July 17, 2014

U-19 EURO 2014: Referees for Matchday 1 ready

UEFA has published the appointments for Matchday 1 of 2014 UEFA U19 Final Tournament, held in Hungary.

19/07/2014, 17:15 CET, Gyor
Ukraine - Serbia (Group B)
Referee: Stephan Klossner  (SUI)
Assistant referee 1: Wayne McDonnell  (IRL) 
Assistant referee 2: Gylfi Mar Sigurdsson  (ISL)
Fourth official: Tore Hansen  (NOR)
UEFA Referee observer: László Vagner  (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Mehmet Süheyl Önen  (TUR)

19/07/2014, 18:00 CET, Felcsut
Portugal - Israel (Group A)
Referee: István Kovács (ROU)
Assistant referee 1: Yashar Abbasov (AZE)
Assistant referee 2: Henrik Larsen (DEN)
Fourth official: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
UEFA Referee observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Maurizio Montironi (SMR)

19/07/2014, 18:30 CET, Budapest
Hungary - Austria (Group A)
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Assistant referee 1: Darren England (ENG)
Assistant referee 2: Laurent Conotte (BEL)
Fourth official: Enea Jorgji (ALB)
UEFA Referee observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Matthias Voigt (LIE)

19/07/2014, 20:15 CET, Gyor
Bulgaria - Germany (Group B)
Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Assistant referee 1: Ivo Nadvornik (CZE)
Assistant referee 2: Evgeni Belski (KAZ)
Fourth official: Mihaly Fabian (HUN)
UEFA Referee observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Ludovico Micallef (MLT)


  1. It seems as if Rainville did not attend this tournament. Does anybody know why? He is replaced by István Kovács.

    1. And Nadvornik has replaced Krizaric as AR.

  2. I don't know what is a reason for these replacements :/

    Situations from UEFA CL quali between Legia Warszawa (Poland) and St. Patrick's Athletic FC (Republic of Ireland) refereed by Ionut Marius Avram (Romania).


    The most important situations were at: 1:45 (potential DOGSO) and 5:00 (second yellow?). I think the referee was right in both cases. Overally, he showed a very good positioning (nice diagonal), foul detection apart from one missed foul was really good, he wasn't card happy and chose a rather lenient line of disciplinary control. He could've issued more verbal warnings, but OK...

    8.4 for the referee and assistant referees, 8.3 for the fourth offcial (too quickly stopped to control a substitution process).

    1. I don't want to stab Avram in his back, but actually the goal would have been empty if the goalkeeper had not stopped the attacker. Yes, the direction of the ball was towards the corner flag, but nonetheless it was rather an OGSO for me. Though I understand his call. Good onside in the build-up of this situation. No 2nd YC is ok for me, but a warning and more energetic dealing with this offense would have been necessary. ("One more and you are off")

    2. Agree. It was a very difficult situation to judge. Legia player would've been able to hit the ball to the clear goal in my opinion, but direction of the ball was probably the key factor for Avram. Both cards would be correct for me, hence no mistake. What about trying to apply an advantage? Excellent feeling for me.

      Fully agree on 2nd YC. No need to sent him off, but - as I mentioned above - a verbal warning should've been issued.

  3. Head of Polish referees committee and UEFA observer Zbigniew Przesmycki said:

    "I'm convinced that one of Polish UEFA First Group referees will advance to the UEFA Elite Group on 1 January 2015. We probably will get UEFA CL appointment in the first half of 2014/15 season. Physical preparation of Polish officials is at the highest European level what is already noticed by UEFA and FIFA Referees Committee. If my predictions towards one of our officials are correct, he would have big chances to referee at EURO 2016."

    Of course, it's about Szymon Marciniak and Przesmycki must've used that dyplomatic tone, but it seems that UEFA has big plans for Marciniak.

  4. By the way, a vanishing spray to be used also in Polish Ekstraklasa (after confirmation from Primera and Segunda División in Spain). Our season starts today.

  5. Vanishing spray approved also in Italian serie A., B and Lega Pro.

    1. Also Bundesliga almost approved it from what I know. Players and Fandel are positive about it.

    2. The Turkish League has approved it as well.

  6. Situations from yesterday's EL quali match Ruch Chorzów - FC Vaduz. Referee was Radek Příhoda from Czech Republic.


    Two biggest questions: was the goal for Ruch scored with a hand (0:32) and should Vaduz player have been sent off instead of being booked for the high-leg and studs-up tackle (1:53)?

    1. 1) Impossible to be sure, but it seems so. I wouldn't count it as mistake by referee anyway, the only official with a small chance to detect something was AR2 there.
      2) Borderline situation, YC is still acceptable but of course RC wouldn't be a mistake. It depends also on referee approach...

    2. Příhoda is from what I know more the lenient type, so YC not surprising and still acceptable.


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