September 15, 2014

Champions League - Referee Appointments - Matchday 1 (Wednesday)

Milorad Mažić has been replaced by Ivan Bebek for Chelsea - Schalke 04! These are the officials appointed by UEFA to handle Wednesday's games  of 2014-15 UEFA Champions League Group Stage Matchday 1. 

Spanish Alberto Undiano Mallenco will oversee the clash between FC Bayern München and Manchester City, while Tasos Sidiropolous from Greece and Clément Turpin from France will make their bow in the CL group stage phase.
We wish all the officials appointed good luck!

Group E, 17 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico, Rome (ITA)
AS Roma - CSKA Moskva
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Alonso Fernandez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Fourth Official: José Fernández Miranda (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwaart (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (IRL)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

Group E, 17 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Fußball Arena München, Munich (GER)
FC Bayern München - Manchester City
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jimenez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Javier Estrada Fernandez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Nebojša Ivković (SRB)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

Group F, 17 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Camp Nou, Barcelona (ESP)
FC Barcelona - APOEL
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Christian Dingert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Stefan Lupp (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Eggert Magnusson (ISL)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

Group F, 17 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
Ajax Amsterdam - Paris SG
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Manuel Gräfe (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:  Marco Fritz (GER)
Fourth Official: Mark Borsch (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Mark Blackbourne (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H. (ENG)

Group G, 17 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Stamford Bridge, London (ENG)
Chelsea FC - Schalke 04
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)*
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO) 
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ante Vučemilović (CRO) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Goran Gabrilo (CRO)
Fourth Official: Dalibor Conjar (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Athanassios Briakos (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Mutschler (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)

Group G, 17 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor (SVN)
NK Maribor - Sporting
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Fourth Official: Michael Annonier (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Ospelt (LIE)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

Group H, 17 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Estádio do Dragão, Porto (POR)
FC Porto - BATE Borisov
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Schaap (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dennis Higler (NED)
Fourth Official: Davie Goossens (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Coquard (FRA)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H. (ENG)

Group H, 17 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Estadio de San Mamés, Bilbao (ESP)
Athletic - Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ilias Spathas (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Christos Akrivos (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Ronny Zimmermann (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Emil (CAN)

* Replacing (due to unknown reasons) Milorad Mažić, originally appointed for this match. 


  1. Surprising, but good news, that Nijhuis got a game in the Champions League again. I wonder why Undiano got Bayern-City, since he has not been in his best shape the last time.

  2. Anonymous15/9/14 11:39

    Rainville, 0 match in France this year, appointed as Turpin's AAR.. This is weird.
    Good luck to the french man by the way. He's a huge talent IMO. Much better than Buquet

  3. Interesting German AAR appointments:
    For Gräfe it is the first time ever in this role, as far as I remember. Maybe this means he is not considered for CL matches anymore.
    And Dingert had not been appointed as AAR during the whole last season after several mistakes.
    One reason probably is the injury of Welz.

  4. I'm wondering whether Undiano Mallenco is there due to Velasco's last terrible performances...

  5. In my opinion it is a good sign that Collina and co. test Undiano Mallenco. I dare to say that both Spanish officials are not at the level of their colleagues from the other big European leagues but for sure Velasco has lost every motivation to perform at his best. So it is necessary to focus on other opportunities such as Fernández and Undiano. Furthermore UEFA again appoints 2 teams from the same country to the same group (2 Germans in F, 2 Spaniards in E). This allows them to stay efficient and flexible.
    I don't understand Nijhuis' appointment to be honest. It is the 6th or 7th last chance he seems to get. Big match for Sidiropoulos, the new Bilbao stadium is really big and atmospherical. It is furthermore interesting that the CL debutants are not accompanied by committee members.

  6. Ivan Bebek is the referee of the Chelsea v Schalke 04, maybe Milorad Mazic is not possible wristle or travel to England.

  7. Funny thing: Two dutch referee crews appointed on Wednesday and Thursday. Bas Nijhuis is doing UCL and Kevin Blom is doing EL. Danny Makkelie (Cat. 1) is AAR1 for Blom in EL while Serdar Gözübüyük (Cat. 2) is AAR1 for Nijhuis in UCL! I guess that the Dutch FA has decided to permanently separate its two trouble makers! :)

  8. Nijhuis? Wow, didn't see that coming. Same could be said about Benquerença yesterday...

    1. Chefren had a good idea, maybe Benquerenca was kind of replacement official (there are, as far as I know (confirmation needed), referees who should remain at UEFA's service for a matchday even though they don't have a match - for the case that a referee has to suddenly reject his appointment). Maybe Kassai was appointed for Dortmund-Arsenal but his injury forced UEFA to choose Benquerenca instead.

