April 1, 2014

Europa League Quarterfinals - Referee Appointments (I)

UEFA has appointed the following officiating crews to take control of the 2013-14 Europa League quarterfinals fist-leg matches.

Scottish William Collum will be observed by Zdravko Jokić (c) motherwellfc.co.uk

03 April 2014, 21:05 CET
St.-Jakob Park, Basel, Switzerland
FC Basel - Valencia CF
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Child (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren England (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Fourth Official: Jake Collin (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Charles Schaack (LUX)
Blog Referee Observer: Hagi (GER)

03 April 2014, 21:05 CET
AZ Stadion, Alkmaar, Netherlands
AZ Alkmaar - Benfica SL
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andås (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Thórir Hákornarson (ISL)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas (NED)

03 April 2014, 21:05 CET
Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal
FC Porto - Sevilla CF
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: Michel Vautrot (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-François Crucke (BEL)
Blog Referee Observer: Marcel (NED)

03 April 2014, 21:05 CET
Stade de Gerland, Lyon, France
Olympique Lyon - Juventus Turin
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: Zdravko Jokić (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Repka (CZE)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)


  1. Anonymous1/4/14 12:07

    Very well the predictions of Phillipp S and Jorge.

  2. Anonymous1/4/14 12:17

    And Niklas 5/8.

  3. Anonymous2/4/14 05:28

    FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Costa Rica 2014 - Final
    05 April 2014, 01:00 CET (San Jose)
    Japan - Spain
    Referee: Lucila Venegas (MEX)
    Assistant Referee 1: Enedina Caudillo (MEX)
    Assistant Referee 2: Lixy Enriquez (MEX)
    Fourth Official: Marianela Araya Cruz (CRC)
    Reserve AR: Kimberly Moreira (CRC)

  4. Question, might be a bit stupid but ...

    Should we expect only Elite category refs to be appointed to the remaining games of the UEFA competitions?

    I'm asking because I see that quite a few well known 1st category refs haven't yet done a single match in the KO stages, while having them in previous years.

    One name above all: Danny Makkelie

  5. Anonymous2/4/14 10:17

    What names we will see at the the next UCL season:Boiko,Sidiropoulos etc?

  6. In UCL, there will be surely only Elite officials in the remaining matches. In UEL, I guess Bebek and Karasev could get a QF, Bebek maybe even a semifinal. UEFA has used this K.O. stage in UEL to shift focus to those referees they plan for the future. Turpin, Oliver, Zwayer are good examples in my opinion. This stage has also shown that Aydinus, Hagen and Nijhuis were very likely those three former ED referees who would have been demoted if there had not been the category change (or they suffered from injuries or failed fitness tests at the seminar) - they did not even handle one match. Makkelie probably got a break after the trouble in his domestic federation some months ago.

    I expect to see Sidiropoulos, Turpin, Marciniak, probably Oliver, maybe Zwayer and maybe also Boiko in CL next season.

    1. Anonymous2/4/14 10:54

      It is confirmed that Makkelie was out for the rest of the European season after his bad behaviour at the winter bootcamp of the Dutch referees.

  7. It now seems Stephen Child is a permanent fixture in Atkinson's team, while Stuart Burt will now accompany Clattenburg. Also, Darren England has been inserted into team Atkinson, replacing Simon Long. In the long run, I think England will accompany Michael Oliver, (both being born in 1985).

    1. Anonymous2/4/14 13:57

      Darren England was excellent at Napoli-Porto.

  8. Some situations from FIFA U17 WC women.
    Please have your say if you want.

    Ghana-Italy Quarterfinals
    Referee: Fusako KAJIYAMA (JPN)
    00:35 penalty whistled for what?
    00:57 another penalty, it reminds me on Abal call at Confederations Cup Italy-Japan

    Italy - Spain Semifinal
    Referee: Jana ADAMKOVA (CZE)
    00:45 penalty for deliberate handball on the wall, in my opinion position of the arms is not punishable, body volume was not increased.
    01:20 clean tackle on the ball, the foul doesn't exist, but another penalty is given...

