October 11, 2014

UEFA U21 EURO 2015 Qualifiers Appointments - Play Off (II)

These are the officials appointed by UEFA for the play-off matches of UNDER 21 EURO 2015 qualifiers. Second legs to be played on 14 October 2014.

A new beginning for István Vad?
14 October 2014, 16:00 CET
Giglio, Reggio Emilia (ITA)
Italy - Slovakia
Referee: Steven McLean (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Gavin Harris (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Ross (SCO)
Fourth Official: Donald Robertson (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Crawford Wilson (NIR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)

14 October 2014, 18:00 CET
Cibalia Vinkovci, Vinkovci (CRO)
Croatia - England
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Ixari (MDA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)

14 October 2014, 18:00 CET
Georg-Meiches, Essen (GER)
Germany - Ukraine
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Patrick Langkamp (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Joost van Zuilen (NED) 
Fourth Official: Kamphuis Jochem (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Titcombe (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)

14 October 2014, 18:00 CET
A Mata Real, Pacos de Ferreira (POR)
Portugal - Netherlands
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Fourth Official: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Richard Havrilla (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)

14 October 2014, 18:00 CET
Ramón de Carranza, Cadiz (ESP)
Spain - Serbia
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
Fourth Official: Robert Hartmann (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Per Svärd (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)

14 October 2014, 18:15 CET
Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
Iceland - Denmark
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Istvan Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
Fourth Official: Ádám Farkas (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: William Campbell (NIR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

14 October 2014, 20:00 CET
Örjans vall, Halmstad (SWE)
Sweden - France
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaš Somolani (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaš Mokoš (SVK)
Fourth Official: Peter Kralović (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Emil Ubias (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vitor Melo Pereira (POR)


  1. Good designations.

  2. 9/10/2014, Stade de Marrakech
    Referee: Abou Coulibaly (Ivory Coast, *1985)
    Assistant Referee 1: Donatien Tan Marius (Ivory Coast, *1984)
    Assistant Referee 2: Bi Valere Gouho (Ivory Coast, *1979)

    Some situations:
    1) Correctly disallowed goal by Gouho (offside)

    2) Flag by Marius. Was there an offside?

    3) Penalty appeal for Morocco.

    4) Careless or reckless foul?

    5) Flag by Marius.

    6) Yellow card for attempting to stamp on opponent?

    7) Penalty appeal for Morocco.

    8) Flag by Gouho.

    9) Should it have been a penalty for CAR?

    10) Reckless or SFP?

    1. Hubert have not idea.

    2. Revise your English.

      I agree with all rejected penalty appeals, or, to be more precise, I could accept a penalty in the first two cases, but the attackers fell a bit too easily for me. I cannot judge on the last appeal given the absence of replays.
      Gouho's flag seems to be good, foot / leg are offside. Both decisions by AR1 are wrong, the first was onside, the second one should not be flagged by applying the wait-and-see technique.
      All the foul situations you presented are borderline for me, arguments for both, specially in 10).

    3. Thanks, Niclas. I agree with you. Now the time for Poland - Germany. :)

    4. Nice situations from this friendly, Hubert, it is interesting to see how African officials develop.

      1) Correct flag, yes.
      2) I think no offside, mistake.
      3) Not enough, for me. I don't see a clear foul. I agree with referee.
      4) It is in my opinion reckless, a YC is missing.
      5) Clear example of missed "wait and see". The player in offside was not influencing the opponent.
      6) Well, red card should be given.
      7) Again, I think that NO PENALTY is an acceptable decision. I share Niclas arguments.
      8) Here, I have doubts. It seems an extremely tight offside (tip of the foot ahead) but to be honest in this case a NO FLAG is acceptable. Anyway, for me no mistake.
      9) Difficult to say without replay but perhaps a penalty. Sometimes refeees don't pay the needed attenton when the ball is already played, they tend to follow it.
      10) Can be a SFP. RC could have been acceptable.