    2. A very plausible explanation, thanks.

  9. Anonymous16/9/14 11:47

    Mazic and his team had some problems in obtaining UK entry visa. UK Embassy in Warsaw, incharge of all the region, kept their passports a day longer, instead of sending the passports back to Serbia yestrday morning, they did it yestrday evening, so the passports woiuldn't come in time... few hours make such a difference.....

  10. It is very interesting this with Bebek. This is third time someone need a replacement and they appoint Bebek. First in EL round of 32 last season, then Jakobsson this season, now Mazic.... someone really likes him in committee ;)

    1. True, but I expected Bebek directly in CL. I was indeed surprised by the fact that he had been appointed again in EL, of course it is said with all the respect for the teams involved.

    2. I am not completely sure but as Bebek's family is, as far as I know, one of the richest in Croatia, maybe Bebek does not have to work and focuses on refereeing solely. This would allow him to be flexible and always "appointable".

    3. Anonymous17/9/14 03:33

      His father was the Head of the referees of Croatia, right? And it was so "encouraged" that he objected Kyros Vassaras in a single game? After that it was Pl Collina observed and learned a lesson- demoted! :)

    4. Anonymous17/9/14 03:39

      Matej Jug is the best and most talented referees in the "talent" group!

    5. Anonymous17/9/14 22:37

      Jug??? funny ...

    6. Anonymous17/9/14 22:42

      Why funny?

    7. Apparently all those 7 referees have some talent. Otherwise they would not be in this group. And I think there are even more talents who are not yet in this coaching programme..

  11. Anonymous16/9/14 18:58

    Niclas, you are wrong,Ivan Bebek works for an insurance company, which is called Euroherc, the largest insurance company in Croatia, quite flexibile job and his father was a director of the company in his hometown.

  12. Dear me... The referee kits are absolutely hideous.

  13. OT: Have a look at this:
    CONCACAF CL: Cruz Azul vs Chorillo - Referee: Mejia (CRC)
    1:09 (No card, pen.) + 2:35 + 3:17

  14. Good luck to the Greek refereeing team tonight. A great honour to have a referee in CL after 6 years.

  15. Bebek missed a clear foul prior to Chelsea 1-0....

    1. How's he missed that?

    2. A pity. Unacceptable, this foul was too obvious. Another 7.9 for Bebek, I wonder whether this is again too much for Collina. Correct no foul preceding PSG's 0:1.

    3. Anonymous18/9/14 00:35

      By the same criterion was a foul before the Schalke's goal. IMO, this game is supposed to the Elite class referees team. I also think that the Croatian's ref's team didn't shine either on the Island vs. Turkey.

    4. In Schalke's goal the ball was clearly played first.

    5. I agree with Niclas, Huntelaar cleanly won the ball...

    6. Anonymous18/9/14 11:28

      Ball? Look a little better- he didn't touches the ball, but the contact is on the leg Fabregas ("support" foot). True, the contact isn't so much intensity as he was the one who made Fabregas, but the ball before it certainly isn't touched. I'd like to post the details (Hubert's going to "take"), so if I'm not right - I will publicly apologize.
      Josip, SVN

    7. We'll have to agree to disagree then.

  16. Anonymous17/9/14 21:08

    Agree, no foul PSG 0-1. But the foul management of Stark is not ok in the rest of the match, no help from Pickel either (2 times).

  17. Roberto Alonso with some great onsides in Rome.

  18. Decent first half by Turpin, although he is quite strict in terms of foul detection. The YC for Maribor (C) was wrong IMHO, clear contact was there, so no dive.

    1. Anonymous17/9/14 21:40

      I agree with you, this can not be evaluated as diving since there is a contact. To be honest, he did not have so much work to do in this 1st half. Let's hope a more exciting second half!
      And I also noticed a missed elbow by a Maribor player.
      But the rest was quite good.

  19. Anonymous17/9/14 21:44

    Undiano Mallenco good so far

  20. Possible ghost goal in Roma - CSKA Moscow.
    AAR2 Jesús Gil Manzano didn't react.

    1. Really very intresting situation...For me seems to be a goal,but i am not sure.Check it yourself too!Positioning and reaction of AAR2 not very appropriate....for my eyes

  21. Undiano missed a penalty for City. Bebek was good apart from that missed foul.

    1. A pity. Undiano in my eyes with a great performance apart from that missed PK...

    2. I agree! Despite the missing penalty in a very quick play, Undiano very solid and convincing tonight.

  22. Turpin with a solid Performance, but to be the honest, it was one of the easiest matches I've seen. Wrong or at least YC for dive, correct one for foul and one for dissent.
    Otherwise a couple offside/onside, all well handled.

  23. Efthymiadis had a correctly disallowed offside goal in Bilbao.

  24. I was right with colours. There are black, navy blue, light blue and dark yellow. I don't know what is the reason in having black and navy blue ones. Nearly the same...

