May 7, 2014

Björn Kuipers and Felix Brych to take charge of UEFA's 2014 Club Competition Finals

UEFA's Referee Committee obviously hurried and surprised us with two unexpected but equally expected referee appointments for the Champions League as well as Europa League final. Unexpected, because it never happened that the nominations were revealed that early. Expected, because both referees appointed were absolutely predictable.

Do it again: Kuipers and Brych are the lucky final appointees

While Dutch Björn Kuipers will take charge of his third major final within only one year by overseeing the Madrid derby between Real and Atlético in the Champions League, German Felix Brych will make his international final bow in Turin by handling the Europa League final between Sevilla FC and Benfica SL.
The interesting thing is that both referees know each other very well and enjoyed valuable experiences together: Björn Kuipers' team that took charge of last year's Europa League and Confederations Cup final was both times completed by Felix Brych. This time, the financial lawyer from Munich will be responsible as the main referee and assisted by Mark Borsch, Stefan Lupp (ARs), Tobias Welz, Bastian Dankert (AARs). Thorsten Schiffner, his former AR1, will join the team as the reserve assistant referee and would become active if one of the assistant referees involved should face a sudden injury or illness. Serbian World Cup referee Milorad Mažić will be the fourth official. The team will be observed by Hugh Dallas from Scotland; the match is delegated by Lloyd Hughes of Wales. Italian Davide Garbini has been chosen as the referee liaison officer.
Netherlands' Björn Kuipers will be accompanied by his standard team consisting of Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra on the sidelines, Pol van Boekel and Richard Liesveld on the goallines and Angelo Boonman as the reserve assistant referee. Cüneyt Çakır of Turkey, the fourth official, has been finally rewarded for his constant merits over the last couple of years and will be present in Lisbon as well. German Herbert Fandel will observe and assess Team Kuipers. Sweden's Karl-Erik Nilsson has been assigned as the responsible delegate, while high-profile referee observer Nuno Castro from Portugal will be the referee liaison officer in Lisbon.

We consider these choices as the best appointments possible and wish both referee teams all the best!

UEFA Europa League Final 2014
14 May 2014, 20:45 CET
Juventus Arena, Turin, Italy
Sevilla FC - Benfica SL
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (Germany)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (Germany)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Welz (Germany)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bastian Dankert (Germany)
Fourth Official: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Thorsten Schiffner (Germany)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (Scotland)
UEFA Delegate: Lloyd Hughes (Wales)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Davide Garbini (Italy)
Blog Referee Observers: Edward (Greece), Thomas H. (Netherlands)

UEFA Champions League Final 2014
24 May 2014, 20:45 CET
Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal
Real Madrid - Atlético Madrid
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (Netherlands)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin E. J. Zeinstra (Netherlands)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pol van Boekel (Netherlands)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Richard Liesveld (Netherlands)
Fourth Official: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Angelo Boonman (Netherlands)
UEFA Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (Germany)
UEFA Delegate: Karl-Erik Nilsson (Sweden)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Nuno Castro (Portugal)
Blog Referee Observers: Chefren (Italy), Niclas (Germany)


  1. very expected appointments; nothing to say.......only: great congratulations and best wishes for outstanding perfomance

  2. One question for the experts: in UCL and UEL group stage and knock out stage in case of injury, main refree is replaced by the 1st AAR (who is a referee and not an assistant).
    During final match, for similar fault, main referee is replaced by 4th official: is it correct ?

    Thanks mario

    1. Of course in such cirumstance, the fourth official is the man in charge of referee's replacement, in case of need.
      Both AARS are unexperienced at this level. They couldn't join a match like this

    2. In a final match, I think a committee member of even Collina himself would determine who takes the whistle. However, Mario, during group stage and the rest of the K.O. stage the referee is not always replaced by the 1st AAR, but by the higher classified AAR. If you e.g. have Joao Capela and Duarte Gomes in Proenca's matches, it would be Gomes and not Capela who replaces Proenca in the case of an injury - because he is First Group and Capela only Third Group.

    3. Anonymous7/5/14 19:05

      At first I read: "In a final match, I think Collina himself [acting as the referee observer] would take the whistle." :-D


    4. With Batta and Dallas on the sidelines, why not.. :P

    5. Senior or Junior, Niclas? ;-)

    6. ex-fifa referee8/5/14 12:16

      Niclas, regarding your 1st post, incorrect, AAR1 is always the most senior referee and will replace the referee if injured. That is the protocol on the appointment with uefa/national associations

    7. I do not see UEFA in any way allowing Tobias Welz to take the middle and Milorad Mazic going as AAR if Brych is injured. Of course Mazic would take the middle, or UEFA would not bother assigning an Elite referee for that match.

    8. I would add that that protocol is correct when the 4th official is an Assistant Referee by training and the AARs are trained refs. In this case, the 4th official is a referee by training and is the most senior referee, Brych excepted.

    9. Totally correct Emil.

      That's why UEFA appoints a Referee as FO and a Reserve Assistant Referee as well.

    10. @ ex-fifa-referee: In the practical information for match officials, it is indeed formulated like that "if the referee is unable to continue, the senior AAR takes over.." - but what does "senior" mean? Age or classification? I surely think the latter.

    11. A confirmation of that is in Proença matches. Even though Duarte is the most experienced AAR, he always switches his position with Capela.
      That would be not possible, according to your words, ex-FIFA referee.
      Sometimes AAR1 is not the most experienced, or senior, official.

    12. ex-fifa ref12/5/14 13:11

      Hi Niclas, the "senior" referee is always allocated as AAR1 by either national association or Uefa. AAR 1 is the referee that goes to the security meeting and is the replacement if the referee is injured. That's why the associations can appoint non-fifa officials as AAR2 even though sometimes these would be classed as a "senior" referee in their home country. hypothetical situation but if Michael Oliver was AAR1 & Andre Marriner AAR2, Oliver would be replacement even though Marriner is deemed "more Senior" That is how I have had it explained to me!

    13. That's the common practice in every other UEFA match, ex-fifa ref.

      But here we are talking about the final where the FO is the most senior referee since he is Elite.

  3. Anonymous7/5/14 16:34

    Can anibody tell me something about vaalekn whistles, some referees from europe use it . Congrats to kuipers and brych

  4. Anonymous7/5/14 16:41

    sory not vaalekn, can anibody tell me something about valkeen whisltes

    1. Anonymous7/5/14 18:34

      If you have facebook, send a message to

      They sell such whistles in Europe and for sure someone will tell you details.

  5. Anonymous13/5/14 00:04

    So, in Champions League finals all match officials are refrees or ex-refrees :).
    Kuipers and his crew and Cakir are active.
    Herbert Fandel, Nuno Castro and Karl Erik Nilsen all ex FIFA referees. Interesting to see this :)


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