March 16, 2014

Champions League - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (VII)

Interesting appointments for Russian Sergei Karasev and German Felix Brych: They have been assigned for respectively very important matches in UEFA Champions League: While for the Russian the decided duel between Real Madrid and Schalke 04 means another step towards a promotion to the Elite Group, Brych has got the chance to convince the committee and Roberto Rosetti at Stamford Bridge that he is a candidate for one of this season's finals besides Jonas Eriksson and Björn Kuipers.

18 March 2014, 20:45 CET
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid (ESP)
Real Madrid - Schalke 04 [6:1]
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Nikolay Golubev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Maksim Layushkin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Vitaly Meshkov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Dmitry Mosyakin (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (IRL)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

18 March 2014, 20:45 CET
Stamford Bridge, London (ENG)
Chelsea FC - Galatasaray Istanbul [1:1]
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Welz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Fourth Official: Christoph Bornhorst (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Michele Uva (ITA)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas H. (NED)


  1. Well, excellent prediction with Karasev for Real Madrid - Schalke.
    Now it is clear that Karasev and Bebek are the most rated former Elite development, and they should be the first two names in case of promotions.
    In the other match, I expected Mazic. Nevertheless, the Serbian official is still kept. Perhaps he can get the return leg of the Italian derby in Europa League.
    Skomina and Undiano still out.
    Rosetti can be an important observer for Brych, nevertheless one might have expected a Committee Member, as happened for Eriksson and Kuipers.
    I don't think that he is really taken into account, but of course just because of Bayern Munchen presence..

  2. Karasev has impressed in the last 12-18 months, and as Chefren has pointed out, Bebek and the Russian are the closest to promotion. Brych is an excellent choice for CHE - GAL, with that particular tie being finely poised. He must be hoping that Real Madrid draw Bayern in the quarters as they are the only team that can eliminate them IMO.

  3. It is not necessary to observe more Brych. The german is one of the best
    European referees.

  4. You have never learnt enough and I am sure Brych is a referee who always attempts to improve. There are not many better observers for him than the EURO 2008 final referee.

  5. Good performance by Clattenburg in MNU-LIV with 3 penalties...but a clearly wrong penalty in favour of MNU also leading to a 2nd YC for Vidic, Sturridge dived. And he tried it again a few minutes later...not national team player-like.

    1. Anonymous16/3/14 16:26

      wow, really good onside call by AR1 for Suarez goal. High speed and perfect call.
      Hard game for Clattenburg. In first pen situation I really think that 2nd YC was needed. Suarez would have been in very advatageous position in ManU box, if MUN#3 hadn't stoped the ball with his hand. I mean, there was nobody near that situation and he would have had so much free time and space there.
      Good no-penalty for MUN in MUN#10 vs LIV#37, as #37 was at his position and, #10 just ran into him.
      Mignolet punch on Vidic is debateable one. In autumn, this page had a post about such challenges by GK's, and I think that it was an infringement.
      Clear dive from Sturridge, AAR would have helped there, hard for Clattenburg.
      The second one Niclas is pointing out was a pen for me. It was unfair challenge against LIV#15, clipping out his legs, but I understand Clattenburg.
      Please, have your say, guys! :)

      / BC

    2. Very good, apart from the dive situation. AAR would have helped. But, wrong decision, leading to another ... Pitty.

    3. Anonymous17/3/14 09:41

      Performed at the second penalty for Liverpool by Gérard run players of both teams in the penalty area before the shot. A repeat would be mandatory... In England, the rules apparently don't apply.

  6. Anonymous16/3/14 16:16

    Fully agree on Clattenburg. Has been very good, in my view, but was conned by the diver who know exactly what he wanted...and he was rewarded. Very difficult to spot for Clattenburg. The only way to deal with this would be to retrospectively punish divers based on video evidence. I never thought I would say this - but I would actually like such a system very much! I am sure that there still would be dives, but hopefully a significant reduction.

    /Swedish observer

  7. What about the punch by the LIV goalkeeper after a corner-kick? That was a perfect example of "late challenges by goalkeepers" what I once posted in January. Nobody whistles it but actually it should have been a penalty (btw good to wave away Rooney's appeal, he sought the contact).

  8. Anonymous16/3/14 17:20

    Manchester United - Olympiacos: Skomina
    Dortmund - Zenit: Undiano Mallenco

    1. That's indeed the most logical choice.

    2. Anonymous16/3/14 21:20

      Skomina had Man U v Leverkusen on MD1 remember

    3. He even had Olympiacos on MD3. But that is no problem. Webb had Real Madrid on MD4 and got S04-RMA, Mateu Lahoz had Plzen on MD5 and now again..

  9. Mike Dean's body language and facial expressions do make me chuckle at times...

    1. Top performance from Mike Dean, a referee who very rarely puts a foot wrong.

    2. Anonymous16/3/14 20:55

      Why he was never considered for important matches by UEFA, although he was on the FIFA List long enough?

    3. I really would like the answer to that question as well. Without a shadow of a doubt, the most consistent English official of the last decade. Criminally underrated IMO...

    4. Anonymous16/3/14 23:14

      Even Marriner was given more chances... Inexplicable...

    5. Mike Dean simply does not have the style of an international referee supported by UEFA and pushed into CL matches. You can observe the same in Germany, e.g. Kircher and Meyer are top-class referees in Bundesliga for several years, their entire line and approach depend on communicating with players, who know and trust them, and this simply did not work in the same manner on UEFA level.
      And, apart from that, Mike Dean indeed got many chances in important UEL matches and made a mess of it in terms of control (BVB-Sevilla, PSV-Hamburg, for example).

    6. Anonymous17/3/14 11:11

      Mike Dean (Tottenham-Arsenal) a clear penalty in the second half not given (holding), good view!!! Dean is not a top referee,

  10. BTW One comment on the RMA-S04 appointment as nobody mentioned it so far. Tikhon Kalugin (AR1) is not present in the appointment. It seems as if he got one bad mark too much in this season. Otherwise I don't see a reason why Golubev should accompany Karasev - maybe due to his experience but...this makes little sense.

    1. Wrgonly disallowed goal and other mistakes in Real Sociedad - Bayer Leverkusen.
      Further mistakes in Napoli - Marseille.

    2. And more recently a couple of errors in Esbjerg - Fiorentina.

  11. Anonymous17/3/14 10:46

    Dear bloggers,

    Manchester United - Olympiacos:
    Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
    Assistant referee 1: Angelo Boonman (NED)
    Assistant referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
    Fourth official: Charl Schaap (NED)
    Fifth official: Pol van Boekel (NED)
    Sixth official: Richard Liesveld (NED)

    And that after Kuipers and his assistants were off this weekend.
    But all in all a very important match for him. Old Trafford is a stadium where many things can happen. So I am looking forward to this match.


  12. Anonymous17/3/14 11:16

    Kuipers and Undiano it is

  13. Excellent onside call by Stefan Lupp prior to Chelsea 1-0.

  14. Finally.....Filipe Melo has been booked.

  15. Anonymous18/3/14 21:12

    you never get the wrong one ;)

  16. Can't believe Mourinho always complaining against the FO, this was a clear YC.

    1. Anonymous18/3/14 21:28

      indeed it was

  17. Good performance by Karasev in a less than easy match...but unfortunately he missed a clear penalty for Real. Höwedes tackled his opponent from behind in the penalty area and did not play the ball.

      video minute 10:00 in the 2nd half video.

    2. Have to agree, Niklas.

  18. Anonymous18/3/14 22:52

    8,5/8,4/8,6/8,4/8,4/8,4 for Brych and team


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