    5. Thanks, Chefren! Apart from the big calls which can be discussed, the referee was very confident and made a positive impression on me. Maybe a name for the future.

    6. Very good penalty area decisions, where as Niclas said, they could be somehow justified but are not black/white fouls. Grey area definitively. Its always good to set higher foul criteria throughout the whole match to be able to justify eventual suspicious penalty area decisions.

  3. Seminar CONMEBOl-CONCACAF, in Chile

    CONMEBOL (16)
    Patricio Loustau (Argentina) - 1975
    Mauro Vigliano (Argentina) - 1975
    Alejandro Mancilla (Bolivia) - 1979
    Ricardo Marques (Brazil) - 1979
    Wilton Sampaio (Brazil) - 1981
    Julio Bascuñan (Chile) - 1978
    Roberto Tobar (Chile) - 1978
    Wilson Lamouroux (Colombia) - 1979
    Adrián Vélez (Colombia) -1976
    Roddy Zambrano (Ecuador) - 1978
    Enrique Cáceres (Paraguay) - 1974
    Mario Diaz de Vivar (Paraguay) - 1983
    Diego Haro (Peru) - 1982
    Andrés Cunha (Uruguay) - 1976
    Daniel Fedorczuk (Uruguay) - 1976
    José Argote (Venezuela) - 1980

    CONCACAF (12)
    Henry Bejarano (Costa Rica) - 1978
    Hugo Cruz (Costa Rica) - 1982
    Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica) - 1986
    Marlon Mejia (El Salvador) - 1979
    Óscar Reyna (Guatemala) - 1983
    Armando Castro (Honduras) - 1983
    Héctor Rodríguez (Honduras) - 1982
    Valdin Legister (Jamaica) - 1979
    Fernando Guerrero (Mexico) - 1981
    César Ramos (Mexico) - 1983
    John Pitti (Panama) - 1978
    Javier Santos (Puerto Rico) - 1978

    source: http://internationalreferee.blogspot.com.br/2014/10/sudamericano-sub20-arbitros.html

    1. Both officials from Argentina have the same age of Pitana, please explain that.
      Really no way to find young talents?
      Enrique Cáceres from Paraguay 1974...

    2. Better situation in CONCACAF, many young officials from different countries. It will be possible to do a good work.

    3. No referee(s) from the USA? Who is coming after Geiger?

    4. Geiger (b. 1974) is still eligible for 2018. Jair Marrufo (b. 1977) generally shows good performances in MLS, though maybe a bit low on man-management. Chris Penso (b. 1982) is currently in India for six weeks, refereeing in the Indian Super League. However, I have seen him make some weird decisions, so I am not the biggest fan. Juan Guzman (b. 1986) to me is too inconsistent and fails to make crucial decisions all too often. Personally, I much prefer his colleague of the same age, Armando Villareal, although he will only get his FIFA badge this year, from what I understand.

    5. If no one from USA was selected on the prospective list, it means that FIFA does not see any other candidate beside Geiger. Marrufo was trying twice, so I guess that was enough. Is Villarreal going to replace Guzman on the FIFA List? If yes, why USSF/PRO could not keep both on the list, taking into account their age (28)?

    6. No, both will be on the list; PRO loves Guzman. But I think that Villareal is lightyears ahead of Guzman who, in my view, moves slowly, has dodgy foul assessment, and shies away from crucial decisions.

      There seems to be quite a gap after Geiger; Edwin Jurisevic (b. 1975, not a contender), Marrufo (who is the only other credible option in my view, although Geiger he is not!) are the oldest referees before Chris Penso, born 1982.

    7. And on the Canadian side, if Dave Gantar (or any other Canadian referee - not talking about ARs here) makes it to the next World Cup, I will buy a hat, salt it and pepper it, and eat it.

    8. Do you think that last perspective referees will be taken in account for FIFA 2018 ? Names like Geiger, Marrufo, Aguilar (Concacaf), Roldan, Osses and Vera (Comnebol) can be again in the ist of candidates for 2018; they are actually best referees in their confederation, why they are not be called for the stage in Chile ?
      Why neithe rBonilla and Gantar in the list ?

