November 29, 2013

UEFA Referee Observers for CL MD6 and Predictions

UEFA Referee Committee have already assigned the referee observers who will be present at Champions League Matchday 6 to observe and assess the sixteen referee teams. 

Among others, Chief Officer Pierluigi Collina will attend Real Sociedad - Bayer Leverkusen, his first match as officially appointed observer for several months in the highest European club competition (Galatasaray - Schalke 04, William Collum). The delegates will be posted soon, as they have not been nominated by now.

10 December 2013:

Manchester United - Shakhtar Donetsk (Group A)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)
Prediction: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

Real Sociedad - Bayer Leverkusen (Group A)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)*
Prediction: Marijo Strahonja (CRO)

Galatasaray - Juventus Turin (Group B)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
Prediction: Björn Kuipers (NED)

FC København - Real Madrid (Group B)
UEFA Referee Observer: Neale Barry (ENG)
PredictionDeniz Aytekin (GER)

SL Benfica - Paris SG (Group C)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)
Prediction: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

Olympiacos - RSC Anderlecht (Group C)
UEFA Referee Observer: Adrian Casha (MLT)
Prediction: Wolfgang Stark (GER)

FC Bayern München - Manchester City (Group D)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR)
Prediction: Ivan Bebek (CRO)

Viktoria Plzen - CSKA Moskva (Group D)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stephen Bennett (ENG)
Prediction: Tom Hagen (NOR)

11 December 2013:

Schalke 04 - FC Basel (Group E)
UEFA Referee Observer: Athanassios Briakos (GRE)
Prediction: Damir Skomina (SVN) 

Chelsea FC - Steaua Bucuresti (Group E)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Natri (FIN)
Prediction: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

SSC Napoli - Arsenal FC (Group F)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
Prediction: Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Olympique Marseille - Borussia Dortmund (Group F)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gylfi Orrason (ISL)
Prediction: Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Austria Wien - Zenit St.Petersburg (Group G)
UEFA Referee Observer: David Elleray (ENG)*
Prediction: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)

Atlético Madrid - FC Porto (Group G)
UEFA Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)
Prediction: Felix Brych (GER)

AC Milan - Ajax Amsterdam (Group H)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ryszard Wójcik (POL)
Prediction: Howard Webb (ENG)

FC Barcelona - Celtic FC (Group H)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)
Prediction: Pedro Proença (POR)


  1. Very good. I think that Collina will be there for an Elite Development, as you have predicted, too.
    There are only three Development officials who can get this match: Strahonja (CRO), Bebek (CRO), Stavrev (MKD).
    My guess is Bebek and this should be the final exam for this promotion.
    It would be nice to have an Israeli referee in CL, anyway I think that more likely we will have Boiko from Category 1.
    I don't know whether it is possible to see again an Italian crew for Manchester United, after Rizzoli and his mistake with Young.

  2. I guess Bebek is the obvious choice for Collina. Even though the last time PLC observed Bebek, Bebek was demoted.

  3. Predictions:
    MAN.U- SHA: Tagliavento
    SOC- LEV: Bebek
    GAL - JUV: Proenca
    KOP - REA: Karasev
    BEN - PSG: Clattenburg
    OLY - AND: Stavrev
    MUN - MAN.C: Kassai
    PLZ - CSKA: Stark

    SCH - BAS: Rocchi
    CHE - STE: Hagen
    NAP - ARS: Skomina
    MAR - DOR: Mazic
    AUS - ZEN: Makkelie/Boiko
    ATL - POR: Brych
    MIL - AJA: Webb
    BAR - CEL: Strahonja

  4. I bealive there will be an important observer for Skomina after mistakes in play-off.

  5. So much controversy and criticism of Skomina's team after FRA-UKR and yet still no report available ...

    1. Patience is a virtue...

    2. Ask FIFA, perhaps they send it.

  6. As posted in the other topic, my prediction is:
    MAN.U- SHA: Mazic
    SOC- LEV: Stavrev
    GAL - JUV: Brych
    KOP - REA: Hagen
    BEN - PSG: Webb
    OLY - AND: Stark
    MUN - MAN.C: Bebek
    PLZ - CSKA: Borbalan

    SCH - BAS: Tagliavento
    CHE - STE: Karasev
    NAP - ARS: Kassai
    MAR - DOR: Skomina
    AUS - ZEN: Strahonja
    ATL - POR: Rocchi
    MIL - AJA: Clattenburg
    BAR - CEL: Proenca

  7. Kuipers will get an appointment in UEL on MD6 due to his performance in his last CL-match.

    1. Source?

    2. Maybe UEFA also saw his (according to this blog) good performance in Croatia-Iceland and they do appoint him for a UCL match. And we don't know for sure that UEFA thinks he did a bad job in Dortmund in MD4... Unless someone here has good contact with UEFA of course :)

    3. I count very much on such sources. It is normal that their identity cannot be revealed. Honestly speaking, I am then very much bothered who will handle Gala-Juve. Brych is not possible (theoretically) since Piller already observed him in play-offs.