    1. Ghana-Italy Quarterfinals
      00:35 Very, very bad decision
      00:57 Just "one" very bad

      Italy - Spain Semifinal
      00:45 Understandable bad
      01:20 Very, very bad

  9. Predictions for CL and EL
    Dortmund-Real: Skomina Juventus-O.Lyon: Bebek
    Chelsea-PSG: Proença Sevilla-Porto: Webb
    Atlético-FCB: Kuipers Valencia-Basel: Rizzoli
    Bayern-M.United: Çakir Benfica-AZ: Karasev

  10. My predictions for EL:
    BEN - AZ: Rocchi
    VAL - BAS: Karasev
    JUV - LYO: Bebek
    SEV - POR: Kassai

  11. CL
    Atletico - Barca: Cakir
    Bayern - Man Utd: Kassai
    Chelsea - PSG: Proenca
    BVB - Real Madrid: Kralovec

    Benfica - AZ: Bebek
    Valencia - Basel: Karasev
    Juve - Lyon: Undiano Mallenco
    Sevilla - Porto: Rocchi

  12. CL
    Atletico - Barca: Webb
    Bayern - Man Utd: Eriksson
    Chelsea - PSG: Cakir
    BVB - Real Madrid: Moen

    Benfica - AZ: Rizzoli
    Valencia - Basel: Benquerenca
    Juve - Lyon: Undiano Mallenco
    Sevilla - Porto: Thomson

  13. My after 1st leg

    Atletico - Barca: RIZZOLI
    Bayern - Man Utd: UNDIANO MALLENCO
    Chelsea - PSG: SKOMINA
    BVB - Real Madrid: KRALOVEC

    Benfica - AZ: ROCCHI
    Valencia - Basel: BENQUERENCA
    Juve - Lyon: PROENCA
    Sevilla - Porto: THOMSON

  14. Anonymous4/4/14 11:49


    1. Gracias!

      Then I stay with:
      CHE-PSG Cakir, BAY-MAN Proenca, DOR-RMA Skomina and ATL-BAR Webb.

    2. Kassai* instead of Proenca.

    3. Thanks for these info. Do you have EL observers, too?

  15. Anonymous4/4/14 16:38

    Stark yesterday in Porto and tomorrow (saturday) in Frankfurt... 2 matches within less than 48 hours, unusual IMO...

    best regards

    1. Definitely. I presume his team took a flight Porto -> Frankfurt Int. Airport, since it is the largest in Germany. He would have had the Friday as a day of rest and travelling to be ready for tomorrow. But how to expect top-class performances with such a massive schedule (and jetlag?)...
      Fandel also appointed Brych for Berlin - Hoffenheim. He has problems with both clubs (he was cunned for a dive in a Cup match some years ago and wrongly sent off a Berlin player for an alleged violent conduct, and as it happened in the box, this penalty led to the decisive 0-1 goal in extra-time (100th minute) - and well Hoffenheim-Leverkusen is surely known). I am unsure whether Fandel has done a psychological mess or clever move by that. If Brych succeeds, he leaves both behind himself. But if something goes wrong, well..

    2. Anonymous6/4/14 22:52

      Stark did an excellent job in Porto and also very good in frankfurt. Brych was also good in Berlin.
      Which such performances I think we don´t discuss about the appointment.
      They are professional.

  16. Anonymous6/4/14 02:17

    What do you think about Stark's double yellow card in min. 86?

    1. He informed both captains about his approach to strictly punish dissent with yellow cards into his direction. The player concerned committed a tactical foul and was cautioned at the next stoppage, kicked the ball away and did not stop protesting and making dissenting gestures. Absolutely justified double YC IMO.

    2. Anonymous6/4/14 10:30

      Niclas, I totally agree with you about his match approach and the second yellow card. But I looked at his decision explanation several times and he shows, by pointing with is hand/finger, that the player receives his second yellow card for the second foul he commited.

      Both are correct, but still it is a brave decision.

    3. Hm. IMO he pointed to the first foul and raised the YC. The 2nd foul was not worth of a YC since there was not any promising attack. So I think the 2nd YC was indeed provoked by the mixture of the ball kicked away and his dissenting protests that did not stop even during the card showing procedure.

    4. Anonymous6/4/14 11:05

      I agree, well done by Stark then!

    5. Anonymous6/4/14 16:02

      Despite the fact that Stark pointed with his finger to the spot of the second foul, I'm also convinced that the second YC was shown for protesting (and totally justified). Stark was very well in the whole match, btw.


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