    9. Of course, WC 2014 referees will be considered. Remember that we are four years away; Sandro Ricci was not even a FIFA referee in 2010. We are probably two years away from the publication of a pre-list, so let's calm down a little. Why are they not at the training camp? FIFA knows them well, and they have undergone dozens of training camps and seminars of this kind in the past two years. I don't know Bonilla; as for Gantar, he is Canada's No. 1 by default, being the only one, but has no credible chances of going to the WC. He is a good referee, but not at that level. If Canada sends someone to the 2018 World Cup, it will be an AR (Fletcher, Brière, Belleau). In Canada, the best referees are women (Carol-Anne Chénard, MJ Charbonneau and Suzanne Morisset just refereed the U20 final).

    10. That is a very strong statement to say that the best referees are women. Why is that in Canada? Are there different programs/politics/influences?

    11. No, in fact there is no professional women's soccer in Canada (only semi-pro). So the top women referees would have to referee men's semi-pro/pro games on a regular basis. Carole-Anne Chénard used to referee many professional USL games a few years ago, and was one of the most respected referees in the league. Canada has a trio of world-class women referees who did the 2011 WC (Chénard only), the 2012 Olympics, the 2014 U-20 World Cup final, and are pre-selected for the 2015 WC, which will be held in Canada. Behind Chénard are Sheena Dickson and Michelle Pye, both well-ranked. In Canada, the women's national team is very strong, while the men's are struggling and have been struggling for a while. I don't know why, but it is reflected in refereeing standards.

      On the men's side, the undisputed No. 1 was Mauricio Navarro, who refereed the Gold Cup Final in 2003. On the AR side, Hector Vergara holds the record for the most WC games officiated and is now on the FIFA committee. After Navarro retired, Petrescu became de facto No. 1, but never rose much except in the MLS and in CONCACAF. When he retired last year, he was not replaced on the list, so Gantar is the only FIFA referee on the list (Joe Fletcher, Daniel Belleau and Philippe Brière are FIFA ARs). Drew Fischer (b. 1980) seems to be Canada's next top referee, but he is getting old for FIFA promotion; then comes Mathieu Bourdeau, born 1982, but he is only 4th official in MLS. That being said, there are many efforts made to improve refereeing at the youth levels, so one can hope it will improve in the coming years. In my province, there are many young promising referees who are rising.

  4. CONCACAF has not now good referees.

  5. Very challenging match for Steven McLean in Italy - Slovakia: a penalty and a sending off in first half but right now (73'-74') the most important decision of the match for the Scottish official: tackle from behind in penalty area, the ball is clearly away. Referee correctly assigns a penalty but then there is a long conversation with AR1 Gavin Harris and the penalty is annulled. A corner kick is given to Slovakia, at any rate wrong decision, because the ball was never touched by defender. If not penalty (but it was a clear penalty), a goal kick had to be assigned.
    After that many complaints and a difficult management of the benches. Then a few minutes later another sending off for Slovakia (second YC for a foul in the midfield) and later on, the away-team coach was dismissed.
    With the score at moment 2-1 in favor of Italy, absolutely influencing mistakes and hot stuff to be evaluated by Marc Batta... but most of responsibilities are of AR1.
    Original decision was 100% right.

    1. 90'+1: missed a clear SFP.
      Can't believe that.

    2. Disaster for McLean. I tell you only few things but there were a lot of other mistakes:

      - 2nd yellow card for Duda (min 34) for a minor foul in midfield. Big mistake.
      - clear penalty denied for Slovakia at 2-1 (AR1 changed his mind)
      - I didn't see for a long time a referee to lose control in such way. It was (more or less circus on the pitch) in last 20 minutes...