    1. Sorry but you are wrong...There is only one blue color...So black,blue and yellow...

    2. So what a color had Aytekin today? For me it's not black as Jug had yesterday :/

    3. Jug -
      Aytekin -

    4. Its completely the same my friend...Have faith on that.And you sad look above light blue and navy blue...

  25. I was satisfied by Aytekin's performance. Very calm and confident attitude. Some difficult situations to evaluate:
    26:11 - rough tackle by Antoniadis, is yellow card enough?
    45:50 - I think correctly rejected penalty appeal
    64:56 - was there a foul on Neymar? If yes, Vinicius should've been off for a second caution

    Apart from missed card to Sergi Samper (37:00) and above mentioned situations, the overall performance was at 8.4 level. Nice assistants too.

    1. Nice analysis Hubert.
      I watched the match today and I think that you pointed out all the relevant situations.
      Well my opinion is to confirm 8.4 for Aytekin and in particular:
      11': Very good usage of the advantage, and then correct YC
      27': Borderline situation, but one can back the referee here, the foul is of couse worhy of (at least) YC, I could accept the red, but for me, considering also the match, the style used by Aytekin, this YC was ok.
      32': correct evaluation of a unintentional handball in penalty area, but not really challenging
      38': I must agree, the situation was similar to the one at 11', this was perhaps the only clear small mistake of Aytekin match: missed YC
      47': no penalty is a correct decision, definitely not enough, and perhaps AAR2 cooperated confirming that it wasn't foul
      66': Having watched many replays, I still can't come to a conclusion, but surely Aytekin was there, in a very good position having an excellent view from behind, it seems to me that the Cypriot player is able to hit the ball, together with the opponent, but then this latter falls down. At any rate, not a clear foul, one can therefore accept NO FOUL.

      Let me say that AR1 will get a very good mark because he was excellent in applying the "Wait and See Technique" at 30' and 79' (in both cases, no need to raise the flag and he correctly waited). Especially the situation at 30' is for offside didactics.
      AR2 with a correctly disallowed goal but here really easy, player was near the goal kick line.
      So all in all a nice performance by German crew under the eyes of Mr. Alain Hamer.

    2. Sorry, I meant 30' and 70' for AR1, not 79'.

    3. Totally agree. I forget to post about the situation from 11' you mentioned above. Very nice to see a referee who can identify a player who fouled twice in the same, cynical manner. Very clear gestures and fully deserved yellow card. Unintentional handball was easy to evaluate, but also worthy of highlighting of course! Thanks for supplement to my comments. It seems that Greece - Slovakia was only a single disaster from this referee that probably only delayed his advance to the Elite.

      Last time there was a sweet picture of Aytekin carrying a girl during the entrance (DFB-Pokal game). Respect!

  26. Anonymous18/9/14 00:55

    Very good performance for Undiano. Nowadays the best spanish one

  27. Daniel (POR)18/9/14 01:47

    Bas Nijhuis deixou um penalty por marcar.

  28. Hi everyone.
    I need your help for my report on Mallenco (ESP). The match is Bayern-Man. City for UCL.
    I need you to see 7',21',60', 62',80',84'.

    1. Hi Nikitas,
      7': That cannot be mere dangerous play, as there is significant contact between the players (notably Alonso's trailing leg). To me, it is at least a reckless challenge, thus a miminum YC. He did hit the ball, but that type of lunge, with the studs out and the foot off the ground, can be very harmful.
      21' (replay at 23:45): No handball, the hand is clearly tucked in to the body and not extended. The player cannot avoid the contact and makes no deliberate movement.
      60': No handball. Again, there is no evidence of deliberation or intention.
      62': There is pulling on the jersey as the BAY player jumps. Penalty.
      80': To me, that is a penalty (Kompany needs to learn to play with his feet, not his arms), but I can't really blam Undiano here. Robben goes down really easily.
      83-84: Clear penalty. Rafinha hits Silva but never touches the ball.

      Hope this helps; I look forward to reading your interpretations in your report!

    2. As for Robben: At first, it looked like a dive at first. But that wasn't the case - in fact, it was a clear penalty (look at his left foot):

    3. I agree with all of you!
      Thanks again.
      Invaluable help!!!

  29. 7' For me DFK and yellow card(Reckless tackling).The contact is obvious and thats why not Indirect FK
    21' COMPLETELY unintentional.No Penalty
    60' Same here.No penalty
    62' this is more difficult.There is i can accept a penalty call
    80' Fell very easily,usual Robben,no penalty for me here
    84' Seems more than a Penalty to me...
    Uff...A lot of work for Mallenco and you Nikitas...

    1. Mallenco and I absolutelly have a lot of work to do!
      He has finished, actually!
      It's on me now!!!

  30. Min 62, not enough for a penalty call

  31. Finally done with the report on Mallenco!
    It took me almost 6 hours!
    Thank you all for your help. Without you I wouldn't know what to do!
    It will be published until Monday.

  32. Will be published Bayern-City report today?

    1. Yes, Daniel. A little patience.


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