May 2, 2014

UEFA Under-17 European Championship 2014 - Referees

UEFA has appointed the following match officials to attend this year's Under-17 European Championship in Malta. Starting on 9 May, eight teams are about to fight for their very first trophy on international turf. The referees and assistant referees selected are foreseen to take control over the matches and to undergo deep analysis on their performances, personalities and physical as well as mental preparation taught by the referee observers and committee representatives. All officials are international since at least 2013 - there is no complete newbie in the roster.


Aliyar Aghayev - Azerbaijan - 17.10.1987
Aleksandrs Anufrijevs - Latvia - 08.01.1984
Nikola Dabanović - Montenegro - 18.12.1981 (photo)
Andreas Ekberg - Sweden - 02.01.1985
Alexander Harkam - Austria - 17.11.1981
Jonathan Lardot - Belgium - 31.01.1984

Assistant Referees:

István Norbert Albert - Hungary - 17.01.1980
David Elias Biton - Israel - 17.06.1978
David Chigogidze - Georgia - 26.07.1989
Mesrop Ghazaryan - Armenia - 19.07.1982
Audrius Jagintavicius - Lithuania - 13.09.1984
Oleksandr Korniyko - Ukraine - 20.04.1981
Dag-Roger Nebben - Norway - 05.09.1980
Jure Praprotnik - Slovenia - 24.08.1985

Fourth Officials:

Clayton Pisani - Malta - 31.07.1978
Alan Mario Sant - Malta - 16.08.1980

The list was furthermore provided by whistleland.


  1. Regarding Aliyar Aghayev, another young referee fromAzerbaijian: it seems that UEFA gave up with Anar Salmanov? It woule be nice to know the reasons.
    Swedish Observer could tell us something about Andreas Ekberg...

    1. Anonymous3/5/14 08:51

      Ekberg is born in 1985, made his debut in the premier league in 2009 and was the Swedish referee of the year last season. I think he is a coming man, and it seems as UEFA thinks so too. FIFA referee since last year and he made his A international debut in the autumn, which is very quick.

      /Swedish observer

  2. Praprotnik...isn't that Skomina's fourth official? Are they testing him to replace Cariolato as a regular AR2? Or is the Zunic failure too fresh in PLC's mind?

    1. I would predict that Skomina will be assisted by Jure Praprotnik and Robert Vukan in future. Both accompanied him into a couple of friendly matches in the past. For sure Zunic is history at Skomina's side.

    2. BTW This does not change that the Slovenian no.1 should acquaint himself with the offside rule and how to interact in a team.

    3. Very true; if all of Skomina's assistants make regular mistakes, well, maybe they are not the problem. Many errors arose from faulty communication; we cannot blame the ARs for that.

      It is a bit problematic (for Skomina) that, Zunic and Ul excepted, none of the other Slovenian ARs have any great experience in UEFA matches. Even Matej Jug used Brandner at his last match...

  3. Anonymous6/5/14 10:20

    Anybody know who uefa have sent as observers? Normally 1 committee member from my memory.

    1. The last info we had was talking about Batta, Vassaras, Agius and Casha.

  4. Anonymous7/5/14 23:51

    Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE)
    Assistant referees: Istvan Albert (HUN), Audrius Jagintavičius (LTU)
    Fourth official: Clayton Pisani (MLT)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Leif Lindberg (SWE)

    Referee: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
    Assistant referees: Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR), Mesrop Ghazaryan (ARM)
    Fourth official: Jonathan Lardot (BEL)
    UEFA Referee observer: Marc Batta (FRA)

    Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
    Assistant referees: David Elias Biton (ISR), Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)
    Fourth official: Alan Mario Sant (MLT)
    UEFA Referee observer: Adrian D. Casha (MLT)

    Referee: Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (LVA)
    Assistant referees: Jure Praprotnik (SVN), David Chigogidze (GEO)
    Fourth official: Aliyar Aghayev (AZE)
    UEFA Referee observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)


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