October 30, 2014

UEFA Officials for Matchday 4

These are the referee observers and delegates UEFA's administrative bodies and referee committee have appointed for next week's UEFA Champions League's matchday 4. We welcome your predictions!

Manuel Mejuto González will observe NK Maribor - Chelsea FC

04 November 2014

Malmö FF - Atlético Madrid (A)
UEFA Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Tugomir Frajman (SVN)
Prediction: Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Juventus Turin - Olympiakos (A)
UEFA Referee Observer: Illka Koho (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: René Eberle (SUI)
Prediction: Wolfgang Stark (GER)

FC Basel - Ludogorets (B)
UEFA Referee Observer: Adrian Casha (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Trefor Lloyd Hughes (WAL)
Prediction: Olegario Benquerença (POR)

Real Madrid - Liverpool FC (B)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokić (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Danilo Filacchione (ITA)
Prediction: Felix Brych (GER)

Zenit St Petersburg - Bayer Leverkusen (C)
UEFA Referee Observer: Horst Brummeier (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Jacob Erel (ISR)
Prediction: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)

SL Benfica - AS Monaco (C)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christos Skapoullis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Ionel Piscanu (ROU)
Prediction: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP) or Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Arsenal FC - RSC Anderlecht (D)
UEFA Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)
UEFA Delegate: Pertti Alaja (FIN)
Prediction: Clément Turpin (FRA)

Borussia Dortmund - Galatasaray (D)
UEFA Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: João Morais (POR)
Prediction: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

05 November 2014

Manchester City - CSKA Moskva (E)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Balázs Makray (HUN)
Prediction: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)

FC Bayern München - AS Roma (E)
UEFA Referee Observer: Donald McVicar (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Benny Jacobsen (DEN)
Prediction: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Paris SG - APOEL (F)
UEFA Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Titcombe (ENG)
Prediction: Daniele Orsato (ITA)

Ajax Amsterdam - FC Barcelona (F)
UEFA Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)
UEFA Delegate: William Campbell (NIR)
Prediction: Pedro Proença (POR)

Sporting - Schalke 04 (G)
UEFA Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Ivan Lekov (BUL)
Prediction: Pavel Královec (CZE)

NK Maribor - Chelsea FC (G)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Enrique Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Tis (BEL)
Prediction: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)

Shakhtar Donetsk - BATE Borisov (H)
UEFA Referee Observer: Borislav Alexandrov (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Dumitru Mihalache (ROU)
Prediction: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

Athletic Club - FC Porto (H)
UEFA Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: George Koumas (CYP)
Prediction: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

The UEFA Referee Observers and UEFA Delegates for Europa League will appear here tomorrow.

Who are the officials you predict for Champions League Matchday 4? Keep in mind: Referees of the same nationality as one of the four teams within a respective group or the UEFA Observer or Delegate are no possible options.


  1. Daniele Orsato is predicted two times?

  2. What do you think who will be in Sparta-Slovan?

    1. No idea, but it is no German. Lutz M. Fröhlich is the observer with a Moldovian delegate.

    2. And what do you think about referee here?

    3. I could imagine Luca Banti or Robert Madden there.

    4. Luca Banti should be out of scope for that match (SSC Napoli playing in the same group).

  3. It will be a hard day for Orsato. ;-)

    1. ;) Thanks. Of course I meant the other Italian in Donetsk.

  4. Clattenburg should get a match here, even though he is suspended in PL. UEFA wont change him.

    1. http://playtheadvantage.com/2014/10/29/is-clatts-imploding-again/

    2. Maybe Clattenburg has Ajax-Barca. But in this case, I don't know where to place Proenca.

    3. Why not Juventus Olympiacos?

    4. Well it's possible. But in that scenario I would have difficulties to find a place for Stark. The problem is that for English, Spanish and German referees there are only 4 possible groups each which limits possible matches a bit. But yes, Clattenburg also suits to Juventus-Olympiakos, despite his trouble in UEL semifinal last season.