      I can give you another info.
      Matej Zunic will not appear in Skomina's team on CL MD6.

    4. Well, for Galatasaray - Juventus there are 6 names on the paper (assuming that an Elite official will handle the clash):
      Brych, Stark, Kuipers, Mazic, Proença, Skomina,.
      And we can't exclude, in case of need, the fourth appointment of another Elite official already appeared in MD5.
      Having said that, Stark would not be the right choice in my opinion, due to his problems with the Turkish team one year ago.
      Furthermore, we can't exclude that Piller will observe the same referee again, it already happened with Kassai.

    5. The best choice considering the demands of the match would be Brych or Proenca, imo.

    6. Considering the info you have posted about Zunic, probably Skomina will appear in a "minor" match, not as punishment, but becuase he needs to stay for a while in the shadow..

    7. I can imagine why some sources need a hidden identity... But of course we don't know whether anonymous is talking the truth or not. Time will tell :) and apparently you did not have this information Niclas since you predict Kuipers for Gala-Juve ;) but again, we'll see what the appointments are in a bit more than a week I think.

    8. Anonymous1/12/13 15:51

      If Niclas alreadt knows that (a) Skomina has a game in CL MD6 and (b) Zunic will not be there, he surely knows more from UEFA! :)

  8. Appointments referee observer for EL MD6?

  9. Collina at San Sebastian will finish with all shell-fish.

    1. What do you mean?

  10. I will try my hand at the predictions:

    MUN- SHA: Kassai
    SOC- LEV: Bebek
    GAL - JUV: Brych
    KOP - REA: Aytekin
    BEN - PSG: Clattenburg
    OLY - AND: Stark
    BAY- MAN.C: Udiano
    PLZ - CSKA: Hagen

    SCH - BAS: Proenca
    CHE - STE: Tagliavento
    NAP - ARS: Skomina
    MAR - DOR: Mazic
    AUS - ZEN: Strahonja
    ATL - POR: Kuipers
    MIL - AJA: Webb
    BAR - CEL: Stavrev

  11. My predictions:
    MU-Shaktar Kuipers
    R.Sociedad-Leverkusen Strahonja
    Kobenhavn-Real Mazic
    Galatasaray-Juve Stark
    Benfica-PSG Webb
    Olympiakos-Anderlecht Nikolaev
    Bayern-City Bebek
    Plzen-CSKA Borbalán
    Schalke-Basel Stavrev
    Chelsea-Steaua Boiko
    Marseille-B.Dortmund Jug
    Napoli-Arsenal Skomina
    Austria Wien-Zenit Rocchi
    A.Madrid-Porto Brych
    Milan-Ajax Proença
    FC Barcelona-Celtic Kassai

    1. Kuipers already had MU - Bayern M. this CL season, so I don't think he will have Manchester United again...

    2. It was Manchester CITY - Bayern.

    3. That was Manchester CITY versus Bayern... United very possible for Kuipers

    4. You're right! My mistake :)

    5. Anonymous1/12/13 16:52

      Nobody is perfect.

  12. Just randomly mulling over the observers when I read the name Elleray. Wasn't he also designated in MD6 last year? I'm not sure but I think he was observing Chapron. The Frenchman was then subsequently demoted a couple weeks later. I think we might see an ED official in Vienna-Zenit with Bebek, Strahonja and Borbalan being possible appointees.

    1. You are right. It was Chapron's last match as ED referee, having missed a penalty in this match.
      However, committee members do not necessarily have to mean a coming demotion, they can also mean the opposite. But at least they mean something and not nothing. My guess also is Fernández and if I am wrong with Strahonja in Collina's match, then Strahonja in Vienna.

  13. By the way, Webb and Clattenburg are with their regular assistants for this weekend's PL fixtures.
    Clatts on Saturday and Webb the following day. Bearing that in mind, I predict Clatts will get a game on Tuesday and Webb on Wednesday.

