani (ITA)*
Fourth Official: Luca Banti (ITA)

Group E

18:45 CET, Laugardalsvollur, Reykjavik (ISL)
Iceland - Cyprus
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Zsolt Attila Szpisjak (HUN)
Fourth Official: Tamás Bognar (HUN)

20:30 CET,  Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana (ALB)
Albania - Switzerland
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR)*
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)*
Assistant Referee 2: Tiago Trigo (POR)*
Fourth Official: Duarte Gomes (POR)

20:45 CET,  Ljudski VRT, Maribor (SVN)
Slovenia - Norway
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)*
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)*
Assistant Referee 2: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP)
Fourth Official: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)

Group F

20:30 CET,  Josy-Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
Luxembourg - Russia
Referee: Stephan Studer (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Sandro Pozzi (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Sladan Josipović (SUI)
Fourth Official: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Referee Observer: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)

20:45 CET,  José Alvalade, Lisbon (POR)
Portugal - Israel
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Erik Engan (NOR)
Fourth Official: Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR)

21:00 CET, Bakcell Arena, Baku (AZE)
Azerbaijan - Northern Ireland
Referee: Andrea De Marco (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Fourth Official: Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)
Referee Observer: Adrian Casha (MLT)

Group G

18:30 CET, LFF Stadium, Vilnius (LTU)
Lithuania - Latvia
Referee: Petur Reinert (FRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Regin Egholm (FRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan A Lidarenda (FRO)
Fourth Official: Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL)

20:00 CET, Bilino Polje, Zenica (BIH)
Bosnia-Herzegovina - Liechtenstein
Referee: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Angelo Boonman (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Berry Simons (NED)
Fourth Official: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)

21:45 CET,  Georgios Karaisakis Stadium, Piraeus (GRE)
Greece - Slovakia
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Fourth Official: Florian Meyer (GER)

Group H

19:00 CET, Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA)
Moldova - San Marino
Referee: Ignasi Villamayor Rozados (AND)
Assistant Referee 1: Laudino López (AND)
Assistant Referee 2: Rui Miquel Maciel (AND)
Fourth Official: Radu Marian Petrescu (ROU)
Referee Observer: Ferenc Székely (HUN)

20:00 CET, Wembley Stadium, London (ENG)
England - Montenegro
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)*
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)*
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)*
Fourth Official: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)

21:00 CET, Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv (UKR)
Ukraine - Poland
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)*
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)*
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)*
Fourth Official: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)

Group I

22:00 CET, Son Moix, Palma De Mallorca (ESP)
Spain - Belarus
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles John Schaap (NED)
Fourth Official: Danny Makkelie (NED)

* Pre-selected for World Cup 2014


  1. Anonymous5/10/13 15:10

    Odd that only one of Carballo's preselected assistant referees is joining him?

    /Swedish observer

  2. It is indeed weird but I cannot say whether Cebrián has replaced Yuste or was already planned from the beginning.

    1. Anonymous6/10/13 00:27

      Some obsolete sources still report Juan Carlos Yuste Jimenez as Assistant Referee 2 for this encounter which could indicate that he was replaced at short notice - see for instance:


      Kind regards from Vienna,

  3. Anonymous6/10/13 10:54

    And it seems as Gabor Erös is back with Viktor Kassai in Kassai's World cup qualifying game on 15 October...

    /Swedish observer

  4. Yes....I do not understand that. It seems as if UEFA is kind of doing own business and as if FIFA relies on Eros.

  5. Alan Kelly became MLS referee!

  6. Group E

    18:45 CET, Laugardalsvollur, Reykjavik (ISL)
    Iceland - Cyprus
    Referee: Istvan Vad (HUN)
    Assistant Referee 1: Istvan Albert (HUN)
    Assistant Referee 2: Zsolt Szpisjak (HUN)
    Fourth Official: Tamas Bognar (HUN)

  7. Group F

    20:30 CET, Josy-Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
    Luxembourg - Russia
    Referee: Stephan Studer (SUI)
    Assistant Referee 1: Sandro Pozzi (SUI)
    Assistant Referee 2: Sladan Josipović (SUI)
    Fourth Official: Alain Bieri (SUI)
    Referee Observer: Kostas Kapitanis (CYP)

  8. Group B

    Malta - Czech Republic

    Referee Observer: Athanasios Briakos (GRE)

  9. Brych with a correct red card for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity close to the penalty area. The contact just happened a few centimetres outside the box and so free kick, RC (and the resulting goal) were correct.

    1. Correct 2nd YC now...

    2. Having watched the whole performance, Im must say that Brych was very good. Again, after Serbia-Croatia, another tense and challenging match. As said both sending off were correct. The first one was really crucial, since Armenia scored from the free kick given. It was slightly outside area, not easy to see.
      I don't know who was the observer for this match, but this was another step on the way to WC..

    3. I saw only two sending-offs, but must admit - PERFECT calls, especially the first one!

  10. Eriksson has also challenging match.

  11. Yes. I believe his player management and approach from minute 1 to 8 were both excellent. At least now the match is calm..

    1. With the passion both teams have, the match can become hot every moment.

    2. First half was excellent performance of Eriksson. In second, he had small problems with foul detection - maybe was too relaxed after calm second part of the first half. However, I think that excepted level would be adequate. It's my hot point of view after the match we've lost...

    3. OK, after my analysis published in Polish at sedziapilkarski.pl:


      I can say that missed 1-2 missed yellow cards (57', 80') and strange free kick can't erase huge skills in man- and match-management. Eriksson made the match easier for himself after excellent calls and overall attitude in first 8 minutes.

      Therefore, my mark would be 8,6 for Eriksson, 8.5 for Klasenius and 8.3 for Warnmark (missed offside in 10').

    4. Hubert, I totally agree with your marks and observations. These will be my marks too.

      Eriksson made a great performance with his management at the first 10 minutes of the match.

      Report will come in the next days.

  12. In Spain-Belarus Bas Nijhuis and his first assistent missed a handball of Piqué in the penalty area one minute before half time. Piqué already was issued a yellow card for playing the ball with his hand, so in my opinion a missed penalty kick for Belarus and a missed sending off of Piqué...

    1. For me no penalty, I agree with this decision. Anyway I must say that it was almost impossible to see for the referee, AR1 in case might have helped him.

  13. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm7HjBmsEQU

    Cakir's RC. The title of the video is my comment.

    1. Wow.. what a mistake!

  14. Good to hear that Jonas Eriksson had a good game in Ukraine.

    Cakir had a good game in a non challenging match yesterday. To his defense, in real time it looked like a stone wall red card. I would have shown red too. Then came the replay, showing otherwise. So, a crucial mistake, but an understandable one in my book. Nevertheless, the mark will be 7.9.

    /Swedish observer

  15. It's a red card despite Elmander to fall down easily. You can not put your head forward like this.

    I would send the Austrian player off and book Elmander for exxegerated reaction.

    1. Sorry, but I really disagree with you. I don't think this is a headbutt at all. Both players are acting stupidly, and both should be booked for their bad attitude and behaviour. This is never a red card offense for me. And I am not wearing any Austrian or Swedish glasses here. Only tries to be objective. But, as I said in my initial post - in real life speed it looked like a headbutt so I understand why Cakir gave it. But with hindsight and benefit of replays it is - at least for me - clear that Elmander conned both Cakir and me.

      /Swedish observer


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