  5. Is this handball?

    1. I'd tend to say no, but I can understamd why Geiger called it.

      On a side note, Orsato is predicted twice :)

    2. If you tend to say that was not a deliberate handball, then could you explain why Geiger called it?

    3. Quick answer: no, I am not he :)
      Long answer: it is a long, predictable ball, and the arm enlarges the body surface.
      My personal view, though, is that the arm is in a perfectly natural position, and the ball goes to the hand.

    4. Agree with Emil.
      In the future releases of UEFA RAP programme or FIFA education I would like to see more situations like this for clarification and unification of the criteria for handball.

  6. 18/11/2014 - Budapest (Groupama Aréna)
    Cüneyt Çakır, Bahattin Duran, Orkun Aktaş, Barış Şimşek (Turkey)

  7. Manuel Gräfe is in charge of the German Clash between Bayern Munich an Borussia Dortmund.

  8. Why Clatt is suspended in PL?

    1. According to media reports (unconfirmed), he drove home alone after a game (to go to a concert); PGMOL procedures require all referees to travel together for safety reasons. Also, he reportedly called the manager of the team he had just refereed, while no other official was present, which is another breach of procedure.
      That being said, the PGMOL has not said anything, but Clatts has no match this weekend. It could be just a rest before a UCL game next week.

    2. Anonymous1/11/14 11:39

      Nonsense suspension of Clattenburg.
      Zeals of Webb?

    3. Webb is technical director, not general manager. The head of PGMOL is Mike Riley. And if Clattenburg indeed broke procedures and called the manager, that is problematic.

  9. 17/11/2014 - Leuven
    Belgium U21 - Norway U21
    Tobias Stieler, Christoph Bornhorst, Sascha Thielert (all Germany), Denis Van Becelaere (Belgium)

  10. Benfica-Monaco Viktor Kassai

  11. Referee Observers and Delegates for UEL

    Zürich-Villarreal: Nuno Castro (POR) / Sudac (female, CRO)
    Apollon-M'gladbach: Christer Fällström (SWE) / Rondelli (SMR)
    HJK Helsinki-Torino: Jörn W. Larsen (DEN) / Pirtskhalava (GEO)
    Kobenhavn-Brugge: Erol Ersoy (TUR) / Blackbourne (ENG)
    Asteras-Tottenham: Jaap Uilenberg (NED) / Hellströmer (SWE)
    Besiktas-Partizan: Nikolai Ivanov (RUS) / de Jong (NED)
    Astra-Celtic: Andreas Schluchter (SUI) / Tuncer (TUR)
    Dinamo Z.-Salzburg: Marinus Koopman (NED) / Appleby (ENG)
    Dynamo M.-Praia: Gylfi Orrason (ISL) / Ubias (CZE)
    Panathinaikos-Eindhoven: Rodger Gifford (WAL) / Kaenzig (SUI)
    Saint-Etienne-Internationale: Alan Snoddy (NIR) / Procopiou (CYP)
    Qarabag-Dnipro: Vladimir Antonov (MDA) / Kasmi (ALB)
    Feyenoord-Rijeka: Frank de Bleeckere (BEL) / Hershco (ISR)
    Sevilla-Standard: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR) / Harlamov (EST)
    Wolfsburg-Krasnodar: Georgios Bikas (GRE) / McDowell (SVN)
    Everton-Lille: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA) / Dervishaj (ESP)
    Sparta-Slovan: Lutz Fröhlich (GER) / Adrian Ixari (MDA)
    Napoli-Young Boys: Hans Reijgwart (NED) / Dr. Koch (GER)
    Dynamo Kyiv-Aalborg: Costas Kapitanis (CYP) / Wilson (NIR)
    Rio Ave-Steaua: Dragutin Poljak (CRO) / Tomasova (female, SVK)
    Guingamp-Minsk: Paul Allaerts (BEL) / Krähenbühl (SUI)
    Fiorentina-PAOK: Robert Sedlacek (AUT) / Cathcart (NIR)
    Lokeren-Trabzonspor: Michael Riley (ENG) / Cruise (IRL)
    Legia-Metalist: Bosse Karlsson (SWE) / Albino (POR)

    So, many many important observers.