  14. It is confirmed that Brych will not handle Galatasaray-Juventus. Bernd Barutta (GER) will be the delegate.

    Schalke-Basel: Briakos (GRE) / Nilsson (SWE)
    Chelsea-Steaua: Natri (FIN) / López Serrano (ESP)
    Marseille-BVB: Orrason (ISL) / Minasyan (ARM)
    Napoli-Arsenal: Plautz (AUT) / Kliment (SVK)
    Austria-Zenit: Elleray (ENG) / Alaja (FIN)
    Atlético-Porto: Hauge (NOR) / Bright (ENG)
    AC Milan-Ajax: Wójcik (POL) / Lüchinger (LIE)
    Barcelona-Celtic: Ormandjiev (BUL) / Kamer (ISR)
    ManU-Shakhtar: Zuev (RUS) / Krähenbühl (SUI)
    Sociedad-Leverkusen: Collina (ITA) / Huszár (HUN)
    Galatasaray-Juventus: Piller (HUN) / Barutta (GER)
    Kobenhavn-Real: Barry (ENG) / Schaack (LUX)
    Benfica-Paris SG: Vagner (HUN) / Chatzialexiou (GER)
    Olympiacos-Anderlecht: Casha (MLT) / Schmölzer (AUT)
    Bayern-ManCity: Snoddy (NIR) / Onen (TUR)
    Plzen-CSKA: Bennett (ENG) / Kassabov (BUL)

    UEL / "Swedish week":

    Valencia-Kuban: Stuchlik (AUT) / Weiss (SVK)
    St Gallen-Swansea: Rosetti (ITA) / Ivkovic (SRB)
    Dinamo-Ludogorets: Nobs (SUI) / Oleszek (POL)
    PSV-Chornomorets: Lodge (ENG) / Lulli (ITA)
    Salzburg-Esbjerg: Jakov (ISR) / Goga (ROU)
    Standard-Elfsborg: Castro (POR) / McDowell (SVN)
    Zulte-Kazan: Reijgwaart (NED) / McRae (SCO)
    Maribor-Wigan: Kapitanis (CYP) / Strauss (ISR)
    Fiorentina-Dnipro: Piraux (BEL) / Thierrichter (AUT)
    Pandurii-Pacos: Sundell (SWE) / Zlatev (BUL)
    Frankfurt-APOEL: Fällström (SWE) / Ogilvie (SCO)
    Maccabi-Girondins: Mejuto (ESP) / Zavrl (SVN)
    Dynamo-Rapid: Goethals (BEL) / Markovic (SRB)
    Thun-Genk: Irvine (NIR) / Foster (ENG)
    Freiburg-Sevilla: Gifford (WAL) / Hellströmer (SWE)
    Praia-Slovan: Allaerts (BEL) / McGrath (IRL)
    Betis-Rijeka: McVicar (SCO) / Tallinger (SWE)
    Vitória-Lyon: Kirschen (GER) / Rondelli (SMR)
    Apollon-Legia: Chykun (WAL) / Van Kouterik (NED)
    Lazio-Trabzonspor: Fröjdfeldt (SWE) / Sturkenboom (NED)
    Sheriff-Tromsö: Levnikov (RUS) / Pirtshkhalava (GEO)
    Tottenham-Anji: González Vazquez (ESP) / Albino (POR)
    PAOK-AZ: López Fernández (ESP) / Pralong (SUI)
    Haifa-Shakhter: Koopman (NED) / Esterházy (HUN)

  15. Rocchi is appointed as AAR1 in a serie A match on Friday (Bologna-Juventus).
    This match will be played tomorrow because Juventus has the crucial game in Turkey on Tuesday.
    Well, this appointment off Rocchi surely means that he has CL on Tuesday.
    Di Liberatore is appointed here too, as fourth official. So this time probably we will have Rocchi - Di Liberatore - Pozzi (without Cariolato).
    Well, taking a look at the matches available, the only choice should be (as already guessed by Niclas, too) Manchester United - Shakthar.
    Real Sociedad - Levekusen is not possible due to Collina presence, in Group B an Italian referee is not allowed, in group C Anderlecht and Benfica had an Italian official (Orsato) in the last matchday) and finally Rocchi already appeared in group D.
    So Old Trafford seems a forced choice for him.
    We will see...

    1. I always admire other national associations who give their respective clubs every opportunity to excel in European competitions by bringing back a fixture by 24hrs for example. In England, this is certainly not the case. The winter break is also common in Europe while on these shores, the Premier League is still played during the festive season. This is probably why we have seen sub-standard performances in continental competitions by British teams in recent year's.

  16. referee777/12/13 09:52

    MUN- SHA: Mazic?

  17. Anonymous8/12/13 11:46

    Anonymous 2/8 Philip 2/8 Nur H 2/8 Anonymous 0/8
    Great surprise Borbalán for Bayern-City


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