    3. The Scottish refereeing is going down... no real talents... their hope is now Dallas's son:)

    4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kN-Fb6Q5_TU

    5. It is not only Harris fault.
      Batta wont be content with McLean because he changed idea so quickly, even though at first he looked to be sure about his decision.
      Also, the consultation with AR1 was wrongly managed, officials were discussing each other with some players even hearing them, staying right in front of such confrontation.
      Many things to be improved, I'm sorry to see these scenes in a such important game. UEFA did an evaluation mistake appointing a (relatively) unexperienced official.

    6. Ouch. MacLean made a big mistake there. But even worse, his assistant is the one who will bear the responsibility. If you advise the referee to overturn a penalty decision, you must be 100% certain. In the doubt, he should let the referee's decision stand.

    7. Oh, and also, the ball was not out when McLean whistled the (overturned) penalty! He can NEVER give a corner there; the ball was in the field when he whistled!!! The correct restart was a drop ball!

    8. Furthermore McLean was completely wrongly positioned. He had a poor visual angle.

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    1. Istvan Vad IMO wrongly disallowed an Icelandic goal. His foul detection is not good either ...

    2. Do you have a video link?

    3. Full match is online, please Tornbjerg12 can you report the exact minute of the scene? Thanks.

  7. Scottish referees are similar to Dallas: very bad.

  8. What about the performances of Oliver, Zwayer and Makkelie?

    1. Excellent performance Felix Zwajer. I argue ​​that one of the most talented referees in Europe after Felix Brych best referee from the Germany. With the Greeks Sidiropoulos, he, IMO, is the most promising talent referees groups. All praise of the young German!

    2. Not excellent performance. I was at stadium and Zwayer only middling.
      He is not the second german referee. Stark,Gräfe and Aytekin are better
      that Zwayer.

    3. Federico what his particular mind? What is a "bad" refereed, or what Spain didn't win? Everyone is entitled to an opinion. Talent-referees my tastes are: Zwayer, Sidiropoulos, Mateu Lahoz, Makkelie and Jug. IMO, Mateu Lahoz is far better than Undiano Mallenco, Velasco Carballo and Fernandez Borbalan. Felix Zwayer had a full control, very good fouls detection, very good card policy, excellent fitness and good man management! I can not seem to agree that it is worse than Grafe and Aytekin.

    4. You've forgotten Turpin, big talent as well.

    5. Sorry. Agreed!

  9. A lot of interesting moments in the Germany Ukraine match for Makkelie. 3 YC in 15 minutes. But then he got full control over the match. IMO a very strong decision to avoid a YC in the 22 minute for number 19 of Ukraine (would be his 2nd YC).
    I think Makkelie showed strong personality.
    As already written above by others, you can have a discusion about the moment in minute 87 with number 4 of Ukraine. I also think a YC was enough.
    Both goals with strong moments for AR2. 1-0 a really tough moment with no offside. 2-0 not very difficult but a lack of concentration could bring problems here.
    Finally a good straight RC in the 90+2 minute for a tackle.
    Overall good performance

  10. This looks like an unknown CONCACAF referee who looks very promising and talented.

    Jafeth Perea (born 1981)

    Two absolutely correct VC red cards against the home team.

    1. strange music ;-)

  11. Great matches,

  12. I saw the match and Makkelie missed a 10000 % red card. He looks arrogant. Saw this season also live his first match for his domestic competition. He missed again a 100% red card for a Feyenoord player and had 14 yellow cards?! It was a record!! So the question is, why he need Always so many cards???


  13. I don´t like Matéu Lahoz because he signal the 60% of faults.
    And I see this referee frequently.

  14. Which appointments do we expect for next week CL and UEL?

  15. http://180upload.com/dbad7jd4nkx6
    Here, after having inserted the captcha, you can watch online (without downloading it) the whole second half of Italy-Slovakia.
    The missed RC for SFP is at 45:35 (match minute, which means 90:35).

    1. Well, rewatching the scene it seems more appropriate to call that violent conduct.

    2. does anybody have aslo link for the first half? thanks

    3. Surely. The same as said above, insert the captcha and then watch it:


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