    1. Uilenberg, De Bleeckere, Antonov, Snoddy, Trentalange, Riley, Karlsson and other ones... very impressive EL matchday. Can't wait for the names.

      BTW about Italy: Rocchi has been appointed as AAR1 in a match on Monday evening, so surely no Champions League for him, perhaps EL on Thursday or even nothing.
      Both Orsato and Tagliavento are appointed for a match (the top clash of this Matchday) on Saturday afternoon, Tagliavento as referee and Orsato as AAR1. So both can be in CL on Tuesday or Wednesday.

  12. Chefren: Who do you think will be the next Italian FIFA referee? Giacomelli? Peruzzo? Irrati? Doveri?

    1. Hi Norwegian referee.
      First of all, it is sure: no changes in the list regarding referees for 2015. So a new Italian FIFA referee will probably appear starting from 01/01/2016.
      It is a very difficult topic. The name you have mentioned, for different reasons, were never taken into account for an international promotion, according to my info. About Doveri, it was reported that he was contending a spot when Guida and Massa were promoted 11 months ago, but I'm not sure. The main matter is the age, which explains the last choices made (indeed, Guida and Massa). For this reason, Giacomelli and Doveri are surely out, as they have the last chance for this year (2015), being already 37 years old right now. Regarding Irrati (1979) and Peruzzo (1980), at least for now, I must report that they were never taken into account for big matches, so prior to get the badge they have still to develop them in serie A. One name to be considered is Di Bello (1981), promoted in serie A this season, he had some minor international experiences, but of course he has to grow, at least in the whole next year. So in my opinion, as for now we have not still a referee ready for the list.
      As for the replacements: Damato (due to age and demotion in Cat. 2) is the first name who could leave the list at the end of 2015. Rizzoli should follow, then, at the end of 2016, if he wont retire prior to the last international year.

    2. Anonymous1/11/14 20:04

      Who will be Rizzoli's ARs for Euro 2016?

    3. Considering that two referees from the same country will be possible at Euro 2016, Rocchi should be there with Di Liberatore and Cariolato.
      Regarding Rizzoli, if still active in 2016 and appointed for Euro 2016, the names could be Tonolini (1973) and Manganelli (1974).

    4. Anonymous2/11/14 13:38

      Rizolli will still be Italy's first choice for the next two years.
      what makes you say that two referees from the same country will be possible at Euro 2016?

    5. Anonymous2/11/14 16:26

      More teams->more matches->more referees

    6. Indeed, the fact that there will be 24 national teams.

    7. Anonymous3/11/14 15:23

      Why not more referees from more (different) countries instead of two referees from the same country?

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  14. Anonymous1/11/14 21:26

    My predictions:

  15. Absolutely no control by Jaime Latre in Sociedad-Malaga right now.

  16. Thoughts on the two penalty appeal in AFC Champions League final 2nd leg. Referee was Nishimura (Japan)

    1. Both are clear penalties.

    2. Absolutely clear penalties. Not the best end for Nishimura career, one must be honest. Anyway, in the first case, I think that the referee was deceived by the theatrical fall of the player, but the contact existed. In the second case, the contact is more than clear but Nishimura, in my opinion, didn't pay the needed attention.

    3. Anonymous2/11/14 13:43

      After WC, he became afraid to award penalty kicks... Very unfortunate for such a good referee...

    4. I have sympathies for the 2nd situation. Technically it should be a penalty but the attacker knew exactly what he wanted...inexplicable how to miss such penalties though. He seemed a bit helpless in these situations.

    5. 1st: 50-50 penalty. I wouldnt have called it because attacker initiates the contact and uses clumsy position of the defensive player.

      2nd: PK+YK. Really ugly scenes from the players.

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